Being a martial arts instructor – trying to be a good martial arts instructor – is a challenge. Especially when you teach an art as broad and complex as old-school ju-jitsu. For those of you who don’t know, the old Japanese-style ju-jitsu is very possibly the most influential martial art in the world. Judo was […]

I’ve been a fan of the big cheese since I was quite young. I recall seeing Godzilla vs Megalon at the Capri Cinema in Cairns when I was maybe twelve years old — as a double feature, supported by the entirely regrettable The Christmas Martian, a film so terrible it remains an in-joke between me […]

Currently playing Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace on the Switch. Hmm. Arkham Horror is a very popular board game based on the Cthulhu Mythos material created by H P Lovecraft and so very many others in his wake. The original game debuted back in the eighties. It was pretty simplistic compared with the current generation of […]

Here’s a thing I’ve been wondering about. For most of my life, I’ve been hearing about this “Runner’s High” thing. And I’ve met about a million people who talk about how good it feels to exercise until you wanna puke. They get together and have little verbal porn sessions, moaning ecstatically about the sensations… … […]

I followed a Tesla for about 20km today. It wasn’t deliberate. We just happened to be going the same way. It was a matter of curiosity for me, as Tasmania isn’t exactly rife with electromobiles, so I paid attention to what I could see. It was surprisingly weird to be looking at the back end […]

Reasons to read fiction from other languages and cultures #99453… I’m currently reading and enjoying the first of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy trilogy set in the time of the Hussite Wars. The what? Yeah. Look — I’m not particularly ignorant by most standards. But in reading The Tower of Fools (an English translation of this trilogy […]

I’ve got friends who are leaving FaceBook. I can’t blame them. The place is a bit of a cesspit. But I miss some of those folk, so I’m making a conscious effort to be back on this site more often. Hopefully I can keep it up. And in other news: today I managed to return […]

So. This is a WordPress blog, and therefore it is under the command of the Googles and all their storm troopers. Will it let me post a news link here? Let’s find out! https://newatlas.com/health-wellbeing/caffeine-consumption-coffee-gray-matter-brain/ This link should go to an online article about new information on the effects of caffeine consumption on the brain.

My mum was… not a very good cook. In saying this, I take nothing from her memory. She often admitted this herself: she did not enjoy cooking. The food that sustained my sister and me for so many years was plain, but healthy and sufficient. Even after all this time, I could still list the […]

Now,  here’s a thing. I know perfectly well that expressing an opinion with regard to ANYTHING Star Trek from ANY time or location is tantamount to throwing rocks a wasp nest… a really big wasp nest full of dopey, angry and confused wasps who are nevertheless extremely persistent. But — what the hell. Some days […]