Friday, June 25, 2010

Changing Jobs!

After nine excellent years at the University of Melbourne, I'm leaving to take up a new position as a senior software engineer at an IT firm in the heart of Melbourne.  I'll miss working with everyone at the University, but I'm also very excited about the new challenge.  The chaps here had a whip-round and bought me a 1997 Speyside single malt.  FANTASTIC!  This bottle is what I believe is cask strength, at nearly 60% alchohol, and will have to be approached with caution.

Farewell drinks tonight!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Searle on Deconstructionism

This is John Searle's priceless take on deconstructionism. One footnote is particularly amusing:
I said that deconstruction had found little appeal among professional philosophers. But there are some notable exceptions, much prized by deconstructionists. They tend to be ambiguous allies. One of these characterized Derrida as "the sort of philosopher who gives bullshit a bad name." We cannot, of course, exclude the possibility that this may be an expression of praise in the deconstructionist vocabulary.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

A marvellous crytpic crossword clue

Clue: hijklmno (5 letters)

Answer: water (highlight with your mouse to see the solution).