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The impostors and the meek

I have previously noted my enjoyment of AFR BOSS, the monthly magazine of the Australian Financial Review.

The October 2005 issue on personality is particularly interesting. I know it's a little bit late, but there are two articles about which I woul...

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2005 New College Lectures: Church & State

One of the perennial challenges facing a Christian is balancing these two biblical commands:

  1. Submitting to God through submitting to and praying for the authorities (e.g. Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-2)
  2. Submitting to God despite the authorities (e.g...

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Money or a life, the choice was yours

Ross Gittens, economics editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, wrote an interesting article the other day: Money or a life, the choice was yours. You should read it while it's still free.

A quote:

I doubt if there is anyone in the world who would tell...

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War of the Worlds

Watched War of the Worlds with UG last night.

Assessment in short: poor-fair.

My main complaint is that the denouement is not satisfying. Good stories, like good sermons, should build up geniune tension, and provide a satisfactory resolution. The mov...

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House MD

Watched House MD on Sunday night, and I caught this interesting dialogue:

Rebecca: I just want to die with a little dignity.

House: There's no such thing! Our bodies break down, sometimes when we're 90, sometimes before we're even born, but it alway...

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Enough Rope and Jose Ramos-Horta

For those who don't know, Enough Rope is one of the few "serious" general-purpose interview programmes on Australian television. Serious in the sense that the interviewer actually listens to what the guest has to say. Of course, listening i...

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