January 5th, 2009


Gunns Pulp Mill - 3 Conditions yet to be approved

Peter Garrett has approved 13 of the conditions for the go ahead to the Gunns Pulp Mill but has requested detailed impact studies for 3 remaining conditions, related to the marine environment.

The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania (FIAT) said it was disappointed with Mr Garrett's decision.

"These three modules relate to marine impacts and it is my understanding that the minister has approved these in principle, however, retaining conditions based on a precautionary approach is unhelpful and will foster further doubt over the mill.

MMmm... uhuh. Yup, see ... this actually what we call Good Science where I come from. If you're not sure if the effluent from your plant is going to kill marine life or, like, make male frogs into female ones, you owe it to the rest of us (who will have to share the damage yet don't get a cut in your profits) to conduct some more studies to find out.


Twelfth Planet Press reviews

The latest issue of the Specusphere is out and contains some lovely reviews of 2012 and Angel Rising.

2012 is on of Simon Petrie's top 3 books read for 2008. He says, I'd rate this offering, by Australian indie Twelfth Planet Press, as one of the year's strongest local offerings ... If you're seeking to convince someone that home-grown SF can be world-class, this is as good a place as any to start.

And Felicity Dowker reviews Angel Rising by Dirk Flinthart, saying Really, anyone who enjoys good science fiction, fantasy, adventure and even the samurai, ninja and battle tales of old will get a kick out of Flinthart’s novella. You’ll want to hunt down Flinthart’s other works when you finish Angel Rising – and I doubt you’ll be disappointed by your findings. Read the rest of the review here.



I love it when I accidentally find America's Next Top Model on tv! I love this show! It's *fierce*

ETA: My favourite bit, apart from elimination and the whining about how *hard* modelling is, is when they ring their husbands and cry about how mean the other girls are to them. These poor guys never have the context of whats going on and have to offer advice to usually hysterical women and like about totally blown out of proportion things - she *said* I could wear the red lipstick but then she wore it too - or whatever. And you can hear them *trying* to be sympathetic. It's awesome.

ETA2: Yay Army Wives is on tonight. I love that show too! It gives so much insight into the American army, or at least their propaganda. Also about how much they hate women since all the women are sluts in it.


Other resolutions

Cause of course I made more than the two I blogged :-)

Last year I made the rule that I could only refuse an invitation if I was already booked for the timeslot. It was a good rule and I think it worked really well for me in a year that could have been lonely and sad. And wasn't. But I also got very overbooked and life was quite hectic at times and it took quite a while to recover and I may have been a little burnt out. This year, I think I am looking for more balance - spending time with the people I love but also making sure I have time for me and for the projects I want to finish. So I think this year there might be a rule to not do anything I don't want to do. Which actually will be an interesting one for me to try and follow. (Incidentally, the exercise for last year must have been successful - I just got invited to a second party on a particular night I was already booked and I'm vaguely thinking of trying to go to both. Both are dress up too. Two years ago, I would have gone to neither)

I also am going to get my Xmas cards out early this year. Which should not be hard to do now that I have a list with addresses and whatnot on it. Just a matter of tweaking closer to the end of the year. But I want to add to that with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) cards, getting birthday and other celebration presents and cards out on time. And baby gifts. But geez there are a lot of babies in my sphere coming this year! Phew! I'm gonna be busy!

And finally ... convergence has me paying attention. I'd been vaguely thinking for the last two months or so that I wanted to start meditating properly. And then in about three different directions has come advice and knowledge on mindfulness and clear thinking. We were talking about it in counselling today and my counsellor has lent me a CD on mindfulness which I am going to try tonight. I'm thinking too about flinthart's suggestion of taking up a martial art (really sword though? Really? You sure the world can cope with me being able to wield a sword??). I like the idea of working on mind and physical skill together. I like the idea of having better control over my mind, thoughts and emotions. And if being with the ex lead me down this road to here where I have already learned many skills and mindfulness, then what a great gift.