How I learned a valuable life lesson from the crew of Red Dwarf

How I learned a valuable life lesson from the crew of Red Dwarf

If you were a sci-fi fan in the eighties and early nineties, you will no doubt remember the satirical British series Red Dwarf.

Not only was it a brilliant romp through time and space, but it also had some surprisingly wise things to say about life.

For those of you unfamiliar with…

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How to be as nice as Hugh Jackman

How to be as nice as Hugh Jackman

I have a colleague who teaches drama. She studied musical theater with Hugh Jackman at WAAPA and once went out to dinner with him.

She tells her students about this so often that they roll their eyes and play with their phones whenever she brings it up.

(I have another story, one about Russell…

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What I learned from Drew Barrymore

What I learned from Drew Barrymore

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Drew Barrymore said something so insightful that it resonated with me immediately.

She said that a simple feel good rom-com like Never been kissed, in which she starred and produced, was a successful film because:

She added that you can strive to be profound, but in the end it’s the simplest things…

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How Carrie Fisher can body shame Hollywood

Dear Carrie,

Recently, I  wrote an article that expressed my concerns about the facelift/botox/rhinoplasty/lipsuction or whatever it was you used to hide the aging process in The Force Awakens.

Was I wrong to be concerned?

Perhaps it’s the Force that keeps you looking so young. But why does Mark Hamil look his age?…

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What if coding were invented by women

I teach technology, mostly digital design but also entry level coding.
I learned to code in my early 30s. I started with HTML which is not considered a programming language but it’s coding nonetheless. I moved on and taught Javascript, CSS and eventually Actionscript.
I’ve learned one thing during my teaching practice: coding was created…

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Why schools must teach unemployment skills

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A few months ago I posted about making a documentary I was working on with several Year 10 students. We have just finished the film and uploaded it to YouTube.

The documentary called, Why schools should teach unemployment skills, examines the grim employment prospects facing students when they graduate from school.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KztEJ7W3pQo

The day it snowed in Burnie

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Yesterday, it snowed in Burnie.
It hasn’t snowed here since 1986.
The snow fell while I was marking attendance and my students asked if they could go outside.
I’d never seen snow in Burnie, so I joined them in the courtyard. We felt the snow melt as we caught the drifting flurries in our hands. We took pictures, laughed, shivered and…

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Can anybody on Quora answer this question?

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I want to know why strangers often appear in our dreams, yet we interact with them as though we know them already. How is this possible?

So I posted a question to Quora today.

Quora, as you may know, is a Q&A forum full of really smart people (or mostly smart people). You…

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The Sims guide to awakening from the dream of “me”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vpjzg9DUEz0

Machinima is a style of film making whereby video game footage is captured and edited to create a new story. It’s an amusing form of storytelling that appropriates one genre of entertainment to create another.

One of Machinima’s most popular creations is the long running Red vs Blue. The footage — captured from the game Halo — uses…

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Why authors should set eBook prices

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Anyone who self-publishes to Amazon will be aware that it is currently in dispute with the publisher Hachette.

The monoliths are slogging it out over royalties, distribution and eBook prices.

Recently, Amazon sent its authors an email about why they believe Hachette is overcharging for eBooks. Unlike hardback or paperback books, eBooks cost virtually nothing…

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Why Jesus would be a stand up comedian

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In this latest video, Sue and Claire discuss how some comedians are spreading their spiritual message through humour.

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Dr Bruce Lipton: Quack or fiction?

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Dr Bruce Lipton is a radical scientist.

His research into cell biology leads him to conclude that  genes do not determine our lives.

Lipton also believes Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is wrong.

Darwin describes life as an ongoing struggle he termed  ‘survival of the fittest.’  Lipton disagrees. Instead, co-operation is the key to survival —  an ‘altruism of the fittest’ that…

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An Anzac Day reflection

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Lately I’ve been reading a lot about the Second World War.

This is kind of apt since it is the Anzac holiday weekend in Australia and blanket media coverage about all the 20th Century wars is everywhere.

But my fascination with WW2 is not inspired by stories of Australia’s struggles overseas.

Instead, I’ve been reading…

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Joe Rogan and the Universe

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In the footsteps of Bill Hicks, George Carlin and more recently Russell Brand, is comedian Joe Rogan.

Joe’s routine and regular podcasts explore science, consciousness, spirituality, quantum physics and whether the world is actually a matrix.

He is often joined in conversation and contemplation by fellow comedians.

The topics are fascinating, engaging and thought provoking.

And after listening to Joe, you…

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Why Emperor Marcus Aurelius was a yogi

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Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote a book called Meditations, and what a gem it is. Oprah needs to stick it in her book club. So what if it’s two thousand years old.

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The pope and his swooshy eBook

Pope Francis and I have something in common but it’s not Catholicism.

The Pope has written an eBook.

You won’t find it on Kindle, though.

No doubt the Pope is busy running the Vatican and doesn’t need the cash, so he happily avoided formatting his book for Amazon’s proprietary Kindle platform. He also side-stepped having…

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Life, the multiverse and everything

The common phrase, ‘I can’t be in two places at the same time,’ might soon be redundant.

Physicists have found that atoms at the quantum level can be indeed be in two places at the same time, flitting between the space/time continuum without moving at all.

However, physicists have yet to discover…

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How to wake up in bed with your guru

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Years ago, I lived with my friend Lynne who worked as a medical receptionist for a physician I’ll call Dr B.

She told me about a brief conversation between a distressed patient and Dr B. that I’ve never forgotten.

“I don’t know who I am,” said this patient to Dr B.

“But the answer’s simple”,  he replied. ”You’re Jane D. and you live at 55 Rose Street, Palookaville.”

Lynne…

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Thought. Just drop it

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Here’s a non-thought-provoking post from Claire Bell’s new blog fiftyshapesofyoga.com

The beauty of advertising is that people much smarter than me get paid a fortune to concoct clever catchphrases I can pinch for my yoga classes.

All I have to do is tweak them a bit and I sound as wise and deep as Obi Wan…

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Rewire your brain for a better life

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The recent suicide of Australian media personality Charlotte Dawson is a timely reminder of how unhealthy thoughts can literally kill you.

Dawson suffered from depression – a spiral of negative thoughts that create a bleak and hopeless outlook on life.

Her condition worsened, it is alleged, after she was bullied by Twitter trolls.

Dawson could have…

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