Why I didn’t “lose” my religion

Aractus 01, July, 2019

Almost exactly a year ago I promised a new blog series on atheist biblical studies, and despite writing several drafts I haven’t yet began the series proper. I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about my own journey and why I reject the idea that I “lost” my faith or religion. Christians today […]

Terminator Dark Fate: The franchise problem

Aractus 13, April, 2019

 I will not be going to see Terminator Dark Fate, aka Terminator 6 in the cinema. Some films, and TV series, do branch well into a franchise. In fact getting future instalments in a franchise right is difficult to say the least. In film we’ve seen this with everything from Spider-Man and other superhero […]

ClassicPress

Aractus 12, March, 2019

My blog is now running on ClassicPress not Wordpress. I know what you’re thinking – it’s stupid to be an early adopter. Well, I’m going to flip that and propose that it’s stupid to be a late adopter. See what’s happened over the past 10 years is there has been a very strong shift away […]

Refugee evacuation bill: Probing deeper

Aractus 15, February, 2019

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it can’t have escaped your attention that the Parliament this week passed legislation in defiance of the Government (the “medevac bill”). In doing so, one of the most awful and appalling situations that has been allowed to go on has finally been, well, partially addressed. That situation is […]

Doctor Who is back

Aractus 31, December, 2018

And this review is going to be mixed. I think what this show needs is some hard criticism, and that’s what it’s getting from me today. This post is a review of the entire Series 11, followed by comparisons to Series 1-2. Don’t let the size of the post worry you, you don’t need to […]

Firefox adds scrollbar styling after 18 years

Aractus 13, December, 2018

From today, Firefox visitors will see a dark coloured scrollbar on the default theme. The plain theme, if you have Javascript enabled, will remain with the default scrollbar. And so ends an eighteen year wait for this functionality. The reason why this has never been supported before is because there was never an official CSS […]

Why websites need to STOP overusing Javascript

Aractus 04, August, 2018

When I created my blog’s redesign I was originally not intending to use any Javascript. Well other than the break-out-of frames script that I’ve always used, and the inline scripting that Wordpress inserts here and there. Notice I actually do not use the wp_head() function. However, I use some scripting, although not very much hence […]

Why Starbucks Failed (in Australia)

Aractus 28, July, 2018

Oh my Gawd this video is terrible, but please start by watching it and I’ll go over what the yanks just don’t get: Okay, where do I begin? Well I guess with the reason why Starbucks failed in Australia – they made TERRIBLE coffee. It tasted like shit. And they were run like a generic […]

My Health Record: Opt-out NOW!

Aractus 16, July, 2018

Today marks the first day for three months that you can choose to opt out of a My Health Record. In this post, having just done so myself, I hope to convince you to do so as well. My expertise in in public health, and so I am perfectly qualified to explain both sides of […]

Atheist bible studies

Aractus 30, June, 2018

Welcome to my brand new academic blog series. I call it my Atheist Bible Studies. This will be the introductory post, and for this series I will choose topics that Evangelical Christians will find challenging, but which everyone else (atheist, liberal Christian, or other theist) probably won’t. I should note that I’m not an anti-theist, […]

New theme

Aractus 17, June, 2018

(Last updated 13/12/2018) Welcome to the brand new theme for my blog. I spent the last two weeks creating it – completely from scratch, even the background images are unique (made from royalty-free images I found on the internet). The only thing that hasn’t changed just yet is the footer links – those have indeed […]

Have scholars been lying about P137?

Aractus 12, June, 2018

On his blog, well-known bible scholar Larry Hurtado gave me a public dressing-down while laying out his reasons for not publishing a comment I made to his previous blog post. He didn’t name me, but I will confirm it is my comment he is talking about. He didn’t abide the use of the word “lie”, […]

First Century manuscript of Mark published!

Aractus 24, May, 2018

This blog entry has gone under several revisions. Last updated 02/06/2018. Yes you read right, this isn’t clickbait. The First Century Manuscript of the Gospel of Mark that Dr. Daniel B Wallace told the world about during a debate in February 2012 with Dr. Bart Ehrman has, finally, been published. The debate is here. The […]

US accuses NK of unleashing WannaCry

Aractus 20, December, 2017

And it’s probably bullshit. Here’s the first reason to think this was not North Korea… it made the hackers barely any money. In total only around 360 people or so paid the ransom. The hackers were not prepared to receive large numbers of payments as there was no way for them to immediately identify a […]

The Last Jedi: Reviewed

Aractus 15, December, 2017

So, if we are to believe some critics this is a “near perfect reboot of the franchise”. These are the same corporate shills that told us The Force Awakens was a good movie. I was told online and in-person that I was totally wrong about TFA, the people who told me it in person were […]

Jigsaw: Review

Aractus 04, November, 2017

What makes a good slasher film? Well firstly they are divisive by design. Some people love a good horror movie, others don’t. I’m quite partial to the Giallo genre, it elevated slashers into mainstream cinema while US horror movies of every kind were the kiss of death to any director or actor hoping to improve […]

Deckard is NOT a fucking replicant!

Aractus 07, October, 2017

I was going to incorporate this rant into the BR 2049 review, however the rant became so epic I decided it needed its own space. Now I know, many people will disagree. I used to think so too – in fact the first version of Blade Runner I saw as a kid was the Director’s […]

Blade Runner 2049 review…

Aractus

I thought I’d post a nice early BR 2049 review for people. I’ll keep it mostly spoiler free, I’ll tell you just some mild stuff that you learn in the first act anyway. If you’ve seen the theatrical trailer that contains more spoilers than this post. Also let me be upfront in saying that I […]

CSIRO-backed Flexi diet evidence review

Aractus 18, September, 2017

Introduction The diet industry is huge. And mostly it doesn’t work. Why is this? Well, it’s actually quite straightforward. People are set up for failure by an industry that thrives on people failing and coming back. They don’t really care whether their clients succeed or not, so long as they can profit from their efforts. […]

Same Sex Marriage Postal Survey

Aractus 04, September, 2017

So I thought I would tackle this one. To be upfront I will “vote” yes in the survey, but I’m about to make a pretty compelling argument for the “No” case. And one that frankly isn’t being made but is by far their most legitimate argument that is free from secondary concerns like the bullying […]