The obscure word of the week is judgement

This week’s obscure English word is judgement. Or judgment. It’s not obscure of itself, of course, but what’s interesting – and somewhat obscure – about it is the spelling. Usually we’d associate differences of this kind with United States or British English. But this time that’s not entirely true. ‘Judgment’ is usually standard US spelling, … More The obscure word of the week is judgement

Blocking out the WordPress future… and it’s Gutenberg

I took the plunge a couple of weeks back and dived in to the new WordPress block-editor, which they’ve called Gutenberg, after Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (1400 – 1468) who invented the printing press for the west. This post is written using the new system. I didn’t do this lightly. My main irritation … More Blocking out the WordPress future… and it’s Gutenberg

Reflections on New Horizons, Ultima Thule and the human condition

I guess it was always going to be a mystery as to precisely what lay out there in the Kuiper belt in the outer reaches of the solar system, at least until we got there. And what do we find? A snowman. Of course. Joking aside, the New Year fly-by of Ultima Thule by the … More Reflections on New Horizons, Ultima Thule and the human condition

Welcome to 2019

Welcome to 2019! Here in New Zealand it’s just begun. And I have to wonder. Is it going to be the same bizarre, weirdo collection of ‘crisis of humanity… what crisis of humanity?’ stuff as 2018? Meanwhile, as the rain pours down where it shouldn’t and the climate looks like it’s about to go into … More Welcome to 2019