Blessed are the interviewees

I have been fortunate to interview some amazing people over the years. A lot of the interviews came via my involvement in RRR’s Greening the Apocalypse, and some of them from loitering around Half Moon Café in Coburg Mall with a H4N Zoom. Here are ten of the interviews that stick in my mind. 1. V.Vale V.Vale started RE/Search Publications, when Allen Ginsberg gave him … Continue reading Blessed are the interviewees

Outstanding Podcasts

It is the golden era of podcasts. These are some of the shows I have been listening to lately. The Masterclass Podcast is hosted by Louisa Lim from the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. Episode 14: A Matter of Life and Death; True Crime Podcasts is a conversation between Louisa Lim and Wrong Skin’s Richard Baker and Trace’s Rachael Brown. Listen … Continue reading Outstanding Podcasts

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On the need for data journalism

In July I came up with a crackpot plan—to publish a blog post every Monday. But then I undertook a somewhat difficult task in the form of a 5 week MOOC called Intro to R For Journalists: How to find great stories in data, run by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. MOOCs are a great … Continue reading On the need for data journalism

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Irresistible: Why we can’t stop checking, scrolling, clicking and watching by Adam Altar

ISBN : 978-1-847-92459-9 Published 2017 by The Bodley Head 354 pages Available from independent publishers indiebound.org Those who avoid temptation in the first place tend to do much better. That’s why heroin-addicted Vietnam vets fared so well when they returned to the U.S. and escaped the drug-taking context altogether, and why it’s so important to construct your environment so temptations are far away. I first … Continue reading Irresistible: Why we can’t stop checking, scrolling, clicking and watching by Adam Altar

What’s with the porthole? : Common mistakes people make designing and building a tiny house

Tiny houses are on trend—the latest in a long list of architectural and social movements like aquaponics, rooftop gardening, container houses and intentional communities. But like their predecessors, just because they are good in theory, doesn’t mean they will work. Many tiny houses are stinking hot in summer, look like ugly boats, and have too many cupboards. Sarah Coles looks at common mistakes people make … Continue reading What’s with the porthole? : Common mistakes people make designing and building a tiny house

Front cover of Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit by Rowan Reid. Photograph showing seedling of Australian Silky Oak on a Sydney Blue Gum log.

Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit by Rowan Reid

ISBN : 978-1-925556-11-7 Published 2017 by Melbourne Books 304 pages Hardback $49.95 Available for purchase from Permaculture Principles Progress is not about going down the same path; it is about changing paths. This book is unbelievable. Sometimes books written by experts aren’t much chop–the author being an expert in an area, like the Ebola epidemic or the assassination of Bhutto say, but useless when it … Continue reading Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit by Rowan Reid