Philosophy Hurts Your Head

The blog of a cranky Philosophy PhD Student from Newcastle, Australia.

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New Bodyboard!

Posted by Sam D on February 13, 2009

On a happier note, (and acknowledging that not everything is bound up in the struggle for justice nor the quest for truth),  I recently took delivery of a new bodyboard – a Turbo e30.  I haven’t been out in the surf on a regular basis for several years, but recently decided to get back into it, and some new equipment was needed!

I don’t normally talk up products I buy, but I have to say I’m really impressed with this board so far – very fast and maneuverable. I was also impressed that when I rang their office in Port Maquarie and asked daft questions about leash plug placement,  their head shaper Glen was happy to talk to me about stringer placement and beaded polypro properties etc.

Time will tell how durable this board ends up being, but I reckon that the e30 is some of the best value around at this time, especially if you get it through ebay.

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Life and other stuff

Posted by Sam D on October 31, 2006

Which is a stupid title, really. I mean, did anything happen to me that was not a part of my life? Never mind.
In a nutshell, since I last posted:

I got married – which was great, we have a really good time and there were only a few minor mishaps along the way. No ‘Funniest Home Videos’ or “Four Weddings and a Funeral’ moments thank goodness! The honeymoon was good, even though we it rained for almost the entire time (but fined up when we left the beach!)

I went to a funeral – for my grandfather, who passed after a long illness. As well as think alot about his life, and what it means for that generation of my family to be gone, I thought a great deal about the consolations philosophy can’t give.

I had my candidature confirmed. After what I think was the weakest verbal defence of a thesis ever heard, my supervisor, the Head of School, and the CT&L Convenor all thought what I was doing was great and generally made a fuss. Weird, but a great relief.

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Update on Assorted Stuff in my Life.

Posted by Sam D on January 16, 2006

Yeah I know I’ve been quiet lately. Well there was Christmas and all, and I don’t apologise for staying away from the computer over the holidays. The last two weeks have been very trying, with two deaths in my extended and not so extended family.

I will be posting a bit more lightly for the next few weeks, as I am actually working full time as the (temporary and semi-official) Program Officer for the Bachelor of Arts at the Uni. I even have a desk!

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Results are In!

Posted by Sam D on December 14, 2005

Program: B Arts (Hons)
Awarded Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Honours Class II Division 1 on 12 December 2005

It isn’t perfect, but it is almost definitely enough to get into a PhD next year.
I’m pretty surprised. I thought I had done quite badly.

Once again I’d like to thank some people for their help this year:

All the active members of the Philosophy Club for listening to my incredibly boring and complex rants on Anselm and universal sets.

Martin Hill for listening to more of these rants, and suffering through my need to talk out the Kripke coursework in semester 1.

Rowan for reminding me that it is actually all about him.

Ming for being more or less completely wrong about set theory.

Dr John Wright for his time, feedback, encouragement and basically showing confidence in my ability.

My parents and family for their ongoing moral and financial support.

And most importantly my fiance Alexandra, for the emotional, financial, physiological and nutritional support that she gave me this year. I don’t think I could have done it without her.

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Fashion Bitterness

Posted by Sam D on November 15, 2005

Fashion? Why the fuck would I bother? I can get my identity eroded for free. Hell, I can go to work and get paid for it! I don’t need to throw my money away on some argyle print piece of shit to prove how much of an individual I’m not.

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