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While it is tempting to advise that the best way to do a successful DIY alarm installation is not to, that would be an overly simplistic piece of advice. The reality is that you can successfully install it yourself, with some suitable provisos.

Bosch home security keypad (courtesy of Bosch Security Australia)

Why DIY?

There can be many reasons to install your alarm yourself, from those who don’t trust installers to those who just prefer the DIY approach. For me it was because I knew I wanted to do a gradual install, adding sensors over time and adding things like proximity door unlocking to improve convenience. The gradual install to add…


Having your child diagnosed with dyslexia or one of the other neurodiverse traits can be a traumatic situation that often leads to the panic of what to do to help. Since every neurodiverse person is different, what to do can differ greatly. But beyond the issue of specific treatments and assists, there are some principles that you can follow that are universal.

We have a dyslexic daughter who also has ADHD. My wife is also dyslexic and ADHD. I am mildly ADHD. It is not uncommon for one or both parents to share some or all of the traits. …


Since the development of writing we have gradually privileged text literacy above other forms of communication. Even oratory, one of the pillars of Greek civilisation, has been subsumed in the march of text literacy above all else. In education we put so much emphasis on text literacy that children who have difficulty with text are labelled disabled and moved off into special education programs, suggesting that there is something wrong with them that needs to be fixed. Aside from humanitarian principles, the march of technology has made this fixation on text untenable.

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Before Text

The word literacy is defined as the ability…


I am blessed with having friends of all sorts, from so many countries, religions, ethnicities, experience and professions. There are values in such diversity that you may not expect.

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Context

I am very lucky that I live in a society that is diverse and multi-cultural. Where I live, in Melbourne Australia, is a large city with people and communities from all over the world. When we are not in lockdown we can chose from any nationality for dining. My favourite restaurant is an Afghan one I’ve been going to for over 30 years, with the same family owning it. My daughter…


Governments across the world have, to varying degrees, exercised control over universities. In the English-speaking world in particular, alternating waves of Reaganite or Thatcherite economics, the so called economic rationalism, have been juxtaposed with more left-wing social opportunity and equality policies. All of these have impacted universities in various unexpected ways.

This series of articles examines the deep and profound structural issues in post-secondary and adult education, examines the disruptive forces at work and works towards a new model of adult education that can truly work for all.

Here is part two. There is a bit of stats in this…


With the recent world catastrophe that is Covid-19 dominating people’s minds, it is timely to examine the central role China has played as the source of pandemics over time.

Movie billboard saying the world is temporarily closed
Movie billboard saying the world is temporarily closed
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The Hard Facts

While it is sometimes hard to tell, particularly as we go back in time, the following pandemics are deemed to have started in China:

Plague in the 6th Century

Bubonic Plague in the 14th Century

Plague in the 19th Century

Influenza pandemic of 1918–19

Asian Flu pandemic of 1957–59

Hong Kong Flu pandemic of 1968

Russian Flu of 1977

SARS Coronavirus pandemic of 2002–03

Avian influenza bird pandemic of 2013-present

The…


Education administrators and governments seem to be totally detached from any understanding of the real world when it comes to designing curriculum. Nor do they seem to care how making students study something they are ill suited and unmotivated for will destroy self-confidence and create negative internal dialogue. It also wastes time that could be more productively spent. An example of this (though not the only) is the way maths is taught. The traditional math pathway taught in almost all high schools is designed to prepare students for higher education studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)[1]. …


Governments are made up of people, and so a government can exhibit all the same ‘personality traits’ that people do. They can be self-absorbed, naturally defensive, forgetful, distracted, following the wrong path, overwhelmed or completely sociopathic. We’ve seen all of the above from governments during Covid-19. Like people, governments need to be encouraged, and sometimes forced, onto a path of introspection, analysis and then self-improvement.

This short series of articles examines the deep, long hidden structural issues that many countries have, that have been exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Previous articles in the series have looked at the Lack of…


An old university building with ivy on the walls
An old university building with ivy on the walls
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This series of articles examines the deep and profound structural issues in post-secondary and adult education, examines the disruptive forces at work and works towards a new model of adult education that can truly work for all.

Here is part one.


This short series of articles examines the deep, long hidden structural issues that many countries have, that have been exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Previous articles in the series have looked at the Lack of Trust in Science.

Here is part two.

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Casualisation of the Workforce

Over my working life there have been massive changes in the workforce and its structure. In the late 1970’s and early 80’s there was plenty of work, salaries and salary increases were good and living costs were moderate. Jump forward to today and the picture is very different.

The rise of the gig economy, as it is called…

Dr. Wayne J. Cosshall

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