Martial Heart Series: The Concept of Giri

Whether it is the federation that supports its instructors with consistent training by bringing in instructors from around the world, the sempai that took the time to train you on a Sunday morning on a rugby field when the dojo was closed, the junior that asks the questions that you hadn’t considered, or the Sensei who works tirelessly to keep the dojo open so that you can train with others – no one becomes a martial artist alone.

Because nuclear power is still worth defending.

It comes as a surprise to many — though it shouldn’t — that someone who is pro-environment is also pro-nuclear. And unlike most green-minded people, I know my shit. I have written several papers on the subject, and remain as well-informed as I can on the trends in alternative power sources. While there are options,…

5 Quick Writing Rules

Tally directed me to this list about writing, and I decided that it would be a totally expected of me to blog about it. So I did. Here are my rules for writing, and I don’t know if they will always serve me well. I hope they will. 1. Its a waste of time trying…

Bad Humour

While I might not agree with Ivo Vegter at times, he is the closest thing we will get to a PJ O’Rourke in this beautiful and tormented country. In this article he discusses the potential blowback we may get as a result of Juju Fridays. I understand the frustration that Malema arises in the best…

Feminist Cartoon

When I read this, I felt absolved, and like someone finally understood me. That the cartoonist is a man is even more gratifying, as it shows that some progress is being made, and that some people ‘get it’ when I talk about what it is like to be a feminist in a misogynist world. His…

The Battle Continues

As many of you may, or may not know, Graham and I are writing a book. Not just any book, but what we hope to be the definitive atheist handbook and reference guide. At least, the best one in Africa, looking towards Dawkins, Hitchen and Harris for guides. As such, we are collecting articles about…