Monday, July 16, 2012

The Age Run Melbourne - a win win for all

The crowd huge, the music cool (and lot's of it throughout Fed Sq and the course), and weather kind, who could ask for more ...

I arrived at Federation Square to witness thousands just like me ready to run; the vibe and feel of the event added to an almost surreal atmosphere charged with a positive can do energy that surrounded everyone at the event. At 10:35, the race began ending for me with a personal best time of 22:48 over the 5KM's. Be sure to buy this Tuesdays Age (17/7) to check final results for all including by age categories. I would be interested to note how my time compares with other over 50's. Based on 2011 results, my time of 22:48 (official) would have certainly placed me in the Top 5%.

We can be proud of the fundraising arm of the event as to date, we collectively raised over $1,800,000 for charity.

I feel compelled to rebuke my employer Metro Trains Melbourne not merely for overlooking the need to run extra trains in light of the tens of thousands who made the journey, but also for failing to sponsor me after a written request - a request that was not even acknowledged despite the best efforts to drum up interest by an immediate manager. It's the latter which is most disappointing.

Finally, I wish to extend sincere felicitations to the organising committee and members, event managers and army of volunteers for their tireless work. Their reward and ours (Melbourne’s) was an event of international standing and repute. Congratulations!

The Age Run Melbourne event will be held again on July 21, 2013.

Click here to visit my RunMelbourne fundraising page

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Postmodernism and Critical Theory Resource

In response to my piece, "From radical to liberal Islam – Is intrinsic change possible?" which has been reproduced on this site and, my American Interests Blog, I have received notice of a valuable link that serves as a useful resource for those wishing to engage in further exploration of both Postmodernism and Critical Theory. For those that recall it, I attempted to critically analyse whether "change" was possible amongst immigrants in western societies e.g. Britain, Australia and the U.S. Specifically, those who may "harbour radical elements of their faith", and questioning whether too, they would be likely to abandon "such beliefs as they commune within their new society, moving away from considerations of the extreme or moderately fanatical elements of Islamic thought - moving therefore, from radical to forms of liberal Islam?"

I suggest that in the first instance one reads my piece again to understand the how concepts of self in terms of both modernism and postmodernism, work there way into the arguement before exporing the resource.

I have taken the liberty of reproducing the first paragraph from the resource which you will find below, and invite readers to visit the actual resource page, Contemporary Philosophy – Postmodernism and Critical Theory for further reading.

Broadly and variously defined, postmodernism refers to a specific period of time that began in the 1940s, a style of literature, architecture, art philosophy, or the plight of Western society in post-capitalist age. This movement encompasses a set of critical and rhetorical practices employing concepts such as difference, repetition, and hyperreality to break apart or deconstruct other the structural elements achieved through modernism, including temporality, presence, identity, historical progress, epistemic certainty, and meaning achieved through unity. The term “postmodernism” first entered the philosophical lexicon in 1979, with the publication of The Postmodern Condition, by Jean-François Lyotard, in which Lyotard utilizes Ludwig Wittgenstein’s model of language games and concepts taken from speech act theory to account for “a transformation of the game rules” for science, art, and literature. For Lyotard, postmodern thought can best be summed up as “incredulity towards meta narratives.” According to Lyotard, postmodernists eschew “grand narratives” that attempt to account for, explain, and compartmentalize human life and history; there is no clearly defined, collective meaning and for the postmodern world, there is no mourning of the loss of meaning because the outcome of one’s own experience and condition will necessarily be fallible and relative, rather than exact and universal.
More here

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Best Conservative Rock Song 1

“Won’t Get Fooled Again,” The Who

The conservative movement is full of disillusioned revolutionaries; this could be their theme song, an oath that swears off naïve idealism once and for all. “There’s nothing in the streets / Looks any different to me / And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye. . . . Meet the new boss / Same as the old boss.” The instantly recognizable synthesizer intro, Pete Townshend’s ringing guitar, Keith Moon’s pounding drums, and Roger Daltrey’s wailing vocals make this one of the most explosive rock anthems ever recorded — the best number by a big band, and a classic for conservatives.  

The best part was the end paragraph and the last sentence.

Now that's the truth. Roger's scream transformed that song into the anthem of all anthems in my little world.

So of course it is a conservative song. it's a libertarian song too. One thing we can definitely say is that both literally and metaphorically the song is NOT modern-ly liberal or socialist.