Another year goes by, Allira

It’s another year since your too early birth, already gone from me, already lost. Your younger sister and brother visited your grave recently. Your sister said “I stayed with my big sister for a whole”, and it took me a moment she didn’t mean hers – and yours, and yours – big sisters that are […]

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December 23rd, 2012 by Romana Challans

There are some childhood disappointments you never forget.

It is that clear in my mind, how excited I was for a dose of Star Wars after the breathtaking first movie. Oh, I had such a crush on Harrison Ford. And confusingly, on Carrie Fisher. Life is complex, and I knew it already. I was a scifi nerdette, a proto geek girl, into Asimov […]

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December 13th, 2012 by Romana Challans

Diminshed memories

Let’s Talk About Kasandra Perkins for a Change. The man who abused her and killed her was a sports star, so she gets to be a bit player in her own death – a mere cipher to discuss him. It is not the same as he put her through – but it certainly is analogous. […]

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December 8th, 2012 by Romana Challans

A woman gets pregnant, we all get to judge?

We have a ridiculous set of rules, no, IMPOSSIBLE set of rules for women to follow. Of you are single and facing  pregnancy – slut (if due to rape, was it rape rape?). If married, oh what a blessing. Unless too soon after marriage. Or you have x other children, x being the number some […]

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December 5th, 2012 by Romana Challans

Some people may say this is just marketing…

But who cares? This boy ends 2 years saving every last dollar he manages to earn, (kudos to his parents for that btw, good life lessons there), only to find the dream model of Lego is now a collectors edition well put of his league. At first Lego says how sorry it is that it […]

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December 2nd, 2012 by Romana Challans

What is left after?

What happens to survivors of tragedies? I was the only one seriously injured in my accident – what about the other people, I have often wondered. The man who admitted the momentary distraction arguing with his teenager that caused it. The other woman, innocently driving and having my car flung into hers. All three cars […]

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December 2nd, 2012 by Romana Challans

As Clive James faces death, I face losing one of the most formative heroes of my life

Clive James is dying. my heart is full of sorrow. this man is such a formative influence on me. his books (i adore his poetry), his writing, and his broadcasting (my ‘gateway’ to his work) are a huge part of my life. i listen to his reading of his own (audio based) books (again, the […]

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June 22nd, 2012 by Romana Challans

What is happening for me atm?

As of yesterday: 1) doing PhD over next few years 2) frantically coding for May release for the Serval Project 3) now working for the next two years at Flinders University as an academic – a lecturer in two Comp Sci/Eng topics 4) after two years, if all going well with PhD, get employed by […]

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April 21st, 2012 by Romana Challans

Stand back – Serval does science!

Besides being my amazing co-founder and brains trust inspiration at The Serval Project, Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen does a regular science spot on local radio. This episode involved an experiment that he roped my bloke, aka our Hardware and Systems guru, Lyn Stephens, into assisting with. Here is the video – you get to hear Dr […]

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March 29th, 2012 by Romana Challans

Happy Birthday to the amazing Marie Curie

Many of you may have noticed that today’s Google Doodle honors famed physicist and chemist Marie Curie, in celebration of her birthday. But this year also marks the centennial of her second Nobel Prize. (It bears mentioning that Curie was not only the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, she is also the only […]

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November 8th, 2011 by Romana Challans