Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Not sure why, and it's frustrating that I'm not really enjoying the holidays yet. But I feel even worse when I stop and realise I'm feeling flat and what a waste of my holidays that is! ahh silly brain.
Sometimes I want to drill a hole in my head and let the pressure out.
What's your album of the year?
Here's my top 4 (can't do a top 5 -I think these may be the only four cds I bought this year!)
Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Liam Finn – I'll be Lightning
Patrick Watson – Close to Paradise
I'd love to put a few Aussie releases in, I could probably find some if I tried, I've heard many a fine track on FBI. I just don’t own any of them.
It's a little known fact that I played cricket throughout highschool. I even captained the firsts in year 10... mind you, we only had two teams at my school, and girls cricket is really quite different to men's. I remember in Year 7 it was mulligrubber after mulligrubber.
Anyway, it's been good.
I've also enjoyed watching a few movies - Across the Universe, The Black Balloon (on foxtel at mum and dad's) and Jerry Maguire (free to air... i take no responsibility for channel flicking!) I loved all of them. I love movies that make me feel gooey inside...
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
If I had to nail down 10 things that I enjoy about being back in the suburbs, they would be:
1. Seeing the dogs (some have rudely called them 'rats' because they are the small, yappy type..not mentioning any names) and having them fall asleep next to you
2. Having dinner cooked for you.
3. Watching Foxtel, specifically the movie and lifestyle channels!
4. Making coffee on mum's machine
5. Lying on the grass reading
6. Seeing lots of trees and open space, and feeling nostalgic about the north shore
7. Hanging sheets on a Hills Hoist and watching them fly in the wind
8. Never opening the fridge only to find its empty
9. Watching the cricket on a big tv screen
10. The smell of christmas tree in the lounge room
(ps. I changed computers, and i was able to upload the photos).
I forgot to bring my camera to my parent's place, so I took the photos on mum's point and shoot - much harder to produce a good photo! I had to work hard :)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Well you'll have to wait to the end of this post to find out.
First I want to say... I wish I'd found THIS SHOP earlier!! Called Remo General Store, it basically sells a whole lot of iconic things, based on popular demand. The stuff they sell reminds me of Gowings - all the funny nick nacks. I surely would've found something for my brother there!
If you're still after a last minute present, it looks like they're opening up their warehouse in Surry Hills till 4pm tomorrow arvo. Usually they're just an online store, so I think that makes it pretty special to go inside.
Anyway, as for what I bought my brother... a year ago he bought me a german knife. Someone suggested to me that what people buy is what they would like to receive. Seeing as I'd not really expressed a burning desire for a knife, I reckon it's the case with that present (although it has been helpful, i'm glad he gave it to me!) So, I bought him a special super-sharp swedish knife. Hope he likes it...!
One of my students bought me some things from Darrell Lea to say thanks for meeting up with her this year, and one of them was Bo-Peep lollies.
So, I needed some space efficient furniture... nd I was determined to get what I needed - desk, cd storage and bookshelf for under $100. Hello Ebay!
I'm proud to say I got all those things for $103!
I bought a bookshelf for a dollar on ebay - it's real wood - not even chipboard! And is the perfect size! I gave the people what I had in my wallet on exchange ($3) because I felt stingy... not sure that my final offer really made up for that.
I also bought a 2m tall cd tower for $20, which new at IKEA costs four times that. I picked it up last night, and it's really cool - it fits most of my cds, and because it's tall and slim, uses no space at all.
The biggest expense was a desk, new from IKEA for $80.
But I think I did pretty well!
For all those people who say ebay is scary and evil, i say poo poo. It's actually really good! If you only buy from sellers with 98-100% positive feedback, and bid wisely, it's full of bargains. I've never had a regretful purchase.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Gaslight Radio - Good Heavens Mean Times
Fourth Floor Collapse - Plans for Dream Homes
Led Zeppelin - III
Yo La Tengo - I am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Anthony Atkinson - come home for autumn
Drag - Drag
Gorgeous - Gorgeous
Joy Division - Permanent 1995
Elbow - Asleep in the Back
Muse - Origin of Symmetry
Kid Cornered - Six Sisters
Gaslight Radio - Z-Nation
Gelbison - See the World
Powderfinger - Vulture Street
At Sea - Malfunctioning Teleprompter
The Morning After Girls - The Morning After GIrls
Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame
7 World Collide - Neil Finn and Friends live at the St James
Ben Lee - Awake is the New Sleep
ESN - Stop Motion
End of Fashion - Rough Diamond/Anything Goes EP
78 Saab - Crossed Lines (2 of these)
Cartman - Go!
The Morning Birds - Visiting Skin
1704 - Gelbison
Disaster Plan - Reality Correctors One Through Twelve
Rhubarb - Stop Motion
Wolfmother - Wolfmother EP
Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People
Speedstar - Forget the Sun Just Hold On
Alex Lloyd - Black the Sun Ep
Jim O'Rourke - Insignificance
Bunky - Born to be a Motorcycle
Adam Cole and the Pollen Choir -Red Sky Morning
Adam Cole - Like Endora
Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Stina Nordenstam - The World is Saved
Fourth Floor Collapse - Made Believe
Jebediah & Jimmy Eat World - Split EP
Gary Jules - Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets
Rocket Science - Contact High
The Reservations - Last Impressions
The Duke Spirit - Cuts Across the Land
Elbow - Cast of Thousands
I want a Hovercraft - I want a Hovercraft
David Bridie - Hotel Radio
Sleepy Jackson - Lovers
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
I read alot of craft blogs, and they all have lots of cute things on them, but genenrally they're pretty ornamental. I'm thinking I'd like to make something functional, like a skirt, or an apron or something (although I have two aprons already).
Could anyone point me to some cool, free patterns on the net?
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
His birthday was late Sept, and I got him a fairtrade soccer ball from Oxfam. That was my last good idea... now? None. Nudda. Nothing. Last Christmas, I think I got him a knockbox for his coffee machine. The one before that, I think some DVDs.
He's 26, lives in a bachelor pad, likes sport, wine, partying and doing boy-things.
What are you getting people for Christmas?
I've bought dad some Blueray Discs, because he got a blue ray machine thingo for his birthday last month. And I'm giving mum some Japanese Sencha Green tea, because she loved it in Japan, but can't find it in the shops (I bought some online) and maybe a babushka doll, because she's started collecting them.
But brothers, eek they're so hard to buy for!
Monday, December 15, 2008
The first was Egg Records. I took in probably around 80 - 100 cds, and he picked 17 of them. I was suprised by his choices, but was quite happy when he offered $65 for them! It came in handy this week with moving/cleaning costs. I thought he would've just said give me the lot and I'll pay you $x, but no, he selected 17 particular cds.. ones with the least amount of scratches and most saleable.
Because he hadn't taken them all, I took them down to Repressed Records which is on King Street, down near the Performing arts high school. They didn't want any of them, so I still have quite a large bunch of cds I'd like to offload. I haven't tried the books yet, but I think i'll put it on my to-do list this weekend.
It's strange how much moving house changes your routines/habits. I'm feeling all out of whack having spent so much time doing very practical things. On Sunday Jo and I realised we hadn't had any recreation time in about 5 days, which explained our utter exhaustion and short fuses. When we figured that out we just stopped and did nothing for an hour in the afternoon.
The layout too, has me out of whack. Not having my computer in the living room (hence the lack of blogging), and not having all the rooms come off the main living room means I'm still working out where I hang out in my downtime. Our new place is more like a half-house, so it's long, and has separate rooms. I much prefer it, but it's weird!
We're without gas until Wednesday, which means no stovetop or oven to use, which makes it feel like we've been in transit for a week, eating strange microwavable food and carrying boxes like there's no tomorrow.
On the up side, we had our bond inspection today, and finally cleared the last of our stuff from the D.Hizzle (Dulwich Hill) apartment. It was like a monkey off our back when the agent said the place was fine and wouldn't claim on our bond. What a relief.
We're still living in a sea of boxes at the moment, but I'm sure it'll feel like home soon enough.
It was pretty awesome today to walk to the office in less than five minutes. I also had dinner at a friend's house, which was even closer! Sweeeeeet.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We met our neighbours today - in one day we spoke with them for longer than we have with any of our current neighbours over the last 12 months. I think living in a small block is going to be great.
I won't be sad to say goodbye to the four flights of stairs at our current place either...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Anyway, Dominic took us on a tour today, so I snapped a couple of shots. Here are two.
This is taken from where the front of the church will be. It will be glass, and you will see into the front room where creche and bible studies and whatever other ministries will take place, plus a kitchen/cafe style. The giant pillars behind are where the auditorium will end, and the morning tea breakout area begins.
This is the interior of the church, and you can see the whole back wall has been demolished! This is where the expansion will take place. In the future, the speaker will stand on the left hand side. Somewhere in there are our purple couches covered in dust.. oops
I'll be sad to leave the 'Sham, but really, i'm just moving to another 'Sham down the road. So it's all good.
We put in a few cockroach baits as well, because this new apartment is a lot older, and already we've witnessed a few cockies. shudder! Hopefully the baits keep them at bay for a few months.
Still quite a bit more to move over before the removalists come on friday to get the furniture... then cleaning on saturday, and carpet cleaning on monday. Moving is such a pain! Soon though, it'll all be done.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
But that's not all..
On Wednesday, driving back from Canberra to Sydney for the second leg of the conference, my car broke down on the M5... five hours later the car had been seen by the NRMA, towed to a mechanics and I was at our accomodation. But it was a long five hours. I had needed to go to the toilet when we broke down, and I didn't get to go until I arrived in Arncliffe... what a feat! Amazingly, all that was wrong was a busted hose, which was relatively cheap and easy to fix.
Then on Thursday, our real estate agents called and asked if they could hold and open house inspection at our place on Saturday. My first reaction was NO! Jo and I were both away this week, there were boxes everywhere and dirty dishes etc... but the real estate agent was really horrible and manipulative. She made threats and basically cornered us into saying yes. I have no idea what they thought when they came through a house filled with boxes, but oh well I guess it's not our problem. Still no fun that we're dealing with such mean agents...
We move house this Friday, so this week is packing and more packing. Hoping it's not too painful...
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Here's a sample of some that are coming in.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I leave this Saturday for a 9 day conference with the students, and then when I get back I'm packing and moving house!
This week, i'm out every night, except for friday, when I need to clean our house for an inspection on monday (when we're not home - argh!) and pack for the next day.
So yeah, basically I'm a bit time poor.
Things are a little stressful, and real estate agents are being a bit difficult. I really hope we get our bond back, and have enough money to move etc. Alas, we've put ourselves in this position (ie moving), and now we have to face the stress!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I’d never heard of him before, but he was famous in the 70s for doing an experiment to discover whether “good people” would turn bad, if they were put particularly bad circumstances.
Here’s a description of the experiment from a website called “Edge“:
I’m both fascinated, and shocked by the study. Shocked that it got through the ethics department (it certainly wouldn’t these days), and shocked by the results.
In the summer of 1971, Philip Zimbardo and his team of reseachers at Stanford University designed and conducted a landmark psychology experiment that would forever change our understanding of human behavior.
24 volunteer college students were randomly assigned to roles of prisoners or guards in a mock prison located in the basement of the psychology building at the
The results were shocking. Within days, the “guards” turned authoritarian and sadistic while the “prisoners” became passive and started to show signs of severe depression. What was supposed to be a 2 week experiment had to be shut down after only six days.
But at the same time, I’m not completely shocked. Zimbardo was hoping to discover the essence of human nature, and I guess in some ways I should’ve known the result of the experiment before it was revealed. Humanity is flawed, and while we are capable of many great things, we are also capable of evil.
I don’t use that word lightly - evil. You may well ask, “what is evil?” And I’m not entirely sure I can define it, but I know that humans are capable of it. And this is one of the basic understandings of the christian worldview. Humanity has rejected God, rejected his ways and tried to live by our own standards. This hasn’t worked for us, and we consistently stuff up - and sometimes, it is evil.
The great hope of the christian worldview, however, is that we have an example of someone who is utterly selfless. Selfishness is the embodiment of evil, so selflessness the reversal of evil. Jesus, in his death on our behalf, defeated evil, in the ultimate act of selflessness - taking the wrath of God towards us, upon himself.
Perhaps the most interesting thing to me about Zimbardo, is the twist that his work has taken. He is now a promoter of ‘heroism’, in other words, fostering selflessness among humankind. He believes that while we are capable of evil, we are also capable of heroism.
And Denton, in his interview with Zimbardo asked him about his latest campaign. I googled it, and found some more material on the Edge website.
The thing Zimbardo said which struck me most was his plan to inspire people towards socio-centrism rather than ego-centrism’. Basically, looking to put others first. This is not a new thought - it is the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but it’s fascinating hearing it in another paradigm - that is the social scieneces.
When I think about what he’s saying, and trying to promote, I can’t help but think of Jesus, and his example to us. I also think of christians who fearlessly helped jews during the holocaust. At the same time, I think of my own failure to protect the vulnerable, and of the many christians like me who drop the ball. For a people who have claimed the grace of God, I think it’s sad and disappointing that we don’t do as well as we could at defending the helpless.
I’m trying to think of ways of doing this in my sphere of existence. I've started helping out at a local drop-in centre, but it feels like a drop in the ocean. Sometimes the challenge just seems so vast. When I think globally, it challenges frighten me - injustice and poverty is everywhere.
I'm challenged to think am I just a passive bystander? As a Christian I have a responsibility to stand up for these people, to demand justice, but what do I do?
I'm going to keep thinking about this stuff, and looking and praying for opportunities. If anyone has any practical ways of putting these thoughts into practice, please comment.
In the dream, my friend Kat, who is a fashion student (hey kat if you're reading this!) asked me to enter a competition being run by her fashion label. The comp was being held at Annandale North Public (where I teach scripture!).
I had to write down in order, the colours that Chuck Taylor Converse hi-tops are available in... then I had to write a paper on the civil rights movement.
I did both, and thought pretty poorly, but then I won!
The prize was some white board thing signed by famous people.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Either way, I'm trying to think of what would be suitable for all members of my family. It's hard to think of a universal gift.
I can knit, do photography, hand sew (badly!), draw things (badly!), and cut stuff out. I just need ideas. Anyone?
I studied American history in high school, and I really enjoyed it, but these photos just bring it to life.
They're so timeless I'd quite like to print them out, and I think there are no copyright restrictions.
1939 - Day laborers picking cotton, near Clarksdale, Miss.
1940 June - Boys fishing in a bayou, Schriever, La. Cajun children in a bayou near the school. Terrebonne, a Farm Security Administration project
1940 - Bayou Bourbeau plantation, a FSA cooperative, Natchitoches, La. A Negro family (?) seated on the porch of a house
1940 - Negro tenant's home beside the Mississippi River levee, near Lake Providence, La.