Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The best bit is hearing a real french woman read the phrase, then put it in context! It's definitely scratching an itch I've had for a while to get back into learning a language. I did French at school until Year 10, and German to Year 11. I would like to pick them up again, particularly French.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Question: What is with people assuming that everything you do in your early 20s has to have a clear, stated goal and outcome?
People keep asking me what I'm doing with my career, where I'm going and how my current work moves me forward on that career path.
Why isn't it enough for there to be unique daily outcomes that aren't even oriented towards me and my so-called "career"? Why isn't it enough to be doing something meaningful each day? Why does what I'm doing right now, have to be a step towards some future outcome? What about today?! What about people's lives today?
Okay I think that's enough rhetorical questions for one post. And probably enough angst.
I understand my work is really weird and hard to define, and seems pointless to most people. But it's actually meaningful in and of itself, and doesn't need to have a five year plan tied up with it. The work isn't about me and my career, it's about impacting people's lives now with the life changing truth.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I don't generally have a busy social life. I do stuff, yes, but not all the time.
However this weekend, I have a party which I'd like to go to, one of my favourite bands (Big Heavy Stuff) is doing a reunion show in Marrickville, and my friend's band is having their debut album launch.
ARGH. And I hate having to do the whole -go to one thing, then rush off to another.
If my highest priority was etiquette, I'd probably go to the party which I've RSVP'd to. Next on the obligation list is my friend's album launch - gotta support your mates, right? But to be honest the reunion gig is what I'd like to do most!
hmmm etiquette or desire? How do you make these kinds of decisions?
On a side note - anyone keen to see Big Heavy Stuff ;)
Monday, April 13, 2009
...we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus ... Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4: 14 - 18
Generally, I'm not. I think it's because I'm not organised. I don't have a system - no monday nights = downloading/uploading.
But, just in the last few weeks I've been intentionally podcasting This American Life, which is a show on Chicago Public Radio.
It's the only non-music I listen to on my iPod. In the last few days, I've heard a show about people who've strived to be remembered beyond the grave and mostly failed, a feature on the global banking crisis (which I now understand - YES!), and a show about Plan B - as in how most of us end up ditching Plan A, and going with Plan B, and how that works out in people's lives.
It's hard to describe how fun, absorbing and oftentimes eccentric the stories are. The executive producer and presenter is Ira Glass, who is the cousin of Phillip Glass. They're doing a joint show at a warehouse in Brooklyn at the end of the month... ugh too cool.
They offer internships at TAL... I wonder if they would take an Aussie?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Throw six potatoes
over your shoulder:
shot-put in reverse
where they land
there you plant
your six seeds
into the soil aplenty
where it's rich, dark, moist.
Let the earth
reveal its name
and speak of
time between rain
then you will
learn the language of
Anyway, so I'm back. Things may not be as frequent. But I'm back.