A few years ago a friend’s kids, Hendrix and Neave, finished high school. They live in a country town and are pretty active in the local community. Before Hendrix finished school a friend of the family offered him a plumbing apprenticeship. A year later, as Neave’s final year of school was coming to an end, … Continue reading Girls in fluro
Like many people who grew up sans cats, I assumed they were pretty generic. After becoming a cat foster-carer I was surprised to learn that cats have as much personality and individuality as dogs. As the parents of four felines my partner Miki and I have differing opinions about the quality of our cats. Miki … Continue reading My Cats Sam and Jeremy: A Comparative Review
"So, what is your plan?” An interviewer sits, out of frame, with two Afghan woman and a young child, and for the first time they hear of the Syrian-Macedonian border closure. The young child plays with their balloon which is twisted into the shape of a puppy. “We don’t have a plan,” the younger woman, … Continue reading Empathy or apathy: ‘Human Flow’ by Ai Wei Wei
I think it is important to express as we go ahead in learning about my life and these wonderful Chinese expressions, that there is nothing funny. Nothing funny about Chinese sayings I mean. My life is a joke of course. If things translate strangely, that is just a charm, a magic, a beautiful journey to the true … Continue reading 精卫填海 － Persistance
The weather has been slowly cooling. Turning crisp around the edges of the day. The night comes quickly. I've been retreating, earlier and earlier, beneath blankets with a stack of books for company. Here are a few books that I've read during April — One summer: 1927 – Bill Bryson I can read anything written … Continue reading Recent reads: brief book reviews
If you love Austen’s famously witty and conceited protagonist, Emma Woodhouse, and her lovably stern counterpart, Mr Knightley, then you will love Emma (the 2009 BBC adaptation). Here’s why: Yes, there will be spoilers, but if you haven't read Emma by now, you've only yourself to blame. It’s accurate. There is nothing worse than watching … Continue reading Does the BBC mini-series Emma (on Netflix) stand up to the classic Austen masterpiece?
This ANZAC Day I respected the troops by drinking a lot of pints with people I met off Twitter in Melbourne's most urine soaked bar. Synthetics So I'd messaged Ash, Synthetics's drummer and singer in Red Red Krovvy, in March saying that I wanted to hang out with her and her friends in the band … Continue reading Review: NIGHTCLUB Tote Residency ANZAC Day Show
or (How to learn a language) I think it is worth starting this by saying that most likely machines will figure out the multiple complexities of language translation and people won't even need to speak a new language anymore. Like the Babel fish in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, It will do all the … Continue reading All Greek 2 Me – 一窍不通
I have always wanted to be a lion tamer. Unfortunately I never had that opportunity, so I became a sword fighter instead. The first and most important rule of sword fighting, is to have a sword, if you show up do a duel without one, you're probably going to die. Now, a good martial artist … Continue reading Reviewing my Toothbrush.
Books, music, art, even television and film have been around far longer than gaming, and thus have a more agreed-upon structure. Video games differ wildly from one another, making it much more difficult to define a 'standard' video game. Of course, many share narratives that would be familiar with readers and movie-watchers; a protagonist, an … Continue reading Negative Space in Video Games