Thursday, May 10, 2012

Now and then

I don't really sort my photos. I just take them, download them and keep them. I've got a big hard drive, so what?
Each blurry, ill-thought-out shot makes a little mind picture of what the day was like. I've now got around 150Gb of photos and videos. All of which I find a little bit precious. Especially when they stretch back to before I was born.

Here is me today. I am studying my PhD.

Here is me twelve years ago. I am dancing to music.

 Here is me seventeen years ago. I am learnding.

Here is me twenty-eight years ago. I am SAVING THE WORLD.


  1. Love 'em all and your latest picture is an eery reflection of my own - if I dared use the computer camera.....

    That chalk-drawn map of the world behind you as you're 'learnding' is a classic!

  2. And take that poxy double word verification requirement off!

  3. Kath - Funny thing is that I've got a whole series of 'Staring blearily at the webcam during study'. One laptop I had you could just click a button and it happened (why?!?). And they AALLLL look the same.
    I will look into the double word verif. I must admit, I've never actually chosen all the annoying stuff about this bloggo.

  4. I've got stacks of photos stored too, but probably not 150GB worth. That's a LOT of photos. I don't edit any of mine anymore, the photoshop program on my old laptop died and since then there's been no cropping, no filtering....nothing changed. What you see is what I've photographed. Of course you never see any of them because you don't visit.....

    @ Kath, get some cheap $2 magnifying reading glasses and see if they help with the word verification. I have no trouble with it.

  5. I'm doing the same thing right now:

    It appears you have oscillated from carefree youthful exuberance to tedium to exuberance back to tedium again. Good news is you know what's coming next! Maybe you can save the world once you've finished the PhD.


  6. Holy craparoly.
    Do NOT show Mel that photo!
    I've already had enoguh trouble getting mine back off her ...


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32