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|Saturday, March 16th, 2013|
Hmm. Lost my password for a bit.
Not sure I like where LJ has gone during the meanwhile.
|Monday, February 20th, 2012|
Hey lj, tell me what to do. I went to Indo and am looking for work here, it's not happening all that fast but it does look like there would be plenty of opportunities if I tough it out. But I just got an email from someone in the ESL business saying there's a job opportunity in China for someone who can go there *this week*, and I'm kind of inspired to take it up. Because... well, China! This week! A job! Something happening!
It seems almost completely insane to just get up and go somewhere else, but then, the plan that brought me here was kind of insane in the first place.
Should I do it?
|Sunday, January 1st, 2012|
|Thursday, December 22nd, 2011|
Hunting around for an antenna today (long story), no luck, riding home, got "doored". Yuck. Hand hurts, don't know how I'll go being one handed for the next while... lucky it's not longer, I guess.
|Sunday, November 20th, 2011|
Things always happen.
But when you do things, more things happen. More interesting things, too.
Sometimes too many things happen.
So in general, it's a good idea to do things. But if you want to not do anything, sometimes that is OK too.
Hmm. It's kind of obvious. You'd think I would have worked this out a while ago.
|Saturday, September 3rd, 2011|
|Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore
Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)
Given a typical life expectancy, this would mean I'm being paid about $700 a day for every day that I don't use the internet. I reckon anything I really want from the internet - something to distract me, someone to talk to, information - can probably be had for less than $700 some other way. But what would be best is if I could collect my $700/day until I decided to use the internet again...
|Saturday, August 20th, 2011|
|Sunday, July 24th, 2011|
|Friday, July 15th, 2011|
It's really, really cold!!!
|Sunday, July 10th, 2011|
I've been unwell the last day or so. This morning a combination of pain and fatigue had me thinking how lucky I am, most of the time, not to feel like that... and I thought, maybe the "sin" of how I spend my time isn't that it's unproductive, it's that I'm so lucky but I don't enjoy it. I should do what I do enjoy; and if I can't enjoy it, I should do something else.
|Saturday, May 28th, 2011|
|in which I relate further tales of woe
"Which" and "in which" are pretty much interchangeable, right? I mean, why use the one-word version when you've got a word count to reach and the two-word version means exactly the same thing?
"When partaking in research a ethnographer experiences the local moral world of the culture in which they observe."
|Sunday, May 22nd, 2011|
Peasant's Feast in Newtown... any good?
|Friday, May 20th, 2011|
There's a little shopping arcade attached to Town Hall station, and when walking from the Medicare office at the end of the arcade back toward the station, I see, on the left, a clothing shop called "Jizz". At this point I giggle like a little boy who's just heard an adult saying a rude word. I really want to take a photo of myself standing under that sign before they decide to change the name of their business.
|Friday, May 6th, 2011|
Anyone used any of the Australian online bookstores? Fishpond, Booktopia, others? Any recommendations?
|Tuesday, April 5th, 2011|
|goddamn american academics
Thanks to 30 (or more?) years of grade inflation, all your students expect to get 100% on every assignment unless they submit their name written 500 times or something. When they come to a country that has some kind of differentiation between "average" and "better than average", the result is shock, denial, anger, tears... and I have to deal with it. But you bastards caused it. Grr.
|Sunday, February 27th, 2011|
Did I just hallucinate this, or is the execrable Samantha Brett now the editor of her own magazine? Her paleolithic "dating advice" column in the Herald was so successful it went on to launch her to ever greater heights... another "book"... her own magazine... can a radio show or TV show of her own be far off?
|Sunday, January 9th, 2011|
Oh, and I totally wrote those emails, too. Yay for being a nightowl!
|Saturday, January 1st, 2011|
My new year's resolution is to loosen up a little on my anti-drinking policy. Getting a little tight - say, once every two or three months - would probably do me a world of good. Let's find out.
|Monday, November 1st, 2010|
I am looking at a packet of Wizz Fizz. This is sherbert. The main ingredient is sugar. To the tune of about 94%. It should be fairly clear to anybody that eating a paper sachet of sugar is not the healthiest of things to do. And yet, emblazoned on the front of the packet are the following words:
"100% Fat Free"
It's like... fat is a magical substance which makes good food evil, and which, therefore, has also the reverse transformative power. By being absent from something, it makes that thing healthy. Wizz Fizz is apparently now a health food. You know what else is 100% fat free? Methylated spirits. Also, floor polish.
|Wednesday, October 27th, 2010|
Our parliament should only be allowed to debate our participation in a war - a war which most Australians disapprove of and which was launched without debate or consultation - if the military says we can! "Having a debate might mean we decide to stop". Well, of course that won't happen because our government is more responsive to Washington than to the will of the people, but the idea that... it shouldn't even be on the table, that even discussing this ugly pointless war should be forbidden... it's so fucked up I don't even know if I can laugh at it.