Wednesday, January 23, 2008

More Than The Smell ....

A snapshot in time. while its on my mind, ive been having these childhood flashbacks lately, no not the clear as day hollywood cut scene types, but just the "hammer over the head" kind that stop you dead in your tracks, and make you think of things you long forgot.

i mean weird stuff. like digging for antlions in the back yard when i was 6. hiding out in tree clippings, acting like a castaway on the tv survivor series. even remembering the army surplus canteen i used to fill with cordial, yeh ... weird stuff. sure theres been more, and all have been triggered by related events nowdays, but why suddenly flashbacks to childhood stuff? mmmm strange indeed. trouble is half of the time it smacks me over the head and then the next day ive forgotten the event, but i can remember .... remembering ... something. haha.

ok im not insane. not yet.

James Jean : Process Recess

Moby ...

Whale hunting. this is just one of those stories where its blatantly one sided, you know it is, you know it will always be that way, but yet it still tugs at the heart strings. in the past 2 weeks the japanese whaling operations occurring through the Asia Pacific region have drawn attention due to the extravagant protests by a few Greenpeace activists, namely boarding a whaling vessel and chaining themselves to the deck for 3 days.

is it just me or this the same merry-go-round we've been on since ... they banned whaling down in our southern Australian oceans ? we bitch and moan every time the Japanese and Norwegians go out for their annual harvests, but yet i can't help seeing nothing being done about it? not only that, i find it completely hypocritical of us to voice our opinions on what and what shouldn't be killed by .... anyone.

ok ok, these whales are endangered, almost extinct, yada yada, but last time i checked we were still killing our native coat of arms? yeh that furry thing we call a kangaroo. come on, whats the difference between slaughtering millions of head of cattle for prime beef, and hunting whales. both are sought for meat, purely and simply. and both are harvested with the same degree of cruelty, picked out from the environment, head lopped off, bleed and butchered into teeny weeny pieces for hungry humans. more than that, the japanese whaling industry has been rooted in the Japanese culture for over a century, so who are we to intervene like vegan saints all of a sudden when ... with one single glance, our backyard is just bloody as theirs.

i mean just reflect for a second, how would we feel if suddenly the japanese began flying aircraft over our farming communities, with the intention of stopping us from farming cattle, claiming that we were over polluting the region and aiding deforestation. they could make up any reason they wanted, a parallel to the "endangered species" bandwagon. imagine that, yeh ... we'd be pretty pissed off too. funny thing is i do agree that we should stop hunting endangered species, i just don't think we have any right to impose our views on other nations, and continually slander them in every westernised media outlet for it, whilst we commit offences of our own, in the eyes of others.

Jigsaw ...

This year is going to be a strange one, a turn in the road i think. once again ive been static here, yeh ive been busy, normal life routines just eating up the days, but i've found its just so easy to cycle through 24 hours and figure ... well nothing happened so what the hell do i post on.

truth is plenty has happened, i just havent been aware of it or ive been to busy / lazy to actually think about it, let alone snapshot my opinion on it. so lets waffle a bit. first off, how shocking is that banner and colour scheme, i feel so outdated already lol, time to spruce that up again into something new i think, just a little tweek here and there. shame that blogspot doesn't let you alter things down to the css level all that easy.

like ive mentioned before this year im looking to secure work in some form of fulltime design employment. whether that be a balance of freelance or full scale agency work. the funny thing is im working up my lost time at my current location until i take leave in July, so it almost feels like im employed full time anyway. its extremly daunting to think that i need to lose this security blanket to move on. some money vs no money vs a decent salary.

on other news, my closest friend lost his Mum to cancer over the week. a story i won't dwell on, but a mark of respect to be mentioned. we will all miss Bev and her kind hearted nature, Mark you should be proud to have had such a special person in your life. to your Dad, your brothers and you, i wish you all the best, condolences from my family.

moving on, whats this i hear about Heath Ledger being found dead today in his New York apartment? man ... is the world sucking at the moment or what. it just goes to show, behind the mask that we all saw in the public eye of a fun loving aussie, a young vagabond, he might of been on a downward spiral after a marriage breakup and birth of his first child. not to mention he had just wrapped filming on the new Batman film, being cast as the arch villain "The Joker". fitting? or not? it kinda reminds me of Brandon Lee's death after "The Crow". a truly bright spark that decided to burn out now rather than face the world. i can't help feel that he was just getting started? and that his latest role could have been the cornerstone of a new path for him. such a sad loss. for anyone not privy, check out the trailer to The Dark Knight, and witness how well he seems (at this early stage) to channel Alan Moore's vision of the killing joke.

see so i guess a bucket load is happening, i just need to clear the head a bit more. a focus will be on my leave break over July for a trip to the America's. and we are only 23 days in ... of 365, or is that 366, or should we rather follow the Mayan calendar ? a thought to dwell on. with all this going on, the stock market crash of yesterday, billions lost, millions to be made, the scales seem more unbalanced than ever. am i a crazy to continue to see the stupidity in the ever present urge for wealth and needless possessions? this path that everyone follows. buying into invisible promises of security and safety, stocks, bonds, property, health and wealth, cures and dreams. for what? i won't be a part of that puzzle. i hope i wont be apart of that puzzle. i think we all just need to take a moment and realise life is there to live. see you in Arizona Bay.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Two Thousand And Eight ...

Hola. well its been kinda static here of late, but i'm not about to just let it drop. what have i been up to? well to quite literally put it ... nothing involving a computer, or work for a better term. ive tried to just relax and catch up on the things that ive enjoyed and missed out on through the majority of 07.

so reflecting on 2007, big year that it was, i recon it was one of the quickest to go by in a long time? was that just my imagination, or is time just speeding up to that great big stop sign of 2012. lol. who knows, all i can say is that it went by in a flash. i mean, i completed a University Degree, i moved house, etc etc all with less sleep than was humanly acceptable.

so what does 2008 hold. well alot i think, it feels like the chains are almost off and i can really jump ship for the first time if i choose to. and damn thats a scary thought. almost as scary as being static and comfortable. i sometimes don't quite know which would be worse. looking forward things which could happen ....

i'll strive to be employed full time in my industry without much freelance.
freelance could take over if the right doors were opened.
a job opportunity could open for me in Melbourne.
i could just sail off to some other metropolis for work.
a friend could become a father.
i could be enjoying Comic Con in San Diego.
a world trip part 2 is in the works. time and budgets are working against it.
Mexico, Guetamala, USA, Canada, South East Asia.

the doors are open. your discussions are welcomed. Miguel, your in that list of visits as well, time is too short and i'll visit within the next 12 months. thats the plan. ducks need aligning.