Thursday, 31 July 2014

Encourage Thyself

As a kid I was desperate for my Parents to encourage me to do something. Anything. So when I said I was going to do something, there would no outward sign that they approved, let alone encouraged. This was very confusing for me. I couldn't understand why they were never behind me. I never "felt" them behind me. This had a big impact of my life and how I approach things. Without encouragement I find it hard to move. The encouragement has to be from significant others, not just anyone. I think as an adult, I've over compensated by becoming very encouraging of anyone who wants to have a go at something. 

Rain developing. Not very encouraging. And there it is again. Encouraging. 

I notice again with myself I'll express interest in a project, then I''ll go into a hibernation waiting for things to improve, whilst what I'm really doing is waiting for significant others to approve and encourage me to go forth. I really must keep this in mind for the various projects I'm working on. I need to encourage myself to proceed and not wait for others.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Visibly Lost

I really couldn't understand school, and it seemed to be leading nowhere. Its funny because so many of my school mates seemed to know exactly what they were doing, and were striving with every breath to be the best student in the school, or get the highest marks, or make the biggest impression. I never understood what they were doing, and still don't to this day. Who were they impressing? I don't know. 

It was almost like they had foreknowledge of the system and they were committed to working it and getting the most out of as they could. I always remember the "Sweepers" Family (Three brothers) and how they were all determined to be dux of the school no matter what. And the three brothers all did it. They were all dux. They all seemed so confident and self assured they they would do it. It was to them a fore gone conclusion. How did I get mixed up with such brilliance? I don't know. I remember "Dave" having his visible-man patient, and how he’d take him apart and identify all the organs inside him. How weird. He was determined to be a surgeon. And he did it of course. And his two older brothers were equally brilliant. Chemistry and Engineering if I recall correctly. Where as me, I had no idea what I wanted to do, apart from fly airplanes.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Spaceship Earth

I like the Bucky Fuller's notion of looking at Earth as a spaceship.
 Its becoming more apparent these days. With many forms of communication, its easy to hear what others think and dialogue with them. The spaceship is indeed small and connected. There are some players, primarily Politicians who like to fuck things up depending on their personal agendas. Communities, us, have lots of great ideas, and then the Politicians come along and strangle the life out of the good idea. 

The internet is a good idea. For many years Politicians weren't the slightest bit interested in the net, but as the bright minds on the internet have forged on with organic growth and development, they, all of a sudden, see an opportunity for self promotion and control. And along they come with their clumsy notions and ideas, and begin to project onto the internet their agenda for it. Never mind the discordance. And then they try to control it, without acknowledging the natural growth direction and speed of the internet, and wham, the collision takes place.
The internet is only one example. 

Another one playing itself out is renewable energy. Its so obvious now that a focused Government could render its population energy self sufficient within a reasonable number of years, but what do they do? The exact opposite. In our case they redouble their commitment to fossil fuels and fuck all happens. Apart from fouling the atmosphere for everyone. I have a deep dislike for Politicians and now realise they cant be trusted. Period. 

I never trust a man in a suit. Apart from Bucky, of course.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Confuse the Birds

1970s iPhone
As a kid I used to make tape recordings. Once we made a play, and I recorded that. 
I used to go to Stock Cars, and record that. I used to record the bird life around our home, and then play it back to the birds, turn the volume up just to confuse them. Much fun. 
That sounds like me.
This was all back in the 1970s. Dad’s school had bought their first cassette player, and he used to bring it home at weekends for me to play with. Oh what joy. Id spend the whole weekend recording pretty much everything. What fun. I think I only had one cassette, and Id use it over and over. I know Dad used to keep things like that, I wonder if he kept any of those tapes. It would be priceless to listen to them now. I guess we will never know. I still look on cassettes with fondness now. It was a fun time and I still enjoy recording anything to this day. If only I had some of those old recordings. 

Friday, 25 July 2014

My Diary Entry from June 2014

Earlier in the week Rik Mayall died. Its affected a lot of people. Many people my age grew up with Rik on the world stage, strutting his stuff. It was magnificent, and a triumph of what seemed like meager protest in the wake of Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism

But it was magnificent none the less. I used to love Rik's out-there humour and always looked forward to the Young Ones coming on. His passing has touched a lot of people. Apparently he had a quad bike accident on his farm in Devon, and according to Friends was never the same again. Rest in peace dear Friend.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Free Travel

I used to pay my fare every day when I was training to be a Quantity Surveyor. I'd buy a 10 trip ticket for the week. I cant remember how much it cost, but it was a convenient way to pay for the weeks travel. 

I don't miss those days. My day started with getting up early. I was still living at home. Id have some porridge for breakfast. Then shower, and out the door. Id walk for about 30 minutes to get to Wallaceville Station. Then jump on the old, cold, smelly train for the 1 hour ride to Wellington. In those days you could still smoke on the train. Every second carriage was a smoker, and every second wasn't. So it was bit of a crap shoot, but Id always aim for the non smoking carriages. Get to Wellington, and rush to the Porirua line for the Train to Porirua. Get to Porurua, and then walk 20 minutes to Elsdon at Wormald Brothers. Jesus, I was committed. The whole travelling day was about 4 hours. Which was a lot in the late 1970s in New Zealand. 

Soon enough I had enough money to buy a car, and the whole journey take about 20 minutes from Upper Hutt. 4 hours versus 20 minutes. Crazy. 

I can recall the guard on the train wasn't very observant, and occasionally I'd give him my ticket for clipping, and he’d clip a day I'd already used. Bonus, a free days travel. I thought I'd push the limit on this a bit. I'd hold my old tickets, and then keep offering them to the guard over and over. And you know what, he’d keep clipping them and handing them back. No questions asked. I scored many days free travel that way. What fun. I guess that's the price for doing a boring job. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Squeeze when required.
I reckon we should have a referendum about Politicians. Stay or go. Dump the lot I say. Surely we can do better that the morons currently in charge. I recall years ago some whip formulating a way to solve all the worlds problems. Put all the politicians on a space ship and send them to the Moon. I wonder how they'd get on. Then we as a community, go ahead and get the things done that needed doing. I wonder how long it would take the Polinauts before they started fighting? 

Something I've noticed since the downing of MH17. From an Australian perspective, our Politicians are limited to fairly predictable “statements of outrage” and so on. They don't do anything. Just tell us in their wooden language how we should all be feeling. Bloody hopeless. Send the bastards to the moon. Let them fight it out there. The savings to us, the tax payers would be immediate and substantial.  

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Warming "Comfort Food"

Today its very cold and the fog doesn't look like clearing any time soon, if at all today. A quick glance in the fridge and I noticed two good sized butternut pumpkin halves, and I've been putting off using them to make Pumpkin Soup. Given the mid-winter conditions outside, time to park my laziness and get this soup made. I made it with onion, bacon, and curry powder so should be nutritious and tasty. The first cup of soup sits before me now as I blog awaiting a verdict.

Ready, steady, go.
Time for some bacon.
Hubble, bubble...

Only one thing to do now.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Relax in Nature

So youve had a hard day and its time to unwind. This video playlist, "Relax in Nature" will give you some time to sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Winter is my favourite time of year

I really enjoy winter. I like putting layers on to keep warm. But that is just me. With a bit of time on my hands today, I decided I needed to see some snow. And believe it or not, carrots. Snow and carrots, not a combination I was expecting. And yet there they were. So here is short vlog of my journey.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sorrento Australia Back Beach

I recently spent some time relaxing in this area, that is, Sorrento, Australia. I particularly love winter beaches, a great time to have the place to myself and enjoy the raw beauty of the beach. When I wasn't dining with friends, I headed down the beach, camera and tripod in hand to make this series of "still" videos. Hope you feel the peace like I did.