I have been meaning to get to the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens for a while and did so over the weekend. I didn’t do quite the walk I was imagining but that was the trade-off with going with a larger group of people.
Here’s some things that I’m into at the moment, or that caught my eye while whiling away my time on the web.
I was late to the party but the series ‘The Checkout’ that the ABC recently aired was fantastic. I love shows like this that educate consumers and let us into the sneaky tricks that some marketers and companies employ to sell their products.
Check it out. Luckily they’re doing another season and the website has heaps of video too.
While we’re on the subject of consumerism. Palm Oil. Do you know about it? It’s used in many food products, cosmetics, and household products and the manufacture of it is causing massive destruction in the orangutans habitat to clear rainforests for oil palm plantations. I’ve been doing some research but it’s really hard to find out exactly what it’s used in because there’s so many names for it. So as a consumer I’m trying to educate myself on what it is in, and find alternatives. There’s many websites about palm oil, and this is just one.
Are you a Game of Thrones fan? I am and the most recent episode has had people talking on social media and elsewhere. It’s a bit gory but I love the story and I love the acting. I have started reading the books but am very happy that I didn’t know what was going to happen in episode 9 of season 3. Wow. Just wow.
I don’t live that far from the city where I work and I have thought about riding into work but competing with cars scares the crap out of me. If there was a dedicated stand-alone bike lane to my workplace I reckon I’d do it, but there’s not so I don’t. Alan Davies writes:
It’s time to acknowledge that cars should no longer get priority in the city centre
As I wait for my bus or tram in the morning I see plenty of cars drive past with mostly one person in them and I’ll bet that most are going into the city. I know that somedays it’s more convenient to drive in and I know that public transport can be woeful but wouldn’t the city be a much better place, and easier to get to if everyone wasn’t driving there? Alan Davies reckons that most people could ride to work.
I came across a gorgeous photography project by James Mollison. He says:
It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances.
So he’s photographed children and their bedrooms from all around the world. It’s amazing to see where some of these children sleep.
This is one of those roses that smell really divine. Pity smell can’t be associated with photos so you’ll just have to imagine it.
It’s my Friday off today and I’m going to the doctor. I had a really intense day at work yesterday and left work with a blocked ear, feeling dizzy and nauseous. I’ve still got the blocked ear but I think I’m walking in a fairly straight line.
So instead of coming home last night and having a drink or two to mark the milestone I achieved at work yesterday I came home and went to bed.
I’m supposed to be going to a friend’s fundraiser tomorrow night and performing there doing something physical which I can’t imagine doing feeling the way I feel right now. So I hope I feel better tomorrow.
My contract at work is finished in five weeks and I don’t know if it will be extended so I’m probably a bit stressed about the work situation. Especially when my department is talking about cutting funding and therefore cutting jobs.
So I apply for another contract through an agency and now they’re giving me the cold shoulder so I can only presume there’s no chance with that one. Le sigh! I know a fade when I see one. So much for the agency working for me to help me find a job.
At least I have a holiday to look forward to so if I have to take all of July off then I won’t be too sad about that.
I’ll have lots of time to smell the roses.
As usual with Twitter being a news source for me, I found out that Flickr had redesigned its Photostream look, and also changed the amount of upload you can get for free from 200Mb to 1Tb – which is a lot. I like the new layout too.
I’ve been a Flickr Pro user since March 2005 – it was one of my first social networks. There used to be a pretty good Flickr community in Adelaide which has now died down a lot. Either that or I’m just not in the loop anymore.
I got a bit confused as I wasn’t sure what these changes meant for existing Pro users and the website wasn’t that much help to me.
Pro users can keep renewing but it doesn’t say at what cost on the Help page. I’ve since found out it’s at the same annual cost of $24.95.Pro users still get unlimited upload and can still view stats for photos.
I can’t see that this option is available to new users at all so I wonder if the Pro options will one day be phased out? And I’m also wondering how many new Flickr users will want the $49.99 annual payment for an ad-free Flickr.
I’m undecided as to whether to keep renewing my Pro account, or just to move to a free account.
How about you? Do you think you’ll stay using Flickr Pro, or move to a free account? And what do you think of the changes?
You know how people go to a great event and they don’t stop talking about it 20 years later. You wish you could have been there but you weren’t so it doesn’t matter how many stories they tell about this fantastic event you missed out on, you weren’t there and you just smile and nod and wish they’d shut up about it because of course you would have loved to have been there.
What event would this be for you?
For me, it was the 1993 Big Day Out in Adelaide. It was the first Big Day Out here, and it was held at Adelaide University. It was a stinking hot day in early February as days in Adelaide are bound to be at this time of year.
Iggy Pop played and he was awesome. You should have seen him. Well I couldn’t because I wasn’t there.
I had a really good excuse as to why I wasn’t there. I wasn’t in the country. I was in England – freezing – in winter.
While you were getting squirted with firehoses at the Big Day Out before Iggy Pop came on, I was commuting for an hour or two to work in the dark.
There’s been some other good bands play at Big Day Outs in Adelaide, but they’re still not as good as the first one. Because the first one was at Adelaide University and all the rest have been at the Adelaide Show Grounds. Totally different venue. Totally different feel.
So when people are still posting photos on Facebook from that day, or talking about it at parties, I just try to think of all the great gigs I went to in England.
I could tell you about the time I went to the Reading Festival in 1993. Or when I saw Red Hot Chili Peppers and Henry Rollins on the one night at Brixton Academy for the princely sum of £10.50. One of my favourite shows was Pop Will Eat Itself at the Town and Country.
Here’s some more:
- Smashing Pumpkins at the Astoria – 14 February 1992
- The Jesus and Mary Chain (Rollercoaster tour) with Blur, My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr at Brixton Academy – 7 April 1992 (£12.50)
- Fugazi at Brixton Academy – 9 May 1992 (£5)
- Sonic Youth at Brixton Academy – 15 December 1992 (£9.50)
- Jesus Jones – 1 April 1993 at the Astoria (£8.50)
- Madonna – Girlie Show at Wembley Stadium- 25 September 1993 (£22.50).
Ok, so missing out on that inaugural Big Day Out in Adelaide perhaps wasn’t so bad after all. And it’s a pity those prices are now long gone.
Last month I concentrated on taking photos with the theme of orange. Below are the results. I’d chosen orange with a view to taking lots of autumn leaf shots but only ended up with one decent photo to use.
I’m loving how this colour photo project is making me see things. I think any photography project makes you look at things a bit differently around you.
You know when you’re on the lookout for something, you all of a sudden see lots of them? Say if you’re researching a type of car to buy, you all of a sudden see heaps of them on the road, where you never noticed them before.
I wonder if I would have looked twice at the graffiti below if it wasn’t mostly orange?
I wonder if I would have seen that lone brick on the beach if it wasn’t mostly orange?
Before I had a child I’m not really sure what I did with my time. I worked full-time but when I came home I didn’t really have that much to do unless I had plans for the evening. And of course it was easier to go out but I usually saved that for the weekend anyway.
I remember answering some questions for a phone survey and they asked if I did volunteer work and other questions around community work and I left that interview feeling quite slack because I didn’t really contribute to the community much at all.
I got a dog nearly two years before I had my son so I had to walk her and she occupied some more of my time.
Then I had a baby and my life completely changed as babies tend to do for you.
I look back at those childfree days and feel really very lazy and sometimes I miss them. Sometimes I would rather sleep in on a Saturday morning or lay in bed and read my book rather than get up and drive around town and watch my son play sport. Sometimes I’d like to make plans on a Friday night when my son has scouts and I have to drop him off and pick him up at certain times. But I’m not bored.
I remember a girlfriend telling me I’d never be bored once my child came along and she was right. Mind you, I have been bored in completely different ways. I got bored of changing nappies. I got bored of tantrums in public, and I’m talking about my son’s tantrums. I had mine in private. I got bored of staying at home when he was a baby before I went back to work. I was never a baby person. I couldn’t wait for him to start talking but now I’m bored of him talking so much. Well that’s not quite true. We do have a really good laugh sometimes. I’m much more into the age he is now than the baby age and that baby boredom has lifted – thank goodness. I like other people’s babies because I can hand them back and I know that I won’t be up at an ungodly hour feeding them.
And as well as the time that having a child takes up, and working nearly full-time I seem to be doing lots of other things that I never did before. I’ve developed an interest in photography and then sharing those photos on social networks. And there’s all the other online stuff that uses up my time. I go to pilates once a week. I’ve dabbled with salsa classes. I recently started singing lessons again so I’m doing some things for myself so that my whole life doesn’t revolve around my child. I’m conscious that he’s growing up really quickly and one day my time won’t revolve around him so much. I’m sure I will really miss that.
And how can I be bored of this devil-child?