Adulthood Take 3

13 07 2010

Not a good news week for me.

I think I’ll spend it on the internet instead.

And cleaning … maybe cleaning.


Away and be gone

10 04 2010

The big wide world of the future looms ever closer with every passing moment.

Every time some one reminds me that June, practicals, and then graduations are only “a few months away” I sense it.

Thankfully some stress can fade away this week, as I have finally gotten away my application to Education Queensland. Hopefully they will see it within in their graciousness to bequeath upon me some kind of position to tide me over until my sister’s wedding next year, and the money to reach Canada for it.

In the pre-service teacher careers seminar I attended the EQ representative did say that “early February” was a good time to submit applications to maximise the chance of mid-year appointment. Perhaps I am a little late. But, given this seminar occurred in late February, I am not sure quite what I was expected to do about that. Read the rest of this entry »

Moving in pictures

12 07 2009
From this:
North Sydney view of Harbour


To this:

The Derelict


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Thanks for all the fish!

19 06 2009

For those of you amongst the three possible regular readers I think I have who may have been wondering what the “thing” I’ve been alluding to in my Pharma is your Phriend series, with comments of “only a month to go”, you may have guessed it. I have resigned from my job in medical communications. My official last day is Thursday next week.

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Video game experiment and the homeless

18 06 2009

No. This is not a ethically dubious research project. WordPress blog of the day for a while has been Alice and Kev.

Robin Burkinshaw is a UK Games Design student who is chronicling the adventures of characters she has created in the world simulator The Sims. The hook is that Robin has made the characters homeless (their ‘home’ resembles a park, has a single ‘room’, and has no furniture or amenities).

Robin says she is avoiding controlling the characters as much as possible, and just letting them play out their actions. The stories are simply amazing, and its not that hard to see how games like this are quite addictive.

The characters are a somewhat twisted version of the duo from Curly Sue. Kev is a mean-spirited crank with absolutely no manners, while Alice is his stressed and naive girl with the traits of kindness and misfortune.

Read the introduction, and then start from the beginning. Mostly it’s photos, so it’s easy to go through. The avatars in The Sims are quite good at not being as soulless as other cartoon sprites.

If you don’t want to trawl through all the pages, my picks of the posts so far are:

Although if you don’t want to read the entire series after previewing those, you have no soul.

Obviously, The Sims does not quite replicate a real world scenario – I do not think the homeless can quite so easily gain access random strangers ice cream, bathtubs and couches – but it’s definitely engaging and raising awareness for an important issue.

I wonder what other issues and scenarios the seems could be used to raise awarenes for?

Can you hear that colour?

30 05 2009

Next week on Wednesday (June 3rd) the University of Sydney is hosting a free lecture on synesthesia – the peculiar concept of cross-sensory stimulation.

Imagine a world of magenta Tuesdays, tastes of blue, and wavy green symphonies. At least one in a hundred otherwise normal people experience the world this way in a condition called synesthesia. In synesthesia, stimulation of one sense triggers an experience in a different sense. For example, a voice or music are not only heard but may also be seen.

Synesthesia is a fusion of different sensory perceptions: the feel of sandpaper might evoke a sensation of forest green, a symphony might be experienced in blues and golds, or the concept of February might trigger the perception of orange.

Hearing Colours, Tasting Sounds: The Kaleidoscope of Synethesia with Dr David Eagleman (Baylor) starts at 6:00pm at the New Law School, Lecture Theatre 101.

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A meme I can live with

1 01 2009

Happy New Year.

Here is hoping that 2009 can get its shit sorted out straight this time.

Let’s see where we are now with this meme. Props to GrrlScientist.

  1. Started my own blog
  2. Slept under the stars
  3. Played in a band – choirs count, right?
  4. Visited Hawaii – so do airports?
  5. *Watched a meteor shower
  6. Given more than I can afford to charity
  7. Been to Disneyland/world
  8. Climbed a mountain
  9. Held a praying mantis
  10. Sung a solo
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched lightning at sea
  14. Taught myself an art from scratch
  15. Adopted a child
  16. Had food poisoning
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  18. Grown my own vegetables
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  20. Slept on an overnight train – I’ve done it on a bus
  21. Had a pillow fight
  22. Hitchhiked
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  24. Built a snow fort
  25. Held a lamb
  26. Gone skinny dipping
  27. Run a Marathon
  28. *Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  29. Seen a total eclipse
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
  31. Hit a home run
  32. *Been on a cruise
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
  34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestorsMy ancestors are from miscellaneous … I guess I haven’t been to Germany yet though
  35. Seen an Amish community
  36. Taught myself a new language
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied – satisfaction from money alone?
  38. *Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
  39. Gone rock climbing — indoor, outdoor, with and without ropes
  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
  41. Sung karaoke
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant – I’ve shared my food with strangers at bars
  44. *Visited Africa
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
  46. Been transported in an ambulance
  47. Had my portrait painted
  48. Gone deep sea fishing
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
  50. *Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
  52. *Kissed in the rain – only once we got inside
  53. Played in the mud – I’m a boy, I probably ate it too
  54. *Gone to a drive-in theater
  55. *Been in a movie
  56. *Visited the Great Wall of China
  57. Started a business
  58. *Taken a martial arts class
  59. *Visited Russia
  60. Served at a soup kitchen – Meals on Wheels…
  61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
  62. Gone whale watching
  63. Got flowers for no reason
  64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
  65. Gone sky diving
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  67. Bounced a check
  68. *Flown in a helicopter
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy – my family hoards
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  71. Eaten caviar
  72. Pieced a quilt
  73. Stood in Times Square
  74. Toured the Evergladeswasn’t an organised tour, actually, I think we were lost
  75. Been fired from a job
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
  77. *Broken a bone — I am invincible
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
  79. *Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  80. *Published a book – *sigh* someday, maybe
  81. Visited the Vatican
  82. *Bought a brand new car
  83. *Walked in Jerusalem
  84. Had my picture in the newspaperOh, the shattered dreams of Idol 2007
  85. Read the entire BibleI’ve read Genesis and Revelations and large chunks of everything in between.
  86. Visited the White House
  87. *Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  88. Had chickenpox
  89. *Saved someone’s life
  90. Sat on a jury
  91. Met someone famous
  92. Joined a book club
  93. Lost a loved one
  94. Had a baby
  95. Seen the Alamo in person
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
  97. Been involved in a law suit
  98. Owned a cell phone
  99. Been stung by a bee
  100. *Ridden an elephant – camels, yes

Same as hers, I’ve asterixed the wants.