Friday, September 28, 2018

Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.

Ducks on the move. Geilston Bay, September 2018.

Hi there, long time no post! Some questions...

1. When was the last time you tried something new?

I try to try something new every day! I’m trying a new vegan recipe just today.

2. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?

I try not to compare myself with anyone. I look to others for ideas, advice or inspiration, not points of comparison.

3. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?


4. What gets you excited about life?

The possibilities…

5. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?

Be careful about who you can rely on.

6. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?

Running and cycling.

7. Do you ask enough questions, or do you settle for what you know?

I never stop with the questions!

8. What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?

That the signified and signifier are purely psychological, and that getting worked up over symbols is extremely silly.

9. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?

Construct a grammatically correct sentence in German.

10. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?

It depends. I’m seemingly incapable of crying (I’m broken that way), but it looks like it could be liberating. I don’t like crying as a tactic though.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.

Christmas Eve bushwalk #3, Cathedral Rock, Mount Wellington

Ezra finds a tree. Walk to Cathedral Rock, Mount Wellington. 

01 What is the worst nickname that anyone has ever called you?
I never liked “Finger” (McCRACKen). It generally led people in an impure direction.

02 Have you got a favourite flower?
I like pansies. And proteas.

03 Do you add a sauce, ketchup or other artificial flavourings to your food?
I’m not sure what is meant by “artificial”? If you mean “condiments”, I occasionally use them. Mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, soy sauce. That kind of thing.

04 Describe yourself using only words that begin with the letter 'T'.
Tenacious. Thinking. Tumultuous.

05 What is your lover's pet name for you?
 You’d have to ask her. I’m not sure that she says it out loud.

06 What is your least favourite colour?
Teal. Or cyan. Or maybe puce.

07 Who did you vote for in the last election, and did they win?
I honestly can’t remember. It was a minor party and essentially a protest vote. No they didn’t win and no I didn’t win.

08 What’s your favourite part of your daily routine?
BEDTIME! Or maybe the warm-down walk after a run.

09 What is the best present you ever received?
This Surface Pro 4 is pretty good.

10 Best food comes from which country?
India. With apologies to Mexico. And Greece. And Thailand.

11 What would be the best possible way you could die?
Quickly and without any warning whatsoever.

12 Given the choice of absolutely anything, what would be your dream job?
Being paid lots of money to read books and visit interesting places.

13 What position do you sleep in at night?
On my right side.

14 What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
I can’t remember. I try to erase such things from my mind.

15 Who is your favourite fictional character?
I’d struggle to pick just one. Erast Fandorin is pretty cool.

16 What food do you hate most in the world?
Peanuts. They want to kill me.

17 When was the last time you were ill?
I felt pretty rotten for a few days in Kyoto and Tokyo last year.

18 If you were transformed into a wild creature, what would it be?
A Great White Shark.

19 What was your favourite toy as a child, and whatever happened to it?
I liked Legos. I imagine that they’re still hanging around somewhere…

20 What's the most amazing thing you've ever seen?
Notre Dame Cathedral is awfully cool.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

Condemned egg, Geilston Bay

Lunch. Geilston Bay. September 2016.

So, as part of the 2016 Goodreads Challenge, it turns out that I read a total of 128 books

In the interest of sharing good novels, here are the best books that I read in 2016!

Absent without Leave, Heinrich Böll

All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy

Coraline, Neil Gaiman

Days Without End, Sebastian Barry

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, Max Porter

How I Escaped My Certain Fate, Stewart Lee

Mothering Sunday, Graham Swift

Pop. 1280, Jim Thompson

Roseanna, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Dig, Cynan Jones

The Iron Man, Ted Hughes

The Man Who Went Up in Smoke, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The North Water, Ian McGuire

The Search Warrant, Patrick Modiano

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good.

Goldfish #1, Geilston Bay

Fish from Venice. Geilston Bay, September 2016.

No, you can't do that.

You can't do that with that shirt on.

Not with those shoes you can't.

Not with that look on your face.

Not with that attitude.

Not with your frame of reference.

Not from you.

Not by the likes of you.

No, you can't do that.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Only the madman is absolutely sure.

Condemned egg, Geilston Bay

The egg has been given the chop. Geilston Bay, September 2016.

The egg done wrong. The egg caught red handed.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.

Experiments in light #1, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #1, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #5, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #2, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #6, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #3, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #8, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #4, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Most people live in a myth and grow violently angry if anyone dares to tell them the truth about themselves.

Rockpooling #3, Southwest National Park
Above us, the waves. Fishers Point, Southwest National Park, Tasmania

Stealing again from Sunday Stealing. Currently, I am...

Reading... Pat Barker’s latest book, Noonday.

Writing... a blog post!

Playing... Minecraft, on survival mode on the Playstation 4.

Watching... Limmy’s Show.

Trying... to figure out what to do next.

Cooking... lots of curries.

Drinking... plenty of water.

Calling... all the shots.

Pinning... the blame on someone else.

Tweeting... the time and distance that I’ve run.

Crafting... lots of pick-axes!

Doing... whatever it takes.

Going... hard at the ball.

Loving... a bit of peace of quiet when I can get it.

Hating... the increasing pace of time passing.

Re-Discovering... the joys of shepherd’s pie.

Enjoying... myself immensely.

Thinking... far too much for my own wellbeing.

Feeling... like another swig of water.

Missing... out on foot rubs.

Hoping... that the creepers don’t ruin my beautifully maintained pumpkin patch.

Listening... to the whispers in the wind.

Celebrating... every day as if it’s the last.

Smelling... like patchouli.

Thanking... my lucky stars.

Considering... all the options.

Starting... to nod off.