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Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.

Okay then, what do you reckon he wished for?

My mother never heard of Freud

The cold, cold water. Franklin Wharf, the Hobart waterfront. June 2012. Forgive me, for I am in one of those "what really is the point" kind of mood this week. Nomenclature , Alan Dugan My mother never heard of Freud and she decided as a little girl that she would call her husband Dick no matter what his first name was and did. He called her Ditty. They called me Bud, and our generic names amused my analyst. That must, she said, explain the crazy times I had in bed and quoted Freud: "Life is pain." "What do women want?" and "My prosthesis does not speak French."

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.

Big Henry!

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.

Sunrise over Howrah. Seen from Sandy Bay. July 2012. A little late today, but bear with me, I have the flu and stuff to do this morning. Two books finished this week. First up is Bring Larks and Heroes by Australian author Thomas Keneally. I haven’t read a lot of Keneally ( Schindler’s Ark and Gossip in the Forest being the other two), and this book is a good reason to further chastise myself for that fact. It’s a ripper! Stylistically, it’s worlds apart from my assumption of his approach. It brings to mind a more accessible Patrick White, with a keen sense of tragedy without ever weighing down the who enterprise. In it Keneally probably helped kick of an entire re-interpretation of Australian history: that of our past as a penal colony. It’s a brutal but beautiful book. Rich in history and imagery, the tensions in those first few years of colonisation at the remote ends of the Earth resonate with tension. Men vastly outnumber women. The Irish – both convicts and those pres

An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.

Continuing our adventures in Richmond, here Ezra contemplates sacrificing his bread roll to the ducks while negotiating a particularly dangerous variation of the Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II A.K.A. the One-Legged King Pigeon Pose II.

The society based on production is only productive, not creative.

It's raining again. East Derwent Highway, Geilston Bay. July 2012. Theme Thursday and I am stricken with CONFUSION. I am CONFUSed because I have the flu. I am CONFUSed that I have the flu even though I've had the flu shot. I am CONFUSed because CONFUSION is the natural order of things. I am CONFUSed that if you try to deliberately fail at something, and you succeed, which have you actually done? I am CONFUSed that things often don't go to plan. I am CONFUSed when people do things that I don't expect them to do. I am CONFUSed about the Higgs-Boson Particle. I am CONFUSed that if you expect the unexpected, doesn't that make the unexpected expected? I am CONFUSed about bacon ice cream. I am CONFUSed as to why so many people watch 'reality' competitive cooking television programs. I am CONFUSed that so many people act against their own interests. I am CONFUSed about countries who kill people who kill people to show people that killing

Do we mean love, when we say love?

Ezra leads Henry... or is it Henry leading Ezra... or is it Jen leading Henry and Ezra. Whatever the case, we're in Richmond and were all headed in the direction of Henry Street , where we like to park the car. Note: still no sign of an 'Ezra Street'.

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.

Patterns on a wall. Davey Street, Hobart. May 2012. Wordless Wednesday!

A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.

Ezra cleans his mother's car. Consider the reflection of me a bonus!

At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time.

Blurry goose. Geilston Bay boat ramp, Geilston Bay. July 2012. Tuesdays mean another pilfered Q and A from Sunday Stealing! This week, the very appropriate The Too Tired to Think Meme, Part 1 ... 1. You have 10 dollars and need to buy snacks at a gas station. What do you get? Some apples, maybe some water. I’ll pocket the change. 2. If you were reincarnated as a sea creature, what would you want to be? A Great White Shark. 3. Who’s your favourite redhead? ‘Favourite redhead’. Now there is an oxymoron if I have ever heard one! 4. What do you order when you’re at IHOP? [Googles IHOP]. If I had been to the ‘IHOP’ (assuming that first I had heard of the ‘IHOP’), I think that I would order the ‘SIMPLE & FIT Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Bowl’ . 5. Last book you read? Swindled: The Dark History Of The Food Cheats by Bee Wilson. It’s a popular history of food adulteration. Fascinating stuff. 6. Describe your mood. Restrained. 7. Describe the last time you were injured

In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are.

Careful Henry. Don't do anything silly now...

Everyone's a millionaire where promises are concerned.

Ground control to Major Tom. Hobart Port Tower, Macquarie Point, Hobart. June 2012. As you know, the Internet is a wonderful place filled with the rich and varied treasures of the world holds (and Henry.) The following are some things that I've had a look at in the last week. I call this: a Compendium of Click-throughs for Monday Morning... Aurochs! What's behind the Rorschach inkblot test? I usually associate them with sex . David Hicks. Disgrace. Nicely said. Global economic crisis? What would Keynes do? Hating Ms. Maisy: The Joy, Sorrow and Neurotic Rage of Reading to Your Children. The 12 Most Unique Playgrounds in the World

How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man.

Ezra does a mean Tina Arena impression. Especially in winter.

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.

Blue skies. St David's Park, Hobart. July 2012. Sunday Top Five? Not today it is raining.