September 26th, 2008


Schindler's List as Movie Minutiae

Do you subscribe/read ABC Articulate 2 with the movie minutiae? I love them and always learn something new. Today's is on Schindler's List which is funny cause the night before last night we had a really interesting discussion at dinner (German volunteer and me and the guy running the trip) on why young Australian's think we joined the second world war. Apparently, according to W it's that they think we went in to stop the Nazi's killing Jews. (which of course it isn't).

And then there was this quote from Spielberg in Articulate:

America and Russia and England all knew about the Holocaust when it was happening, and yet we did nothing about it. We didn’t assign any of our forces to stopping the march toward death, the inexorable march toward death. It was a large bloodstain, primary red color on everyone’s radar, but no one did anything about it. And that’s why I wanted to bring the color red in.

Spielberg is one of my favourite directors. I think he is awesome and this little article gives some ideas as to why I do.

Sarah Palin

Katie Couric interviewed Sarah Palin. I haven't watched the whole thing but I saw enough to realise that woman ain't really too bright. Snippet below from CBS:

Katie Couric: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundry that we have with Canada. It's funny that a comment like that was kinda made to … I don't know, you know … reporters.

Couric: Mocked?

Palin: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.

Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.

Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…

So, I think that means that I have AWESOME Foreign Diplomat credentials. Cause, like, I've travelled alot to, like, foreign countries, which, like, are not the country I'm *from*. They're *foreign*. And also! I've done trade deals with them too.

Ahh come on AMERICA! Set the dogs on her already.

Oh yeah

So a new Government means they have no idea what the old one did *except* they know for sure that they employed too many people. So yeah, first thing they always do is fire public sector people then wait six months to find out they actually did stuff.

So ... um ... yeah it's possible I'm gonna lose my job.

Cept ... well... we are in a section that was still a priority in the campaign, so I'll see. But they may reorganise things and do it *their* way and so I may lose it anyway. Yay?

Smoking Dope

WTF is with all the Aussie pollies coming forth and saying that they've smoked it but didn't like it or think it's wrong and they never should have. Smacks me with a bit of "I did it but you can't" mentality, personally.
Wonder what else that applies to?


You’re invited to Drink to Paul’s health!

Knock one back at the Metropolitan Hotel on October 23rd and help Paul Haines knock cancer on the head.

The night will feature live entertainment by Corrupted Funk and
New Zealand jazz sensation Kate Martin. There’ll be lucky door prizes,
a silent auction and a live auction of items including:
. 2 x Falls Creek 5 day lift passes
. A tandem paragliding experience
. Tickets to the Blue Diamond Racing Festival
. Wining & dining vouchers
. And much more!
WHERE : The Metropolitan Hotel, 263 William St. Melbourne
WHEN : 7pm, Thursday October 23rd
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taking a breather

So I'm kinda taking a breather from my personal life at the moment - you might have noticed the lack of postings about such things (if you waded through the other personal posts). It's sort of a bit out of control - you know that point where you are driving a car and it's getting out of control? There's the bit just before that moment where you think if you steer fast enough or you apply the right amount of acceleration or brake at exactly the right moment, you can bring it all back into line and under your control? Well, my life is on the other side of that moment right now, where you realise you were fooling yourself to think you ever had this large mass under your control, you take your hands off the wheel, lift your feet up and just kinda watch, a bit removed from the situation, with vague curiosity to see where you end up and what you hit on the way.

Yeah, I think that kinda sums my whole life up right now.

Lots is happening. Nothing is happening. Somedays my life is filled to overflowing with people and love, and somedays it's not.
And I've hung up a "Gone Fishing" sign (see previous post) and am out to lunch.

Weird weird things keep getting thrown at me from all kinds of directions. It's sort of odd. You wouldn't believe me if I told you and yet that's kinda also the way things always are round these parts.


See you in Canberra next week!!! I have three days of work left and almost no shopping days in which to get all my to do things done.

A problem shared

So it's Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) next Monday night and it's customary for me at this time of the year to sit down and take stock of my year that's been. What I feel regretful or shameful of. What I feel thankful for. How I want to change the direction or things in my life. That kind of thing. Kinda prepare for the "meeting" I shall have with Gpd on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) 10 days after New Years. It's a serious time on the Jewish calendar and not so much with the merriment of the end of the secular calendar year.

I think though when I look back on this year, what I'm overwhelmed with most of all by it was the amount of love I got. And hopefully gave too. This year was filled with family and friends and love. What an awesome thing to sum up a year with. I am really thankful. And am a lucky lucky person.

And I have just had a chance to offload to benpayne about a problem at work and he made it sound totally fine and reasonable. And better. That's pretty awesome. (I have missed you B!!) See, there's this guy at work who I think has a crush on me. But I am not actually attracted to him. And for some reason, I was feeling bad about it, like responsible or that I have to do something or not enjoy how it makes me feel when I don't intend to take it anywhere ... as Ben put it ... it's okay to feel desired. Duh! Of course it is. How do I get my knickers into such knots!


Testing new icon.

In other news, as examples of what I mean about my life being like an out of control car ...

Somehow today I may have signed up for the following:

- adoption of two rescue dogs - they looked sooo sweet and soo sad - both from a neglected house and have grown close as they survived their situation and can't be separated. Both about 3 yrs old, I think, and not small dogs. Not definite. Just something I am pursuing. Yes I will be home more if I get them and yes I will remember to feed them.
- going to Wiscon - plans kinda been fleshed out sorta - may involved some kind of Thelma and Louise type plan but with less killing, I mean, no killing
- helping run a new con next year. Maybe.

You know. Just an ordinary Friday in my world.