Bus Update: 15 days until we get the bus

Wait… what?!?

Yes you read that right. We are getting the bus a little early so we can get started.
And now back to hanging out with my kids in a park because sandwiches and beer with Brenticles and I have no social life.
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Topic 5: Writing the Report (Zeitgeist Genres 4)

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Bringing them Home. Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families. April 1997.

The heartbreaking “Bringing them home” report introduction powerfully states the case to be answered by the Australian government in emotive but not overstated language. Rather than overstating the need for the inquiry the introduction include direct submissions from individuals in order to demonstrate the true, and very personal impact of the actions taken. The seriousness of the findings means that the words must be factual, but because of the enormity and scale of the injustices and cruelty that occurred simply invoking the humanity and vulnerability of the victims is enough to make this an incredibly powerful text.

My Ninja ballerina – 5 things I learned from raising an non compliant girl.

I like to consider myself a feminist… now I have been warned that starting an article like that will immediately deter a large section of your reading audience. But we’re all progressive mums here who realise that feminism isn’t about exclusion or aggression right? Or at least open minded enough to keep reading despite an opening that might make us a little uncomfortable. I was determined when my second child was a girl to raise an independent and determined person. I thought I knew what that would look and sound like… I was wrong. My daughter threw out every notion that I had about raising a tomboy and showed me what a ninja ballerina can really do.
Here are a few things I learned from my daughter:
5. Pink really is just a colour – all I wanted to do was put my kid in gender neutral shorts and a t-shirt. But she was having none of that. The pinker, sparklier and fluffier the clothes the harder she would fight to be able to wear them. In the end I just had to get over it. I was fine with her brother wearing pink, in fact when he did it I thought it showed strength of character. So why was I so resistant to let her wear it? What is so dangerous about a colour?
4. Yes you can climb a tree in a skirt and silly dress up shoes. You can also play soccer dressed as a cat and play in dirt using a doll as a shovel. And yes you can still tuck that grubby doll into bed at night with no hard feelings.
3. Princesses can rescue pirates. More than once I have been marooned on a desert island of cushions waiting for a princess on her noble steed (or broom) to come to my aid.
2. Beautiful dancing sometimes just needs to happen in the supermarket, and its even better when you can get Dad to join in.
1. Just because some one is wearing a princess dress does not mean they won’t kick your ass.

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Westerado… part 1

Westerado is an Adult Swim game that I nabbed on sale … so I thought I better play it as I’m procrastinating on everything else.

First 15 minutes
Soooo. I chased a buffalo that had escsped from the family farm, rode it back and arrived home to find COMPLETE CARNAGE. I have to I was falling asleep a little during the western style credits but now I’m totally awake. Hmmm… not all that impressed so far but it does seem as though this is a game that has the potential to change very rapidly….

16 minutes in
and you can walk over your mother’s bloodied dead corpse… okay there is something seriously unsettling about that. AND WHY DOES NOBODY HAVE NAMES IN THIS GAME. Gah…. I just got called “nephew” by “uncle”.

First hour
I have died ALL THE TIMES…
may be I should give up and try again tomorrow …
If I remember

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Topic 4: The Blog and the Zeitgeist (Zeitgeist Genres 3)

Keen, Andrew. “Introduction.” The Cult of the Amateur. New York: Doubleday, Currency. 2007.

Keen’s “Introduction” paints a pretty bleak picture of what is expected of blogging and social media journalism. He invokes the “infinite number of monkeys” who will eventual write Shakespeare to emphasize his view of the hit and miss (and miss again) nature of putting media in the hands of the people rather that having the system of old media, in which the news was generated by the 4th estate, separate from other classes.

I have to say I found his alluding to open online media as “mob rule” a little bit retrograde. It’s almost as though his implication is that not everyone should have a voice, or that some people’s voices should be louder than others. I post on a blogs from time to time so I went with a topic that I used to write about for a British blog, urban exploration, in particular about abandoned mining towns. It’s a niche topic but does attract a fair amount of curiosity from people who travel or are interested in alternative lifestyle and tourism.

Future Retro with Jazzpunk

This is my second play through of the surreal and head ache inducing Jazzpunk. Right from the outset this game was charming and hilarious. I wonder if that charm will hold true for the second play through to uncover those precious, precious side games.

Chapter 1 Darlington Station:
The scene is set in a dingy dusky disused railway station… but wait, what’s this? Offices are now in the train carraiges. What a to-do!
Ewww I didn’t see the chewing gum under the directors desk last time… and now my Polyblank is chewing on it….

Chapter 2 Outside the Soviet Console:
God this music shits me…. I didn’t realize that homeless guy was the president! Come back Mr President… I have so many questions to ask you.
I just got showered with confetti for being the 1032nd player to inspect some garbage. Man. This game is odd.

Yeah nah… I’m not doing this all over again. I mean I like the game a lot but some of it is incredibly tedious.

☆☆☆ out of 5 stars
Definitely worth a play.

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Topic 3: From New Journalism to Creative Non-fiction (Zeitgeist Genres 2)

Capote, Truman. “Last to see them alive.” Excerpt from In Cold Blood (1966). London: Penguin, 2000.

Capote’s “In Cold Blood”, in particular the excerpt given as one of this week’s readings, delves into the subjective experience of others in impossible detail, filling in the blanks in the authors knowledge with conjecture to help the story progress and be more engaging. These leaps between the facts and Capote’s narrative have the effect of rendering any neglected or omitted details or events significant. This method of implication by omission is a very powerful literary device and one that seems to appear by both choice, and necessity it much creative non-fiction.

All the readings this week, whilst some of the factual accuracy of some of the events is a little murky, allow the reader, as in the personal essay to view and event or series of events from within, or above. The emotive and engaging method of delivery packs more of a punch than a drier recounting of facts. I chose to write about the daily debrief I have with my 8 year old about his day at school. I exaggerated some of the more comical aspects of the conversation and made some creative leaps about his thought processes in order to bring the writing exercise in line with new journalism.

Picture: By Eric Koch / Anefo (Nationaal Archief) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Topic 2: My Zeitgeist: The Personal Essay (Zeitgeist Genres 1)

George Orwell in his story “Shooting an Elephant” shows clearly how the personal essay can be used to explore a wider social issue through the lens of personal experience. The initial naivety of the protagonist and his uncertainty of his place in the world he find himself in assists us in seeing a side of colonial power struggles and empire in a way that we might otherwise not be privy to.

My zeitgeist is one of changing gender perceptions, parenting two small children, mental illness and conducting both study and work online. Although I had a wide variety of zeitgeist issues I could discuss I struggled with this genre of narrative, as through my studies I have primarily been writing academic essays, and the change from objectivity to subjectivity was an immense challenge, particularly as every draft I came up with felt a little conceited and self-centered.

35 day garage sale Day 1

Our extended garage sale started today… and we all slept in. ..
Off to a pretty rough start but oh well.
Closing up soon (12pm) as my little dude crashed his bike on the way to circus and I have to go pick them up…. But…
Tomorrow there will be:
more pots
More dvds
Hopefully a book case or two
More toys

Monday afternoon I’m thinking about getting all the craft supplies out to use them up if any kids want to do an art workshop after school. Let me know 🙂
Open again tomorrow from 9ish
And most days until the 28th november
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The beginner’s guide

So rather than get my anthropology essay done I find myself turning on the computer and opening steam instead of Word.
I had a bit of a play of Beginner’s Guide last night but after the Stanley Parable my mind was in tatters and I needed to get some sleep. So far my ritual viewing of Good Game Pocket has given away at least the early stages of the game…
Damn you Nichboy!!
Possible spoilers below
1 hour in
Okay so koder (coda? Coder? Koda?) Seems to be reminiscent of just about every introverted creative person I have ever met…. or at least how an extroverted person might act if they wanted to be perceived as an introverted creative genius.
If no one was supposed to see the games then how did the narrator see them? Why go to developer meets and share your ideas if they aren’t intended for anyone else. Maybe there is some level I’m not appreciating this on, but if I knew Coda I think he would just irritate me. I am, however enjoying the game so far.
1 1/2 hours in
All the feels… Davey needs to back the hell up… Dude he’s just not that into you. And it’s spelled Coda….
Final Thoughts
I certainly didn’t expect to sympathize with Coda so much. But of course the over arching theme in that an interpretation of art only begins with its creator and once you turn the art loose onto the public it ceases to be your vision and starts to say more about the player than its creator. It’s also quite interesting that Davey has cast himself as the villain of the piece.
ANY HOO I enjoyed it, but not as much as I would have if I didn’t enjoy closure so damn much
4 out of 5 stars
Tomorrow I might get around to Bertram Fiddle… or you know… that anthropology essay (due 51 hours and 23 minutes from now)

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