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Posts Tagged ‘blog’

MARCH!?

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2011 at 11:12 PM

 

Optimism poster from the fantastic Because Studio, via The September Industry

Well well. And so it is March. Actually, it is March 2011! And this blog has been on hiatus for, oh….about three months now! Eek. So sorry. Movement and happenings are coming VERY soon and something will be happening anon. I have been thinking about my next step non-stop but…it’s still all been a bit vague as to what exactly that should be. Beyond the most obvious conclusion that a blog is not really that useful or interesting as simply a blog in and of itself. In needs to be a vehicle for something else. I’m just not sure what.

To get all this happening, I have actually booked in to do some (a lot of, hopefully!)  creative business coaching with the fabulous Ming-Zhu Hii of Orlando&Ivy and The Public Studio. I am honoured to know Ming-Zhu personally but don’t think that’s why I chose her excellent coaching services (although, it is also why I did;) ). I chose her because, after talking to a bunch of people over the years to figure out just exactly where and how I could hone my skills and my likes, I realised that she is the only person who actually really GETS it. You know? GETS it. As in, she has similar views on the world (it’s awesome!) and thinks pretty similarly to me (anything is possible!!!). She is also UBER positive (which is so cool) and one of the hardest workers I know. She not only sees what she wants for her future, but actually then goes out there and jumps for it too. She is, in all, an insanely inspiring person to be around and so I thought, who better to coach me in my next steps of creativity and business than her. If you ever think you would appreciate a very experienced, knowledgable, creative and COOL sounding board to help you hone your art AND give you the tips on how to actually achieve that, I say go here and talk to Ming. I guarantee you things will start to happen.

ps. I was also honoured enough to get a spot on the Life & Your Phenomenal Creative Practice course and I can tells ya, it was worth it. These things are always good to take part in, for your art, for your mind, for you soul, for your creativity. This one though was so good – structured yet informal (erm, we all had champagne on our last night to celebrate!) with loads of great tips and info on helping you pinpoint your art and honing that into a practice. To top it all off, the people you meet on the courses are great too (including Ming-Zhu and her husband and business partner Nic), in exactly the same place as you mentally and creatively – ie uber open-minded and positive – and everyone has boundless energy to give. What better people to be around than that;) Tell her that I sent you!

pps. Continue to check out White Ninja on facebook while this blog is on hiatus. It’s a link bonanza going on over there. Click to Like…

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a map for the immediate future

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2010 at 7:39 PM

White Ninja’s very own Map of Melbourne by Jess Nichol. See end of post for more details.

 

Helloo helloo!

A quick update

But first

Why is this relevant?

So you know I have not forgotten about you! I wanted to let you know that thoughts are forming still on the future of this site. And why (just in case you love links as much as me!).

And the quick update?

To anyone passing by (and there are some newbies from svpply I see), this blog is not Pompeii yet! I have plans still for this corner of the interwebs and my brain is still whirring with the possibilities and the ways to live those out. It turns out that facebook is definitely the best place for posting links and blogging all the random stuff. Please go there to see all those links that were and that still are (and that will be). It’s worth enslaving yourself to crackbook for.

But what next?

Micromagazines.

I think.

Blogging proves far too labour intensive for small links (hence the return to facebook which is eeeeasy for that stuff). But blogs are also like ongoing newspapers, no end, no beginning. They feel too ephemeral AND distractingly incremental for longer, more thought-out ideas or philosophies would be better served deliberately curated with a set of accompanying ideas. Over-arching themes appeal to me yet so do narratives with a beginning, middle and end – I did a Lit and history degree after all! The information hub vibe of a blog though means that you can get lost in a blog looking for some link as much as you can get lost in the Googlesphere. On blogs, themes get equalised in meaning with any other tiny key words. The only real curation factor beyond tags and categories is the blog itself. Not good.

And then I found out about the legitimacy of curation in blogland and online publishing. How? I found this;

All of these new moves were driven by this;

  • 1000 true fans theory which is articulated by Kevin Kelly, an interesting chap who seems to believe in longterm thinking (which inevitably means he wins my heart…forever! I also love him because he is actually more verbose than me. A hard ask of anyone).

And so, I’m whirring and buzzing about this approach now. Something will happen, even if it’s small to begin with. I’ll start producing something soon and remember, if you wanna join in, just contact me. I love collaboration:)

Ps. The artwork? It’s my Map of Melbourne by Jess Nichol. This map is one of four different maps measuring 1.3m in diameter each and based on four Melburnians’ personal experiences of Melbourne. White Ninja was one of those four! (and White Ninja now owns it;) ). Featured in the Street Level exhibition at Amelie Camille Gallery in Melbourne in 2009, all four were amazing works of art and design and each made a personal map of the individual, intangible experiences someone can gather within one, favourite city.

crackbook page

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 12:13 PM


Me trying to figure out where to take this blog next.

 

Oh Crackbook. You terrible yet ubiquitous invention you. No I haven’t seen The Social Network and no I don’t really plan to (the actual interviews with Mark Zuckerberg seem much more interesting) but whilst we await your social downfall (I’ve got a social history degree. These things really do go on waves), you’re kind of annoyingly useful. And so, whilst this blog is on an existential hiatus, you have kindly lent your services to bloggy type people who can now Like themselves to the crackitybook White Ninja Page here and enjoy the links in the meantime. Thank you (blurgh. Crackbook enslavement)

ps. Photo by the amazing Karen Riley. See her on flickr here or contact me for her details.

hiatus

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 8:18 PM

This blog will be on a sneaky hiatus for a small while. Not too long. I just need figure out where it will be heading from now on. One must always have direction after all and stage one of the experimental phase is over. Until then, random link love can be found on the White Ninja crackitybook Page here so feel free to Like for the love! And for your enjoyment in the meantime anyway…

a little something I’ve been working on

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 5:32 PM

It’s not the final version but…

(most recently to this soundtrack)

(and this. AH! Never seen the video clip before – usually listen to and watch this version – but just saw the end! Lines and string, angles through nature! Faarrrk..).

back soon!

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Folios are in and am just enjoying a WELL EARNED break from staring at the computer for too long. Am gonna re-do the template for this thing too so that it’s not so hideously beige. Woo!

something that makes you happy makes me happy (and vice versa I hope!)

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 1:48 PM

The other day, I followed (with white ninja’s twitter @ninjatimes) Sara Avant Stover who runs this great blog which I found through another great blog run by Tara Sophia Mohr. I like positive psychology stuff;) Anyways, she sent me a note of thanks for following her which I presume she sends all her new followers. It said;

“Thanks for following me! I hope that you do (at least) one thing today that makes you happy 🙂 With blessings, Sara”.

Sweet! Thank you Sara. It was actually a totally cool thing to read first thing in the morning! And while I walked to work in the PERFECTLY misty weather which reminded me happily of when I lived in London, I wondered what I would do to make me happy. Could be anything really. Generally most things make me happy. Even bad stuff ends up serving a purpose and that purpose shows you something which eventually makes you happy. Hm. So I decided to find something which could make all of YOU happy. Which makes me happy. Because that is the way I think true happiness works – it’s only worth it if you share it and that’s the only way it changes the world. And so here is a (distilled) article via the great-and-good psfk about a 72 year old study into happiness and some five points on what you can do to make your life awesome. Which in turn (I guarantee you!) will make everyone else around you who’s ready for it, happy as well.

(the original article is linked within the psfk blogpost. It’s pretty interesting although even I didn’t get through. Need much more time than my lunchbreak for that!)

oh man. Why do I keep finding amazing fashion websites right now?

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 11:34 AM

The worst thing about committing to pay off your credit card when the Australian dollar is at an all-time high against the US one is that you mysteriously start finding ALL sorts of amazing, really well priced, e-stores from America. The last time this happened I found Need Supply Co. and ended up buying a pair of $200 leggings which have above-the-knee panels of really soft, black leather sewn up the front of them. Goddamn they make me happy. Just not so much so in the payment commmitment plan! (but I’m so happy;) ). The time before? Plasticland and fred flare. Now both I and my friend Sarah Madness have various bits of homewares and shooooooooooes which we don’t need but are totally freaking beautiful/hilarious. This time? I just found this. The boutiques section of Refinery 29. I can’t deal with this amazingness…

(ps. This trail of goodness started from an original link to this amazing skirt from killahbeez, a new and pretty cool North American blog I just got onto).

(pps. Always check out the music sections of these blogs (killahbeez included). They always have great mixtapes for finding new music.)

feminism is one of the most important issues of our time.

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2010 at 11:12 PM

I studied women’s history (amongst other histories). It was basically the unwritten history of an often majority which had for thousands of years been continuously treated as if it were not worth recording officially. Not as much as ‘male’ history and certainly not with the same perspective or treatment. Statistical data on the female experience (even as part of events or existences exactly the same as men’s) is sadly sparse and what we have now was only started in thorough earnest in the last century or so. And even then there are things which go unrecorded (any real or accurate stats on sexual assault or rape anyone?).

Once upon a time the police used to say that domestic abuse was a  “private matter” and would then not intervene. In some countries and societies (including ours sometimes) this still remains the same. This attitude prevented (and prevents) many women from reporting such atrocities or even having the confidence to leave (or even having the knowledge that they could leave. Or should). Currently in Australia, a 20 year old girl and her 22 year old partner face conviction for trying to procure an abortion (with contraband abortion drugs). Yet in response to petitions supporting an overhaul of abortion laws which make the procurement of an abortion a criminal act for women, their partners and their doctors (see article below), the Queensland Premier has stated that “decisions in regard to abortion are best made by a woman and her doctor and that these decisions are ultimately private matters”. That seems a fairly incongruous statement to me. Especially considering the police seem content to charge the couple and we seem happy as a society to place a woman’s ‘private decision’ in legal jeopardy. Surely if we accept that women and doctors can make this decision on their own without any public, social or political support, we cannot then make them criminals by judging them after the fact.

Queensland abortion law overhaul dismissed

Truly brilliant

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2010 at 11:04 PM

(from Laura Olin at www.lauraolin.com. And thank you Ming for the link!)

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