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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…

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.

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..).

consumerist fantasies

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 11:36 AM

It is my secret, consumerist, eco-child of capitalism dream that every man and woman dress in clothes from Need Supply Co. That’s all.

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!

some good stuff to feel…good about!

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Haven’t posted in a bit. Been deeeeeep in folio mode. Spent 12 hours in the labs yesterday! Today probably the same. BUT, before I go do that, I wanted to post something. Quick scans through all my sadly neglected blogblasts from everywhere reveal such cool, cool news. Good stuff is happening. Here’s a couple of links to them;

  • Love Banksy (love the first office chair pic)
  • An amazing artist called Deborah Paauwe from Adelaide with beautiful, beautiful work has come to my attention (thanks Estie!). Check these out. Click for more beautiful, dark, quiet, whimsies…

And that’s it! There’s loads more but I have to study. Talk/see/speak to you soon!

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

I’m fundamentally a very positive person but…

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I was just reading this by one of my faves Hunter S Thompson. If you haven’t read his stuff, google some old articles and read those and then read Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. You will be blown away by how an author can pen one of the great modern classics using drug references in every single line yet the genius being about anything but that. He is an unequivocal legend.

Reading this made me realise something else too. It made me realise (part of) why I’m working so hard. The level of (hopefully dry) cynicism I sometimes display is intentionally always directed at certain levels or segments of our society (um, the George Bush Jnr type?) and HOPEFULLY actively never at any one person (I really do love people too much). But still, it definitely requires a sh*tload of talent to back it up. Hunter S Thompson superbly displays this here in an early career cover letter. They should show this to kids at school if they want them to challenge the system with profound intelligence.

You need to read this (click the pic). You’ll see what I mean.

(ps. If you like HST, you should also look up P J O’Rourke who is another absolute legend and was apparently HST’s best friend. If you read his work you will completely understand why. Pick up Eat The Rich. It’s freaking hilarious (and made me want to visit Albania one day).

(pps. Thank you Sara for the link)

It’s a Debussy day today

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Rainy, stormy, I’m stuck in this office until I make my big break (it’s all happening😉 ). But had fabulous lunch at Von Haus with Lee and am now luxuriating in a cocoon of my Sony headphones&iPod and beautiful but entirely frustrating Debussy. Frustrating? Well, it took me a long time to realise why classical music is so frustrating at the same time as being soooo heavenly. Why did it seem to matter? That is, apart from being annoyed with myself for squandering all those childhood lessons by not practising (one day, after this design degree is done, I will learn music all over again…). But why should it be infuriating at times, like someone is holding you back or not telling you a secret? Why could I not just accept it as beautiful noise?

Then I realised – listening to classical music is like hearing passionate people speak in a foreign language and me absolutely loving the sound of it but never knowing what is actually being said. At some point it gets frustrating! Still though, a friend showed me this music animation a few weeks ago (see below) and I suddenly felt like we – my brain and music – were in communication. Maybe not in the way Debussy originally intended it but…I get the colour thing. Suddenly I can see what he might have been saying.

(click on the contributor smalen’s link here or under the vid on youtube. There’s LOADS more)

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