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Posts Tagged ‘people/quotes’


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…



In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”

Mahatma Gandhi


Ain’t that the truth.


(photo from Colours of India on reasonpad and possibly somewhere else originally? Quote from my office desk calendar! Nice…)

new rebels

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 7:14 PM

The fabulous Ming-Zhu of Orland0&Ivy and The Public Studio directed my attention to this;

“The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall actually to endorse and instantiate single-entendre principles. Who treat plain, old, untrendy human troubles and emotions in U.S. life with reverence and conviction. Who eschew self-consciousness and hip fatigue. These anti-rebels would be outdated, of course, before they even started. Dead on the page. Too sincere. Clearly repressed. Backward, quaint, naive, anachronistic. Maybe that’ll be the point. Maybe that’s why they’ll be the next real rebels. Real rebels, as far as I can see, risk disapproval. The old postmodern insurgents risked the gasp and squeal: shock, disgust, outrage, censorship, accusations of socialism, anarchism, nihilism. Today’s risks are different. The new rebels might be artists willing to risk the yawn, the rolled eyes, the cool smile, the nudged ribs, the parody of gifted ironists, the “Oh how banal.” To risk accusations of sentimentality, melodrama. Of overcredulity. Of softness. Of willingness to be suckered by a world of lurkers and starers who fear gaze and ridicule above imprisonment without law. Who knows. “ – the late David Foster Wallace (author and professor), 1993

we’re getting nicer every day

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM

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“Today we are probably living in the most peaceful moment of our species’ time on earth.” – evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker (and article author)

Also from the article…

”…The decline of violence is a fractal phenomenon, visible at the scale of millenia, centuries, decades and years. It applies over several orders of magnitude of violence, from genocide to war to rioting to homicide to the treatment of children and animals. And it appears to be a worldwide trend, though not a homogeneous one. The leading edge has been in Western societies, especially England and Holland, and there seems to have been a tipping point at the onset of the Age of Reason in the early seventeenth century.”.

(although, this last passage’s pinpointing of particular cultures and cultural movements does call into question the historiographical issue of who writes history)

  • Link origin – thank you Rob Brezny for your weekly e-letter of crazy hilarious horoscopes and ‘pronoia’ links.   One day I will meet you and your awesome manifesto).
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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 time to do your own thing

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2010 at 9:53 PM

I LOVE this blog post from The Cool Hunter. THC has always been such an excellent trending blog (and advertising agency) but this blogpost just took them to a whole new level in my opinion.

Here’s the text in case the link ever doesn’t work. It’s by Bill Tikos, the founder of The Cool Hunter;

Why do you read [The Cool Hunter]? Does it inspire you to create, start a business, design a product, improve an idea? Does it make you want to innovate or imitate? Does it inspire you travel, or live in another city or country?

Do you need someone else to tell you your product/idea/execution/brand is great? We say don’t worry what anyone else thinks, trust your own judgment. When others doubt, be confident in your vision. Stop waiting for the perfect time to do what you want to do. Just go for it and do it now.

Don’t’ follow fashion trends. The most fashionable thing you can be is to be you. Travel the world, live in other cities, learn cultures. Learn because it keeps your mind young. You don’t need a university degree to be successful, although it may be helpful, but don’t do it because your parents – or you? – have status anxiety. Stop whining about it.

But what you do need is vision, tenacity and confidence in what you do. Do what you love now. Switch topics or schools now. Don’t wait till the last year of your education to realize that this isn’t your path. Listen to your heart, it knows what makes you happy.

If your job sucks, stop blaming others, your boss, your parents, the universe. Just quit and take responsibility for your own choices. It’s not about the sucky job. It is about you being in the wrong place. There’s never a better time than now.

Start doing what your mind has been ticking away for you to do for years. Take risks. Be in a relationship that flows effortlessly. Trust your gut feeling. Intuition is strong and powerful.

Stop smoking, invest in your body, get off your ass and exercise. If you’re an entrepreneur , don’t spend all night on your projects. Practice balance and time management and have a life. Your family and kids are wondering why you aren’t home for dinner, again. What a waste of your time.

Have the tenacity and focus to execute an idea no matter how daunting it may seem at first. Have the confidence in what you’re doing even when others doubt. Create opportunities for yourself. It is time for you to step up.

Here at TCH, we practice what we preach and we learn something every day. Everything we feature here on TCH, is based on intuition. We don’t care if you or anyone else don’t like it or agree with what we feature. If we did that, we’d go insane and TCH would be fake and boring and bland.

The coolest thing you can do is doing it.


In Uncategorized on September 26, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Peter Saville. I love you I love you I love you.

I know I know I know!

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Sneaky post (work/study/lyf rule means I’m not supposed to be on here again this arvo) but…oh my god I just had a revelation! And I have to post Tracey Emin links to illustrate that! Why? Because Tracey Emin is a GODDESS and all her art is raw, self-revelatory, truthful at a most basic human emotional level, and GOOD. And that is how revelations generally feel. Tracey says things so simply yet somehow, no one ever seems to have spoken it like her before. Which is of course what good art – and revelation – is. We can all walk through a gallery thinking “yeah well I could have done that” but did we? Nope. Which means for that one idea, we’re not the artist that that artist is for thinking it, and doing it, and doing it first. Same regarding revelations (when they finally dawn on us). Tracey definitely exemplifies this. It’s why she is inspiring and why she is a goddess.

Revelation? I realised how I can get a summer design job or internship without giving up my day job! Would LOVE to give up my day job to follow my passion (design) but I gotta work up my skills first and as yet, that fabulous trust fund from a mysterious Scottish relative has not come through so rent and bills (and dentist and healthcare and food and clothes and…) are my full responsibility. But……I finally came up with a solution to this quandary which I’ve been stressing about for…oh, about 9 months now! And with it, maybe I CAN get my foot in the design industry door sooner than I think!!! Love when the brain comes up with a solution (finally!).

What is my actual plan? Well, let me get cracking on it a bit first. More detalios soon I promise;)

Great. [insert sarcasm here]

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Description from The New York Post (via The Age) of Christine O’Donnell, the Delaware Republican rocketing through the US (and our) news at the mo:

“This anti-abortion, anti-masturbation, anti-premarital sex, anti-stem-cells, anti-gay marriage, dubious-about-evolution Christian conservative has rocked politics by snatching the Delaware Republican nomination for the Senate away from the seemingly sure-thing moderate Mike Castle.”

And then she goes onto draw parallels between herself and the Narnia novels and characters. Great. Way to shit all over my favourite books from childhood.

you make the world beautiful, love

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2010 at 8:32 PM

In the middle of mega Saturday night study session but just swung out a quick email to a bunch of lovely friends asking them what 3-5 things did they think of when they heard the word ‘own’. This is a bit of very informal market research for an ambient advertisement I’m trying to think up for uni for Tuesday (EEK!). Two lovely chickas have already written back with their thoughts (thank you C-Schu and Le Bibi!) and both have helped bigtime. One though (Le Bibi) had this photo attached. I love it.


ps. Both Le Bibi and C-Schu are very creative women and I will profile both soon. C-Schu has just started a blog – All The Lovelies – capitalising on her love of all things photography, nature and beautiful (jewellery, images, fashion and beyond) and Le Bibi makes cardboard furniture. Yep. Cardboard furniture. It’s so rad.

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