Thoughts

Rambling observations of this and that:

Space FLiK

 Posted by on December 5, 2014  Drawings, JourneyMan, Thoughts
Dec 052014
 
Space FLiK

Recently, I found a small cardboard box that contains all the artwork, and the super-8 film spool of a movie I made when I was 15/16, for my final high school HSC art exam. This celluloid masterpiece was called SPACE FLiK, and was a hopelessly crude parody of Star Wars in the style of Mad magazine (two things I was [..read more..]

Dogmatic vs Dogcentric

 Posted by on September 13, 2013  Baker's Dozen, Family, Lefties, Thoughts
Sep 132013
 
Dogmatic vs Dogcentric

When I was in grade two of Catholic primary school, we started to take catechism classes where such profound notions as ‘Souls’ and ‘Immortality’ were being bandied about, not to mention the biggies; ‘Heaven’, ‘Hell’ and ‘God’. Both in the classroom and out in the playground, there was much discussion about these concepts and the ground rules that went with [..read more..]

As seen on TV

 Posted by on October 31, 2011  Baker's Dozen, Drawings, Thoughts
Oct 312011
 
As seen on TV

The older I get the longer a haircut takes, despite having fewer and fewer actual hairs on my head to cut. A similar principal is in effect at a grand-master chess match: fewer game-pieces on the chessboard means longer deliberations between moves. Despite receding hair, getting a haircut now causes me no anxiety whatsoever. Ironically, I most worried about my [..read more..]

JAPAN

 Posted by on March 16, 2011  Thoughts
Mar 162011
 
JAPAN

Lately, I can think of nothing else than the tragedy in Japan, a country where I spent many happy years but that is being tested to the limit right now. While it’s heart-breaking to look at the videos and photos of the terrifying scale of the destruction wrought by the Quake and Tsunami (and the prospect of nuclear disaster) I [..read more..]

20 years in SF?!

 Posted by on January 11, 2011  Drawings, JourneyMan, Thoughts, Updates
Jan 112011
 
20 years in SF?!

On January 7th, 1991 I arrived in San Francisco and, a few days later, I showed up to work on what I thought would be an 8 month job at an animation studio called Colossal Pictures… I still cannot quite believe that THIS week marks my TWENTY YEAR anniversary of living and working here in this wonderful city. I had [..read more..]

The Magnificent Seven

 Posted by on September 27, 2009  Friends, Thoughts, Travel
Sep 272009
 
The Magnificent Seven

PROLOG I meant to post this earlier, but got waylaid by technical difficulties and the distractions of real life. So, without further ado, here’s the story of an adventure from this time LAST year. In September 2008, I went back to my hometown, met up with 6 childhood friends– Some having known each-other ever since kindergarten— and together the 7 [..read more..]

MY TV, RIP

 Posted by on September 22, 2009  Drawings, Thoughts
Sep 222009
 
MY TV, RIP

Sony Trinitron TV set: Jan 2001-Jun 2009. This ballpoint sketch of my TV also accurately shows the level of clutter in but one tiny corner of my crummy apartment… and so it is with the clutter inside of my mind. Not long ago, when television broadcasting here in the Bay Area switched from analog to all-digital, my old Sony Trinitron [..read more..]

My GrandFather’s Hands

 Posted by on June 9, 2009  Family, Thoughts
Jun 092009
 
My GrandFather's Hands

This is one of my favourite photos that I have ever taken, though I realise that it is entirely for personal reasons, rather than for any photographic merits (after all, it was taken back in the days of manual focus). It is a picture of my paternal Grandfather’s hands taken on a very happy day; a 51st birthday celebration for [..read more..]

Taco-Truck Crawl

 Posted by on March 28, 2009  Friends, Thoughts, Updates
Mar 282009
 
Taco-Truck Crawl

Last year, during a conversation about the delights of Mexican food (between Rhode, Ted and I), someone hit upon the idea for a TACO TRUCK CRAWL; an epic journey from taco stand to taco stand, in quest of the best Tacos. Many months later, the idea came to fruition, as a group of EIGHT of us, Rhode, Ted, Myself and [..read more..]

Twenty Five

 Posted by on March 17, 2009  Thoughts
Mar 172009
 
Twenty Five

There has been a meme going around the Facebook community whereby people write an autobiographical list of 25 factoids about themselves. Mine took a while to type (I am both a windbag and a very slow typist) so I thought I may as well post it here too, for posterity: 1. I have been on the fence about doing this [..read more..]

My Heart is a Zombie

 Posted by on February 14, 2009  Thoughts
Feb 142009
 
My Heart is a Zombie

When Friday the 13th falls the day before Valentine’s Day it seems like an omen… but of what? NOT to be dating perhaps? On a weekend where supernatural serial killers traditionally stalk the streets (well, the movie theatres anyway) maybe your romantic candlelight dinner will be the prolog of a horror movie? Perhaps it is safer to stay at home? [..read more..]

Half A lifetime Ago

 Posted by on July 15, 2008  JourneyMan, Thoughts, Travel
Jul 152008
 
Half A lifetime Ago

On this very day, July 15th, 1986 (which ALSO fell on a Tuesday) I left Australia for what I thought would be a six month trip through Asia. I had saved for the trip for years but a fall in the Australian dollar while I was trying to amass travel funds meant that I didn’t have much spending power. In [..read more..]

Mar 012008
 
The Tiniest Bear

A long way away from wherever it is that you live right now, there once was a tiny little cottage at the end of a long and winding trail, deep inside a forest of tall and tangled trees. Inside this cottage there lived a family of misfit bears. There was an enormous polar bear, a gigantic grizzly bear, a huge [..read more..]