" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

August 21, 2017

The Earth is Not Uranus

When I was down at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival recently buying some books in the festival's bookstore a magazine I had never seen before caught my eye and luckily the line for the cash register was moving SLOWly and I had a chance to flick through the magazine and decided to buy the latest edition and the one before it.
Some magazines look good until you get them home and start reading them to find out they are all gloss and no substance, but not SLOW magazine.
The stories and articles I found as interesting as the photography and I found them both cerebral and visual works of art and information. 
As I worked my way through the latest edition of SLOW last night (and yes, I am a slow reader) I had been working in my Zazzle store, which I wrote about in this post recently -
'Canberra Bashing'?
putting a few of my old designs on new products, since I felt I had neglected that store, as I had many old fun designs from a while back which haven't really seen the light of day, so I thought I would put some of my old favourites onto some new products.
More for fun than for the thought of making any money out of them.
One of those designs was the one above, which I made as an attempt at environmental humour, as in Australia we pronounce Uranus as "your anus", which is always bound to bring a snicker in science classrooms across the country.
Although my joke is probably lost in translation when it comes to American audiences, as I have heard them pronounce the planet's name in various TV shows as "urine ass" or "you're an ass", although at speed like one continuous word like "you'reanass". 
Uranus in 2005
Either way it's still rather potty mouth sounding stuff no matter how Uranus is pronounced I think, but my design only works properly with the Australian pronunciation. 
I put the design on mainly environmental friendly type products and hesitated at putting the design on a thermos, because I thought who would buy one anyway?
I then read the "An Ode to a Thermos" article at the end of the latest edition of SLOW magazine and found out that they were more popular than I thought.
SLOW even mentioned a Steve Martin song called
'The Thermos Song' from the movie 'The Jerk' in that article, which I didn't recall until I looked up a clip on You Tube.
Although my favourite Steve Martin sketch is still pretty much the "It's pronounced "azaleas"" scene in the movie
'The Man with Two Brains'.
And on the subject of Uranus...depending on how you pronounce the word that is...I saw the above article about poo-lution and how some countries in Europe were running public transport on fuel made from human and animal excrement.
"No s#it!" I thought to myself when I read it;-)
And I thought I was doing my bit for the environment by using toilet paper made from recycled office paper. 
Surely there is a market here for recycled marriage certificates and divorce papers, as well ;-)
Anyway, if you want to grab some merch with Uranus on it then click here to go to my Zazzle store and who knows, if enough of you buy something I might just make enough from Zazzle to buy a newspaper, or two.
I wish that was a joke, but has anyone opened a Zazzle store thinking they would make some pocket money only to realize that you would make more money setting up a lemonade stand in front of your house?
And if you want to read a good little magazine...and no, I'm not getting any kickbacks from the magazine...
then click here to get the latest copy.
And what do you know, there was even a chook on the back of the latest magazine -
Feeding the Chooks in the Year of the Cock?

August 20, 2017

Feeding the Chooks in the Year of the Cock?

I was reading Tracey Spicer's book 'The Good Girl Stripped Bare' where she wrote about an old Queensland state Premier who used to brag about "feeding the chooks" when he ever gave a press conference.
That's the late Premier behind Aussie/Kiwi Barnaby Joyce
I used to think Joh was a big chook feeder, too;-)
A chook is an Australian term for a chicken and I don't know what Joh meant by the term "feeding the chooks" (maybe he meant he was feeding the press chicken feed?) when he was out in front of the press, but "feeding the chooks" is also an Australian term meaning,  "a hand gesture used by masturbators reminiscent of a farm hand distributing feed to the chickens."
Queensland and Australian politicians have been feeding us rate payers and citizens garbage and chook food for years it seems.
Organised network shifting waste to 'dumping capital of Australia' to avoid tariffs
"Australia's waste industry is being undermined by unscrupulous middle-men contracted to shift rubbish interstate to avoid paying landfill levies.
Regulators and governments know about this practice but have repeatedly failed to act.
The Four Corners investigation has exposed an organised network of waste transporting and freighting companies sending waste by road and by rail to Queensland to avoid paying the high New South Wales landfill levy of $138 per tonne.

The weird thing is no sooner had I read Tracey's comment about a Queensland politician "feeding the chooks" then I open the paper to see that there is now a chook pen on the grounds of the Queensland parliament in the Chinese Year of the Rooster, 2017.
Queensland Parliament’s chicken run a real coop
Is this meant to be some kind of Joh-k?-)
The trouble is that in 2017 world politics is full of "chook feeders", whether they be male or female politicians.
And there is no bigger "chook feeder" than the one in the White (hen?-) House in the Year of the Fire Rooster, except for that cock Kim in NK.
It will be a miracle if the world makes it to 2018 the way things are going, so far this year.
Game of chicken...or duck...and cover?
Let's hope none of us have to "duck and cover" this year with all of these "chook feeders" with their fingers on the button...or so they say.
When I flipped to the next page in the paper there was a story about deception starting at three.
Hmm...who said everything isn't connected?
There's not many politicians around at the moment I would trust whether male or female.
Most of them are just "chook feeders" in my book.
Kind of ironic that Tracey used to work at Sky News when this year seems to be more Year of  the Chicken Little than the Rooster.
Let's hope for no falling sky this year.
I did find Tracey's words in her book about the stats of men killing women rather chilling and on the front page of that same paper about politicians and chooks was another familiar story of another missing woman.
Also on a darkly synchronistic note Tracey had written about being part of the 2UE radio family in her book and today I see the headline -
2UE radio host Gary O'Callaghan dead at 83
I don't think I have ever lived through a more bizarre political and scary year in my whole life as 2017 is turning out to be.
And I grew up in Queensland under the original "feeder of chooks".
Me worry?
I am the little red rooster
Too lazy to crow for day
I am the little red rooster
Too lazy to crow for day
Keep everything in the farm yard upset in every way
The dogs begin to bark and hounds begin to howl
Dogs begin to bark and hounds begin to howl
Watch out strange cat people
Little red rooster's on the prowl
Let's hope these political cocks don't have our kids wearing dog tags come 2018.

If You're Not One of Us Then You Are One of Them?

I like to sit on fences a lot, metaphorically more than for real...whatever real is, that is.
Thoth (god of writing)/Ibis
Libra/Virgo? Library?-)
Maybe it's because I'm a Libra/Virgo (I was born on a fence for heaven's sake;-) that I can't help but sit on fences.
Ibis at the last day of the Byron Bay Writer's Festival
In fact, when I was looking for an image in Google search for Libra the auto-correct asked me if I meant "library".
Maybe I did, as I love to read and libraries are my idea of geek heaven (that must be the Virgo side of the fence I sit on;-)
This post all came about as I was finishing Tracey Spicer's book that I picked up at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival after hearing Tracey talk on the Friday of the festival.
Apart from the Acid on the Road I Had a Good Trip
I liked the book, as there was a lot of food for thought, but it was this passage that really got the wheels turning in my head -
"These days hubby and I couldn't be happier with our work-life imbalance.
Frankly, it's never in balance.
Show me someone who says it is and I'll show you a UNICORN.
We're all ducks, seemingly calm on the surface, paddling like mad through this bloody big pond.
Our challenges are different, but they're on the same spectrum.
All around us the fourth wave is rising, driven by
'intersectional feminism'."
I had no idea what "intersectional feminism" was until I Googled it.
WTF is Intersectional Feminism???
"Intersectionality is a term used to describe how different factors of discrimination can meet at an intersection and can affect someone's life.
Adding intersectionality to feminism is important to the movement because it allows the fight for gender equality to become inclusive.
Using intersectionality allows us all to understand each other a little bit better.
At the end of the day, we might all experience discrimination and gender inequality differently and uniquely, but we are all united in our hope for equality.

Watching the 'WTF is Intersectional Feminism???' video above and the section on "intersectional street harassment" made me think of a scene out of one of my favourite all-time movies, 'The Matrix' (which is a movie directed by women who used to be men, oddly enough).
Were you looking a the woman in the red dress...
...or the sailor...
...or the traffic cop Neo?
The Wild Ride of Fiona Johnson in this Earthly Matrix?
Oh...and I'm not sitting on the fence when it comes to my own sexuality, as I'm straight, but I respect Gay rights movements and the like.
I also couldn't stop thinking about the spoon bending scene out of 'The Matrix'  movies when Tracey mentioned the duck on the water appearing calm on the surface, but paddling like mad underwater.
And I also couldn't help thinking about the glass (made out of old TV screens) duck on a bent spoon made by an artist named Luna Ryan that I bought down in Canberra last year, which I wrote about in this post -
Anyone for TV Dinner Duck?
Especially when Tracey was writing about the 'Women in Media' organization that she is a part of with Caroline Jones.
I love the little duck made out of recycled TV screens swimming on a bent spoon (there is no spoon?) seemingly calm while it's little feet are probably going like the clappers underneath the imagined spoon.
There is certainly a lot to think about when it comes to media, life, gender equality and art.
I also thought it was rather ironic that Tracey writes on page 333 of her book about her schoolmate Sandy who told her that there is a sketch of her alongside Mel Gibson and William McInnes in the Redcliffe (where they all lived at one time in their lives) hall of fame.
I'll have to check that sketch out for myself and get a photo next time I'm up Redcliffe way.
A Walk of Art and Synch in Redcliffe
If you are not one of us then you are one of them?!
Like Groucho Marx says above I refuse to join most clubs that would have me as a member (except the Sharks, Brisbane Lions and Spurs;-), but I'm happy to sit out on their fence, if I like them.
I think it is also ironic that agent Smith in 'The Matrix' trilogy is also out of 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'
So, I'm just gonna keep sitting on my fence as life parades past my eyes, whether people say I'm just being de-fence-ive, or not:-)
But I will occasionally hop off to be on one side, or the other now and again.
But I like to look at both sides first.
And I think Tracey's book is a great read, no matter which side of the fence you are on, or even if you are sitting on it.
She certainly has more balls...and ovaries than I do.