Thursday, January 29, 2015

Friday says ...."


Here's to changing gears
Here's to fresh new years
overcoming fears
and tennis cheers.

(c'mon Andy!)


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hottest songs of 2014 ...



... according to me.

Here we go again.

For mine, 2014 was a little smasher for music. Narrowing down my top tunes for the Triple J Hottest 100 was a task alright. But for what it's worth, here they are. Get 'em in t'ya.


1. Darth Vader - Highasakite

(I double dare anyone not to feel happier than all get out after listening to this up loud)




Am I the real Darth Vader I'll slay dragons too
If that's what I've gotta do.


2. Wish I Was - Ayla



I'm not out of my mind but I wish I was

I'd give it all to hear the voices hush

3. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars




Come on, dance

Jump on it
If you sexy then flaunt it
If you freaky then own it
4. Yellow Flicker Beats - Lorde



This is the start of how it all ends
They used to shout my name now they whisper it

5. West Coast - Lana Del Rey


Down on the West Coast, they got a saying
If you're not drinking, then you're not playing
But you've got the music, you've got the music in you, don't you?

6. Quit Your Job - Thundamentals


Thankfully, can't say I relate to this song but it's easy to see why he was a wasted talent there with these 
So so clever, funny, funny lyrics (*fittingly, not safe for work)


7. Seasons Change - Future Islands


People change
But you know some people never do
You know when people change
They gain a piece but they lose one too


8. Fade Out Lines - The Avener


The shallower it grows*
The shallower it grows
The fainter we grow 
Into the fade out lines

*My kids attest that these words are actually 'the shower bruise' and I now like to hear them as thus


9. Home - Angus & Julia Stone


No you can't call a dog home
If you don't know his name


10. Carol - The Peep Tempel


And I don't think Trevor is good for you
I don't want to be a f*#king Christmas ham
I just want you to love me - like I love you


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

10 Quotes by my most inspiring people

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Who doesn't love a rousing quote?

In fact, show me someone who doesn't get misty eyed, noddy and/or nostalgic after hearing a well timed stabbed at philosophy or funny and I'll show you a drop bear enjoying a frolic in Scottish waters with Nessie.

So, if you're need of a double shot of caffienated motivation this fine day, prepare to have the jam pumped up with some noteworthy quotes from people who never fail to hit to the heart of the matter with their amazing acts, tireless efforts in the name of social justice, conviction to remain true to their own visions, fearless spirits and satiating words.





“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realise your true potential.”

– Barack Obama




“The choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.”

- Oprah Winfrey


“I still weave dreams, finding inspiration wherever I can and looking for romance in the real, not the digital, world”

-          Grace Coddington



“We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.” 

– Ernest Hemingway



“As you become adults and the next generation of decision makers our message is simple. Life changing events do not just happen to other people. Unfortunately, sometimes they find you. How you deal with that will vary person to person. There is no book to follow or set of rules. You just do what you think is right. I’m talking about skills that you unknowingly accumulate along life’s journey. I hope you can take home something from our presentation that may help you make a right decision some day.” 

– Bruce Morcombe




“Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity... and these in turn rely on the education of our people.”

-          Julia Gillard



"A moral crime is all the worse when it is sanctioned by law: the worst excesses of the Nazi regime were carried out under colour of the Nuremberg laws. At its best, practising law can be instrumental in achieving Justice. But there are times when to uphold the law is to betray Justice. Any society which legitimises the mistreatment of a defenceless group poses a great challenge for lawyers. We face a stark choice: we can lend ourselves to the enforcement of immoral laws, or help to resist them, and perhaps change them. "
-    
-       Julian Burnside 



“Colour is its own reward
The chiming of a perfect chord
Let's go jumping overboard
Into waves of joy and clarity
Your hands come out to rescue me
And I'm playing in the shallow water
Laughing while the mad dog sleeps”

-          Neil Finn, Fingers of Love



"What was all that about?"

- my friend Kirsten


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Video: Nuggets

I love this. A simple but fitting depiction of drugs and addiction. 


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Embarrassing




Some things are just plain embarrassing.

When someone catches you …

  • Dancing in front of the mirror
  • Picking your nose
  • Listening and loving country music*
  • In a photo with your 80s hair
  • Laughing at (and watching for that matter) Two and a Half Men
  • Hanging your tatty undies on the line
  • With discarded McDonalds remnants in your car
  • Trying and failing to pull off an Irish/Scottish/French accent
  • Laughing at your own joke
  • Throwing yourself shamelessly at someone that so obviously has you locked permanently into the Friend Zone
  • Mimicking a competitor’s marketing campaign


But, why does the last one have to be embarrassing? You’re riding on the coat tails of someone else’s great idea in lieu of backing your own innovativeness. That’s a pretty solid reason.

Is it? So long as it works, who really cares who started it? It’s perfectly ok … no, it’s more than ok; it’s smart to take someone else’s great idea and tweak it and make it your own winning move. You don’t have to be a pioneer to totally bloody own a marketing strategy.

The sure advantage of trying out someone else’s idea for your own business is they get to test what works and you get to pay attention and adjust it accordingly for your own purposes, limitations and audience.


Here are some absolute pearlas that are worth copying the shit out of:


And more of the same. I could go on but it would just be too many inspiration bombs to drop your way this early in the year and we need to pace ourselves. If you can pull off anything even close to these, god speed. All’s fair in love and business. 

Embarrassing? Embarrassingly savvy more like it!

*Country music is so NOT embarrassing (anymore). Stay tuned and I will tell you for why in a future post. 


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