May 2007


Today was National Sorry Day.

Apology Australia

Bringing Them Home

And it’s Enrol to Vote Week next week.

ETA: Larvatus Prodeo’s post about the 1967 referendum.

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Listening to: Handsome Devil – The Smiths

Okay, so that’s all wonderful, but this is what’s been bugging me lately. (Well, not “bugging” so much as “providing an interesting challenge”.)

Say you’re in a library. There’s a fiction section (with alphabetical call numbers), and there’s a non-fiction section (which uses Dewey). What would you expect to find in each? For example, where would you look for the following?:

A novel by Margaret Atwood
A biography of Marie Curie
A book of poetry
A collection of short stories
A biography of Virginia Woolf
An autobiography by Simone de Beauvoir
A book about the politics of housework

(I am basically looking for people to agree with me, so make sure you get the answers right!)

Listening to: What a Life – Juliana Hatfield

You know, for all our heated disagreements lately about how to run the library (and how cool is it that I even get a say in these things?), I would just like to say that my friend C is lovely. That is all. The nice things she has done for me are too numerous to count.

Also, my mum just gave me a new diary as a thank you for proofreading her millions of assignments lately (seriously, don’t get a degree in speech pathology). I am swimming in good will.

Also, despite the fact that they ate my weekend, I had two of the best shifts ever at my public library on Saturday and Sunday. I don’t know what was different about them, but I really enjoyed myself (not that I ever hate it, but it is work). I think because things weren’t too quiet and I had some really nice borrowers. They were all really nice. And it was fun to hang out with my colleagues, and I flicked through the cook books in my downtime, and I actually found the answers to some difficult questions for people. Dude, libraries are where it’s at.

And ABC2 has been showing Degrassi High every night at 6.30 pm, and it makes my day every time. I know it’s available on DVD now, but I don’t have it yet (and my DVD player died) and I really look forward to sitting down to watch it every night. I guess that’s a bit sad. Hmm.

Anyway, yes, I will be starting one of those Oprah gratitude diaries soon.

Listening to: You Don’t Give Up – The Blake Babies

Oh, The Guardian, why? (Well, this is why, apparently, but ugh.) Of course all of the same information is there if you want to look for it, but it’s horrible to look at – it’s so busy! I don’t know where to begin! I don’t know why they’ve been so keen to bloggify themselves lately; I don’t think the blog format works when you have more than a certain number of visitors. I don’t want to read the inane/spiteful comments of a thousand anonymous readers; what’s the point?

Bah, humbug.

Listening to: The Devil’s Eye – The Go-Betweens

There’s a Couch-to-5k podcast! I haven’t listened to it yet, but it seems like a good idea. I’m downloading Week 4 now (I don’t know what level I’m actually at, after a couple of weeks of rain and laziness). Link courtesy of Web-Goddess.

(I’m on a big Go-Betweens kick; I thought the tribute on the ABC on Saturday night was great.)

Listening to: Alone With You – The Sunnyboys

(I’m never sure if there’s supposed to be a comma there or not. I guess there’s not, but I like to think of it as ambiguous.)

A couple of craft links:

Nikki-Shell’s blog, which led me to Wardrobe Refashion (which I think might interest you especially, Rad, and it’s Melburnian in origin).

And… actually, these have all come from the same place, and if you follow the first link, you’ll find the rest, but there’s this Guardian article on green sewing.

Also, I finally bought an Adbusters magazine, after idly flicking through them in newsagencies for the last couple of years, and I really like it. It’s the March/April issue, so it’s probably about to be replaced, but there are at least a couple of really good articles (I’m still reading it; I’m sure there are more than that), which – oh! They’re online! Okay, one about consumerism/individualism:

The reality is that many young people don’t take consumerism seriously because they feel that as individuals, it does not affect them. As media activists like Jean Kilbourne have argued, this illusion that advertising affects “everybody else but me” is nothing new, but I think this is even more the case with Generation Y. Students claim violence in the media doesn’t matter because they grew up playing Doom and they didn’t turn out violent. Or they claim that unrealistic images of women in the media do matter because they know a lot of girls with eating disorders. Many young people don’t seem to have a language for understanding that the media doesn’t just affect us on an individual level – the media impacts society politically, economically, and ideologically.

And one about us:

And so today, the lucky country is no longer so lucky, but, rather in the midst of a diverse environmental crisis, a drought of both water and progressive political leadership. It is certainly true that many ordinary Australians are outraged by the wrong turn their country has taken over the past decade. Yet underneath the Australian crisis lies a more fundamental question, one that has plagued the country since its founding: what is an Australian? Is it merely a geographically displaced European, a white, Anglo-Saxon tied by blood, history, and tradition to England or Europe? Is it a recent immigrant to a land that really belongs to the aboriginal peoples who settled it tens of thousands of years ago? Is it a recent arrival from neighboring Southeast Asia, where the culture and customs are quite different from the West?

That one was really interesting to me, because I don’t read local newspapers (because they’re crap), so I miss out on reading about Australia most of the time. Can anyone recommend some good, thoughtful sources of Australian political analysis and debate? The Guardian has its faults, but I guess that’s really what I’m looking for, in Australian form. Or any decent blogs. Or anything.

Listening to: Figure of Fun – The Birthday Party

If you have ever been to the Medway Towns, I hope you will find this as hilarious as I do: Dickens World. I am sure Chatham will soon be awash with tourists.