Make-up course, poly Thanksgiving & lazing with my magic monkey

Make-up course, poly Thanksgiving & lazing with my magic monkey

Really great weekend this one!

Yesterday Tamsin and I did a 6 hour make-up course at my mum’s place with a Hungarian make-up artist called Eszter. We had a great laid-back time and did some crazy smokey over-the-top make-ups! Like these.

Then we headed to a relaxed Thanksgiving with lots of poly friends and poly-friendly folk. We got a bit pissy and I spent most of the night spinning thinly disguised sexual innuendos. I can get away with it, yay for me. I love cheeky sexy fun.

Today I’m chilling with Craig in Bondi… lots of good food, big walk to the beach, chilling, reading, yummy cuddles and now we are going to watch some films. Great way to see the weekend out… chilling in my baby’s arms 🙂

Genius or bloody hard work?

Genius or bloody hard work?

Mozart, Bill Joy and lots of famous musicians and artist are thought to be geniuses that none of us could copy if we tried. But is that really true? What does really distinguish these stellar talents and those musicians, artists, scientists etc of lesser standing?

Malcolm Gladwell investigated the myth in A Gift or hard graft?

Study after study seems to show that what distinguishes outstanding talent from mediocre is not genius but practice. Lots of practice. It’s a surprising and sobering finding that real talent seems to be the end result of about 10,000 hours of practice. Even bank robbers and hockey players seem to need the same amount of time in their craft to be the top players!

Yes I know, it’s both dispiriting and reassuring… no I couldn’t suddenly become a crazily good chess player even if I had an IQ of 220, but then again I could become pretty good at a lot of things if I spent the time! Unfortunately I’m a very easily bored and fidgety person so I would have preferred the genius hypothesis!! 😛

On another note, this is a sociological meta-study (without saying so) in what makes an outstanding talent. It’s time and energy for sure, but interestingly Gladwell discusses the prerequisites for these: upbringing, opportunities, particular conditions that enable individuals to devote time and energy to a particular practice. Obviously obsessive, one-track-minded personalities with lots of inner motivation help, but unless underlying social conditions are there talent will not get the chance to develop into outstanding talent. Timing and opportunity are everything, then comes motivation and 10,000 hours… I won’t forget that number!

Colours of spring

Colours of spring

I recently got some new streaks, my hair’s gone into spring bloom 🙂

It’s become pink and now blue and purple, bit like the jacaranda flowers around Sydney… colours make me happy.

Jacarandas will finish blooming any time now but my new streaks will go through the summer.

16th Nov Qld storm… a cyclone?

16th Nov Qld storm… a cyclone?

Last week Queensland got hammered by a giant storm and parts of the state were declared disaster areas. The Gap in Brisbane especially got pulped and emergency services had a lot of work to do afterwards. Whole chunks of SE Qld had no power for days.

Watch this video… I love how Aussies can laugh at themselves and even enjoy this crazy event! I would have loved to be there, it looks really amazing! The hail is crazy too, I still remember a similar one we had in Sydney in 1998 that wrecked my car… but that wall of water and wind are just insane!

Here are some amazing pre-storm photos and lots of shots snapped by residents. Also a news snippet if that’s not enough 😛

orphaned photos… want to be seen! :)

orphaned photos… want to be seen! :)

Here are 5 recent photos that ended up not going anywhere particular.. and they really want to be seen! 🙂

1) Crazy-arse ‘spring’ weather in Sydney from Craig’s balcony… wind almost blew me off while I took the shot, it was insane.

2) Tamsin with flowers… I love this shot! We had no vase so she put them in our watering can and it looked great. I also just got my new camera here and was experimenting with the streaks 🙂

3) UNSW, library lawn and Morven Brown building on a beautiful afternoon… ie when I actually enjoy working there 😉

4) ‘Big Bang to quantum computing’ mural in the corridors of Melbourne University’s physics labs in the basement. Love the colours!

5) My mum making pancakes in her new kitchen… I love it when she’s happy and is beaming like this 🙂