Chris and I grabbed the opportunity of a winter break and headed off to Fiji for a week to chill. It was definitely a relaxing holiday in that we rested a lot and there weren’t many activities.
We were hoping for more tropical weather but July is the coldest month in Fiji too so we didn’t really get beach weather as such (more winds and cold and rain). Then again, it was still much warmer than in Sydney.
We stayed near Sigatoka in a resort and learnt the hard way that resorts are akin to institutions and are full of redneck Aussies just trying to get smashed around the pool. Considering this the locals were gracious and lovely.
We made it out to Sigatoka town and walked to neighbouring villages to get some idea how the locals live. Sigatoka was dusty and decrepit but interesting, the villages were poor and welcoming with women and children gathering around us and old folk chatting to us about local medicinal herbs and village life. At least these bits were real, unlike the resort.
We came back more chilled but also eager for real life experiences that a resort cannot offer. Lesson learned.
Christopher Ryan of Sex at Dawn has done a short and funny TED presentation:
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I highly recommend Sex at Dawn (check out my previous blog post on this) but if you just have a few minutes, this is a fun one. Ryan explores why humans are so preoccupied with sex, what sperm competition means and the significance of the butt bra, among other things. Enjoy!
ps: yes, bit unfortunate to liken monogamy to vegetarianism but hey, we all get to make our own selective jokes! I prefer to liken non-monogamy to a smorgasboard and monogamy to having to eat processed food from the same menu over and over again. There.
This is the funniest, most insightful article about Zizek so far. Highly recommended. It will introduce you to the basics of what you need to know about this Slovenian philosopher and his brilliant and impenetrable work, but you’ll get so much more than you bargained for. He is a self-confessed misanthrope but funnily each time he professes his distaste of humanity he’s only gaining more cult following… bizarre, twisted and hilarious. Enjoy!
“For me, the idea of hell is the American type of parties. Or, when they ask me to give a talk, and they say something like, ‘After the talk there will just be a small reception’ – I know this is hell. This means all the frustrated idiots, who are not able to ask you a question at the end of the talk, come to you and, usually, they start: ‘Professor Žižek, I know you must be tired, but …’ Well, fuck you. If you know that I am tired, why are you asking me? I’m really more and more becoming Stalinist. Liberals always say about totalitarians that they like humanity, as such, but they have no empathy for concrete people, no? OK, that fits me perfectly. Humanity? Yes, it’s OK – some great talks, some great arts. Concrete people? No, 99% are boring idiots.”