Finally, my staff page is up!

Finally, my staff page is up!

Yay, finally my staff page is up at Macquarie University. It only took 1.5 years to get it up ;) ah the joys of bureaucracy and that of an underfunded department.

Niko Antalffy’s staff page at MQ

I expect that it’ll take ages to update this page because MQ simply cannot let academics handle their own pages, which is quite crazy, all organisations know that the best and cheapest way of having things up to date is letting/making staff/members be in charge of their own pages, accounts or domain.

If you want to follow my academic work I suggest following me on Academia.edu, ResearchGate or LinkedIn (just search).

 

Going deeper…

Going deeper...

The standard model of arranging and judging our lives, where we collect material goods, accolades and symbolic capital, obscures the depth of our inner lives, how we love, how we imagine our future and interactions with the world and others, how we harness compassion, care and empathy to help ourselves and in turn others. The standard model is everywhere, so it is doubly hard to hold onto an active emotional, mental, spiritual existence that truly makes us thrive and create a beautiful life with lots of enriching connections. Yet there is no way I can live a happy life without going deeper than what is generally offered up…

2500 year old tattoos!!

2500 year old tattoos!!

How amazing. Check out these tattoos on a Siberian princess from 2,500 years ago! Two warriors’ tattoos were also reconstructed and they would look spectacular today! What has changed? We still get tattoos to enhance our beauty and to create meaning. We still use mythological creatures and powerful animals today to emphasize traits, describe and decorate ourselves, to remind us of important events, achievements or ways of being in our lives or inside of ourselves: an external manifestation of our life journey and way of being.

Some of these tattoos are really impressive and would be the envy of artists and tattoo appreciators alike!

The astonishing 2,500 year old tattoos of a Siberian princess, and how they reveal little has changed in the way we decorate our bodies

Self portraits on various drugs

Self portraits on various drugs

An artist, Bryan Lewis Saunders, has come up with the idea of creating self-portraits on a variety of different drugs.

Some of them are legal and some illegal. Treating them all as the same starting point is in itself interesting. Some of the drugs are very much psychoactive while others are either only mildly so or not at all (nicotine? cough syrup?). Some are anti-psychotics, anxiolitic drugs, drugs for ADHD, bipolar and many other afflictions. Some would be taken once in a while, others regularly… wonder what one anti-psychotic pill does to you?

Some I found surprising: is this what one would do on cocaine? meth? morphine? psilocybin? I wonder too if he was getting morphine in hospital when he decided to start the series… whatever got him going though this is a fascinating series of artistic experiments.

Self-portraits done to a different drug every day (45 Photos)

Iron infusion

Iron infusion

Earlier this week I got an iron infusion at the local hospital and I’m so glad I did! I’m already feeling better from it.

I’ve been anemic mildly or severely for the last 15 years due to chronic health issues causing malabsorption. Unfortunately noone ever mentioned the possibility of getting an iron infusion which bypasses the digestive track and delivers iron directly into the blood, from which the spleen absorbs it and finally the bone marrow creates more haemoglobin to carry more oxygen, fuelling the body.

Anemia means chronic fatigue and tiredness, loads of infections and immune problems, being pale and generally not coping well with anything, especially exercise or even just walking around.

It took me being pregnant and seeing several doctors to figure out that I can get an iron infusion. I was nervous on the day as there is a slight chance of anaphylaxis and a 40% chance of side-effects, although the modern preparations are well tolerated. The infusion takes 4 hours, you get a slow drip from a rusty coloured saline bag that contains the iron sucrose. I felt both tired and energised and pretty weird from the process but nothing really bad happened. I was very tired the next day but I also had a cold and rested heaps. Now, several days later I am starting to feel more energy and I don’t get quite so short of breath all the time when moving around. Cannot wait to feel the full effect in a few weeks!