the tagboard as not many people were actually using it,
and I felt it was a tad redundant when there was the comments option under each
post anyway (which, also rarely gets used, but hey, you can't say I am not open
to feedback) ...besides which, it was taking up too much screen real estate, I
have instead placed Stephen Downe's referrer script box on the sidebar, to show
where any recent visitors have come from...just because I could.
have been at work this morning, and it was fine. I nursed a 97 year
woman who didn't look a day over 70
, with wit, cognitive
and physiological health still with her, which is always great to see. It is
ironic that in my years of nursing, I find that gerenterological changes will
often leave a human being with either sound physical health, but failing
mentation...or a sound mind in a failing body. Thankfully this lady was an
exception to this. Of course, a nurse's perspective and experiences of other
people's health (or lack of it) is not representative of real world
demographics, because of the nature of our work, we of course deal with mainly
unwell people...so it is easy for a nurse to start to think that
will eventually get sick, get cancer, have an aneurysm
or whatever - thankfully that just isn't true!
Stephen Downes and Learning Objects
Boy this man
is interesting to read/experience/learn from...I have just had a look at some of
the interesting information/discussion/ideas about the forms of learning and the
new phenomenon of the web, weblogs etc. at Stephen's site...anyone who has ever
attempted to learn something (that's everyone folks) or attempted to teach
anything (I'm pretty sure that would be almost everyone too) may find this stuff
extremely interesting. For example:
as an Emergent Property
Composition: the whole is greater than the parts - bricks, atoms, pixels
The content is not contained in the parts, it emerges from the
combination of parts
The use of learning objects consists not in stringing them together, like a
narrative, but in arranging them, like (a painting, an orchestra, a sand
~ an extract from Stephen Downes presentation: Learning
Objects in a Wider Context National Research Council Canada CADE 2003,
June 9, 2003
...read more about Stephen's Web here
...really really interesting. Of
course I had considered the various ways the web and new technologies could
influence learning and education, but Stephen and others like him get into this
! I'm not sure how all this ties in with Frank's
mantra about "Information is not knowledge, Knowlege is not wisdom
etc...but I really like how thinking about these things stimulates the old brain
" in commemoration of it's 40th anniversary (from first
screening) Little did we know that our two children would LOVE it...especially
the DALEKS, who for some strange reason, they seem to think are the good guys!
So I am being pestered to make a game in flash that includes DALEKS...they want
it to be a bit like my EARBUG adventure stuff, that should be fun...I'll get
back to you on how it goes! Anyway, Mrs. PC is home so we shall go for a walk to
fetch the previously mentioned garbage/recycle-able stuff receptacle thingies...
HRS and Bleary Eyed
Apart from being woken up every two hours by
the children last night (they tag-teamed, who knows why...) I got up at 0600 HRS
with the good-looking one, who had to go to work, to take the bins down to the
end of the road for that great western tradition
getting rid of the waste products we produce with wild abandon to somewhere else where we don't have to think about what happens with
. In other words, our garbage becomes S.E.P.
(someone else's problem) We better hope that one day (maybe soon) these
byproducts of our rampant consumerism doesn't become very much
! So what is Punk doing to reduce his waste
production?...hmmm, well I do try to buy stuff that doesn't have too much
packaging, or individually wrapped itsy-bitsy pieces...but I MUST do
That's all...hope you had a great day! *heh heh heh*
Blogger is a positive force in this world!
Maybe I am idealistic, naive or just plain looney, but I think that
if everyone could share their thoughts and fears and hopes (or
their semi-incoherent ramblings like yours truly) as they can with blogger, then
we may all see that there is a common thread of humanity, wonderful, funny, sad,
mad and occasionally bad, that joins us all.....and perhaps take time to be
nicer to people we meet in TRW. To clarify, I don't really think people are on
the whole nasty or mean to each other in their daily lives, in my personal
experience 99.9% of people (o.k. maybe 98%) I have ever interacted with are on
the whole very good and generous people, but we are all human and sometimes
forget the little courtesies in life! I have not (in my admittedly short) past
history of blog-surfing, found one negative site yet, in a lot of cases I have
found people generously sharing their knowledge and helping others in lots of
varied ways (for example Meg's blog
design) Then there are the many others who simply share their thoughts, letting
us all know we are not so
different after all, and yet
uniquely different enough to make this world an amazingly interesting place to
live on...and well, I don't know...can't we all try and get
(ok, so maybe I'm trippin' - I don't care...you've got to hope
P.S. Just a funny side note...The BLOGGER spell checker
(wonderful tool btw Blogger-People, thanks!) does not recognise the words
"Blogger" or "Blog" ~ I'm sure most dictionaries will quite soon!
I couldn't connect and a bit about KILTS
Here we have a visual record of why I couldn't connect. To the left
we have the broken telephone junction box...Physically ripped from it's moorings
when the tree fell and clipped the power and telephone lines...I am just
grateful no-one was near it when it fell. Another
last night...Bigger than the first, but falling over our back fence and taking
out another tree in it's path, no power lines or telephone wires involved this
time...I am sort of over
trees falling down at the
moment, I tell you!KILTS
Can anyone tell me exactly
what it is about a man wearing a kilt that makes women (and sometimes men) want
to check underneath to see if there is any underwear in situ, as it were? My
better half and I went out last night and a couple of my work colleagues had a
great delight in running their hands over my legs. Myself, being an insatiable
attention seeker, of course loved every minute of it....Perhaps that's why I
wore my kilt, because I knew it would generate that sort of interest. LOL.
Luckily my wife is quite understanding and not the least bit jealous...She also
likes perving on my legs...
(Actually I wore the Kilt because the theme for
the night was "Up Your Kilt"
in honour of our two fine
Scottish doctors Martin & Tim who were leaving the department to move on to
Only some really high winds, I can't imagine what people
who experience the likes of Isabel
go through. Well, the nice telophony man came today and climbed his ladder a few
times to reconnect our telephone line! Yippee! Logged onto my email server and
found 120 ebots from Renderosity! Hell, I've only been offline 5 days! *chuckle*
Anyway, I have managed to update the EARBUG ADVENTURE
? (click here to see
it)...changed around the stop frame and roll-over effects of the bug and ear and
stuff...you know, the things you do with flash when you can't connect online and
fiddle about doing other things (like blog surfing and blog posting as well as
Renderosity stuff) I also revamped the last "Latest Image" to reflect a more
theme, as I just watched the first film again the
other day...so there you go! akito
~ now that I'm back on, let
me know what you want me to change re your links...thanks to you and dyo for
your concern, I am nowhere near the hurricanes in the U.S.A. I live in
Australia, where (in my part anyway) we have simply been having
high winds, as opposed to very scary
...checking in from work as a ruddy great tree took out our
powerline and telephone line two nights ago. Power was finally reconnected at
0100hrs last night, but the telephone line (and hence internet access) wont be
back up for another 48 - 60 hrs. I hope all are well, and staying clear of
inclement weather and falling trees/flying debris!
Just went to see "Pirates of the
very entertaining and quite funny too. Johnny Depp steals the
show in his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow
the dispossessed pirate
who, whilst trying to reclaim his old ship "The Black Pearl" helps Orlando
Bloom's character Will rescue the love of his life. Geoffrey Rush is
particularly good in his role as the Evil Pirate Captain. Recommended
and I should go to bed in a minute...but I
just wanted to share a silly thing I have played with today...I was getting a
bit rusty with flash so I revisited it to put together another EARBUG
? click here or the title of this post to see
You will need Flash Player 6 to view it, please wait a moment if you
are on dial-up, while the swf file loads...so sit back be bemused and hopefully
amused...and enjoy! (It is sort of interactive in a few silly ways) If anyone
can think up a story to accompany this particular earbug scenario, feel free to
pop it into the comments and I will add it to the earbug adventure page to give
it a narrative flavour..
I have a shocking headache tonight, and
have been having some strange and disturbing dreams lately. I mean I normally
have strange dreams...Go figure, but some I have had recently have been
nightmares. I guess I'm just a tad tired or something...Or perhaps it has to do
with some of the sad cases that have been coming through casualty
, attempted suicides
and people whose
bodies are falling apart
at a young age simply because they
have been practicing a form of slow suicide by virtue of various heavy substance
abuse for an extended period of time...Some of the worst substances are legal
ones in the western world BTW, Alcohol and Nicotine...for example, we had a guy
come in today who had had 10 ICU
(Intensive Care Unit)
admissions in the past....due to respiratory problems...but what I don't
understand is that he knew he was a severe asthmatic and he was
!! Maybe he wants to die young, I don't
know......his X-Ray showed the chronic changes associated with obstructive
pulmonary problems that you would normally expect to see in someone quite a bit
older...but he was only 23. We didn't do too much for him as his main problem
seemed to be anxiety and attitude today, his Sats were quite good on room air
really, he was just behaving really weird...who knows what goes on in the minds
of other people? A few Ventolin nebs later and he was discharging himself
against medical advice.addit
Don't get me wrong...I am
no angel myself, I used to smoke pot as my recreational substance of choice in
the past. I just changed my attitude when I became a parent, as I wanted to be
able to be a little bit more responsible in case I was ever
to be a sober and mature person by my kids (and my
wife) if they ever really needed me to be...I think having children changes some
people's behavioural patterns, some people don't change. I am still as big a
dick-head, behave as insanely as I did and have as much fun (if not more) when I
was a bit of a stoner, I am just not shackled to the inherent chemical changes
that could detrimentally affect my conscious state, reasoning ability &
motor skills etc. that needed time
physiological processes to clear away!
The Ants vs the EarBug!!
as I don't have
file space with blogspot (yet) to hold the ant gifs...the ants outnumber the
bug, but the bug is
bigger than them (and is most likely augmented by
some sort of alien-bug nanotechnology and artificial insectile intelligence)
Anyhow enough of my ravings...check it out here!
or click this particular
entries title...I will do a proper animation in Flash with "the bug" soon...I
tired to add much...
at the moment, stayed up late last night
watching "The Two Towers" - yes, again! ...and stuff like that...Spent an
enjoyable hour or so replying to insults, bullshit and misinterpretations by a
member at renderosity ~ lol...can you believe
that it all started over a discussion about an image showing
, yep, that's right!...anyway this
person just loves obfuscating things by making untrue statements, but I don't
think he would ever admit being wrong even if his life depended on it! One thing
I found most amusing is that this tosser actually accused me of taking myself
too seriously...ROFLMAO, hell, I gave up doing that...oh, ermmm what time is it
now?...oh, and I have been working on my images/artwork if I could call it that.
New one up today, next I think I will go back to some traditional drawing (you
know...pen, pencil and paper) and try anime or manga style.
Anime Manga and the like...
Thanks to my visitors in
the tagboard interface, I have been thinking about Anime & Manga and
wondering if I could actually do any decent artwork in that style? I shall
explore that creative direction I think...at the moment I am still working on a
new "Latest Image" image. Speaking of Manga and Anime, my experience is limited
, "The ANIMATRIX"
...not much experience, huh? ~ actually, now I
think about it, when I was younger I used to watch AstroBoy
all the time, and
loved those shows so I guess I was into early forms of this stuff before most of
you were born!
*I was wondering - in such a diverse (and yet related)
collection of animations such as those found in "The Animatrix" - which one do
you like and why? (Please leave comments at the comments thingy
this entry if you are interested in partaking in this discussion) At first I
really didn't like "World Record" but then, as I watched it a few times I found
myself starting to really like it
, probably for the
reasons I thought I didn't like it in the first place; the
unusual and original graphic style utilised in the piece...it really is unique!
I also liked "Beyond" probably because, as a kid (hell, as of right now) I would
really have loved
to find a place like that...my own little
"glitch" in the matrix!
Piano plays in the background...
as I type this
entry. The back lawn (well the flat portion) has been mowed this afternoon, and
I have shifted some dirt around...very benificial for my biceps according to the
boss. It also helps prevent the development of a belly, which is always a danger
now my metabolism has geared down a bit with age...*hehheh* I've gone back to
basics and included a rollover code for my everwatchful eye, try it...actually
there are a few things in this blog that are interactive if you play with them
(well ok, maybe three...I don't know...) If you want a different interactive
experience involving "art
" and audio go here
play with the thingy under the title description. Anyhow thanks to
leaving feedback. It's nice to know that I am not alone...(unless of course the
solopists are right - see this link
it's down the bottom of the list) Bye! (or buy
if you are a
ever watchful eye...
The ever watchful eye is watching me now. It does
not judge, it does not pass comment, it does nothing but watch over me...it is
always there, always watching. It is the silent watcher. It watches silently,
even. It is quietly watching, making no noise simultaneously and at the same
time...yes, I am
being very silly...It is watching me now, as I
am being silly, but it does not care...it is all very strange
, but then
again, so is my life....
Later that night...
Boy am I worn out! Well, I had
quite a lovely father's day really. I was presented with a beautiful drawing of
me - stick arms, pot belly, balloon head with a small tuft of hair on top, yep,
pretty accurate representation! This was framed in a lovely silver sprayed pasta
encrusted masterpiece that I will always cherish (along with the drawing)...and
a hand-made card with various details from my eldest one's brain about how she
perceives me ~ Q: How old is your Dad?
A: Two numbers I
Q: What is his favourite food?
A: Lollies and
Chocolate and nothing else!
( - they call that transference
folks, I swear it doesn't apply to me!
) The children also managed to get
me a copy of The Fellowship of The Ring
(the book) which I
haven't read in AGES, but am pleased to start again, my interest being rekindled
by Peter Jackson's wonderful epic film translations of Tolkein. My sister and
brother-in-law popped over at lunchtime with my neices, and that was lovely too,
and then we went to the parent's in law for Father's Day Dinner, where I of
course ate too much! I'm going to bed now, to sleep the sleep of the fortunate.
Good night all...
Fathers Day -
It is father's day in Australia. I
believe this ritual is held at other times of the year in different parts of the
world. Perhaps other cultures besides the Western culture have similar types of
rituals, but I must admit that my anthropological knowledge does not stretch
that far. I find the whole idea bemusing I must say...like Mother's day and
birthdays and the like, one may be deluded into having some great
that this day
is going to be
- I mean, after all...I'm a father
aren't I? And then you
wake up...after a "sleep in" if you are lucky enough to have a partner who will
give you that grace...and the children are still fighting with each other, the
tap still needs a new washer and the lawn still needs mowing etc etc...HEY! What
happened? All these things are meant to magically disappear just for this day at
least! It's FATHER'S DAY
after all! Yeah...right! *chuckle*
Deano, Chloe & my ongoing weather updates...
Just got an email from my old friend Dean with a
snapshot of a little dog named Chloe who looks very cute (see left). I
personally still think doggies are eating
machines, so would rather have a horse ~ well,
you can ride
a horse can't you? Anyway, the skies are dull, but
occasionally the blue peeps through. I really really want warmer weather
soon...PLEASE! (guess I'm just a sun-worshipper) Gotta go shopping now! More
Thursday and the sun is shining
someone has just
driven down our lane and has no idea where they are going...three point turn in
our driveway...back down the lane again...
wonderfully fine spring day. Shame
I have to go to work in an hour...come to think of it,
am I doing here on the computer? I'm going out in
the sunshine while I can! BYE!
Welcome Spring through blurry eyes...
It's way too early for me! Am I getting old or should I just get more sleep?
(perchance to dream) Oh well, off to work.