Five Things To Do

  • Learn about the large hadron collider. Here, I’ll start you off… it’s in Switzerland and makes people nervous because it could potentially cause the end of the world. Godspeed.
  • Become addicted to TED talks. Technology. Entertainment. Design. Acronyms.
  • Make donut toast: the single greatest usage of $1.50 Coles doughnuts ever envisaged by man.
  • Spend some time (even a few minutes) with somebody over the age of 65 or under the age of 6. They know things.
  • Try a little harder with your petty insults. Rather than calling somebody ‘silly’ or ‘dumb’ which could be seen as ‘childish’ paint a picture for your conversational comrades. Exempli gratia… ‘she’s surfing in Nebraska’ or my personal favourite, ‘his slinky’s kinked’.

Life Lust #2

  • This TED talk from Morgan Spurlock
  • Cake Breakfast
  • Red lipstick & Wayfarers on girls who are busy DOING things, not trying to show everybody their red lipstick & Wayfarers. It’s the momentum that makes it.
  • Night time amateur snapper sessions: Friend + Self + iPhone + artistically shot pictures of sky/bats/lamp post/McDonald’s smoothie cup.
  • My open and honest communication mug. Pilfered from a previous workplace, features teddy bear doling out cartoon wisdom, holds perfect amount of tea.
  • Yelling “Man down!” during low risk situations – ideal for altercations with photocopiers/staplers/whiteout tape.
  • The word wingbat
  • Mexican themed apologies
  • Contemplating the muscle memory of hands


Valentine’s Day – Lovers versus Fighters

They happen with people, without people. They’ve happened on couches, at movies, at the beach, in love, in lust, in denial. Valentine’s Day happens to people after a massive breakup just as frequently as it does to people madly in love.

There will be ones when you’re surrounded by friends. It will still rock on by in the midst of happy single person time when you’ll most likely think it’s kind of a joke, call your friends and start drinking.

There are moments when people scattered across the globe will feel truly, legitimately, overwhelmingly romanced by another human, and they will be utterly thrilled to be as close to that person as they feel they are, whether they’re standing next to them or not.

Some of those moments will occur on Valentine’s Day.

There will be Valentine’s Days where you may just call it Tuesday and pretend it’s not happening, with no regard for what Hallmark has to say about it.

The point I’m trying to get at is, rather than getting too emotional about it – irony, noted – it’s really just a reminder to do something out of the ordinary.

Honestly, whether Valentine’s Day makes you want to stab people’s teddy bears or gets you all gooey, it’s a fairly obvious example of the power wielded by putting in a little extra consideration.

If your day is dedicated to making someone you care for feel amazing, because that’s exactly the way you see them, I hope it goes particularly well for you.

And if your concerted effort goes toward bursting every heart shaped balloon you see, then good luck to you also as you show a great deal of conviction. And there’s nothing more romantic than commitment.

Have a wonderful V-Day, Lovers.

And if you’re a rebel against the cause, well…

… make sure you have some fun with it, mmmkay?

Admissions & Home Truths

I get annoyed at myself for really liking chick-lit.

Last year’s Superbowl Ads were better than this year’s.

There should be an International James Bond Day and it is madness that this has not already happened.

Smart people make the best fake dumb people.

Spelling connexion with an x is way cooler and Charles Dickens knew that.

Julia Gillard is so unpopular that Tony Abbott looks like a real contender.

We don’t care about sharks, spiders or crocodiles… but the above comment is terrifying to most Australians.

Life Lust #1

Ryan Gosling Vs Adorable Puppies – The competition is tighter than you may think.

What ever happened to Matt Corby? Well, apparently he grew up a bit, got himself a beard and became even better…

Lit Fix: Grammarist. Legitimate definitions for such gems as beeline, acephalous, mollycoddle, catachresis and imagism. Also lines up all of your favourite mistakes like inequality vs. inequity and triple vs. treble. You will learn things. Note: There is a definition for winningest. Yes, really. No, Charlie Sheen doesn’t know anything about it, nor shall he ever. 
General Entertainment Purposes: Mr Matt Granfield. Wrangler of words. Lucksmith, vagabond, volcanophobe – and generally very funny man.

Steve Jobs – Visionary

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

Wired, February, 1995

The Moderns – Descartes (DB Collective / Green Distribution)

Beers and philosophy

These Gold Coast natives echo vintage Kings Of Leon while their lead singer, Samuel Rees, has you recalling Wolfmother before you can help yourself. The guitars are dirty enough to make each track feel nicely aged but not dated. Troubled Man, the pick of the album and its opening track, could easily soundtrack a Corona ad. It’s also where their album’s famous namesake, the so-called father of modern philosophy, René Descartes, shows up. “You said, ‘I think, therefore I am’/And I said, ‘I’m a troubled man’”. It’s a nice piece of escapism and possible anthem for lost boys everywhere. Other highlights are Beechmont and Wouldn’t Rock And Roll, with the latter introducing a rockabilly feel that exposes more depth to their sound. People throw around ‘from another era’ a lot, but there are no time constraints on the classics and The Moderns have a noteworthy crack at a cruisy rock album.

(Originally published below)