Not so missing links

Not so missing links

Having deep thoughts about the role of chains in life. I worked out I can link where I am now back to where I was five, ten, thirty years ago through a chain of events. It’s much like what Steve Jobs said here about connecting dots;


Then I was thinking about the function of those chains. Is the strength of those links to past events holding me in place like an anchor? Alternatively, is the inherent strength something I use to get to the next link, building a longer and stronger chain in the process?

The fundamental question from all this is, am I pushing on or be pulled by the chain?


Looking up

Looking up

Yesterday my wife and I  lined up outside the Royal Exhibition Building for Brickvention, a Lego convention that shows the creativity of people of all ages and sells out every year. For the record I’m not brick obsessed but my wife is so I let her wander off and indulge while I found coffee and did some people watching.

With so much going on I noted no one was really paying any attention to the building. It’s understandable but then this iPhone image is a glimpse of what they were missing out on had they looked up. No wonder it a world heritage listed site.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Completed one exam, two workshops and now a new semester of Summer school starts this week. My unread pile continues to grow, I’m tired and perhaps a little stressed but I don’t mind.

I realised I have been focussed too much on my own issues and that getting some perspective was necessary, so that is what I have been looking for this week and I hope you get something out of this too.

It started on Twitter when I saw a number of photographers retweeting an appeal to fund a wheelchair for Jaleel King. I looked into it and this is simply a great story of the human spirit.

Fearless Jaleel King: Against All Odds from Mike Allebach on Vimeo.

Reading Jaleel’s blog I found links to the Help Portrait project. It is a really simple idea best explained in this video.

I cannot see a Melbourne group that is active at the moment and I’m not in a position where I can spare enough time to volunteer to start one right now but I will be donating to this with the intention to put more effort in after I graduate. If you read this and you decide to kick something off where you are, leave a comment so I know I did some good this week. Do we have a deal?

I also got to look at some classic portraiture by Philippe Halsman  Hollywood stars in black and white.

Listening to…  Katie Noonan cover a Neil Finn classic.