I like proving the vocational assessment I had 3 months ago to be very wrong.
Yes, one might say a thing is either wrong or right, there’s no place for a combination of the two. To that I’d like to butcher a quote by Stuart, owner of the profitless comic book store on #TheBigBangTheory – “It is a little wrong to say I could Swim in Jello, it’d be very wrong to say I could Ski on Sandpaper.”
Yet back in early July 2013 I was assessed as being unsuited for a helpdesk or any role that included repetitive tasks.
Whilst I’d much prefer to continue to shoot abstract, architectural, landscape & vehicular photography AND have people buy sufficient artwork each week to cover my mortgage, the truth is I need to do a job that utilizes my real world skills.
So winning a 6 month contract on an IT HelpDesk has proven I do have sales, people, communication, tutoring & computer skills which help me to provide a full service to all my clients.
So I am doing a role that I not only exel in, I also enjoy doing. Talking with people at all levels, taking a moment to discuss the impact of the issue at hand on their working day, working through and resolving or escalating the issue, then doing the necessary computer based logging of the job … heck, I am smiling as I write this all done. I am in my element!
That assessment was very wrong. Which leads me to believe my response was based on utopian world, not real world.
Because now I am doing a job where I am most suited, well placed, and everything feels very right.
I have a shed loaded with electronic waste that goes back 20 years.
I have motherboards, sound cards, old cellular phones, cabling, stenographer tape decks and much more. Somewhere in there I have a 3GB box that is twice the size of a standard shoe box - I use it as a paper weight and a reminder of a time that man wants to forget.
What I have noticed recently is that I still have most of the mobile phones I have purchased outright. This includes a few NOKIA bricks (sorry guys, it is true!). The earliest phone I remember owning was a flip-phone that always reminded me of communicators in Star Trek! Beamed straight from the series that continues to influenced the design of Tablets.
So I found PHONEBLOKS via advertising on Youtube. I quickly realised they deserve merit and entrepreneurial advertising!
Their idea is that the screen and features (ie, phone, camera, speakers, antenna, memory) are all separate blocks that connect to a standard base by way of pins and screws at the ends to keep it all secure. Therefore anyone in the world can build a phone to specifically suit their desires and lifestyle.
I reckon I would buy a PHONEBLOK. Imagine if each block embedded came in multiple colours. Sleeves and water-proof cases will still be necessary, bling is all part of the franchising of a product.
I’m keeping an eye on where this concept goes. So should everyone. The world is changing, again!
Now I am wondering what I am going to do with this shed of obsolete electronic gadgetry. Thinking of getting a strong metal muncher to make mince-meat of it all – and then somehow spraying it onto canvas or concrete to make wall art. Now that would be modern art!
Watch the video that describes how it all works and ‘fits’ together:
Our close friends Vicki and Ben Kramer have a lovely little boy who required a heart operation shortly after birth. It touched our hearts when we heard what it took to support their family during those early days of little Zach’s life.
So now we want to give as much as possible to all families who need immediate support during that same time of their child’s life.
Therefore: The Mitchell Family are walking in the City to Bay Fun Run 2013 to help raise funds for HeartKids SA. Follow the link on and thru the image to donate funds to help everyone enjoy life to the fullest.
Dig deep into your soul, open your wallet, give just a little bit and help those that cannot help themselves. The children. Support is in our hands.
Image created by my two hands using GIMP.
The first 30 minutes is Seth McFarlane beingg himself, yet worth it for all that comes after.
Consequently I have developed a LONG list of movies that I really would like to see.
Some might say that uTorrent might be my only answer, but I don’t do that. I suspect I may be spending time either on Youtube or any remaining video outlets in my neighbourhood. But with Blockbusters no longer available, I welcome advice on where else I can hire the following movies.
Anyhow, before we go any further here is my list of movies I really really want to see:
- A Royal Affair
- Amour *
- Beats of the Southern Wild *
- Buzkashi Boys
- Chasing Ice
- Death of a Shadow *
- Django Unchained *
- Five Broken Cameras
Wait, trust me, this is NOT every movie mentioned. Yet, yes, it is almost all of them. Onwards…
- Kon Tiki
- Les Miserables
- Life of Pi
- Searching for Sugar Man
- Silver Linings PlayBook
- Skyfall – both the movie AND the Adele song!
- The GateKeepers
- The Impossible *
- The Invisible War
- Zero Dark Thirty *
I should really point out that these movies are in no particular order other than alphabetical. They are all as equally amazing as each other. BUT – there are a few that I NEVER thought would interest me. So I have put an asterix next to those alone.
What I enjoyed most is the amount of Australian actors on display. All the usual crowd were there – Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman. Yet it was a slight shock to spot both Jackie Weaver and Naomi Watts now standing alongside the who’s-who in Hollywood.
Despite Seth McFarlane’s butcher of his pre-written lines, he did a fairly good job of hosting the show. Set doesn’t seem to be a natural comedian, nowhere in the league of Richard Dreyfuss or Robin Williams, yet has a go at it. I doubt he will get asked again. Likewise, if there is a sequel to Ted, I see a sea of cotton-stuffing and … wait, they did that in a Katy Perry video clip!
Adele performed her song ‘SkyFall” at around 100 minutes into the show, and what a performance it was! I still consider her my favourite singer/writer/artist since 2011.
One of the most important part of every Oscars is the ‘In Memoriam’ component. There have been a LOT of amazing contributors to the movies over the last hundred years, from writers to cinematographers, sound artists to composers, and so many story writers who capture the imagination and make it a visual masterpiece.
As a photographer myself, I continue to be inspired by the imagination of those who have succeeded in Hollywood. Though it is not my dream to make it that far, it is awesome and amazing to watch those that have succeeded and consequently recognised for their effort.
Three hours later. My mind is filled with possibilities.
The SkyNet Data Centre has been built. Nobody let the machines take control.