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How many pears can you buy with exposure?

Do you know what I use to feed my children? No, not air! You're so silly. I use money. I take the money to the supermarket, and I give the machine with the gentle woman's voice the money and in return, I am allowed to take my groceries home without being arrested. Today, an online women's editorial-style site announced that it would pay its contributors. Evidently the whole notion of paying someone for a service they provide was so staggering to this website that...

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Here’s Looking At You(r) Kid (for JustB)

Obviously I post a lot of things on my blog about people I care for. As a parent, I often struggle to find the balance between saying too much, and sitting alone in my office with no one and getting everything about raising any kind of successful child completely and totally wrong. Yes I do. This week I wrote a piece for the beautiful JustB about how much we should share about our children. My basic sentiment is "lots, but make sure...

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So in summary …

Sometimes life calls for a summary post. It's not always easy to make the words come out in the right order, especially if you've been giving them to NaNoWriMo instead. Georgia Six months ago we went to Georgia's teacher in desperation, to have a go at figuring out why she's lonely and sad. Last week we got the results of the school's monitoring and subsequent assessment. Now we have a list of new people to go and see and ask the same...

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A bit of manual stimulation

Apparently I found it necessary to buy a typewriter. The good news is that I managed to get it out of its case and on to my desk, whereafter I typed some words and lost my finger between the keys quite often (see Fig. 1). I've been led to believe that typewriters need names. This one is an Adler Contessa in very bright orange and so far I've called it "Whose idea was this?" and "Is it possible that the novelty...

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Something I write sometimes

JustB is one of the most beautiful, delightful websites in the world. It may therefore come as a surprise to you to learn that I write a fortnightly column for them wherein they let me whine about things that are annoying in my room, society and the broader universe. Every other week I have a little tongue in cheek complaint about one thing or another and occasionally two or more things. This fortnight I'm going on about the way the weather...

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My Love Project

I was compelled to work on a love project by the most encouraging and delightful woman on earth, Bernadette Jiwa. The publication that will eventually become Bide Magazine had been milling around in my brain for years. When I was a little kid I created a newspaper and gave my brother a dollar to distribute it to all the people in the neighbourhood. I was lucky that my dad had a photocopier. My overheads were low. It would be fair to say...

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Where I say thank you whilst crying

Yesterday my Pozible project ended. If you click through, you'll see that an incredible amount was pledged. $3,851 worth of backing, well, me. The target was $6,000, so I didn't quite get the project funded, but that doesn't make the support demonstrated any less amazing. I wanted to offer my sincerest thanks to those 72 people who thought that what I wanted to achieve was worth putting actual dollars into. Especially Rose Wintergreen, Sam Quigley and Sarah Moran, who believed in my goal more...

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What can we learn from The Circle?

Television networks have a mixed relationship with social media. On the one hand, social media has buoyed television. In the olden days, event television was something we shared with our family or our mates. They would physically come to our houses and we would sit around the idiot box and share our opinions with each other. From time to time, we would grab the corded phone and watch Hey Hey together in real time, and while the ads were on we'd...

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Mean Girls: not just a movie

I have some strong feelings about bullying, especially the kind of psychological torment that seems more common in young girls. With that in mind, I took my anger forth and found out a little more about what Australian schools think, and what they're trying to do to combat this kind of behaviour. "The weird thing about hanging out with Regina was that I could hate her, and at the same time, I still wanted her to like me," says Lindsay Lohan in...

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Bloggers and Journalists: not as dissimilar as you may think

If you don't know The Punch, it's essentially an opinion based website comprised of a series of "serious" blogs. Today they are running a story about Blogging and Journalism, and why the two ne'er shall meet. Because journalism is Proper Writing and blogging is Poetry About Dog Poop. With no offense intended to Allison Lee, I have a lot of problems with this piece. Much has been made of the demise of the mainstream media. Popular opinion would have us believe news...

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Proposal: “I Don’t Want to Get Sick” Days

When I arrived at work this morning and pushed open the door, I found myself inside a dense cloud. As I walked down the corridor, I heard a classic winter chorus: coughing, sneezing and loogie hocking. In stereo. The cloud followed me to my office, pointing its germy fingers in my eyes and trying to get its bacteria laden hands down my shirt. I raced to my desk, trying to erect a forcefield with my mind, but in actuality just...

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