A Little Something I Found Earlier: Melbourne Street-performer

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Hello fellow wanderers!

Some of you may have seen my post earlier this week on my day trip to Melbourne, when I walked around some of the laneways. Well, while I was returning to the train station, I noticed a crowd forming and decided to stop and see what all the fuss was about. Turns out there was a street performance about to start! His name is William, he comes from France and he was certainly a good performer. He had the crowd cheering, laughing and clapping along the whole way through. Anyway, I thought I’d share it with you guys so if you’re interested in watching just a short clip of his performance, either click on the video below, or follow the link to the video on my youtube channel.

Happy travelling! ❤

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Australian’s are the biggest downloaders in the world, and our media outlets are partially to blame

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Pirate Bay was taken down during raids in Sweden this week, but the site has already resurfaced. If new laws are imposed in Australia, it may be taken away from us again, this time for good. Although today Communications Minster Malcolm Turnbull warned journalist’s to not report the reforms as an “internet filter”, that is exactly what it is. Turnbull’s plan is for internet providers to block any site that illegal downloads can be obtained, and that downloaders would be formally warned about any online copyright breaches.

Before I go any further, I want you to know that I understand why P2P (Peer-to-peer) is such a bad thing. In fact I used to be totally against it, for ethical reasons and what not. But over the years I will admit to having used websites like The Pirate Bay, as many other Australian’s have. Lately I have been wondering why so…

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Banks terrorize Australian farmers viral letter

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Apparently this is an open letter from a Queensland based vet that has gone viral. I can see why it has everything were were trying to say at occupy written all over it. The 1930’s are back, grapes of wrath style with greedy banks turfing out farmers for a profit.

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Warning: Banks may attempt to foreclose on you even if you have never missed a payment, it’s all about what ever suits the banks profit margin, not about law,  due process or rights.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2867951/I-ve-never-ashamed-Australian-life-Farmer-pens-emotive-letter-comparing-banks-terrorists-treatment-drought-stricken-farmers-s-gone-viral.html#ixzz3LYOKhsRz

Politicians of Australia, the people are speaking – and you need to listen.
The team of people who are supporting David – who is flat out working and operating on horses right now – took a call from one of Australia’s most respected and best loved former political leaders this morning who said:
THAT VETS LETTER HAS BECOME A DEFINING MOMENT IN OUR NATIONS HISTORY..”

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A Job Hunting Project Manager – Week 11

Well, look at that … 11 weeks of unemployment.

How joyous!

I’ve updated my resume and covering letter to tell everyone how wonderful I am.

It’s so funny to read through what I have written and yet I am happy with it. I think what I’ve written is truthful and I am happy with the results. However it’s a strange thing to sit down and write about how good you are for someone you have never met before. But there you have it; that’s what we do now.

We can’t point to something we have made we point to a story of what we have made. I think because more and more of what has “been made” is actually electrons stored in a computer. Thus, difficult to see outside of a computer.

That’s another matter for another time.

I’ve had about six interviews. One left to find out how I’ve gone and obviously five others which have resulted in a negative response to my application for the opportunity to earn some good money while doing what I love to do.

I know my problem. I’m being too honest. Ah, life in the 21st Century, it’s so … grey!

I’ll work something out. Don’t worry.

In the meantime, rest assured, I’m enjoying my time off even more and looking forward to the next round of job applications in the New Year.

So for now, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The Dream (no really – like a dream) – The Mobile Payment Idea from 3:00am 1st September, 2013

A while ago now, in fact, 31st August, 2013 … to be precise; 3:00am. This is when the idea came to me (like out of a dream, seriously) and I started black boarding the idea and writing it down in The Schack (my man cave).

This just sounds so weird. I’ll probably regret this.

Anyway, I still think this will work even with Apple Pay released in the USA already.

I don’t have the resources to get this going on my own; I’ve toyed with the idea of Kickstarter and approaching venture capitalists and actually approached a large very well know Australian bank to help me to get this idea going with their backing and I’ve also met with some funding people in Sydney (I even cold called Google – see their response below):

Here are my initial drawings and ideas and thoughts.

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This is like my evil plan v1.21 to take over the financial world. So, you’re the probably twenty-fifth person that I’ve shared this idea with.

If it works, well, you’ll be reading about it on the Internet soon.

More to come.

A Job Hunting Project Manager – Week 8.57

Well, this is a new record for me.

I have been unemployed now for 8.57 weeks and I have had a grand total of one actual employer facing job interview.

Plus one mock interview in preparation for another employer facing interview.

Unfortunately, this second employer facing job interview was cancelled at short notice by the employer. Something about finding someone internally. They have missed out on one good project manager (in my humble opinion).

It’s been an interesting time for sure.

I am still remaining upbeat and confident (mostly) and making the most of the time I have with my family and friends (while limiting my spending on the things I love and balancing job hunting and networking and meeting new people and doing new things).

It is getting very close to the traditional Christmas close-down time of year so I am not really expecting to land a job until the New Year now but I am still open to the idea that maybe someone out there needs a good project manager to get some projects underway before the Christmas close-down.

Fingers crossed.

This Christmas will be a low-key Christmas for the family.

In the meantime, I am writing some words and music, keeping up with my 35mm film photography (and holding off on the developing until I can buy my next Tetenal C-41 Developers Kit) and keeping the garden watered and the kids fed.

Every day is an adventure.

Feelings Really Suck

I’m feeling pretty alone right now.

I’m tired and so I’m not really thinking as well as I usually do (well, I think I think okay most of the time; maybe I should think that through some more).

I thought I had someone I could talk with and share my feelings with going through this thing we call life.

But I was wrong.

I’m a lot more sensitive than I thought especially so when I get tired.

So, feeling alone right now.

I snapped at the people I care about most when I felt like I wasn’t being cared about.

I said things I really don’t like saying.

See how many “I’s” there are; that’s a sure sign of a lot of selfish thinking.

I’m tired and feeling down and selfish.

Time to go to bed.

There’s always tomorrow to make amends.

So, I’ll do that tomorrow and go on pretending through this life, so some peace is kept.

Goodnight.

There is P.S.

P.S. All is well with the world. These selfish feelings pass and love conquers all.

A Job Hunting Project Manager – Week 4.57

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So, I’m halfway through week 4 now of finding my next Project Management (PM) gig. Last time it took 7 weeks … I’m not so worried about it. You see, I have this crazy faith thing going in my life.

It totally works for me.

I can’t explain it very well; but I learnt how to live this life with much less stress over the three years I spent in Canberra with someone very dear to me.

I am feeling so relaxed now.

I’ve caught up with Breaking Bad on DVD from my local library. That was so good to watch the entire series with no ads and no breaks! I highly recommend catching up with great shows on DVD uninterrupted like that.

I went into the City on Wednesday (also heading into next Wednesday, I’m making it a weekly thing to see who I can meet up with and get some more leads).

One of the new (to me) people I met was Terry Cook from FinXL. Great guy and I caught up again with Julie Cooper also from FinXL (great gal). We had a hot chocolate and talked work and life and stuff. We were in Australia Square and I took some photos which I’ll post once I develop them.

Terry was telling me there is a role that is coming up with NBN Co (the company I just left – well, 4.57 weeks ago that is). So, I’ll try to get back in via Terry. It would be nice to catch up with the guys I worked with.

I also applied for some roles online via Seek. Literally four minutes after submitting my resume via the Seek web site, Steve Stewart gave me a call from AmbitionIT with news on one of the roles I applied for.

Steve was talking to me about a PM role going with a healthcare/retirement company in Sydney’s CBD. Initially, Steve was saying I wasn’t a good match, then I pointed out what I was doing and what I had done and it turns out that I’m a perfect match. I’ve put my name forward for that role. It pays to speak up when things are not as they seem.

There are a few roles going locally too. One is with the Campbelltown City Council (a Business Solutions Analyst). So, I’ve applied for that one as well. The pay is pretty low but it would be nice to work locally and it fits in with an idea I heard about for working; get paid less, buy less stuff, spend more time with the people I love, be more focussed on others and reap the rewards of having a much more balanced and love filled life.

I recently listened to Clay Christensen who has written a book, “How Will You Measure Your Life?”. He is saying things like no working on Saturday or Sunday at all and never working beyond 6:00pm from Monday to Friday. Which is exactly what I would love to do to live a balanced life. So here goes, I’ll give it a try while I have the opportunity to look for my next awesome role. It may end in tears but at least I’ll be able to say I tried that idea and either 1: it worked, or 2: it didn’t work.

So, back to work now finding more work. It’s weird you know, I’ve put all our major bills on hold for about a month (bank mortgage on the house loan, car payments – paying the minimum, delayed water and electricity for as long as I can) and I’ve still got about $2k “in my mattress” and with my wife still working there is enough money coming in to get by on the basics for a number of weeks into the future.

As a result, we’re talking a bit more as a family (we always talked before – just a little more now, so it gets loud at dinner time – but hey, that’s what it’s for right?), we’re spending more time together (I was playing football with my youngest daughter over the last few weeks – teaching her how to kick and pass a football AFL style [Google it] more accurately and you wouldn’t believe it; she came top of her class of boys and girls in soccer ball kicking and passing accuracy tests; twice!). Her confidence is through the roof now! I love it! If I was working like I used to I wouldn’t have been able to spend that time with her. I’m glad I am not working just to be able to do this.

It’s worth the wait if I can spend more time with my girls like this. I love being a positive influence in my family’s life.

Hence, my patience with the next gig.

Just to labour this point; the thing I am appreciating about living next to the Pacific Ocean is Pacific time. The island nations (Samao, Fiji) they live by Pacific Time. Everything slows down; the agenda is, there is no agenda.

There is no need to plan to the nth degree when living in Pacific Time. Strange for a Project Manager to think like that, I’m sure. But there you have it. It’s one of the more secret things of a life worth living I believe.

Just. Live. Life.