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So Hi (insert sheepish grin here)

I’m back, went on hiatus for a little while there- doing some ‘soul searching’ if you want to call it that. I had a lot of support from a lot of people, which was hugely appreciated ūüôā

I consequently have a vague idea of what I want to do. I want to get rid of my debt as soon as possible (easier said than done) but if it means not living the high life for a couple of months, I guess that is what I’m going to have to do. I want to leave full-time employment. I may only be 20 but I have had a job non-stop since I was about 15. I didn’t have a break or holidays after school, I went straight to full-time employment and consequently I am tired, and unhappy. I want to study Japanese; the culture, the language. I plan on doing either my diploma of cert IV before trying to get into the Japanese course at uni. I’m scared. Scared I have forgotten how to learn, or be studious, or how to motivate myself, but really in the end it’s all on me and if I can’t pull this off then I don’t know. I know it’s not going to be easy but what have I got to lose?

I have been turning over the idea another endeavour in my head for a while. I havent really shared it with anyone yet, I cant see it realistically happening but if all people thought like that nothing would ever get done.

So heres my idea, feel free to comment, leave suggestions etc, steal it and I will come after your family ūüôā

I want to start sort of a ‘go to’ site for Australian Vegans (probably targeting women) where the customer could go to easily source vegan products, cosmetics, clothing, etc. It’s really hard finding stuff, I find my self looking through hundred of thousands of web pages, getting different things from different places, paying large amounts in shipping alone, it would just be so much easier if it was all done for me, all just 1 click away. I don’t know how it would go, or how cost-effective it would be, as I have said, I havent shared or attempted to develop this with anyone, its in stage 1. I know there are a lot of vegan sites out there with their own products etc, they tend to be all 1 brand from the same company. I was thinking that this site would source from a lot of different companies and brands, brands not well-known for their vegan products.

A lot of the specifically vegan clothing, cosmetics, etc I have seen look cheap and unreliable (no offence guys), I am looking something a little classier.

I know that mac offer some vegan cosmetic products if enough digging is done. Stella McCartney now does a range of vegan fashion. These are brands you don’t expect to see with vegan products.

It would take a lot of research. I would definitely need to know my vegan shit. Also business wise. Would companies allow me to advertise their products on my site? How would I go about distro etc? Should I buy products in bulk and resell? How much would I mark them up to make it worth my while? How would I get my service out in the public eye?

I’d need a partner. You up for it?

k.

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underland or wonderland?


So last night
Slaadi and I went to watch Alice in Wonderland in realD, which was rather grand.

I have only 1 problem with it, and similar movies where the main characters find themselves going from their shitty/boring lives which they seem they hate, into another fantastic world world with quirky friends, no responsibilities and magic etc etc, why do they always go back? If I was Alice I would stay with the hatter and his friends forever, instead of going back to a bland world where no one understood me or loved me for who i was.

It could have gone without the 3D aspect, I dont feel it added more to the experience, it just took alot of the colour away and the glasses were uncomfortable over top of my own, (I mean honestly, I just looked it up, 64% of Americans wear glasses, how about you accomodate for us
4eyes as well huh?)

Also, watching 3D meant we were charged more to buy ourselves some brand spankin’ 3D glasses:

 
 

realD? more like real inDie


 

 

Ahhh, just another way big companies ruin things by making them mainstream ūüôā¬†

Anyways, before hand Slaadi and myself went to dinner at a small Japanese place in Vic Park, which was actually quite nice, although its outward appearance was not quite aesthetically pleasing. I am my self very judgmental, and was a little skeptical at first, but after tasting their tempura I found myself eating my words! (see what I did there?). I got the veggie tempura don, and Slaadi got his staple miso soup and a Japanese veggie curry, which I suspected was just S& B Golden Curry from the packet. He also got a entree sized serving of teriyaki tofu. I am a very harsh judge on teriyaki tofu, as the best I have ever had in Perth has been from a small sushi joint (Gin Sushi) in (surprisingly) Midland Gate. The sauce was a little too soy saucey for me, but the texture of the sauce/fried tofu was near of perfect.

 Over dinner I got talking about my view on whaling to Slaadi, a subject we both had pretty much the same opinion on.

¬†I have been hearing an¬†increasing¬†amount of talk in the news about the Australian Government’s anti-whaling stance, and its war on Japanese Whalers.

¬†There has even been¬†shit thrown out there about the connection between whalers and Japanese gangs like the Yakuza.¬†Ok, K Rudd,¬†¬†alls I’m saying is DONT FUCK WITH THEM. They are badass.

 ANYWAYS, My question was exactly how is it, that the whaling industry differentiates from the fishing industry?

¬†¬†People¬†empathize¬†with whales because they are ‘prettier’ than a fish.

They use the defense that whales are ‘smarter’ than fish, Ok, but as Slaadi brought up, we have no qualms with slaughtering pigs, which apparently¬†share the same IQ as a whale. Saying its more ok to kill a fish than a whale because of how intelligent it is, is is like saying its more ok to kill a mentally¬†disabled person than a normal person.

  Just out of interest I asked a co-worker on their opinion over this matter (What is the difference between whaling and fishing) she mainly regurgitated what the media has been spoon feeding us.

There is so much propaganda out there in the regards to the Japanese Whaling & Dolphin industry. Last year I showed her a few clips, 1 being a hunter skinning a baby seal alive for its fur, and 1 being a dolphin being beaten to death (I know, I know, probably¬†shouldn’t¬†have, but I was making a point and was going for shock factor). She brought the dolphin clip up and said that Japanese¬†weren’t¬†humane. I told her about a clip I had seen on Earthling (pretty sure it was?) involving a guy, a crowbar and a pig.

¬†She brought up that she thought we mostly used livestock for their meat & ‘survival’, whereas the Japanese are using whales for a lot of animal byproducts, and in vivo. A few months ago I told her that her lip balm contained lanolin, and explained where it came from, this understandably grossed her out, and she now refuses to use it (a little hypocritical I think?). Lanolin is one of the hundreds of thousands of animal byproducts people use everyday.

¬†She also said that the whales hunted were endangered, and the Japanese were essentially killing off the whales as a species. I originally had the same line of thought, but after¬†speaking¬†with Slaadi, and having done additional research, I found that it is more likely that at the rate we are going, the blue fin tuna, which diet fanatics happily snack on, on a daily basis (because it is shown as ‘better than red meat’ in the media)¬†will be gone in as little as 2 years.

¬†Pretty much, the Australian government should either GTFO because its clearly in over its head and¬†doesn’t¬†know what its talking about, or start being a little more supportive of the ‘uglier animal’s’ rights.

 

(Please note that I AM against whaling, but have the same attitude towards the killing and slaughter of any animal)

 

In completely unrelated news, I worked at AC/DC on Saturday, at Subi Oval, and am working there again on Monday. Number 1, I effing hate AC/DC with a¬†burning¬†passion, Number 2, I hate everybody that likes AC/DC, and though it was high on my lists of Worst. Nights. Ever. I found myself relatively impressed by the shear scale of it all. The stage was huge, and as the merch stalls were selling little red devil horns that flickered on and off, the entire¬†field/grandstand was festering (i think that is the most appropriate work for it) with a sea of red flickering lights. Take away the sound, the punter’s personalities, and the Jack Daniels t-shirts, and shit would have been pretty cash.

This shit picture is all I have to offer.

'acca dacca'
k.