Sunday, December 30, 2007

Airports and Old Stuff

Yesterday airports, today old stuff, tomorrow airports, day after old stuff.

Have been trying to think of what to write and that is a very short summary. If you want more details, then read on...

It still kinda weirds me out that two days ago i was playing footy with kids on the beach in malawi and am now sitting here at an internet cafe here in one of the oldest cities on earth in Rome.

Man, this place is amazing, there's just so much history, so mnay old buildings and churches, so many ruins and just generally interesting stuff to look at. I could stay longer and still have heaps to see, but I am happy with what I squeezed into today.

The Vatican is seriously an amazing place. There is just sooo much history there, so much has gone on, some pretty amazing artwork (not a phrase I use often!) and is totally worth coming to Rome for. It's awe-inspiring, not in a God way, but more just the size of the place and the skill of Michaelangelo, Raphael et al. The Sistine Chapel is insanely detailed, St Peters is out of control in terms of size and the whole joint is just really expensive.

Then managed to see the Colosseum, Pantheon, Arc de Triomphe, a few well known water fountains, Julius Caesar's grave and some other pretty cool looking ruins.

I think after seeing Ephesus on Tuesday I should be just about done with ruins, but am really liking it so far.

I think this is making up for missing Pyramid Rock, but only just ;)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Kande Beach

This place I am at now and will be for Christmas is amazing, its right on the shore of Lake Malawi and looks so much like a beach it's crazy. The water is nice and warm and the hippos and crocs minimal.

My big package of footballs finally arrived last week,a nd the kids have been loving learning how to kick and handpass. The younger ones still get confused by it, as it doesn't fit into either the soccer or rugby categories in their head, but are just loving mucking around and playing etc.

Is very relaxing here, but also great fun teaching kids about footy and playing around on the beach.

Merry Christmas all.

TJs Malawi Wisdom

The 4 stages of life in Malawi:

Stage 1:You get a bug in your drink and you pick it out.

Stage 2:You get a bug in your drink and carefully avoid drinking it.

Stage 3:You get a bug in your drink and you just drink through your teeth and hopefully stop the bug.

Stage 4:You don't get a bug in your drink and you are very disappointed.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

To Pirate or not to Pirate....

That, my friends, is the question in any country like Malawi where they have pirated DVDs.

They are insanely cheap, like $4 for a disc with up to 16 movies on it!

On one level, plain and simple, it is stealing. This is pretty much how it is. So it is black and white...or is it?

I have been discussing this with TJ a bit whilst over here. There are a few factors to think about.

If the company that makes it is not actually losing anything, does that make a difference? (Like if you were to steal a shirt from Myer, then Myer would lose the money it cost them to make that shirt). Particularly if you would not have otherwise bought the DVD-which i wouldn't, as I pretty much never buy DVDs.

Is it better that my money goes to some dude on the street in malawi who actually needs it rather than some suit who works at a movie studio? Or am I just supporting them in earning a dishonest income?

As the actors are almost always paid before the movie goes on sale, the only people who really make money from me buying a DVD is the studio.

I often wonder about this when buying CDs, as it really annoys me that only $1-2 actually goes to the recording artist.
Is it any worse than people at home who buy coffee that screws over the coffee farmers (as does 90% of the coffee people at home drink). Does that even make a difference?

I used to be pretty set that it was totally wrong, but am now reconsidering it. I would love to hear what others who have been faced with this situation think.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Learning more about Malawi

Am having great fun bargaining with the local street vendors for t-shirts and presents for people and other stuff I need to buy here.

It's pretty much always the case that you pay like half the price the quote you-particularl when you are a muzungu (white person) the prices go up massively! It's kinda funny bargaining them down out of like 50c that they no doubt need more than you, but is just rude not to bargain.

Plus you don't want to perpetuate the stereotype that we are all rich because we are white and that they can charge whatever they want (even though it is kinda true!). Is a tricky one to explain.

Also still wrestling with what to do with all the begging etc on the streets, but have a similar policy here as in Aus-I will buy food but not give money. Particularly when there is so much extortion of the beggars.

Having plenty of conversations about the issues Africa faces, the place of aid vs development. The good thing is that people here know what they're talking about, not just people like me in Oz who know very litte and know it secondhand.

Plenty to learn here, and plenty of fun to be had too.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Loving life in Lilongwe

Internet availability and reliability is very limited here, so thought I had better give just a quick update whilst I can.

Am currently in Lilongwe, Malawi staying with TJ, and loving it! It's a very laid back cruisey culture here, so suits me fine :)

Played a whole lot of soccer and suff with the kids yesterday-which they loved. It's amazing how excited they get about actually having a real soccer ball to play with! then will be doing footy stuff when the package I sent arrives-hopefully Saturday.

Everything about this place is so new and different, I love it! The kids are really friendly, and love practising their English with you. My Chicewa is struggling, but getting there!

Have danced around in the monsoonal rain, carried water on my head, visited a little vilage, and have a big list of other Malawian things on my list of to dos! Going to the market yday was great fun, had so many guys yelling out 'hey friend, hello boss, how are you?' trying to get me to buy stuff! Very funny. Am getting good at bartering too, great fun. Am trying to convince TJ to eat a little bug that all the kids eat with me tonight, but she's pretty soft, so might be alone there!

The work TJ does here is amazing though, just crazy. Something like 40% of kids over here have disabilities for a number of different reasons, yet this clinic is the only one in the country who works with these kids. There is still quite a lot of social stigma about kids with disabilities, so it is not uncommon for parents to abandon or want to kill the kids. Some of the money I raised has gone to buying a small toy for each child at their Christmas party tomo, so that will be great.

Monday, December 10, 2007

First day=Great Success!

If every day is as fun as today, then will be a great trip.

Was so funny, cos have just been getting excitd by everything, getting a nice lunch on the plane, having n emergency aisle seat, meeting random backpackers.

All good things in and of themself, but made even better by being overseas!

Am feeling pretty jet lag free, so my method for avoiding it seems to have worked. We'll see tomo but!

Off to see TJ tomorrow, so can't wait for that either!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

God knows everything

Have been having some great discussions with one of my VETAMORPHUS students from this year about what we believe about the whole 'Predestination/God knows everything that is going to happen in the world debate.'

His thoughts were basically that God does know everything that is going to happen in the world, because he knows so well what each of thinks and how etc, so therefore can know what will happen in the world. Also that God knowing everything means that God does not necessarily control everything.

I think that there is some merit to the knowing each of us really well theory, so knows what our reactions and thought/ideas will be. Has merit, but am not totally conviced. I struggle to separate God knowing everything that will happen in the future from God controlling everything that will happen in the future.

So, when I look at the world and see all the bad stuff that goes on, I struggle to see how that could all be in God's plan for us etc.

Perhaps there is a way that God knows everything, but doesn't therefore control it, but I'm still struggling to get my head around it.

My theory at the moment is basically that God has a plan for each of us, that God wants us to follow, but gives us freewill to not follow if we want, and go down whatever path we want.

Overseas soon!

So i'm heading off on my first ever overseas trip on sunday! Waxing between being excited and annoyed at the amount of prep i still have to do!

There's just so mnay things you don't think of with travel!

My itinerary is basically:
Malawi (Africa)
Rome
Turkey
Germany
France
England
USA.

Doing allt hat in like 7 weeks, so will be pretty hectic, but all good!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Red Frogs=Awesome!

Was seriously one of the best things I've done for a long time!

Was heaps of fun, but also really made an impact. The kids really loved it,a nd areally appreciated what we were doing for them.

The good thing was, all the 'God stuff' was totally driven by them, they were the ones asking questions about it, wanting to hear songs, visit a church etc, and not driven by our agenda. I really loved it.

Everybody should get amongst it next year!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Street Preaching 2

Man I've been way slack on this lately, haven't even started to explain my Holy Spirit weekend from a couple weeks back.

Anywho, as a follow on from my meeting up with them a while back, my street-preaching friends invited me round to their joint for tea one night to watch this DVD that they felt was really important and had challenged their ideas about evangelism n stuff. Although I'm not generally a fan of the SP gear, i'm always open to different ideas and to hear why others think what they do.

So we ended up watching this DVD, just them, me, their minister and another guy from their church.

It ended up being less about why we should street preach, but more about the theology of why they do, so that was cool.

We had some great discussions about people only getting into their faith in a half-arsed way (I'm sure they didn't use those terms, but you know) and how just following Jesus to make you live a better life, or just following Jesus to get a seat in heaven, are both gross misappropriations of the Gospel.

I said I was very wary of 'lifeboat theology' which they acknowledged, which was cool.

The rest of the DVD was based on two presuppositions, neither of which i'm convinced of:

That we will all be judged by God using the 10 Commandments as the sole guideline. (Forgot to ask where exactly in the bible they got that from. You can make a good case for judgement, but am not sure The Big Ten are the sole basis).

The other is that the best way to convince people to be come Christians is to convince them they are a sinner and have broken aformentioned Big Ten. Again, not convinced. Not something Jesus seemed to do a whole lot of.

There was no real mention of Jesus other than that he has died for people's sins. No real mention of how He did evangelism/mission/life, which disconcerted me a tad.

No mention of the Kingdom of God, which considering it was the thing that Jesus talked about more than any other, seemed a little strange.

I relaise this 1 Hr video does not contain all of this church's beliefs and theology etc, but can only write on what I have seen. I only really talked with one minister from their movement so can not really make an accurate judgement.

Anyways, we had some great discussions about it all, and hopefully learnt a little from each other, and had great pizza. Was all good!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Disappointing News



I was shattered to learn of myown demise!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Cynicism vs Skepticism

Were having many interesting discussions last night at the Huddle, one of which centred around the story of Peter walking on water, and what we have faith in etc. This then somehow lead on to healing, and Christian people that have the gift of healing etc, which was quite interesting, as I'm currently writing an essay on that subject.

Anywho, I mentioned that I think it is OK to be skeptical about that sort of stuff, it is real, but does need to e taken witha grain of salt, as there are also people out there who fake it and manipulate it etc-either willingly or unwillingly.

But I also think, in my experience, being cynical, can just be a negative in your own life. I've found if I'm too cynical about stuff like that, i can shut myself off to the fact that God is bigger than what I understand, it means my concept of God is in a box.

I'm still skeptical about a lot of stuf that goes on in the Christian world, but am finding cyncism less andless helpful, as I'm the one who loses out.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Red Frogs

At the suggestion of a couple of friends, i have finally got myself around to getting onboard with Red Frogs this year, which is gonna be mad.

For those who don't know, Red Frogs is basically a ministry to schoolies (kids who've just finished yr12) at different schoolies week locations all across Australia.

Basically you go down there and hang out witht he schoolies dudes, giving them red frogs, water and other food stuff to make sure they have something in their system other than drugs and alcohol.

You walk them home from the pub to make sure they're safe, or call taxis or whatever if need be. You play beach crciket and provide other alternate activities other than drinking, clean up their mess,a nd generally provide some pastoral care and support for them when things turn bad-as more often than not they do at schoolies.

You're just there serving a need, being the hands and feet of Jesus and helping out in any way possible. Definitely my style of ministry.

If you want to get on it you have till next Weds, so, get on it!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Out of season Collingwood joke, but still funny

Thanks to DJ Harrogance for this one.

A primary teacher starts a new job at a school in Collingwood and, trying to make a good impression on her first day, explains to her class that she is a Collingwood fan. She asks her students to raise their hands if they, too, are Collingwood fans. Everyone in the class raises their hand except one little girl.

The teacher looks at the girl with surprise and says: "Mary, why didn't you raise your hand?"

"Because I'm not a Collingwood fan," she replied.

The teacher, still shocked, asked: "Well, if you're not a Collingwood fan, then who are you a fan of?"

"I'm a Richmond fan, and proud of it," Mary replied.

The teacher could not believe her ears.

"Mary, why are you a Richmond fan?"

"My mum and dad were born and raised in Richmond, so my mum is a Richmond fan and my dad is a Richmond fan, and so I'm a Richmond fan too!"

"Well," said the teacher, in an obviously annoyed tone, "that's no reason for you to be a Richmond fan. You don't have to be just like your parents all of the time. What if your mum was a prostitute, your dad was a drug addict, and your brother was a car thief, what would you be then?"

"Then," Mary said, "I'd be a Collingwood fan."

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

What does it mean to believe?

Have been thinking about this a bit lately. A mate was talking about why they are a vegetarian-all this stuff about how it's not environmetally sustainable etc, which I believe, but I don't believe it enough to change my meat eating habits. So do i really believe?

The same goes with like eating organic food and that. i believe it's better for me, but still buy the cheaper stuff witht he chemicals, so do I really believe?

When people say they believe in God, but do not change their life as a result of that, do they really believe? Do I?

Just an interesting thought.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Travel plans

Am in the middle of planning my first ever overseas trip, and it's looking pretty crazy at the moment!

The bulk of it will be in Africa with TJ, hopefully doing some sports clinics and stuff, then a couple of weeks in Europe and one in the States on the way home.

Am leaving in 6 weeks-so still plenty to organise!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Street Preaching

Had a bit of a run in with the local street preachers in Frankston yesterday, which was a bit of fun.

As soon as I saw them I was just so pissed off, but not in the mood for a debate, so was gonna just leave it. But then I saw a couple of good friends of mine there with the preachers, so went to go catch up with them, and then one of their friends asked me why if I was a Christian that I didn't street evangelise.

So off I went! I wasn't rude or pushy, but made it known I didn't agree with what they were doing, as-among other reasons, it wasn't a way I really saw Jesus do his ministry etc etc. They kept on going on about Paul, I kept on going about Jesus, with different verses flying around (man they know their Bible-I'll give them that. It has actually inspired me to better know the Gospels so as to better be able to refute them, so thats prob a good thing!)

They didn't really understand what I meant about being culturally relevant or not offending people, so that made it a little hard!

For everything I said they always kept on coming back to some sort of analogy about a person walking off a cliff/lying under a car/facing imminent death, and that it was my duty of care to tell them, no matter how I did it. I don't think they understood that I got the stories, but still didn't agree.

It's just such a strong hell based theology, which doesn't fit well with me, and I didn't have time to start that debate. Nor were they happy I didn't have a set formula for explaining the Gospel to everybody, that I would rather listen to their stories and questions first before starting off with my stuff-they didn't like that at all.

Anyways, was a fun arvo, and might go back one Sunday for some more theological debates-was good exercise for the mind!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Holy Spirit Digger 1

Since it's been about a month now, and I have the class agian tonight, I thought it about time I got around to writing up my thoughts from my Ministry of the Holy Spirit class.

Now those of you who know me will know this is not an area I'm particularly experienced in, and it's fair to say-have been quite skeptical about.

Not that the Holy Spirit is there, and can do stuff, and effects things, but probably more just skeptical about everything else that goes on around people who are 'into the Holy Spirit stuff.' I hope that doesn't sound condescending, but I dunno, I generally think fairly differently to most of my Pentecostal friends about the Bible, Church, Mission-all sorts of stuff.

Plus all the crazy 'Spirit-filled' televangelists I see didn't really help my perceptions :)

I believe the Spirit lives in all those who actively follow Jesus, but obviously it is a realm that some focus on more than others.

I'm quite happy to admit I have some baggage around all the HS stuff, some legitimate, some just me and my issues.

So, going into this weekend was a real battle for me to stay open to it all, and see what God was on about here, and not just let my prejudices get in the way.

So off I went, with an open mind...

Celebrating the Sudanese

A Gathering at Noon: Celebrating the Rich Dignity the Sudanese bring
to
Australia

In response to the recent Kevin Andrews decision and the profoundly
negative impact this has had on the Sudanese members of our community,
FLN and Lentil as Anything want to celebrate their presence in
Australia.

On Saturday, October 13th from 12pm onwards at the Abbotsford Convent,
there will be a series of activities that showcase the vibrant
offerings
of the Sudanese community in Australia.







The day will feature a lunch, children's activities, and performances
leading into the evening with a cabaret performance at 8.30pm. One of
the highlights of the day will be spoken word, poetry, and hip-hop
performed by the young Sudanese in the Refugee Mentoring Program at
Lentil as Anything.

This is an opportunity to react positively to recent stirrings in the
Australian community about the integration of new African migrants to
Australia and to reassure Africans in Australia that a sense of
welcome,
generosity and openness is what lies at the heart of being Australian.

Saturday 13th October 12pm onwards
Lentil as Anything at the Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Media contact: Sara Maher, 0432223381 / 94172897

How to recognise if somebody has had a stroke.

Got emailed this today, seems easy enough.
I'm guessing you don't just go around asking everybody you meet these 3 questions, I guess there's gotta be some sort of reason you would!

But if so, then this is what you do!


Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.
Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim
may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the
symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three
simple questions:

1. *Ask the individual to SMILE.

2. *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

3. *Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. . . It
is sunny out today) If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks,
call emergency immediately and describe
the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Less and less time on the net.

Have noticed lately that I need to spend less and less time on the internet. Not that I do a lot anyway, but have noticed how much of an escape mechanism it can be for me, particularly myspace and facebook.

When i have pressing tasks, or more importantly have important things I need to think about and process and reflect on, I tend to just want to get on the net and write useless crap messages to people, instead of dealing with the real issues.

See on the internet I don't have to deal with the parts of me that I need to work on, that aren't how they should be. I can choose to only respond to messages that are easy and fun to write about, and leave the difficult ones for later. It is so easy for me to create this persona that looks like I have it all together.

But thats not the real me. I have issues I need to deal with, I have people I need to confront, people I need to encourage. On the internet I'm not accountable to anybody, I'm not forced to face the hard stuff, but in life I have to.

So I'm using myspace and facebook less and less, because the real Digger needs more time spent than the online Digger.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Imagine 07

Will post more extensively than this when not in an expensive internet cafe-but check it out, is a really great concert organised by some really inspiring young people I know.

It's for Make Poverty History and has sweet bands like Kate Miller-Heidke, Antiskeptic and Bliss N Eso there-get on it!

Great Barrier Reef-Awesome!

It's as simple as that! Everybody should see it if they get the oppurtunity-particularly if its half price!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Get to the airport early

Particularly when travelling to Cairns to conduct somebody's wedding, otherwise you may end up missing your flight, having to get a flight the next day that gets in just before the service starts-which is not good when you're running it!

Just some advice, it happened to a friend of a friend of mine....

Friday, September 28, 2007

Decent Music

Have liked many things here at this conference, but one of the best things has been the music-which for those of you who know me, is a big call!

Not because it was high quality, or the singers or guitarists were good or any of that rubbish, but just the diversity od styles of songs they had etc.

Plus the other thing I really appreciated was the fact they did this song about acknowledging that life is crap and faith is hard sometimes. Not that that is particularly my experience right now, but it is so so important to acknowledge, something I so rarely hear in most Happy-Happy La La Christian music these days.

Of course some people do feel Happy Happy La La, but not everybody, so why only sing those songs...

Plus half the time I struggle with the theology in mnay songs, but has been good this week-I even found myself singing along at times!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

All quiet on the blog front

Was flat out last week, and am now up in QLD at the National Youth ministry Convention, which has started real well, so will be limited time to blog.

So much to blog about too, including my recent Ministry of the Holy Spirit weekend, which was pretty new and all full on for me, but all good.

Will be helpful to blog reflections so will get onto it STAT.

Cheers

Friday, September 21, 2007

My sermon from Thursday

Yesterday I had the chance to speat at Flinders Carrum Downs, which was great fun. Spoke a bit about some of my experiences this year from being on TV n all that, and my reflections on that etc.

Looking back now I would do a few things differently, but still reckon it went OK.

The link is due to one of the whiz-kid students there who records all the messages and chucks em up on the net as a resource for his fellow students. He's done very well I reckon.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Did it actually happen?

Was having a discussion in class today about the Gospels story about Jesus and the withered fig tree. One version is in LKuke and I forget where the other is.

The lecturer was talking about that he thought one might have been a parable and one an actual story, he wasn't sure, but that doesn't really matter, will look into that later.
Anyways, it got me thinking. Would it actually matter if that story actually happened? Does it not have value even just as a story, and perhaps something to teach us regardless.

It sounds weird, but just because it didn't actually happen, does it make it actually less 'true'?

And not just this story, what about stuff like Jesus walking on water. What difference would it make if it was just a story the Gospel writers used to tell thes tory of Jesus having power over the water or something like that? In one way it wouldn't matter, but in one it would.

Very raw tjhoughts at the moment, but just something to think about.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Very Addictive Game!!

This is so simple, yet so addictive, I've only done it 4 times and I'm hooked! They reckon over 18 seconds is decent!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Why do women change their names?

A seemingly purposely provocative article about why women shouldn't change their names to that of their new husbands and why any that do are idiots.

About two good points in amongst a whole load of crap n my opinion.

It did get me wondering why it is that women change their names, where it started and when, if I would want/expect my wife to change her name etc.

Just something worth discussing.

Californication

Has been interesting watching the debate over this show interesting last two weeks. The usual conservative Christian groups coming out condemning it as filth and the civil libertarians saying that we should get over it and that people can watch wahtever they want.

I find myself in an interesting position on stuff like that, because I agree that it is unnecessarily sexual and is just smutty crap, but at the same time admit that people should really be allowed to watch that kind of stuff if they want.

I don't agree completely with the whole 'if you don't like it just turn it off' argument, as I believe if you go too far down that path then why not just have whatever porn people want to watch on the TV? Where does it stop? It has to stop somewhere, thats why we have a TV censorship board etc.

And why are people are so angry about this and not other shows,it doesn't seem to show anything more explicit than any other TV show, it's just the regularity. So if we as a society think its OK to see boobs on TV then do we have a right to stipulate how many times?

Interesting to think about.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Almost bought this T-shirt



It's just so funny and stupid on so many levels.
Gold!

Sweet Kids Ministry Band

A few good mates of mine are part of a pretty sweet kids band called Snack Music.

They play really good quality fun music for kids, do it all voluntarily, and any money they raise always goes straight back into supporting different missions organisations around the place.

They have CDs and that, play at churches and conferences and also have these sweet little mini-discs which have a few songs and games etc-the games a re great fun!

So if you've got kids or are in kids ministry, then they're totally worth checking out, click the link above if you're keen.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Travelling

With my new found financial flexibility I have been contemplating travelling over to Africa to visit a great friend of mine TJ who's over there doing speech pathology, and hopefully run some sports clinics or do some such worthwhile thing whilst I'm there.

Looked into prices a little bit, and realised that it may well be only a few hundred dollars more to keep travelling around the worls, visit some friends in the UK and Europe and maybe in the States. It's interesting reflecting on my process of working out where I want to travel, cos its all about seeing friends rather than seeing places. Would only be another 3 weeks, as I'd have to be back for school etc.

But anyway, am just struggling a bit witht he whole idea of doing that much travel, as I'm just not really sure it's a wise way to spend money, as at the end of the day it's just a fairly selfish thing. There's really no two ways about it for me, it just seems a tad selfish, so not sure what to do about all that.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Does God want us all to be poor?

Were talking about this today in class, and there were many different opinions of course, the jury is still out for me on this one, but would be interested to hear others opinions.

Do we take the stuff that Jesus says about selling everything we have and giving it tot he poor literally? What does it mean that 'blessed are the poor'? Why does Jesus say 'woe to you who are rich'?

Prayers or encouragement?

Were discussing last night at the Huddle about the best way to support each other in our daily lives-the other 165.5 hours of the week we're not at the Huddle.

I was saying that I felt it was really important to be encouraging and supporting each other verbally or with messages or whatever, whereas one of the others was saying that it isn't as important as praying for each other, which I also thought was important.

At the end of the day I reckon they shouldn't be mutually exclusive, and in fact neither are as effective as they could be without the other.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Simpsonizeme!

Haha, this website is sweet!

You just upload a photo of yourself and they make you look like a Simpsons character!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Ethics and Morals

Was having an interesting discussion with a few kids at said workshops the other day, about girls and relationships and how we view chicks n porn etc. Obviously with high school boys that age there's some varying opinions on the whole deal.

I was talking about howlittleI think of porn,in fact how much I hate it,and how by us looking at it we are actively supporting the culture that says women are just nice things to look at, about the massive problem of the over sexualisation of youth culture, of the huge problems of sexual assault and all that. Basically just getting them to think a little more broadly about the consequences of the way they treat chicks.

But then one of the guys was like, 'well, what if they want to be looked at in that way,what if they want to be in porno's etc' which deeper reasons why they do aside, many women do.

And I'm a fairly 'liberal' in this area, in that I reckon everybody should have free choice to do what they want,so as much as I despise the porn industry, or smoking,or whatever else,I stilldon't think that it should be my right to say people can't do that.

But then how far does that extend? Cos you look at Amsterdam,who are pretty much the epitomy of a permissive society,and that hasn't really done a great deal of good for them-that place is pretty messed up. But neither do I think a Puritan appraoch is the way to go.

Still not sure where I stand on it all,is a whole lot of grey areas there.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Peer Pressure

Have been running some schools workshops the last few days, talking to boys about being 'Real Men' so talking about relationships with girls, peer pressure, fears etc.

I came up with a great way of talking to the boys about peer pressure, which can be hard to explain in a non-cliche'd way.

The way I explained it was that when you give in to peer pressure to drink, smoke, be an idiot or whatever, what you are actually saying is that their opinion is more important than yours, that what they have to say is better than what you have to say or think.

Found it connected really well with the boys, so thought I'd share it.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Interesting read from ex-Hillsong chick

Was in Saturday's paper, quite an interesting read. Would seem she clearly has a chip on her shoulder about some stuff, but still raises some interesting thoughts.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Back in the ones

I'm normally reluctant to trout on too much about my football career, as I realise very few of you follow the form of the mighty Yabbs anywhere near as closely as you should, but at the request of the Club Legend-Smidla, I will post a short note here informing you all I have forced my way back into the Seniors at Tyabb.

Taking on Cribby this week, and if I hold my form should be there in the last game to make amends for my Barry Crocker v Somerville last time.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Back to School

Am back at uni this week, doing Supervised Field Education-one of the processes for working towards ordination, Kingdom of God and a Ministry of the Holy Spirit intensive.

Should be an interesting semester.

Other people's spiritual journey's

Was having a discussion with a certain other anonymous commentor (lets call him U.H) of this blog the other day about somebody I know, and who has a family connection to some well known people in Australia.

They were asking about where this persn is at faith-wise; do they consider themself a Christian, do they go to church, what's their views on this and this, all of which I've had reasonably in-depth conversations with this person about.

I commented that I actually thought that it was none of my U.H's business where this other person stands spiritually, as it's quite a complex thing for them, and something they're still working through.

I felt that by sharing very much about where this person was at would be betraying their confidence, a view U.H disagreed with. It wasn't a hostile conversation or anything, but it did get me thinking about what right we have to make comment on where other people are at spiritually.

My tendency is to think we have very little right, it's just so easy to fall into judgement and boxing people as 'Christian' and 'non-Christian', and I just don't think it's necessary really.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

My fasting reflections

So I ended up fasting last Friday, missed breaky and lunch and just had something very small for dinner. Wasn't because I couldn't resist the hunger, but just wanted to not be starting Sat morn with a completely empty stomach.

It's kinda funny, cos when I fast, I don't actually find it that spiritually helpful at all, I often just find myself hungry and thinking too much about food. I just find myself generally annoyed. I do think a bit about God a bit, but not as much I'd envisaged.

But it always seems that afterwards, like in the couple of days after, I seem to be more aware of what's going on for me God wise. It's really hard to explain, but I often just find myself more spiritually switched on.

I just really like it as a way of placing God as my number one priority, and I think in an age where there's so much hunger, it causes me to reflect on those issues as well.

So in summary, I don't really know why, but it's a helpful practice for me and one I plan to continue.

Keep your old letters

Man I had such an enjoyable morning this morning. Was the only fun part of all this moving business.

I had a drawer at home with all my old letters and cards from the last few years, which I decided to sort through and throw out anything that was no longer worth keeping.

And so to do that I had to read all my old cards and letters, man so many good memories! Birthday cards from people I no longer see, love letters from high school (man I'd forgotten how immature I was back then!!) encouraging notes from people, letters from friends who I used to write to, man it was great.

In some ways, it was a wasted morning as it totally slowed down my unpacking and re-packing, but in another way was the best morning ever!

There was a dearth of encouraging letters from two people in particular, reminded me how important encouraging others is, I'm so the worst ever at it!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Just as bad

When you go to hug someone and they go to give you a kiss, and end up kissing your bearded neck!
Not as bad is when greeting a male and somebody goes for a different form of crazy handshake/hit the rock/secret society handshake to you, always results in confusion.

The worst of all is when meeting a guy for the first time and you stuff up your handshake, or he gives you a limp fish handshake. No good at all!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Relationship awkwardness

I think everybody in the world should sit down and work out how they will greet and farewell each other. Yesterday I saw another female friend who i didn't know to kiss, hug, shake hands with or wave n smile awkwardly. Would be so much easier of there were set rules on these things!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Fasting dilemmas

One of the things a few of us crew from the Huddle have decided to do this week is to try a bit of fasting, for a number of reasons I won't go into now. Basically it seems like something Jesus said was a good idea-but more on that another day.

But then, the problem for me is when? Because I'm so often sharing meals with people, which is something I really value, I don't want to miss out on that because I'm fasting. Particulalry if I'm going to somebody's house or them to mine. Not just because I like eating food with friends, but sharing meals with people is something I know Jesus said was important.

Another factor is having footy tomorrow, is it a good idea to go into footy ona fairly empty stomach? And should that even be a factor?

Will see how it goes...

Make Poverty History DVD in Sat Herald Sun

Should be a great video, well worth watching, with some footage of some pretty sweet bands playing, plus you'll probably see my dreadlocks bouncing about near the front row for John Butler and Missy Higgins, plus the MPH shirt he's wearing is mine, so that was sweet.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Rise of Teenage Affluenza

Stuffed up the link last time so thought I'd repost it here. Great vid-get on it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Funeral Home Visit

This morning I had my first experience-other than for a funeral, of checking out a funeral home and speaking to the people there about what's invloved with preparing and running a funeral, about what needs to happen after somebody dies, about burial and cremation options and learnt a bit about the embalming process.

All very fascinating stuff. Answered lots of questions and left me feeling a lot more prepared for when i have to deal with that, which is hopefully not anytime soon.

But it just highlighted the importance of dealing well with grief, we so rarely do in our culture, it's massively swept under the carpet. And the importance of good pastoral care, and the sensitivity required when preparing a funeral, they're all so different.

Was interesting hearing them talk about what people say at the funerals of 'dodgey' people, and how it's actually important to not just gloss them up, but acknowledge they may have done some pretty bad stuff in their life.

The main thing the funeral celebrant left us with was the importance of people's stories, a funeral should be like 80% their stories, was just affirming of the role and importance of stories in people's lives. A morning well spent.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

You know you're a 90's kid if...

You can finish this [Ice Ice _ _ _ _ ]

You remember watching:
- The Bugs Bunny Show
- Ren & Stimpy
- Pinky and the Brain

You just cant resist finishing this . . . "Iiiiiiin West Philidelphia,
born and raised . . ."

You remember:
- Playschool with Monica
- Step by Step
- Family Matters
- Dinosaurs
- Boy Meets World

You remember when it was actually worth getting up early
on a Saturday to watch cartoons. (Saturday Disney, anyone?)

Paul Jennings and Andy Griffiths were the funniest authors of all time.

You watched Round the Twist!

You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school.

You said "NOT" after (almost) every sentence . . . not

When everything was settled by:
- Rock, Scissors, Paper.. ROOCK OFF!!!... some of us 90's kids still do it :P
- Dip dip...
- There's a party by the pool, would you like to come?
- Eeny, meeny, miny, mo!

When we played Tiggy, Safe, 40/40 and Hide & Seek until our legs grew numb.

You used to listen to the radio all day long just to record your FAVORITE
song of ALL time.

Tazos owned chip packets.

The Spice Girls had serious girl power...

...and the Backstreet Boys simply ruled.

Captain Planet. He's a Hero.

You remember when Super Nintendos and Sega Genisis became popular.

You remember watching Home Alone 1, 2 , and 3 . . . and tried to pull the
pranks on "intruders"

You remember watching:
- Agro's Cartoon Connection
- Sale of the Century with Glen Ridge & Nicky Buckley (hopefully only
with your parents).

You remember when Yo-Yos were cool.

You remember those Where's Wally books.

You remember eating Warheads.

You remember watching:
- Ninja Turtles *first and the best!!!*
- Jurassic Park
- 3 Ninjas movies

You remember Push Pops and Lucky Dips.

And YoGo gorilla... and the original Cocoa Pops monkey: "It's just like a
chocolate milkshake - only crunchy!"

Tamagotchis had to be banned in school because of their popularity.

Furby.

Basketball cards and the arguments as to whether fleer or upperdeck were
the best ones.

FastFoward was the greatest sketch show on TV.

You haven't always had a computer, and it was cool to have the internet.

"Emo" didn't exist.

You watched the original shows of Rugrats, Power Rangers, and Ninja
Turtles. None of that modern manga crap.

You knew Michael Jordan was the best all-time basketballer who played for
the Chicago Bulls, even though we don't follow NBL basketball.

World 4 Kids, before Toys R Us.

The original five dollar notes.

You understand when I say "Cheez TV".

You collected all the Troll dolls.

If you even know what a walkman is.

You know the Macarena off by heart.

"Talk to the hand" . . . enough said

Before the MySpace frenzy . . .

Before the Internet & text messaging . . .

Before iPods . . .

Before PlayStation2 or X-BOX . . .

When light up sneakers were cool.

When you rented VHS tapes, not DVDs.

When petrol was $0.65 a litre & Caller ID was a new thing.

When you had to be one lucky kid to get a mobile phone before you were 16.

When we recorded stuff on VCRs.

When we called the radio station to request songs to hear off of our walkman.

You had slap bands!

Way back.....
When you could fly on Ansett to Melbourne and get the kangaroo creek gang
fun packs with your meal!!
When roller blading was more popular than skateboarding.
Sega mega drive was awesome as well as master system.


Korn and limp bizkit were hard core and when there was a good balance of
music genres between rap and rock.


When drinking red eye energy drinks were as legally close as you could
get to being pissed.

Who would have thought you'd miss the 90s so much!!!!!

The rise of Teenage Affluenza

Found this video today, thought it was pretty sweet, so check it out. I love affluenza as a word, brilliant.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Moving home sucks too

For a number of reasons:
1-it's long, boring and time-consuming.
2-it makes me realise how much crap I own.
3-I have to face the fact of how much crap I hoarde!

Anywho, enough whingeing, will write a prpoer post when finished said moving.

I hate having no phone!

It freaking sucks! I'd struggle to organise a piss up in a brewery at the best of times, but i can't do anything at the moment. Not really having a permanent home means I only ever use my mobile, so am pretty much lost without it!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

07 Roadtrip-Smashing it.

Great times all round, far more than I can write at this time of night, but it has been quality times! And I do actually feel we have achieved stuff on a couple of different levels, which has been great.

Also interesting to note how much your readership goes down when you don't write for a week! has literally halved! Ah well, it's all good, that stuff doesn't bother me these days.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Make Poverty History-ish Facts

Before i go I thought I'd better impart some of my new found wisdom on the world.

So, the aim is to get the Government to give 0.7% of our Gross National Income, we currently give about 0.28%. Second worst in the developed world. Which is kinda strange considering that individually we're the second best givers...

Be good if our Government's actions were in line with the people on this one...

Australia would only have to give another 30% of our massive $13 billion budget excess to reach 0.7%.

They have worked out that the bare minumum it costs to live in the world is $1.08 cents a day, and if all the developed countries gave their 0.7% every year every single person would be at this standard. This cost includes food, paying for infrastructure, medical etc etc. That works out to be $124 billion. Not much out of the combined income of the 21 richest countries-20 trillion dollars!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Face Up To Poverty

Crap! I posted a big long thing explaining all this then my computer lost it!

So, in a nutshell, this is a new Make Poverty History campaign where you send in your face instead of just a signature, to try and get he Government to give 0.7% of our Gross National Income to world poverty issues.

So u can either send a photo in online at the site above or MMS it to 0447333223.

Cheers

And the link should be now fixed.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

ZeroSeven RoadTrip Concert



This concert is gonna be pretty sweet, pretty decent bands playing, plus it's a great cause, so even if you're not in the area you should come down and get amongst it!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Conviction vs Guilt

Was chatting to somebody over the weekend about whether or not God makes us feel guilty when we do something that's not the way God intends it.

See I reckon guilt never comes from God, but from ourselves and others. I reckon guilt is that feeling of self-loathing we get, 'oh man, I'm such a bad person, I'm no good, I'm not worthy of anything, I hate myself' etc etc. And i don't reckon that comes from God at all.

Conviction on the other hand is what comes from God, and that's 'simply the feeling that what ur doing is wrong, not that ur an unlovable, despicable, terrible person because of it, but just that it's not what God wants for you from your life.

I reckon it's a pretty massive difference, and I reckon a lot of people probably get held back by it.

Monday, June 18, 2007

The Congo

I was at a training sesh for the MakePovertyHistory ZeroSeven Road Trip thing I'm going on in a couple of weeks, and heard many good and interesting things. One of them was hearing Tim Costello-CEO of World Vision speak.

He was basically saying that the situation in Congo is pretty much messed up, with like millions of people having died due to internal wars and resulting food shortages and such. Pretty messed up, but whats worse, is why they can't do anythitng about it.


So he reckons they could raise say $10 million dollars for the Congo, but because nobody currently knows about it or anything, it would require like $5 million in advertising and media coverage etc, which for those who struggle with maths-is a 50% overhead.

So in that 'industry' the average overheads are 22%, World Vision's being 20%. If they were to get stuck into fundraising for the Congo then they would get absolutely belted by the haters in the media who are always looking for an excuse to talk about how dodgy charities are etc.

It's a pretty terrible situation I reckon, but just seems to be the reality at the moment...

Water vs Coke

Felt like posting something but not enough time to think anything through, so just thought I'd chuck up this info I got emailed today. It's a bit American, but the facts still add up.

#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.


#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.


#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of
Washington study.


#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.


#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain
for up to 80% of sufferers.


#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.


#8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast
cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop
bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water
you should drink every day?



COKE

#1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.


#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.

#3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour,
then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.


#4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds
Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.


#5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble
away the corrosion.


#6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.


#7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake.
Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.


#8... To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run
through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your
windshield.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

#1. the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place
cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!



Now the question is, would you like a glass of water?

or Coke?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Church and Free Time

Just the other day I was talking to some friends who are in a similar sort of smaller church community to me, very much like the Huddle.

One girl was talking about how she was loving being in her new community, because having come out of a larger church she was just loving having more time to connect with those outside the church, get involved with her community and other mission type stuff.

The other dude was talking about how he was loving it because it just free'd up his weekends so he could pretty much do whatever he wanted, and didn't have to be tied down with church stuff.

I was thinking about it afterwards, and have spoken to them since, cos I just really felt the second dude was missing the point. For me, yeah it's great not being tied up with as much church stuff as i may have been in the past, but thats not about my wants for spare time, it's because it gives me more time to spend with people outside the church etc.

I just reckon it's a really key difference, and I'm a little over people who are just into the EC church scene cos it makes them feel nicer, thats just not the point.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Interview in the 'Australian Christian'

A couple of weeks ago I did an interview for the Churches of Christ online magazine thingy-which is a pretty decent read, which was a bit of fun, and if you follow the link above you can have a look.

Nothing special really, just me rabbitting on about what I do, the Huddle, and a few other things like that.

SYG! Great success!

Although we didn't clean up as many trophies at SYG this year, we had an absolute ripper time!

This year, for no apparent reason, we went as West Footscray Baptist Church, which meant that for the past 3 years we've won the Rec Footy, but all under different names! A great effort by our super coach Flacky who donned the boots and boxer shorts despite having a broken arm! Great efforts by Zoe, Kerry n Flacky who presented well in the forward line all day...

Our Netty team also smashed it, with some great efforts down back by Belinda "played in both our premierships' Renouf, our team mascot Jill 'The Panda' Konig through the middle and Jesse 'Plugger' Taylor up forward.

Our touch rugby, ultimate frisbee and dodgeball teams all suffered devastating losses in over-time of their finals, so clearly our mental toughness was not up to scratch. Had better put in a bigger pre-season next year...

We finished about 23rd overall, which was solid, and had just a couple too many people to win Small Church again, but thats all good.

Frankston Church of Christ were once again fantastisch in letting us eat with them and what not, worked really well.

Will write more later on speakers and night programs n such.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Video from 1vs100

For those overseas friends who have been wanting to check out my tomfoolery on 1vs100, or anybody else really, then here are the links! Thanks Gareth!

http://video.google.com.au/videoplay?docid=8545724190563469800&hl=en-AU
http://video.google.com.au/videoplay?docid=-8763640853041401022&hl=en-AU

Monday, June 04, 2007

My first goal in 7 years!

You beauty! I think I may have kicked one about 5 years ago in the Reserves, but the last one I definitely kicked was in my very first game of U/18s was back in 1999! Since then I've only spent 5 quarters in the forward line out of like 7 seasons of football! But I love playing in the backline, told the coach that he better not take this as a sign to play me up there in the future, it's just no good.

May allow myself to drift forward in SYG Rec Footy this year, but other than that, backline is the way to go for me.

What's with this Madeline chick?

Am I a little insensitive to be annoyed at the mass media coverage this little girl gone missing is getting? Why is she any more important than the thousands of other people who go missing worldwide? Why don't we see this much coverage for any kid that goes missing? Why is she so important?

Perhaps I'm a little cynical, but it just annoys me when everybody tries to get on board and pretend they care about this, when if they really cared about missing people they'd be sending emails around all the time...

Red + White = Pink

Apparently that old wives tale about not mixing red clothes with white is actually true... Enough said!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The 'health' of your church

I remember a while back, somebody said to me they didn't care about numbers, about money coming in, about how cool their church gatherings were, but instead by the number of people trained up and sent out as missionaries. Obviously this doesn't just mean overseas, but also locally and what not. I reckon it's a pretty decent thought.

So if a whole bunch of people from your church went off and planted new churches or mission projects, or went overseas, then I reckon that would totally be a success, even if the original church were to cease to exist as a result.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Man I hate studying

I say this every semester around this time, but then for some reason I keep signing up for the next one. I love learning, and I study some really cool stuff, but I hate writing essays,it sucks. It just takes away from everything I'd rather be doing, like hanging out with people, playing footy, reading stuff I actually want to-not have to, getting ready for SYG, and hanging out with people...

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Blog=Procrastination

As you can see I decided to pimp up my blog a little bit, which I'd been wanting to do for ages, but then decided that the middle of the night whilst I should be up studying was the best time! Clearly a massive waste of my time, but am happy with it for now.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Random Request

Long story why, but does anybody have, or know where I could get, of those full old school diving suits, with the metal helmet and everything, that I could loan? Or know where I could find shorts with a fake bum on them?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Leaving Home

Life was never good to me... Haha, anybody who knows me and my life will know that's a complete lie, but I just really like that song! Anybody who doesn't know the song needs to go do some research on Aussie 90's Rock, it's a great track.

Anyways, so my Mum's place is ont he market, and they're moving half an hour up the road to Lyndhurst to a place that Mum ans Alexander designed. It seems like a pretty solid place, lots of room and what not, but unfortunately not in the right area for me.

The problem is, my whole life is down on the Peninsula, school, footy n cricket, church, all my friends, everything. I have to head out for study, but the majority of my time is down this way.

But obviously the problem then is that I have to potentially pay rent somewhere, plus do all my own cooking and cleaning and what not, but it's probably about time I got onto that sort of stuff. Just the whole needing to learn to live on my own is part of the reason i want to move out too, life at hom e was too easy, time for some new challenges I felt.

So at the moment, the plan is to do as much house-sitting as possible. I just really hate the idea of renting, and want to avoid it at all costs. I've got the next couple of months lined up; and if anybody is interested in a house sitter-just let me know :)! I was going to register with an agency or something, but will try and avoid it just through speaking with friends etc.

Plenty of funny stories to tell about my domestic skills, and lack thereof, but will save that for another time...

Friday, May 18, 2007

Forge Peninsula

Predestination, God's will and all that...

Had some fairly interesting discussions over the last few weeks at VETA about what it actually means for God to have a plan for our lives, and for the world, cos it's a phrase that gets thrown around a lot, but we don't always get to unpack.

Did God create evil? If not, how did Satan/the Devil/forces of evil, come into being? Does God know everything, that's ever going to happen, like me writing this blog post right now etc. How reliable is the Bible about what it tells us about the future-more Revelation questions! Did God decide before time began who would and wouldn't become followers of Jesus etc...

The problem with being the facilitator of this course is I feel like I should have some clue about these questions, but often don't! Got a few ideas, but not the whole lot!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Big Brother's Torture Room

Clearly if the Age can use sensationalist headlines like this on the front page of their paper so can I on my blog!

Was reading the paper on Sunday and came across this article by one of last year's BB contestants, who I think was one of the turkey-slappers, but that aside, has written a very interesting article here.

Had a conversation about it with a good friend, who asked, having just read that article, would I still apply for Big Brother? Was a tough question, as there's something about the idea of being on the show that I still really love, it would just be such a different experience to anything else. I'd like to think I'm psychologically stable enough to handle whatever they throw at me, but who knows?

Some of the comparisons in the article to other sensory deprivation tactics are fairly full on, but they do show the extreme effects this kind of treatment could have. Had another interesting chat with a friend who's a psychologist, who was also questioning the ethics of such a situation as the 'White Room'. I don't watch the show so I don't know how it's panned out.

DIETARY manipulation, electric shocks, sleep deprivation, temporal confusion, stress positions and soundproofed isolation. Guantanamo Bay? No, just another episode of Big Brother. Last year, after countless hours locked in a soundproof isolation booth on the set of the Channel Ten series as one of the housemates, I suddenly realised I was being subjected to subtle psychological pressures.

The latest series of the Big Brother juggernaut is using even more extreme forms of "sensory deprivation" that could easily cross an invisible line into psychological torture.

This year, the producers gave four would-be contestants not initially selected for the show a back door into the house, a second chance to compete. All they had to do was to sit for days in the timeless, windowless "white room", dressed in white, under white-light fluorescent bulbs, fed tasteless, vitamin-enriched white porridge and wrapped in white noise. Until one was left.



The experiment's first findings were published in 1954 in the Canadian Journal of Psychology, revealing how easy it was to disrupt the brain's basic functioning. Offering the incentive of double the minimum daily wage to take part in the study, Hebb had recruited 22 male university students who were required only to "lie … in a lighted cubicle 24 hours a day with all sensory stimuli muted — light diffused by translucent goggles, auditory stimulation limited by soundproofing and constant low noise, and tactual perception blocked by thick gloves and a U-shaped foam pillow about the head".

In three days, most had pulled out, with many refusing to finish the experiment. All who participated experienced extreme hallucinations similar to the effects of the powerful drug mescaline.

In effect, Hebb's study revealed that the brain's basic equilibrium could be seriously disrupted by reducing sensory stimulus. Or, as he put it, after just two to three days of such isolation, "the subject's very identity had begun to disintegrate". What Hebb did not say was that one of the 22 volunteers who emerged seemingly in good spirits soon suffered a complete breakdown and remained seriously disturbed even 10 years later.

Big Brother's white room had some disturbing parallels with Hebb's cubicle, particularly in its systematic reduction of sensory stimulus. To the traditional five senses (taste, touch, sight, smell and sound) another must be added: the perception of time. If Hebb could induce an effect "akin to acute psychosis" among his student subjects by targeting three senses (sight, sound and touch), what will happen, in the next months and years, to the would-be Big Brother contestants who had sight, sound, taste and time similarly targeted?

Even to a casual viewer, the psychological effects of the white room became apparent. One housemate said he could see one of the girls rocking back and forth, and believed she had gone crazy. Whether his report was true is hard to know.


Very interesting stuff...

What's with God and numbers?

Half prompted by all the strange number references in Revelation, and just by the questions that always come up about them, I've been trying to get my head around the significance of certain numbers in the bible.

3 seems to get a bit of a mention, mainly with the Trinity, Jesus' best 3 mates, and some other things I can't think of.

7 gets a massive run, days of creation, heaps in Revelation, it being 'God's number' (??) and such.

12 is pretty big, obviously the 12 disciples, which was a reference to the 12 tribes of Israel, which signifies everybody or completeness or something.

40 days of the Israelites wandering the desert and Jesus being tempted.

So many numbers, so many unknown meanings...

Freakin Book of Revelation

Every year we read it in VETAMORPHUS and I have as little or worse of an idea about what it's all about than the students, I try look into it for a while but then find it all too confusing! I put it in the 'it doesn't affect my faith' department, and leave it, which is probably not great, but thats the way it is at the moment.

It's just such a confusing book!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Best game of footy ever!

Not necessarily by myself, although I did get a couple of kicks-and none kicked on me, but the team just played awesome! Beat

We beat the top side, and highly fancied for the flag, Sorrento, by two points. Troy Schwarze and his supposed AFl skills made no real impact on the game, and I can proudly say he did nothing in the two minutes I played on him! Even big Ronald McDonald (not his real name sorry all Kangaroo's supporters from the 80's) didn't do much.

It was fair to say that I did sledge the house down, was trouting off at Schwarze for ages, and pretty much anybody else who had a shot inside 50! I knew a few guys who used to give me a bath in the juniors, so was satisying to beat them, and also considering we had no bench for the second half made it even better.

The game see-saw'd the whole time, they got up by 9 at one stage in the last, before some Matty Hose brilliance steadied the ship and Smid kicked the winner with two minutes to go. Copped a massive hit to the side of the head and was fair dazed for much of the last, but we had no bench so i had to suck it up, which i am feeling the results of today!

Because it was my first game in the ones, I got to lead the boys off, and was stuck in the middle of the circle whilst everybody sprayed me with water as it was my first win in the seniors.

Without a doubt the best game of football I've been involved i and one of the most exciting days of my life, full stop. Think I did enought to earn a game next week too, so should be good!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The drought is over...

Well, after approximately 140 reserves games at the Yabby Pond, I've finally cracked ot for a game in the ones! You beauty! Fair task playing on Sorrento's Full Forward, 6'5 130kg Ronald McDonald, but I'll give it a red hot n rhonda.

Somebody asked if I was more stoked about playing ones or winning $98 000, had to think about it! Short term I'm more stoked to be playing ones but I think the $98 grand will help me just a tad more int he long term!

iTunes and MP3s

So after my iPod was stolen over summer, i've been looking to replace it, and am not way keen on getting another iPod. They're either too big or too small for my liking, and there are others out there with better features.

The only problem is I don't think I can get the music I've burnt off all my CDs onto iTunes, and the music I've downloaded, to play on other MP3 players, cos they have some special coding on it or something. Does anybody know if this is the case and if I can get around it?

Spider-Man 3

Top quality movie, some really brilliant big themes about internal battles, about choices, about where our decisions take us, forgiveness, reconciliation and revenge.

Some very dubious plot jumps, bad jokes and terrible over-acting by some of the extras and side actors, and is a bit long, but still totally worth seeing it.

Is definitely one of those movies you could easily pull apart for a couple of weeks with some relevant Bible passages and what not, which no doubt somebody somewhere on the internet with more time than me can do.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Advice for life

1. If you are choking on an ice cube, don't panic.
Simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat
and presto, the blockage will be almost instantly
removed.

2. Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing
vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while
you chop away.

3. You can avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting
the toilet seat just by using the sink.

4. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself
and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.
Remember to use an egg timer.

5. A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock
will prevent you from rolling over and going back to
sleep after you hit the snooze button.

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of
laxatives. Then you will be afraid to cough.

7. Have a bad toothache? Smash your thumb with a
hammer and you will forget all about the toothache.

8. Sometimes, we just need to remember what the rules of life really are:

In life, you only need two tools - WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't
move but should, use the WD-40.
If it should not move and does, use the duct tape.

9. Remember: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

10. Never pass up an opportunity to go to the bathroom.

Thought for the day:

SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES..... THEY ARE NOT REALLY
GOOD FOR ANYTHING... BUT THEY STILL BRING A SMILE TO
YOUR FACE WHEN YOU PUSH THEM DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

My first Planetshakers experience...

I'd been meaning to go up and check it out for ages, and finally got to today as I was in the city for my little nephew's 1st birthday.

Haven't had the chance to fully process it all, but in a nutshell, there was plenty I liked, found interesting, didn't like and stuff I just plain disagreed with, which is all to be expected. Will hopefully get the chance to blog about each of those points soon, but am fair flat knacker at the moment, so we'll see how we go...

Friday, May 04, 2007

Good times for the Yabbs

So last night the juggernaut that is Billy and the wheel came down to the mighty Yabbie Pond, and a great night of fun and frivolity was had by all, with a decent amount of dough raised by the club, which was solid.

Had a short little interview, which went OK, but not as well as I would have liked, didn't get to slip in a couple of lines I wanted to, but ah well, was still a good laugh, which, as with most things in my life, was why I did it.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Footy Show at the Pond!

That's right, the esteemed Billy Brownless will be bringing his magical wheel of splendour to Tyabb this Thursday night to do an OB straight from our very own clubrooms! Yours truly may well be making an appearance to spin that wheel, so that should be a bit of a laugh!

Meek and mild teacher, or mysterious rebel with a cause?

I didn't actually get to read this when it was int he paper, so luckily found it on the net.
Here's some excerpts, follow the link above for more

IF WE'RE honest, Jesus wasn't actually the kind of son most mothers would want. While every faithful mother of the time might have prayed that her child would be the Messiah, she wouldn't really have wished for this kind of Messiah.

He touched the untouchable, he raged against systemic injustice — particularly that of the religious institutions. Most frustratingly, he evaded almost every question about himself. He preached a message that confused everyone who tried to categorise him. Over and over again, when those closest to him thought they had him all worked out, Jesus would tell them they had it wrong again.

And instead of just talking about it, he showed people how it might actually look. Jesus said that the time for the kingdom of God to come was now, and that it wouldn't come through might, power and glory.

It was perhaps inevitable that Jesus would end up being crucified. If you live a life of uncompromising, courageous love, then you're bound to upset any number of people. Martin Luther King, Ang Sun Suu Kyi and Gandhi could all testify to the same thing.

People were crucified when they incited rebellion against authority.

It has to be asked whether 2000 years of religious photoshopping have remodelled Jesus almost out of recognition. We've added some tints (sure, he didn't speak about homosexuality, but if he had, we know what he would have said), a blurred edge (he didn't really mean we have to sell all we have for the poor), and made him as transparent as possible (put him there in the background, but not so obvious that we actually have to look at him). The trouble is, someone forgot to hit "save" right at the beginning, and we've got little hope of undoing the layers to get back to the original.

As the stories of Jesus show us, it's rarely those in positions of power and influence who understand who God is. They have too much to lose. Instead, look for what the poor, the prisoner, the women, the children would tell us of who God is, because Jesus says it's with them that God is to be found. And trust it most if they speak of love.

If your head wasn't screwed on...

So I'm pretty much an idiot. I missed going to see Brooke Fraser in the city tonight because I left my wallet at college and couldn't pick up the tickets I ordered without photo ID...

So I'm pretty much at home now, and spewing I missed it. But it's OK, cos I have way way too much study to do, which I'm procrastinating from by writing this blog post...

Monday, April 30, 2007

I've left my faith because...

I love talking to people who are able to actually articulate why they've left their church or faith or both, they just make for so much more interesting conversation than the 'I dunno, I just left' or 'I just wanna have sex with my girlfriend' people who I more normally come across. I also find myself talking to some people who've left it all and aren't really sure why, so don't want to talk about it, as they think they're susceptible to me trying to talk them into it again or something.

Had a fantastic conversation with a girl I kind of used to know a couple of years back, and it was just great, I could say what I believed openly, and she too didn't feel judged and so was able to express to me some of her issues with the ideas of God and the Bible, some legitimate, some I disagreed with. All done with respect for difference and openness to other ideas. Will hopefully blog about the content of the conversation again soon, twas a good one.

Another scalper...

Got a lot of effort by this one, wrote a long letter to me at school (obviously saw the school mentioned in the paper) telling me her woesome life story, which if true, does actually sound pretty tough.

Not sure what to do with it, as I'm really against the idea of giving money to randoms who write in and ask for it, but I am also committed to giving away my 20%, will be an interesting one to think through...

As one of the teachers at school today said, 'Thats what the Salvo's and Centrelink are for' which is true, but I'll have a think...

Friday, April 27, 2007

Kids say the darndest things...

Every Friday I mentor a little 7 year old kid as a part of the Kids Hope program and we were taling about what he'd done that week, and I was asking him about ANZAC day, and how much he knew etc, which he proudly told me it was about the brave soldiers going off to war.

He then proceeded to tell me his great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great (he seriously counted off 19 greats on his fingers) grandfather was in the war. I can't remember exactly which wars Australian soldiers were in 380 years ago, but I'm glad he's proud of his grandfatehr that was in it!!

He was also telling me about this play that was coming to school, i asked how long it went for and he just said 'until the wolf gets caught'. I think the concept of time is something he's still developing! Great stuff.

Also on monday I had the lying kid I mentioned earlier telling me about all this crazy stuff that he did on his holidays, which I can't really mention here without incriminating him, but it was hilarious.

Video on YouTube?

Does anybody know how, if I gave them the DVD of 1vs100, to put it up on YouTube? Got a couple of friends overseas at the moment, and it's just gonna be cheaper easier if I put it there so they can see it rather than having to send it to them.

If you could let me know if you have such mystical powers that would be awesome.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007




Yiew!

So Channel 9 have come through with the goods-a couple of days before I was expecting it too! Good work Eddie! I was hoping he'd fly down and hand-deliever it, but you can't always get what you want hey! The only other thing I'm spewing about is not getting a giant novelty cheque! That would have been sweet!

I reckon the worst bit will be waiting for the cheque to clear! Haha, a tough problem to have hey!

Also, didn't hear it, but apparently Wil Anderson was paying out on me for some reason on JJJ earlier today, I should get on there next week and give him a spray!

P.S. I don't know why I look so confused in this photo, so don't ask!

Soo Random

Definitely the most random thing to have happened so far as a result of all this being on 1vs100 stuff.

I get a letter the other day addressed to the Tyabb Post Office, asking if they can find 'Digger from 1vs100', which obviously they did. Look at the address, and it appears to be from some random from QLD-which it is.

So, she congratulates me and that, and then asks if I'm still keen on going to Malawi, and if so she may need my help, because she happens to know a tribal leader who has just died, and she only needs my bank account details...

Haha, na she says she has been invited to introduce the game of AFl to the millions of young people in Malawi! So she wants my help as an AFL player to go over their and assess the viability of such a venture!

I don't know exactly what that would entail, but could be a bit of fun! So anyway, i'm going to write back to her and see where we go from here..

It has set me off thinking about some other crazy ideas about getting all these old footballs from clubs all over Australia and taking them over there and running all these clinics for kids, and raising all this money on the Footy Show... but more on that later! Am flat knacker studying so don't really have any time to even think about it right now though...

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Big Brother

So, once again, the biggest anthropological exercise in town has begun. I love the new ads for 3 Mobile, they're totally taking the piss out of the whole concept whilst trying to advertise it. It's just normal people watching normal people do normal things.

I was impressed with the eco-friendly approach they're taking this year, but at the same time, I realise they're totally just getting on the bandwagon as its what everybody else is doing, but that's popular culture hey.

For those of you who don't know, I did try out for Big Brother again this year, but I'm not allowed to talk about the process or how far I got, but sitting at home watching tonight the thought that could have been me walking into the house, am still a little disappointed. I wouldn't have even cared about their being no money, it was all about the experience, would have been mad fun, but oh well. Would have been interesting to see how it would have affected my future ministry too.

Having got onto 1vs100 and the subsequent radio n newspaper stuff now means I'll never get in, but ah well, such is life hey.

Also interesting to note the Mormon girl in there and the other couple of people with religious backgrouns who are up for voting to get in, clearly they took my spot! Spewing!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Page 7 of today's Herald Sun

Scored myself a nice little article, but am spewing about the photos they used. The one at school is OK, but the church one is so not representative of what I do! There was a ripper one of me taking a massive hanger over Harry, but unfortunately they didn't use it! Spewing!

Here it is on the net.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Birthing Kits Assembly Day



This should be an awesome day, I'm pretty excited about it actually. All the info is in the picture, so I don't need to write much more. I don't know exactly what goes in the packs, but seems like a really good practical thing to do for others. The Huddle are getting on board with the Junction crew and a whole heap others, and we'll be having a barbie lunch with money going to the junior footy club at the Pond.

Anybody down in the area should come get amongst it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Just missed out on the ones

So, after a long long pre-season of training on the beach and running all over uneven parks and foreshores (due to our ground being off-limits this season because of the drought), season 2007 is finally nearly upon us! I'm sooo keen to get out there!

Was training with the ones squad, and it was lookign as though it might be 137th game lucky, but no, just missed out. A bit disappointed, but thats cool, get he chance to play with Jacko coming back through the twos and with all the other boys I've always played with, so that should be great. We've got a pretty strong side in too, so should give Cribby a lesson.

It's gonna be a top year, so can't wait! Go Yabbs!

Adam Selwood=Poor form

As a footy player, I reckon his first sledge is not uncommon, and call me crude, but not really that out of the ordinary.

But the second comment was just not on. That's just not what it's all about.

Just realised that not everybody will know the story. In a nutshell, he saw a tattoo of a girl on another player's arm, made a comment about having slept with her the night before (to put it nicely) and then when hearing that it was the other player's 6 year old daughter, called her a sl&*. That's just not on. There's sledging, and then there's wrong.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Writing for readers

Had an interview the other day with this dude who's doing his Ph.D on Christians and blogs and what not, and it was really interesting thinking about my blogging and all of this, cos often you don't realise why you do things until somebody sits you down and asks you to articulate why you do them. It's a good process.

But he was asking me about whether or not I write for the people who read, or for my own good. Often for me I think it's about trying to help me sift through stuff that's going on in my head, but sometimes it is purely because something interests/excites/angers me and so I want to let others know.

Was also interesting thinking about the stage I went through with my blogging where I really cared how many people read my blog, and would fully just make up posts so that my readership wouldn't go down. Nowadays I couldn't really be bothered. It was cool seeing my hit counter quadruple in the week after I was on the TV/paper/radio, but nowadays I don't blog to get readers. If people read my stuff, then sweet, if not, then I'm ok with it.

Funny things blogs.

Friday, April 13, 2007

The type of people I will give money to

Basically, to people who don't ask for it. It's pretty much that simple.

I've got a mate in Tassie who me and another mate like to visit about once a year, and he'll come over about once a year, and so I offered to my mate from over here that I'd pay for our next trip, cos at the moment I'm lucky to have a bit extra money. He was like 'na na, I'll be right' which just confirms to me he's the kind of mate who I do want to help out financially.

If he had just expected it, or was always asking me to pay for our next trip, I'd be a little more reluctant.

Just seeing if me having a tad more money will change the way people react to me in general will be an interesting one too, so we'll see.

And so the money scabs have started...

Haha, I knew this would happen, but I at least expected it to be somebody I know! Got a myspace msg today from some dude I've literally met once, about 4 months ago.

Tells me he's in debt, needs to pay somebody back, yadayada, and asks for $800. No, not for an $800 loan, but just for $800. In the immortal words of Darryl Kerrigan "Tell him he's dreaming"

What the Huddle's all about

Realised the other day that on here I talk a lot about the Huddle and what we do but I've never really explained what its all about, so i thought I'd have a crack at it on here.

Basically, we've been going for about a year a half now, nearly two. It started when I got together a few mates who I knew were sort of thinking the same way as me about church and stuff, and decided to have a crack at it.

We used to meet at my house every week, and we were very unorganised, which ended up meaning that I ran pretty much all of the nights, so pretty soon we decided to change that, because it was just unhealty for a number of reasons. So now we move around to different people's houses every week, and somebody different is always leading, which is sweet.

So on any given monday night, we'll rock up, have tea (which is our Communion) which is cooked by the person who's house we're at, somebody will lead us in some form of worship/prayer/response and reflection time, which may involve anything from meditation to written or spoken prayers, reflection on a Biblical story, listening to music, or whatever.

Then somebody will lead us in some discussion, which may be following a theme over a few weeks or something independant for that night.

Once a month we have 'service nights' where we try and do some form of active service for people in the broader community, so like doing fundraisers, Clean Up Australia Day, Pimp My Yard-where we go and clean up the garden's and houses of people in the community who are struggling, giving blood, writing letters about Make Poverty History and Amnesty type stuff, just any practical sort of stuff we can do to help people out.

Actually this month we're gonna be doing this thing where we make up these birthing kits to send over to people in 3rd world countries to stop all these women dying during childbirth just cos of unsanitary conditions and that, so should be sweet.

We're connected with the Frankston Church of Christ, the church which I've been a part of for the last few years, which means we're supported by them, and I'm in relationship with, and accountable to, the leadership there, which I think is helping both parties at the moment.

So yeah, that's pretty much us in a nutshell. If I've missed anything could you Huddle people-apart from Harry-who will no doubt make some smartarse comment anyway, let me know, and I'll fix it up.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Point Nepean Music Festival

Man what a weekend! So much awesome music and free food, all for nothing! Volunteering for music festivals is pretty much the coolest thing ever! Did a bit of 'work' putting wristbands on people and manning a gate, and mucked around and saw music the rest of the time!

Saw Ben Harper (played all my favourites except Walk Away), Missy Higgins (top chick, played all the good stuff), John Mayer (although I missed No Such Thing and he didn't play Your Body Is a Wonderland) Custom Kings, Ben Kweller, Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars and heaps more. Missed seeing Ozomatli but still heard them from where I was working.

Other highlights were Pete crashing Ella's car whilst yelling at Rocket to get a haircut, Joel snapping the key to Ella's car then searching for it for half an hour before speaking to her from Thailand and sorting it out, playing frisbee and nearly getting kicked out, dancing like idiots and nearly getting kicked out, free food vouchers, meeting heaps of randoms I haven't seen for ages, and just generally getting amongst it with Petey and Joel.

From now on I'm definitely volunteering for every music festival I can!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Looking for Jesus: refugees in faith - National - theage.com.au

Looking for Jesus: refugees in faith - National - theage.com.au

Found this article today via Signposts, and its a good little one about the why and what of the 'emerging church' here in Melbourne. Very basic, but gives a good overview.

"JESUS asked his mates to stay with him, but they got pissed and fell asleep, the bloody bastards."

As an account of the disciples' failure in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before Jesus was crucified, it may lack the poetry and majesty of the King James Bible. But the 22 street people in a dingy city basement get the point.

This rather loose Bible reading from Matthew 26 by young church worker Virginia Moebus is part of a weekly gathering in Credo Cafe run by Urban Seed, a Baptist Church outreach to homeless and drug-addicted city dwellers.

Most of these people would never set foot in church, but they come faithfully to the gathering, followed by the free lunch served every day.


They meet in cafes, homes, halls, parks or galleries. Rather than "church", they may meet as families, students, business people or surfies. They may be linked to mainstream churches or they may be independent. Most are small, committed and young.

In the words of a US leader, Brian McLaren, the emerging church aims to "go back and get reconnected to Jesus with all of his radical, profound, far-reaching message of the kingdom of God" without the institutional trappings and without the doctrine.


As I said, I dunno if it's all spot on, but its a good little read.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Father Bob

Haha, it was fair to say my second interview was a little harder than the first-mainly due to Father Bob trouting off most of the time! Haha, but was still good fun. We'll see how I go next time I'm on

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Such a crazy week!

Man, this week ever since 1vs100 has just been crazy! Besides speaking to Neil Mitchell, being in the local paper and Herald Sun I've just been trying to reply to all the myspace messages, emails and sms from my friends! Sorry guys, I'm working through them!

I hope it doesn't read like I'm just boasting about all this stuff, but i just wanted to blog about, cos its all just so surreal, and so funny. I've just been laughing at myself all week-even if nobody else has!

Am on Neil Mitchell again tomorrow (Thurs) on 3AW which is on 693 AM for those of you who like me rarely venture from the FM stations!

Wants to have a bit of a chat about Easter-had to pick pretty much the most complex topic available hey! Hopefully it will be a little more classy than 'Jesus You've Got Talent' on JJJ in the morning!

But seriously the Easter story is such a rich, multi-layered story, don't know what I wanna talk about just yet, but we'll see how I go!

Bra Boys

Went and saw this last night (don't worry-I had a free ticket!) and it was just crazy! Such a top movie.

There's just so many quality themes in there of community, brotherhood, tribal identity, looking out for others who are struggling in life (the story about Ma's house was just gold) standing up for what you believe in, struggling against injustice and living life to the full. They're not angels, just regular Aussie blokes. Plus there's some mad surfing footage!

The way those boys do community and share life together puts us in the church to shame. Top movie.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Sweet! Just had an interview with Neil Mitchell

Haha, that was cool as. Apparently Neil was just randomly watching my show last night, and was a big wrap for me and so wanted an interview this morning. I was really stoked with how it went too, got to talk about what i do, the Huddle, my ministry training stuff, the mighty Yabbs-it was tip top.

Reckons he wants to speak to me more often about ethics and ethical issues or something, so that should be sweet.

For those not from Melbourne Neil hosts one of the talkback shows here, on 3AW, which is apparently the highest rating station in Melbourne. But anyway, he seemed like a real nice bloke to me.

Wa-wa-wee-wa!

Man, the best thing about my show going to air is that I can finally talk about it! It's been the most frustrating two months ever!

Although it was ages ago I filmed it, it's still sinking in just how much money I now have. It's pretty crazy to go from having $7 in the bank to $98 007! Although thats not actually true, as I won't get the money for another month now, by which time I may have less than $7!

I haven't completely sorted out what I want to do with it all yet, apart from a few grand to pay off some debts and the $20 000 I'm giving away-half overseas and half here. Initially I was just gonna donate that straight off to a couple charities/people, but am thinking I might invest it and gradually give away a grand or two a year, and possibly end up giving away like 30-40 grand, which I'm pretty excited about.

Am off to see a mate who's a financial planner, so hopefully he'll help me sort it all out. Will prob end up investing a fair chunk of it for now, and see what comes up down the track.

The thing I'm most keen on is not letting this really change the way I live my life. Sure there's gonna be a couple more things I'm able to buy, but I've got plenty of people around me who'll be telling me if I'm spending it like a tool.

I've always been really coomiited to the whole living simply thing, which has always been easy enough, as I've always had no real choice, but I can see it's gonna get a whole lot harder now. But a good problem to have.

It will be very weird though everybody I know knowing how much money I have. Very interesting indeed. Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed me making a fool of myself last night-cos that was why I went on!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Argh! Lent is killing me!

Was hanging out with a mate over in Torquay yesterday, which was grouse fun. Saw my twin brother Lucas Batlett's band and had a very cruisey day on the beach bodysurfing and solving the problems of the world. I think we're pretty close to solving all of them.

So obviously being over there I decided to go check out the seconds surf stores cos I'm in need of some new shorts. My favourite ones are struggling and have already been repaired like 4 times. So I'm gonna get new ones.

So the dilemma was, do I get some new shorts down there whilst they're like half price, whilst I'm not meant to be buying anything during Lent? Because I'm going to buy new shorts, it's just a matter of when, so why not just buy them then and save money? Is it being too legalistic to just wait a week when I'm gonna get some anyway? Or am I just giving in and making up excuses to justify it to myself? I'm not convinced either way to be honest.

And then today I saw the sweetest ever old school Adidas jacket at the op-shop, which I know will not last long. Any self-respecting lover of old school jackets would snap it up in an instant!

I decided not to buy either of them. Lent is hard, which is probably a good thing.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Well that was a little strange

Very surreal day yesterday, was buying some chicken from the chicken shop when a couple of the girls working there were like 'were you on TV this week?' which was kinda funny that they recognised me, cos I was only on at the end, and have really different hair and stuff. So I talked to them for a bit which was pretty funny.

Then whilst watching the Footy Show I saw the ad promoting 1vs100 this week and saw myself dancing around like a tool, hugging Eddie and the voice over guy say something about 'this contestant taking the game further than anyone ever has before' very weird! Funny times though!