Rachel's Blog

Mon, 28 Apr 2008
Clay Shirky and the Cognitive Surplus

This is one of those things that everyone is pointing to, but it's really worth watching or reading the transcript. Especially if you're in media, publishing, watch tv, drink gin, play online games, read books, wonder where people find the time, or are awake.


"A screen that ships without a mouse ships broken." - my new motto.

Sat, 26 Apr 2008
Monument to a Suburban Backyard.
Tatlin's Tower

I've decided that our garden needs a scale model of Tatlin's Monument to the Third International. I'm sure it could be aligned to act as a sun dial.

Step One: Learn to weld.

Tue, 15 Apr 2008
Such a mum thing to do

I just went into Abbey's room and vaccuumed around all the clothes on the floor.

Incidentally, if this is the kind of entry that keeps you returning to this blog you can now also follow me on Twitter where I am entertaining myself with the minutiae of life. Until I get bored of that and start making stuff up. I wonder if you will be able to tell the difference?

Mon, 07 Apr 2008
They came from beneath!

I wanted to make a few notes about the wedding I went to on Saturday. It was by far the largest and most extravagant I've ever been near and I'm still not quite sure what to make of it all.

It was in an absolute barn of a reception centre. So large it could accomodate the 300 guest reception I attended plus another, although not quite so massive, I think. Three hundred guests. Did I mention it was a sit-down dinner? With nine courses? And one of the courses was half a lobster each? I told you it was big.

What really impressed me though was the way it all ran. Sure the meals were not served exactly as to the program on the table, but they were all a)piping hot and b)delicious. Amazing co-ordination by the dozens of staff. No glass went unfilled, no dropped fork went unreplaced, no one went hungry.

An MC ran the proceedings, and to be honest he was dreadful. Fortunately he was brief. If he'd left out mentioning the name of the reception centre twice in each sentence he would have been even briefer. There were speeches, but they weren't too long either, even though they were in two languages, and there were only a couple of fart jokes. (no, really...)

There was a dance floor, naturally and the bride and groom were well rehearsed for their waltz, but when the MC announced them, they were nowhere to be seen. Then a section of the floor broke away and they ROSE UP IN A GLASS ELEVATOR. I am not making this up. So awesome.

The lesson here is if you're going to do a big production number for your wedding there really are places you can go to that will facilitate your dream. Your dream of rising out of the fog-drenched floor looking like a cake topper.

After that there was more food, drunkeness and dancing, bouquet tossing, more dancing. It all blurs together a bit, but it was a great night out.

Thank you and Congratulations Melissa and Quan!

Wed, 02 Apr 2008
Continuum 5 - It's Alive!

Paul Poulton and I will be co-chairing the next Continuum convention which will be held in mid-2009. We're having a casual meeting shortly and if you'd like to find out what Continuum is all about, you're interested in helping, have some awesome ideas or can bring food, we'd love to see you there. Here are the details:

Sunday 20 April
Carlton Library
667 Rathdowne Street, Nth Carlton.

Ring the doorbell if there's no one about and we'll rush down to let you in!

If you're not able to make this meeting, but would like to put your hand up please email me and I'll make sure you're kept up-to-date. Don't forget there is a Continuum Members Yahoo group and a loosely associated blog at Livejournal.