27 July 2011

Pic of the day


26 July 2011

Being 30+


Some things that happen as you get older..

  • It's true - you wear bigger underwear
  • You care about the weather more
  • You want to have a boring relationship
  • You're in bed by 8.30pm on a Friday night
  • You don't have as much drama in your life - you don't put up with bad friends any more
  • You care about money a lot more (because you need it to pay the mortgage) and are left thinking 'Shit, why didn't I do Psychology at Uni instead of Graphic Design!?'
  • You can't eat whatever you want any more or drink as much alcohol - You have to do exercise, it sucks.

30 May 2011

Genetic Ancestry


Got myself a weird and wacky birthday present for myself this year.. a DNA report showing my Genetic Ancestry.

Like most Aussies our ancestry has been filtered out over generations and most of us arn't that sure where our family comes from. My Nan told me I had a great great grandfather who came from Szczecin Poland which matches up with the results being the highest score for closest genetic relatives today (Northwest Poland) and also the highest score for deep ancestral origins (Northwest Poland), which probably indicates my ancestry was in the region for hundreds of years before my great great grandfather migrated.

My siblings and I have also suspected that we had some Aboriginal (hidden) somewhere in our family for several reasons, the main one being some of my Dad's side of the family in Gloucester look Aboriginal. I was hoping the test would give a more conclusive answer to this question, it does show we are in the 70's% match to European-Aboriginal (mixed) in the 'Extended match results' so I think this gives some evidence to our theory.

This might also explain my general obsession with Europe/Scandinavia area and wanting to go there.

I have no idea how Brazil comes into the picture.

I was wondering what the small dot on Africa could mean (in the world region map below), perhaps linked to the mixed Aboriginal ancestry or does it show where all humans have come from thousands of years ago.

Results below:

21 May 2011

Working on my bucket list


  • Buy a good camera
  • Do more photography
  • Visit Poland
  • Visit Estonia
  • Stay in Stavanger, Norway
  • Swim in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland
  • Learn Norwegian
  • Live in a Queenslander
  • Become a counsellor
  • Go on a yoga & meditation retreat

Narcissism and Facebook


In Self-presentation 2.0: Narcissism and self-esteem on Facebook, Mehdizadeh (2010) looks at the social problem of narcissism and how offline narcissism correlates to Facebook activity in the online world. Narcissism includes ‘grandiosity, need for admiration … an exaggerated sense of self-importance … and positive self-views of agentic traits, including intelligence, physical attractiveness, and power’ (Mehdizah 2010, p.358). Narcissists don’t look for warmth or personal intimacy but seek relationships to appear popular and successful, they also seek attractive, high status individuals as romantic partners. They pursue relationships solely for the opportunity of public glory. (Campbell 1999 in Mehdizadeh 2010, p. 358).

Mehdizadeh (2010) was interested in completing the study between Facebook and narcissism firstly because the site is a haven for emotionally disconnected communication and superficial relationships, which is a common trait to narcissists.
Secondly, real life identity has a number of constraints which makes it difficult for people to hide who they really are, such as physical attributes (attractiveness, gender), social status and backgrounds, in contrast, highly controlled environments like Facebook allow users to display their ideal identities, as they have complete power of self presentation.
Lastly, published peer reviewed research on the affect of social networking sites and identity and behaviour is very scarce.

To explore this social problem Mehdizadeh (2010) recruited 100 Facebook users (50 male, 50 female) and coded their Facebook pages for activity. The participants also filled out a questionnaire with the following sections: demographic information, Facebook activity, self-esteem and narcissism. (Mehdizadeh 2010).

Mehdizadeh (2010) found that students who rated high in narcissism were more inclined to present themselves in a self-enhancing manner on Facebook. The narcissists had a higher level of activity on the site and did more self-promoting in several areas. Additional tests were also conducted to see if there were differences between gender of narcissists and the types of self-promotional each gender favoured. Male narcissists were found to use more descriptive self-promotion to highlight their wit or intelligence in the ‘about me’ section. Where as female narcissists indulged in more superficial self-promotion such as sharing revealing photos of themselves. This shows that gender roles have influenced narcissists and their behaviour on Facebook. (Mehdizadeh 2010).


27 April 2011

My first munny creation


A couple of friends were ordering some DIY toys to muck around with from kidrobot, so I thought i'd give it a go to try and get myself back into a bit of painting, I must admit it was a bit of a challenge painting on a 3d surface, don’t look too close but he’s not exactly symmetrical for this reason – Think I still prefer a 2d canvas!

I’m not totally happy with the way it turned out, I was hoping for something “cute” but it didn’t really turn out that way. I think my initial sketch was a bit cuter (shown below) but alas, I changed it. My only other point about the kidrobot DIY toys is that they all seem so masculine, I mean I painted mine pink and it still looks like a boy.. How is that? I also ordered a little raffy.. so maybe I will succeed in making “her” female. All in all it felt good to be painting again, forgot how therapeutic it is.

25 April 2011

Introversion and Facebook use


In the article The relationship between unwillingness-to-communicate and students’ Facebook use Sheldon wanted to produce some knowledge on the social problem concerning people who are unwilling to communicate in face-to-face interpersonal communication and who view this type of communication as unrewarding. Sheldon hypothesized that people who are unwilling-to-communicate orally would be more likely to communicate through the social media site, Facebook.

Past research has demonstrated that Internet users who steer clear of socialising face-to-face chose the Internet as another way of fulfilling their interpersonal needs, and that alienation, introversion and trepidation when it comes to communicating led to higher use and reliance on communication through the Internet. However, there has been very little investigation done on the characteristics of people who use Facebook. Studying online networking and relationships is important because today’s generation spend so much time online compared to previous generations yet little is known about electronic relationships and how they relate to different personality types. Sheldon (2008) also saw this as an opportunity to test existing theories of interpersonal relationships in a virtual environment.

To find out about this social problem, Sheldon (2008) coordinated a survey with 172 students who completed a questionnaire on their Facebook use. Sheldon (2008, p. 70) states: ‘The survey measured: Basic demographics; Unwillingness-to-communicate; Gratifications of Facebook use: entertainment, escape, passing time, coolness, relationship maintenance, social interaction, virtual community, companionship; Facebook use: the amount of use, duration of use, the number of Facebook friends, the number of people never met in person, the frequency of logging into one’s account, satisfaction with Facebook.’

In the study, Sheldon (2008) found that people who get anxious and who fear face-to-face communication use Facebook more, however they have less Facebook friends than other respondents and they post and communicate on the site less. The study also found that the individuals who are experiencing online relationships are those who are communicating in real life as well, not the contrary. It is thought that introverts communicate online less often (but are online more) and the Internet primarily benefits extroverted individuals, as they use as an extension of their interpersonal communication. ‘There is no evidence that people who were unwilling-to-communicate offline would develop more relationships online’ (Sheldon 2008, p.74).


16 April 2011

A monetary based society is not sustainable


Capitalism has forced us to live in a monetary or profit based society, which puts great pressure on sustainability. A sustainable practice or company would take the health of future resources in consideration. This means they would consider longevity, durability and environmental issues. This idea is not only reserved for the material world but it also applies to society as a whole, including thoughts, beliefs and human conduct.

A company might use inferior materials and use modes of production that produce a disproportionate amount of waste because there is no reward for being sustainable in a capitalist society today. The fundamental part of this system is regeneration and competition. Profit always comes first and foremost because otherwise the company would not survive, to a certain extent profit is based on increasing income and decreasing costs.

In the modern world each human is required to gain income by serving a corporation or client so that they can purchase life necessities. In some cases this perpetuates a different type of waste, the waste of the human mind and human life causing workers to feel alienated by having no real purpose in life. Many feel as though they are wasting their lives on mindless jobs trying to make enough money just to survive from one day to the next.

Things have become more productive when more mechanisation has been introduced to labor, therefore, repetitive monotonous jobs like working at a train station, waiting tables and fixing cars are negligent to be wasting our lives on when modern mechanisation could be easily applied to so many industries such as these.

It is time for social change, it is time for society to be updated to present day knowledge, by not using methods based on monetary gain but by realigning practices and processes to take into consideration the carrying capacity of the earth with the goal of social sustainability.

With a new sustainable economy a new incentive system would be developed to create a new social cohesion and integration for the human race, people could aspire to new goals in life surrounding self fulfillment, learning and being creative in ways that interest them. People would no longer be directed towards the goal of wealth, which would put an end to shortage, protect our environment and alleviate the suffering of our financially poor human beings.


11 April 2011

Iceland is the best country to live in if you're a woman


Strip clubs are out. Parental leave is in. The glass ceiling has been shattered.

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir became Iceland's president and the first democratically elected female head of state in the world, in 1980.

They just appointed Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir as prime minister - the first openly gay pm in the world who married her long time partner in June. [Same sex marriage is illegal in Australia].
43% of parliament is female.

Iceland has edged out Norway in the world economic forum's most recent global gender gap index [Australia ranks 20th] which is based on its labour force participation, the ability of its women to rise to positions of power, leadership in business, wage equality, levels of literacy and education, life expectancy, child mortality, maternity leave benefits and basic human rights, Iceland is officially the best place on earth to be a woman.

A law is being passed that will shut down every strip club in the country, making it illegal for any business to profit from the nudity of its employees. As a result, it has become the first country in the world to ban stripping and lap dancing for feminist reasons (as opposed to religious ones).
A couple will get 9 months parental leave. 3 months each and a further 3 months to be dedicated between them. 

Women still tend to have children young with 25.5 being the average age. And not having a partner is unlikely to raise an eyebrow. As they have a great childcare system and family and friends help each other.

There is no prejudice towards young mothers because everyone knows you can still educate yourself and achieve your dreams and have careers.

Iceland was the second country in the world after Russia in 1920 to legalise abortion in 1935. [Abortion rights in Australia differ from state to state. QLD: You could go to jail for 7 years for having one and 14 years for performing one.]

WHY WE LOVE REYKJAVIK: Heated sidewalks. Glacier snowmobiling. 99.9 percent literacy rate. Midnight suns. World's oldest parliament. Geothermal hot spot. Nightlife hot spot. The real Blue Lagoon. Women keep their maiden names. Green energy sources. Viking horses. U.N.-ranked "Best Place to Live." Big blonde men.