I’ve never joined facebook and I don’t particularly like it but the esl teacher in me just got a bit of respek for zuckerburg <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10101708164336771″>here</a> by somehow learning mandarin in the last couple of years and now seen doing a full 30min Q&A in it. Re the recent troubles in hong kong I read one opinion that the best hope for HK keeping the level of democracy that it has is mainland china becoming more democratic. While zuckerburg’s primary focus is getting his hands on that sino-social network _power_ – maybe the more western thingy-mahbobs like iphones and facebook that get into china, the more likely liberties the people there will want.
1. Charu brought another rat into the house last night. By my calculations that’s 2 in just over two weeks! We were in bed when we heard her in the hallway talking happy sounds, which is odd if she’s not begging for food. The rat was lying in front of her and not quite gone. It move a bit and she grabbed it and it squeaked, which I guess was it’s death-squeak. See, that’s disturbing to me. Even if it is a rat, it’s disturbing to be right there because I start to think about what it would be like to be _being killed_ and be living that last moment.
Charu only has three of those big canine teeth which is weird. We’d never have found out ourselves either if the vet didn’t tell us because charu’s not the biting kind of cat the way boy cats are.
Anyway, she took it outside by herself. I guess, learning since I took the last couple. Je went out and watched… charu ate parts of the rat. That’s probably not a good thing.
2. Gough Whitlam died. Abc news website had some photos. I C & P’d a couple for the perpetuity.
<a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/15411959789″ title=”3576984-3×4-700×933 by Hi! my name is:, on Flickr”><img src=”https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5598/15411959789_780ff7b94f.jpg” width=”375″ height=”500″ alt=”3576984-3×4-700×933″></a>
I like this one because Mrs.Gough’s feet/leg positioning is so rock n roll. If she was leaning over a bit and wailing on a Les Paul, that’d be great.
Anyway, it was cool that Gough introduced free education, I just wish I coud’ve got some. Although, not paying for it until I’m making decent money is nothing to complain about either. I also like how he bought Blue Poles too. However I wish he’d done something when Portugal pulled out of East Timor and Indonesia invaded. Australia shouldn’t have let that happen.
I’ve been getting more angry about politics again lately. I think it’s a result of just being more stressed.
3. And a week or so ago I got word that a former colleague died. I worked with Graham doing bidness english in korea and although I only talked to him properly a few times. He’d lived in Korea in the 70s which is really interesting if you ask me, and a whole bunch of other places too. His family put a whole load of photos of his up on the internet but I don’t know how long they’ll be there for. He was 66 which seems a bit early to me.
<a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/15412753397″ title=”20141004115121-e0092642-me by Hi! my name is:, on Flickr”><img src=”https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5601/15412753397_e101a7eec9.jpg” width=”500″ height=”336″ alt=”20141004115121-e0092642-me”></a><br/><em>That’s Graham on the right.</em>
<a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/15412141029″ title=”20141004115119-4612e7ff-me by Hi! my name is:, on Flickr”><img src=”https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3935/15412141029_fdacf92e51.jpg” width=”500″ height=”353″ alt=”20141004115119-4612e7ff-me”></a><br/><em>There wasn’t much English in the signage back in the ’70s</em>
It was one of those situations where I had no prior knowledge of it happening, nor how long it was going to happen for — I got off the train around 9:30 last night and happened to see the moon looking rather odd. I ignored it and walked on. Ten minutes later it was red –good grief. Anyway – walking through the suburbs it wasn’t especially sinister feeling. Just small looking and difficult to really see due to my failing eyesight as I am now an old man… who doesn’t really even have a camera anymore apart from the telephone-computer. Maybe if it was red on the horizon and looking bigger. Still pretty cool though.
<a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/15290413840″ title=”blood moon by Hi! my name is:, on Flickr”><img src=”https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5602/15290413840_c3f56afa7e.jpg” width=”500″ height=”375″ alt=”blood moon”></a>
My head is so full at the moment I can’t even write blogposts. One month until end of deadlines with study. I haven’t mentioned I am doing more study. This time to be qualified to teach the Englishes to people who cannae speak it. It’s a long story. I should’ve mentioned it earlier. The right moment passed.
What I do have to say today is:
David Lynch says he’s going to make an extra 9 episodes of Twin Peaks in 2016 and I’m not entirely sure it’s such a good idea.
Aphex Twin released a new album after many years (10?) of silence. I’ve only listened a couple of times but at cursory inspection it just sounds like it might’ve been recycled stuff from ’96 or something.
My pussycat brought Death into the house again this morning. I am getting used to it. And I actually appreciate it kind of. I’m glad she has a job and is doing it. However I wish it wasn’t _at 5am_ that I had to dustbroom up a freshly dead long rat and piff it down the end of the backyard. And actually in mid-morning we were both sitting here and heard another (presumably) rat scruffling around in the ceiling so I guess it’s Spring in a relatively old house when having a cat pays off. I say to her, Fly, Fly my pretty!