Ephemera

The ramblings of a lunatic expat.

I am Californian who relocated to Melbourne, Australia in 2006..

I'm a manicurist and a madwoman and I do a damn good job at both.

Flies to wanton boys.

rossfloate:

Alec Baldwin has, like Shia LeBoeuf before him, decided to withdraw from public life. In admittedly ironic manner, he announced this by speaking to New York magazine. The piece has been reproduced online over at Vulture. I encourage you to read it.

In his piece, Baldwin makes a lot of sensible points with characteristic bombast. But the bombast is kind of the idea – he’s a larger than life character. His problem is that the current model of celebrity doesn’t allow for larger than life characters. And it certainly doesn’t leave any room for flawed characters or people who make mistakes.

I’m disinterested in the things that Baldwin has done (or reportedly done) that have brought him to this decision. I’m interested in the broader idea of celebrity and what it says about us. What does it say about our needs?

When we look back at earlier civilisations, we tend to pat ourselves on the back for how much we have distanced ourselves from their savagery. Roman circuses. Aztec sacrifice. The Reign of Terror. Hundred of years from now, the people who look back at us will pay careful attention to the way we choose certain people seemingly at random, build them up as gods, and then capriciously destroy them.

superseventies:

Pacific Southwest Airlines Stewardesses, 1972..


I flew PSA in the 80s as a UM (unaccompanied minor) about 3 times a year. I always thought being a flight attendant seemed like a shitty job. Years later, I found out I was right.

superseventies:

Pacific Southwest Airlines Stewardesses, 1972..

I flew PSA in the 80s as a UM (unaccompanied minor) about 3 times a year. I always thought being a flight attendant seemed like a shitty job. Years later, I found out I was right.

(Source: pinterest.com, via isay)

Too many young girls don’t know how to act when someone’s being inappropriate with them. They giggle or they try to brush it off. Don’t do that. Tell them to go fuck themselves - be a bitch. If someone’s being disrespectful to you, be disrespectful right back. Show them the same amount of respect that they show you.

(via vixxcen)

thats what i do, but people always act like IM the one with the problem 😒

(via queenfeminist)

This is what I taught my daughter!

(via undercovermama)

Yeah. I need to instill this in my girls. Soon.

(via potjie)

My parents taught me to trust my instincts and that I didn’t have to be polite to strangers if I didn’t feel like it. To this day, if a random makes a comment to me on the street, I am 100% comfortable pretending I didn’t hear them and just sailing on by. Thanks, mom and dad, for teaching me that I didn’t have to be “nice”. (And this translated pretty well into my personal life, too.)

(Source: swindleofficial, via potjie)

helenrazer:

The Twitter user appears to be referencing an apparent suicide this morning by a woman who had spoken of her problems with trolls.
The Twitter user is using the apparent suicide as a way to link to her upcoming “comedy” show.  Which, if this Tweet is any indication, will be woefully unfunny.
Suicide as promotional opportunity. 

That woman has a talent for injecting herself into any current tragedy. She is positively vile.

helenrazer:

The Twitter user appears to be referencing an apparent suicide this morning by a woman who had spoken of her problems with trolls.

The Twitter user is using the apparent suicide as a way to link to her upcoming “comedy” show.  Which, if this Tweet is any indication, will be woefully unfunny.

Suicide as promotional opportunity. 

That woman has a talent for injecting herself into any current tragedy. She is positively vile.

(via helenrazer-deactivated20140223)

spifster:

#spifsternails @vanityprojects

Spifster’s line work is amazing. Makes my shit look like a 3 year old did it.

spifster:

#spifsternails @vanityprojects

Spifster’s line work is amazing. Makes my shit look like a 3 year old did it.

vintagegal:

1950s meyercord mermaid decals

Reminds me of how obsessed I was with the Chicken of the Sea mermaid when I was a kid.

(via lil-c0met)

This is what the inside of my brain looks like. Just add glitter.

This is what the inside of my brain looks like. Just add glitter.

(Source: donutstiel, via fancybidet)

pocketcontents:

You know you’re peeing in the Central Valley when…

As a part-time SJVer, you have my condolences.

pocketcontents:

You know you’re peeing in the Central Valley when…

As a part-time SJVer, you have my condolences.

sosoflynails:

Put some red glitter nails on my don Kate Moss to present an award at The Brits tonight. Outfit was last worn by DAVID BOWIE as Ziggy Stardust in 1972 ! ! ! 💫👽🇬🇧🔖⚡️

*swoon*

sosoflynails:

Put some red glitter nails on my don Kate Moss to present an award at The Brits tonight. Outfit was last worn by DAVID BOWIE as Ziggy Stardust in 1972 ! ! ! 💫👽🇬🇧🔖⚡️

*swoon*

Sometimes you have to go left if you want to turn right.

rossfloate:

One of the iconic aspects features of Melbourne, especially the central city, is a strange traffic manoeuvre called the Hook Turn. In order not to delay trams when you’re making a turn at an intersection, you do something weird. To turn right, you must pull over to the left, wait for all traffic to pass, the make your right hand turn.

It’s strange, but once you get the hang of it, you can probably consider yourself a local.

So when we decided we wanted to create a home for quality podcasts and interesting new publishing ideas (all developed in Melbourne), naturally, we named it Hookturn.

We started with our existing design show The Nudge. The Nudge, hosted by Josh Kinal, Jerome Lebel Jones and me, is a podcast about being better designers, and I guess, people. It started as a branch out from our Nudge Live events, but now has a life of its own. The recent guests have included Ethan Marcotte, Jeffrey Zeldman, Debbie Millman, and Chris ‘Clarko’ Clarke.

Josh Kinal also features on another of our podcasts, Devil’s Avocado. This great program takes the big issues of the day and asks experts to help uncover the details you’re not getting in the breathless reports of the modern news cycle. The first three episodes have discussed Asylum Seekers, Drugs, and Melbourne’s culture of ‘Bad Business’. Co-hosting this great show is the wonderful Glenn Peters.

My personal favourite new member of the Hookturn family is Last Stop to Nowhere. In it, Michael Sloan and Kyle Sherer bring to life the complications of Australia’s past; it’s Australian History, but not like you learned it at school. So far they’ve covered fascism in 1930s Sydney, and now they’re tackling the 1629 shipwreck of The Batavia

We’ve got other things in the pipeline too, including a podcast companion to Twenty Seventy –– Clem Bastow’s year-long project to live life like it’s the 1970s. Keep an eye on the Hookturn website and see what comes along throughout the year.

Ding Ding!

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