Friday, April 11, 2008

Rainman goes to Rockwiz

I have some wonderful students this year.
One of them is a very interesting bloke who is visually impaired and also has Aspergers syndrome.
He has this amazing ability.
He can tell you the top 5 songs from any week from about 1970 to 1995.
He is really smart, positive and personable yet he has never really had a full time job.
The guy is 38 and has never had a real payday.
I believe this is a dreadful failure of our society.
Did I mention that although he has only 20 % vision he is a master of Illustrator and Photoshop?
He has applied for hundreds of jobs but no one will let him get a foot in the door.
Any way on a whim I sent an email to Rockwiz the SBS show. I think I used the words -The rain man of the Australian Music charts, and with in half an hour the main guy is on the phone saying he'd love to get him on the show.
Which poses me with the next problem.
Rockwiz is in Melbourne.
So we will have to raise a bit of money to send this guy down.
Everyone is excited about the prospect but it doesn't seem like anyone wants to front the cash to get him (and probably me) down there.
I'm thinking this might also be a cool little doco especially if he wins.
There isnt any prize but it would just be cool and maybe some one watching would give the guy a break.
Making a documentary is so much work and hassle.
I am still recovering from the last effort so I really want to be sure I want to commit to this.
What do you think?

Friday, April 04, 2008

The universe and you

I've been waiting for some good news and I guess this will do.
Watch this video for a greater understanding of the paradox of you and the universe.
You are both at the same time.
Cosmic isnt it?
I have a good friend in hospital who is dying.
So i am contemplating the big questions.
Like whether to love Mac or PC?
I said to someone it's like these two guys have both stepped in shit, one cat shit the other dog shit, and they are both arguing over which smells worse.
Ever met someone attractive down the beach ,beautiful face and body lovely smile.
You talk to them and they are full of charm.
They light up a cigarette which normally you dont like but with them it seems natural like an old school hollywood actor.
Then they casually stub it out in the sand and flick it into the water.
The spell is broken, you see them for the shallow person they are.
Computers are like that too.
Computers are attractive but ultimately shallow and awful.
I understand this isn't what you want to hear from a self-proclaimed podcasting and blogging miester, but I'm dedicated to truth above all else.
So sorry to disappoint you.
The screen you are looking at is illusion.
The naked girl you desire is just a collection of pixels.
Your my space friends have never met you.
The money you made has disappeared in a swirl of binary.
Walk out in to the outside world.
Yes it is messy, full of trouble and suffering and in it you are no longer an avatar with super human powers but it's the one where you really live.