Friday, 30 April 2010

Adios, BEDA

So. Today is the last day of BEDA, and before I begin I'm just going to leave this here...

So, so much better than Ray William Johnson.

Anyway, I have quite enjoyed blogging every day, but I think for next month I am going to try and do something else every day, like reading my Bible. I figure if I have the discipline to blog every day, surely I can take an hour out and read as well? Unnecessary question mark?

Yeah. That's what I'm going to do in May. I'm going to call it Read The Bible Every Day In May, or RTBEDIM, which I don't think is actually pronounceable. I'll do one Psalm, one chapter of the Old Testament and one chapter of the New Testament. If I get on a roll I'll do one chapter of one of the Gospels too, but four chapters is a lot of reading for me right now. Anyway, we'll see how we go.

Today I worked (again, level one registers) and it was like the store was the locus for every crazy person on the Coast. Well, two of them anyway. I had a very colourful day at work today.

I just spent a long time typing out all the things that happened, but I'm left with the distinct feeling that it's a bit unprofessional to laugh at these customers publicly online. I'll squirrel it away, at least until I have a job somewhere else ; )

In other musings, over the last couple of months I've been thinking about Fundamentalism, and about how everybody thinks they are a fundamentalist. Like, many people would consider me a liberal Christian, but I'm not liberal because I'm watering down the 'right' way to do it because I'm lazy/ashamed/weak/whatever, I'm so-called 'liberal' because that's genuinely what I think Jesus was getting at when he told us how to live. So, for me, 'fundamentalists' aren't fundamentalists at all, but have deviated significantly from God's plan for the Church. Anyway, I'm sure that thought isn't finished yet, I just didn't want to tease you with a story about work today and leave you with nothing to chew on.

Tomorrow I'm going to a masquerade ball, but not before working fairly early in the morning. I should get to sleep.


Adios, BEDA


Thursday, 29 April 2010


Today I worked again (Level 1 registers, "Do you have any taboon cook books?") I REALLY did not feel like working this morning, but it turned out to be a pretty good shift. Nobody really asked me for anything impossible/dumb today and nobody was rude. Afterward I felt really good.

I spent the afternoon helping my friend Tenielle film an audition video for Getaway. We had lunch as well and it was really good. Unfortunately this meant that no chores got done at home. My parents are coming home soon (maybe they will find the TV remote) and Mum is going to want a clean house.

Right now I'm watching commercial television for some reason. Fortunately The Amazing Race is on. I LOVE The Amazing Race. I'm also laughing at how terrible the ads are. This stuff seriously makes people buy things? Really? Ok. But you see, this ad features a woman who throws feathers at people and they freeze. It's a beer ad. What does that have to do with beer?

Anyway, The Amazing Race is a seriously good show. Watching these people try to manage as their narrow worldview violently expands is a lot of fun. Plus, you get to see the world as the contestants freak out over their various tasks. Hahaha these people get so desperate and irrational. I should probably watch more Ze Frank, but this is a lot of fun.

OMG. The girl who can't tell the difference between Chile and China just got first place.

Anyway... I'm thinking it's about time I made another video. I told someone on YouTube I'd make a video response to them a few weeks ago but none of my videos have been appropriate so far. I'll make an OMG Comments DAY! video and that'll work well, I reckon.

Also, look what I found via Jesus Needs New PR, this is apparently how we market the Word of God now. I actually like the video, even though I'm a bit O_o about its purpose and the product it's marketing.

Okay now I'm going to go to bed.


Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Bibliography Section




I don't know. I am just going through the motions today. By all rights I should be asleep right now, but for some reason I bought Skittles yesterday and I had some left over. I ate them just before now. I ate them and now I'm all weird and sugary.

Today I worked (Level two registers, "I'm looking for the bibliography section... the what? The biography section? Probably.") and everyone was like "Rohan you are not yourself today. What has happened?" All I can say is that I am sort of exhausted, but not for any real reason. Yesterday it was because I didn't get enough sleep, but today I slept in 'till midday.

I was so tired that after work I actually slept in my car for half an hour before I went to Bible study. It was a pretty awesome little nap actually. I should probably do it more often.

As it stands, it is 1AM and I have been looking forward to bed all day. I have no idea why I've procrastinated a whole hour before posting this. I'm going to sleep now - I guess a real post can wait until tomorrow.


Tuesday, 27 April 2010


Stephanie writes:
Just out of curiosity, when you say it's feeling like winter, what temperature are we talking exactly?
I think we have established that I am a huge wuss when it comes to the cold. Right now I would describe it as "kind of chilly" and it is... actually 19 degrees, which isn't cold at all. This is warm... what's wrong with me?!

I think last night it would have gotten down to 15 degrees? Maybe? Yeah I'm a wuss. You have to remember that these houses are built for the warm weather though, so it's all cold, hard surfaces and lots of ventilation. If the house is built for it I can go much, much colder without complaint.

Today I worked on the second level registers where I had the following conversation:

Customer: "Do you have any books about Seth?"
Me: (Waits for her to continue)
Customer: (Looks expectantly)
Me: "...Oh! Wait, you mean, like Seth... Seth from the Bible?"
Customer: "Seth is from the Bible?"
Me: "He's one of the people in the Bible"
Customer: "I didn't know that!"
Me: "But, like, there are a lot of people in the Bible... this obviously isn't... So who is Seth?"
Customer: "Now THAT is a very good question!"
Me: "That's not very... I'm not sure I can help you with just that information"
Customer: "Oh. Really? Well, yes, well, probably not."
Me: "No."

I also forgot one of my co-worker's names. It was highly embarrassing.

After I finished work I bought some red face paint ready for the masquerade ball I'm going to on Saturday night. I'm going to look so flyyyy- I mean, hipsterrrrr!

Right now I am talking to Paige Harwood. We are discussing VidCon and all the people we want to meet.

You going to VidCon? You need to tell me so I can put you on the list. Also, if you see me and are too shy to say hello I will CUT YOU. So don't be shy. OR ELSE!

'Til tomorrow


Monday, 26 April 2010


Right now I'm watching this pretty terrible show called The Reinventors. I say terrible because it's clearly riffing on Mythbusters, but it lacks Adam and Jamie's vibrant chemistry, or whatever. One of the worship leaders at my church is a scientist and she hates Mythbusters because of its lack of rigour, but that's not really the point is it?

Now it's a show called The Coach Trip which is this weird reality TV show about a Europe-wide coach trip, where the tourists vote each other off. Don't much feel like watching a bus full of people play travel games. These tourists are weirdly antagonistic towards each other. C'mon people, this isn't Survivor.

OMG these people just winge about everything.

Sorry, I realise this is profoundly uninteresting. I made a GEDDAN video today as a response to Hank Green's request for activity suggestions for VidCon. I like some of the stills I got, even though you can't see them unless you pause the video.

I also got this rather lovely tweet from Jerry. Apparently he's been a faithful Chicken this whole time?! I don't know, I thought he subscribed out of politeness because we talked on Skype one time but apparently he's been watching ever since ^_^

It's finally feeling like winter here - oh my word, now there's some black-and-white American war movie playing and they just said that the Royal Australian Airforce is going to help them out. On the radio the 'Australian' in the plane has a super refined Queen's English accent and even uses the phrase "old boy". Fail, America. Fail.

Anyway, as I said, it's finally starting to feel like winter. Yesterday was really hot and muggy, but today was sort of cool and now it's night it's actually cold. Well, it's "cold". You wouldn't think it's cold, but I have to wear a jumper to be comfortable. That's what constitues cold for me.

Ok, now I'm just procrastinating going to bed. I'll go now. But first I'll read some more of my book (The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness). I'm up to Part III now and it's getting really good.

Kbai 'till tomorrow


Sunday, 25 April 2010

Blog TV

Sorry for not posting yesterday. I did it on purpose because I was pretty sure I'd end up writing something that I'd regret in the long run. I think that's another important secret to blogging - knowing when not to post.

Currently I'm uploading my video entry to the Kyle and Jackie O news reading contest. Basically it's the video I posted on my channel sans the phone bit. I decided to leave my manic outro in, because I feel that not leaving it there would gravely misrepresent me. I believe in full disclosure before taking a job, you see.

Today I helped with the 9AM YouthStreet Sunday at morning church for the first time. It was pretty good, although I was mostly just observing. I decided I would stay for the sermon at the 10:45 service because my church is starting a series on the Holy Spirit. The lead pastor was doing a preliminary sermon clearing up some misconceptions people have about the Holy Spirit and the Trinity in general. It was really interesting to hear his perspective on it although it was pretty much the same as my own so there was nothing challenging there.

Also today I did a spontaneous BlogTV show with my friend Mitto. The peeps who showed up liked to take screen shots of our faces as we talked, so this is what you missed out on if you weren't there.

At one point the screen froze because Mitto's laptop overheated. These were the looks on our faces the moment it happened:

In this picture Mitto is smiling nicely. I am looking like I'll hurt you:

My favourite quote/recurring joke from the show was "I think that's a fetish". We had many a lol, especially when I sang Trolololo and gave a live rendition of what I could remember of Sexy Semicolons. Yeah, we had fun.

See you tomorrow.


Friday, 23 April 2010

Not sleepy... must sleep!

I choose to not really post today because I have to wake up early for work tomorrow. All these late starts have spoiled me!

Also, this is relavent:

My friend Stephen and I are having a dance-off at VidCon you see. It is to determine whether or not Alaska is in fact bigger than Australia.

Sleep time!


Thursday, 22 April 2010


Sorry to do this to you again but it is now almost 3AM and I should have gone to bed hours ago. Instead I was editing a video. You heard right. You'll see it in about 24 hours time from now, probably. I quite like it. It's not as fast-paced as my previous two but I had just as much fun making it. I just need to film one thing tomorrow and then I can edit and upload after work.

Okay! Here is a preview screenshot just because I have a new follower (Hi Natalie!) and I don't want to post something quite as disappointing as this without some other sort of highlight.

Yep. It's in the pantry. I hope you like it.

'Til tomorrow


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The Book of Eli

I kind of wanted to write this post about The Book of Eli after I'd read a few reviews of the film, but I've only read a small few. It seems this film is getting labeled as "Right-Wing Christian Fundamentalist", which puzzles me. This film doesn't go into theology much at all, so I struggle to see how it can be fundamentalist anything. It quotes the Bible a few times, like Psalm 23 and an interesting variation on the Golden Rule: "Do for others more than what you'd do for yourself", but fundamentalist Christian? Really? The main character, Eli, talks about God as "a voice from inside". That isn't fundamental Christianity. Nor is ignoring the plight of people in trouble simply to "stay on the path." Maybe my idea of what is fundamentalist and what isn't is skewed because I come from a so-called "liberal" church, but I don't think so.

I mean, what I loved about this film is that it commented quite intelligently about the way religion can be used in different ways, for good and for evil. If the Bible at the centre of this film represents modern day Christianity, or religion in general, it makes an effective statement about the politicisation of the church. The villain, Carnegie, only wants the Bible for the power it will give him over the town he has constructed. One of the characters, Solara, comments about how Carnegie wants to construct more towns to the north and become their leader. On the other hand Eli wants to find the place where the Bible will find its new home and benefit the people who live there. So, right-wing fundamentalist? This film argues that the Christian Right is manipulative and harmful.

The film makes you question whether Carnegie's town is as good as it's going to get for people like Eli, but then convinces you no, Carnegie is evil and has no grace. He consorts with murderers and thieves. He is misogynistic and capitalises on other people's misfortune. Instead, we should be looking further afield for something better than what Carnegie has to offer. There is a better home for this book and what it represents, and it has nothing to do with exploiting other people.

I don't want to talk about too much more for fear of spoiling the movie for anyone who hasn't seen it, although I think some of the recurring motifs were interesting. For now I'll have to content myself with saying that taking this movie as a Fundamentalist Christian film is only giving it the most superficial of readings. I may venture so far as to say it reflects a narrow worldview. I'm certainly not saying its a perfect film by any means. The end was a little clumsy (though surprising!) and the killing other people bit undermined the "do unto others" bit a little too much for my pacifist liking.

Still, I found it to be thought-provoking and I'm a little disappointed to hear that other people didn't give it the complexity of thought it deserved.

Anyway, what did you think? Be conscious that some readers might not have seen it yet, so no spoilers in the comments please!

'Til tomorrow


Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Job Shenanigans

I know I said I'd talk about The Book of Eli today, but I have other stories to tell. I'm going to use my topical content now when it's fresh and save my ranting about movies that came out in the US months ago for another, less eventful day.

Right now I'm talking to the ever-lovely Christina. I made a video for a friend of hers who is doing a presentation on linguistics. I'm trying to decide if I should incorporate it into a Poultry Press video or if I should upload it to my secondary channel or what. I'll make use of it somehow though, even if I decide it's really only good for a "Are the new viewers gone yet?" gag.

I have another story though, one which I put on Twitter this morning so, if you're all following me (I think you are) you'll just have to be content that I'm telling the story in more detail ; )

A couple of days ago I applied for a job as a newsreader on the Kyle and Jackie O show. This is funny for a number of reasons, but mostly because the show has been the centre of a number of national uproars over bad taste entertainment and I am all about upholding the standards of media quality etc etc. Basically I feel like I'm dancing with the devil on this one, but again, it's a job that I know I could do. Presenting the news in interesting ways? Hell yes. I'm all over that.

So anyway, I've applied for this job and my cover letter goes exactly like this:

Dear Kyle and Jackie O informs me that you are looking for a newsreader. Not your typical newsreader, but "someone special". Well. I think I might just be that someone. I know that's AWFULLY presumptuous of me, but let me explain.

My name is Rohan and I run a successful video blog called The Poultry Press on YouTube. My videos are about the news and current affairs, are always below 4 minutes in length and generally let me show off my sense of humour. I've never been described by a viewer as "fabulous" (as per your ad) but I have been told I possess "bankable snark", which I feel is almost as good. I hold a Communications degree and I am on the cutting edge of Australian and international news; both the real news and the bullshitty news. I am young and vibrant, personable and easy to work with. You said you want me to be able to build positive rapport with your listeners; well let me tell you I will treasure them as if they were my very own.

If you want a real point of difference to your news reading then don't settle for some stuffy Journalism graduate or B-grade celebrity. Instead look for someone with hands-on experience in an emerging medium who can bring something new to the table. Specifically, preferably, me.

I know you asked for attached MP3s, but all my work is currently in video format and resides at I particularly recommend "Lara Bingle"(, "In Wheezy's Shadow" ( and "Re: Collateral Murder" (

Although I currently live on the Gold Coast, Queensland, making the move to Sydney is not a problem for me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours truly,


This morning my phone rang as I was having my breakfast. It was an unknown number, so I answered it and it turned out to be someone who works for that show! The guy wanted to ask me a few questions about my previous experience, like whether I've done live-to-air radio broadcasts before. I haven't, so that's probably a deal-breaker, but he congratulated me on making great content and encouraged me to enter their newsreading competition (something I think I will do, in fact!)

While I was on the phone I was very happy and friendly but also very serious "Thank you very much! Of course I will check it out! Thank you very much for your call!" Then as soon as I hung up I couldn't help but laugh and laugh. I could see myself on the wrong end of Media Watch already. To think I caught their interest so quickly! And yet, I know that my lack of on-air experience means they will probably overlook me. Pretty soon I'll be notorious for being 'that video blogger' who incessantly applies for jobs in 'the real media'. I know that's the pessimistic view of it, but...

I was also laughing out of relief that perhaps, maybe, I'm not wasting my time after all; that I may actually be employable without any further tertiary education. It's reinforced my belief that I should start looking for media internships ASAP to prove my skills in traditional media contexts. As much as I hate to admit it, traditional media is still where the money is. My new media skills won't be wasted in the long term, even if it means keeping them as a hobby in the short term.

So yes. That's my rather long story of my brush with the Kyle and Jackie O show.

'Til tomorrow,


Monday, 19 April 2010


I can't stick around very long tonight because I have work in the morning. Yeah. Funny story. I didn't have work today. I did a shift swap with one of the ladies at work and completely forgot about it, so I rocked up and they said "Um, you're not working today, remember?" It threw out my whole day, but it was ok in the end.

Tonight I saw The Book of Eli with Ralph and some of the younger guys from church. I'd heard some people say it wasn't very good, but I loved it. I guess if you were going expecting to see an all-action all the time sort of movie you would be disappointed, but I thought it was a really excellent, intelligent film.

Actually, remind me to talk about it tomorrow. I can't get my thoughts together tonight.

I am SO TIRED. I didn't sleep enough last night. I can't make the same mistake tonight.

Um, yeah. Sorry. See you tomorrow.


Sunday, 18 April 2010


The above video demonstrates why I love - LOVELOVELOVE - David Crowder. I wiiiiiiish I could go to David Crowder's Fantastical Church Music Conference but alas I am already going to VidCon and it's about time I got a job. Seriously. The Welcome Wagon and Derek Webb are playing there, though. Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh I want to go so badly! (Also did you notice Rob Bell was Beetlejuice?)


I'm up too late again and I have work in the morning so I'll be short. Tonight at church I was on the door handing out newsletters. I was all, "Hello! Would you like a newsletter?"

Hold on...

I fully sprayed the biggest cockroach I've seen in a long time just then. You'd better believe it.


I was on the door all "Hello! Would you like a newsletter?" and who should I see? The school captain of my school, back when I was in Year 12. I was a prefect when he was school captain so we served on a lot of the student councils together; it was a very pleasant surprise. I basically yelled "HEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?!" which I understand is not particularly welcoming, but it was my understanding that he was going to another church and I didn't think I'd see him for a very long time. Anyway, it seems like he got that my exclamation wasn't supposed to drive him away because I think he is coming back. I'm really happy about it.

Today I also watched this video:

I sort of want to contest the Question Tuesday record because I think it would be massively entertaining to both make and watch. I think I'd better wait on making that video though, or come up with a unique way of doing it so I'm not called a copycat n00b.

Oh, and I also want to finally make a Geddan video. Geddan is probably my favourite meme:

Okay I'm off to sleep. Sleeeeeep!


Saturday, 17 April 2010

I'm getting worse at titling these

Today I worked (Level one registers, "I'm looking for a book... it's got Henrietta in the title... oh you can't find it? ... No, why would I know the author's name? Hrumph!") and I was lucky enough to have Ralph (my pastor) come through my register.
"Are you coming tonight?" he asked
"...Coming to what?" I looked at him blankly
"You know. Faith in film night." I did a facepalm and confirmed yes, I was coming. I would have totally forgotten had I not seen him. It was a good night. We watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind and then talked about following dreams and living the Christian life and childhood and alienation. I also ate a lot of popcorn. It was a lot a lot like, keep-that-bowl-away-from-him a lot.

Just as I typed that out I remembered some things I was supposed to do on eBay. One person is saying they did not receive their shirt. I don't really know, but I believe them. I guess I should refund their money? What's the normal thing to do in that situation?

I am really looking forward to tomorrow, which is church, and the next day, when I'm seeing The Book of Eli with Ralph. Gah! It's going to be so awesome!

Um... I have nothing else to say so...



Friday, 16 April 2010

Do not want!

It's day 17 on this project and I'm going a bit aaaaah! Today I cooked tacos and experimented with peeling a capsicum (a red pepper to the rest of you). I also finished reading Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak. I think I will read The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness next. I told my friend Ellie to read it and she quickly read it and its sequel within a week, raving about it all the while. I think I should read it so we can talk about it.

I don't know why but I was exhausted today, despite sleeping in. That's probably my problem, sleeping in. Anyway, I had a nap this evening. I'm conscious that I haven't logged in to Skype for more than a week and I meant to remedy that tonight, but I just don't feel up to it. I'm sorry, friends! I will be with you soon <3

I forgot to mention in my post yesterday that I went and saw Date Night with my friends Jacinta and Ellen. I didn't have enormous expectations because Tina Fey, despite being a legendary comic genius, did not write the script. I was pleasantly surprised though. My friends and I laughed crazily the entire way through.

Before the movie Jacinta and I grabbed a coffee from the Gloria Jeans that lives in the bookstore where I work. We didn't even think about it and just sat down and we were quickly spotted by my workmates who were on that night. Jacinta and I were sitting there talking and drinking coffee and apparently looked like we were on a date because one of my workmates was hovering around saying strange things. We had to be like, "Hey! Hey! It's okay you can stop being weird! We're not on a date!" It was funny because I know it would have gone out on the staff radio system that Rohan was up in Gloria Jeans showing off his new girlfriend when in reality that is probably the LAST thing I would do.

Okay that is all I'm going to say today. I'm going to read The Knife of Never Letting Go for a while and then I am going to slip into a blissful sleep.


Thursday, 15 April 2010

More about Open, plus Barack Obama interview 7:30 Report

Good morrow bloggettes! So much love for your comments yesterday. Like, seriously. And Liam! I had no idea you creeped on this blog. I am glad I never said bad things about you (as you know I am want to do, like, all the time, because you smell.)

Oh, and Colleen, if I have any say in it at all, the content generated by ABC Open Wherever I Am Stationed will be accessible worldwide. Actually I'm pretty certain that even if I have absolutely nothing to do with it, it will be accessible by everyone anyway. The point of the project is to allow regional areas to tell their stories without relying on traditional media outlets, so it would make sense that they would talk to anyone who would listen. A integral part of my initial pitch in my application was that the ABC Open community should primarily utilise sites like YouTube, Twitter, Blogger/Wordpress, Flickr, etc rather than basing it on/in the domain (although I did recommend a set of central blogs on the domain for each regional area, run by each ABC Open Producer, which acts as a community signpost/bulletin board for each regional community, but these would be accessible worldwide and via RSS, so there's no worry there.)

So yes, long story short, if I am successful in my application it should be very easy for you to follow my/the community's exploits without even going out of your way!

Actually, this handy dandy video made by ABC Open makes everything pretty clear. Take a gander:

ABC Open Intro Reel from ABC Open on Vimeo.

Gah! Just watching it got me all excited for this project all over again. If I don't get this I am going to be devoed! Upon further inspection of ABC Open's messages, it looks like Stage 2-ers aren't guaranteed an interview, so I'm not out of the woods yet! I'm actually really terrible in interviews, but you've got to do them to get the job.

Anyway, enough about that. It might not work out, and then where would we be?! Today I sent the last of my Ebay stuff out to my peeps (what a relief!) and I got a haircut (feelin' fiiiine!) Now I am going to watch the much-talked-about Kerry O'Brian interview with Barrack Obama even though it is 2:34 in the morning.

Back. It was a fairly interesting interview I guess, but there were no bombshells. Barack was measured in his responses, as always. The more interesting part was the interviews with American political analysts afterward. I think maybe Kerry, who is used to grilling Prime Ministers and showing Opposition Leaders no mercy, was a tad polite to the US President.

Tomorrow is another work-free day, so it calls for more cleaning, as always (it's like painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge in this house!) I think I will make tacos for dinner tomorrow, which means I have to buy lettuce and onions as well, which means I have to go in to town. I will have human interaction tomorrow. I will! I will!

Anyway, 'till tomorrow.


Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Exciting news!

But before I tell you, I just want to let you know that your comments on my last post were delicious and very thoughtful. Mmmmm. Joy, Stephanie and Colleen are very quickly becoming my bestest blog friends. I heart them a lot.

In order to make it easier for you to comment I've removed the CAPTCHA codes. You're welcome.


ABC got back to me today (I think they had to email everyone individually, poor things!) and guess what? I got an interview! Hooray! I've been stalking Twitter to see who else is celebrating on that platform and let me tell you there are quite a few! I haven't found anyone in my area though, which makes the chances slightly better for me. I like that everyone is being encouraging though. I've already has other 'round two-ers' contact me about my work, or congratulating me on getting through. These are my people, and it would be a thrill to work with them.

Other than that I didn't do a lot of note today. I organised stuff for posting, I did some chores and washing, I went to small group. It was all pretty mundane. I did not, alas, make a video. I said in the pants of my last video that I would make three this week - AND I'M STILL GOING TO TRY! - but this might end up being a one-video week once more. So much for my strict schedule! I'm getting much more work at my part-time job than I was when I started, which is great for VidCon, but not for you guys who like to watch what I make.

Truth is I haven't even been watching YouTube much over the past few days. Or Ze Frank. I think consuming the content is core to keeping up the motivation to make it. I guess I spent the time reading. Or writing these fragmented sentences. But enough with the excuses.

Work tomorrow morning, so I must be off to sleep!

'Till tomorrow


Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Names (Will Grayson, Will Grayson. No spoilers.)

It is currently 2:27AM and I have just finished reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I really liked it and it didn't go the way I thought it would, which is nice. My only regret is that I sat and read it at home, rather than in public, where its iridescent cover would have flushed out hiding Nerdfighters and recruited them to the charitable cause of It's Time to Date Rohan Now.

(In my head I am reading the book at a bus stop and a bristlingly intelligent and drop-dead gorgeous commuter turns and asks me "Is that Will Grayson, Will Grayson?" even though she knows perfectly well that's what it is. I say "Why yes! Are you a Nerdfighter?" She will say "Oh my goodness yes! I want to read that book SO BADLY! How did you get it?" With panache I will say, "I ordered it online. I'm nearly finished though, you can borrow it if you want. What's your phone number?" Because, in my head, I am a smooth operator like that.)

Haha! Sorry. I always feel that way after reading a John Green book. And I felt that way after reading Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist as well, which is the only exposure to David Levithan's work I've had. I didn't love this one quite as much as John's others, but that says more about my stratospheric opinion of those novels than a supposed lack of quality of this one. I loved it, is what I'm trying to say. I'll probably be unpacking it for months.

The question I'd like to ask John (and David) on their book tour that I'll never get a chance to? The Will Graysons felt they shared something even though they couldn't be more different as people. In this Googlised world where something almost doesn't exist unless it has a unique search term, how important are our names in defining our identity?

I'm sure this is actually one of the central themes to the book. Is it cheating to ask the author these questions? Anyway, if anyone is still to see John and David on their tour (which I don't believe has finished?) could you maybe ask it for me? And maybe if you can, film the response? I know it's long, and a big ask, but you know, whatever. Maybe I'll get a chance to ask it at VidCon. Who knows?

You see, I'm not like John Green and David Levithan, who both have name-doppelgängers (I know this from watching their live feed). I am the one and only person in the whole world (or at least, the whole internet) who has my first and last names. In fact, I'm not putting my full name in this post (even though it's not a secret - check my Twitter feed if you want to know) because I don't want it to be the first thing that pops up when you Google my name. I've always felt sort of betrayed if I even meet another 'Rohan', or even another 'Rowan' with different surnames, because that's my name damn it! Give it back!

But that isn't the experience most people have with their names. Names are usually shared. How do you breathe your own brand of life into your name when it's been used so many times before? Are names even really important?

Maybe that's the real question I want to ask; the core of the question I have up there in italics. Like, the italics is the question I'd use to sound smart, and "Are names even really important" is the question I'm really trying to ask. Anyway, this is all getting a bit too meta for my liking, let's move on.

Something else I loved about the book was that Jane was nothing like Alaska or Margo. Jane wasn't manic-pixie, but was equally as loveable without being self-destructive. After all, the book wasn't about her. Jane actually reminded me of my friend Christina in a lot of ways. Christina should totally play Jane in the stage production of this book (because this should definitely be a stage production rather than a movie. I'm sure Tiny would be mortified if it happened any other way.)

In other news, these tweets went out yesterday...

...but I didn't hear anything from them today. Neither did anyone else on Twitter. I'm not, like, dying of suspense or anything like that (like I did with Hungry Beast) but I am looking forward to having a little certainty in my life. Or not, should I get the interview after all. But then I've got something to work towards, and having a chance to get this job is by far the most preferable scenario. I mean, I'm qualified for this and I'm confident this is what I want to do. Looking back, I did make a few mistakes on my application though, so this could go either way.

Oh man it is totally 3:30AM now. Why do I go to bed at such ludicrous times?

Until tomorrow,


Monday, 12 April 2010

Abrupt ending

Hey. So you know that documentary about Afganistan I was talking about last week? Apparently it's a series. I'm watching a doco by the same guy about Colombia. This guy is freaking amazing. He speaks English, Arabic and Spanish. Oh! The show has just ended and his name is Diego Buñuel. After a quick Google I've discovered the series is called Don't Tell My Mother. If you can find it you should track it down. It's well worth watching.



Sunday, 11 April 2010

Lame Classes, War Crimes

Today is yet another day I nearly forgot to blog. I got up, went to work (Level 1 info, "I'm looking to replace some recipe books I bought back in the 80s... what do you mean 'out of print?'"), went to church, had dinner with friends, came home, applied for a few more jobs and now I sit here, blogging.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with my 'job services provider' who so far have been very good at scheduling appointments, but pretty awful at finding me jobs. I know that during this appointment my 'job services advisor' (or whatever her title is) will decree that I am awful at finding jobs, and therefore need tuition in how to write a résumé and cover letter. One-hundred and eighty hours of tuition, to be exact.

At this point in the meeting I will wave a list of all the hours of work I will lose if I take such a class. I'm interested to see what she will do. Perhaps I should take another copy of my résumé and an example of one of my cover letters to prove that I will be learning absolutely nothing should I take this class. I'll do it, but it will probably be futile. I'll wave the papers and she'll glance at them and say "That's nice, but it's required by law!"

This is another example of a time when I have to dress up and demand things. I never end up actually having to demand things, but it stops me from just nodding when they say things like "Next time you'll have to take a class". I think it would be funny if I rocked up in a suit. I won't, though.

My video I posted yesterday processed etc. Check it out:

It elicited two main responses. Either people saying "I'm American and I'm SO ASHAMED!" or "How could you possibly ever think that is NOT MURDER/WARCRIMES!"

I think the first one is... well it's not strictly necessary. The war wasn't just an American action. The United Kingdom, the Poles, Australians, Dutch... lots of people are/were involved. Also I don't think shame is the most appropriate response. You are not personally responsible for the deaths of those journalists in the clips, or the war in general (although I think you can argue we are collectively responsible).

The second made me go back and double-check everything. I still haven't found anything that actually, comprehensively makes the men in the helicopter murderers or war criminals. Murder is a premeditated action or a crime of passion - this was neither. You could argue it was manslaughter, but these guys aren't murderers; they genuinely thought they were under threat by the men on the ground and so acted out of self-defence. For that reason they also don't fit most definitions of "warcrimes" (which is a nebulous term anyway). Of course, I'm not a lawyer specialising in international law, but this just doesn't fit what the Hague and Geneva Conventions define as warcrimes. It could be argued that this is "devastation not justified by military necessity" or a "crime against humanity" as defined by Nuremberg Principle VI, but it just doesn't fit comfortably because it wasn't a persecution on political, religious or racial grounds. It could be argued that because of the perceived threat, the action did indeed spring from military necessity.

Anyway, I'm not trying to say what happened was okay. It was deplorable. Absolutely. I just don't think the guys in the chopper were to blame. Neither were the journalists or the upper command for giving the all-clear. It's just what happens in war. If we treat this like it's something out of the ordinary we are actually removing reality from how we perceive war; we turn it in to a game. That's why I found the cover-up so repugnant.

Anyway, I should go to bed.


Saturday, 10 April 2010

Zero Human Interaction

It's days like today that prove to me why I don't blog every day as a normal thing. I got up, cleaned some stuff and made a video. Basically the day completely ran away from me, though. I mean, I'm sitting here blogging at 12:30 and I really only just ate dinner. I've had exactly zero human interaction today because I did not leave the house. My suburb is set up in a way that prevents you from meeting other people unless you get in your car and go somewhere else.

Well done on the societal isolation, city planners.

OMG the music video for Lady GaGa's song, Paparazzi just came on Rage. I never knew she made other short films besides Telephone. I guess that's what proves I'm not really a fan (I mean, besides that she'll also probably never make it on my iPod, even though I quite like her music in a guilty pleasure kind of way). She looks so young in this one. Oh wow she really has a thing about poisoning people.


Sorry. I'm obviously a GaGa n00b.

Hahaha now they're playing Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. Classy night on the ABC.

My video is still processing on YouTube. Lame. Tomorrow I'm working even though I told work not to put me on Sundays. I don't really know if this was organised before then or not so I'm just going to do it, but this is the last one I'll ever work (for real this time!)

Oh wow I have no idea why you read this.

Anyway, on my last post 'tiph' said:
How is it that I have never heard of these Nerdfighters? Of COURSE I've read John Green, but no one ever gets excited about it.
I find it rather extraordinary that you've never heard of it either! I mean, I'm aware that a lot of people read John Green's novels without being Nerdfighters - particularly in America - but it's kind of weird that such a person reads this blog. Most of the people who read this found me via Nerdfighters in the first place, and for the others it would have been through some other YouTube avenue. If by chance you are anything like 'tiph', please check out the Vlogbrothers. It's well worth while.

Okay I'm off to bed. Work beckons tomorrow!


Friday, 9 April 2010

Mystery Nerdfighter

Oh hey look at me typin' and bloggin' at nearly two in the morning. Turns out I enjoy making videos more than I enjoy blogging (don't tell my 17 year-old self!) and was so caught up in writing my script for tomorrow's video I nearly forgot to post today!

Awesome! You know what else I was doing - watching more Ze Frank videos so I don't lose that awesome style he taught us all to shamelessly copy because it's so good. In fact I'm so caught up in Ze's videos right now I'm currently typing in his voice. I bet you couldn't tell because of the inherent limits of textual communication but in my head it's a party and it don't stop for nobody.

Here is where Ze would normally break in to song but I lack almost all musical ability so I'm not going to do that just here right now.

So today when I was at work (Level 1 info "Do you have The Wolf of Wall Street?") I went to check the information counter computers. One of my favourite games to play is clicking 'back' instead of 'new search' so I can see what customers have searched for last. Some of my favourite search terms are common nouns like "poker" or verbs like "cook". The system LOVES those. It also LOVES Stephen King and James Patterson. We have a very speedy system for things that invoke a lot of search results, you see.

Fairly late today when I clicked 'back' ready to see a search for a book's genre in the 'title' search field (for example Title: "fantasy") instead what I saw was "Will Grayson Will Grayson". I audibly gasped. I immediately got on our snazzy radios that we have saying SOMEBODY HAS DONE A SEARCH FOR WILL GRAYSON WILL GRAYSON! (The collective response was "So?")

Later I brought it up with one of my supervisors and she said it was Kerry who did the search on behalf of a customer. I went and talked to Kerry to ask who it was. She said it was a customer, why do you care? I said it was very important, Kerry, and you should just humour me for a bit. She said it was some girl, why do you want to know? I said Kerry can you please describe her to me? She said I don't know she was a girl, really Rohan you're starting to scare me why do you care about this so much?

I tried to give her an answer without having to go into the whole internet video thing because that would have taken too much time explaining what a "Nerdfighter" was etc etc. What I came up with was "Well, like, all the people who read this author, John Green? They all know each other, sort of." She said "Oh" and shrugged her shoulders.


I didn't know we had very many on the Coast, you see. If the Nerdfighter who came into the store today is reading this then PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me so I can stop obsessing about this. It's just that you're the second person to actively ask about John Green books in three days and that's very exciting to me because I love it when people love good things enough to ask other people about them.

Also today I had two breakfasts because there was no traffic.

Also today I briefly met the scary lady from the phone who I haven't told you about because it would be irresponsible for me to blog about the negative aspects of my job in that way.

Also today I did not receive an email concerning my acceptance or lack thereof for an interview for that job I won't shut up about.

I will spend tomorrow filming a video and cleaning things including but not limited to: my bathroom, my dog, my clothes, the verandah, the kitchen, the floor.

Watch tomorrow as I proudly announce the un-cleanliness of at least three of those six items.

I'm going to finish that script now.


Thursday, 8 April 2010

A good day

Hi hi hi hello! Today I worked again, as you know, but before I did I posted a whole lot of stuff from the auction! It felt good to get a good chunk of it sent on its way, and I'll be sending the rest on... Monday? I would send it tomorrow but I am working from 9 to 5 and won't have time.

By the way, I have not worked 9 to 5 in a very, very long time. It's like, OMG THAT'S WHAT NORMAL PEOPLE DO. DOES THIS MEAN I'M FINALLY NORMAL? Funnily enough it's probably going to make me miserable tomorrow because I'm not as work-fit as I used to be, now that my store has got everyone on reduced hours (usually it's 4 hour shifts, maximum). I don't know why they've got me on all day tomorrow, but I'll find out I'm sure.

Other things I did today:

  • Paid my travel insurance (I'm going to L.A! OMG!)
  • Paid my car registration (Boo!)
  • Saw this tweet:


So yes. Today I got a lot of my financially worrisome bits and bobs out of the way and I finally got news from THAT potential employer. I mean, nothing amazingly life-changing has happened just yet, but it's feeling like the dog days are drawing to a close, maybe. At least, it's finally feeling like I'm DOING something. Finally.

But you know what hasn't happend this week? Videos. I told myself I wouldn't be flip-floppy and not make any, but it looks like it might happen. Noooooooo! Maybe on the weekend. Hopefully?

Anyway, I'll see you tomorrow all tired and cranky from working all day for the first time in MONTHS.


Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Quick Note

Hey just a quick note today - I'm writing out (by hand!) some letters to go with the things people bought in my auction last week. With any luck they'll all be winging their way over to your homes by tomorrow afternoon!

Nothing particularly of note happened today. I was working again, but I was on first level registers (where I am asked "Do you get in NZ Sports Quarterly? Do you get in Living With Wood magazine? Do you get in 4WD Offroader?") The only mildly interesting thing that happend today is that I learned my boss is a professional World of Warcraft gamer, sponsored by one of the major technology magazines in Australia. He told stories about his clan and the awesome people he plays with. Alas, no, I did not see brand-new-Nerdfighter today, so I was not able to ask how she likes Looking for Alaska.

Speaking of Looking for Alaska, if I do not receive Will Grayson, Will Grayson in the mail any time soon I may be driven to stop reading Going Bovine by Libba Bray (which I'm struggling with, unfortunately - I wanted to love it so badly!) and begin reading a John Green book, just to tide me over.

I am working again tomorrow, but I'll be going in early with a box of super-weird stuff that I'll try to post to all corners of the globe. They are going to LOVE me at the post office tomorrow.


Tuesday, 6 April 2010

A Nerdfighter Was Made

So there's this girl and I tried to talk to her and oh my gosh you guys I don't know what to dooooo.

Lol. How did you like that one, Colleen?

The funny thing is I actually do have a story that's kind of like that today. You may have seen this tweet from me:

And maybe John's response, which made it all the more hilarious:

I just want to tell the story, because after it happened I thought back to Colleen's comment yesterday and laughed at how I was going to tell you this story and how weirdly meta it would all be. And is, now.

So today I was at work and it was all pretty bog standard. Rather than being up on level two where I get asked by mothers and teens what's good to read, I was on level one, where I get asked if we have books about eating right if you have heart disease or ocular degeneration. Besides talking to one particularly lovely and interesting old lady who seemed to be quite the film buff, nothing interesting had happened. My friend Ellie and I agreed that today was going to drag, and drag hard.

But then! When I stopped over at the information desk to see if anyone needed help there was a girl standing at one of the computers. The backstory is that she looked almost identical to another girl I served once where I got really nervous because she was so good-looking (which almost never happens), except that this girl had black hair. Anyway, I asked her do you need any help?
"Yeah. Do you know where the children's and young adults sections are?"
I explained where the sections where and she looked ready to go, but because I have a special interest in those sections I asked, what in particular are you looking for?
"Looking for Alaska by John Green"
I thought, ARE YOU KIDDING ME YOU ARE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE but instead I said, "Oh my gosh I love that book SO MUCH!" (Admittedly, not all that much difference between them, but I'm incapable of playing it cool.) Then I asked if she was a Nerdfighter and she gave me a strange look, but I said for her to watch the Vlogbrother's videos. She was really interested to hear that John and Hank made them and she said she'd definitely watch.


Then some other things happened that were sort of cute, but giving a moment-by-moment description is a bit lame. Basically Ellie noticed she and her friend hanging around and told me to follow them etc ("She wanted to talk to you again. Go and start a conversation") so I did.

Nothing's going to happen there, and I wouldn't be writing this if it was just a story about mutual attraction (although I certainly HAD to tell the story about how someone just ASKED for Looking for Alaska). What I really loved about that exchange was just how readily another person accepted my enthusiasm. Normally when I get enthusiastic about a book to a customer they give me a look like "settle down it's JUST A BOOK", as if it's the object itself I'm getting excited about and not all the characters, themes and emotions contained within. I mean, this is always over a book they've asked for, or asked me to recommend, so I always end up feeling a bit betrayed. Basically, this time, I did not feel like a tool, and that was a relief for once.

It makes me wonder if I genuinely celebrate with other people when they celebrate, or if I give that sort of half-bemused "Oh realllly?" that I'm all too familiar with. I think I'll try and enable other people's enthusiasm from now on, because it was good to feel listened to in that way.

'Till tomorrow,


Monday, 5 April 2010

I have 5 minutes

Five minutes to do this post. Well, if we're ignoring the midnight rule (as per Stephanie's comment yesterday) then it doesn't really matter. Nothing much happened today. I made a list of stuff I need to do but quickly found out that everything besides grocery shopping was impossible today because of the Easter Monday public holiday. The bank was closed, the post office was closed, the library was closed... *sigh*. Now it will have to wait until Wednesday.

Right now I'm watching a fascinating investigative documentary about post-war Afghanistan. It makes me want to be an investigative journalist. Maybe whatever job I end up with will let me tell stories about where I live. Just as I typed that it occurred to me that that's the job description of that ABC Open job that I'm still waiting to hear about. That's not particularly what I'm talking about though. If I don't get that job I might go overseas again. Maybe teach English in Korea. Have I told you about that before? It's hard to keep track. Anyway, maybe I could tell stories about my experiences there.

Now that documentary's finished and I'm watching Modern Toss. Adequately absurd. "Excuse me I have an announcement. Please avoid using lift 4 because there is a large red man stuck in it. Thank you!"

Anyway, it's fairly clear I've started this blog without any clear idea of what I want to talk about, even though there've been a few things on my mind that would make pretty good posts. I'm a little afraid I talk about Christianity too much on here though. I mean, in the sense that it's boring to people who don't care about that. Not that all my posts I'm thinking about are about faith and spirituality, but a lot of them are. I spend a lot of my time thinking about theology and philosophy. I always have, ever since I was small.

To finish off, here's a song from Florence + The Machine that I've been listening to today. It's called Dog Days. I like it. In a weirdly metaphorical way it reminds me of my life a few months from now. Sorry to be a mopey so-and-so but I'm feeling like my life is dog days right now. Um. Yeah. But they're not going to last.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

(Wonderful) Fail?

So I missed the midnight deadline on this post, but I'd like to think it's for a very good reason. I just spent the night with my friends from church. It was (almost) a guy's night. We watched 500 Days of Summer. I love watching movies with them, although it's best if we've all seen the film before. For some reason almost every guy in my age-group who goes to my church is a film student of some description. It's fascinating to talk about film and story and the human condition with a group of such articulate and intelligent guys.

And so that's why I'm late for this post.

Let me ask something of you, reader. If you ever catch me moaning that I don't have friends or that I'm lonely or whatever, remind me of the people I have there at church. I know they'd all go and have lunch and a coffee with me if I asked, or watch a movie, or have a few drinks one night. Sometimes I think I make being elusive an artform. People like them remind me that I don't have to - that I shouldn't.

I should probably make this post short, but I should also talk about the auction briefly. My worst fears went unrealised tonight as gradually each item (bar three) sold on Ebay tonight as the deadline finished. I've got some work to do tomorrow posting off the items I've received payment for!

I also have to do some serious food shopping. The food situation in this house is absolutely ridiculous.

I'd also like to have a haircut plzkthx! I'm tired of my unmanageable messy mop.

Oh and finally I've got a new video up as of yesterday. Here's an embed, but you should probably just click through so you don't get the weird cut-off version:

'Till next time,


Saturday, 3 April 2010

New video coming...

You know how sometimes I accidentally press command + 'R' instead of command + 'T' and lose a whole blog post? Yeah that just happened. Awesome!

At the time of writing this post the first time I was on the home stretch editing a video. Now that video is finished and rendering and it's gonna take a little while. Then I get to go on the fabulous wonderland ride that is uploading things to YouTube. Oh boy oh boy!

So even though I know the song is supposed to be super happy, for some reason I find ALL CAPS' song Don't Unplug Me weirdly melancholy in a super-catchy, bubblegum way:

The chorus is a plea! Stop dancing and listen! It will break your heart!

I'm a wee bit reluctant to tell you what happened to me today because then you'll be super bored during my video. I've spent far too many hours working on it for that to happen. All I'm going to say is that despite the über suckage that is using the YouTube uploader, I'm really excited to upload it because I've used Papyrus (as in, the font) and it's going to piss off the typography snobs so badly!

(It's not the actual graphic designers that I like to antagonise. They dislike the font for very real and sensible reasons. It's the "typography enthusiasts" who get all, "Ewwwwww Avatar had Papyrus in it! They should have used Helvetica for some reason! I know what a serif is!" that I like to piss off.)

Anyway, tomorrow I'm off to church again for Easter Sunday and I'll probably be out all day. I wonder what I'm going to eat tomorrow? All the shops are shut...


Friday, 2 April 2010

Good Friday

Today was Good Friday, one of the holiest of days in the Christian calendar. As such you would have thought it would be a little easier for me to get out of bed and go to church this morning, but alas it was not. I woke up from my alarm and then promptly fell back asleep only to reawaken five minutes before I was supposed the leave the house. I still made it to church "on time" though (seven minutes late) so I think I can  count that one as a win.

The service itself was very sombre, and of course it was packed. We sang How Deep the Father's Love For Us and there was no closing prayer or benediction. Instead, Melissa (one of the morning church pastors) closed by saying "Friday is here, but Sunday is coming." I loved it so much. I'm glad I managed to drag myself out of bed.

Please ignore the cheesy video clip and just listen

I'd like to say I spent the rest of the day in quiet meditation, but I don't think I have the attention span. I made a new video today, as well as talking to Marion, who then got me re-watching all of Ze Frank's The Show videos before VidCon. Can I just say that the man is a freaking GENIUS? He is you know. A total hardcore overly talented genius. I used to watch The Show back in my first year of uni when Ze was first producing it and I'm sure I had no idea the level of skill required to produce that volume of videos at such a high quality. But now I know and I am amazed. I want to steal them all.

Anyway, here's my video offering for the day:

Tomorrow I'm dressing up as Harry Potter for work again. It'll be the second time I've played Harry at that store. I like how my robes billow as I walk up and down the stairs.

Anyway, I'll catch you tomorrow. I'm making a new video tomorrow afternoon, too. I'm off to write the script for it now.


Thursday, 1 April 2010


It is 11:27pm on the first of April and I've decided that even though BEDA is taking place in August this year, I'll try to do it in April too.

Things have been going well so far. It's Good Friday tomorrow so I'll be going to church in the morning. I probably should have gone to sleep half an hour ago, but I'll survive I'm sure.

I know that talking about money makes people angsty and uncomfortable, but I guess it's okay here... kind of... sort of... Anyway, yesterday I spent (almost) literally all my money on some plane tickets to L.A in time for VidCon, so barring a major disaster my attendance at VidCon is now completely locked in. Who do I talk to about getting my name put on the site? I'm sure everyone wants to know I'll be there. (Hahahaha!)

But really, I'm super excited about this. If for some reason you don't know, I've put some stuff up for auction to try and cover some of my costs in going to VidCon this year. I made a video about it too:

Alas not many people have bid, but I guess if even just some of that stuff moves I'll be considerably ahead of where I was yesterday money-wise. It doesn't look like I'll sell everything though, like I'd hoped, so there will be no $500 12-hour BlogTV celebration (the 24-hour celebration is beyond being a reasonable expectation now). I'm kind of glad, because it means I get to keep those 12 hours, but at the same time it would have been kind of fun! I'll find another reason to have one I suppose ^_^

All this talk about money might make you worry, but don't freak out thinking I'm broke or anything - I'm getting a lot more work than I have been in the past so I'll be fine =)

It was funny when I bought my tickets the other day. I booked them through a travel agent (I wouldn't normally do that, but it's a long story) and the woman wasn't the usual woman I deal with. She was like, "What are you going over for?" and I said it was so I could see my family and to go to a conference. She asked what the conference was about and I said "online video". She did a double-take and said "...What line of work are you in again?" I'm not sure who or what she thought I was, but I think it's amusing that people still think it's weird to upload videos to the internet.

Finally, I know the storm is over in Australia, but in actual fact April 2nd is the day I have to be most worried about getting pranked. April 2nd is when America is still going through April 1st - if I don't have my guard up then I can get pranked without it even being April Fools. It's happened before. It's not pretty.

Okay I'm going to go. It's nearly midnight and I'd hate to be late for my FIRST entry in Blog Every Day April!