Saturday, 27 March 2010

ABC Open Application

In the comments of yesterday's blog Colleen asked:
Any news on that ABC Open job you applied for?
Alas no! Three days ago the ABC Open Twitter account said:


So as you may be able to guess I am still waiting on any news yea or nay. I don't envy Cath and Ann (the two in charge of hiring people) because each and every one of those applications is no doubt about 2500 words long. It seems like they are giving each one due consideration, which I'm incredibly happy about. It would be easy just to hand them off to an intern to make the initial cull, but it seems like they are reading them all properly in order to make the shortlist. This is an incredible achievement considering they got just over 500 applications to begin with, so even if I don't make the cut I'm very, very grateful.

May I also say, I'm very pleased they have the Twitter feed giving us information about the application process. I'm sure it's saved them a lot of anxious emails from concerned applicants, and it has saved me a lot of worry.

When I hear anything about my application I'll be sure to let you know, unless I'm somehow obliged not to.

In other news, my friend Mitto has bought and is playing Pokémon HeartGold and it's making me nostalgic for the media I consumed in my childhood. I may very well start playing one of my Pokémon games again, just because.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Do not want to title this.

I should be asleep! Like, right now! I'm going up to my sister's place tomorrow (uh, today) so I can see her and her husband and all my cousins. I could have just said "family gathering" but I like to be specific or something.

I have a lot of video ideas. I really do. I have so many video ideas they are all vying for my attention at once. My brain is like Mr Burns and his door full of disease plushies. I'm not sure you could ever fit another idea in there without me exploding. Yessir! I haven't made any this week though because, well, I don't really know. I've had a weird week. I'm living on my own because my parents are overseas and the government is starting to get antsy about how I don't have a job. Oh government, don't you see I'm trying my hardest?

Anyway, that topic is depressing and boring. I can already see you slowly atrophy right there in your seat as I type this. I'll make a LIST of video ideas so I don't forget them.
  • Garage sale
  • The sudden resignation of the South Australian Attorney General
  • How gaming (and therefore social networking) will make a better future
  • My top five under appreciated YouTubers
  • My top five adequately appreciated YouTubers
I'm sure I've thought of more but have since forgotten them. Alas! Still, there's more than two weeks worth of videos there in that list. I was actually wanting to do a "Top five YouTube CRUSHES" list (that is to say, 'Top five female YouTubers"), but considering my relationship status appears to be the most hotly talked about issue concerning my fine self online, I'm afraid that would be misconstrued REALLY fast.

Finally, I'd like to leave you with this wonderful song by Sandra McCracken (say 'crack' again... crack). I love this song, entitled In Feast or Fallow because it has the beautiful feeling of an old hymn (as far as I'm aware it's an originally written song, but I might be wrong) but also feels like something you'd sing at a protest rally. I heart it.



Until next time,

R

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Calvinism, Arminianism, Books, Computers

Here is a question: when you feel grumpy and know that all you are going to blog about are your complaints, should you still blog? I've felt this way for the past two days and I don't know. It'd be kind of unprofessional to complain about work I suppose. I mean, it's not THAT bad, but tonight I was there thinking about how happy I would be to leave because the shelves were so messy. I don't even have plans to leave though (because I need money for VidCon), so it's a stupid way to think, but that's what I was thinking.

No, rather than endanger my professional future by venting online I will briefly talk about:

  • Calvinism vs Arminianism (thanks Colleen)
  • Books
  • How I got my computer back
So in the comments on my last post, Colleen said:
It's funny you mention Calvinism and Arminianism. I'd been thinking about asking you about that on Formspring. So which parts of which do you believe? I've always considered myself a bit of an in-betweener because, I mean, free will is kind of a huge deal, but on the other hand there are so many instances in the Bible where it's said that God chose us. I can't decide if it's something I can straddle the fence on. Thoughts?
I am a weird case on this subject because I come from a church that actually supports both, fully. Like, not in-between, but actually both are completely right even though they seemingly contradict each other. This is because the Uniting Church is an amalgamation of the Methodist and Congregationalist churches (who tend to support Arminianism) and the Presbyterian church (which tends to be Calvinist).

For me, the two ideas are actually in tension with each other, like two balls on the ends of a string, being pulled taught. Are we free to do whatever we like, including accepting or rejecting Christ? Yes. Are we the chosen people of God, known before we were even conceived, and are all things provided by Him? Yes. They are two halves of something mysterious and true. They each tell half of the whole story.

I feel almost the same way about the question, "Are we saved by works, or by faith?" Yes, we are saved by faith alone, and that is from where our good works flow, but without works was there any faith in the first place?

Answers like this are very unsatisfying to many people. They feel I/we are trying to dodge the question, or we haven't thought about it hard enough, or we can't make up our minds. I object to that. Things are never simple. I guess it's similar to how we believe that God is both three people and one person at the same time. Is God one and only one? Yes. But what of Jesus? He is God. But what of the one Jesus called Father? That is also God. And what of the Spirit that was given to us on Pentecost? That is God also. God is three. God is one.

Books

I just finished reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - the second in the Hunger Games Trilogy. It is amazing. Suzanne lets you fall in love with the characters knowing they are going to die, and when they do you feel a genuine sense of injustice and loss. You want to see the Capitol crumble. You cheer when a ragtag bunch of alcoholics, fashion designers, teenagers and proles use the instruments of the Capitol's oppression against itself. You genuinely can't decide if you're Team Gale or Team Peeta. I can't wait for the third one. Oh my word. It's going to be like V for Vendetta all over again.

Computer

I got my computer back yesterday! They replaced the trackpad and now it's working beautifully. It feels good having all my usual bits and pieces available to me again. The best thing is going to be making videos again. I'll start my usual schedule back up next week!

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Massive Update

Well that blogging every day thing didn't last long did it? You know the drill: self-flagellation, self-flagellation I-promise-I'll-do-better-next-time, excuse, self-flagellation, resolve-to-do-better.

No but really. My excuse has something to do with what I'm going to say anyway, so I'll still take the time to tell you. I filled out a mega (and I mean MEGA) application form for a job with the ABC. People get confused about my ABC job hunting because of the whole Hungry Beast affair. Well, 'affair' makes it sound so scandalous. It's just that I got really far in that application process and didn't quite make it. Hungry Beast had a similar application form - more of a pitch than a traditional curriculum vitae. Well I'm hoping that my pitch for this NEW job (with ABC Open, this time) is intelligent enough that I'll actually pull it off.

So I put a whole lot of time and effort into the pitch and neglected my blog.

You know what else discourages me from blogging? My blog needs a facelift. Like seriously. That banner has never properly fit the spot it's supposed to go. I've never been a great graphic designer. My proudest achievement is probably that drawing of Black Duck I did. I love Black Duck.

Anyway, that's all besides the point. The point is that if this ABC Open thing doesn't work out then I'm looking at a long hard road to employment after university. I'm considering moving to South Korea for 12 months after I go to VidCon (more on that later) so I can teach English there and finally get paid a proper salary. I mean, I love working in book stores. I just love it. Maybe when I retire I'll run a second-hand book store. Books will be collectible antiques by then I'm sure. I'll be all boutique about it and make sure there's lots of velvet so my customers feel fancy. That's what customers really want, deep down; to feel fancy.

In my spare time I will be John Green. No, not be like John Green; I fully intend to continue where he leaves off.

Speaking of which, the impending release of Will Grayson, Will Grayson is of serious, actual, Harry Potter-esque excitement to me and I am endlessly, fruitlessly frustrated by the knowledge that Hayley currently has an ARC in her possession that she is flaunting/reading. I talk about John all the time at work, to the point where if we run out of his books the inventory and merchandising managers know to order more before I say anything. Then they proudly point out that they got in TEN COPIES of Looking for Alaska. TEN COPIES, ROHAN! LOOK AT THE GOOD WE DO!

I beam at them and they shake their heads in bewilderment. They've never actually read any of his books, you see. Many people on the retail end of the book industry don't read at all.

Oh I promised I'd talk about VidCon didn't I. Yes! Well after the requisite period of to-ing and fro-ing that I inevitably go through when I have an idea but not necessarily the money to follow though, I decided to just do it anyway. I always just decide to do it. I'm just like, no this is a chance that I won't ever have again. I have to do it. And then it happens. Or it doesn't, as with the case of Peru for Six Months, but that wasn't because of money. That was a case of turns-out-God-really-doesn't-want-you-to-go-just-now-slow-down. And there was a car crash, a gang threat and an freaking earthquake/tsunami to make sure I really got that message.

Perhaps I'm really, really supposed to go to VidCon. But then I don't know about all that predetermination stuff. I guess I agree with that Calvinist idea, but I'm an Arminianist as well. That's what happens when you grow up in the Uniting Church I suppose; all those Presbyterians and Methodists mixing with each other. Oh, you'll probably want links for those. Let me put those in now.

There. Done. Anyway, I always find myself talking about money, and I guess as someone who only works part time that's unavoidable, but still really super boring/embarrassing to anyone who isn't me. But I've decided that this is going to happen, and so I'm going to pay for all my stuff now out of the money I saved for Peru. I'll just scrape by through April, then things will look rosier in June and July before I go.

That is to say, if I don't get this job with ABC Open. If I do it opens a completely different can of worms. A marvellous can, mind you, but worms all the same. I'll have to explain that VidCon will be good for my job - which it will be, so please give me my holidays in advance? Yes? Anyway, if it turns out that I have to choose between the job and the conference I guess I'll have to take the job, because I would be a fool to let that go, but (quietly) they would be fools not to let me go to the conference if they really wanted me for what I can bring to the table.

Oh look at that! We've come full circle. That's great.

If you want me to talk about specific things then leave 'em in the comments.

Until tomorrow (Probably? Maybe?)

R