Cool Stuff Sunday

This is THE LEAST Hugh you’ve ever been. At the same time, though, there is enough deep-set, emotionally messed up Hugh to keep us hanging on. When he lies about how the duck died in the pond, we’re like, ‘there’s the Hugh we know!’ and collectively laugh along as he manipulates all those women.

Laughing forever at this excellent Top 5 list of Hugh Grant films to make you feel love again.

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Low on funds but don’t want your social life to suffer? Here are a handful of genuinely great ideas to keep your party going while your profits climb.

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Everybody at some point in their life feels like they’re a giant fraud–whether that’s in love, at work, or just generally in life. It happens, and if you’re going through it right now, take heart that you’re not alone. You’re also SO NOT A FRAUD! FastCompany have some techniques to help you identify your version of imposter syndrome and combat the shit out of it.

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Did you ever fancy yourself in Longbourn, the house the Bennet’s occupied in the BBC mini-series adaptation of Pride & Prejudice? Same. Let’s pool our moneys and get our freaking hands on it then! Come on, it can be like time share. I’ll take it from August ’til January, and you can have the rest.

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Lastly for today, take 12 minutes out of your day for this incredible video on the adaptation process for Arrival–one of the best films of 2016. If you’ve any mind for writing or film, you need to see this.

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Cool Stuff Sunday: New Years edition

Holy shit guys, we’ve finally made it! Good-fucking-bye to you, 2016; see you in the seventh circle of hell!

New year, new stuff. Have a bunch of great ways to kick off your 2017.

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Make sure you’re practicing some self-care this year. We’ve all had a shithouse time of it for the last 365 days, so pull your socks up and employ some of these tips to look after yourselves, babes ❤

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Something that wasn’t shit about 2016 was the amount of incredible literature published. The Guardian asked some of Australia’s best-loved authors for their tops picks from 2016.

On the topic of “best of 2016” lists: the 50 best podcasts, and the 10 worst movies!

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Make a resolution to get off your butt and get healthy this year? I probably did. Find your new running track in Brisbane here, take a holiday for your health here, pack better work lunches here, and if you just wanna work on yourself in the privacy and comfort of your own home, here are 5 core strengthening exercises that require only one thing: a wall.

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If you want to travel more in 2017, get reading:

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And finally, if you’ve set your sights on the dating scene, or just need some new ideas to enliven date night with your number one bae (I’m so sorry, I wrote this in 2016 and bae will definitely never appear in any future CSS posts), The Cusp have put together some super ideas that won’t empty your wallet.

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Go forth into the bright sunshine of a new year my sweet babies. You deserve it x

Cool Stuff Sunday

Kicking off today’s post with some pretty sobering news: arts workers are twice as likely to attempt suicide as the general population. In light of this report, I thought it would be good to link back to ArtsHub’s article on self-care in the arts workplace. Be good to yourselves, and each other, babes ❤

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My good pal and writer extraordinaire, Peter M Ball, is full of incredible writing advice over at his blog, but this piece he wrote on the perils and advantages of proper time management is bloody excellent. Even if you’re not actively pursuing a writing career, this precise and encouraging method of calculating your time can be great for allocating time to personal projects, or reallocating your hours to things that matter to you.

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Sometimes freelancing sucks. Here’s a quick read on how to navigate a tricky relationship with an editor, thanks to Travel Write Earn.

They’re doing their job the way they think works best for them, so you need to do yours they way that’s best for you.

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If you don’t know already, I bloody love Taika Waititi. His movies Boy, Eagle Vs Shark and What We Do In The Shadows (plus that little flick Hunt For The Wilderpeople) give me utter joy, and I thank GOD he wandered into filmmaking. Anyway, further to my last Taika post, head on over to his Reddit AMA thread for some amazingness. I had no idea he wrote the original screenplay for Moana?! *dies*

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Cool Stuff Sunday

Get yourself some life lessons by the women of Jane Austen over at Verily. All awesome and true.

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I’ve always been rather intrigued by Arthur Amon’s theory of love. He posits that if you ask these 36 questions to a complete stranger–or someone you fancy a bit–and then stare into their eyes for four minutes (…………………………. that seems unnecessarily lengthy), then you’re pretty likely to fall in love. Looking at the questions, they seem like the kinds of things you’d share with someone you’re in a relationship over time, so it’s actually just the Express Lane version of intimacy. Anyway. Spotted this successful crash test of the theory, and was spurred on to find out the success rate of the 36. Find some other interesting results here, here and here. This one is probably my fave, but this was a punch to the feels.

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I am a massive massive fan of Daniels’ bloody insane film, Swiss Army Man, and a fan of Daniel Radcliffe (how can a HP fanatic not be tho??). It’s really cool to listen to DanRad chat to The Empire Film Podcast about his prep for playing corpse bride, Manny; his general excellence in stunts; and amazing insight into his own progression as an actor since the Potter films (special mention to Kill Your Darlings and Horns!). I’m also now super pumped to see Imperium and #thesweatyrevenant???????????????????? BIZARRE. Go listen.

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It wouldn’t be a Cool Stuff Sunday without a Shakey reference, so head on over to McSweeneys for this ~amazing~ list of The Housewives of Shakespeare Tag Lines. Short and sweet!

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Yesterday I watched this heart-stopping short film, Borrowed Time. Set aside 6 minutes and do yourself a favour.

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And to round off the afternoon, here are 13 great questions to kick around at your next book club session.

Cool Stuff Sunday

We are nearing the close of Brisbane Writer’s Festival, and I can’t believe it’s nearly over for another year! Yesterday I had the chance to interview the bloody marvellous Kirsty Eagar, who’s written probably my fave New Adult romance of 2016, Summer Skin. Set in Brisbane at The University of Queensland, Kirsty’s written a sexy, fun novel that takes a look at hookup culture, and the perverse ways social media dictates out interactions. Clementine Ford called it “the feminist love story girls have been waiting for” so you know it’s gonna be a fab read. Anyway, two feminist water babies talking romance? Yeah, I had a pretty excellent time at our session. Today I wanted to spruik Kirsty and her works (Summer Skin is her fourth novel), because she is awesome and you should definitely be reading her books. The end.

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Wanna see some awesome historical photographs taken in Paris? Head over to The Local and feast your eyes on these 15 magnificent images. I am completely in love with the bizarre leg heater (number 10), and why would you not do swimming training in a pool (7)?

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Continuing my Hamobsession, I am eagerly awaiting The Hamilton Mixtape (as are many!). To get you pumped up for its release, take a quick look behind the scenes with Tariq Trotter in this interview over at Entertainment Weekly.

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I’m all about people being happy, feeling good and loving themselves. It’s sometimes such a tough gig, but it matters so much to be able to look in a mirror and feel more than apathy. Over at the Greatist, Susie Moore gives us 13 things to ditch for happiness. Gotta say that a lot of these are primo joy-inducers, so get on it, babes.

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Ever heard of Teleport? This berserk website (link goes to AWOL for instructions etc) takes your financial situation, your travel preferences, and ideal rental requirements to magic an algorithm into telling you the best cities in the whole world for you to live. My top 3 were Prague, Vienna and Berlin so apparently I’m off to Europe, but secretly I’m gunning for my fifth best match, Edinburgh 😀 Take a look at the site and tell me your Top 3 cities in the comments!

Review: 113 things I thought watching The Giver

  1. I don’t recall anything about what this movie is supposed to be about except it’s like the wizard of oz in that it changes to colour in the middle
  2. “Memories of the past were erased after The Ruin.” Okay.
  3. Right, there are billions of rules in the new world.
  4. Jonas doesn’t have a last name. Christalmighty what if they have more than one Sarah? THAT’S BOUND TO HAPPEN RIGHT?
  5. Wait, so Jonas sees in colour? And he doesn’t say anything because he doesn’t want to be different..? How the fuck does he know no one else doesn’t see in colour?
  6. They ride cool bikes
  7. OMFG THEY LIVE IN THE SKY LIKE LADY AREN IN GAME OF THRONES THAT’S COOL
  8. YUS ALEXANDER SKARSGAARD YES PLS
  9. A baby that’s crying didn’t qualify to be assigned in some sort of ceremony and knowing the baby’s name isn’t allowed?
  10. They’re jumping through a fountain and Fiona gets wet and now the sexual tension is evident
  11. KATIE HOLMES YOU ARE A BAAAAAAAABE
  12. They discuss their feelings at the table. But not in a loving way, in a This Is How We Do Life way.
  13. CEREMONY OF ANNOUNCEMENT: Holographic Meryl Streep is perfection bye
  14. Wait these guys are only one community out of… how many?
  15. THIS IS VERY HUNGER GAMES
  16. IS MERYL PRESIDENT SNOW
  17. I HOPE SHE IS THAT IS GREAT
  18. Okay they’re clapping with one hand and their knee and I don’t understand what is happening
  19. Okay so people get released to Elsewhere. Elsewhere to me means death thanks to Gabrielle Zevin, so this is… odd.
  20. Impulses to be different are bad but today we’re celebrating the differences? GUYS CHOOSE ONE
  21. OMFG THEY SKIPPED JONAS WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IS IT BECAUSE OF THE COLOUR SEEING THING
  22. Jonas not assigned because he was selected to do something involving pain. HCHristian Grey?
  23. Receiver of Memory…. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN
  24. Okay they’re chanting Jonas and it doesn’t work because chants need monosyllabic names to make it work. That was totally awkward
  25. Jonas is now exempt from every rule except the thing where you have to take medication and he also can’t talk about his training ever but he can also LIE NOW. Makes sense.
  26. AND HE LOOKS LIKE HAN SOLO IN THAT VEST YES PLS
  27. Receiver of Memory training is held on the edge of the island in the sky. Someone’s going to die for sure.
  28. It’s a giant library and I’m okay with that *hearteyes*
  29. Jeff Bridges has no time for Jonas’ shit
  30. Jonas will now receive all the past world’s memory that currently lives inside Jeff Bridges? Do these guys know how memory works or….Jeff Bridges gives literally no fucks and somehow has rendered Jonas unconscious.
  31. The first memory is of snow. And a toboggan. This fucker is just playing with us Australians right?
  32. Now there’s a house with a wreath and a family singing carols. WHO VETTED THESE MEMORIES GOD DAMN HOW IS THIS THE IMPORTANT SHIT?
  33. Jonas is a terrible actor.
  34. If you’re the receiver then I must be……………………………………………….. The Giver……… okay then bye
  35. This is a mythical creature called a hippo said while holding an elephant and it can run really fast because it has five legs alright I’m gonna need y’all to get off the crack cocaine now
  36. HAHAHA A BEE STUNG HIM IN MEMORY
  37. Oooooh Pretty Sunset Over The Water is suuuuuuuper pretty
  38. holy shit now everything is in colour
  39. Colour, race, religion all abolished. Sameness erased jealousy, hatred etc
  40. And Elsewhere is like… right next door.
  41. Okay this acting is horrible. These teenagers are making my ears bleed with their awful awful lack of talent. WHO THE FUCK CAST THESE GUYS
  42. Lol Fiona “saw” the Tree from Elsewhere. Righto.
  43. Diamond hand signs, SHOUT OUT TO JIGGA
  44. They are sliding down a solar panel they will take them vertical at some point but it never goes vertical because ~movies~
  45. Meryl looks so god damn old in this film
  46. Jeff Bridges has no time for Meryl’s shit
  47. Oh no. Jeff Bridges and Meryl used to be a thing and had a baby and now they hate each other because something happened to the baby and Meryl blames Jeff for everything and this is awkieeeeeeeessssssssssss
  48. Plan for Sameness conveniently falls out of a book
  49. There’s a Boundary of Memory…. I don’t understnad what that is
  50. Jeff Bridges is playing the piano and it’s great but Jonas has never heard music before and his reaction is priceless
  51. THE MORNING INJECTIONS REMOVE EMOTIONS HOLY SHIT
  52. Feelings are just fleeting on the surface but emotions are very deep, primal… they linger. Okay Gandhi Jeff Bridges
  53. OMG music memory ❤ Why would anyone want to get rid of this? Yeah bruh, I don’t know either.
  54. Meryl dropping truth bombs about Katie Holmes’ motherly conduct all up in this
  55. Memories are not just about the past. They determine our future… they change things…
  56. omg animals didn’t survive The Ruin?
  57. Oh no it’s pain time
  58. There’s going to be the holocaust or something
  59. omfg poaching
  60. There’s an awful lot of hugging going on between Jonas and Jeff Bridges
  61. OH MY SWEET EVER LOVING GOD HE’S SHOWING THE BABY MEMORIES OF A REAL ELEPHANT THIS IS GON GET MESSY
  62. WAIT IS HE CREATING A MEMORY BASED ON THE MEMORIES HE HAS BEEN GIVEN? THIS IS GREAT
  63. Oh no wait, he just had a dream
  64. Lord jesus now they’re talking about love
  65. Jonas asks if his dad loves him and no one understands and this is the strangest shit ever
  66. He loves the baby. He shows the baby puppies and baths and it’s hurting me
  67. oh no there’s a war scene and this is going to be bad
  68. His friend in the memory died 😦
  69. He’s killing a person in the trees and this is going to be bad
  70. Jonas is now running away from being the Receiver of Memory because of war
  71. Jeff Bridges done fucked up
  72. He’s trying to leave with Fiona and she is not interested soz bruh
  73. Wait now he’s living in a memory?
  74. HAHAHAH TAYLOR SWIFT IS A BRUNETTE AND SHE IS A GHOST WHO WRITES SONGS ON THE PIANO BECAUSE SHE IS A ~MUSICIAN~
  75. Oh no… Taylor Swift was released and now lives in Elsewhere
  76. UMMMMMMMMM THEY JUST KILLED THE BABY AND PUT IT IN A BOX AND GOT PUSHED DOWN A GARBAGE CHUTE WHAT THE FUCK IS FUCKING WRONG WITH THESE FUCKERS
  77. Fiona didn’t take her injection and now she’s falling in love oh my god shutup
  78. oh my god they released Gabe. They’re going to kill Gabe. They’re going to KILL GABE NO WHAT THE FUCK
  79. Okay Katie Holmes is owning her shit in this
  80. Jonas is running away from home right now and of course Drone Pilot is coming to stop him
  81. JONAS JUST PUNCHED DRONE PILOT
  82. So if a Receiver crosses the Boundary of Memory all the memories are set free? I don’t get it. The memories go back to being everyone’s memories? WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM?
  83. MEMORIES OF PROTEST AGAINST OPPRESSIVE REGIMES OMFG
  84. Jonas is going to get Gabe and leave for the Boundary
  85. Now Meryl has brought in their version of the cops
  86. Okay now they’re running with babies and he’s stolen a cop bike cool
  87. dude just rode his bike off the cliff over to elsewhere. I. What…?
  88. EVERYTHING IS SEPIA AGAIN
  89. Fiona and Jeff Bridges are in cages
  90. Drone Pilot sent to find and destroy Jonas and the baby – this is fucked up
  91. JONAS LOCATED NOW WHAT
  92. Drone Pilot under orders, Drone Pilot fighting orders, Drone Pilot not understanding instinctive fighting of orders
  93. Jonas running with baby and diving with a baby and locked to the underside of the drone with a baby
  94. Jonas and baby dropped into raging currents but miraculously baby is alive
  95. This is so unrealistic
  96. I need to read the book
  97. How does this guy have bottles for Gabe?
  98. Fiona is going to be released ruh roh
  99. There is no way a babby could survive these conditions soz
  100. The tower should be there but it’s not there so now Jonas and Gabe are going to freeze to death in the snow. This is dissatisfying beyond words
  101. Fiona is going to die now… OMG SO I WAS RIGHT ELSEWHERE IS DEATH THAT IS CREEPY
  102. Jeff Bridges is telling everyone about love. Meryl is not interested.
  103. Love is just passion that can turn, that can turn into contempt and murder. When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong. Every time. MERYL STAHP
  104. THAT BABY IS NOT STILL ALIVE I’M SORRY BUT THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE
  105. Holy shit snow!
  106. Something is sticking out of the snow, is it the tower?
  107. IT’S A FUCKIN’ TOBOGGAN. I AM DYING. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN.
  108. omg Jonas found the boundary omfg it’s like holographic n shiz
  109. IT’S RELEASING. Everything is changing to colour againnnnnnnnn!
  110. HURRY COLOUR FIND THEM FIONA IS ABOUT TO DIE
  111. They’re all getting memories back this is insane, even Meryl wants the memories now
  112. OMG HE FOUND THE HOUSE WHERE THE CAROL-ERS WERE I AM FUCKING DONE

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Review: Big hero ticks for Big Hero 6

There’s nothing I love more than a solid animated film. It harks back to my days as a kid, spending hours at my grandparents house on holiday with my cousins. We would be doing one of about four things: swimming in the pool, taking turns playing CoolBoarders or Tekken on the Playstation, eating something amazing our Nana had made, or watching a Disney film. We always picked which characters we were going to be, and being the oldest girl, I always got to be the princess. Or mermaid. Or samurai. You get the point: I grew up envisaging myself in Disney films. And my love for Disney has endured well into my mid-twenties.

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An open letter to The Mane

To my long, voluminous, Curly Sue, Diana Ross mane of hair,

We only have a week more. So far you’ve helped me to raise almost $1500, which I don’t think either of us would have dreamt of in the beginning, and I’m now hitting the days where I realise what I’m about to do.

It has been a long long ride. We’ve been together for eight years now, and though I love every inch of you, and wish I could have the best of both worlds, it simply cannot be. Continue reading

Nearly there!

Today was a big day. I raised over $300 in a 24-hour period, and I am flabbergasted.

  • My cousin Finn donated all the money from is money box.
  • My friend coaxed her boss into making a $200 donation.
  • Colleagues have sprung from left and right, old friends, new friends, and even those I’ve never met.

It truly is amazing what people will do, and I am overwhelmed. With only $103 remaining until I hit my target, I’m tempted to bump it up again to $2000. I think I can do it with 10 days to go, I really do.

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I started looking at headscarves today. I’m going to have to invest really soon I think, so I can practice making the pretty rosette type headscarves before next Sunday’s big event. And also a bunch of headbands, and any other cute beanies for work too.

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I’m also starting to feel a little less fierce and a little more nervous. But I think I’m alright, and I think it’ll be liberating. I also can’t wait to keep this promise to Liam, and to make him proud like he always made me. I hope he’ll watch when it comes down to the Shave time. It would be nice to feel him around me at that point. If they get the webs where you are Cousin, I hope you’re reading this and keeping it free for me! I’ll take plenty of photos, just in case you miss it pal.

Nostalgia

Tonight I’m feeling nostalgic. Or maybe it’s sentimental. I’m not really sure, those feelings all sort of intertwine don’t they?

I guess it all sort of started on my way home tonight, and realising that the amount of friends I have doesn’t correlate with the amount of people I can call on a Friday night to hang out with, and I got pretty bummed out. Usually I’m not that worried about who’s in and who’s out of my life, because it’s all a matter of peaks and valleys, and knowing who I can rely on and who I can’t. It’s been a bit brutal to assess and understand it all, but unless I want to deal with constant drama, it’s what I had to do. Continue reading

It begins!

Hi there!

I’m Stacey, and this year I’ve taken up the challenge to shave my head for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave campaign. I’ve done this for a few reasons, namely to honour my wonderful cousin Liam, who passed away four years ago after a long battle with Leukaemia. There are others which I’ll share over the course of my journey into bald-headedness, but they’re less important.

For now, I’m going to blog about my experiences both leading up to, and post-shave. I’ve only just kicked this blog off, with a mere 18 days to go, but I plan on filling it with all my nervy worries and fiercely determined excitement.

I’m also doing a Daily Selfie Challenge throughout 2014 to document the last glorious days of The Mane, and to keep track of how fast and weird hair re-growth can be. (I also want to have some badass pictures of that time I had no hair, so my grandkids can laugh and be secretly proud.) If you want to follow along with the Daily Selfie Challenge, you can follow me on Instagram here, or search for xxstaceyki 🙂

Donations to the fundraising effort for the World’s Greatest Shave are still very much welcome, so if you would like to donate to the Leukaemia Foundation by supporting my shave, please visit my fundraising page here. You can also just leave me a lovely message if you can’t donate – I appreciate any and all forms of support as I walk into the spiky unknown.

S.