If you don’t say it

Blue brain. I think a thought, I suppress it. Not press, it doesn’t go live. Nothing is issued. No print. No headline. Just a void, the rhythm is disrupted in my thoughts, the response that should have been. The freedom of hot air.

What why what?

One example that has nothing to do with curiosity, but self-assuredness: During a discussing with Jassy, there was strong opposition towards Bezos’ ideas prior to Amazon releasing their Kindle line. Jassy was arguing that Amazon were not in a position to develop and distribute their own electronic products. Bezos would not budge, but appreciated and acknowledged (later) that these were vital elements of resistance from his followers. As the divergent opinions meant that the decision needed to better considered and robust. It helped Amazon to avoid costly mistakes and plan better in advance. It also sent signals to other staff that their opinions mattered and their feedback was useful in ensuring the vision was shared and pitfalls were avoided. Furthermore it laid down a precedent of future decision which would be a collective effort of ideas and action. ​

Sandwich Language

Positive and negative feedback, that’s my jam.
Its your bread and butter and now you’re in a pickle.
Spread out.
I’m a happy little vegemite.
Peanut butter jelly time.

Fighting for it

Types of Negotiation:
Contend by standing firm on the issues and expect agreement by the other party conceding.
Concede, you bring the negotiations to an end by agreeing with the other party
Compromise by splitting the difference between ‘wants’ so that you both get something.
Creative compromise, find solutions that add value to issues so that you both gain something but not at the expense of the other party
Walk Away(non-negotiation)

aLl is weLl

All is well in this southern town. Spring has done it’s thing and warm weather floods in like welcome guests at a pool party.

Swapping Spoken Stories

You change to a speaker when their word is used.

Speaker 1: Today
Speaker 2: Hips
Speaker 3: Tally
Speaker 4: Fire

TODAY is an ordinary day, just back from a weekend away with my partner in Maydena. We went for a few wonderful adventures; Junee Caves, Mariott Falls, The Styx and Mt Field East. I was pleased to get some mileage in my legs and begin some light training for the overland track later this year. I remember my HIPS took the brunt of the weight from my pack and that was really the only ailment for the entire journey. This year, we’ll be going as a large group which should be fun. Naturally, more people mean that more can go wrong – but I like to imagine that the fun will be magnified and the joy will increase in magnitude. We will all grow and share in a wonderful experience. I’ll need to TALLY the complaints, for future reference. Then again, it might be best to forget. I know that a different friends groups last year had a significant falling out because of some minor disputes. I would hate for people to clash and not be able to make good again. It’s such a shame that some friendships dissipate, and others are thrown on the FIRE. Some people just can’t survive the crucibles. I’m sure that November will bring fine weather, and hopefully that facilitates feelings of friendship and camaraderie. Between now and then, there’s a few things to organise and some training to do; but for now I’m content to say that this weekend away has been an adventure – full of laughter, exploration and love.

Dead Weekend

A dead few days were these just past.
I sat about and barely asked –
But what I should have thought to myself,
Was along the lines of health or wealth?

Instead a sat or lay in peace.
Meek and quiet under soaring geese.
The jam factory chugged and the farm lived on.
I scrolled, bit my lip and hid from the sun.

Time for tea, neaten, think back.
This life of mine follows any old track.


I read this on the internet.

create the “ideal world” in which hundreds of mice would live and reproduce.
Nope, suddenly not ideal.

This “Paradise of Mice” was a specially designed place where rodents had an abundance of food and water, as well as a large living space.
Good name i’ll admit.

In the beginning, he placed four pairs of mice that in a short time began to reproduce, resulting in their population growing rapidly.
In the “BEGINNING” – really? (also, Incest?)

However, after 315 days their reproduction began to decrease significantly. When the number of rodents reached 600, a hierarchy was formed between them and then the so-called “wretches” appeared.
Who could I make represent these guys?

The larger rodents began to attack “the group”, with the result that many males began to “collapse psychologically”.
Are the wretches the larger mice? Also where is all the poo going?

The females in turn became aggressive towards their young.
Yimmeny-no-nos! Not good, hang in there kids.

As time went on, the females showed more and more aggressive behavior, isolation and lack of reproductive mood.
Less cool

There was a low birth rate and, at the same time, an increase in mortality in younger rodents.
Not a cute statement in any context

Then, a new class of male rodents appeared, aptly named “beautiful mice”. They refused to mate with the females or to “fight” for their space.
All they cared about was food and sleep.

Soon “beautiful males” and “isolated females” made up the majority of the population. As time went on, juvenile mortality reached 100% and reproduction reached zero.
Is it nice in paradise? No.

Among the endangered mice, homosexuality was observed and, at the same time, cannibalism increased, despite the fact that there was plenty of food.
These are two very different points that are completely unrelated but written together in the same sentence which I feel is odd and unfair.

Two years after the start of the experiment, the last baby of the colony was born. By 1973, he had killed the last mouse in the Universe 25. John Calhoun repeated the same experiment 25 more times, and each time the result was the same.

This work has been used as a model for interpreting social collapse.
I’ll need to speak with dad about this…