Being Homer

I was banned as a child from the Simpsons. I think I was about 13 when it graced the television sets of country Victoria, so I got probably an extra kick out of drawing Simpsons characters. Although I presume I’m the only person in the world using microsoft publisher to draw cartoon characters for fun. The closest I…

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Making the pictures move

The rowing club to which I belong was asked to give a presentation on “rowing” to Chevron. Rather than getting up and trying to sell stuff, I figured we’d be best placed to try and actually provide something meaningful as a sport, particularly with the exploding “cross fit” craze which has zillions of super-fit people…

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How stats led me to cartooning

So I started a Masters of Business Administration. A somewhat unexpected side-effect was a renewed interest in graphic design, given how much of said course relies on “eye-popping” presentations. It started with this, a cartoon using the template of Daria characters to outline a presentation on ICSEA scores and how they related to educational outcomes (basically…

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The great Perth rental swindle

Taking photographs of the inner-city apartment to use in advertising in the vain hope we jag a tenant before our final get-out date on May 28 was somewhat harrowing. Turns out we (ok, largely I) own a lot of random crap. In the photos, you could play spotto with the following items: a TARDIS-shaped super-sized…

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Birthday cakes and banshees

I have a recurrent excited stomach feeling, like when you’re a kid and you know it’s your birthday and you’re going to get presents but you haven’t been given them yet. It’s also equally a feeling of dread, like you’d get from the fear that no one will in fact come to your birthday party,…

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Vale Joan Rule

Joan Rule, my grandmother after whom I was inspired to start a blog in the first place, passed away on Friday. Like the many thousands of families which have a member in the late stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, we hope her death was a release. Her mind had left some time ago. Gran was an…

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Magazines and misfits

Quick note: If you’re in media, and haven’t read this blog, do so: http://allysonbird.com/2013/03/19/why-i-left-news/ I don’t have a dedicated magazine-reading habit. New Weekly was probably my favourite as an undergrad. I’d read it up the back of the theatre with my university cronies during Media, Law and Ethics lectures. The irony that I now teach…

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