Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Newcastle to New Zealand New Plymouth


Hong Kong Airport

The picture above is my only experience of Hong Kong. 4 Hours in the airport waiting for a connecting flight, trying not to fall asleep incase my bags got stolen but waking up every five minutes and realizing I had been dreaming about staying awake in case my bags got stolen.

I am currently in New Plymouth - New Zealand. Im working as a member of the Polytechnic on the 3rd iteration of the R.I.E. It is for a event called SCANZ. The flight was a killer. I left the house at 10 am uk time only to arrive here Sunday 16:30 NZ time (13 hrs ahead here).

The weather is amazing and the sunlight is so good that words fail me (see image below).

Yesterday we started the residency by taking part in a powhiri, its was amazing it added gravity and form to the work we will all be doing here over the coming weeks.

You can see me sitting on the fence (as usual) here.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Radical plans for 2009 expanded



"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify."

Henry David Thoreau



I have half an hour to drink some tea and elaborate on my earlier post.

I have made a determination that by the end of this year I will be on a simplified path in life.

Don't get me wrong, I am hardly living a life of wild excess. But I do feel that the it is time to make some strong changes. This year I will be taking my first steps towards simplicity

I will be blogging here as I set out on this path so watch this space. I welcome tips, advice and links.

Next week I am flying out to New Zealand for 2 weeks (will explain more about that in another post) and then I will be in London for a week. I am hoping that Living out of a suitcase will help me focus on simplicity.

For the time being here are some links that reflect my current thinking on this subject

http://zenhabits.net/2007/09/simple-living-manifesto-72-ideas-to-simplify-your-life/

http://www.december.com/simple/live/

http://zenhabits.net/2007/04/top-10-ways-to-reduce-your-work-week/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg7EaLIJrBw

Monday, January 12, 2009

Radical Plans for 2009




I am really pressed for time right now. Which gives me the excuse to gloss over what I have / have not been doing over the festive period.

But when I get a moment I intend to write a bit about my plans for the forthcoming year. These plans include massively reducing my possessions. Follow the 5 precepts as closely as possible (yup I'm one of those Buddhist types). Limit my computer use to the bare minimum (ironic to be writing this in a blog huh). Plan for a much more organised future that requires the minimum of technology.

So watch this space