20.7.12

No Internet? No problem!

By the end of the detox I'll be an ORIGAMI MASTER!!!
How's the Internet Detox going? Well, I've gotten better at origami...

Turns out YouTube isn't just for funny cat videos. Tadashi Mori, an awesome origami artist, has a whole heap of instructional videos that are just fantastic.

How did I watch YouTube videos when I have no internet at home? I downloaded the videos at work then watched them on my computer. Once I memorised how to make them, I deleted the videos!

12.7.12

Internet Detox: Week 1

Day 1: Sunday July 8, 2012
The first official evening of my Internet Detox: I watched Andy Murray lose the Wimbledon mens singles final. There's just something really pathetic about a grown man crying in front of millions of people. Somehow, it made me feel a little better.

Day 2: July 9
ROSTER FAIL!!!! I came to work on my day off!!! Now what the hell am I supposed to do without internet!! Kill. Me. Now… @_@
[Later]
I walked home from work then went for an afternoon nap. I discovered that being unconscious is better than being bored… Afterwards, managed to find something on TV, then got bored and started reading.

Day 3: July 10
It's day 3… I know it's a bit early, but haven't done anything 'productive' yet. All I did was watch TV after work. However, I now have the driving manual. But the last time I tried reading it, I got REALLY bored and went for a nap. I won't give up so easily this time, since I literally have nothing else better to do!

Day 4: July 11
W00T W00T PROGRESS! I took a pamphlet for the free work gym. I'll call them tomorrow and make an appointment for a fitness reassessment. Now for the interesting news: I got asked to do a paying freelance graphic design gig by a co-worker! For a logo in fact. It'll be cool, it's been such a long time since I did something that wasn't an infographic or newspaper-related and I'm looking forward to it. One of my goals was to "start drawing/designing/painting again" after all! And I'll have plenty of spare time to work on it…

Day 5: July 12
I'm starting to worry about what I'm going to do on Saturday.... Sunday's fine, I have work to keep me busy. When I got back from holiday a few weeks ago, I started going to public libraries to mooch off their free wi-fi with my laptop — because I'm not a fan of using filthy old public computers. And I've been staying back half an hour after work too. It's starting to get a little pathetic now…
It hasn't even been a week yet, and now even I'm wondering how in the hell I'm gonna last 2 WHOLE MONTHS!!!

Day 6: July 13
I had a night shift today (3pm - 10.30pm), so I got to sleep in well past noon on a weekday! But that got ruined by a fucking creepy nightmare. When I got home today, I watched TV while playing Angry Birds. See! I'm multitasking now! I'd play the same levels over and over to get 3 stars. Still no plans for tomorrow… And I haven't called the work gym either for that fitness reassessment.

Day 7: July 14
Today was beyond pathetic. Last night, I stayed up til 5AM playing solitaire on my computer and listening to music after I completely drained my iPhone battery from playing Angry Birds. I got up at 3 this afternoon and just watched TV. My sister came over for dinner today. Turns out, she thinks my Internet Detox is pointless waste of time. It's really great knowing I don't have support from family OR friends… Maybe this is a GIANT FUCKING WASTE OF TIME???

Off the grid: The Internet Detox

I am attempting no internet at home for 2 months. 2 WHOLE MONTHS!!!!! The news came as a bit of a shock to some of my friends and co-workers, most of whom thought I won't last that long. But I've already said it on Facebook, so I can't back out! Forget Dry July, this shit is way more hard-core!

So why am I doing it?
Over the past few years, I've noticed that the Interwebz has slowly started eating into my life. To the point where I've started spending almost all my free time at home in front of the computer being kinda lazy. Some might say I have a bit of a problem, but I know there are people out there who are a lot worse than I am. I stream (and NOT download) TV shows mostly.
After I got back from my 8-week holiday, I was looking for a new Internet plan and found this good deal through work that was unlimited! Then I realised if I got fast unlimited Internet, I'D NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE AGAIN!!! So I decided to do this little experiment, mostly because I said I'd learn to drive this year — but that would never happen with unlimited Internet. Then I made a slightly ambitious list of things I want to during my Internet Detox. I won't be completely out of touch though, I still have my iPhone. I'll be able to check my emails and Facebook a bit, just so I don't go completely nuts!!! I have the internet at work for 'legitimate work purposes'. Plus, I'll be keeping a daily log so you guys can check back every once in a while and laugh at my misery.

Things to do during my Internet Detox
• Learn to drive
• Start drawing/designing/painting again
• Go back to the gym
• Go to sleep before midnight
• Get out of the house more
• Start reading again

3.7.12

Gustav says...

Gustav Klimt at his studio on Josefstaedter Strasse (Vienna, 1912). Picture: Moriz Naehr
I've finally returned from my 8-week Serbian/European holiday. It was amazing and I didn't want to go home!!! On the way back to Perth, we stopped over in Vienna for two days. I managed to visit Gustav Klimt: Up Close and Personal at the Leopold Museum. It was forbidden to take photos but I found this interesting quote. I really like the way Klimt summed himself up.

The Golden Knight — Gustav Klimt (1903)
I can paint and I can draw. I believe this myself, and others say they believe this as well. But I am not sure it is true. Only two things are certain: 1. There is no self-portrait of me. I'm not interested in myself as a subject for a painting but rather in others others, above all in females, and even more in other phenomena. I am convinced that as a person I am not particularly interesting. There is very little to see in me. I am a painter who paints every day from morning until night. Figures and landscapes, less often portraits. 2. I am not fluent in the spoken or written language, particularly if I have to express myself on my work. Even if I have to write a simple letter, I'm scared stiff — as if I were faced with seasickness. So there is no use waiting for an artistic self-portrait of myself. But this is no great loss. Anyone who wants to know anything about me as an artist — and this is the only thing that matters — should look attentively at my pictures and try to discern from them who I am and what I want. 
Gustav Klimt, undated typescript. Wienbibliothek im Rathaus

            ————————————— IN OTHER NEWS —————————————
I currently have NO INTERNET at home!!! So I won't be able to upload that many pictures or do any new posts any time soon. I'll figure something out as soon as possible. Before I go NUTS!!!