Updating, in more ways than one

Just a brief sort of update on last week’s post about my assessment and study for what is now a distant week 6.

I’ve got two weeks before my next assessment kicks in. Well that’s a lie right there… I’d hope for it to kick in a lot earlier than that, since the due date is in 2 weeks. So I’m just re-designing my study environment…

The first step involves updating my study playlist, which I’m hoping some of you can contribute to:

Down the Way (the whole album) – Angus and Julia Stone

Counting Down the Days – Claude Kelly

Smoke –  Natalie Imbruglia

Are you strong enough – Sheryl Crowe

4th of July – Kelis

Waiting on the World to Change – John  Mayer

Speechless – Ciara feat The Dream

Hurt Me – Ne-Yo

Facelifts & Waterfalls – Bei Maejor

Lesson Learned – Alicia Keys feat John Mayer

Wait til you See my Smile – Alicia Keys

Breathe Me – Sia

Save the World – Brooke Fraser

On Melancholy Hill – Gorillaz

Still I Rise – Nicki Minaj

Like it Or Not – Justin Garner

Millionaire – André 3000 feat Kelis

Gone Already – Faith Evans

Purify Me – Indie Arie

Repercussions – Lauryn Hill

Into Temptation – Crowded House…

That’s all I have so far… So depending on user activity on this blog, please feel free to add and recommend songs… they can be anything besides hardcore heavy metal… No offence to people who dig that genre.

Tomorrow, I’ll probably re-arrange my room, to make it look different…


3am at Nicky Rotten’s

There are bikers outside my window. And here in America, it seems that all bikers are of the bandana-wearing, heavily bearded variety. Thank god I’m on the second floor of the hostel.

It’s 3am here in San Diego, and about 7pm in Australia. The seventeen or so hour time difference has made sleep almost impossible. To pass the time, I’m looking down on the patrons of Sloppy Joe’s Pizza and Pasta Joint, Nicky Rotten’s Bar and Grill and The Whiskey Girl nightclub.

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“No it’s not!!!”

I am trying to convince myself it is not week six – which is pretty much half of this semester already gone!!

“How is your sanity going, Michael”

I continually ask myself that question. At the same time, I don’t realise that I’m actually answering it too.

I’m only doing three units this semester, which is still full-time, but I think I have too much time on my hands. I’m the kind of person that works well under pressure. I thrive under time constraints. But I’ve got some interesting research going on this semester. Wanna take a look?

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Excuses, Excuses

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii there!

My dad always says ‘Don’t find excuses, find solutions.’ And in the spirit of ignoring my father’s advice, which has motivated for the majority of my life, here are a bunch of excuses (excellent excuses) for why I haven’t blogged in the last two months:

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Your Only Fear Is Possibility

And today was a day just like any other…. except I went speed dating.

For those unfamiliar with the term, this is sometimes referred to as the single person’s desperate attempt to meet new people.  I suppose in theory, this should work quite well, right?  Fill out a questionnaire, introduce yourself, swap stories and if you’re both looking for the same thing you can run off into the sunset together.  This week though, it was used as our lecturers’ attempt of an icebreaker amongst peers in our week 2 class.  Awkward isn’t the right word, but it’s the first that comes to mind. Read more

Mi Goreng – tasteful laziness

Perfect for that study snack, even more palatable after a heavy night out after stumbling through your back door with no shoes on at 4:30am, Mi Goreng is certainly a necessity in any pantry within Australia.

It is very much a student staple. It was talked about last week on Nova with  Hughsy and Kate where students were calling up confessing their addictions (in clearly an extreme example) for Mi Goreng. It is revolutionising the diets of young adults across Australia. But I really don’t think with the sodium and the nutrients – or lack thereof – Mi Goreng really isn’t doing anything spectacular for the budget conscious uni students health. So I gave myself a challenge: to make Mi Goreng taste better, look amazing, and to add more life (nutrients) to the meal.

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