Weed Heads and Bong Skate Park

Like the BeeGees, I went to Humpybong State School. Other kids from neighbouring schools used to employ their sharpest wit and call it Humpy-pong. Ouch!

The Humpybong Skate Park would often have the “Humpy” part painted over. “Bong Skate Park”! Can you imagine that?

I’ve been working in Tweed Heads since late May last year and I’ve learned that there is a similar practice here. The somewhat regal name of Tweed Heads, by the removal of a single letter, becomes weed Heads. Punctuation is KO’ed by the comedic heavyweights. That’s clever. Oscar Wilde, eat your heart out!

The act of minus-T.I first learned about this cultural phenomenon when I wrote an article about the Tweed Heads’ Wikipedia entry being vandalised. Read it for yourself.

Anyway, it wasn’t until earlier this month – way after the Wikipedia entry had been fixed up – that I actually saw, what I will henceforth refer to as the ‘act of minus-T’, it with my own eyeballs.I knew I had to capture the act of minus-T and store it digitally for future generations.

There’s a very smug person with green stains on his or her hands who laughs every time they pass this sign. Somebody with green thumbs.

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Japanese anti-rain dolly thingies

This entry is a thinly disguised iPhone test post.

To be superficial one must mention the weather, correct? Tomorrow I’m hoping to shoot a My Town segment at Chinderah so I’m hoping water won’t continue to fall from the sky. My video camera is like a mogwai and mustn’t get wet.
In Japan I remember people teruteru bozu, a tissue ghost, to ward off the rain. Empirical studies apparently show conclusively that they do not work.
So what exactly is a teruteru bozu? Let’s ask my wife a Japanese person.
“It’s a fun thing for children if, for instance, the next day they have an excursion and the weather isn’t looking good. That child wants good weather for the next day. So the Japanese child will make teruteru bozu with tissue paper and draw a face and put it in the window so it can be seen by the sky. It doesn’t work. It’s a wish. I haven’t made one since primary school. ”

Teruteru boozu

An authentic, but faceless, teruteru bozu displayed in a shop window in southern Osaka. Photo: DDS

 

Recycling recycling

“Never use the same word twice in a headline.”

I received that advice and have tried to stick to it. But I’ll play by my own rules in the DDS*Mediasphere.

I’ve avoided taking my video camera outside in the past week because of the inclement weather. I did, however, take it out for some fresh air last Monday when I visited the recycling plant in Chinderah, Tweed. There were some pretty awesome features like the magnets that repelled aluminium but let plastics pass while throwing soft drink cans into another chute. Very impressive! So, watch the video and read more about it here.

 

Back online.

I originally set up this site as an online portfolio to help me get work as a journalist in Australia. But, seeing as I have a job at APN as a “digital online producer”, there’s not such a pressing need for me to showcase my work online.

I’ve been thinking revamping my site and having a little bit of fun with it and treating it more like a public scrapbook than an online CV.

A few weeks back I pulled up my site to see if I could brainstorm a little and figure out what changes I’d make. Did I really need to share that short article I wrote about the changes to fencing laws? No. No, I didn’t.

Unfortunately some characters, who proudly identified themselves as Moroccan hackers, beat me to it. They wiped all of my precious content and replaced it with their own political messages.

It turned out to be a catalyst for me to get my faeces together and get this fresh new site off the ground and into Cyberstan.

With some valuable assistance from my web-master and long-term mate Morgs, I’m back baby!

Watch this space.