New year fireworks outside Australia are awesome!

I was in a small town outside of Zurich a few years ago for NYE. Her house is slightly higher than her town and you could face any direction from there and the horizon was a sea of fireworks. At my cousins unit in the middle of Vienna he took a video 360 degrees and it’s the same. It’s just everyones personal fireworks everywhere. Brazil is the same as this video shows from a plane.

And Amsterdam

Re-realisation about time and what matters.

For some reason Xmas and boxing day this year re-triggered an old thought, or a recurring one. How awesome it is to see people everywhere having the time just to hangout and do nothing together.

We really need to get over this “Keeping up with the Jones'” mindset we have here (here meaning Australia, but probably other countries as well). Having to have the most pristine lawn out the front of the house, the latest car, the latest big screen TV, Foxtel, Netflix, material this and that. Why do we care so much? Once I’ve a piece of steel with rubber wheels which achieves it’s purpose, then what? The lawn will just grow to it’s height and that natural plant called ‘grass’ will be in it’s natural state. Unless it gets in the way because you need a clear pathway to walk, or it’s a fire hazard or something, it’s actually nicer as long grass. How big does a TV screen need to be? What difference does the latest smart phone really make? Does social media actually make you more social?

Going back to Xmas / boxing day this year. Really if we could make a 4 hour work day and then have at least 4 extra hours to just be with each other sitting around, being bored together. Then I think we wouldn’t feel the need to fill the holes in our life with shiny objects. The media promotes “…be the envy of your friends…” That’s no fun. Why would I want my friends to not like me because they are envious?

Thinking back. Best friends are made when people spend a lot of time being bored together. This is because boredom creates space for people to show who they truly are. The nothing creates the something. If you want to get to know people, create a fire (if possible), make food and drink, maybe add music and sit around that fire doing nothing much. That’s where associations start to happen. Create this scenario anywhere on Earth and people seem to be content.

Interesting that fire has been banned in so many places. There really should be an open fire pit at every park where people can come start a public fire. It doesn’t cost much if anything to do. If the council is paranoid they can put in lights and security cameras, but each suburb needs a fireplace where people can walk to from their house and talk to other people there.

There should be a spot within walking distance for car camping so travelers can pull in for the night. Again, use cameras for security and at popular spots restrict the stay to 2-3 nights, but the cost is so minuscule and the enhancement to the living environment and peoples happiness is huge.  There is really no excuse for this not to be in every suburb across Australia.

Again, the re-realisation….. Minimise material things, reduce shininess, organise life to spend 3-4 hours a day with others being bored. Do more communal fire places.

The first 3 minutes.

We were out at a party last night and whilst walking up the stairwell to the top floor we ran into one of the guitarists. He said hi to us and the usual name exchange went on. And then that first question most people ask was different.

Glen asked “What’s your passion?”

Such a better question than “….. and what do you do?”

Glens passion was making music and he was presently writing a screenplay.

For many it’s a much more difficult thing to answer. My passion at the moment is designing and building planes. Dana actually paused and because she took so long to answer I answered for her saying “Pilates”. Even though this was totally the wrong answer., it took her till now (the next afternoon) to answer.

Either way. It’s a great question to ask next time you meet someone new. “What’s your passion?”


Time lapse really gives the world a different point of view. It makes everything somehow look smaller.

Time lapse equipment here:

Which lead into this guys project of taking footage of Antarctica and projecting it onto a building (The Auckland War Museum). It’s interesting what people become obsessed with.