Tiff, the Beach, and Human Experience

Did I really take Tiffany to the beach last week? And if she went, was I really there? Are we missing out on the experience by trying to ‘capture the moment’? I thought I’d use this blog to consider this question by expanding on a story I told in a video I made for teaching…

Lifelong Learning: Lessons from a Spider

Many – maybe most – people are not the greatest fans of spiders, so much so that I’m cautious about using images that (hopefully) won’t trigger arachnophobia. They’re not my favourite creature either, but I do owe them my gratitude for a lesson one of their kind once taught me… When I was a sessional…

Eat the Bagel, or, There Is No Try

Do or do not. There is no try. – Yoda I recently responded to a student tweet with the above quotation. The student had mentioned something they were hoping to (would ‘try to’) do over the next week or so. I can’t remember who the student was, or what exactly they were aspiring to create…

Sometimes Things Go Wrong: Embracing Failure and Imperfection

Sometimes things can go wrong, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be right too. I’ve been thinking for a while now about compiling all of the bloopers from teaching videos I’ve made since 2013 into one collection. There are precious few usable stuff-ups that I haven’t put online in some form anyway. Such things can…

What is KAOS?: The Value of Mystery

THIS IS SPARTA KAOS!! Well, I guess this may have grabbed your attention… These days, it seems that movie trailers are getting longer and longer, and as a result showing more and more of a film’s action, jokes, and even major plot points – yes, I’m looking at you Batman vs. Superman! In a sense,…

Online Etiquette: Remembering the ‘Social’ in Social Media

My sister and I are best friends. You wouldn’t know it judging from a recent text message conversation we had… at least if you’re reading it from the outside. In fact, I’ve played up this kind of antagonism in a teaching video I made a few years ago, and in various other places since. It’s…

Thinking (in) Videos: Merging the Critical with the Creative

Graduates not only need to be able to make things; they need to be able to think critically as well. A few days ago I was sitting on a Course Review panel chatting to an industry practitioner who co-founded an innovative creative agency based in Melbourne. The company does a lot of digital production and…

Nothing is a Waste of Time, Except Doing Nothing

  Nothing you ever read or watch or listen to is a waste of time. That was the seldom-spoken personal philosophy I lived by as a literature and history student in my undergraduate years – and probably before university too. I was a voracious reader and viewer from an early age; I would constantly devour…

It Started with a Pack of Cards: Motivation and Reward

When I was young, my Dad would encourage my brother Luke and I to work out with him in the shed every week… almost every week… I think. When he could get us to do it anyway. Two decades have passed and my memories have blurred, but I distinctly remember feelings of both annoyed reluctance…