From boobtube to Youtube

My kids watch a lot of Youtube, mostly videos of people playing video games

One thing that bothers me is the unregulated nature of the content, especially the ads they are forced to watch.

There is strict legislation surrounding the advertising (particularly at children) on television, yet it's quite shocking to see the branded content masquerading as user-generated material (like unboxing videos) and those commercials that play before videos too.

I was watching one the other day that basically told kids to pester parents for sugary cereal in the supermarket.

Another example is that advertising which has been banned from television is still available Youtube.

Like this Holden ute commercial that was deemed as showing unsafe driving.

Kombucha? You betcha!

Starting new batches of kombucha today

Shown here are a blood orange tea, Jo's "Immuni-tea" and brewed ginger with mint from our garden.

The last of those is the stand out at first sip, though I'm a bit crazy for mint and ginger at present.

Lush and juicy fully holding love

Wrote a song this morning drawing on words from women I know



One has written with a line from one of my dreams, so it feels kinda appropriate to be uniting our experiences in a way.

I'd like to acknowledge the chorus contains words from Waking Inanna, while the second and third verses draw on Tales from a Neon Light Diamond.


Last night in a dream
a mother said to me
the child doesn’t know
that he’s asleep

afterwards I cried
just the moon and I
walked the streets and reconciled
my inner child


now I am closer to knowing
the form I fever for
know there is a lush and juicy,
fully holding love


This hand is shaking
at the thought of reaching out
I think of myself as a helper
not one being helped out

This hand I am waving
could say hello or goodbye
and with it the words I am saving
are hold me while I cry



now I am closer to knowing
the form I fever for
know there is a lush and juicy,
fully holding love


This gap we must bridge
seemed the hardest thing to do
barely had energy to function
let alone reach out to you

but I am learning to think about my needs
tell when I’m not okay
and know you will listen
to what I have to say


now I am closer to knowing
the form I fever for
know there is a lush and juicy,
fully holding love

Youtube's idea of heaven

Forget meditating, you can feel at one with everything on Youtube!

Usain is insane

Coles had this on special for fifty cents

Presumably I've missed out on Dawn Fraser's Crazier and Freeman's Steamin' sauces.

There's no evidence of mental illness in the ingredients but the product design is questionable.

I'd like to see Michael Diamond Smells Like Dyin' branded fish sauce!

Beg, borrow or pay overdue fines

I like that Narrandera Library offers piracy as a language during self-checkout

Times they are a changin' back to fanny packs

Found my old bum bag and it still fits

Dark nettle beer

Brewed another nettle beer

The nettles were boiled a week ago and I let them sit in glass bottles until today.

I heated them with ginger, mugwort, mint, spearmint and a little wormwood and tansy.

Also added a few leaves from a wattle that was sprouting in the backyard,

And then there was a few shots of vodka which had soaked about four handfuls of lavender.

I also added three star anise.

Just under three kilos of brown sugar, one box of Cooper's brewing sugar and half a jar of molasses were stirred into 25 litres in the fermenter, with a starting gravity of 10.70.

I've read that nettles taste better with brown sugar, so I'm hoping the molasses will complement that flavour.

I used a dark brown sugar previously and got a dry ginger ale-like flavour which suited the green taste of the nettles.

Used more ginger this time, which seems to give a deep flavour, as well as bowl of mint that gives a strong punch in the mid-palate.

I've put leaves of mugwort, mint and a few tansy fronds into a bag to soak in the wort for the first few days too.

Hoping for an earthy porter-like flavour.

Edit: a week later and it has around 5% alcohol with still sugar to go.