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December 31, 2002
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Hey Tez!

How's summer brewing down there?

I've been wondering... ya know I put up all those winter scenes and now skaters & snowmen... what's that like seeing all that while the sun is shining and it's 80 degrees?

How do you think someone "in general" from Australia might think/feel seeing graphics depicting opposing seasons to their own?

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Happy New Year Special Internet Person!

December 31, 2002
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SC.

Dunkershun! I can't spell in German very well. 🙂

How do I feel about seeing snow when the temperature is 86 degrees in that 'funny' measurement called Fahrenheit? It's actually 30 degrees C.

Well... Santa had a hard landing, I feel sure. I bet he shed those clothes in favor of a 'Jacky Howe' singlet!

In case you don't understand the Oz terminology,

1. Jackie Howe was a 'gun' shearer in the early 1900's.

2. 'Gun' means top notch, head of the class.

3. A shearer is one who clips the wool off a sheep's back.

4. Jacky Howe, as the legend goes, only ever wore a black singlet instead of a shirt.

5. A 'singlet' is a vest like undergarment like a T shirt with the sleeves cut out.

I think that most Aussies are too busy having 'barbies', lying around on the beaches, drinking booze in some pub, trying to get into airconditioning, and generally 'making hay while the sun shines' to think much about anything. Of course, I'm the exception. 🙂 I saw the gif images and wondered how some of the snow could be shipped over here.

However Mr Howard would insist on the payment of GST, import duties, customs and excise duties, bank transaction charges on the snow importation to fatten his coffers still further so that he can back up our big brother Uncle Sam in waging war. He's also very accomplished at cutting welfare to those in most need at this time of the year. But he allows plenty of green house gases to be expelled into the ozone layer in order to fry us Aussies in a more intensified streal of UVA and UVB waves. This increases the profits of already overpaid and overworked skin specialists and thus the income taxation that they pay.

1. Mr. Howard is the opportunist who posed as the Prime minister of OZ.

2. GST is a tax on goods and services that was - as mooted at election time - to replace all other taxes. Instead it was added on top of the many other taxes mentioned above. In fact it only ever replaced the sale tax on goods by extending it to services as well!

3. Pubs are public houses for drinking booze.

Nothing is surer than death and taxes!!

I bet you're sorry you asked. 🙂

You do a great job in financing and running this site! Let anyone who thinks otherwise do better!!

A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you SC, and all the other posties on this site.

My wish for you:

May your life be full of wisdom, love and compassion now and always.

January 1, 2003
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SC, I know you didn’t ‘address’ me specifically, but as another Australian I’m going to take the liberty to answer anyway ;oP

I think Tez is correct; the effort that is required to be indignant at something as trivial as Christmas symbols during the heat of an Australian summer is not considered a worthy use of resources. Certainly a ‘white’ Christmas is beyond the realms of what most Australians’ experiences of Christmas are, so, for the most part, we cannot and do not relate to the ‘Winter’ images that are projected on to us. Nevertheless, we accept and appreciate that other individuals have a different perspective of Christmas and so I think you will find that most Australians are not offended by ‘snowy’ Christmas images. For the large part, Australians receive mixed message as to what Christmas really is and how it should be celebrated. Influences from America and Europe (and unfortunately Australia is very much influenced by images from America and Europe) suggest that Christmas is all about snow, reindeer, mistletoe and fireplaces. Obviously, since it is summer here, that is not the reality for us! However, in a sense we help to perpetuate that myth by buying Christmas cards that depict ‘wintery’ Christmas scenes or by decorating homes or shop windows with fake ‘snow’ and with snowmen and reindeer etc, because we have been conditioned to think that that is how Christmas is ‘meant’ to be. But at the same time there is a very big call to recognise and accept the realities of an ‘Australian’ Christmas so as such we bandy around images of an army of kangaroos and emus pulling “Father Christmas” (as he is traditionally called in Australia) along in a sleigh across the bush. As such we tend to amalgamate the images of Christmas into one confusing mass of cheer.

On the basis of how do I think Australians feel about seeing ‘winter’ images ON THIS SITE even though for us it is summer? Well, obviously it would be ‘nice’ if we too could relate to the images, but I accept that. I recognise that it is a ‘global’ site, but it’s based in America so it’s only natural that the cultural images that are projected will coincide with the cultural expectations of the dominant group. No point creating a fuss about that. Nevertheless, I do appreciate your concern and foresight in recognising that the experiences in the Southern Hemisphere are likely to be different from your own. I’m not trying to be overly offensive, but I would have to say that that would have to be my one criticism of Americans as a whole – their assumption that the world ends outside of their country borders and their (apparent) lack of regard to the notion that there are different traditions, opinions and experiences in the rest of the world. I don’t know what the average American thinks of Australians, but I have a fair idea that it is very different from the reality. I haven’t met an Australian yet that hasn’t cringed at the shenanigans of the ‘Crocodile Hunter’ or ‘Crocodile Dundee’. It somewhat saddens me that the very basis of our culture is modified in order to appeal to an American mass market in the interest of selling more movie tickets. And then we wonder why Australians as a whole have such an identity crisis!! Well not me. I’m proud of who I am; proud of my country and proud to be ‘different’, because ‘different’ doesn’t mean ‘bad’; it just means ‘different’. All I ask is that people recognise that we are different and not the latest American state.

January 3, 2003
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YOU TWO!!

Cracking me up.

Well, I've recently found that sending anything (other than paper documents) outside of the U.S.requires 4 copies of an invoice! Yes! (except snow would probably be free too, though the delivery company still gets paid) Like, if I were to copy some pictures onto a CD and try to mail it to either of you, I'd have to declare it's value with 4 invoices. I'd value it at like $1. But if I didn't, it would come back to me. It's just more and more paperwork that needs to be filled out.

Yes Squeezles... I hear your frustration w/ "Americanized" views/and opinions. Yes, the U.S. is very insulated and our media and government does push stereotypes upon whole nations (are Americans stereotyped by Aussie's as well?)... but it's really us (punny) who are the biggest losers in that. I wish U.S. culture ran deeper and that our media was more versatile. The world is much richer than what our daily experiences as a US citizen offer us. We are sheltered in many ways. There are plenty of grass roots organizations in the U.S. who offer alternative media, but we're too brainwashed to pay attention or to switch the channel or pick up their newsletters.

I do often wonder things like, "How often does say a German person 'think' about a U.S. person?" Do other cultures/countries really give much time to think about/relate to other cultures? How much border awareness is there?

January 3, 2003
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Interesting point SC. I'm American, and work for an American-based company with offices in nations in Europe, Asia and yes, even Australia (smile!). Our headquarters is in the US, and we hear a lot from our non-US-based employees that the Americans in the company need to be more sensitive to the cultures of the other offices that make up our entire company. Absolutely, I agree.

But... never do I hear the Spanish saying that the Americans should be more sensitive to the French, or hear the folks in Hong Kong say that the Americans need to respect the folks in Sao Paulo more. It's interesting, having done a lot of projects with people based in the UK, my project teams learn to adapt to coming into work a bit earlier in the day than most of our coworkers, and even signing emails with a frisky little "cheers" at the end, or write that we would "be quite happy to do such and such" even if the task is a total bore, just because adopting some of the mannerisms of the UK team with whom we are working makes things run more smoothly for everyone. And the UK team makes concessions as well, staying a bit later compared to their UK coworkers to get more overlap of working hours during the day, understanding that much of their work has to be uploaded to a central server located in the Americas, etc.

Although occasionally I am astounded and very disappointed at the behavior of some Americans that I meet, I don't think that the "stupid American" stereotype is limited to Americans in reality. Stupid people exist everywhere and in every culture. Unfortunately for Americans with our glut of technology and over-commercialization, it seems that the ridiculous exception is what is publicized for the rest of the world to see. For example, I highly doubt that a reality TV show would want to follow me around as I wake up in the morning, exercise, feed my cats, commute to work, sit in my cube all day, go to music rehearsal at night, go home, clean the house and play with the cats, and go to sleep. No, MTV wants to follow around Snoop Doggy Dog while he redecorates some idiot's living room and turns it into a dog kennel. In reality, who do you think more Americans would relate to? Ginger, with her boring 9-5 job, home needing endless repairs and adorable kitties? Or the ding-dong who is putting an 8 foot dog house in her living room as designed by her favorite rap artist?

January 3, 2003
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Well said, everyone.

Us Aussies suffer from a 'cultural cringe' that seems to drive some to either of two extremes.

One extreme is the quintessential 'ocker' who throws prawns on the barbie, wrestles crocodiles, chases kangaroos down our main streets, distains all authority, leaps over the Gallipoli parapets with absolute disdain for the withering machine gun fire - the bronze ANZAC of megalithic proportions.

The other extreme is the rejection of all that is good about our culture and the filling of the remaining void by imitating our Yankee cousins in replicating all that impresses us about the US of A.

What a lot of young people don't realize is how much we have imitated the USA. A lot of our singers seem to be trying to adopt an American accent when they sing. Of course a lot of our successful ones don't. Our street signage and traffic control devices have been lifted straight out of the States. Our fashions follow suit. American companies buy out our successful enterprises. On and on it goes.

I hope we still retain our Aussie sense of humour (not humor). I hope we can still retain some of our unique Aussie behaviour (not behavior). I hope we can see through (not thru) the superficialities in others and adopt the good solid stuff - and there is plenty of that. But most of all, I hope we can all see that humanity, whilst having many differences, shares much more in common. For war can only be made by military and political leaders painting the 'enemy' as somehow less than human - for who can willingly and wantonly shoot a reflection of themselves in another.

January 7, 2003
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hi SC, since ur here, a short suggestion, to have the title of the thread after the "Discussion content"
that way, i can go any thread by seeing its title in the history, and i can distinguish between different threads when i have many windows open.

January 8, 2003
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Look, up in the window, it's...

Is that what you asked for? Just for you guest_guest.

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January 10, 2003
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Last night, I was watching Jeopardy and the question was about Name a city that has city in it's name for a city in the Western Hemisphere?"

Pulled out the dictionary, just to understand what Western Hemisphere is?

I have a very small world view 🙂

Do you know the answer?

January 10, 2003
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Mexico City
Guatamala City
Panama City

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January 10, 2003
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You're Good....I guess that's why you are the site coordinator!

January 10, 2003
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All I know is that the blood keeps rushing to my head from standing upside down under the earth all the time.

I guess it causes me less trouble than if it kept rushing somewhere else. 🙂

January 13, 2003
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wow, SC, thats great, looks much better:). it adds strength to the site. thanks for caring
an improvement:
AAC - Earth's hemisphere.
that will show its from AAC.
like on CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/01.....index.html
each page of CNn shows 'cnn.com - "blah blah".

again thanks a lot dear. also, i have expereince in making cgi forms for a "contact us". i can tell u if u dont know how.
its easier for the user to contact (they dont have to use their email account). i'm here to help you, just let me know.

January 13, 2003
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cool, i just checcked, i can just click on the title of the thread in the history, i dont need to search all the threads for the one i was looking for.
but its only acivated for the social section :). pls do it for main one too (general).

January 16, 2003
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wow. .great SC, thanks a lot, COOL :). looks professional now. (me is a perfectionist as you can see).
here's a saying that i have to remind myself when i want things so perfect that often im afraid to start them:

"If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right, you'll probably never do much of anything."

~ Win Borden ~
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