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A mentor’s mentor

“There is beauty everywhere that I turn. Another awesome day of Growth & Contribution. With Deep Gratitude for the friends I shared time and inspiration with today.” XP.

Yesterday I had a long lunch with Pauline Nguyen at The Meat & Wine Co in Circular Quay (not to be confused with the one at Darling Harbour, this one in the Intercontinental Hotel was great! Had a real gentlemans club vibe about it, smelt amazing and the steak was perfecto!).

I’ve still been on a high from the shoot we did a week ago, and I’m on even more of a high now that I’ve had a good sit down and chat. I’ve mentored a lot of young people over the years but have always wanted to find someone to mentor me. I’ve found it in Pauline.

During lunch Pauline had a note pad out, and asked me questions, and would take notes down when I answered. She was very much holding a mirror up to me. Questions on values, which I found easier to answer by concentrating on the stuff I don’t value. Defining roles, the Artist, the Manager and the Entrepreneur, and at the very end, even discussing what I got out of today, with meeting with her. It’s not often you hear “you’re fucking amazing” from someone totally fucking amazing. I felt like a student, and I loved it.

Follow Pauline (even following her facebook feed is inspirational to me):

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Ogilvy Talk

Ogilvy entrance.

Hey it’s Brian! Brian was speaking too, about his new company Common Ventures.

Aus Infront on the big screen.

I’m on a high from a talk I gave at Ogilvy earlier today. Every fortnight Ogilvy have a Lunch & Learn event where everybody gets together and somebody presents on a chosen topic. The whole point is not just to learn, but be inspired.

I was invited to talk on the topic of Start-Ups / Small Businesses. Basically following your passion/dream, breaking out of the mould, pursuing something, tuning it into a business and making it successful.

Of-course I had a lot to say about the topic. Starting with Australian INfront through to Zen Garage, of finding happiness by being in the moment of doing what you love.

Conversations with Pauline helped to get me in the right frame of mind for this talk. I found myself patting myself on the back driving on route to Ogilvy, not just after the talk driving home.

I only had 15 minutes. I’m more used to having an hour to present! I had to take big chunks out, but I shared a little, showed a little and I had an absolute blast. A quick Q&A at the end let me say a little bit more, which was great. I just wished there was more time as I love any opportunity to speak (haha!).

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Sir Anthony Mason Chambers



Elevators opened up to a foyer and the boardroom + view.

The view.

Nanami unpacking her pieces.

Looking back into the foyer from the boardroom.

Food was amazing, company was amazing too (I admit, a little unexpected… but totally accepted!).

Nanami’s been invited to be a resident artist at the Sir Anthony Mason Chambers in Sydney CBD and today we got a whole lot of framed artwork over there, ready for hanging. The guys treated us to a really lovely lunch too (great wine choice as well!), and so what started out as a simple drop off ended up being an all day hang with some big gun lawyers!

PS: Find more of Nanami’s work on her web site.

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Google are a bunch of creepers


OH, forgot to mention… the other day on my B’Day I saw this on Google. At first I was like “Holy shit! I wonder if the B’Day cakes are a coincidence” then I rolled over the image and BOOM! Happy Birthday Justin?! Come on Google, that’s not smart, that’s just plain fucking creepy!

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Happy B’Day to me

5am automatic wake-up, again! That’s 3 times in a row now, old man!

39 today! Under the radar as expected (never been one for celebrating B’Days). I’ve taken the day off work and have decided to treat myself to a few goodies on eBay despite the fact that I’m meant to be saving up for my Japan trip at the end of this year.

I sold my set of BBS RS’ a few weeks ago and I was paid for in cash, unfortunately all that cash is pretty much gone! It’s awesome treating friends to stuff when you’re loaded! Probably not the smartest thing to hold on to the cash though (really should have deposited it into my bank account).

So what did I buy?

I started with a¬†Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye lens for my spare GF1. I’d seen a lot of cheap fisheye lenses on eBay and I knew they weren’t going to be any good, so I did my research and this lens has rave reviews world wide. It’s pricey (costs twice as much as the GF1 it’s going on!) but I’m pretty sure I’ll have a bit of fun with it.

Whilst I was in camera land I also bought myself a view finder for my GF1, a spare lens cap for my 20mm pancake lens, a lens cleaning kit, a spare charger and battery for the GF6 too.

I also treated myself to a new Bose SoundLink III bluetooth sound dock. I went for the big one. Looking forward to streaming soundcloud around the house with that for sure.

I think I’d better stop there. Now for some quality Mia and Justin couch time catching up with some of my fave TV shows, then later on I’ll be heading off in search for fried chicken and after that, drinks!

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Goodbye SPAMVENTDOCUMENT. You were awesome.

I’ve been running SPAMVENTDOCUMENT as my personal blog since 2008 (check out my first post here). I used to run a blog in the 90′s, even before Blogger was invented, back then we used to update our blogs by editing HTML and FTPing updated files.

A lot of technologies have advanced since the 90s (I used WordPress now and it’s awesome) but I still find blogging pretty much the same despite. Ultimately, I find blogging therapeutic, it’s just become something that I do. I spam, I vent and I document. I also like to be able to search back through my life, using the search field of-course, for certain images/events/memories.

So, no more “hiding” behind a funny name. On a whim I’ve decided to kill off SPAMVENTDOCUMENT and I’ve now moved everything to: It feels better already!

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Mimi Kumai Haircut No.2



Recently I had my first haircut since I was 15, and it’s been growing out, fast as expected. I’ve thought about cutting my own hair again, but I doubt I’d pull it off so I contacted Mimi Kumai again, and somehow managed to con her into coming over to my place to cut my hair on a day off (both her day off and mine as well!).

SO happy :) Mimi’s off to Japan to live soon too, pretty sad considering I’ve only just found her! If you’re after one of her cuts, be sure to book her in ASAP.

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Jump around, jump around. Jump up jump up and get down! Nanami and I finally got to Stonehenge, a re-imagined life-size inflatable at Hyde Park. Rolled my ankle (lol old man) but had heaps of fun!

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Could not resist checking out ‘Cranium’, a skull art exhibition held at M2 Gallery in Surry Hills (because I love skulls!).

The Dirt. My fave piece on the night.

Skateboard Parking Only.

I so need a Sophia Fitzpatrick ring!

Mike Watt’s piece could have been mine if I didn’t rock up so late.

Dressed for the occasion. Lachlan Bruce’s back.

Loved Amy Sutherland’s working retro fridge.

The infamous Young Henrys!

Amazing piece by Meghan Byrne.

Yup, wow. Loved both pieces by Atong Atem.

Lovely piece by Caryn Griffin.

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Wasted Years

As seedy as you like.

Live music even.


Krystal Le.

Hayley Zena Jamieson.

Amy Veronica.

Celebrated Krysti’s 20th at Wasted Years last night with Rob and Glenn. Krysti got her live art on, was a good night hanging out with arty girls. More pics on Zen:

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