A bit for practical understanding

Indigenous Culture Week Course – Australia

# Bush tucker
# Indigenous bush medicine
# History – past and modern Indigenous culture
# Indigenous art appreciation
# Ancient land management
# Dreamtime story telling
# Local flora and fauna Indigenous names and stories
# Importance of Indigenous land management
# 4WD’ing
# Bush walking
# Birding


UQ Course

Course Profiles, The University of Queensland

One of the most important themes in the course is the diversity of Indigenous societies in Australia, and case examples in lectures are used from many different areas of the Australian continent and islands; taking in remote “outback” social realities and histories as well as urban life and politics. Considered are Aboriginal peoples’ relationships to land, the process of colonisation in Australian society, the role of anthropologists in Aboriginal communities, as well as the work of anthropologists in understanding Indigenous relationships with non-Indigenous Australians. Themes such as kinship, cosmology, material culture, health and gender will be discussed, in addition to concerns such as land rights, effects of government policy, and identity politics. Generic and research skills gained in the course are transferable to social scientific studies of comparable colonial (or ‘post-colonial’) societies internationally.

Course – Aboriginal Australia

UNSW Handbook Course – Aboriginal Australia: The Post-Colonial Experience – ATSI2002

This course examines political and social constructions of contemporary Aboriginal Australia and the processes which have shaped them. Contemporary issues which affect Indigenous Australians, such as health, education, criminal justice, land rights and law, will be examined. The structural position of Aboriginal people within Australian society will be contextualised within the theory that colonialism is an ongoing experience for Aboriginal Australians. It will consider the implications for the future of Aboriginal self-determination and decolonisation in relation to contemporary government initiatives.

This course is exploratory and relies on your willingness to carefully read and think about the material set for discussion. When you read the set material in preparation for tutorials and the essays it is useful to take notes about what you think is being said, how these claims might be related to the themes of the course, and whether or not you find the claims interesting or plausible and why. You will need to maintain a close watch on media reports throughout this course in order to stay informed of current developments in Aboriginal Affairs.

Design and the Indigenous

Its been a few months since my participation in that forum where I got introduced to the Indigenous in design and architecture. My first impulse was to go off and literally consider a ‘design school’ for the indigenous. This is something that Alison Page is championing – so I could join in that effort. I did join the NING network that is about Indigenous craft and Design.

I then thought the area could be the subject of an ARC grant application. This saw me have a chat with Kevin Murray – who was not very thrilled with the idea. And asked some pertinent questions – like have you looked at the published material. I hadn’t.

Many mind maps and jottings later I am at this place where I am exploring the indigenous through texts. I have gone back to Uncanny Australia. And I went to the local library and got some books. Its going to be a textual immersion for now.

Immersion in what: Immersion in the territory of the indigenous in Australia. This is also called Aboriginal australia – which is a different thing entirely.

I am speculating on a course I could teach when I have made some headway through my texts – a course on Design and the Indigenous, or titled exploring Indigenous Australia, or exploring aboriginal australia.

In the next posts I am am going to think aloud (in type) on this blog – about my thoughts on the topic of the structure and for of the course.

If you have any suggestions – Do write in here!!

French Potato Masher


Google Image Result for http://www.vintageweave.com/store/media/PotatoMasher.jpg

Discovered in a Paris flea market years ago, we yearned to get our hands on more after guests would covet our personal collection hanging from our kitchen pot rack. After scouring many, many markets and antique auctions throughout France, we finally ran across them once again. Their history is now here at Vintageweave to share with you! As these are quite old, each one is unique and has various cracks and bruises from years of use. We’ll pick a special one just for you ! Length approx 8″.

Potato Masher

Chefs Toolbox Potato Masher

Chefs Toolbox Potato Masher

If you’re kind to potatoes, they’ll be kind to you. Stop pounding. That’s the philosophy behind the Chefs Toolbox’s masher. The ingenious design uses an ergonomic circular rotating action of the palm to mash potatoes, rather then a strenuous pounding action. It’s faster and easier than conventional mashers (50% faster) and creates deliciously soft and fluffy potatoes.

Adjustable Rolling Pin

Adjustable Rolling Pin with 3 Removable Discs to Roll Prepare Even Pastry, Pasta and Pizza Bases
Adjustable Rolling Pin from Joseph Joseph Rolls Pastry, Pizza Dough etc to an Even Thickness
Rolling Pins, Adjustable Rolling Pin, Depth Discs for Perfect Pastry, Pasta, Pizza, Joseph Joseph Kitchen Accessories and Essentials

The fiendishly clever Adjustable Rolling Pin from Joseph Joseph allows you to roll out pastry, pizza dough, pasta or even filo pastry to an even thickness. With 3 pairs of removable discs that raise the rolling pin to 2mm, 6mm or 10mm off your pastry board, the rolling pin’s thickness guides guarantee the most even finish. The rolling pins also have a width measurement guide etched into the wood to take the guesswork out of fitting your pizza and pie bases. The only question is why no-one thought of it before!


News room — Australian Design Unit

The ADU news room includes feature stories and a comprehensive source of career opportunities for Australian designers updated monthly. Drawn from local and international design sites, foundations, blogs, design councils and government and institutional websites, this is where you will find information on competitions, grants, residencies, workshops and opportunities, gathered together in one place and organised by state
and closing dates.

Theme Forest

So imagine you have been using wordpress for a while – and a comfortable with the format. Then you get to a stage where you are ready to change the way you project yourself; the blog is pushed to the background  and the portfolio comes to the fore ground. If you are here then ‘theme forest’ is for you.

With theme forest you can make your wordpress blog look good and professional – like a design practice. Take a look.

Free ThemeForest file of the month.

WordPress Themes, HTML Templates – ThemeForest

  • Create a Free Account Takes just a couple of minutes!
  • Find the Items You Want Browse or search the library
  • Deposit Cash Add some money to your account
  • Purchase & Download And you’re away!

ThemeForest is a marketplace for buying and selling website templates and CMS themes for all sorts of products, like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla.

Theme Generator

When I get some time to play with wordpress and themes I plan to take a shot at Artisteer.

Artisteer – joomla template generator and wordpress theme generator

With Artisteer YOU immediately become a Web design expert, editing and slicing graphics, coding XHTML and CSS, and creating Web Design Templates, Joomla templates, Drupal themes, WordPress themes, DotNetNuke skins, and Blogger templates (Beta) – all in minutes, without Photoshop or Dreamweaver, and no technical skills.

Limitations of urine glucose monitoring

I am looking for a lo-cost glucose monitoring method. So have been going back and looking at urine glucose monitoring. Its not perfect – but in a situation where there is no PBS and there is no possibility of doing frequent blood glucose tests – this is an option.

So I have begun looking at alternate ways of testing urine glucose. A reusable method would be great.

Diabetes and urine glucose monitoring – myDr.com.au

Limitations of urine glucose monitoring

If monitoring your diabetes control by testing your urine glucose, it’s important to understand the limitations of this method.

* A urine glucose test does not reflect your blood glucose level at the time of testing; instead, it gives an indication of your blood glucose level over the past several hours. For example, some of the urine present in your bladder may be 2 hours old, and may show glucose even though your blood glucose may have normalised since then. Compare this to a blood glucose test which gives you a reading of your current blood glucose level.
* A urine glucose test does not give you any information about low blood glucose levels, as glucose is only found in the urine when the blood glucose level is above 10 mmol/L. That is, a negative urine glucose test may be the result of a normal blood glucose level or a dangerously low blood glucose level, with the urine glucose test unable to differentiate between the 2 situations.
* The results of a urine glucose test are influenced by the volume and concentration of urine that you pass, which will vary with the amount of fluid you consume and your fluid loss due to such things as heavy sweating or vomiting.
* Urine glucose tests designed for home use rely on interpreting a colour change to define the result. Subtle colour differences may be difficult to interpret.
* If a urine glucose test is not read at the specified time after applying the urine to the test strip, then the result is prone to error.
* Some medications may interfere with the results of urine glucose testing.

Advantages of urine glucose monitoring

* Urine glucose testing is easy to do: just dip the test strip in the urine and read the result at the allocated time.
* It is less painful than blood glucose monitoring — no finger pricks to collect blood!
* Urine test strips are less costly than buying a blood glucose monitor and its test strips.