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Monday, March 21, 2016

Sailor MIA

Unfortunately, my Sailor has been classified as MIA. Last seen on the morning of Friday 19 February: I sat at my desk and scribbled out an address on an envelope before rushing out to meet Mr. Foulkes. It was not until the Saturday morning when having coffee with Mother, and the need to write a list alerted me to the fact that the Sailor was missing.

It has been a rough few weeks. Resorted to pencil, I have tried to carry on. But the Sailor does obsess my thoughts - making me check under every piece of furniture or cupboard just once more, just to be certain.

I miss its smooth and delicate flow of ink, and the way the gold nib would glisten (that's the first time I have ever had to write that word, in fact I required the dictionary for its spelling) in the light. However, I feel it is time to let go and until I am able to afford a new amazing fountain pen I have made acquaintance with a fine nib Lamy Safari.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I am a Spontaneous Idealist. What is your personality type?

Spontaneous Idealists are creative, lively and open-minded persons. They are humorous and dispose of a contagious zest for life. Their enthusiasm and sparkling energy inspires others and sweeps them along. They enjoy being together with other people and often have an uncanny intuition for their motivations and potential.
Spontaneous Idealists are masters of communication and very amusing and gifted entertainers. Fun and variety are guaranteed when they are around. However, they are sometimes somewhat too impulsive in dealing with others and can hurt people without really meaning to do so, due to their direct and sometimes critical nature.

This personality type is a keen and alert observer; they miss nothing which is going on around them. In extreme cases, they tend to be oversensitive and exaggeratedly alert and are inwardly always ready to jump. Life for them is an exciting drama full of emotionality. However, they quickly become bored when things repeat themselves and too much detailed work and care is required. Their creativity, their imaginativeness and their originality become most noticeable when developing new projects and ideas - they then leave the meticulous implementation of the whole to others. On the whole, Spontaneous Idealists attach great value to their inner and outward independence and do not like accepting a subordinate role. They therefore have problems with hierarchies and authorities.

If you have a Spontaneous Idealist as your friend, you will never be bored; with them, you can enjoy life to the full and celebrate the best parties. At the same time, they are warm, sensitive, attentive and always willing to help. If Spontaneous Idealists have just fallen in love, the sky is full of violins and their new partners are showered with attention and affection. This type then bubbles over with charm, tenderness and imagination. But, unfortunately, it soon becomes boring for them once the novelty has worn off. Boring everyday life in a partnership is not for them so that many Spontaneous Idealists slip from one affair into another. However, should the partner manage to keep their curiosity alive and not let routine and familiarity gain the upper hand, Spontaneous Idealists can be inspiring and loving partners.

I am a Spontaneous Idealist. What is your personality type?: Take the free personality test at iPersonic.com in just 3 Minutes.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blondlox (2006 - 2016)

Ten years ago I was sitting on a queen bed with my then boyfriend and we were discussing the problem that faced me (and I'm sure many of you at one point or another) - what should my new email address be?

Having a very common name the obvious choices were already taken. Furthermore, the use of numbers in an email address has always come across to me as being a little crass. Resulting in an endless tirade of  typing in username after username, and every time being rejected with "unavailable" (back in those days it wasn't as dramatic with the whole input box shaking and stressing how unoriginal your idea was). It was then that my boyfriend suggested 'blonde-lox', spelled 'b-l-o-n-d-l-o-x'. It was available and from that day was used as my primary contact address.

At the age of sixteen, with blonde locks and dating a guy into alternative lifestyle, I thought the name was quite well suited and better yet it was available. As other social media sites started popping up - twitter, instagram, youtube (prior Google's ownership) and even wikimedia - I was always thankful that I could register the same username across the board.

In fact it was from this experience that I started to value the essence of personal branding and understanding the weight of having an online identity that is the same across the board.

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Over the last year I feel that I have moved on from the bondlox identity, and with each time I required to spell out my email address started to feel embarrassed. It was one of these moments, whilst spelling out blondlox in person that I thought, "its time". This was also agreed by people around me when I asked them their thoughts - each in turn pointing out that they were  glad I bought up the issue, and then proceed to tell me how they had been thinking this for some time... Thanks guys!

With much consideration (and a few hours punching in username after username into various domain registries and social media platforms) and this time being delivered the news with the dramatic shaking of the input box. I couldn't find a new name that a) was the same and available across all the board and b) represented me.

Until, at dinner one night, a friend of mine called me by his nickname to me, Mattski. It was a 'aha' moment, immediately I jumped online... "sorry, that domain name is unavailable" (except "www.mattski.net",  I umm'd and ahh'd but wasn't convinced that '.net' was correct).

It was while abroad and looking at having a rubber stamp made-up that I just thought I would try "mattski" once again, otherwise I would have to stick with blondlox. Lo and behold, 'mattski.com.au' had become available. On my iphone, in the freezing cold with a wifi connection from the local supermarket I registered the domain.

Of course, the story didn't end there - now with a new domain and business cards/stamp created with my new identity I needed to overhaul blondlox across the board. Which presented with a secondary issue - finding a name around Mattski that was available: While this was available on twitter it was not available on instagram, and what was available on issuu was also available on twitter but not on wikimedia. It was then that I was reminded about a very interesting article that I once read discussing the dilemma that children of today will face (and lets not even consider further generations) in creating online username and identities. With so much, already, being taken - and god help if their name was Matthew Robinson!

After much searching and playing and asking for advice, I finally found a new identity that I am quite happy with: "Mattski_au".

Website: www.mattski.com.au
Email: hello@mattski.com.au
Instagram: @mattski_au
Twitter: @mattski_au
Wikiversity: User:Mattski_au

Monday, September 21, 2015


An interesting infographic by Designbysoap on the History of Typography. I must say I'm not sure if Internet Explore is any longer the "leading browser on the web". 

A History Of Typography

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Instagram Moment

The design process in action. #mgr