Spin your brain

November 7th, 2007

Is this woman spinning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

Spinning girl - left brain ~ right brain

If you see her as spinning clockwise, it’s supposed to mean you’re right-brain dominant (uses feeling, “big picture” oriented, imagination rules, symbols and images). If you see her spinning anti-clockwise you are supposedly left-brain dominant (uses logic, detail oriented, facts rule,words and language).

Whichever you see, it’s possible to switch to the other, although it’s perhaps telling which direction you perceived straight off.

For me, she was spinning clockwise. Definitely, definitely clockwise. Until she wasn’t.

What about you?

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Thanks to the folks at the Herald-Sun for this one.

Only 19: an audio documentary

April 21st, 2007

Last week ABC Radio National’s Into the Music program replayed a documentary about the Redgum song “I Was Only 19 (a walk in the light green).” It’s a great piece which was as riveting to listen to — and as moving — the second time around as it was the first (sometime last year) and is available as streaming audio from the ABC website for the next three weeks. Whether or not you are familiar with the song the program is a well-made audio documentary and I encourage you to have a listen. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

Here’s the direct link to the audio and here’s some info from the website:

Only 19

This program is about the genesis and impact of this song on both the subjects it remembers and the national psyche it touched so strongly.

A location-based documentary featuring a moving performance by John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew of the iconic song ‘I was Only 19′ at a concert in Vung Tau. It was for the large numbers of Vietnam veterans who came there, on 18 August 2006, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan.

When John Schumann wrote the song in 1983, he hoped to capture some of the experience of the Vietnam war from the perspective of his brother-in-law, Mick Storen, and to give voice to so much that had been unspoken since the troops had returned home. The song went on to become the unofficial anthem for Vietnam veterans and one of the most important war songs ever written in this country. It also made number one in the charts for John Schumann, who at the time was front man with the alternative folk band Redgum.

Happy listening.