January 2008

This has to be the best set of school rules I’ve ever seen. (credit Sister Corita Kent of the Immaculate Heart College Art Department and Hi+Low)


Rule 1 Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

Rule 2 General duties of a student:
Pull everything out of your teacher.
Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3 General duties of a teacher:
Pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4 Consider everything an experiment.

Rule 5 Be self disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6 Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.

Rule 7 The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

Rule 8 Don’t try to create and analyse at the same time. They’re different processes.

Rule 9 Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

Rule 10 “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” John Cage

Helpful Hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully often. Save everything – it might come in handy later.

There should be new rules next week.

What beautiful sentiments. If only every school had rules like these. KP seems to be on the right track with their philosophies. Any other school that does the same?


I went through the KaosPilot wiki and found their Word Index, which is essentially an index of every page in the wiki sorted by keyword. Veritable goldmine of information.

Doing what I always do, I open a whole bunch of pages in new tabs, so that I could quickly go to them once I’ve read the others.

While reading one page and attempting to go to a linked page, I get this message:

Warning: You triggered the wiki’s surge protection by doing too many requests in a short time. Please make a short break reading the stuff you already got. When you restart doing requests AFTER that, slow down or you might get locked out for a longer time!

Whoops. And considering all the page requests I made, I’ll probably be locked out for a long while.

Ack. I’m sorry, KPWiki people. I am not a bandwidth eater, honest.

Am about 2/3rds through the application. My English skills are failing me. I know what to say, I just don’t know how to say it. And I’m still freaked out over the video. I have less than 2 weeks to finish off Draft 1 so that I can concentrate on the video when I get to Australia. Yikes!

One avenue of fundraising I’m looking at is hosting a party. The idea is to throw a party, charge entry, and raise funds through the sale of tickets and perhaps beverages/food. I’ve been to such events and I’ve been involved in organizing a smaller-scale event for the Oaktree Foundation. There are also a gazillion parties being thrown for students with less altruistic reasons, so I know it can be done.

However, I’m having a bit of a hard time finding personal accounts of people who have actually done this. I’m particularly stuck on logistics – specifically liquor licensing, security, and venue booking. If you have any tips, please contact me!

I’m quite drawn to the idea of an Indian/Bollywood-themed party. It gives me a chance to share my Bangladeshi heritage and it would be very unique compared to all the other parties that happen in Brisbane. Bollywood Dreams has some interesting services for corporate events – it would be great to have henna artists, bhagra/kawali bands, Bollywood dancers, mishti (sweets), and plenty of bindhi to go around! They even provide filming services (to make the party look like a Bollywood movie…hehe, that would be a good advertising gimmick!) and can arrange for celebrities (though I’m not sure which Bollywood celebrity would exactly be sympathetic to my cause). I’ve just contacted them asking about logistics and sponsorship, so we’ll see.

Other ideas for parties:

  • Party on a Plane (kaosPILOT geddit) – this would eat up carbon (and costs) like crazy though
  • Euro-themed, particularly Scandinavian themed
  • Cheesy Eurodance, with lots of Aqua (hey, maybe I can get them to throw a gig for me and share profits! I’ve loved them since I was 12 and they’re getting back together…hmm…)
  • Potlucks, though I don’t know where I’d make money
  • Food Fest/Snack Fest
  • Craft Party – I’ve been to CraftANoons, so this is an idea easily replicated
  • Naked Lady Party (everyone brings clothes they don’t want and they swap for stuff they want)
  • Trivia/Trivial Pursuit/Board Games night
  • BBQs, because every Australian loves them

hmm! any other ideas?

Also, if you’re Australian (and particularly if you’re a Brisbanite) please answer my survey on Australian parties . You need to be a member of the Brisneyland LJ community to reply, but if you don’t want to sign up for an account, just email me your answers.

If you’re a blogger or website maintainer, help me out and link to Wanna Be A KP on your blog!

Just post an entry about me with this link:


and let me know about it so I can link you back.

Link Loves:

Chris Brasøygård (current KaosPilot)

This Brickfish campaign gives me about $100 (or $1000?) of scholarship money if I win. Not bad just for a baby photo. Vote for me!

Vote for me and my pic on Brickfish!

I would have included the voting widget here, but WP.Com hates anything Flash or Javascript. Bummer.

The KaosPilots have released their 3rd teaser for what seems to be their new newsletter (it can’t be the application, because that’s out already). It’s a memorial for the old newsletter, plus an interesting picture search. Take the challenge!

Pat, her friend Kitsune (heya) and I worked on drafting an email in Malay for the Khazanah scholarships. They’re a Malay organization and usually it’s better if you communicate in that language so that they take you seriously. We worked hard on making it sound formal and educated.

Then I get a reply – in casual English.


It’s good news though – they’re willing to look at my application, and I can apply for it under their Postgrad program (given that this would be a second degree – the Undergrad app is asking for stuff from Form 4, which is 2001). The form’s easy too, just demographic and school information. The only challenge is that it’s not parsing properly on my OpenOffice. so I have to figure that part out.

I got my first research job with BrainStore! The task was to look up Gellis Communications, a PR company in Brussels dealing with public affairs. They weren’t easy to look up as you had to pay for their annual report (it’s part of a bigger CD deal thingy with another company which has financial records of all the companies in Belgium) and a lot of other documents weren’t in English. I did my best in about 4 hours (max length of time) though, and hopefully I’ll get my 100 CHF (about 65 euro) – yay, first financial input for the KP fund!

I should really reapply for a Savings Maximiser; I might end up getting a penalty on the Term Deposit for opening it ahead of time.

1) The Danish Ministry of Culture turned me down too, though they didn’t seem quite as annoyed as CIRIUS.

2) I’ve contacted as many relevant Rotary people as possible. It seems that I could qualify for the Ambassadorial Scholarships, but that depends on whether the club in question has funds available. Anyone with more expertise?

3) Mark is AWESOME, enough said.

4) I’m finally getting some headway on my application!! I reused my “extended CV/life story” from the Stockholm application, with some edits – I tried writing a different one but it seemed really messy, and why reinvent the wheel? I’ll probably have to edit it down AGAIN so it doesn’t sound too much like “woe, my life is full of PAIN” or like I’m rambling (which I tend to do).

4.5) Am stumped on two questions:

  • What is your unused superpower? I know of some underused superpowers, but I figure that if I had any superpowers I’d already be using them some way or another – otherwise how would I know if I had them?
  • What is the worst company or private business that you know of? I know of some companies whose practices I am unhappy with. I don’t know if that qualifies them as “worst” though. It seems to come down to what you define as “worst” – worst in making money? Worst in human rights? Worst in customer service?

5) I heard back from someone else who’s applying for Team 15 – hey Thomas! If you’re also vying for Team 15, let me know – I’ll like to hear from you.

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