Friday, 8 December 2017

Simon Joslin interview

I recently interviewed Simon Joslin for Digitally Downloaded. You can read the interview here.
Simon is the main guy behind the Train Conductor series of games, games that left me with some dear personal memories (of the family type). I met with Simon at last year's PAX and we had a long chat; he definitely is a nice guy. As you can read in the interview, he's been doing interesting things and has plenty of interesting insight to share.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Standing Out

We were talking at work about how hard it is to engage someone you don’t know into a meaningful conversation that would, eventually, lead to work getting done. It’s not only that it’s hard to “crack open” (in a very positive way) someone you don’t know; it is just as hard to find the inner resources required to open yourself up first.
For one reason or another, this discussion made me ponder a phenomenon I encounter infrequently on public transport.

As a non Anglo Saxon living in Australia, I generally stand out from the crowds. People notice me more.
The manifestation of this, when it comes to public transport, is that usually the seat next to me on the train is the last to be taken in the carriage. People are afraid of the unfamiliar, and to the majority I look unfamiliar: even fellow minority members prefer to seat next to members of the majority before they’d risk sitting by me. Sure, it is sad, but at least I can understand where they’re coming from.
Things are even worse with women. As much as it is rare for a man to end up sitting next to me on public transport, having a woman sit next to me is the equivalent of winning the lottery, odds wise. I can understand the reasons for that way better than I understand the general case, given everything women have to go through in this world; let’s face it, Weinstein and Trump are far from being the only predators around.
What happens next is the infrequent phenomenon that triggered this post. I had found, on several occasions, that once a woman sat next to me, she will not hesitate to sit next to me again the next time we bump into one another. Even if the seat next to me is not the last remaining seat.
I find this interesting, because of the things it indicates at. Firstly, it makes it evident I definitely stand out from the crowd; they remember me. And secondly, it shows that once it becomes clear I am a rather benign person whose public transport escapades are usually consumed reading, I no longer inspire fear among my fellow public transporters.
Quite interesting, this inherent fear of the unknown.

Monday, 23 October 2017


It appears we have reached the end of the season for the Strange Man in a Strange Land podcast, and to end things on a high Ike has decided to go with a short episode dealing with one of Australia's finer contributions to common sense: it's handling of tipping.
You can listen to the podcast here, on iTunes here, or simply with this player right over here:

Monday, 16 October 2017

Aussie Sports

This week's episode of Strange Man in a Strange Land is about Australia's fetish with sports. Ike glosses over some of the popular sports here, and speculates on why it is that sports are so important to Aussies.
Have a listen here, over on iTunes, or using the big player below:

Monday, 9 October 2017

Australia's Education System

This week's episode of the Strange Man in a Strange Land podcast offers a review of Australia's education system, from childcare through university.
Have a listen here, on iTunes, or simply through the player below:

Monday, 2 October 2017


Of the things my friend Ike has problems with when it comes to Australia, alcohol is right up there as the cause as well as the effect of some of the worst. So it's only natural he dedicated an episode of his podcast to this subject:

You can also listen to the episode here and even on iTunes here.

Ike also asked to remind you to rate the podcast wherever it is you're listening to it. Also, do send him any questions you might have for an upcoming Ask Me Anything (AMA) special he's planning.

Monday, 25 September 2017


In this week's episode of the Strange Man in a Strange Land podcast, Ike discusses what he considers to be the hardest thing to leave behind when migrating to a new country: friends.
You can listen to the podcast at its home here, on iTunes over here, or at this very page using the player below:

Please rate the podcast at your platform of choice. Especially if you like it!

P.S. Ike asks that, if you have any questions for an upcoming AMA (Ask Me Anything) episode, you forward him your questions. His contacts are in the podcast.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Get Yourself a Job

The latest episode of Strange Man in a Strange Land discusses the joys of finding a job in Australia. It's not going to be easy, whether you've newly arrived or whether you've been around, but there are some additional hurdles in the way of the foreigner.
You can listen to the podcast at its home at this link, on iTunes over at this link, or at this very page using the player below:

Again, we ask if you could rate the podcast at your platform of choice (and then do it on iTunes, too). Especially if you like it!