Archive for June, 2008

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Weddings

June 30, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Tuesday 18 March 2008 – 10.02 am

We were at a wedding on the weekend. It was beautiful – fun and moving. Pity about the HOT weather, but hey – my own wedding was an outdoor ceremony in 42 degrees Celsius heat! So who am I to complain?

I’ve realised that I’ve recently experienced a multicultural wave of weddings. This last one was for 2 people of Chinese descent. I’ve also been to a bilingual Chinese x Indonesian wedding, an Italian one, and numerous white Australian weddings. Each one was so unique – it’s great!

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Vandalising Catholics…

June 30, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Tuesday 18 March 2008 – 9.54 am

Reading in the local paper about a series of aggressive vandalism attacks on a local Roman Catholic church. Statues and trees were graffitied, and a memorial garden has been ruined. Sadly, the church members are now stuck fixing their church, while unknown vandals break the law.

A sign saying “Christ has risen” was smashed. And I wonder – if those vandals truly knew the wonder of this Truth, would they still deface churches?

There seems to be a diminishing level of respect out there.

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Power Black Out And No Waffles

June 28, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

17 March 2008 – time- ? after 8.00 pm

It was at least 39 degrees Celsius today. It’s Autumn – what’s happening to the weather?!

The power has gone out in part of our street. The neighbours still have theirs – the air conditioner is pumping away. Not us. We don’t have air con, just a little fan. We can’t even run that! So, a house full of candles. Too hot.  >:-(

– me, drawing in the dark, lamenting that the waffles won’t get cooked now.

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Global Warming

June 27, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

13 March 2008 – around 3pm

So, tell me, is global warming the reason we’re having 38 degrees Celsius days in Autumn, or is it just a hot summer? My husband tells me it’s because we’re in Australia – but I’ve lived in this state all my life and it always seemed a lot colder and greener than in recent years.

Figure 1.1: scorching hot sun beaming down on parched ground and heat rising from road.

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Polygamy

June 26, 2008

Some information on this disturbing and illegal (in Australia) phenomenon. Women are not cattle to be herded together and farmed off to selfish men. We do not exist to serve the needs of promiscuous men. A monogamous marriage offers the best opportunity for two individuals to grow together in genuine respect and intimacy.

Some information on polygamy can be found at:

ACL (Australia specific) articles on polygamy:
http://www.acl.org.au/national/browse.stw?article_id=22569
http://www.acl.org.au/national/browse.stw?article_id=22535

“Does the Bible clearly teach monogamy?”
http://creationontheweb.com/content/view/3356/

“Why did King Solomon have so many wives?”
http://christiananswers.net/q-eden/rfsm-solomon.html

Excerpt from “The Best thing that ever happened to women”:
http://www.probe.org/faith-and-culture/culture/

Another effect of the salt and light of Christianity was its impact on the common practice of polygamy, which demeans women. Many men, including biblical heroes, have had multiple wives, but Jesus made clear this was never God’s intention. Whenever he spoke about marriage, it was always in the context of monogamy. He said, “The two [not three or four] will become one flesh.” As Christianity spread, God’s intention of monogamous marriages became the norm.

“Polygamy in the Bible”
http://www.gotquestions.org/polygamy.html

Here’s a recent (25 June) article from the Age (a major Australian newspaper) on the issue:

http://www.theage.com.au/national/minister-warns-muslim-polygamists-20080625-2wki.html

(All articles accessed 26 June 2008.)

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Hellevision

June 26, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Sunday 9 March 2008 – 4.40 pm

I hate Sunday afternoon television… actually, I dislike tv at the best of times. But why ruin a beautiful afternoon with tv?!

“Take that, tv!”

– some laid back tourism programme

– remote controller

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267. Mermaid

June 25, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Pencil and ink liner on paper, April 2008.

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266. Playing With Perspective

June 24, 2008

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Pencil on paper, April 2008.

This was actually just a quick practice sketch inspired by an art book I was reading. It was emphasising issues to do with perspective, vanishing points and all that. So, this is one of the sketches I did, trying to develop a sense of distance using shapes and colours.

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265. Modelling On A Hill

June 23, 2008

Copyright Lokot 2008

Photograph, June 2008.

That’s me in this photo, taken recently on a cold winter afternoon. It makes me laugh, a lot!

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The Creator of Marriage

June 22, 2008

This is from ICR‘s “Days of Praise” devotional. I’ve been subscribing to their daily email devotional for a couple of years now, and it’s one of the few devotionals I’ve found to be consistently encouraging and in-depth.

I thought this one was particularly interesting. It can be found at this link:

http://www.icr.org/article/3807/ (accessed 22 June 2008 )

The Creator of Marriage

“Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:4-6)

The Lord Jesus has settled forever (for those who believe His words) the question of human origins and the historicity of the Genesis account of creation. God created Adam and Eve as full-grown adults in the beginning, united as husband and wife–not a population of primates slowly evolving into people over millions of years. The multitude of skeptical scientists and liberal theologians who have insisted that the “two” accounts of creation in the first two chapters of Genesis contradict each other here stand sharply rebuked by the Creator, Himself, for Christ quoted specifically from both Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, thus accepting both of them as valid, historical, and complementary accounts of the same event.

Furthermore, He who is the heavenly Bridegroom confirmed the Genesis teaching that the first and most basic of all human institutions was the home, and that marriage was designed by its Creator to be monogamous and permanent.

Although modern evangelicals may have differing opinions concerning acceptable criteria for divorce and remarriage, it is obvious that “from the beginning it was not so.” The ideal marriage is even used by Paul as a picture of the loving, permanent union of Christ and His Church (Ephesians 5:25-27). God, in His grace, does forgive sin when it is confessed and forsaken–even sin against the marriage covenant–but this does not eliminate the accompanying suffering and heartbreak.

How much better to follow God’s creative purpose in all things, especially concerning marriage and the home. HMM

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264. Portrait

June 18, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Photograph, June 2008.

Here’s a photo scanned from our first batch of photos from our new Lomo LC-A+ with the Russian Lens. It’s a film camera, hence the scanning. Yay! I love the character and spontaneity of this brand of photography.

My Lomo home is at www.lomohomes.com/fikalo.

If you’re wondering what on Earth lomography is, check out http://www.lomography.com/. You might also want to try one of the many Lomo groups on Flickr.Com, for example, http://www.flickr.com/groups/lomo_lc-a/pool/.Well, I’ve got the last exam for this semester today. It’s for a sociology subject. Better get back to cramming!

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263. Pegasus Thingy

June 17, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Pen and pastel pencil on tinted paper, May 2008.

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Swimming Pool

June 16, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Sunday 9 March 2008, 4 pm-ish

Sunny, hot and invading the in-laws’ swimming pool…

– Me (sleepy)

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262. Drawing That Looks Disturbingly Like Me

June 14, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2007

Pen and pencil on paper, November 2007.

Mmm… weirdness…

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261. Leaves In Late Afternoon Autumn Sunshine

June 13, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Photograph, May 2008.

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260. Girl And Antelope

June 12, 2008

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Pen on paper, March 2008.

I have no idea what this represents or why I drew it. I just wanted to draw something a little weird, that’s all.

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259. Paperbark

June 11, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Photograph, 12 May 2008.

I love the unique textures of this tree. Unfortunately, someone planted them too close to the sewer lines – they are the kind of tree that seeks out water and breaks into pipes. We ended up having to get some of the trees removed and the sewer line replaced. You don’t want to know what the backyard looked like before the pipes were fixed. So gross!

We call it a paper bark tree though I can’t identify what exactly this type of tree is.

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258. Old Abandoned House

June 10, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2002

Photograph, colour 35 mm film, scanned and adjusted in iPhoto, 2002/2008.

This is the old house at Mathison Park, Churchill, Victoria, Australia. Having taken many a stroll on the walking track there, I had often wondered what this building was doing there. Eventually, the Churchill newspaper ran an article on the history of the local area, interviewing a lady who had once lived in the house.

More information:

Walking trails in the Latrobe Valley

Churchill on Wikipedia

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Double Tall Soy Caramel Macchiato

June 9, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Friday 7 March 2008 – sometime in the afternoon.

After a quick trip to our local multinational coffee corporation branch, we’ve discovered a new way to cleanse one’s system.

– Sudden stomach pains…

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257. Monster Girl

June 9, 2008

Copyright F. Lokot 2008

Pencil on paper, April 2008.

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