To Blog or not To Blog
Various rantings, thoughts and points of view from a 29 yr old father living in Canberra.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
One of my favourite movies of all time is Clerks. This B&W film made for $27,000 was Kevin Smith's (Dogma, Chasing Amy, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) first film.
The script is hilarious. The cast was hilarious, and it became a cult classic world wide.
10 years later, and a 3 DVD boxset is being released, called Clerks X. It has heaps of extras on it. I think I'll have to buy it :) Not only that, but Kevin Smith is looking to make a sequel, to be called The Passion of the Clerks!
Original Cast of course. And they'll even get paid this time!
Monday, August 30, 2004
Gig Review: Grinspoon - Hellenic Club
I love seeing live music, but I must admit I don't get out to see as many bands as I would like.
However, I always make an effort to see an Aussie act that I really want to see.
Some of my favourite Aussie bands to see live are The Screaming Jets, Regurgitator, Spiderbait, Hoodoo Gurus, Powderfinger and now I am add Grinspoon to that list.
The Hellenic Club had the olympic buzz about it, with the huge TV screens showing 24/7 Olympics.
But when I got there on Friday arvo, the club was full of half and fully soused Public Servants, who hadn't gone back to work after their Friday lunches.
After throwing 20 bucks down a pokie, I met up with some mates and we had a few brews.
Then we decided to go and have a feed before the main act started.
We rocked on over to the bistro at the Hellenic (which is pretty huge). I just waltzed on in and grabbed a table (there were a few around). After sitting there for a little bit, I noticed that there was a queue up just before entering the bistro.
Hmmm...Maybe I should have lined up there first.
A couple of the boys had gone up to order, and 2 minutes later a noticeably agitated woman says to me and a couple of others at the table, "Ummm..did you just walk in and take this table?"
I felt like I had successfuly stolen something and proudly said, "Yeah..."
We were subsequently booted off, and because the restaurant was for bookings only that evening, we had to go elsewhere.
Fortunately there was another restaurant upstairs where we squeezed in and got a decent Greek feed.
Grinspoon had 2 supports. First up was Me the Conqueror. They are a local act who have played some big gigs around the place. Unfortunately when they were booming, I was still wolfing down my Prawn meal at the restaurant, so no idea what they were like!
Second up were The Camels. They have come out of obscurity this year with a few shit hot songs that have been getting high rotation on Triple J. They suitably rocked out, and from my view near the back of the room, they seemed to be really getting into it.
After the standard 45 minute break or so, Grinspoon finally hit the stage. The Apollo Room of the Hellenic Club suddenly came to life as Phil and the boys came out. They plugged straight into their new single 'Hard Act to Follow'. (which to be honest, sounds like a piss-take of some cock rock band). Life, however, it rocked hard and the crowd was really getting in it.
They played a number of new songs that will be from their upcoming album, called something like, "Pills, Kills, Sunday Thrills". As usual, the other songs on their album sound better than the initial single.
The highlights of the night were 'More than You are", "1000 Miles" and "Chemical Heart" was a a great singalong track.
They through in a good mix of fast hard songs to slower, 'take-a-breath-and-wipe-the-sweat-off' tracks.
The crowd was happy, although the crowd-surfing wasn't working too well with the amount of people there. I saw a few people collapse down cause no-one wanted to hold them up. (oh yeah, and thanks for the boot in the head from some loser)
So, overall, the gig was fun. The mosh was rockin, the band were rockin and I was impressed with the venue.
The only downer for me was that they didn't play longer. I think they were on stage for not much more than 60 minutes with 1 encore, and there were a few songs that I wish they'd played. Notably 'Just Ace', 'DX3' and 'Post-Enebriated Anxiety'.
But hey...I can wait for those next gig. :)
Anyone else go?
Friday, August 27, 2004
Ray Hadley and his Ego (is there room for anything else?)
A little mp3 has done the rounds since yesterday, and it is of Ray Hadley talking on the phone to a colleague. He must say the word 'fuck' about 50 times in this conversation and he goes on about how bad some guy is and basically how he has been to 4 Olympics and he knows what he's doing and this other guy is a fucking spastic etc....
You have to hear it to really appreciate how much of a wanker, Ray Hadley is.
If you wanna hear it, drop me a comment and I'll tell you where you can get it from...
So, I went to the Pictures last night for the first time in months, and saw Hellboy.
If you don't know what it's about, well just think about a comic book in which a portal is opened to an evil dimension where some huge chaos demons are just waiting to duck in to destroy us all. The portal is of course shut quickly, but no quick enough as a few things pop on through. Of course, one of those is a little baby red devil dude, affectionately called, "HellBoy". The rest of the movie then involves our hero defending the world from the other evil things that came through the portal.
I went into this movie expecting a fun, entertaining comic book style romp (a'la Spiderman and League of Extraordinary Gentleman).
That's exactly what I got.
It seems that directors are getting better at creating movie versions of comics that make you feel like you are reading them instead of seeing live action. Of course, the live action is getting 'bloody' good. CGI has made the impossible on screen, possible and the effects in this movie are seamless. From the Demon Hounds, to the huge Chaos Demons, the images on screen make you just know they are real, instead of imagining it.
Hellboy is not a new plot. There's the hiddn FBI agency, there's the anti-paranormal chief, there's the confusing yet simple plot, and of course there's love. Hellboy's infatuation with a 'firestarter' (Selma Blair) shows off his human side, but to tell you the truth, Hellboy is very human all the way through, what from his cigar smoking to his casual chat with a little boy about how to get the girl.
Anyway, what made this movie for me was the charisma of Hellboy, combined with the slick action scenes. You get exactly what you expect, but you don't feel like you wasted your money.
Verdict: 3 Stars
Sony Pictures - Hellboy
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
The Canberra Marathon. Episode 1 - The idea.
Ok, so for some stupid reason I am considering training for a marathon to be run next April.
Earlier this year I watched in awe as my Brother in Law ran, and completed the Canberra Marathon. He did it in around 4hrs 16mins, which is pretty good for a first time I reckon, but it's not about the time to me, it's the fact that he finished it at all.
I heard a quote on The Olympics last night when they were showing the Women's Marathon, which was run in 37 degree heat. The commentator said, "If you want to experience life, run a marathon.."
So, anyway, I am keen to give it a go. It's not going to be easy, and I know it will be tough to try and maintain my enthusiasm, but fortunately my whole indoor soccer team is going to do it as well, which should at least give me some support.
I did a 5k run at lunch today. It was a tough course cause it was along the side of Hindmarsh drive on some dirt, with the fumes of dozens of cars going past. I did it in around 35 mins with me walking some parts. Hopefully if I keep going, I'll be able speed it up a little and not walk at all....
I will aim for something around 4hrs 30mins if I do the marathon next year, but like I said, if I finish, i'll be happy...
Google Logos (or Doodles)
Any Google users (and who isn't?) would have noticed that they have been using a different Olympics Google Logo everyday.
I thought it'd be cool to find where they keep all these.
So check out this page for all the Google logos that they have ever had!
I like this one:
These pages link to other groups of Google Doodles:
Sydney 2000 Olympics
More Holiday Doodles
Athens 2004 Olympics
Monday, August 23, 2004
The Eels Final 8 Maths (continued..)
The results went the Eels way over the weekend, and we are still a good chance of making the finals....
Results over the weekend really helped us.
The Raiders lost. The Tigers lost. The Knights Lost.
This is the finals situation:
We want to Win our 2 games by as big a margin as possible (duh)
We want the Tigers to lose their 2 games (against the Cowboys and Knights), OR win one and lose the other by a big margin.
We want the Cowboys to THRASH the Tigers next week.
We want the Bulldogs to THRASH the Knights as well. (their F & A is close to ours)
We want the Sharks to NOT win both of their remaining games (Storm & Cowboys). They can win one, and we'd still probably be ok (as long as won both)
Say we win our games by 20 points each (tough ask, I know, but possible). The Tigers could lose one by 30, and then win by 4, and we'd beat them into the 8.
We want the Cowboys to LOSE their final 2 matches.
This would really help us, because then the Tigers AND Eels could both get through, and the Eels could even make 7th if we improved our F & A
Our For and Against is better than everyone we are contending against, except for the Tigers. They are the team we have to be careful of.
We can even still make it if we win one and lose the other, but then For and Against really needs to be good, and we need to rely on the Tigers and Sharks losing both their remaining games.
So, BOO the Tigers and Sharks, CHEER on the Eels, and you never know!
Friday, August 20, 2004
Mr Otto's Olympics
Want some Olympic Humour?
Check out Mr Otto in the Olympics.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
This PC will self-destruct in 20 Minutes.
According to this article from ZDNet UK, the average survival time of an unpatched PC on the internet is 20 minutes.
That means that you don't even have enough time to download the patches you need before you computer is bombarded by worms and malware (malicious software).
How sad is that??
I like the quote; "If the human body did patch management the way IT does we’d all be dead."
Labor Leader and his pancreatitis
So, our next Prime Minister, Mark Latham, may need surgery to fix his pancreatitis.
But will this hurt him or help him in the polls?
Will the public see it as making him weaker, or will there be a sympathy vote?
The article also adds that he has had 2 previous bouts of cancer when he had a testicle removed.
SHIT! I didn't know that! Our next leader may be a single testi man? Does that make him half a man?
Well I personally hope that he gets over his sickness quickly and back on the campaign trail, but I hope it doesn't jepordise Labor's chances...
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Canberra Blog Linkage..
Thanks for the linkage Mel!
The Canberra bogging scene is growing...
It's been great to discover, bit by bit, Canberra blogs that are out there.
It may make me discriminatory to mostly read blogs from my own town, but it just makes me feel more at home to read about others lives who live in this relatively small town :)
I have found that Anthony Hicks' Aussie Blog Site is the best place to find new local blogs. I am trying to build my blogroll to include all the ones I find as well.
Let me know if you are Canberran, own a blog and I haven't linked you!
Monday, August 16, 2004
So I took Mikayla up to the snow over the weekend.
I had heard that there were strong winds and snow on the Friday before we went up, but she was really looking forward to it, so we drove up on Saturday morning.
It was basically snowing from Cooma onwards. By the time we got to Jindabyne, it was really snowing heavily, and had to really concentrate on the road!
I decided to take her up to Perisher that afternoon, but it was probably a mistake because the snow and wind made the conditions bad and Mikayla froze her arse off! It was very cute when the first thing she did was dive onto the ground and do a snow angel!
The next morning, we woke up to an amazing sight. The place where we were staying (about 10 kilometres from the Skitube) was white all over as we woke up. There had been a dump of 25cm overnight!
We took the tube up the mountain on Sunday morning and spent a magical day up at Perisher. We tobogganed, made snowmen, threw snowballs, and then Mikayla went into a Kids Club lesson where she had skis on for the first time. She was very cute :)
I pottered around the resort for a few hours in the sunshine. It was a perfect day. Blue Sky, little wind, awesome snow.
All in all, a very fun weekend!
Friday, August 13, 2004
Ok, we all know that the president of the USA is a brainless puppet (with shitloads of power), but when the man with his finger on the button can't even pronounce nuclear, it's getting scary.
Check out Jim Goad's comments on this here.
Also, while you're at it, Chris and Craig on Triple J have been playing some clips of classic 'Bushisms'. Check out the Today Today page to download funny stuff.
Olympic Medal Predictions
A guy from a college in the US (Andrew B. Bernard) has come out with his predictions for the Olympics this year.
Basically he thinks that overall, Australia will be 5th in the medal tally, and 4th in the gold medal tally.
Apparently this guy was 96% correct in his predictions for the 2000 Olympics.
On the eve of the big event, I am mostly looking forward to watching Roy & HG and 'The Dream' on every night on Seven. Of course, I'll be happy if we win a few golds too :)
Go Wayne Arthurs!
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
How the Eels can make the Top 8
Ok...I've worked it out.
Here is one way that the Eels can make the top 8 this season.
It's a long shot! but here goes:
I'm an eternal optimist.
GO THE EEEEEELS!
Tired. Me. Sleep. Now
Gee's I need some sleep.
I got to work today (after my 40 minutes drive), pulled into the carpark, closed my eyes and slept for 10 minutes.
Then I started having some freaky dream that someone was getting in the back of the car, so I woke up and groggily went into work.
I still feel like shit.
Maybe I should start drinking coffee...or going to bed earlier :P
Monday, August 09, 2004
Thanks to Mark's Do Not Use Lifts blog, I came across this toilet called The Aquariass, which has a fishtank surrounding the cistern. It looks cool as, and it's yours for a bargain $1,100 (USD) + shipping!
One point was made from a colleague of mine. They couldn't be tropical fish, because the water filling up the cistern after each flush would be cold...unless there's a heater of course...
[TV] Free-to-air on Fox..
It's a pain the arse, that Free-to-air channels are not broadcast on Foxtel.
I want to be able to just use my (new) digital Foxtel box to watch EVERYTHING.
The best part about the new 'digital' service (which was always digital, but now it sounds better), is that you can look up the TV guide for the next week for any channel and set a reminder to watch a show at any time.
When that show is due to start, a little reminder pops up on the screen to tell you change channel and starting watching me!
Of course, if you are watching free-tv, then you don't see this reminder and then I turn back to Foxtel hours later and realise that I missed a show that i really wanted to watch.
So....Free-to-Air channels on Foxtel (satellite). How can it be done? Because every region has their own advertising, I dare say it would be tricky for Foxtel to show commercial stations on Satellite TV as it would have to be the same station for everyone, nationally. SBS is the only free-tv station that is shown on Foxtel, but that is easy because they show the same stuff Australia-wide. negotiations are underway with ABC to get their stuff shown on Foxtel, but again there are different regional news shows for different states, so which one do you show?
Maybe someone could tell me if there is a way to show different regions of a channel depending on where the Foxtel box is located. But I can't see how it's possible...
So, until that's worked out I'll just have to settle for missing Scrubs on a Thursday night because I have forgotten to switch to Fox....
Friday, August 06, 2004
Friday Fun: Build a better Bush
Build a better Bush
It's not hard to build a better one. I mean, you can't exactly build a worse one....
Make asleep, bald and with a goatee. hehehe
Thursday, August 05, 2004
I admire artists. I mean artists that can draw, paint or create something that actually looks like something (as opposed to my stick figure drawings).
My lil sister is an artist, and hopefully one day she'll make lots of money from drawing and doing something that she loves.
She pointed this site out to me today by an artist called Kirsten Ulve. Check it out. She has a cool style.
My sis said it reminded her of the cartoon style of Hercules, but also a bit of the 'Nightmare Before Christmas' movie. (Tim Burton rules).
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
What women are....
A Wednesday Chuckle..
A woman and a man are involved in a car accident; it's a bad one. Both of their cars are totally demolished but amazingly neither of them are hurt.
After they crawl out of their cars, the woman says, "So you're a man. That's interesting. I'm a woman. Wow, just look at our cars! There's nothing left, but we're unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days".
Flattered, the man replied, "Oh yes, I agree with you completely! This must be a sign from God!"
The woman continued, "and look at this, here's another miracle. My car is completely demolished but this bottle of wine didn't break. Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune."
Then she hands the bottle to the man. The man nods his head in agreement, opens it and drinks half the bottle and then hands it back to the woman.
The woman takes the bottle and immediately puts the cap back on, and hands it back to the man.
The man asks, "Aren't you having any?"
The woman replies, "No. I think I'll just wait for the police...."
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Women are clever, evil bitches. Don't mess with them
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Do...do...do whatcha wanna doo
Aaaaah..the snow. It was an awesome weekend.
Blue skies. No wind. Great snow cover.
2 days of full-on skiing. It kicked ass!
I am damn sore now mind you, but it was all worth it. Going up and down Mt. Perisher, and taking in the rays. I was getting very warm in the sun!
My thighs and calves are pounding now when I walk, but it's a small price to pay for a fantastic weekend.
Hopefully I'll take Mikayla up there in a couple of weeks. I loved watching all the little kids zipping around on their skis. No Fear in them!!
There was fear in me however when I turned a corner off a green run, only to find a huge downhill cliff with bumps, trees and rocks. I settled on sliding down that one on my arse to avoid being killed. :)
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