To Blog or not To Blog
Various rantings, thoughts and points of view from a 29 yr old father living in Canberra.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Christmas is here.
You can tell because it's stinking hot, and I am walking around the house without a shirt on.
I really like the fact that Christmas Eve is a Saturday this year. Normally I work on it, and then all of a sudden Christmas is here. This year, it's like the calm before the storm. I can have a nice relaxing day (no presents to buy!) before the big day.
Of course, the best thing about Christmas is the giving and the look on childrens faces when they see the tree, the food, the presents and the family. That's what Christmas is all about. The sharing and the warm (or hot as the case may be) feelings of giving the kids a day to remember.
As a kid myself, I used to have 2 Christmas's. Christmas Eve with my mum's family and then Day with Dad's. It was awesome! Each one would involve crap loads of food and crap loads of presents. I have fantastic memories of this, and I hope that my kids will have big memories of their Christmas's to come as well.
Fortunately I will be able to share Christmas morning with the kids tomorrow and get to share the excitement that they feel when they look at all the pressies under the tree (and one big one outside that I still have to set up!).
So, to anyone who reads my little blog, hope you have a great Christmas Day and a nice relaxing Boxing Day.
My Boxing Day will include lots of....
and even more of....
Hope you have a Merry one!
Monday, December 19, 2005
memememememememe. That's right...me.
I couldn't be bothered writing about anything right now.
I might have some news soon to share with the world, but right now I just thought I'd see what tarot card I am..
I know a person that will read this and go "SEEEEE?"
Happiness, Content, Joy. The meanings for the Sun are fairly simple and consistent. Young, healthy, new, fresh. The brain is working, things that were muddled come clear, everything falls into place, and everything seems to go your way. The Sun is ruled by the Sun, of course. This is the light that comes after the long dark night, Apollo to the Moon's Diana. A positive card, it promises you your day in the sun. Glory, gain, triumph, pleasure, truth, success. As the moon symbolized inspiration from the unconscious, from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made fully consciousness and wide awake. You have an understanding and enjoyment of science and math, beautifully constructed music, carefully reasoned philosophy. It is a card of intellect, clarity of mind, and feelings of youthful energy. What Tarot Card are You?
Happiness, Content, Joy.
The meanings for the Sun are fairly simple and consistent.
Young, healthy, new, fresh. The brain is working, things that were muddled come clear, everything falls into place, and everything seems to go your way.
The Sun is ruled by the Sun, of course. This is the light that comes after the long dark night, Apollo to the Moon's Diana. A positive card, it promises you your day in the sun. Glory, gain, triumph, pleasure, truth, success. As the moon symbolized inspiration from the unconscious, from dreams, this card symbolizes discoveries made fully consciousness and wide awake. You have an understanding and enjoyment of science and math, beautifully constructed music, carefully reasoned philosophy. It is a card of intellect, clarity of mind, and feelings of youthful energy.
What Tarot Card are You?
Friday, December 16, 2005
I'm here to report that there are no Australian Blog Awards.
I do not think that I should be nominated for any category.
I do not think that you should check out the site and browse some of Australia's best blogs.
I do not think that there are plenty of blog sites that you probably should nominate.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Ok, so you have a favourite band, and you want to listen to a radio station that plays lots of their music, as well as other songs that sound similar?
So, what we do is go to Pandora, and enter a band or artists name....
I'm in a bit of a Gunners mood. Let's see what it throws up...
Pandora now goes off and creates a radio station around the band, artist or song title that you have entered.....
Here comes the first song...
Alright! A bit of Paradise..that's a great start!
Cool...so what's next?
Dunno if I have listened to much Judas Priest before, but hey if Pandora says I should listen to it....
This continues on, song after song. I got some Alice in Chains, some Poison, some Def Leppard, some AC/DC and because this is the Gunners Station, we get to hear Axl every few songs. (Coma is ringing through my head right now)
If you come across a song that you really hate, just tell it...
I went ahead and added some System of a Down to my newly name 'This is Rock' station, and decided that I did not want to hear any more Whitesnake.
This is genius. You have to check it out...
Monday, December 12, 2005
The Cronulla Riots...
This annoying little tag line that we hear so often does not even begin to describe the actions of the rioters at Cronulla yesterday.
Beer-fuelled violence and a Mob Mentality took over with the bare-chested fuckers yesterday afternoon, and it's not going to end there.
Last night 40 parked cars were attacked with baseball bats in Maroubra, following by clashes in Brighton-le-Sands.
This shit is scary, and it's right here, in our backyard.
I don't have an answer on how to solve the 'Lebo's v Locals' issue that has plagued Sydney for years now. Better education? More strigent policing? I don't know.
But something has to be done, or this is going to get worse...
Thursday, December 08, 2005
My Top 5 Albums of 2005!
It's that time.
Time for my top 5 Albums of the year!
I can now call it an annual thing since I did it last year as well.
Here we go: (in order this time)
1. Wolfmother - Wolfmother
This is by far the best debut album I have heard in a long long time. And the best thing is. They are from Sydney! It's retro rock, but it's fresh and it's exciting and it's fun. I can listen to this album over and over and still want more. VERY much looking forward to seeing them live soon. (Missed them at the ANU recently)
2. System of Down - Mezmerize
KickARSE Album. It's heavy. It's fast. It's frenzied, and damn it even seems like they are having fun when they record. From the first track, 'BYOB', you just know this album is going to rock. This was very close to being No.1 for me.
3. Foo Fighters - In Your Honour
Dave and the band never disappoint. This album pumps out more hits, just like their other albums and they have a knack of not making any bad songs. The second album, the soft one, has not been on my player as much as the first one, but it's a nice idea to split to heavy and soft tracks.
4. Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
I don't actually own this album, but after hearing most of the songs from it on JJJ, I am convinced that this album is excellent. And after seeing them live last week, I can't get their songs out of my head. I want more more more.
5. Audioslave - Out of Exile
More melodic than their first effort, but it stick packs a punch. I just love Chiris Cornell's voice, and add RATM's band behind him and it just works everytime.
Honourary Mentions for albums that I may or may not own (yet), but like what I have heard...
Bernard Fanning - Tea and Sympathy
System of a Down - Hypnotize
Bloodhound Gang - Hefty Fine
Cat Empire - Two Shoes
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
Lior - Autumn Flow
The Herd - The Sun Never Sets
Now check out triple j's best albums of the year: 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
The Top 100 Films....
....according to some ABC Poll.
It's good blog fodder and I like to go through and see how many I've seen...(in italics)
1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy- (Blockbuster material, but worthy winner. Huge films!)
2. Amelie- (Probably the first of many films here that I am almost embarrassed not to have seen..)
3. Blade Runner- (A classic? Meh. I'm not into Sci Fi, unless it's Star Wars)
4. The Shawshank Redemption - (This should be in the top 5 of anyones list. Excellent)
5. Donnie Darko - (VERY impressed to see this here. I love love love this movie. It's on SBS tonight!)
6. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - (May not be best movie material, but it's a tried and true classic for any generation. My son even likes it and he's 3!)
7. Pulp Fiction - (This is my No.1. It changed me and my perception of movies. The best.)
8. The Princess Bride - (Yeah yeah...i thought every person my age had seen this too..)
9. Gone With The Wind - (Classic. Sure. Long winded? Definitely)
10. Fight Club - (Finchers classic. This movie blew me away when I saw it first)
11. The Sound of Music - (Yeah. I'm almost ashamed to admit it. I like this movie)
12. To Kill A Mockingbird - (Wasn't this a book? Oh yeah.....)
13. 2001: A Space Odyssey - (Sci Fi? Meh. 2001 was so 1968)
14. Casablanca - (Love it. Should have been higher. I think I'm due to watch this again SOON)
15. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - (I have been sitting on this movie for months. I should watch it...)
16. American Beauty - (Yeah, it was ok, but never really saw the huge fascination here)
17. Doctor Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - (Rowan will kill me. I still haven't watched this the whole way through...)
18. Monty Python's Life of Brian - (The Holy Grail is better, but this is great as well)
19. Lawrence Of Arabia - (Sandy and long. I'll take Star Wars instead)
20. Apocalypse Now - (I should have seen this. I know I've seen bits of it, but not the whole lot)
21. Cinema Paradiso - (What the? No. 21? Why haven't I heard of this?)
22. Doctor Zhivago - (For some reason I watched this when I was 10. I like the music)
23. The Matrix - (Oh yeah. Sure, Keanu can't act, but it's a great story and awesome effects.)
24. The Castle - (Ha! This movie seems to have soaked into the Aussie psyche. Very cool)
25. Singin' in the Rain - (I think I watched this at my Grandmothers. It was very cute. I like the fake rain)
26. A Clockwork Orange - (Kubriks best. Freaks me out. But very very cool)
27. The Blues Brothers - (Awesome! Worthy of being here. Love the car chase through the mall)
28. Withnail and I - (Who and What?)
29. Life is Beautiful - (I thought the display at the Oscars was good, but yet to see this)
30. The Godfather - (Hell Yeah. I've got my wooden box set on order baby!)
31. Moulin Rouge - (Yeah yeah. I'll see it one day)
32. Some Like it Hot - (Might have to watch this at someone else's place...)
33. Lost in Translation - (I thought I'd seen this, but I think I fell asleep. It's on my ToDo List!)
34. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - (I hear Jack's good in this. Maybe I'll see it when I'm old)
35. Local Hero - (What?)
36. The Third Man - (Did old People vote for these?)
37. Brazil - (Saw this at school. Never quite got it. Who's the bombadier?)
38. Serenity - (I am working through the series first (Firefly) Impressed it made it in the list)
39. Breakfast at Tiffany's - (Old chick flick?)
40. A Room with a View - (Nope....)
41. The Rocky Horror Picture Show - (Yeah. Nice. Funky. Dancey. Rocking. Like it)
42. Dead Poets Society - (Ok. Here it is. I cried in this movie. There. I said it. I love it though)
43. Harold and Maude - (Harold? From Neighbours? What the?)
44. The Big Lebowski - (Embarassed not to have seen this yet. What the hell am I doing?)
45. The Wizard of Oz - (Kiddy favourite. I do like this. The witch freaked me out when I was little)
46. Out Of Africa - (Whatever..)
47. Picnic at Hanging Rock - (I know it's Aussie, but just had no inclination)
48. The Usual Suspects - (This should be much higher. Fantastic stuff)
49. Cabaret - (A whole movie on it?)
50. Forrest Gump - (This movie is TRIPE. Absolute horse shit)
51. Monty Python and the Holy Grail - (Funniest shit out there. I love it. Embedded in our culture!)
52. The Piano - (Do I really want to see too much of Harvey Keitel?)
53. Pirates of the Carribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl - (Highest Disney movie here! It was fun though. Depp is awesome)
54. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back - (And I thought this was the best of the trilogy! It was for me)
55. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - (Speaking of Johnny Depp. He made this movie. Presuming we're talking about the new one here)
56. The City of Lost Children - (Lost me...)
57. The African Queen - (Musical isn't it?)
58. Love Actually - (Huh? This was good?)
59. Strictly Ballroom - (Wayyy too much dancing for my liking)
60. Wings of Desire - (Stretching it now. What is this movie??)
61. Raiders of the Lost Ark - (Aaaah yes. Back to the good ones. We want action!!)
62. Babette's Feast - (Huh??)
63. The Fifth Element - (Ok. Chris Tucker was awesome, but top 100 material? Come on. Maybe just cause it was on TV the other night..)
64. Spirited Away - (It's excellent! Weird. Trippy, but very cool)
65. Aliens - (Oh come on! Alien was better! But this was good too. Just more actiony, less suspensey)
66. It's a Wonderful Life - (Yes. Yes it is.)
67. Napoleon Dynamite - (I must see this. I hear it's a hoot)
68. Rear Window - (FINALLY some Hitchcock. Where's 'The Birds'? Love this stuff)
69. Romeo And Juliet - (Call me a girl, but I really liked this movie. Made me feel mushy)
70. Dirty Dancing - (Fuck. Are you serious?? Top 100 material? Jebus...)
71. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 - (Don't get me started! Vol 1 and 2 should be TOGETHER. They were excellent, but they are ONE MOVIE)
72. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - (Best Western I've seen. Dad would be proud)
73. Trainspotting - (Yay! Book was excellent too, but very hard to read. Never forget about diving into a toilet..)
74. Muriel's Wedding - (Go on. Sue me. I've never seen it, so nerrr)
75. When Harry Met Sally - (But I love this movie. Call me a girl, I don't care. Best chick flick EVA!)
76. The Great Escape - (I love all 3 hours of it! Makes me whistle)
77. Ferris Bueller's Day Off - (If you were born in the 70's, you HAVE to love this movie. I do)
78. Gallipoli - (At least a good Aussie war movie made it. I don't see Saving Private Ryan here! Suck!)
79. Lantana - (Ashamed I haven't seen this yet. Must put it on list...)
80. Garden State - (LOVELOVELOVELOVE this movie. Zach Braff is going to be HUGE as a filmmaker)
81. Sin City - (Wow. Surprised this is here. Cinematically beautiful though, but graphically scary. Bruce Willis is cool)
82. Chariots of Fire - (Might have seen this. Might have not. Really don't care though! Where's Phar Lap?)
83. The English Patient - (Meh.)
84. This is Spinal Tap - (Hell Yeah! How do we get Dirty Dancing above this???)
85. Chocolat - (Again. The wonder of Depp. Cute movie)
86. Fargo - (William H Macy makes this movie. And the writing is good too :))
87. Look Both Ways - (How does this movie make it in above Goodfellas? Jeepers)
88. Goodfellas - (Masterful stuff. Love it)
89. Alien - (Well at least it made it, but this is the best Alien movie. Scared the shit out of me)
90. Grease - (So so so girly. But it's fun)
91. All About Eve - (I haven't seen very many old classics I guess....Who's Eve?)
92. Citizen Kane - (Masterpiece. I watched this at Uni. I'm glad I did)
93. Stand By Me - (Makes you wish you were young and searching for deads bodies. Great Stuff)
94. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - (Sweet! This movie rocked)
95. Mulholland Drive - (I want to see this. I liked Twin Peaks)
96. Back to the Future - (It's a classic and it's fun. I guess we liked it!)
97. High Fidelity - (John Cusack is a very good actor, and this is a nice movie. Would probably be in my top 100 too)
98. The Thin Red Line - (This was ok, but I can think of other better war movies. Where's Platoon?)
99. Being John Malkovich - (Funny shit. I love this movie)
100. Dead Man - (You'd think I'd have seen this, being a fan of Johnny Depp and all. Must put on list...)
So there we go!
That took a little bit too much time, but it was fun.
And now, just to start with Top 10 Lists, here's my Top 10 Movies: (that I can think of right now)
1. Pulp Fiction
2 - 10 (in no particular order)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
When Harry Met Sally
The Usual Suspects
The Dark Crystal
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
As loathe as I am to include any pictures of him on here...
Another series in the comical images of 'Howard and Costello'
This one appeared on the front page of The Age website today.
In order from the top left and then across:
1. Costello - "I wonder if I could apply for a different job where I could be boss....."
Howard - "I wonder if I can pass legislation on me getting fatter paycheck before Christmas..."
2. Costello - "Maybe if I wring his neck, no one will....oops"
Howard - "Hey Pete, not here. We play those games in private..."
3. Costello - "I didn't mean it...mate...I was just...you know...bored back here."
Howard - "Yeah....well...it's ok. I forgive you. Just remember that sometimes we're in public"
4. Costello - "He did it"
Howard - "Mummmmyyyyy!"
And because we all love this picture...
Monday, December 05, 2005
click click click. My mouse finger hurts...
A guy here at work was trying to buy 18 tickets to U2 this morning.
We were all frantically clicking 'Try Again' on the Ticketek screen for about 45 minutes. (lots of work done as you can see).
We finally got in at the same time and got C Reserve seats.
Bloody hell, they must be selling fast. All of the Standing Area tickets were gone. Well the site was saying they were anyway. I am not so sure that they sold so fast, and maybe they trickle them out to force people to buy the seats.
In any case, I think it's probably sold out by now...
Anyone want a couple of seats in the nosebleed section?
Dave Grohl......Yes. You rock.
He rocks and he knows it.
He knows how to work a crowd, and he knows how to play a guitar.
The Fooeys were awesome. I can now tick them off my list of bands that I have always wanted to see live.
There is a new No.1 on my list and that is System of a Down.
I've been in many intense moshes in my concert career, and the Fooeys were not the craziest. (See Velvet Revolver), but it was a long concert and there was lots of singing. (Remember to breathe when you sing, kids!) Especially in songs like 'Monkey Wrench', and 'Stacked Actors'.
And it was during Stacked Actors, that Dave decided to go for a run around to the mixing desk of the Superdome and do a guitar solo in pure rock style with the spot-lights blasting down on him. He did a bit of a guitar duel with Chris Shiflett, and then they finished the song (10 minutes later!). 'All my Life' was their last song and by then, the crowd was well and truly spent. It went for just under 2 hours (like all good concerts should) and I don't think anyone could have been disappointed.
Oh yeah, and if you're in a mosh pit, don't put your elbows up around peoples heads cause that really fucking hurts!
Also, the Kaiser Chiefs were excellent. They really go off live, so much so that the frontman lost his voice before the end of the 30-40 minutes set. Songs like 'Na na na na na', and 'Oh my God' really went off, even if his screaming was a little waivered and off-key! Worth checking out when they return to Australia!
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