deathpod

September 19, 2006

i am now on a two-week break from uni! i suppose they put this here because they know that we all have exams and essays and all sorts of other assessments coming up in the next few weeks, and we need time to catch up and get ready for the onslaught that is weeks 9-12 at university. ahuh. actually, i do plan to get some work done over the next two weeks. and what better way to do that than to go down to my beach house, without internet, without guitars, without cable television, without xbox…ok maybe not without xbox. we’ll see.

so i was in class on wednesday last week, and we were talking about postcolonialism and identity and all that stuff, and somehow we began talking about race.
“what is race?” my tutor asked.
silence. as usual. i guess we all assumed we knew what race was, but still didn’t want to speak up, in case we got it wrong on some academic technicality.
“well. how many races do you think there are?” tutor then proceeded to ask rhetorically.
another silence, this one more awkward and ironic than the last, until, out of nowhere…
“five,” says a somewhat dopey looking asian guy from the back of the room. this was the first time i had ever seen this guy in class. this comment, it must be said, drew quite a few laughs from the (underpopulated) rest of the class, and what i can only assume was a knowing look between myself and the tutor: is he joking? he must be.
“umm, ok…and what are they?”
“well, white, black, brown, yellow and red.” again, the rest of the class didn’t know which way to turn. “you’ve got your whites and your blacks. then there’s the indians and the south americans – brown – and the easterns or orientials are yellow.”
“what’s red then?” asked an incredulous looking singaporean girl.
expecting him to say the native americans, i was surprised when the guy said something about middle easterns. red? if we’re talking inappriopriate labels based on colour, the middle easterns surely aren’t the reds of this world. anyway.
the singaporean girl continued, “so what would you call someone like me, who is half asian and half indian?”
“well then, you would be kinda a yellowy-brown.”

yes, uni is fun, especially when there are uncomfortable and unexpected racial slurs being bandied about in a class full of overseas students. maybe the guy thought he was allowed because he himself was asian? who knows. that was a weird class.

being on a japanese fiction bender, when i saw this at uni the other day and picked it up to discover that it was about body piercing, tattoos and a good deal of sexualised violence (or violent sex, take your pick) i thought ‘what’s not to like?’ and picked it up immediately. in all seriousness though; snakes and earrings is a graphic and brutal story about three japanese youth desperately grasping at a sense of identity in a community that, essentially, has forgotten about their existence. this is not, by any standards, a happy or uplifting story. however the sadness comes not from the imagery but from the desperation and loneliness of the characters, who will do anything – subject themselves to anything – simply to feel some real pain, or real pleasure, or any emotion at all. despite their atrocities, we feel a deep sense of pity for these three young people. their sense of alienation and futility comes at the same time as the reader’s – about halfway through the book – and from then begins the slow and painful wind-down to what could only ever have been a tragic story.

snakes and earrings is very much in the modern japanese style of storytelling: dense and deliberate; no wasted words or descriptors. plot developments move frantically and suddenly and with a minimum of baggage. there is an immediacy and a sense of fatalism. this is obviously not always completely true of all japanese fiction, but having watched a fair amount of anime recently i definitely have to agree that these are not merely genres; they are art forms in and of themselves. case in point:

without question, beyond the clouds is the most visually stunning animation i have ever seen. i’m not talking about mind-blowing CGI or massive explosions; i’m just talking about beautifully well-composed locations and characters, lush backgrounds and the most out-of-this-world lighting effects to be found in any movie, animated or not.

as far as plot goes, depending on how much you want to read into it, it’s about friendship and loyalty. the background involves civil war and terrorism and something about parallel universes. i was actually setting myself up for the giant emotional frontal attack, but it didn’t quite come. that’s not to say the plot is not greatly touching and moving, i guess i was just expecting something different.

in any case, the animation is just beautiful. this is cinematic expression on a level that i have rarely seen, cut together with some tasteful editing and a great musical score by tenmon. the structure of time can be disorienting at times, and in some places it becomes hard to distinguish between hallucination and dreams and reality, but these are characteristic of many anime. this one is not for just anybody; if you come into it looking for giant robot wars, stick to neon genesis. but if you want something where the convoluted plot takes a backseat to genuine emotions and cinematography, beyond the clouds would be a great place to start.

so yeah, that’s that (mrs. ‘that’s that’!).

i got my hands on the new saosin album, a good two weeks before its official release date, and i have to say i am surprised. i’m not sure what i was expecting from it, but the snippets i had heard earlier it didn’t sound great. anyway, there are some really solid tunes, and the ballad-ish ‘you’re not alone’ is so radio-ready it’s not even funny. i can’t be bothered with a proper review just yet. but the new singer sounds a lot like the guy from name taken. so yeah, the album is a lot catchier than i expected, mammoth production job, and those trademark saosin riffs are all over the place, buried beneath the power chords and harmonies. but they are there! as far as this kind of emo rock goes, this album is right near the top of the pile, and given their already huge fanbase and the crazy anticipation of this album, i doubt it will go away any time soon.

so yeah. on a personal note; my self-confidence is all over the place. i don’t have any reason to be upset or worried at the moment, but i am, and that’s what i’ve been like for the last two-and-a-bit years. this is all completely internal; it’s not triggered by anything or anyone – in fact, it happens most often when i over-analyse any given good situation. the only reason i’m including this here is because i know that this tendency of mine sometimes upsets people i really care about, and i don’t want them to think it’s their fault, or that i’m angry with them. it’s not that at all; it’s just me, being fucked up, not knowing what to do about it. i’m sorry.

five things i hate about itunes

  1. slowest software ever

    have you ever seen any other program that takes so long to load? and when it does eventually appear on screen, have you ever seen any other program that takes so long to, you know, work? also, i know the shuffle is like the gimpish and autistic middle child of the ipod family, but we love all our children equally. come on, itunes, you could at least swallow your pride and acknowledge its existence when i plug it in. show some compassion.

  2. quicktime

    i think quicktime is the main reason itunes itself is so pathetically slow. this is probably the worst media front-end on the market; even windows media player is better (i think) since you can at least get to the controls. who the hell even uses quicktime format movies? streaming has never been slower.

  3. i don’t want to buy your fucking mp3s

    if i decide that i want to purchase some music, i will take myself of to jb hi-fi and fork out some cold, hard cash for a record that i can hold in my hands, thankyou very much. why would i pay $1.69 for a shitty quality mp3 that i could download for free off some other better, faster program? i use itunes (begrudgingly) to transfer music to and from my ipod, not to be assaulted by advertising and promotional offers. don’t carry on about your ‘free’ software and then pack it full of this shit. at least offer a seperate download. keep it in your pants, we’re not all consumer victims.

  4. the library incident

    on the very first night i bought my ipod, the very first thing itunes did was to utterly sodomise my mp3 collection. it did this by moving every single mp3 i have out of its original folder, arranging them into band and album subfolders. this left me with over 200 empty folders on my c: drive, and about the same number of new, incomprehensible folders – one for every band. this is what playlists are for, itunes, but you wouldn’t know about those. anyway, what itunes also didn’t account for were the various mp3s and compilation albums on my computer. so the 4-disc, 100-track ‘no thanks!‘ punk compilation that was meticulously ordered got split up into (you guessed it) 100 individual folders – one for each band – with one track in each. oh, and did i mention that itunes creates these folders based entirely on the ID3 tags of the mp3s it’s working with? so if you are one of the 945394587245234 people with incorrectly tagged mp3s, you are fucked. itunes also has the amazing new feature of a character limit for file names. my one saving grace was media monkey, which saved me having to rename every single one of my 2000+ mp3s individually, to which i owe my sanity.

  5. the great mac vs. pc battle for middle earth

    we are all aware that every mac owner has a huge superiority complex. that’s ok; i trust you will enjoy not being able to ever upgrade your computer. i can live with that – we all can – but please, live and let live. save us all the routine condescension we have to put up with when we take our broken ipods (broken ipods? what?!) into your store and you find out we all use pcs.

however, i still can’t help but want one of these new nanos. you can get a 2gb model for $219; 8gb is $380, the same price as a 30gb video model. wtf?

i’ll wrap up quickly. so yeah since i’m on a two-week break, i have made a tentative list of some of the things i would like to accomplish.

  • watch anime.
  • watch other movies.
  • re-watch carnivale.
  • read plenty books.
  • play golf.
  • play tennis.
  • go to the beach.
  • record an ep.

amibitious? sure. improbable? definitely. a good idea? doubtful. although for the first time this year, i actually have some basic ideas about what to write my essays on this semester, so i’ll definitely be making a start on that sometime soon.

yeah, so i actually spent a full hour adding things to this entry, until (surprise surprise) the apple website crashed my firefox and i lost it all. thanks heaps, apple. as if you haven’t screwed me around enough already today. for that reason, there is no wikipedia article today (damn, cause this entry wasn’t long enough already), but i promise to make up for it next time.

leave lotsa comments! and i’m still looking for more links to put up here, so drop me a line! hope everyone else is enjoying their breaks.

love d.

text to burn

September 12, 2006

the melbourne show is starting up again, in its new-and-improved grounds in flemington. of course, the organisers and stall owners were up in arms about there not being enough space, but to them i pose this humble question: what did you expect? without wanting to rant too much, the melbourne show is so far removed from the traditional culture it pretends to embody that it barely deserves to keep the name ‘the melbourne show;’ and that is to say nothing of the ‘royal’ part.

what we have here is a shameless commodification of a long-gone colonial and agricultural history, contsantly resurrected for the sake of exploiting young families, and maybe as a boon for tourism. believe me; there is little or no ‘tradition’ left at the royal melbourne show. any parents that tell themselves they are taking their young children to the show for a healthy dose of acculturation are surely on crack. even when i was a child, the only thing i looked forwards to at the show were the freakin’ showbags. (who’s with me?!) of course, i don’t mean to demean or question the livelihoods of the farmers and breeders for whom the show is a significant annual event, i just don’t like the way it is marketed.

so i was perusing foxtel the other day, as i tend to do whenever there are other things to be done, and saw a trailer for the new hilary duff movie material girls. after only having been released in america at the time of this writing, this film has already shot to #5 on imdb’s bottom 100 movies of all time. isn’t that a fantastic achievement? as far as i can tell, the point of this film does not extend beyond the idea that to be a normal, everyday person is somehow boring and worthless. but oh what? the two spoilt rich girls develop a conscience and everyone is richer for the experience? i’m sure there is some kind of ‘revelation’ and hilary and haylie go through the typical happy ending motions, but still, wtf. why, why make films like this? if i may quote my lovely girlfriend: “there’s already a show on the topic, it’s the simple life, and somehow although my heart bleeds to say this, i’m pretty sure paris hilton and nicole richie do a better job.” i believe a part of the problem may be that haylie duff is just plain ugly, and, well, the world is just fucking sick of hilary duff.

interestingly, i read that hilary is dating benji madden (aka the second most ugly member of good charlotte and punx extraordinairre!). but she has said in interviews that she’s saving her virginity for marriage. this is so funny, and makes me happy that the two of them aren’t gettin’ any. ahem.

so this post sees the addition of an exiting new feature to the yankee review: wikipedia article of the day! yes yes, we all know how time-consuming and downright interesting it can be to endlessly follow links on wikipedia, so i thought i would share some of my more obscure discoveries with you, dear reader. so here it is. ready? ready. ok.

the ghost dance on wikipedia; see also: millenarianism, the native american church.

this link was inspired by a series that i stumbled upon on showtime the other day called ‘into the west,’ which charts (surprisingly) the colonisation of the west coast of the united states from the perspectives of both a settler’s family and a native american family. at first i thought this was but another dose of americana in the form of an epic miniseries, but it is pretty well-shot and the costumes are great, even though the dialogue sucks and the script moves wayyyy too fast. it always hits me though; indigenous people are always given the same treatment in film and television. the subtitles we give them are always convoluted and old-fashioned, and the dialogue they use would have us believe that their society does not extend beyond discussions of morality, family and community. i’m sure you all know what i mean. so, in that sense, it was refreshing to see the native americans actually getting drunk and having a good time and making jokes on ‘into the west,’ although i’m sure they themselves wouldn’t find it to be very entertaining.

i was surprised to find today, at the uni bookstore, the new vintage east collection on sale for $14.95! obviously i haven’t read norwegian wood yet, but this was just an opportunity for me to urge you all to check out some of the great titles they are putting out. as i was telling alice, vintage release some really really great books but usually they are too expensive for the casual reader to afford, so these are a steal. i will no doubt have a review of this within the not-too-distant future.

penguin reds also deserve a mention here, since we’re talking about easily affordable, excellent books. a lot of you are probably really sick of hearing me talk about this book, but i only do it for good reason. love in the time of cholera is, in fact, timeless. for those of you who are easily burned-out by traditional romances, this book will reaffirm your faith in love and relationships. i suppose part of its appeal is its scope; it traces the lives of a man and a woman from childhood to old age, and not once does their vitality (or the pacing and vigour of the narrative itself) let up. there are passages of intense sadness coupled with ironic humour and wit, larger-than-life characters and a vivid portrait of a mystical yet desperate south america across the 18th and 19th centuries. yes, it is romance, but in the least corny way. if you have not read anything by gabriel garcia marquez, this would be a great place to start.

from the reds collection, also check out a confederacy of dunces, perfume and, of course, the great gatsby.

i think that this might just be my favourite built to spill album. for some reason, built to spill earned a reputation as darlings of emo kids everywhere, but don’t let that deter you: these guys have written some of the most pointed and well-constructed pop songs of any band in the last 15 years, with an emotional depth to match. on this album, their catchy moments are evenly balanced by their sweeping compositions (see the shift in tone between ‘sidewalk,’ ‘bad light’ and back again with ‘time trap’), but there are also some real highlights as always in doug’s understated and intimately observed lyrics. ‘center of the universe,’ for all of its ‘don’t-go-there’ catchiness, is a deceptively complex arrangement, and still manages to combine these two elements with a seriously rockin’ delivery for a two-and-a-half minutes, while at the other end of the album, ‘temporarily blind’ features what is probably the closest thing to a climactic breakdown in the band’s catalogue, hidden like diamonds within a five-minute cascade of swelling guitars and rythm changes. keep it like a secret, in my opinion, embodies built to spill’s sound more than any other album, and is essential for any listener of intelligent indie pop.

yesterday i got my hands on the new album by i killed the prom queen, crafter-less yet still generic. the first track seriously rips (in the most conventional way possible), and the swedish production job is impressive in that it reminded me of recent albums by the haunted and unearth, but otherwise this is some really straightforward stuff. for this reason, i doubt you will see much of a review from me (bummer, hey?).

so while i’m on about art and culture: when are the chili peppers going to retire? yes, i realise i’m offending a lot of people here, but think about it. they have not released a relevant album, let alone a good one, since californication, which was catchy at best and obscenely over-exposed at worst. but if we are to properly contextualise the career of the red hot chili peppers, the buck really stops with bloodsugarsexmagick – it was their only landmark album, and californication (despite its ridiculous success) really only symbolised the pinnacle of the radio rock of its era, and garnered the band…what, six years in the spotlight? as for their latest two albums; by the way was mediocre, and stadium arcadium surely marks the band’s inevitable sludgy demise into wanktastic prog-rock (a decade of heroin abuse will do that to ya). yes, i’m just bitter that bands like the chili peppers, u2 and coldplay have these unassailable reputations which allow them the freedom to do whatever the fuck they want, however the fuck they want and charge $100 per head for it, while other more relevant (dare i say talented?) bands languish at the bottom of the food chain. don’t even get me started on u2.

i guess i’ll wrap this thing up; i’ll leave you with a video of saves the day way back before their experimentation with sexuality psychedelic pop. check it out, the guitarist might even be skinnier than me! it’s a well-known fact – successful emo bands must have a mean body weight of less than like 60kg. anyways.

today was a really good day; nothing beats sitting in the sun at uni, pretending to work, with your favourite person, no longer having to worry about overdue assessments. i hope everyone else is enjoying the nice weather as much as i am. watch out, bronzed god comin’ through!

oh yeah, and finally, thanks for all the positive feedback on this new website. as always, i’m keen to hear your comments (feel free to correct me on the chili peppers thing…if you dare), and i’m also looking to pad out my blogroll/links sections too, so if you have a website and want to see your link up here, let me know!

peace!

just got back from a draining shift at work. of course it didn’t help that i was already tired from the night before but damn. usually i complain about my supervisor(s), co-workers, the length of my shift etc., but the worst part about tonight by far was the cover band. i guess i shouldn’t have expected much more of a 60th birthday party, but really. hearing ‘eagle rock’ and ‘la bamba’ at a 60th is just as contrived and just as grating as hearing ‘living on a prayer’ and ‘jesse’s girl’ at a 21st (which i also heard reverberating from the other side of the building as things quietened down in my room). if/when i have a 21st birthday party you can bet your arse i am hand-picking each and every song that gets played. aaaaaaanyway.

so last night was but another in the never-ending cascade of 21st birthday parties for me. fortunately they seem to be gradually increasing in quality. or maybe i just like to think they are since i know there are still so many to go.

i lied when i said i have no plans for this summer. what i really meant was, i have too many plans for this summer and i’m gonna have to choose what i’m actually going to do. my options include: going to work at portsea and living in our house as it is being renovated and chilling out at the beach for a while; staying in melbourne and working at the golf course lotsanlots; devoting crazy amounts of time to the band (i.e. recording an ep, sending it out to anyone and everyone and playing gigs); following the girl to sydney if/when she goes up there for auditions; or, none of the above. first and foremost, i want to get a lot of reading done. if that takes all summer, so be it. so let me know what you think; if you were in my position, what would you do? i’m torn.

moving along. germaine greer is such a first-class bitch. listen close, hagface: feminism is dead, nationalism likewise, and there is simply no place for people like you exploiting the death of someone like steve irwin to resurrect your own flailing career. ugh you suck.

in more positive news, the nintendo wii is probably going to be the best new product since the ipod. in case you weren’t sold already, here is the trailer from this year’s e3 exhibition.

stupid names aside, i hope this becomes the most popular and successful of the next-gen consoles. the xbox wins in terms of customisation, the playstation wins in terms of sheer processing power, but everybody knows that nintendo has always been about fun and nothing more. this console should change video games forever. and as if you needed any more convincing, it shouldn’t sell for any more than about AU $400-500, compared to $650 for an xbox 360 and god knows how much for a playstation 3…next march.

in other video game news, it appears the silent hill movie doesn’t really deliver on its potential. i guess this isn’t altogether surprising. the first silent hill game on psx remains one of the creepiest and best adventure games i’ve played. i realise that empty, foggy, haunted streets don’t sound all that original when it comes to horror movies, but when you’re running around blindly, battling the occult and your own inner demons, and your radio starts crackling a split second before you are ambushed by murderous children, it really gets the heart racing. the moral of the story is; don’t bother with the movie, play silent hill on the playstation! trust me, it’s awesome. but…

for those of you that haven’t played grim fandango, i can’t stress enough what you’re missing out on: it is simply the best adventure game ever made. without wanting to write a full-blown detailed review, i will just make a few overall comments. you play manny, a travel agent who sells packages from the land of the dead (i.e. purgatory) to eternal rest. he stumbles across a conspiracy whereby certain souls are being denied passage into the underworld, and manny embarks on a three-year odyssey to set things right again.

of course, this all seems a bit silly. it’s not. what makes grim fandango so great are its cinematic qualities, from its noir-inspired plot to its lounge/jazz soundtrack, aztec art-deco style environments, impressive camera angles and great voice acting. importantly though, these qualities never interfere with the gameplay, nor do they overshadow the narrative itself. the game is quite long, but you will actually be sad when it’s over. tim shafer has created a world that is at once purely fantastical and bizarre as well as stylish, cool and beautifully designed (i admit, one of the reasons i love this game so much is that it borrows so heavily from many of my favourite films).

there was a rumour at one stage that tim burton would be directing a film adaptation of grim fandango, but i guess it looks like that was just a hoax. would have been crazy awesome though, and probably a better career move than simply re-hashing a nightmare before christmas (see: corpse bride).

grim fandango is at/near the top of every game critics’ list of best evorr adventures, and for good reason. if you say you don’t like video games, you have never played grim fandango, and you are missing out on an experience that is better than most good movies. unfortunately, i don’t think the game is being distributed anymore. the good news is that you can download a demo here; otherwise, check out tim shafer’s new game psychonauts…or just search bittorrent. but you didn’t hear that from me.

i’m really anticipating the saosin album. i called this one ages ago – suprisingly (or not?), many of my predictions have come true in some way or another. i should write prophecies more often. in other music news, it appears texas is the reason are getting back together, which is good news for trve 3m0 fans. who knows what a good production job could do for this band? probably not much considering the unassailable proliferation of shitty nu-emo bands and their chart domination, which is also the reason why i think that the new smoking popes album will probably be a commercial failure like their last two releases, and why i wrote in my last post that i think that over it have the potentially to become unstoppably massive. hopefully in my next post i’ll have full reviews of magic potion by the black keys as well as the new ep by the abandonment, deja disparu. ps. what is happening with the brand new album? anyone?

i should really wrap this thing up. besides being behind at uni (and not working enough and having not much money), i’m pretty stoked on everything right now. i can attribute most (if not all) of this to one particular person, who has demanded more of a ‘presence’ in my internet activites, so here i am, obliging. she’s so kind to me and honestly, it feels strange to have someone who is so unquestioningly supportive of me and everything i do, it’s really really awesome and i am so grateful for her and having her around all the time. ahem.

things i need to do in the near future:

  • pay the speeding fine (d’oh!).
  • buy someone a 21st birthday present.
  • go to some gigs.
  • grow my hair back.
  • read books, for uni or otherwise.
  • take more photos.
  • catch up with certain people whom i have been unintentionally neglecting.
  • go to next (?)

so there you have it. thanks for sticking with me throughout this massive post. leave comments. comments are great. till next time!

here we go again. what did i say about this being the blog to end all blogs? there’s really not much in the way of news, at least not anything fit to print.

Photo courtesy of www.news.com.au

so, as you are all aware, steve irwin died today after being bitten by a stingray in the chest. i would just like to say that that is a pretty gnarly way to die, probably second only to the great white shark in terms of awesome death by sea creature. i didn’t realise until i got home just how much the world actually cares about this guy. that’s not to say that i didn’t like him, but i never thought anybody took him seriously. it’s pretty sad; he didn’t really deserve any of the criticism that he got over the years, and it’s definitely a shame that it had to happen to someone with such a lust for life. his conservational efforts were enviable to say the least and he was basically just a good bloke. anyway. now we need to export a new ambassador to continue that whole crocodile dundee tradition.

in my extensively productive travels today, i stumbled across the new album by the black keys, released in the uk (and australia, apparently) as of today. pretty stoked, since i didn’t even know it was coming out.

initial thoughts are that it rocks fairly hard. the songs are definitely more complex, particularly compared to the stuff on thickfreakness. i’m definitely getting an ac/dc/led zeppelin-type 70s metal vibe from some of the guitar riffs, which can only be a good thing. i swear dan auerbach is one of the most prominent songwriters of our generation; for those of you still getting your blues fix from the likes of the white stripes, you need to check out this band now. there will definitely be a more detailed review once this has had time to sink in.

i’ve been a huge fan of this band for a few years now, and was exceptionally excited about this album coming out. silverstrand, while definitely a departure from their earlier sound, sounded pretty apprehensive to me; like a half-blooded attempt at a more mainstream sound. with step outside yourself, the band has traded in all their reservations and attacked their pop sound with complete abandon. the opener, ‘think against the grain,’ leaves an impression right off the bat. the first thing you notice about this album (besides pete’s amazing voice) is the sound of the guitars. there is well-documented use of acoustic guitars scattered about the place and the results are mostly positive, except in parts it can make the album seem unnecessarily ecelectic. there are, of course, some weaker songs, but they are essentially filler in an album unashamedly geared towards its singles. this is only a small criticism from a fan who has come to expect great things from a band that is still hitting their stride, despite already having a few records under their belt. the re-recorded version of ‘siren on the 101’ is simply massive. this song alone demonstrates over it’s huge potential for catchy yet heavy-hitting songs. while decidedly ‘cleaner’ overall, this version of the song doesn’t sacrifice any of the energy contained on the silverstrand version and still stands as a highlight of this carefully constructed album. there are other songs (mostly during the latter half of the album) that aren’t as instantly memorable, but are still strong: ‘your song,’ ‘the energy’ (the energy’s insane!) and ‘mr. serious’ spring to mind. on the other hand, however, are the brilliantly breezy pop cuts. for example, ‘where the sky begins’ and ‘too much information’ skip along in mid-tempo, major key sunniness, with appropriately singalong lyrics. step outside yourself is, in many ways, the album that yellowcard should have made in place of lights and sounds: it has the hooks, the energy, the right delivery; it’s ambitious but not self-indulgent. from my point of view, at the very least this album is a huge step in the right direction. since timing is everything i have believed that over it have the right sound to become a massive, massive band, and if this album doesn’t seal the deal, then i’m sure their next one will.

ok well that review was getting too long. i’ll try to keep them more focussed next time, but you should definitely check out these two records. listen to a few over it tracks here.

my football team finished at the bottom of the afl ladder for the third time in five years. impressive effort, boys. honestly though, it’s saddening to see a bunch of guys who try so damn hard week in, week out, still fail so miserably. here’s to 2007. just quietly; i’m pretty sure the premiership will go to an interstate team again this year, which sucks.

i got a new toothbrush today (it was about time) and it has like, traction, on the grip. i can say with confidence that i will NOT drop my toothbrush at a crucial moment. on that note, it’s time i went and got some uni work done. in case you’re wondering; my final semester is really not all i had hoped it would be. my classes are failing to inspire me (yes, blame the classes…) and there are only a few weeks left. not sure what happens next. so, i guess this is goodbye for now. san dimas high school football rules!

keeping tabs

September 3, 2006

just a warning; this post is not for the faint of bandwidth. anyway, since this blog is gonna be about getting things done…

also to be added to this list:

  • pay speeding ticket.
  • get a haircut.
  • investigate summer work.
  • start taking more photos.
  • pick up (broken) ipod from apple store.

so far all i’ve accomplished from that list is the ‘feed her something nice’ part; i guess everything else can wait (so much for getting things done…).

as i’m really tired and don’t feel like making a huge amount of effort, here’s some of the purchases i’ve made recently.

haven’t read anything by this guy yet, but this looks good. the synopsis recalls, to me, lunar park by bret easton ellis, which i discussed on my old blog – sorry, can’t be bothered scouring for the link. anyway i like the way it’s set out (i.e. diary entries, believe it or not).

i wouldn’t be an indie/emo kid if i didn’t have a copy of this lying around. kerouac wrote this in just a few weeks on one single roll of typing paper. how great is that? the book that arguably defined a generation.

either an interesting take on relationships or an introduction to existentialism, whatever you’re looking for, this is some really engaging shit. i’ve heard it helps if your girlfriend annotates it for you. i’ll provide some better commentary on this once i’ve actually, y’know, finished it.

this is awesome; you should read it.

anyway on that note, i guess it’s time to sign off. 11pm and i haven’t done much today. but there’s still an hour to go, who knows what i might accomplish? in the meantime, the smoking popes have posted two new songs online for your listening pleasure; i might add that ‘stay down’ is possibly one of the best that josh has written so far and this album is going to be amazing.

come back tomorrow for updated meditations on life, the universe and everything. i am definitely open to suggestion as to what i should include in these blogs, but i dare say there will be more comprehensive book and movie reviews and hopefully some interesting links and whatnot, along with the usual amount of rambling. in the meantime, everyone likes having lots of friends, so add me on myspace!

i’m still learning my way around this site so bare with me. i’ll leave you with one more photo from friday night; this is the only one where we all look nice (i just think i look shit in all the others). leave a comment and let us know how beautiful we all are.

peace!

action: initiate

September 3, 2006

well. this doesn’t feel enormously different to writing in livejournal. but somehow i feel cleaner and more dignified. so far, things i like about wordpress:

  • no clamouring for popularity.
  • no awkward ‘cuts.’
  • no competition regarding layouts.
  • and most of all, no reputation.

that’s right; i’m starting from scratch, hopefully this time around there will be more to look at, more to listen to, more to talk about, more to think about.

so i’ll kick things off with what is definitely one of the best videos i have found on youtube in my short career. i give you the tea partay.