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14 March 2008 @ 12:06 am
  • 06:22 Fog! Good morning. I appear to be up before the sun.
  • 21:58 Damn it. I keep running out of memory. I wonder if there's something more fundamentally wrong with my PC than low memory/HDD space... :(
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13 March 2008 @ 07:10 pm
Once again, the LJ management has made an unpopular decision that doesn't affect me in the slightest.

I was going to say more, but I really can't be bothered.
13 March 2008 @ 12:01 am

  • 09:50 Urk... hangover. Mmm... apple and watermelon juice.

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12 March 2008 @ 12:07 am
  • 01:33 Despite everything, I still hate cockroaches more than spiders
  • 01:51 tinyurl.com/2rfnlv
  • 01:52 Get yourself together now and give me something tasty
  • 10:01 It's stupidly hot in here
  • 11:04 Why don't they milk horses?
  • 12:46 Is the bus late or did I miss it?
  • 12:49 Late! :)
  • 14:09 I need to schedule my time better so I have time for things like food. :(
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10 March 2008 @ 12:04 am
  • 22:30 Things are what you make of them
    Things are what you make of them, baby
    And you know what I mean
    Yeah, you know what I mean
  • 22:32 Oh, I have to put the bin out. Lucky I remembered. Although, maybe they don't collect them on Labour Day...
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09 March 2008 @ 12:04 am
  • 06:04 Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo
  • 17:14 I'm so sick of my hair. Seriously starting to consider the skinhead option again.
  • 17:15 "Well Sinead O'Rebellion. Shock me, shock me, shock me with that deviant behavior."
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08 March 2008 @ 04:45 pm
This stems from a discussion I had last night over some beers, and follows on from other discussions I've had with people about what constitutes a standard drink.

A standard drink, officially, is 10g of alcohol, regardless of form.

Here are the various beer sizes you are likely to encounter in Victoria and, assuming 4.9% alcohol/volume (standard full-strength beer), the number of standard drinks in each:

Glass: 200ml, 0.774 standard drinks - Rarely seen these days, except maybe in the hand of a 102 year old woman at the local RSL.

Pot: 285ml, 1.103 standard drinks - The most common size in Victorian pubs, most literature quotes the pot as "one standard drink", close enough considering how inexact drink counting is in determining BAC.

"Import" size stubby: 330ml, 1.277 standard drinks - A lot of locally brewed beers are starting to appear in this size, ostensibly to make them more like trendy Euro beers, but really because they can charge the same for slightly less beer. Basically an 11oz bottle.

Can or stubby: 375ml, 1.452 standard drinks - The most common size for packaged beer in Victoria, usually quoted as approximately 1.5 standard drinks. Odd that they estimate up for packaged beer and down for tap beer.

US Pint: 473ml, 1.831 standard drinks - Be on the look-out for this one, another 'trendy' size that's just a way to give you less beer.

Schooner: 485ml, 1.877 standard drinks - Relatively rare, but some pubs offer this instead of the pint as a larger size, or as an intermediate between the pot and the (British) pint.

British Pint: 568ml, 2.199 standard drinks - The true way to drink beer. A lot of my mates may be pommie bastards, but they know how to put away the lager.

Longneck: 750ml, 2.903 standard drinks - The equivalent of two stubbies. You should pour your beer into a glass from these, unless you want to look like an uncouth bastard.

Jug: 1140ml, 4.413 standard drinks - The more social(ist) way to buy a round of beers. Problems can arise from the fact that the jug holds roughly four and a half pots worth, which leaves you with the modern etiquette dilemma of whether to use the last half a pot to top up everyone's drink, or if the first person to finish their pot should just have it.

Mini Keg: 5000ml, 19.355 standard drinks - These are usually an outrageous rip-off when compared to the price of buying the same beer in bottles or cans, but they are undeniably a very appealing novelty.

Keg: 50000ml, 193.55 standard drinks - What is connected to the other end of the beer tap in the pub. It is relatively rare for Aussies to have these at their private parties, unlike in America (n.b. an American keg is closer to 60 litres), but the practice is becoming more common, especially with micro-breweries like Mountain Goat in Richmond offering kegs. Part of the issue with kegs, of course, is that you have to buy or hire extra equipment to actually get the beer out of them.

There are other sizes, of course, including the "pony" which is even smaller than the glass, but they are rarely, if ever, seen. The pony, in particular, is a queer artifact of the days before light beer, when the only way to prevent yourself getting too drunk was to drink less.
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07 March 2008 @ 12:09 am
  • 08:39 I really need to start getting up earlier
  • 09:30 I just had an Up&Go for 'breakfast'. Suprisingly tasty!
  • 09:33 The train is apparently running more than twelve minutes late. Announcement?
  • 10:01 Needless to say, I'm not yet at my ten a.m. tute.
  • 11:44 My poetry tutor is K Bro!
  • 12:01 Roleplaying anecdotes: they're not as entertaining as you think.
  • 17:14 What was the sitcom in which a character got excited about ice cream headaches?
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06 March 2008 @ 12:00 am
  • 15:46 You can prick your finger, but don't finger your prick.
  • 21:48 This is why teleportation is my most wanted power. I've got a long trip ahead of me and I just want to be home NOW damn it!
  • 22:02 The annoying thing about PT is all the waiting around. Profound, huh?
  • 22:50 I have to remember to watch out for the station now. Stupid Cragieburn!
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05 March 2008 @ 09:50 am
Walking home last night, I walked into an orb weaver web, and the spider landed on my hand and bit me.
It stung like a bitch, and the rest of the way home I swore like a sailor with Tourette's.
Thanks to vaingloriesque and lukeii for their concern, but it really wasn't serious - so much so that there is absolutely zero pain and almost no mark left today.

I've joined the debating club, and so far it's been awesome. I've met lots of cool new people after just one meeting, and I'm really looking forward to arguing with people who actually enjoy being argued with.

I am woefully behind on my poetry challenge, but it's first week back, so you and I are just going to have to accept that I've got other shit on my mind.
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05 March 2008 @ 12:04 am
  • 09:06 I haven't even started on my first day back at uni, and I'm already stuffed. I got NO sleep.
  • 13:41 Damn it, I got an IM, but it got lost in the ether. Who was it from?
  • 23:06 Ow, my hand is stinging like a bitch. I can't believe I was bitten by a fricken' spider!
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04 March 2008 @ 12:04 am
  • 02:17 Damn it. I know I need to go to sleep, but I don't feel tired at all. I've got an appointment in the morning!
  • 08:44 It's not even 9am and it's already too damn sunny.
  • 13:51 Waiting for the bus...
  • 14:41 The cute girl on the bus got off at the same stop as me. This should be a good thing, but it just made me feel like an accidental stalker.
  • 22:03 Cream soda, creamy soda or creaming soda? Brown or red?
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03 March 2008 @ 12:03 am

  • 20:03 Just got back from the shop and turned on the telly at almost the exact moment the ball left Hogg's hand... bowled! Great timing.

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02 March 2008 @ 10:30 pm
In case you were wondering, my latest poem was a double tetractys, as invented by Ray Stebbing.

I guess you could call it the Western world's answer to the haiku, based on Euclidean mathematics.
02 March 2008 @ 08:44 pm
I've only just gotten around to writing yesterday's poem, weekends being as they are.
I didn't particularly like the challenge set, which was to get inspiration from a poet you don't like.

I figured that it was a bit pointless trawling for absolute drivel doggerel, so I took it to mean a poet that I respect, but simply don't like for reasons of taste or whatever.

The poet I chose was Scotland's own Robert Burns. Burns was a great, highly influential and rather revolutionary poet. I have nothing but the utmost respect for him. My only real issue is that my enjoyment of his poetry is generally marred by the language barrier - as reading a poem with a Scottish to English dictionary in hand is not the best experience!

Anyway, I took inspiration from one of his most famous poems 'To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough', which I believe is far superior to my own effort. There just so happens to be a translation into plain English here.
02 March 2008 @ 12:57 pm
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02 March 2008 @ 12:01 am
  • 00:54 Internet lucky dip! tinyurl.com/2mh6z6
  • 01:48 Is it a coincidence that the phrase that refers to uniquely Australian hip-hop is also a brand of nappy bag? Whatever, I love skip-hop!
  • 17:20 tinyurl.com/2qjmjf
  • 22:01 Ha! They wouldn't let Nick into the bar, the scruffy bastard!
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01 March 2008 @ 12:03 am

  • 19:51 Scintillating 83 from just 50 balls from Gilchrist. A fitting farewell to Melbourne.

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29 February 2008 @ 11:47 pm
The first two stanzas of my latest poem were written in trochaic tetrameter, with the final syllable of each stanza dropped for "masculine" emphasis.

When I originally began writing the third stanza I unconsciously continued to write in a trochaic pattern. Which just goes to show you that, far from being the stifling constraint that some would have you believe, the stress pattern of the trochaic and iambic meters really do conform to the natural patterns of English speech, with the stress undulating up and down from syllable to syllable.

This is the primary reason why iambic pentameter has been so dominant in English literature for so many years - because it sounds like a kind of formalised version of natural speech.
I've been meaning to go and see this at the Astor for about the last 11 years, and this time for sure.

Kenneth Branagh's four-hour, full-text screen adaption of Hamlet is showing at The Astor, this Thursday, March 6, at 7:15 pm.

I should have a car, so I can drive people home afterwards, as long as they live somewhere sensible, but the earlier start time should mean PT is still available anyway.

So, who's up for it?
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29 February 2008 @ 12:10 am
  • 01:07 If you have the chance to see the movie Jumper, don't. Definitely, Maybe was good, though. Isla Fisher is hot. Abigail Breslin is awesome.
  • 03:00 I really should sleep
  • 11:40 What the hell have I been listening to that last.fm is recommending Randy Newman?
  • 18:06 The word "anapest" is autological!
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28 February 2008 @ 06:15 pm
Is anyone watching Ashes to Ashes?
I'm a bit wary of it, but I suppose Gene Hunt might just make it worth it.
The first three episodes have aired, and I guess it can't hurt to give them a crack.
28 February 2008 @ 05:56 pm
In case anyone is interested, today's 30 Day Challenge assignment was to write a poem in a meter of my choosing. I chose to write the poem in anapestic trimeter. That's all I have to say about that.
28 February 2008 @ 12:06 am

  • 00:50 Okkervil River were great, but ordinary people continue to disappoint me by being selfish fuckwits.

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27 February 2008 @ 12:02 am
  • 10:35 I just sneezed and my cat sneezed in sympathy!
  • 12:51 I wonder if it's going to be worth going in for any of O-Week
  • 20:45 This guy sounds like Willie Nelson and Nick Cave's lovechild, but he looks like Peter Jackson
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26 February 2008 @ 12:11 am
  • 02:53 Diving, cheating cunts
  • 04:59 Un-fucking-believable! Yid Army!
  • 07:29 I possibly should try and get some sleep now
  • 18:39 Woo! Okkervil River tomorrow!
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25 February 2008 @ 05:38 pm
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25 February 2008 @ 07:25 am
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Current Mood: happyelated
25 February 2008 @ 12:05 am
  • 09:58 You know I can't smile without you
  • 10:02 My most important reason for workplace safety is me, damn it!
  • 10:14 I can't stand people who can't queue properly. Behind me, not beside me fuck-knuckle.
  • 16:38 I'm as jober as a sudge
  • 23:39 He's only four! Arsene Wenger's boyfriend's only four!
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24 February 2008 @ 12:32 am
Oh man, this is the funniest thing ever.


Thanks carlowe
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24 February 2008 @ 12:04 am
  • 00:37 Yay! Unshaped again! But, for how long?
  • 00:43 Slaughterhouse 5 is awesome so far. Thank you insomnius!
  • 12:09 Tinyurl is the internet's lucky dip. What's in store for brave link-clicker's now? tinyurl.com/2q9j9y
  • 12:21 Damn, that one wasn't tinyurled for some reason.
  • 20:14 Where am I going to go and write this poem?
  • 22:07 I'm bloody nervous about tomorrow night's cup final. Come on you Spurs!
  • 22:17 Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, and Tits
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23 February 2008 @ 12:14 am
  • 09:27 AFC Champions League tickets arrived this morning. Que cera cera!
  • 11:07 @lukeii All three sets
  • 11:07 @ephant They probably deserved it
  • 11:22 @lukeii No, three seperate envelopes.
  • 14:00 Hmm... missed call from @lukeii. I wonder what he wanted.
  • 14:27 Sri Lanka sent Australia in to bat. Interesting.
  • 14:40 Would Channel 9 please do us all a favour and get rid of bloody Tony Grieg? No-one is interested in hearing him crap on about Jacques Kallis
  • 14:43 Ponting dropped on 0. Make them pay Punter, FFS!
  • 14:45 Grieg is still crapping on about Kallis! This series is between Australia, India and Sri Lanka. You wanna talk about Sth Africa? Go there!
  • 14:50 Why's everyone missing the point that Symonds got the top bid in IPL, not 'cause he's the best cricketer, but 'cause he's the best at 20/20?
  • 14:51 @lukeii Piss off.
  • 15:06 @lukeii Everyone in the media I meant. 140 characters is just not enough.
  • 15:10 Ooh, a run. How novel!
  • 15:22 @lukeii Shut up.
  • 15:32 Invasion of the Bodysnatchers: Aliens have kidnapped Ricky Ponting and replaced him with an English cricketer.
  • 15:49 Maharoof, Maharoof, Maharoof is on fire. Bugger.
  • 15:49 @lukeii Planning on getting into a scuffle with some Chel$ki scum on Sunday, then?
  • 16:04 @ephant Obv.
  • 17:15 I have such little respect for the Oscars, but I'm still cheering for the Coen's to win joint best director.
  • 17:38 They just showed an ad for Monster House, but it's been axed!
  • 17:46 That was an extraordinary catch. Hogg is unlucky.
  • 17:58 184 is a terrible total, but Australia has proved that it's defensible. We shouldn't win from here, but we could still do it.
  • 18:36 You beauty! Golden duck!
  • 18:48 Stuart Clarke is putting his hand up for man of the match. Australia's off to a flying start in defense of that total!
  • 19:06 Sri Lanka will be lucky to make 100 at this rate. i love it!
  • 19:11 It's a pity I already refuse to ever be a Commonwealth Bank customer, because otherwise I'd boycott them for having such awful ads.
  • 19:31 @insomnius Is that for the latest A Softer World or Overqualified? Because both are hilarious!
  • 19:33 @insomnius Ooh, the plot coagulates!
  • 19:34 Sri Lanka are starting to get back on track. It's time for another wicket!
  • 19:36 Hopes is unlucky as all hell, that missed the stumps by a bee's cliche. That's the worst looking four I've ever seen.
  • 19:44 Joey Comeau distracted me and I missed seeing the wicket, although I did catch the first of many replays.
  • 20:15 Damn it, we need another wicket.
  • 20:20 The fear of rain & a Duckworth-Lewis loss seems to be the reason behind Sangakarra playing a wild shot to give Symonds an easy catch.
  • 20:21 I wonder if my spamming Twitter with my amateur sports commentary has caused any of my friends to switch of SMS notifications...
  • 20:22 Richie Benaud just made a joke about Sangakarra saying "fuck". "He's summed up his feelings... in one word"
  • 20:38 Despite the fact that the rain is going to give Australia the win if it doesn't stop, I'd much rather watch this battle continue :(
  • 20:44 @frabjousday Aren't you in that crazy country where they charge for incoming SMSs? You probably don't want all my cricket spam, I'm guessing
  • 21:52 Someone needs to tell the guy in the Godfreys ad that his comb-over is fooling nobody.
  • 21:57 @ephant Well, Aussie Rules football in February is pretty ridiculous, really, even if the Bombers are whipping the Bulldogs.
  • 21:59 @ephant Still, at least in the footy rain doesn't stop play. Certainly not with the roof on. Maybe the sports should have swapped venues.
  • 22:10 Well, it's officially over. Australia wins under D/L and get the bonus point to boot.
  • 22:27 Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour. o_O
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22 February 2008 @ 07:29 pm
If you're wondering why the hell I friended you (today), it's most likely because you are doing the 30 day poetry challenge, and I'm keen to read the results.

Happy writing!
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22 February 2008 @ 11:32 am
Today's poem was inspired by the news that Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne had been detained under the UK Mental Health Act, following a number of incidents at a hotel in Newcastle, England.

Gascoigne was instrumental in getting Tottenham into the 1991 FA Cup Final, scoring 6 goals in the lead up, including the opening goal in the 3-1 semi-final win against arch-rivals arse***. Unfortunately he missed most of the final, watching Tottenham's extra time win from a hospital bed after injuring his knee (badly enough to miss an entire year's football) early in the match.

It looks like he'll be watching another Tottenham cup win from a hospital bed.
So, get well soon, Gazza.
22 February 2008 @ 12:03 am
  • 02:02 @insomnius Oh, why don't you just marry her then!
  • 02:02 I'm usually wary of remakes, but Rob Zombie managed to improve on the original Halloween. Not that it was a hard task.
  • 09:58 I'm thinking of making fresh OJ from the excess oranges in the fridge. But it it worth the mess? And do we even have a juicer?
  • 11:01 Gusset!
  • 12:52 @insomnius You might find you like it
  • 14:10 @lukeii dispatching
  • 14:14 @lukeii Actually it's either, apparently, although dispatch is more common. Apparently despatch is used in NSW, which seems as good a re ...
  • 14:27 @lukeii I don't speak American English or British English, so it's hardly that simple.
  • 15:11 @lukeii It is when what (little) research I've done suggests NSW is the only part of Australia in which 'despatch' is commonly used.
  • 16:19 @ephant Use it for EVIL!
  • 16:22 @ephant They're clogged with porn.
  • 16:26 I cuss, you cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.
  • 17:05 @insomnius Now to get you into a dress. Baby steps.
  • 20:00 Lucien needs assertiveness training.
  • 20:05 @insomnius Gay
  • 22:14 I never realised I was so influential. I started using Twitter, now everyone is doing it. Also, stop using Facebook syntax!
  • 22:14 @insomnius Which bit?
  • 22:49 @insomnius Troughs and plateaux could be a possibility. Quiet Eeyore!
  • 22:57 @insomnius Here's to Everest-style peaks! (Littered with frozen corpses)
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21 February 2008 @ 12:10 am

I wonder how many people who bought a Betamax also bought an HD-DVD player

A cool change is as good as a holiday

@kbrower I believe "watch this" (and variants) is one of the most common last words amongst males

Cats are the only creatures I know of that have mastered the art of the affectionate headbutt

Mmm.. kiwi fruit is furry and tangy, especially when you eat the skin. It's the best bit!

@insomnius Mini-insomnius!

@insomnius You know Monash people. The people you know tend to be geeky types. Seems possible some of these might be SCA types.

I think I shall play some Kakuro

The bugginess of Twitter is starting to irk me a little.

Hidden tracks were cool back in the days of vinyl, but in the age of CDs they just screwed up shuffle. They're even worse in the mp3 era.

@lukeii I added ephant and her updates appear on my page, but I can't get her to appear on the list of people I'm following

@lukeii Opera

I think Media Watch should be compulsory viewing for all Australians. I subscribe to it in iTunes, because I'd never remember otherwise.

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20 February 2008 @ 05:59 pm
In case anyone is concerned about such things, I'm not posting my poems as comments on that site, as is suggested in the challenge.

The guy talks about not being afraid of copyright infringement, whilst saying that you can re-publish your poems elsewhere if you like. This misses a vital point, which is the reason I post all my poetry under a friends-lock (and you thought it was because I was self-conscious about it): most publishers want right of first publication, and you remove a huge amount of the commercial desirability of your writing as soon as it hits the unfettered realms of the internet.

So, if you have even the slightest ambition of ever having your work published, it's a good idea you protect it in some small way from appearing in places where the ever-reaching tentacles of Google can get to it.
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20 February 2008 @ 12:25 pm
It's day one of the 30 day challenge, in which I and some friends attempt to write 30 poems each in 30 days.
Day one, and I have just written the most emotionally draining poem I have written in a good long while.
Already the challenge is proving useful for my writing.

If you wish to join us, the info is here. The poetry tips and such seem to be pretty well written, although there are things here and there that I disagree with (you're capable of working out what advice you wish to follow, I'm sure) - but the important part is that at the end of each of the 30 relevant articles is a poetry assignment for that day.

Sorry, to those that think insomnius was being entirely sensible by not directly linking to this in her journal, but I'm not nearly so sensitive to other people's inability to not get involved in things they shouldn't. I'm pretty sure everyone who reads my journal is a mature legal adult, so you can figure this shit out for yourselves.
20 February 2008 @ 12:07 am

00:18 Finally worked out what I was doing wrong in LoudTwitter. Hooray! My blog will now be filled daily updates of my insane ramblings! #

00:24 Can't wait to start poetry classes. It'll be nice to be in a class full of students who don't groan at the notion of writing poetry. #

10:08 My sleeping patterns seem to be improving again. Now if I could only stop waking up with horrible pins and needles in my arms. #

12:03 Are there bloke peas to go with chick peas, or is the masculine nature of ordinary peas implied by our patriarchal society? #

12:20 It's a little weird listening to a song about Christmas, but I can't bring myself to skip such a lovely song. Yay for Sufjan Stevens! #

12:59 @insomnius Yes, we're all on our way to clear. #

16:57 @lukeii And updates via mobile if you're really keen #

17:01 @lukeii I thought you meant about how you can post TO Twitter from mobile. My point was that it goes both ways. #

17:07 Twitter is starting to seem less like talking to myself #

17:09 Anybody want to buy a house? tinyurl.com/365yko #

17:58 Blergh. I'm going to go jump in the shower. #

20:48 @insomnius They have bearcats at Melbourne Zoo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binturong #

21:27 I'm trying to decide which Coen brothers film I want to watch #

23:23 Damn! We're in a tight spot! #

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19 February 2008 @ 12:14 am
  • 07:00 Stupid Loudtwitter didn't work. Also, why am I awake already? #
  • 14:05 I think I need to get a petition going for Pascall's to bring Pineapple Lumps to Australia. #
  • 14:07 @insomnius People who live in jam houses shouldn't throw scones #
  • 14:13 @insomnius "Rip off of early Radiohead" is one of the most common musical genres around #
  • 14:36 @insomnius Pineapple is delicious! Pineapple flavoured chewy lollies covered in chocolate are delicious *and* addictive! #
  • 15:20 People should blog more, damn it... I can't wait to get back to uni. It will do me good to actually do something. #
  • 15:32 I think it's time for my afternoon snack of a roll with cheese and some yummy yoghurt. It's the simple things... #
  • 17:30 My mouth is all oniony from lunch. I love onions, but they have a real tendency to haunt their final resting place. #
  • 19:54 Ugh. Another news story saying one football code threatens another. My interest in rugby & soccer hasn't harmed my interest in AFL at all. #
  • 21:17 I think I'm spoiled by watching English panel shows, because Good News Week seems decidedly sub-standard #
  • 21:24 Ooh. Can't wait for Rambo. It's going to be so wonderfully bad. #
  • 21:38 Is it sad that I recognised the actor in the road safety ad as the guy who took over from the dad in Hey Dad? #
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14 February 2008 @ 05:31 pm
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13 February 2008 @ 11:36 am
I had the weirdest dream last night.

I dreamt that Paul McCartney released a cover of 'Umbrella'.
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13 February 2008 @ 11:06 am
The history of this nation is one that I'll readily tell you I'm not proud of.
The treatment of this country's first inhabitants has been and, in so many ways, continues to be nothing short of horrendous.
Today is one of those rare moments in the history of Australian indigenous affairs that I can feel proud of.

Much is made about whether an apology should be made by those not directly responsible.
The Australian Government is an ongoing entity, separate from the John Howards, Kevin Rudds and Brendan Nelsons that only occupy it for a brief moment in time.
The Australian Government was culpable at the time these atrocities were committed, and so it still bears that responsibility now.
Kevin Rudd is merely the spokesperson of the government, and he recognises his responsibility to make amends for the mistakes that government has made in the past.

And the government represents the people.
So, however indirectly, the Australian people, as a whole, are responsible for the crimes committed against indigenous Australians.

I personally didn't invade this country in a tall ship, nor wrench a baby from its mother for the crime of being half black.
But, just as I inherited my place in this glorious nation, I also inherited responsibility for the crimes committed by my forebears in the paving of that nation.

So, as a non-indigenous Australian, I'm a truly, deeply sorry, not just for the Stolen Generations, but for all the injustices wrought upon the original inhabitants and true owners of this great land.
12 February 2008 @ 08:40 pm
First the copypasta portion of the meme, from insomnius:

I am interested in your LJ interests! I offer for your consideration a modified version of the meme:

Comment on this post and I will choose (no more than) five of your listed interests to ask you about. You can tell me about them in a comment or in a post of your own (or not at all, if you are a meanie). If you would like to know more about (no more than five of) my interests, you can ask about them in a comment as well. You don't even have to post an icky meme in your own LJ!

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07 February 2008 @ 01:44 pm
Heath Ledger's toxicology report came back, and despite the stupid video in which he says he used to take illegal drugs, his death has been ruled accidental, through the use of legal, prescription medication:

In a statement issued today, the city's medical examiner said: "Mr Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine."

However, that quote, sadly, reminded me of the following monologue from Trainspotting:

Swanney taught us to adore and respect the National Health Service, for it was the source of much of our gear. We stole drugs, we stole prescriptions, or bought them, sold them, swapped them, forged them, photocopied them or traded them with cancer victims, alcoholics, old age pensioners, AIDS patients, epileptics and bored housewives. We took morphine, diamorphine, cyclozine, codeine, temazepam, nitrezepam, phenobarbitone, sodium amytal dextropropoxyphene, methadone, nalbuphine, pethidine, pentazocine, buprenorphine, dextromoramide chlormethiazole. The streets are awash with drugs that you can have for unhappiness and pain, and we took them all. Fuck it, we would have injected Vitamin C if only they'd made it illegal.
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04 February 2008 @ 01:43 pm
"...and Peyton Manning rooting on his brother to try and pull it out."
Current Music: The Police - Roxanne
03 February 2008 @ 10:13 pm
Stupid Brisbane.
Stupid torrential rain.

Where's the drought when you need it?
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Current Music: The Mountain Goats - So Desperate
03 February 2008 @ 08:09 pm
Gilchrist and Hopes are off to a cracking start in the run chase.

This is beautiful to watch.

Oh, fuck.
It's fucking raining again.
Fuck you, Brisbane.

And I really wish Gilchrist wouldn't bloody walk, but I guess that's not going to be an issue much longer.
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Current Music: The National - Cardinal Song
03 February 2008 @ 05:48 pm
A major Australian newspaper used a rhyming headline today.

Was the story:

A) A fluff piece about a cat rescued from a tree?
B) A travelogue from the sun-drenched beaches of Fiji?
C) A humourous column about the perils of parenthood?
D) An account of the continuing atrocities in Kenya, and the resultant humanitarian crisis?