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terraform

It’s pleasantly surprising to see the area outside my window being transformed in a positive way. I was half expecting they’d put more buildings there but instead it looks like it’s going to be a soccer pitch. They trucked in a whole bunch of large trees. I don’t know how the trees feel about being moved around like that. I guess for some it’d be a good thing, if they didn’t like the trees that they used to be situated next to.

Also they laid down a load of real live grass! It will be alive once it warms up a bit and rains. Grass. On the embankment. If you look carefully there’s old terraforming women anchoring it down there behind the trees.

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Well okay maybe that foto is too small but click on to see bigger on flickr.

Je had some sort of clandestine fridge research project to complete so we headed off to the LG Best store to look at white goods. Or at least they used to be white. I was assured I’d be very bored by it all and that I could wander off after a few minutes but as often happens it was much the opposite.

I don’t know if it’s that I haven’t looked at new fridges in many years or if these were especially asian/quirky. IMG_4058

Flowery patterns on the doors with sparkly crystals embedded into them. Very advanced looking temperature controls. Some of them had a little door in the door so you could get your bottle of drink out without messing about with the whole door. These things were huge but there was still no freezer in it. Or at least I don’t think there was. They’re very plasticky inside. Can’t they make the fixtures out of something other than plastic? I guess all up it was mildly interesting, but eh, they still just keep food cold. I mean, it’s not going to write my thesis for me is it? Damn fridge.

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, , — YS @ 5:30 pm, March 31, 2009

I just wanted to say

I love Janice.

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I’ve always had a tendency to get crushes on news readers. A month or two back I found that I was able to watch australia’s sbs news online—it’s just like being at home. The world news really is a case of the nicest people delivering the most horrible news the whole world has to offer.

Conversely, when taking into consideration the news story that happens to be part of this still-image, my girlfriend holds the rather disturbing opinion that Kevin Rudd is cute. Then again, according to the latest opinion polls, she’s not the only one.

, , , — YS @ 7:20 pm, March 30, 2009

for decades

I’ve been watching submarine movies again.  Compare/contrast Hellcats of the Navy (1957) with Destination Tokyo (1943).

I guess the difference is the 14 years. Eventhough Hellcats starred Ron n Nancy, and Destination starred Cary Grant, Hellcats was still the better of the two. I think the overall conclusion is that it’s better to make war-propaganda film after the war’s over.

Destination Tokyo could only use a freakin swimming pool for their underwater shots. Extremely, extremely disappointing. Also there was large swaths of dialog among the crew that went absolutely nowhere. It was a really long film. There was almost no suspense.

The Ron & Nancy film had Ron & Nancy talking together.

— YS @ 11:56 am, March 25, 2009

Hello 2015 / the beaten side of town

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I’ve been in this here town for a couple of weeks now and am starting to get a feel for it. Enough to blog it up. I’m liking it. The things I was hoping for are here. Namely, a bit more space = less population density. One of the main way to get from my joint to the main part of town is through the campus I’m working at, and there’s plenty of space in there. I can really get my stride on walking without some urchins & their junk getting in my way.

Air is less polluted with car fumes, but seems to be a bit more dusty—at least in this part of the year. Maybe partly because the area outside here looks like moon base Alpha presently:

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But it’s not just around here that’s less crowded. It’s a strange city for korea. It’s really sprawled, so it can cost 6 bucks in a taxi to get to the other side of town but there’s also sections I’ve walked through where there’s just not much going on. That might not mean much to some, but it’s fucking revelatory to me. Dead buildings, empty lots, mysterious properties with cyclone + barbed wire fencing.

At moments it’s reminded me of Shanghai—pedestrian crossings with light that are so quiet that it’s best to ignore them, flyovers (although not nearly enough of them—I love flyovers), and of course the space. In this part of town there’s a lot more young people and way less staring, bad-vibed old people.

I’ll reserve judgement about the job because it hasn’t really hit full speed yet. But it’s pretty cruisey. Apartment is smaller, but just requires a bit more organisation on my part, which doesn’t sound like much, but it is. Much more efficiently heated. I was always aware it was winter in the last place.

The outfitting of the apt was quite decent, and then on Friday, they delivered the bigarse tv!

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hot chocolate, heaven’s in the backseat,

I know these things are as common in Korea as public rubbish bins in Australia, but it still amazes me. When they told me, oh yeah, we’re delivering tvs, I thought of the flatron I used to have in eeetchon that took up about 12 cubic metres of my 18 cubic metres of living space, and given that I don’t actually like the television they broadcast here, I was saying I don’t want one. But you’ve got to have one, they says. Then I heard it was a ridgey-didge flatscreen, and softened on the idea. THEN I realised I could hook it up to the mac mini. I got the right cable yesterday and now we’re really cookin’. The refresh rate is a little too low to do prolonged computer work on but I’m looking forward to watching Django on dvd tonight.

, , , , — YS @ 7:52 pm, March 8, 2009

Thunderbirds are Go! hmm

Still not sure if it’s not a complete waste of my time. I don’t think it is. I tend to get hypnotised by the repetitious parts, like when Scott Thunderbird is being conveyed to Thunderbird one, or like when the concrete barrier raises behind Thunderbird 2 before its rockets fire on take-off.

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I watched the first ep a week or two back and was struck by a rather vivid memory of a girl—some girl I knew at some point who, I guess, was mildly retarded but kind of pretty. She had these rather thick glasses, shortish hair and a cowgirl way of dressing. I can’t for the life of me, remember which part of my life I remember her from. Early twenties? Late teens? Maybe – but what I was doing, what social group this was all going on I cannot recall. I don’t know if I’m imagining it but maybe someone I knew a harsh kind of boy calling her a Thunderbird.

I really like how they say, “F-A-B”.

I like how undetached I can remain while watching it. In one way they’re rather monstrous little creations. I think I watched the first couple of episodes in a state of extreme fatigue but during the third episode I happened to notice the thin black strings extending up from the heads of the characters and any last small crumb of ability to relate with the characters disappeared.
It’s written for detachment too. Much of each episode is about vehicles moving around; details that are achingly minute, slow and amateurishly staged.

Yet I feel a kind of pity for the characters when they fall over or are injured. They look so pathetic with their spindly arms and legs.

It’s interesting to note some of the Japanese decor at Thunderbird central. As well as the character, Tin-tin, a supposedly Japanese girl and her father who live with the Thunderbird family.
In the beginning credits it’s stated that it’s ‘filmed in Supermarionation’ Mario as in marionettes, but it makes me wonder if Nintendo were making some kind of hat-tip to the makers of the Thunderbirds when they came out with Super Mario twenty years later.

It was made in England, with a few Americans doing a couple of the characters, but I’m sure that some of them are English people faking American accents, which is really amusing. There’s one guy who sounds like Terrence and Phillip.

, , — YS @ 9:48 pm, March 4, 2009

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