Whenever I hear ‘Warm Leatherette’ by The Normal it makes me think of the death of Princess Di and I don’t half wonder if The Normal were time travellers.
We’ve been watching a lot of Mayday or Air Crash Investigation or whatever it’s called. It’s one of those not-so-heavy doco series and it’s about planes crashing. Most of season one is on youtube but I ended up downloading the first five seasons. And as soon as we started watching the full versions of episodes there’s all this swearing included. They do these recreations of what happened in the cockpit. If the conversation gets to “… Can you see it? I can’t fucken see it… I tell you this controller… ” then crashing is not far off.
In in utero baby news, baby moving limbs around in there does look a heck of a lot like Sigourney Weaver’s nightmare from Aliens and Elvis’ version of Blue Moon from the Sun Sessions album gets him moving. I prefer Mystery Train but whatever.
The last 9 months or so I’ve been riding my bike the 15-20mins to work. Being able to do this is one of the nice things when comparing working here to when I was in Korea. It’s just the right speed – fast compared to walking but slow enough that I can have a good look around while moving.
Sadly it will be coming to an end in a month or so as I am taking up another job which will require me to drive a car on the freeway and into the bleak outer-west of Melbourne. At least it will give me a chance to listen to music regularly again.
That’s right I am so off the track that I am finding out things from the canned radio in the supermarket now. The Harlem Shuffle, from The Stones’ fallow period was actually originally done by a couple of chaps called
Also, the jukebox in my head randomly threw on Poison Ivy so I looked that up and that was originally done by The Coasters who also did this great song Smokey Joe’s Cafe (starts at 5:41 secs).
Lastly, partly because they’re local and also because it rocks, First And Last Men by ORB.
I have been meaning to say for several months now that american politics is way more interesting than australian politics at the moment. Yes we have an election but the choice we have here is a. a crafty moderate conservative who knows how to play cards and a guy that has less charisma than two planks of wood. I watched part of the televised debate last weekend and it reminded me of *Kang & Kodos*.
The presidential nominations are interesting but also sadly doomed. Parliamentary politics usually only attracts the power-addicted and the corrupt. But the guy running for the democrat nomination, Bernie Sanders seems to be a genuine, honest person. I can’t say I’ve ever really seen this kind of person in politics before. And he’s actually been in the Congress for decades.
Sarah Silverman explains it much better than me:
Unfortunately the nomination process is undemocratic and corrupt so it doesn’t look like he’ll make it.
Part of the reason why I haven’t written on here in so long is because I have some really big news and didn’t know how to put it here amongst all the fiddle-fuddle. The jong and I are pregnant. By the start of August there should be three of us here. It’s a pretty big move. I’m still not sure how I will go handling it. But I have got more in the swing of it since first finding out in Nov/Dec. I’m sure that we will have a great time doing normal and nerdy things. And now there is someone to pass on my 1974 tele deluxe to when I eventually die.
Unfortunately the link aggregator site delicious.com might be starting to tank. I have used it for several years as a convenient way to collect/ bookmark interesting things that pop up on the net and then post the feed here on the side bar. All was well until a month ago when they said they needed to insert an ad into the feed to help pay the upkeep. This is the downside of third party bits on the website. I have put it further down the sidebar because I am not interested in a three week diet.
Here is an interesting article on how bass frequencies are an important part of music. I was reminded of this last week at Pakofest. The Chinese contingent came past with a guy fast-hammering a traditional sort of bass drum. Even 30 to 40 feet away I could still feel it resonating in my chest and triggering adrenaline.
While I fiddle-fuddle around with six string electric guitars, I am really not good at playing it. I <3 bass guitar.
I got a Chromecast the other day. It’s a little thing that I plug into the back of the telly so that I can send videos from the phone or tablet to be viewed on the big screen. Both phone and tablet screens are just too small to be comfortable to watch anything on. The laptop is just bearable but this new thing works good. Now at dinner time, instead of reruns of M.A.S.H. I can watch a 10hour train journey through Norway from the front of a loco.
Last Saturday was Pakofest. Here is a foto of my bruddas and sistas of the Karen community in Geelong. The parade was okay except there was a couple of big gaps in it and because I was not near a loud speaker I thought it was over so strolled off after only two-thirds had gone by. I did manage to bump into some of the last parts again but I don’t know what was going on with the float co-ordination.
Also whatever sliver of tolerance I had for being stuck in crowded throngs is presently gone.
We headed out for a couple of days – it’s always nice to go further west past the Cressy turn-off. It’s hard to not stop at Mortlake for a pie. (above: Mortlake)
I would’ve mentioned the travels earlier but there was not that much special to say. Stayed at Dunkeld one night. A partially successful attempt at seeing a mob of kangaroos at the Dunkeld Consolidated school’s oval. Drove through the Grampians. Stopped at Lake Bellfield.
Stopped at Hall’s Gap, which I found to be surprisingly touristy. Stayed a night in Stawell. There’s a couple of nice old buildings there but otherwise seems fairly unremarkable.
I remember in grade five at primary school for a while the teacher had us doing a project where we’d go outside for a minute each day at three o’clock and record the names of what clouds we could see. So I did know the names of different kinds of clouds at one stage but I suppose I forgot them.
Yes, so we here in Geelong got a bit of rain yesterday. Thankfully nothing really disastrous at home but it was another reminder of how houses in most of victoria are built fairly lackadaisically due to the relatively mild temperatures year-round.
The backyard flooded a bit but it soon soaked in.
And the Charu started freaking out when hail was hitting the back door and window. I opened to the door to show her it was just rain, but plenty of it. I expected she’d understand and back up inside but instead she ran out and disappeared for a while. When she came back she looked like a drowned water rat.