Pine tree pt. 2

Check out my boy: he’s a model now.

And for perpetuity:


Okay so like most people I was a bit shocked and disappointed by the result of the recent US election. Much has already been written on why it happened but the one thing I will bother saying is that if the Democratic National Congress had adhered to the democratic part and elected Sanders as their candidate instead of installing Clinton they might’ve won.

This popped up recently and although there’s some odd holes in what it looks at, there’s a bit on the history of Trump. Hypernormalisation:

For a week or so I was trying to be optimistic, thinking that the sane yet still conservative majority of the GOP would steer Trump away from some of the more ridiculous ideas he’s mentioned but he may well be putting together a proper nazi cabinet.

Perhaps this will trigger a new wave of angry, energetic Punk.

Jello Biafra and D.O. A

Driver think rider, rider think driver

Sometimes when I am doing my commute I imagine being pulled over by and undercover cop car. And they say to me, we just stopped you to say Congratulations, you get out driver of the month award. Not only are you following all the road rules but you’re doing it in such a stylish way.

The car that I drive now is just not conducive to speeding. In fact it likes to travel at 10kph under the limit. I already mentioned that the heater/fan system has a mind of it’s own—more accurately it likes blowing a hot wind. I am too cheap to use the a/c. It doesn’t seem to work that well anyway. So I turn the fan on and set it for it’s coolest setting, 18 degrees. It’s not 18 and it’s not even outside air temperature. It feels like it takes normal outside air and then runs it through the engine so it’s nice and hot. So far I’m dealing with it. As the BOM said yesterday—this is the longest break between days with 30 degrees we’ve had since 2003.

outside there’s a boxcar waiting

Due to the longer travel for work I got another car.


Kids seem to like it. I was driving slowly out of a carpark and I saw some kid yelling boxcar! boxcar! at me. I like it too – it’s a bit Tardis-like in that it’s relatively smallish on the outside but roomy inside. It’s older and less fuel-efficient that the other car. It seems to have a mind of its own as to weather it wants to give me heating or fan air.

Also my son, Baby-G, turns 12 weeks old on Monday. It’s pretty cool seeing him become gradually more cognisant. Every day brings something new. A few weeks back he’d do this pose pretty regularly when we put him down to play. He’s not really doing it now (always changing)  and I have no idea why he did, but it reminded me a bit of how I see the constellation Orion in the sky. From what I’ve seen in docos I see it differently to the normal way but to me it looks like he (Orion and baby) are bending back a bow and about to ping off an arrow. G is absolutely gorgeous and at the last official measurement was in the 98th percentile for length.


in other news

I am now a father.

the baby

Of course these photos only show some of the golden moments and not the other 95% of each 24hrs that are difficult and stressful. But it’s definitely not ho-hum—not just a variation on something else I’ve done before. This is all new. Here, he shall be known as Baby G.

minor note on driving cars

One of us (it wasn’t me) had the tiniest of bingles last week. It left no mark of consequence on out car but another car got a scratch so an insurance claim had to be made. And so for a few days while our car is in the smash repair place I have been driving a rented corolla toyota, which is much more plush than what I am used to. The one thing I do like is that it is quieter inside the cabin. That’s good for listening to music but can make those awkward silences more pronounced if you’re giving someone a lift and don’t know what to talk about. I actually prefer that I can feel what the smaller engine is doing in my crude little micra.

This week in commuter news: both going up and coming back I was over-taken by a Smarties-green (_old_ Smarties-green) original Beetle with club plates. Nice to see there’s at least one person out there that doesn’t care for the preciousness of old things, or speed limits.

Message reads: HAPPY DAY HAPPY YOU!

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.

cycle beats commute



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.