let’s go shopping!

I’m watching through the third season of Kojak, made in 1975 and Edward James Olmos popped up in one of his first credited TV roles.

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The whole show jumped the shark somewhere a few episodes back. I’m trying to stay positive about it. It happens to all TV series’ and it doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be any good stories come up again. Actually it’s a real Greek-fest. I’d say it was pretty unusual for it’s time because there’s whole episodes that centre on the greek community in NY, alludes to Greek culture or have Greek incidental characters. I know it’s about Telly Savalas but it’s not as if he wrote all the shows.

The other week I was wasting time before work and found that there’s a few episodes of the old Australian quiz show Sale of the Century on youtoob. It was an absolute trip watching a couple of episodes. Sale was always on around dinnertime in the loungeroom at my family house. I know Victoria Nichols was the first giftshop lady but the one I remember the best is <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delvene_Delaney”>Delvene Delaney</a>. What a fucken great name that is – Delvene. It’s extremely unlikely of ever happening but if I ever have children, and the child is a girl, you know I’ll be lobbying hard for the name Delvene.

Anyway, I hope the whole ten years or whatever it was of Sale makes it across the digital divide because it’s cool to see all these awesome things that they had in the giftshop, and the contestants’ hair styles and Tony Barber’s energy, which reminds me just a little of william Shatner’s.

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a short-necked clam

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I’ll bet that when mr.wiki decided to name his content-managing software after hisself that he didn’t know it would get attached to a few of the things that are so well known today, namely wikipedia and wikileaks. I really don’t like to stoop to talking about politics and current affairs on here because it’s a mug’s game. It comes and goes and it’s the same rubbish decade after decade. The Suez Canal Crisis of 1956 = “Oh noes, we is gonna run oot of oils!” And really, who looks back upon these things fondly? No one who’s sane that’s for sure.

But damn wikileaks is on the frontpage everyday lately. The articles I did find interesting were those relating to china n’ n.korea and one relating to where the leaks were coming from. Everybody seems to want the head of the shady-looking character pictured above, but american govt. take a look at yourself. There’s obviously a lot of people in your organisation who are unhappy with the way things are going because that’s where the info is coming from. The stuff that some of the Chinese officials were saying about N.korea was frankly the best news I’d heard in ages. In fact just last saturday I was droning on endlessly to my girlfriend about all the little things that were wrong with korea, and the world in general, (as I often do) and actually said that it was of no benefit now for China to keep backing N.korea. They could easily push N.korea into opening up, as China itself has done, especially once kim il-jong has kicked off. In these days of push-button destruction what does this little piece of turf mean to either China or USA? – not much. And I’m sure China knows that the S.korean cappo way of utilising labour and extracting minerals would be much more efficient than what ever the dictatorship is doing up their at present.

So anyway, while I occasionally wondered what a unified korea would be like, it always seemed like an almost non-possibility but in the last few days I’ve been thinking a bit more about it.

And then there was another leak I read the other day about Sarkozy which was not hard-news related but instead rabbit related – and for some reason this morning just as I was waking, my right brain was mulling over the image of sarkozy chasing a dog which was chasing a rabbit around his office while his son laughed gleefully.

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I think if might be because I’ve been slacking off with my studies-writing but my minds been wondering a bit lately and I’ve been remember dreams more regularly. Also, because of light seeping in through the thin curtains I usually switch ends of the bed about an hour and a half before getting up, so that last bit is kind of different. The other morning 10cc’s ‘I’m not in love’ was playing through my head as clear as a bell. I’m sure I hadn’t heard it in years either.

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I’ve been watching the first season of Starsky and Hutch. It was produced by aaron spelling, of later 9012 etc (in)fame. I didn’t know that guy was so old. It started off not really knowing what was going on. I think the third ep. was written by Michael Mann – who did Miami Vice – and you could see that one was a bit grittier than the rest. Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky) has a hella-strong Boston accent. So far, I have to say it’s okay, but not great. I watched an episode of ‘The Fugitive’ and eventhough it can’t be compared well – different decade, different style, it was easy to see that the writing was much better quality.


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This is a shot from the first season of Miami Vice featuring the reoccurring informant characters Izzy and Noogie. They should have made a spinoff series with just these two.

I thought the guy who played Izzy, Martin Ferrero was the same guy who played Fredo Corleone in the Godfather, but no. Nevertheless, a pretty distinctive character.

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.

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 <em>plenty</em> 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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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.

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.


I’m very tired but I feel like I should write here. I’ve recently been watching a lot of you-tube. I think I’m just starting to fully understand the implications of it. I have been watching people play guitars. It’s fascinating. Bedrooms. Facial expressions concentration. These countless anonymous (usually) white young men wailing on their axes, then sometimes talking about them.

In another leagues is watching famous people, in this instance talking about their Fender Jazzmasters. I don’t usually like to funk up the weblog with utoob windows, but as I said, the whole thing is being deliberated on by the committee. For the moment here’s a few.

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Elvis Costello — I’ve only ever been mildly interested in his music, but this interesting hearing of the randomness involved with how he ended up with a distinctive looking guitar. I could relate to how he had a guitar for ages that just wasn’t very comfortable, but didn’t know that much could be done about it. He seems like a pretty don-to-earth kind of guy.

Nb. Ask Elvis if he will be compare/interviewer for my ‘people talking about their guitars’ TV series.

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Next was J Mascis formerly of Dinosaur Jr. I always thought he was a wanker — don’t know why, just did. May have had something to do with the way he drawled the vocals in songs like Freak Scene, the only one I can remember.

However, I could relate to things that J was saying, like how he travelled hours to get to this guitar shop only to find that the one he had been saving up for ages for was actually 50 bucks more than he thought, so couldn’t get it. That happens to me all the time. J didn’t seem like a wanker at all.

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Next was Lee Ronaldo of Sonic Youth talking about his Fender Jazzmaster. Unlike the first two, there is no Ronaldo signiture model Jazzmaster. In the past I’ve quite the Sonic Youth fan but everything comes and goes. Having dozens of guitars with different alternate tunings is a very convenient way to get around not having to learn how to play guitar. Ronaldo seemed kind of pretentious.

The last one (not embeddable) is <a href=”http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=uNOqNbIcz_Y&feature=related”>Johnny Marr</a> n’ his guitar. I never would’ve guessed it from those effector-driven razor licks from songs like ‘how soon is now’ but Johnny seems to be the ‘goofy but lovable’ type of person when I hear him talking about his kids and stickers from Wamart used to decorate his Jazzmaster.