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Hello world. [Mar. 16th, 2013|01:44 am]
What'd I miss?
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It's been a while... [Jul. 26th, 2009|04:30 am]
[Current Mood |indifferentindifferent]
[Current Music |Christian Death - Luxury of Tears]

I just did this thing for Facebook and decided not to paste it there and tag people since it usually shits me when people do them and tag me, but I felt like posting it somewhere and then remembered I have a Livejournal! So anyway, here it is:

1. What time did you get up this morning?
MIdday. Vim woke me up to go play mini-golf with him, Ryan and Gracie.

2. How do you like your steak?
Medium rare.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Transformers 2. I want those two hours of my life back.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
BSG, West Wing, Firefly... like I can pick just one!

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I really don't know. Not here, but I don't know where else either. :\

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Subway (remember, I didn't get up until midday)

7. What is your favorite cuisine?

8. What foods do you dislike?
Artichokes, crustaceans that still look like crustaceans when they're served, mammal organs (brains, livers, kidneys etc.)

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
Burnside Wine and Noodle Bistro in Adelaide.

10. Favorite dressing?
Caesar salad dressing.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
2009 Triumph Daytona 675 and it's a truly, truly beautiful thing.

12. What are your favorite clothes?
Shorts and a t-shirt.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Eastern Europe! I've got a travel plan that's been floating around since 2007 that involves Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus etc. etc.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Dumb question. Don't care.

15. Where would you want to retire?
On top of a huge mountain of cash.

16. Favorite time of day?
When I get home from work. Not that I hate my job, it's just that I like the freedom of deciding what to do with my time.

17. Where were you born?
Darwin, Australia.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?

19 - 22 were Facebook specific.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
So totally a night person.

24. Do you have any pets?
Not at the moment but I like dogs and fish.

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
I found out today that I didn't know how to spell "lasso" correctly. Seriously.

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
What any child who watched Top Gun as a 7 year old was inspired to become - a homosexual! I mean, fighter pilot.

27. What is your best childhood memory?
My 7th birthday when I got Optimus Prime AND a deadly BMX!

28. Are you a cat or dog person?
Definitely a dog person. I generally despise cats and have encountered only very few that are cool.

29. Are you married?

30. Always wear your seat belt?
Big time.

31. Been in a car accident?
Once when I was about 9 I was in a shocking car accident. Miraculously no one died, but the car was a write off. My sister saved my life.

32. Any pet peeves?
Being trapped behind slow walkers, people who repeat the same joke ad nauseum in the hopes of getting more laughs, being woken up from awesome dreams.

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Ryan's special - beef, pepperoni, pinapple, olives and garlic with BBQ sauce.

34. Favorite Flower?
Dumb question. Don't care.

35. Favorite ice cream?
The wicked choc honeycomb stuff at Baskin Robbins that Carolyn put me on to.

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
KFC I guess, but I don't go there much.

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?

38. From whom did you get your last email?
Someone who wants to make me last longer in bed. Or make my penis huge. Or sell me a designer watch for cheap. Or some Nigerian who needs $1,000 and will give me $30 million later. I can't remember. One of those.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Probably Amazon.com since they've got lots of everything. If you mean retail store then you're shit out of luck - I avoid going to bricks and morter establishments as much as possible.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
As mentioned earlier I woke up to an invite to go play mini-golf and immediately seized upon the idea despite being barely awake. That was pretty random when you think about it.

41. Like your job?
My job? So-so. My field? Absolutely love it.

42. Broccoli?
Hell yes. It's my favourite vegetable.

43. What was your favorite vacation?
Bali in 2008 with Carmen.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
If you count scoffing Hungry Jack's with Vim after we wrapped up at the Cas Club tonight then that would be it.

45. What are you listening to right now?
Christian Death - Die With You

46. What is your favorite color?

47. How many tattoos do you have?
Just the one.

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz?
Don't know yet.

49. What time did you finish this quiz?
4:07 AM.

50. Coffee Drinker?
Cappuccino all the way.
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Booya! [Nov. 27th, 2007|01:31 am]
[Current Mood |giddygiddy]
[Current Music |She Wants Revenge - Red Flags and Long Nights]

Who's the man now, dog?
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America needs treatment. [Jun. 30th, 2007|01:20 am]
[Current Location |Sitting down and facing front]
[Current Mood |drunkdrunk]
[Current Music |Depeche Mode - Everything Counts (oh the irony!)]

Big thumbs up to Sicko - Michael Moore's new movie about health care in the United States.

It was just a terrific movie, a complete turnaround from the left-wing tantrum that Fahrenheit 911 came out as. Instead he's returned to his "roots" where chief among his responsibilities is exposing the greed and irresponsibility of corporate America and the impact it has on average Americans, similar to what you saw in Roger & Me and TV Nation.

Yes, there are a couple of moments where he takes his sensationalist approach to make a point (some things will never change) but they're not as extreme as some of the things he's done and as always he makes a few extrapolations which might be biased to supporting his viewpoint but nothing that could be considered unethical or a "cheap shot".

One such example was when he introduces us to a group of 9/11 rescue workers who now suffer various physical and mental ailments associated with working in the rubble of the WTC for an extended period. They're people who are now unable to get health care and proper treatment for their ongoing conditions.

He then shows a series of clips of US Government officials from various sources talking about how well the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay are treated, and detailing the quality of health care terror suspects are provided. So he loads the the 9/11 rescue workers up on boats and sails them to Cuba and then they idle off-shore while he yells at a Guantanamo Bay observation post through a megaphone that they want to come in and just want the same quality healthcare that Al Qaeda get. Classic Moore, and sometimes a bit cringe worthy, but this time he's managed to keep this sort of thing cheeky but not obnoxious.

One of more important things that comes out of the trip is when they subsequently leave Gitmo and head to Cuba proper. Moore takes the rescue workers to a Cuban pharmacy. One of the rescue workers presents some of the medication she gets in the United States (similar to an inhaler asthma patients use) to the Cuban pharmacist who then produces the same product from a drawer behind her. The American woman tells us that the inhaler costs her US$120 in the United States. When asked for the price they charge, Cuban pharmacist tells them that it's 3.20 pesos, or about 5 cents US.

The rescue worker lady is gutted (to say the least) to find out how badly she's getting screwed.

Naturally there'll be a great many people who dismiss anything Moore produces as being biased and exaggerated, and I will agree that often he is and does to make his point. Once the initial impact of Fahrenheit 911 had worn off and I properly digested what I had just saw, I concluded it was an immature, splenetic diatribe full of half-truths. But the reason I lost so much respect for Moore though was because had it been a more tempered and balanced documentary it would have been more effective. In that case he set "the cause" back by reducing it's credibility.

With Sicko, however, his reach does not exceed his grasp. The movie is much more palatable and I would hope that any American who sees it gets as angry and I did (and I'm not even American!) and starts to think about how much greater their country could be if the mass of the people go to the nearest window and yell "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

Ultimately, America is a sick country. I don't just mean in terms of their health system, either. Social inequality and the need for the wealthy to keep the poor disengaged, weak and afraid creates a society where the powerful can get away with whatever they want at home and abroad.

Liberal documentaries like the type that Moore makes has much broader appeal to your average person than anything that your Noam Chomky's could do. It's important that movies like Moore's succeed because despite their flaws they're well intentioned and intended to effect good.

And here is the most important point I can make as a citizen of planet Earth to anyone who is listening:

If America becomes a better place, so does the world.
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I missed Gotan Project! [Mar. 11th, 2007|01:26 am]
[Current Mood |sadsad]
[Current Music |Rob Zombie - Dragula]

God DAMN it! I was watching TV tonight and there was ad for a CD on SBS of the WOMADelaide CD they've released. The ad was set to Queremos Pas by Gotan Project.

I thought "Oh, cool... Gotan Project... on an ad on TV... for an album... about a live music show..... that was in Adelaide....... where I live........... last night............."

The most shocking of pennies dropped and I ran to to my room to check the schedule for WOMAD and sure enough - Gotan Project played LAST NIGHT.

I am seriously crushed. Gotan Project are one of my favouritest bands. I can't BELIEVE I let it slip past me. I may never get another chance to see them. :(

Luckily I have lots of vodka, Kahlúa and milk to help salve the injury. White Russians, you're my only friend.
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Odd! [Nov. 23rd, 2006|02:37 pm]
[Current Mood |busy]
[Current Music |The Ashes on TV]

On our white board here at work we've got all kinds of notes for the various things our team is working on. Myself and another guy in the office have a list of particular responsibilities - the usual work-type stuff - but there are a couple of other interesting things that seem a bit out of place on the list we hope to figure out:

  • chocolate cake via 802.11G wireless 1
  • steam-powered orgasmatron 1
  • panda-sized electro-ejaculator 2
  • yak killing mind bullets 3
  • build army of cyborg ninjas 4

Curiously, there's another list to the side 5 (and I can't remember what we were talking about at the time) that says:

  • Batman
  • Punisher
  • Iron Man
  • Green Arrow
  • Hawkeye
  • Nighthawk
  • Venom
  • Wonder Woman
  • Electra

After talking to my co-workers, I now have some attributions because you wanted to know!
1 Stephen Colbert when he was a correspondent on the Daily Show. Originally the chocolate cake was to be delivered over fibre optics but we decided to modernise.
2 From a documentary about breeding pandas in China.
3 Reference to a Tenacious D song
4 Reference to the 5th season of Angel.
5 A list of superheroes who don't actually have super powers.
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I rule. [Oct. 25th, 2006|02:41 am]
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[Current Music |Patrick Hernandez - Born To Be Alive]

Well, with the arrival of my disco ball the new office space was finally finished. I set it all up, killed the lights and took a happy snap of the completed project for all y'all:

Who wouldn't want to work in such a pimped out office?
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Now that's a powerslide! [Oct. 11th, 2006|06:41 pm]
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[Current Music |Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again]

Garry McCoy is fucking awesome. The comment for this clip was: "Garry slides a MotoGP Kawasaki. The bit at the end where he moves about on the bike? That's because he has to rearrange his massive balls."


After a long absence to convalesce he'll be returning for the last 2 rounds of this year's MotoGP as a wildcard, riding the new Ilmor 800cc bike they've been developing for next season. It'll be good to see how he goes. Everyone else will still be riding the current 1000cc bikes, so it's more of a developmental thing for Ilmor rather than a genuine shot at being competitive, but if McCoy is at full fitness for the start of the next season, and can avoid doing himself any more injuries I reckon he'd be a red hot chance for the championship in '07.
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All my year of hard work has paid off. [Jul. 10th, 2006|06:19 pm]
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |The Dandy Warhols - Nietzsche]

Most. Awesome. Day. Ever.
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All in! [Apr. 10th, 2006|12:06 am]
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[Current Music |Folding for Air - Jamie in Alabaster Skin]

I won our poker tournament last night and picked up $700. Booya!
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