27 January, 2006
Birthday Shenanigans
Yes there will be SHENANIGANS.

I've never really organised a party in my own honor. I mean, small ones, yes, such as last years mass all you can eat Smorgies venture. Tiki! Tropical fish! Recorded animal sounds! Spontaneous bursts of flame!

This year ironic detachment is not on the menu, however, and the means of celebration are all very run of the mill. I'm experiencing all the anxiety of an 56th 18th birthday party organiser. I intended it to be small - yet I found myself inviting people I haven't talked to in several months. So far, everyone has said they're coming. But isn't that what people do - say they're coming, and then cancel an hour before? And I don't have proper ID yet. Etc. Etc.

Enough about that. It should be fine. According to Jess the Ausculture Mix CD competition is to be judged today, in which I've placed a humble entry. I thought it was funny at the time, but it was... very late.

Last post before BDO. Expect quasi rock journalism w/out photos w/out expertise to be delivered expressedly on, say, Wednesday.

Right, cheers, thanks a lot.
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25 January, 2006
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22 January, 2006
Tentative BDO Military Style Schedule
The Harlequin Smile OR The Grates [11 - 11:40]
The Subways [12:20 - 1:00]
Sarah Blasko [1:00 - 1:45]
Sleater-Kinney [2:30 - 3:00]
Wolfmother [3:00 - 3:50]
The Casanovas [4:00 - 4:40]
Augie March [5:00 - 5:40]*
Franz Ferdinand [6:45 - 7:45]
The Mars Volta [7:45 - 8:30]
The White Stripes [8:45 - 10:00]
2 Many DJs [9:30 - 11:00]*

I'm so disappointed that TMV's and Franz's sets overlap. I saw the Mars Volta in 2004, so I'm thinking I'll give Franz higher priority. The Mars Volta's set this year is one and a half hours, so I'll still catch 45 minutes of that.

If you're bored in the morning you should see The Harlequin Smile. They're from my school and essentially won a charity spot because BDO is going to be right next door this year (Princes Park). Their bass player is 15. Think of the novelty!

Further, this glorious day falls on my 18th. Cue first legal purchase of overpriced alcohol.

*If there's nothing better.
posted by Le Driver @ 9:52 AM   5 comments
20 January, 2006
Why do real work?
When you can simply repost an entry you made to an Ausculture.com competition?

Top Ten Songs Amanda Vanstone Would Probably Listen To After A Hard Day At Work

1. Let The Killing Begin - Arch Enemy, because the title is all that's written in her schedule for tomorrow.

2. You Can Do It (Put Your Back Into It) - Ice Cube, because she is eccentric and fluidly makes the switch from death metal to hip hop. It's also motivational.

3. My Humps - Black Eyed Peas, because she'll tell you what she's going to do with all that junk in her trunk. Make you scream make you scream, in fact.

4. Sorry - Madonna, because the chorus is: "I don't wanna hear, I don't wanna know, please don't say you're sorry." She relates deeply to this lyric.

5. Symphony No. 5 (Allegro con brio) - Beethoven, because there has never been an evil genius that didn't get into that shit.

6. Work It - Missy Elliot, because she knows the true meaning of isurpermidaterfranya.

7. You Outta Know - Alanis Morrissette, because "And I'm here to remind you of the mess you left when you went away" really speaks to her relationship with Phillip Ruddock.

8. Good Morning Slaves - Fantomas & The Melvins, because the song title inspired the beginning line of a speech she plans to make at the next Young Liberals breakfast function.

9. Dinner Lady Arms - The Darkness, because it makes her feel sexy.

10. Creep - Radiohead

"I'm a creep. I'm a wierdo. What the hell am I doing here?"

A final moment of introspection.

posted by Le Driver @ 9:32 PM   2 comments
16 January, 2006
It appears that, for better or worse, I'm going to be a Melbourne Uni snob this year. The newspaper told me this is the case, and I trust it.

Here is a list of other infamous bloggers (possibly retired) joining me there: Nu-Ju. I believe you should go over there and encourage him to continue blogging... I call upon you to stroke his ego and get his ass into action.

Further, the Australian Open has begun. If you've been reading this blog for a year, or were reading it a year ago (I love you for your commitment) I was couch-ridden with pneumonia at that time. Through prolonged exposure to Australian Open tennis, from my sickbed couch, I've developed an appreciation for it that has not left me.

My favourite thing to do is watch Mountainface lose. Here is why:

Oh, I seem to have lowered the tone.

Time for modern dance!

There. We're just about even.
posted by Le Driver @ 10:49 PM   0 comments
07 January, 2006
A stroke of good luck
It was interesting to see where our priorities (or, rather, the priorities of the media) lay after the news of Ariel Sharon's stroke became known. Channel 9 news pitched it second behind an update on the state of the footy rights sale; the commercial went something like:
Ya ya ya, good evening, 7 and 10 move closer to sealing a rights deal on the footy, oh and uh... some rather important guy may die soon, and WE HAVE PUPPIES VISITING A KINDIE!
Do the majority of people really know/care so little about the outside world that an impending change in Israel's leadership after years of Sharon's rule is really just not that interesting? I mean, OK, if the more important story had been a horrific mass murder or huge political scandal, I'd understand.

What gets me is that Ariel Sharon's critical condition was considered less important than a story about which button on the remote we'll have to press to watch the footy.

It's not a big thing, it was just a commercial, and I'm only having a whinge. I suppose it reminded me that the media industry (which I hope to one day be a part of) is marketed towards those who lead quite insular lives. This is disappointing, but on the other hand, what better place is there to write for but the media industry if the reason you write is to broaden the scope of a closed world-view?

At least I'll know that at no point am I preaching to the converted.

* ~ * ~ *

And, continuing the topic, express from Max... An old warrior who might have won the peace.

Re: post title. I am waiting for a tasteless anti-Sharon article to be called that.

Recommend it to your anti-Sharon print-journalist friends!
posted by Le Driver @ 4:05 PM   0 comments
04 January, 2006
Mariah Holiday
Hope you're all enjoying holidays at the moment, in a manner not dissimilar to this:

Ausculture.com is one of the funniest blogs around. Recommended by Nelson Aspen!

Another blog that amused me this morning Chelsea Peretti. I notice that she's disabled comments, which leads me to believe that receiving gratuitous compliments is, as I suspected, bad for the soul, and that I hope I never get to the point where I have to do the same because, you know, all the adoration just got too much.

I don't need to explain why this is worth a teehee.

Originally a blog was a repository of links. So, in that spirit, take a look at Quotes from the American Taliban. Scary. My personal favourite, from Anne Coulter:
"Being nice to people is, in fact, one of the incidental tenets of Christianity, as opposed to other religions whose tenets are more along the lines of 'kill everyone who doesn't smell bad and doesn't answer to the name Mohammed'"
You have to wonder what could make a person so afraid.
posted by Le Driver @ 12:10 PM   1 comments
02 January, 2006
You can try this method of celebrating new years when you're old and crusty and no longer interested in raucous fun:

1. Watch 3/4 of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Movie with three close friends.

2. Stop the DVD a few minutes before twelve then switch to Channel 10.

3. Watch Axle Whitehead drunkenly count down from 10 to 1.

4. Switch to Channel 9 for ever-reliable fireworks display.

5. Get bored, play last quarter of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Movie.
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