24 February, 2006
Who cares if men dominate the political blogging scene: the funniest bloggers are women.

And simply because two controversial statements are better than one: I am a transvestite!
posted by Le Driver @ 11:03 PM   4 comments
21 February, 2006
You won't believe your eyes
I apologise. I apologise to those still stuck in the days when dial-up reigned supreme, who come here and begin the arduous wait for images and text to appear, only to find nothing new!

For those of you with cable or ADSL I am not sorry at all because the whole disappointing process probably only took 0.35 seconds any way! *bitter yet jealous laughter*

I've been harping on again and again about how I'm going to become all disciplined and such when I begin uni. Well, I've begun (O-Week, at least), and I don't particularly feel any more disciplined, but I will try to act as such. I am distracted by the fact that I was part-winner of Ausculture's Mix CD competition like a million years (or a few weeks) ago and I've yet to recieve my prize. As my entry took at least two-minutes to write this is understandable.

O-Week involves a lot of 'meeting new people'. I talked to a few people in my tour group, so technically I 'met' new people. Did I want to see them again? Not necessarily. I did like this Chinese international student, though. It's amusing the facts you take from someone who doesn't speak english so well. For example, she's crappy at English and doesn't enjoy writing - her best subject in year 12 was Specialist Maths (graphics calculators and funny symbols), which means she's going to find the journalism course pretty tough. Unless she wants to become a maths journalist, I suppose. She chose this course because she needed to do PR to keep her Visa, or something like that. Her true aspiration is to become a director (but for some reason I wasn't allowed to talk about it loudly), and Ang Lee is her idol. We talked about how much we cried in Brokeback Mountain.

She had also seen this anime I'm fascinated with called Fruits Basket, which is about a family of people who, when hugged by a member of the opposite sex, turn into an animal from the Chinese zodiac. Well duh. That happened to me the other night. Her favourite anime is about all these people on a ship who have dreams and such 'on the sea'.

She said it was funny, but you'd also cry.
posted by Le Driver @ 3:59 PM   1 comments
15 February, 2006
Firefox kills hundreds!
... of bookmarks. Mine. Disappeared. Never to be seen again.

We love Firefox but it doesn't love us.

Also: Dick Cheney's Gun Club. If you haven't been following the story, the man shot a fellow hunter a few days ago, who has now suffered a heart attack. Ah, the men who rule the world.
posted by Le Driver @ 2:12 PM   0 comments
08 February, 2006
Tit hearts Tat
Iranian Paper to run Holocaust Cartoons

What fun.

Here is a list of other subjects to desecrate in the name of free press: Jesus! Hiroshima! African-Americans! Gays! Moses! The elderly! Your mum!
posted by Le Driver @ 3:32 PM   1 comments
02 February, 2006
Quasi Everything
I find I'm not a very good blogger at the moment. I haven't been reading or commenting much. Once again everything will change when I start Uni. Not only will I be a fitter, happier person but I will also be some kind of online journalist traversing the web and leaving insightful yet somewhat superior comments in my wake. Just wait.

Big Day Out. Well.

The Subways - hadn't heard them before. At first I felt they were trying too hard, but by the end of the set I'd been roped in and was learning the lyrics as I went along so I could sing along to the chorus of 'Rock & Roll Queen'. I don't know if it's called that.

Off-topic rant: How annoying is it when a band writes a song with one repeated phrase in the chorus which you would assume to be the name of the song, only to find out it is called something completely irrelevant! This situation is made worse when you hear a song but don't know who it's by, so you try Googling only to find that what you thought was the name of the song isn't the name at all. Anyhow, I digress.

Back to the Subways. The frontman is blonde and English so my heart was aflutter. However, he is engaged to the bassist and ocassional provider of high-pitched back up vocals. I say No! to in-band romance. It never works. D'Arcy and Iha. Bjork and... some guy from the Sugarcubes. I have no doubt the Subways are headed for the same fate. This is not because I am naturally pessimistic. I simply look at the facts.

Next: Sarah Blasko. I'll admit that I really only like Always Worth It and Don't U Eva heaps. Her other songs are really just so so, kind of bland. I'm one of those lame people that just gets into the singles when it comes to our friend Sarah. Her set wasn't the most captivating thing ever, but she was entertaining in that she dances by flapping her arms, palms upwards. And also convulsing rhythmically. If you have not seen it I recommend her just for that.

Then: Delicious cheap Hare Krishna food. Why are those people such good cooks?

After lunch it was off to queue for the Blue Stage in time for Franz Ferdinand. In the line we heard rather than watched Wolfmother, and made it into the D-Barrier in the middle of the Hilltop Hoods set on the Orange Stage.

"Put your hands up if you appreciate Oz Hip Hop!"

No thank you. (TZU or Phrase maybe.)

Kings of Leon: I have their Youth & Young Manhood album on my iPod but have never listened to it. We were up the back of the mosh (not that there was moshing) and I have to admit that, though they didn't instantly make me a fan, the singer has some nice pipes. They are all very photogenic but slightly too Americana. I do feel like giving that album a listen now, though.

After sitting for an hour, waiting for the Living End to, well, END, Franz came out. We'd got ourselves quite a good position about six or seven people from the front. I'm not so experienced with mosh pits (last time I was behind the D-barrier was for Something for Kate...) and with Franz Ferdinand not being the heaviest band in the world, I expected, at most, a little funky dancing. I was wrong! Songs like Take Me Out and Do You Want To got everyone jumping/trampling/squashing and my hat was completely bent out of shape. It was intense and thrilling and probably the best bit of the day.

I'd been behind the D-barrier for several hours by the point and was both anxious to get out into the open air and to catch the end of the Mars Volta set. I managed to weave my way about half way to the front while they played improvised snatches I'd never heard before, eventually merging into Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of). They put on a great, original show, as usual, but I was a little disappointed by the fact that 1) most Mars Volta fans are 20 something male music snobs who happen to be taller than my 5'6, and I couldn't see much 2) I didn't hear anything from their newest album, which I was looking forward to.

After that it was off to rehydrate and then try and find some way to catch a glimpse of the White Stripes. I settled for the TV, which really doesn't have the same effect, then tried to enter the massive crowd in front of their stage, but couldn't really see anything but the tasteful red, white and black stage decor, and occasionally Meg (but who wants to see Meg?). After a while I settled for the TV again. At the end of the set Jack thanked us in his fantastic southern accent and then walked off the stage with his 'Big Sister', holding hands. It was so cute and odd.

I'd only taken about 4 hours sleep the night before (birthday shenanigans, late night breakfast food, random meetings with friends on the street), so after the White Stripes, at the end of a heat soaked day, we made our way home. A great day all in all.

Also, go have a listen to The Indifferent, since we're musically themed today. They're apparently 'New Wave' and 'The new Birthday Party'. Confusing. All I know is that my best friend is the drummer and I'm designing their website. And that they're bloody good, and I've been listening to their demo all day.

Well, what a long post.
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