Monday, May 14, 2012


'Lo all.

It's freaking cold outside. This creates a number of problems. Foremost among them, every time the window is shut the apartment cooks regardless of what's going on outside. However, leave the window open and you freeze solid. Hurm.

Anyway, been an alright few weeks. I know I'm lazy about this, but sometimes it isn't my fault. My poor old desktop really is about to die, I've had it BSOD a few times recently, and it struggles to run my internet browser (also the internet's patchy to start with). So even if there was something to post it'd be unlikely it'd get up because the damn computer can't actually connect to the internet. Have been considering pulling out Simon and Kirsty's donated wireless router, but then I fear my internet usage would go off the charts (when it did work), and by going over the limit, it'd be so slow I'd be back to square one.

Been trying to keep busy as exams and assessments approach. This is the pointy end. It's never been particularly fun, but this time I have a plan. One essay will be done before Thursday night this week! I swear this! It's going to happen! Then I can relax slightly about the more trickier ones. But so far, a day and a half and about a dozen articles in, progress is slow, but at least there's material. Graffiti and hegemony is a lot easier to research than new media cultures of remembering and forgetting, I'm guessing. But we'll see how we go, worry about the exams when we arrive in June.

Anyway. Busyness. Caught Digitalism with Isobelle and Isaac two Fridays ago, which was good fun. The Forum blew their minds. Beni, the opening DJ, was pathetic. He had a big gold medallion that said BENI and his tshirt read J'AIME BENI. It'd be alright if his music was good, but it was not. However. Digitalism blew my hearing (it's slowly coming back though). They've got a different stage set up from last time I saw them, now it's just one big heart and two light-up lecterns with all the switches instead of three hearts and a live drummer. The setlist was alright, the opening with Miami Showdown, Idealistic, Forrest Gump and a killer light show. Pogo, as usual, was heavy. Might have accidentally knocked out a drugged out douche's teeth while pogoing to that song, I dunno, but he was a douche and on something. Pretty good show.

On Sunday night, had a catch up drink or five with Ryan at the Exford, which was good until some old guy came to our table ranting about commies and offered to buy us drinks, much to our amusement. Then he got dragged out shouting by the bouncers. All of our what. Went back on Friday with Aiden for free pool and jukebox and squished a little old guy and his mate who looked like Kenny with more tats. Funny guys, pretty quiet night.

Hit Puggs, as usual. Not a particularly good night most recently, but hey, got pretty drunk. It was pretty good to see shedloads of each old crowd there though.

Also Tom was down for the week, so naturally we caught up with him. He did get lost trying to navigate his way around Hawthorn (read, take the tram up the hill, or down the hill?), but we made him have a couple of drinks Thursday night, and on Saturday we all went around to Isaac's to play COD on his projector screen. I am still rubbish at it, clearly I need to drop everything and play it every day like Aiden, Pat and Tom. Messed up.

Visited the Astor as well (as usual) for a Sherlock Holmes marathon. Introduced Emily to the cat (I found out its name but alas, can't remember it). Isobelle almost lost my phone, annoyingly. Still. Good night.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - ***
Enjoyable but not anything that special, much like the first one. Apparently the German is horrendously translated. Did like how Lyle from Mad Men was the bad guy. And yeah, there's some bits that are very Guy Richie, but far more bits that are pure STUDIO BLOCKBUSTER OMG which kind of jar. Also Noomi Rapace scrubs up well.

Yes, I'm looking forward to Prometheus.

Six Degrees of Separation - ***1/2
Enjoyable, you have no idea where the hell it's going, but the pacing's a bit off at times. You really need to pay attention to keep up, as the plot twists don't stop and there's buttloads of characters all pretending to be different things. Also lol poor rich people, u want sum water?

And right now, procrastination central. There is a link between the wall in Palestine and Banksy, seeing as he did a few murals on it, but these academic articles just get heavier and heavier. Oh well. Plus Carlton's losing to St Kilda at the moment, but it's just the start of the last quarter and it's only four goals... Hurm.

Tomorrow will be more of the same, I think. Get stuff done. Looking forward to my holiday.



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