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Shame, Shame and a bit more Shame! [14 Jun 2006|11:30pm]
[ mood | enraged ]

A rather slander laden article has emerged on this website engadget. Why on earth would robots attack traffic cones in a town with as much going on as Columbus, GA? Far more likely they'd be watching ranger recruit drunken knife fights with a garish mechanical bull riding bikini contest backdrop. Who'd a thunk the press could sink this low.

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Resident Alien: Happy Tax Day [15 Apr 2005|06:26pm]
Whoot! Not only did I have a camera stolen on December 31st 2002, that one day in the US just cost me more than $1486.01 in unexpected increased tax liability due to altered alien status. I had previously made jokes about being an outraged US tax payer. Hmmm. Not so funny at the moment.

Think I'll distract myself by donning a horned beer helmet, painting greek letters on my shirtless body and venturing out into the spring fling mess. Temperatures in the low 30s, an alcohol ban, old age and inevitable assimilation of omnipresent values based subsistence may yet stop this. Tonights show should be most interesting. The headline act is Sonic Youth. An odd choice you might say. The decision has stoked much controversy without even touching on the fact that they're one of the worlds most boring live bands. Starbucks is abuzz with amusing "what the?", "who the?" and "why not snoop dog?" conversations. Such open hostility and animosity from the student body should make for a great show. Doubt it will surpass watching Mark Arm jump off a stack in the general direction of Iggy and accidentally(?) breaking Kim Gordon's ankle. Will keep youse posted.
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Where is February? [09 Mar 2005|12:05am]
[ mood | procrastinationalization ]

Bugger me. Mr T's angry trainer in Rocky II is the scary dude at the gym I've been frequenting.

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[27 Jan 2005|01:28am]
[ mood | Dang I forgot to eat lamb on a ]

Where do estate agents think they're going when they die? Their inevitable suffering offers some solace. I'm really needing something to satisfy me without waiting around for judgement day.

My friendly agent first offered an inordinate rent increase. Then accepted signed commitment to an alternative lease on a much better apartment commencing on monday. Not a huge surprise that they leased the apartment to someone else. Should one be impressed by their stark dismissal of suggested unconscionable conduct? Takes balls to laugh in the face of eternal damnation. I would never treat my struggling full fee paying tenants back in sydney with such contempt.

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SPAM ain't that bad [23 Jan 2005|12:14am]
Thank you Qantas for sending me solicited email notification regarding upcoming airfare discounts. In the future, I'd recommend parsing your mailing list against the names and dates of existing customer bookings. The cheery tone of "you may be aware that fares just weeks ago were as much as $300 higher" certainly failed to achieve its desired effect.

The upside is I'll still be spending the last two weeks of march in Sydney. Keep the evening of the 19th free for a BBQ of seriously disturbing dimension.
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Damm You RAND Corporation [31 Dec 2004|05:01pm]
[ mood | Missing Fortran ]

With only hours of 2004 to go, it looks like this RAND corporation proficy is just another heart wrenching false hope. No swanky new computer for me this year. Can only dream what if.
Read more...Collapse )

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Dear Jon [30 Dec 2004|08:57pm]
Taking a break mixed with insomnia has resulted in way too much recent TV exposure. Sadly this leads me to disagree strongly with Jon Stewart. The History channels special "Killer Waves: Wrath of God" presented some valuable advice; you wouldn't be a victim if you'd bothered to check the bible codes. An earlier suspicion is confirmed. Ha ha Jon. The joke is on you. CNN, FOX, MSNBC and all the others don't see themselves as or even pretend to be sources of credible information. Tucker Carlson was right. The whole premise of the Daily Show is nugatory.
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Xmas with the Robots [29 Dec 2004|03:13am]
[ mood | Wished you'd sexed her, stood there like poindexter ]

The department of homeland security stopped santa claus this year. My mother is most displeased. Wondering what was in the package...

First christmas away from home. A significantly stranger experience than I'd  expected. Quite odd and hard not to notice being away from family and friends. Fended of feelings of guilt, failure and lonesomeness by  feasting with the robots. Ended up eating the only Australian animal (snap frozen in the NT) I could find. Unfortunately not native. Pales in comparison to eating the federal coat of arms. For those in Sydney I'd recommend Kangaroo and Emu on pizza at the Australian Hotel. Was good value ten years ago.

Anyways, well fed and distracted, I took myself out on a date. The Life Aquatic  was truly spectacular. Only downside being the crowd. Slow clapping and generally obnoxious behavior. One audience member objected to the OP  Rum fumes emanating from my exorbitantly priced coke simulant. Sure  Captain Zissou would rush to my defense.

I was pleasantly surprised by the late night activity in old city. Empty  wanker bars and a packed Khyber. Just as things should be. Tried  drinking in order to forget a few things. Strangely this wasn't  terribly constructive. Don't know exactly how the evening ended. Had a  random australian guy in my apartment at one point. Can't believe his  girlfriend stubbed out three fags on my floor. Still not giving up on  humanity yet.

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[25 Dec 2004|01:04am]
[ mood | displaced ]

Only had one thing on my TODO list since november. Ready to declare failure six days ahead of the task deliverable deadline. Must remember not to add being dumped in the will-call line at a Le Tigre show on the eve of thanksgiving to my relationship resumé. Sure this looks pretty bad. Trust an associated long story and mitigating circumstance exist.

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[07 Dec 2004|02:00am]
A backdated place holder just to let all know all know how impressed I was by the crowd at the Pixies shows. Ten thousand pounds of sludge from NY and NJ killing a monkey brought about a resounding cheer from the locals. Even as an outsider/alien, I was deeply touched.
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[02 Dec 2004|12:00am]
[ mood | concerned ]

Seriously dudes! Don't enter a building robots are running away from.

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Never Do Anything Before Filthy [14 Nov 2004|03:21am]
[ mood | Bourbon and diet vanilla coke since I hit the wrong button on the machine ]

No need to comment on Saw since Filthy has posted. Ended up (partly by missadventure) seeing Saw before Filthy. A risky break from a pattern that likely  explains my lack of cinematic experience and knowledge. Sorry Bridget. Would've vetoed it had I known it was written by the purveyor of inane reviews of forgettable films off Recovery.

Fear the bourbon and vanilla diet coke seriously interferred with my work coffee cup ecosystem.Collapse )

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[05 Nov 2004|02:56am]
[ mood | resigned ]

Bugger me. Been a while since Manning Bar put on a decent show. Pity 'bout the decor. The Stems and The Crusaders this saturday. Pretty special. In true sydney garage scene form, the Empire is throwing a conflicting event.

No doubt the best thing to happen to manning since canobeans's band comp days. Thinking of simpler drunker times makes me sad...

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Dear Patriots [26 Oct 2004|01:54pm]
There is some interesting information worth checking out before you vote. You surely wouldn't want to vote for someone associated with financing terrorists, endangering and prolonging detention of US hostages, sabotaging Delta Force rescue missions, wholesale drug importation,...

While both political parties were busy trying to hush up the suspicious deaths of teenagers in Mena, Arkansas, John Kerry was asking some pretty tough and unwelcome questions. Perhaps presidents should be elected based on substance and record rather than image. It'd be nice if US voters could steer clear of the lying cunt criteria richly desired by the Australian electorate. John Kerry's Vietnam record and senatorial achievements such as exposing BCCI establish him as a candidate superior to any Kennedy or Clinton past or present. The glowing endorsement provided by Richard Nixon in "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry" stands as great testament to this.
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[24 Aug 2004|03:47pm]
[ mood | broiled ]

Back from a brief yet relaxing weekend venture. Two and one half days vaporized enjoying an interesting mix of family oriented and not so family oriented activities. Still struggling with social and relationship skills. Managed to get in trouble for both excessive and lacking PDA acts. A particular lowpoint was deciding to inform some locals at a beach 'bout some problems with their country. Somehow and quite inexplicably, this extended to challenging the capabilities of their sun. I pity the fool with a rather burnt back. On the upside, I discovered the Bush twins are the perfect antidote for unwanted beach erections.

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[21 Aug 2004|02:39am]
Finished packing for my weekend away. Only problem now is making it to the 6:30am flight. bridget_berlin just called to thoughfully suggest heading over to the Republican. That way I'd be up at 4am and right to head over to the airport. Nice plan. Will invoke this next time if the attempt to sleep option lets me down.
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[20 Aug 2004|06:16pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

Picked up Yasmin at Rite Aid. Pretty sure I shouldn't be able to do that without an appropriate inspection of either ID or common sense. Don't really know what the pharmacist thought as to my intended purpose. What's to stop lonely and socially awkward system administrators wandering in off the street and guessing surnames in order to quench their anxious longing for a man-boob enhancing gender issue coping mechanism?

Anyways. I forgot to post a review of the Underground Garage Festival. Memory is fading. Can recall that it was very rock. I'm a fan of the format and strongly disagree with sentiments you may have heard in the news. In addition to finding out Kim Fowley isn't dead, a particularly pleasant suprise was the appearance and actions of head Hoodoo Guru and Persian Rug, Dave Faulkner. Can't wait 'til they tour the OZ rock only version.

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[13 Aug 2004|01:39pm]
Steer clear of the two nerdy australian dudes carving up the dance floor at CBGBs lounge this evening.
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[12 Aug 2004|12:37am]
[ mood | dazed ]

A friend of a friend just sprang a trap to capture me three days after I was removed from the market. Very awkward. Pretty strange how these things happen. Can spend years alone in a basement playing with computers then everything unexpectedly happens at once.

Kogar has confirmed that Thee Monkey Butlers are playing this show despite the dodgy info at the CBGBs site. Yay! Hence,  canobeans and I will be heading up to New York one day earlier than planned for a fairly extreme couple of days of garage rock (Hey Dave, we need to sort out the meeting up and accommodation issues. We're meeting Bridget and Kelly up there on saturday morning). 

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[09 Aug 2004|04:32pm]
[ mood | file under s for shagedelic shagfest ]

Just booked my first ever holiday paid for entirely by me and not part of a complex and dubious work junket. An illicit rendezvous off the north eastern US coastal mainland. Thinks this is a pretty significant breakthough in the process of becoming fully fledged groan up.

This is probably not worlds best practice in the field of hosting international jet (and Greyhound) set house guests. Sorry canobeans. It's only for a couple of days. There's a film festival on (lost film) so you'll have plenty of entertainment. I'd recommend picking up at the free screening of The Corporation and hosting a political angst fueled fourgy back at my apartment. Still on for the Detroit roadtrip the following weekend.

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