28 March 2007

It goes really fast

Check out the Koenigsegg.

The thing about the machine in profile is that it looks like a stormtrooper's helmet. Only squashed.



See what I mean.

According to wikipedia this baby will do 165 kmh in reverse gear. I think I have gone that fast going forwards. More conventionally, you will hit 156kmh in first gear and second will see you at 204kmh. After that you won't be watching the speedo I imagine.

It costs over $800,000 Australian dollars to buy this car, which means I won't be driving one soon, but the boys at Top Gear had fun with it. Getting from 0-100 in 3.1 seconds will do that for you.

If you have the time watch this film about The Atom. It is considerably cheaper, and looks highly entertaining to drive. It even does 0-100 in 2.9 seconds!

I like it.

Top Gear is a great show. Where else can you watch an MX-5 race a greyhound or a Land Rover challenge a tank? Check it on SBS.

26 March 2007

Tunage

I spent today at a course called Developing Project Management Expertise. I actually got quite excited initially for I do love writing on big paper, but the pace got a bit slow for me eventually. Perhaps I liked it because according to some Astrology book I once read, my birthday makes me "The Overseer."

The real point of this tale is that while driving to work, I heard a new song by Silverchair on JJJ. This is the first song of theirs that has consciously entered my auricular cavities and I find myself inordinately fond of the cacophony. Check it out.

Also, thanks to the reliable The Purple Hood Playlist for Hide and Seek by The Eighteenth Day of May. It's groovy.

Fool me once

My friend Noivedya is a great writer and he has just informed me that an article he wrote has been syndicated - God knows how this works - and it has now been viewed over 47,000 times. Impressive, and a far cry from my online publishing efforts.

The piece is called The 20 Greatest Historical Myths.

Noivedya loves lists, he is like that much loved dog-eared book in the junior school library which is full of freaky facts or utterly useless information - depending on your point of view.

His article provides me with ample opportunity to prove now that I really am an idiot.


17. Marie Antoinette said "Let them each cake"

In 1766, Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote of an incident he recalled from some 25 years earlier, in which "a great princess" (name unknown) was told that the country people had no bread. "Then let them eat cake," she replied. When Rousseau wrote of this, Marie Antoinette was an 11-year-old child in Austria. The French Revolution would not begin for another 23 years. The myth that she spoke these infamous words was probably spread by revolutionary propagandists, to illustrate her cold indifference to the plight of the French people.

Well, I always knew this was a myth, because I'm so clever, I knew that what she really said was, "Then let them have brioche instead." It makes sense! She was French you know.

Hmmm, I suspect that somewhere a Frenchman is to blame for all of this.



Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.


Thanks to the Chinese and their inexhaustible supply of proverbs.

Last night I rang the local Chinese take away and the conversation went a bit like this:

"Hello, Dumpling Inn, can I help you please?"

"Can I get some take away?"

"No, I'm sorry, we are closing."

"Then you can't help me, can you?"

"No."


See you at the
boulangerie, mon ami.










24 March 2007

The Continuing Story


Some guy suggests that Sufjan is heading to California for his next album project and that we might see a track called, "To the Beautiful Patty Hearst: The Symbionese Liberation Army is Coming to Get You." This is more than feasible.

If you enjoyed Wierd Al's take on Bob Dylan, then please go to his MySpace to watch Trapped in The Drive Thru.

Still not entertained?

Listen to Dylan Thomas reciting Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.

He's not a Sufi

It's Saturday. It's raining. It's time to blog.

I wish Sufjan Stevens would hurry up and release a new album instead of faffing about.

Meanwhile, I uploaded a song for you: the epic Majesty Snowbird, which is yet to appear on any album.

Here are some clips for viewing. The cartoon is a little unseasonal, but I like it. You can tell Sufjan is a Christian from watching Put The Lights on The Tree. This clip is an official release from his record company: Asthmatic Kitty. He is not charting new territory musically here, but it is cute.



The next clip is for a song from Seven Swans called We Won't Need Legs to Stand. This is not an official clip, but was made by a fan. It is definitely a song about faith which is a spiritual theme but the choice of footage imbues the song with a new power. WARNING: It is pretty intense and could freak you out.



Excerpt from an interview:

Interviewer: You've expressed surprise in the past that so many people have responded to your 50 states project. Do you think that's possibly because we live in an era of singles and downloads, and in response there's a real hunger for meaningful full-length albums?

Sufjan: I think there's a reduction in quality and a lowering of standards overall in art and music. I'm not sure what the cause of this is -- maybe it's television, advertising, pop culture -- but there's definitely a decrease in literacy rates and languages and endangered species lists are going up. There's just, throughout the ages, a process of reduction and simplification. Maybe it's a decline of civilization, and as there's a proliferation of computers and technology, that the human mind is in decline.

Interviewer
: Are you being serious?

Sufjan: Dude, I have no idea what I'm talking about.

Where's Alfie?







(thanks to Rathin
for his genius)

19 March 2007

Jindabyne

I learnt that the high country is a nebulous term, but not one which encompasses Jindabyne. I loved Jindabyne, in fact it would be a great place to retire to a log cabin with a Malamute, but that is besides the point. I was there for the Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic. Some of the photos in the race gallery were taken by me.

I took a few other shots on the weekend, including this self portrait.



One of the first things I noticed about the place was how the gum trees were different. Very clumpy and stunted almost. They are snow gums.



This is a random valley.



Here is another self portrait I took.



Rathin made the following montage incorporating Pete who came down from Melbourne for a few days.



Rathin said it would be okay if I post this portrait of him here. This is on the lake.

17 March 2007

Bob Dylan

Not that I am crazy about Bob Dylan, but I like him and thought about him after seeing Weird Al Yankovic parody Subterranean Homesick Blues. So here is the original for your viewing pleasure.



This is another clip of his for Series of Dreams which is very cool - an amazing piece of montage. It really is worth getting a bigger view here, or just watch it below. I remember watching this a lot back in 1991 when it first came out as I recorded it on my film clip video tape.



Next week the plan is to do some writing again - rather than post film clips from YouTube. I might have some photos to share too as I am off to adventure in Jindabyne in a few hours. I have never been there before.

14 March 2007

Lisa Bonet Ate No Basil

Did you know? 7 out of 10 blogs start with, "Sorry, I haven't posted in a while." What has been happening? My new job is me doing project work. Projects are these things that departments of assortments invent to justify their budgets. After three weeks, my new colleagues are slowly realising that my real talents lie in comedy. Thankfully my role is becoming a little more extroverted rather than introverted. This widens my audience.

I read both works by DBC Pierre recently. His Wikipedia entry prompted me to check out Tilley's, a Canberra cafe described as a notorious speak-easy. No-one burst in with a blazing Thompson gun, the music was vanilla blues and jazz, but the food was excellent and quick. There is a decent hollondaise sauce available in this city. I might rave about the books another time, when I am inspired.

Check out the power of the palindrome:

06 March 2007

Sounds good to me



Fantastic film clip. The band is called Dr Dog and the song is called My Old Ways. I read about them at Girlpants. It's very Beach Boys, only with a little less harmony.

Another music blog I really like is The Purple Hood Playlist, for it's blend of old and new and Frenchness too.

That's where I found this groovy number: Beautiful World.

Hope you like it.

05 March 2007

Sweeping

I took some photos on the weekend: triathletes, lots of trees, some golden light of evening - but I have not edited anything as yet to publish. Stay tuned or snooze. I have decided I am happy with my camera now and don't want to upgrade or buy a new lenses, which is unusual. I guess I feel I can throw it up to my eye and I know what it will do. I still get excited when I see the crisp colours recorded on the lcd screen at the back. I spent a fair bit of the weekend working like a dog and finally musing that it would be a really glorious existence to be a street sweeper. That way it would be possible to actually learn something about life. You can really change the world with a broom.

Here is an excerpt from a poem that calls to mind my time with a broom. It is by Robert Frost and is called Two Tramps in Mud Time.

My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done

For Heaven and the future's sakes.

If you want to have fun go out for dinner to an Indian restaurant with nine friends. Then go to an ice-cream parlour where they give out numbered tickets with your order. When they are calling out numbers, shout rhymes, like:

37 "I'm in heaven."
38 "Don't be late."
39 "I feel fine."