Friday, January 25, 2008

Qld Roar, Qld Roar...

Currently, we're at 80 minutes in the first leg of the semi; it's nil-all. But...

Griffin McMaster is pretty good. I hope we keep him as back-up to Liam Reddy next year. Of course, I haven't seen Matt Ham play, since he's been injured since July.

It will be a real shame if we lose Sasa Ognenovski to Adelaide in the off-season. Our defence looks pretty solid with Moore and Sasa, with Danny "Surely none of these cameras will see if I thump this guy in the head" Tiatto in the mid-field.

Full-time; 0-0. We've got to win at home in two weeks, otherwise we're out. But no matter what happens, it's our Best. Season. Ever.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Streetwise Street Punks

"Why is this kid standing out front of the 7-11?"

"Shit, act normal."


Tasword for the Commodore 64

I have a whole bunch of 5 inch floppy discs originally created in a program for the Commodore 64 called "Tasword". They have a lot of my early fiction on them. Does anyone know how I can get the data off them? I don't care if I have to clean it up a lot.

Ahhh, forget it, I've just had a quick look through my filing cabinet and I can't find the folder the discs are in. I did, however, find a folder marked "Paul Booth" which contains a series of cartoons from approximately 3.8.90 (according to the title on one of them) which contain stuff like nine drawings of a chair, nine drawings of a toilet tank, nine drawings of a power-point and of course the classic "James needs a blue snake" and "Bart Simpson being hit by a bus" from the trip at Servodio's...


Fascinating New Thing

So I got out of the shower at about 7.50 this morning. As I was getting dressed, I could hear Sky News coming from the lounge room (I was a few minutes behind 'live to air') and they're talking in those tones where you know there's breaking news and somebody has died. They're talking about some role from some movie, and it sounded like they were talking about "Brokeback Mountain". So... someone from Brokeback Mountain is dead. Please please please, tell me it's not Jake.

I wasn't that big a fan of Heath Ledger. I did like his 'couldn't give a shit' attitude. I will be very interested in seeing "The Dark Knight". But I haven't seen a lot of the films they've been talking about all day; I kinda saw "Brokeback Mountain", in that I was in and out of the room as Boycat's Mum watched it.

But I really liked "10 Things I Hate About You". I'm a sucker for a remade Shakespeare film. The title of this post is a reference to the Semisonic song ("f.n.t.") that plays during the paintball scene in that movie.


I've been thinking about time. When did Neil Armstrong land on the Moon? The Americans say one thing, we say another. When an Australian dies overseas, when do they die? New York time or Perth time?

At least September 11 happened on September 11, unless you were in New Zealand.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Holiday snaps

Coolamon, NSW.

The Coolamon Post Office.

The Royal Tavern, Coolamon.

The Coolamon Fire Brigade

The "Up To Date Store", Coolamon.

Empty storefront, Cowabbie St, Coolamon.

Note: This was the first hot day of our trip. It just got hotter and hotter, culminating in 41 degrees on New Years' Eve in Melbourne.


How rude are you to telemarketers?

It's a bit of a weird situation. We have a silent phone number (for which we've never been charged the $3 a month, by the way) but we still get a couple of telemarketers who have our phone number - thanks, I think, to my mum who gave my number to "trendwest" who have since changed their name to something else.

They're just about the only people who call us on our landline. Well, I think it's them - someone has been calling us several times a day for the past fortnight at least - we pick up the phone and there is a very long silence and then - if we wait long enough - someone for whom English is not their first language asks for one of us. I won't say my surname* but it has a couple of Es in it, which they stretch out.

Anyway, I'm reasonably polite to these guys, since they're making $1 an hour in Bangalore... I just found myself saying "Anyway, I'm not interested, thanks for calling, bye."

How polite are you?

*I'm still pretending that I'm untraceable, although my blogger nickname and my flikr logon and all of the hints spread throughout this thing mean anyone could find me... since this blog has a post that links back to my old blog which is technically illegal under Australia's sedition laws.


Friday, January 11, 2008

Help me write a song

It's simple, just take these words and make them rhyme...

What would Bjorn Nitmo do?

Sixth of May what a sad sad day
"Let it all come out," she said
Grant, I hope it was only a rumour
And this line would end with a word like 'dead'

At least I'm writing again

She said "Why do bad things happen to really good people?"
But I think there are no good people

This is a revolutionary suicide
Keep your emotions down. Children, this will not hurt.

George, you lived your life like a football match. It was a game of two halves.

Aegrescit medendo -"The disease worsens with the treatment" or "The remedy makes the disease worse" or "The remedy is worse than the disease" or "He becomes ill by being cured"

It rubs the lotion on its skin/
Or it gets the hose again

Howl at the paratactic syntax

I'm so cool Armani wears my clothes

A line from her letter, May 24

...that's all I do, non sequiturs that rhyme and then I do some Em, Am, G, D progression over it. Have a go, you can't be any worse than me.


Mandy Moore

Why, oh why do I really dig Mandy Moore doing a cover of "Senses Working Overtime"? [No YouTube link because the one I used a month ago is now gone. Although someone else has used it as the music for their own video.]

Is it because I like this song so much that I'm really chuffed when a chickypopster likes it too, so much that she decides to cover it and makes it the lead track off an album. Kind of like if Britney or Christina decided to cover "Cattle and Cane" or "It's a motherfucker"?


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Speaking of Cyclones

A guy from my team got a temporary placement with the NT Invasion Taskforce. He would have arrived in Darwin on about the 3rd of January. Good to see you pulled out the nice weather for him.