I've just noticed that my website's rss feed is not working properly, and I'm not technically proficient enough to figure out how to fix it - it's just making me increasingly stressed, so I thought I'd turn to you lovely people to see if anyone could offer some aid.
To see the error message I am getting, go here: http://feedvalidator.org/check?url=
How do I fix this? Help!!!
I heard the first track from the latest Magnetic Fields album on a podcast I was listening to the other day. I am infected. And now you can be, too:
I want you crawling back to me
Down on your knees, yeah
Like an appendectomy
Here, have a trailer for a documentary about Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields:
I am tired, but glad that there will be no more stock take for over 6 months...
ABC - The Look Of Love
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ABC - The Look Of Love
Supergrass have called it a day. There first 2 albums are still considered (by me) to be fucking fantastic. Have a banned-for-being-to-scary-for-daytime-tv music video:
Supergrass - Mary
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Gorillaz vs John McLean (Bruce appears about 1.55 into the clip)
Gorillaz - Stylo (Feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack)
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That'll do f'now.
I had fun rearranging the world music section today. Whenever I go to a new store, I like to rearrange stuff so that it is how I like it (because I am best), but this store was already in pretty good shape. I gave the world section a bit of a shuffle, and the rest of the store just needs a bit of tweaking. However, that will all have to take a back seat for a week or so, because I've been given something of a baptism of fire - stocktake is next Tuesday! Aargh! I can already hear the beeps! So if you want to go to a JB store next week, don't go on Tuesday, they'll all be closed.
Getting to work is surprisingly easy. I cycled up the St George's Road bike path to Preston Station this morning (Preston is a zone 1/2 border station, so if I catch the train from there, I only have to pay for a zone 2 ticket - $20 a week as opposed to $50 for a zone 1+2 weekly), and then it's less than 20 minutes on the train, followed by a 5 minute bike ride - I was at work in about 40 minutes.
And you know what else I did? Because I am only catching the train - no buses or trams for me - I can use my Myki card! Today was my first day of "touching in" and "touching out" on Melbourne's public transport (sounds dirty).
In today's delicious news, nixwilliams made a delicious putanesca pasta sauce for dinner, followed by Golden Syrup Dumplings Of Awesomeness!!! (That is there official title - including the three exclamities). It is because nixwilliams is my Partner Of Awesomeness!!!™
I think it is time for bed. Good night
Anyway, I've got a job now - back at JB AGAIN, this time I'm off to Epping Plaza, which, while quite far away, shouldn't take as long to get to on public transport, which is good. Technically, I will be employed as a part-timer, but will have full time hours for at least 6-8 weeks, while their full time music guy recovers from a broken leg.
In other news, comedian Christina Martin has written a blog on how to be acceptably offensive in comedy (as opposed to unacceptably offensive). She wrote it in response to a recent show by popular comedian Frankie Boyle, in which a member of the audience had the following experience:
He spent a considerable amount of time making fun of people with Down’s Syndrome. She [the audience member] became unsettled. Her husband leaned in to check she was ok, at which point Frankie Boyle spotted them talking (they were in the front row) and asked them what they were talking about. When Sharon said that she had a daughter with Down’s Syndrome and had been upset by his jokes, Boyle became agitated and eventually ended up telling her he didn’t give a fuck.
Hardly surprising though, given that the working title for his Channel 4 show is ‘Deal With it Retards!’
Christina then gives a very simple formula on how to be offensive correctly:
Anyway, the usual debate has been kicking off, both on Twitter and on the comments section of Sharon’s blog.
“But what is offensive material?” “How do you define offensive?” “Everything is offensive to someone surely?”
You know, the usual missing of the entire point.
For anyone who is still struggling with this idea, let me walk you through.
Offensive material has value when it has a point.
Offensive material can actually be quite brave and meritorious when someone is using it to explore an idea, explode myths or shock people to their senses.
In his latest show ‘Hitler Moustache’, Richard Herring took on the stance of a racist to explode racism. Something he did to great effect.
And his old comedy partner Stewart Lee can boast one of the most offensive lines of all time - “I vomited into the gaping anus of Christ”
However, it was said in the context of an incredibly sophisticated stand-up show, that intended to show up the hypocrisy of some people’s use of their religion to censor others. Thereby, and ironically, forcing people to test the limits of that censorship and perhaps go too far...
So to conclude. Offensive + a point = merit
Offensive on its own = just plain offensive
And finally - the UK elections are fast approaching (May the 6th be with you), and I am trying to figure out what I need to do to be able to vote. Is anyone reading this a British Citizen living in Melbourne? I need your signature!
As a British citizen living overseas, I would be voting in the constituency in which I was last registered to vote: Finchley and Golders Green - which, because of recent boundary changes, is the most marginal seat in the country! (and Margaret Thatcher's old seat). I've been having fun doing some research here and here.
I was quite pleased to see that the candidates for the three main parties consist of two women and an openly gay man (although all of them are thoroughly white).
OK, that'll do for now.
Went to see Josie Long's show, Be Honourable, at the comedy fest tonight. I'm too tired to say anything more than that she's awesome as ever. She got all political on your ass! Also, you should buy her old DVD - it has her first 2 proper stand up shows, and is awesome.
Here are some other top notch 'political' comedians (whatever that means):
Alexei Sayle (more of a novelist these days)
Any other recommendations?
Also, have a Most Basass Alphabet Ever
I need to go to bed now. I'm frikkin tired.
Pictures from the wedding be here if you're interested in seeing how we scrubbed up. My favourite picture of me from the bash:
best men speech
And now have some video spam:
New Pikelet Video - Red Pleather:
Dan and Dan - The Daily Mail Song:
Movies I have watched so far this year (Current total: 30)
if you feel that way inclined, you can follow it here.
or you can just go to the website and get the rss direct from there. if you're into that kind of thing.
went to the sydney road street party today with nixwilliams and johnnypurple. there are bits of the festival i really like, but i find the crowds rather stressful - especially the hordes of Young People screaming around. and the hipsters - oh the hipsters!
but we spent most of the afternoon sitting in the penny black waiting for the spoils to play (they eventually came on stage about an hour after they were originally meant to). whilst waiting, we got to see the scores, an enthusiastic, skinny rock band who were, you know, quite good, and another band whose name i didn't catch, and who were very serious, very young and, in the case of their drummer, very bored (at least, she looked thoroughly bored).
then the spoils came on and did their awesome thing they do. and now i am tired and achey. but happy to be sitting at home. how are you?
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plenty to think about, there.
you can also sort of see the director falling in love with the star throughout the film - the camera got up close and personal with him a number of times.
anyway, whilst in a beatles mode, i stumbled, coincidentally, across this page, exploring the Beatles music through graphics.
( look behind the cut for some examples )
go to Charting the Beatles for the full images.
there will be a proper project housed at this website eventually, but in the meantime, enjoy the flickr group
just thought i'd share.
p.s. the originals:
Electronic Frontiers Australia has today launched a petition against the Government’s mandatory Internet filtering policy that will be presented to the Senate of the Parliament of Australia.
You can sign the petition electronically by going to the this page and leaving your name, postcode and email address. Please talk to your friends, family and colleagues about the problems with the Government’s mandatory Internet filtering policy and encourage them to sign the petition as well.
We are also looking for volunteers to collect printed signatures. If you are having a meeting or protest against the Government’s mandatory Internet filtering policy in the coming weeks, we would encourage you to distribute this Senate Internet Censorship Petition to collect as many printed signatures as possible. There are detailed instructions about collecting signatures, and where to return the printed signatures, here.
Learn more about this petition at http://www.efa.org.au/petition/.
If you have any questions, please email Peter Black: pete.black at efa.org.au.
Thanks for your attention.
went to see fantastic mr fox in order to escape the heat, and it was thoroughly enjoyable, with several awesome moments ("that's bad songwriting, petey..."), but was unfortunately rather sexist in an old-fashioned kind of a way.
did have a lovely evening with lovely peeps at a lovely restaurant with lovely food. and lovely sake. nom. i think it is past my bedtime now. but before i go, i wish to rant about this:
why? i want to know who thought this was a good idea. when will zemeckis get over his 3d motion capture obsession? why does this need to be done?
it will, however, star cary elwes as george harrison! and peter serafinowicz as paul mccartney!
moving on, this is a red band trailer, i.e. NSFW. it contains violence, swears and a violent sweary little girl. kickass
and also, finally...
COOOOOL CHANGE!!! it's raining! it's 18C!!! last night's overnight low was 32C... sweet relief...
the very lovely dear_prudence made me an icon, so i thought i'd come back to show it off.
[ETA the correct icon!]
what news do i have?
well, my brother's wedding, which was postponed last year, is back on, so we'll be going to london in march.
i am working back at jb, but as a casual, and being the post xmas slump, there are no hours around at the moment (no shifts next week, 1 shift the week after). so i'm trying to sort out a more regular gig, and trying to not spend money. and trying to keep cool. it is far too hot.
today we shall sit as still as possible, watching films and eating chips.
what are you doing?