I was going to make an update but I forgot what I was going to say. Sorry!
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I received a package in the mail last week from my friend Viv from Yorkshire, who has an unhealthy obsession with sweets. She sent me a sherbet dip-dab – that is, an envelope of sherbet that comes with a lollipop. And for some crazy reason, this raised suspicion when it went through customs.
I documented it with photos, which can be found here.
Thanks for the sherbet, Viv! It was excellent!
It was my birthday on Saturday. It’s taken me this long to write about it because I haven’t really thought about doing so until now.
It wasn’t very eventful. I got up around 9ish, had breakfast, then the family gave me presents. I got an Xbox 360 and a couple of games, a DVD of The Office (US): Season 2, and two books.
The Xbox is awesome. The HDD is fucked, but I sent it away on Monday and a new one should get here sometime next week. Still, I can can play games without the HDD, so I’m happy. Dead Rising is great. Basically, you’re a photographer in a shopping mall that’s infested with zombies. You kill the zombies. Lots of zombies. Brilliant. I also got Dead or Alive 4 and Gears of War. They too, are fun.
I’m about three episodes from watching all of The Office. I really do love that show. I reckon it’s better than the UK version.
As for the books, I’m about halfway through The Worst Case Scenario Almanac: History. It’s about history. I love history. But I’ve put it on hold until I’m done reading this other book about the history of civilisation that I’ve been reading for the last few weeks. And then I’ll read The Naked Man Festival by Brian Thacker. It’s a travelogue. Honest.
We went out for dinner to 1918, which is a bit of a classy restaurant in Tanunda, in the Barossa Valley. They’ve done excellent food the last few times we’ve been there, and they didn’t disappoint this time. For entree, I had corn fritters in an asian salad. The fritters were incredibly crispy on the outside, but incredibly soft on the inside. They were great. And the asian salad was all peanuts and chilli and green leafy things. Wonderful. My main course was a piece of fantastically cooked steak, medium rare, served on a bed of sauteed mushrooms. It had this crispy waffley thing on top, sort of the same consistency as a prawn cracker. I didn’t know what it was (and still don’t) but it was quite tasty. And on top of the crispy thing was a ball of mashed potato, quickly fried so it had a sort of shell on it. That was also tasty. I didn’t have any dessert, because the steak was massive, but my dad and brother both had desserts, and they looked pretty awesome. I just had a coffee. I also had a frangelico, because I recognised the monk-shaped bottle. Unfortunately I was in the bathroom when it was served, and when I got back the ice had sort of diluted it. Still tasted good though. It tastes of almond.
All up, a good birthday. I didn’t want anything much more than a family dinner, because I hate the attention (and parties in general). 21 doesn’t really have all the significance it used to, anyway. I also liked how my birthday finally fell on a Saturday, and also how I didn’t have any study to do. Last year, I had an essay due on my birthday, and an exam a few days later. I also had exams to worry about in 2003/2004. In 2005, I spent my birthday by myself because nobody was home until the evening. So having everything finished for the semester, and the family at home, was good.
It seems that writing a year-by-year retrospective of albums is harder than it sounds.
What I’m trying to do is find one album per year, 1996 to 2006, that was a key album for me in that particular year. So I have to have bought/been given that album in the year it was released. My problem is that I just cannot remember exactly when I got some of these albums. I strive for factual integrity on this blog, so I’m not going to be telling you I bought something one year when I actually didn’t.
For example, did I get Powderfinger’s Internationalist in the year of its release – 1998 – or in 1999? I just don’t know! And do I count Regurgitator’s Unit: Rebooted as a 1998 release, or just as a repackaging of Unit, released in 1997?
And then it gets worse. After 2001, my total number of albums bought starts to climb by massive amounts. Not only does that make it more difficult to work out in which year I bought them, it makes the process of choosing incredibly tough. For example, for 2001, who do I choose – When Young Terrorists Chase The Sun by Gerling, Regurgitator’s Eduardo & Rodriquez Wage War on T-Wrecks, Spiderbait’s The Flight of Wally Funk or Gorillaz by Gorillaz? It’s really difficult! And that’s just 2001.
2004 – Who do I choose out of Franz Ferdinand, The Go! Team, Machine Gun Fellatio, Regurgitator, or Scissor Sisters? How about 2005, which brought Architecture In Helsinki, Beck, The Dandy Warhols, Eels, and The White Stripes? They’re all really good – maybe not Eels as much… I preferred his earlier stuff – but you know what I mean. It’s just difficult. I guess 2006 is easy, as I can just put Belle & Sebastian’s The Life Pursuit up again, but I feel that that is cheating, and I forbid myself to do such a thing.
Maybe I’ll do a list thing. That might be easier. Maybe I should just list everything? Lists are fun. All style, no content! That’s how you fill a magazine, surely that works on the internet? Right?
I’ve just come across this band via the Something Awful forums called The Shaggs. They were a 1960s pop group. From Wikipedia:
When the girls’ father, Austin Wiggin, Jr., was young, his mother made three predictions: he would marry a strawberry blonde; he would have two sons she would not live to see; and his daughters would form a famous musical group. After the first two came true, Austin set out to make the third happen.
Surely a band formed on the basis of a grandmother’s ramblings is destined for musical glory!
Enjoy the brilliance – nay, the GENIUS – of The Shaggs, and their classic tune, My Pal Foot Foot
Kurt Cobain was a fan. Need I say more?
I’ve finally done it! I’ve managed to have the evil that is the PC banished from this house.
After eighteen months of showing the family the enlightenment that comes from the Mac, Dad finally bought a brand-spanking new 20″ iMac Core 2 Duo this morning (Got it for a steal too, thanks to a printing fuck-up, but that’s another story). That is what I’m typing this entry on right now.
My God, it’s quick. When I say jump, apps jump. Must be the processor and the 1gb of RAM, I guess. 🙂
I’m waiting for it to update a bunch of stuff at the moment. I’ll wait until the weekend to update to 10.4.9, but smaller things like iTunes are getting up to speed now.
This is the first time the family’s got a new computer for roughly 10 years. We’d been on a junky old thing running Windows 95 until the end of 2004, and Windows 2000 until last week, when it was grabbed by the neck by a porno-tiger and crippled. The machine that lived until last week was slightly better than the Windows 95 one, but only marginally. I think the difference was merely a blood transfusion. Oh, and since the great crash of Christmas 2005, I think it had been running on a 3rd-hand heart and some dodgy lungs. It sure did wheeze.
But that machine has been laid to rest. Well, it will be once I rescue my hard-drive from its bowels. Damn thing’s been in there for years now.
You hulking pile of shit.
A few notes on half goon half blog, so I remember what my plans are, and so my (loyal) readers know what’s coming up :
• goontunes (my groundbreaking reviews page) will be updated soon. I wrote some stuff a few weeks ago (in the back of a notebook), and I have even more albums to write about still.
• Because I like writing lists – they’re easier that attempting to write a coherent story – I’m thinking of doing some more ‘retrospective’ style articles. Sort of like my top fifty albums thing. They’re fun (and also get massive page views! 🙂
Also, it’s my birthday next Saturday! That’s the 16th for you overseas folk who work on heathen, unAustralian time-zones. Only problem is, I don’t know what I want! Any help for good ideas on what I should ask the parents for would be greatly appreciated, because not getting presents on your birthday is incredibly 😦 .
Yes! Regular updates to half goon half blog will be resuming within weeks!
Once Uni’s all over (my last essay goes in on Friday 15th), I’ll finally have the time to write massive amounts of rubbish again. This is awesome. And I hope people take a couple of seconds to stop reading lolbots.com and have a look at this… actually, I find it impossible to believe that could happen. How could I possibly compete with this?
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
“Outspoken Muslim leader Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly has stood down as Australia’s Mufti. The controversial Islamic cleric was reappointed mufti at a meeting of Muslim leaders in Melbourne today, but declined to accept the position.”
We’ll always remember you, Shakey. 😦