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Monday, August 28, 2006

beautiful design

My Birthday was last Friday (33!). Thanks heaps to everyone for making it such a great day (and night!) We started off with dinner at Indian Planet in the city, then met up with Sam and some of his cronies at the Edinburgh hotel. It was actually Sam's birthday on the Saturday, so big happy birthday to you, Mr Jennings.

cuz Eke & i
My cousin and pal, Stephen at the Zanzibar hotel, Newtown. Yes, we're both quite, quite drunk. He asked me to be a groomsman at his wedding in April. Yeehar! you bet.

Zanzibar Newtown

Yo-yo powered MP3 player design

recently won the Pop Sci and Core77 award for best human-powered design. While not in production yet, the plan is to combine the yo-yo with a pair of wireless headphones. The inventors estimate that between 10-12 tosses per hour are sufficient for continuous music playback.

I just had to share this image I found as a followup to the previous Maine Mutant post. Isn't it terrifique? Yes it is!


...I think it could only be followed by this groovey beatnik hep cat.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

creature within
"the creature within..." v.2

Today, I didn't go to work. It was everything I had hoped it could be. I painted, I listened to jazz (currently discovering John Coltrane), I bought grainy, grainy bread. I lifted weights (and put them back down again).

I also received the confirmation email advising me that my passport has been created. I expected it to take weeks longer than this, apparently it should be sent out to be in the next 4 or 5 working days. Yay! Looks like I'll be off to Kuala Lumpur sometime in the next month. How exciting. I'd better start planning. I'm going to take an extra few days off so I can explore the place a bit too... I'm sure I'll find a few things to keep me occupied. Anyone got any good suggestions?

Really glad to get the opportunity to sit down and work on some painting... It's one of those things that I find quite difficult to start, but once I do, I can happily do it for hours. So what do you think? I'm really happy with the way this one is progressing, for the last few months it's looked like this:

"The creature within..." v.1

... and while not yet complete, I'm happy with the direction it's going. I was hoping to try to capture the idea of wallpaper behind the creature... somehow i find it more disturbing to include the idea of a sort of domestic setting. Imagine waking up in the morning and finding this guy in your house... ;)

I've started a new project too... a blog entry that is my entire dvd collection with links to the imdb page for each movie. Yeh yeh, geeky I know. Geeky is as geeky does.

Speaking of geeky, i wonder how long it will be before I get my turn to have my blogspot updated? I'm really looking forward to being able to tag my posts. Yup, I'm a tagger alright. Thoroughly web 2.0 buzzword compliant.

Moving right along... So yes, can't wait to get over to Malaysia. Like I think I said before.. It will stay quite surreal until the passport arrives. Then the denial shall end.

It's also my birthday in a couple of days, my friend Michael has been kind enough to organise a group of us to go out to dinner at an Indian restaurant in the city and then head to the Underground bar for some beer, pool and good convo over dodgy jukebox hits. Sounds great!

An ideal birthday present for me may well be this faux bacon wallet :

like the site says: "You thought people looked at you weird before?"

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Oceanic pollution

The largest dump in the world isn’t outside New York or London or Shanghai but in a desolate stretch of the Pacific Ocean nearly a thousand miles from the nearest island. Held together by a slowly rotating system of currents northeast of Hawaii, the Eastern Garbage Patch is more than just a few floating plastic bottles washed out to sea; the Patch is a giant mass of trash-laden water nearly double the size of Texas.

The Eastern Garbage Patch is just the most obvious manifestation of the amount of pollution filling the seas. Even though seventy percent of plastic items will eventually sink, the UNEP estimates there are 46,000 pieces of marine debris for every square mile of all the world’s oceans. Nearly four fifths of this garbage has been carried from litter on land, washed into storm drains, or floated down rivers.

The problem, of course, is plastic and its nearly complete resistance to the elements. Able to last indefinitely in seawater, plastics will continue to plague the Eastern Pacific long after new solutions have been adopted on land.

from the Vestal design blog

Friday, August 18, 2006

The Maine Monster?

Residents in Turner, Maine, in the US are wondering if an animal found dead last weekend may be the mysterious creature that has mauled dogs and frightened residents.

"A well-made trifle is often used for decoration as well as taste, incorporating the bright, layered colours of the fruit, jelly, jam, and the contrast of the creamy yellow custard and white cream."

The trifle is also my most favourite dessert.

Not to be confused with Extreme Trifle:

"Today's world of Extreme Trifle demands the highest levels of unprofessionalism. Just follow our proven recipe for a guaranteed experience you can't buy in any travel agent...
  • A budget so small a shoestring would be an indulgence
  • Little or no preparation
  • Outrageous odds against reaching your destination"

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Redheads 'have more sex than blondes or brunettes'

Blondes may have more fun but redheads have more sex, according to new research in Germany.

The study by Hamburg Sex Researcher Professor Dr Werner Habermehl looked at the sex lives of hundreds of German women and compared them with their hair colour.

He said: "The sex lives of women with red hair were clearly more active than those with other hair colour, with more partners and having sex more often than the average. The research shows that the fiery redhead certainly lives up to her reputation."

He added that women who dyed their hair red from another colour were signalling they were looking for a partner, and added: "Even women in a fixed relationship are letting their partners know they are unhappy if they dye their hair red. They are saying that they are looking for something better."

Psychologist Christine Baumanns said however that it may not be the women who were to blame for the better sex lives of redheads.

She said: "Red stands for passion and when a man sees a redhead he will think he is dealing with a woman who won't mess around, and gets straight to the point when it comes to sex."

according to the Daily Mail (UK)

Meet Alba, a transgenic bunny that fluoresced green (when exposed to uv light … okay, not exactly glow in the dark - but close enough) thanks to a jellyfish gene for Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP). Alba was genetically engineered by Eduardo Kac in 2000:

"Alba", the green fluorescent bunny, is an albino rabbit. This means that, since she has no skin pigment, under ordinary environmental conditions she is completely white with pink eyes. Alba is not green all the time. She only glows when illuminated with the correct light. When (and only when) illuminated with blue light (maximum excitation at 488 nm), she glows with a bright green light (maximum emission at 509 nm). She was created with EGFP, an enhanced version (i.e., a synthetic mutation) of the original wild-type green fluorescent gene found in the jellyfish Aequorea Victoria. EGFP gives about two orders of magnitude greater fluorescence in mammalian cells (including human cells) than the original jellyfish gene.

Girl takes pic of herself, every day for 3 years

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Engagement recovery, hot chickery & squash

Tonight I went around to my old house for the last time, picked up the keys my old housemates had left for me, and deposited them in the slot in the old door at our old real estate.

In my last post i mentioned that i was going out for my cousins engagement party, and that i wasn't going to have a big night. Yeh right! What was I thinking? 6am we left the last club. What a great night. Here are a couple of choice pics from the night...

my cousin Stephen & his fiance Alisha

me cuz, in action

The girls of the Arthouse
random arthouse chick cuteness

connie & glenn
two hot blondes ;)

The Arthouse hotel #6
arthouse action shot

So yeh, that, and the recovery from that, was pretty much my weekend. The week so far has been good, as usual quite full-on though. Mick and I played squash tonight... I think I won overall, but I did take a terrific smash to the face for my troubles. The price of victory, my friends!

Oh, I almost forgot! Other news... work is sending me to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) for a week. I'm hurriedly getting all the details together for my passport. Yippee! Can't wait for that one.

Well, that about wraps up this post I believe. Till next time, be well.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

OK Go - Here It Goes Again

...a fantastic music video

view from my new flat... in the rain

Wherever I boot, that's my home...

I took Thursday & Friday off work this week to move house. More correctly, moving from a house to a flat. I haven't 'flatted' since I lived in Wagga, so i guess that makes it about 7 years. I still have a few things to move (guitar stuff, plants, easel), but I'm pretty much set up.

Today I'm going to my cousin Stephens engagement party in the city. It's going to be a pretty laid back affair, and I won't be having a huge one, due to having to pay rent in two places this pay period. My sister is going to be there (haven't seen her in about a year) and friend Kristin is coming along too. It's going to be a great afternoon.

It poured rain yesterday... I'm glad I moved all my electronics the day before. It looked like it was going to be a bit clearer today, but as I look out my window, I notice ominous black clouds lurking not too far away...

some new snaps from my cameraphone:

spiralling treeview #9

spiralling treeview #6

spiralling treeview #4

spiralling treeview #2

...till next time, all the best

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