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[27 Jan 2010|12:25am]
It’s been a good couple of days.

I got to read at Gendermash (for Midsumma), which I’ve been wanting to do for a few years. I read some stuff I wrote about sex, and people seemed to like it, and the performing part worked, even though it was so last minute.

Went to Wilson’s prom for the weekend and hung out with the kids. My little brother is starting Uni, and they’re both travelling, and have so much awesome new stuff going on in their lives, it’s great.

Went to a genderqueer performance under Flinders street station, which awesome and grungy and punk and the right kind of debaucherous. There was a furry naked guy in a window. As art.

And saw some indy illegal warehouse performances tonight.

I have ideas for a drag act, and a band (ho boy).

Now, it’s time to write a business plan, and figure out where I’m heading with work. Narrow it down a little from ‘film’. More camera op, less editing is all I’ve got so far…
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[28 Aug 2009|11:24pm]
Last night I had an accident in trampoline class, where I fell badly and landed on my neck.
I wasn't really sure how freaked out to be about this, on the one hand sprained muscles are not that big a deal, on the other hand hurting your neck is pretty terrifying. (The trainer was equally ambivalent: want to put some ice on that? want me to call an ambulance? - Gee, those options are pretty far apart).

In the end I went home, got some medical advice and felt pretty confident that I was okay, went to a GP this morning just to check, and he sent me over to the emergency at the Royal Melbourne.

It's bizzare how one minute I was a person checking in, signing papers, carrying my stuff, and then once I was inside the same people told me I had to lie down in a neck brace and not move because I might hurt my neck.

It kind of reminded me of Brazil, like a Byzentine system that doesn't necessarily adhere to everyday logic, that you get thrust into.

But yeah, I'm okay.
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The internet has failed me [29 Jun 2009|05:37pm]
The other night I saw an awesome burlesque performance. There was one act in particular that mainly consisted of fire eating and other fire play. She did this thing where she would spread some kind of white foam on herself, light it on fire and spread the flames around. It looked fantastic.

Anyone know what it's called? Google isn't coming up with anything, and I really wanna try this! But without trial and error preferably.
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[06 May 2009|04:17pm]
I made this animation a little while ago for animation club. I didn't win or anything, but I'm quite happy with how it turned out.



I'm also finishing the zombie movie short, it's looking pretty fun and cheesy.

Max got me in contact with people at the Holocaust Museum, and it looks like I might be translating part of the diary of a Hungarian doctor who was made to work with Josef Mengele in Auschwitz. Which sounds incredibly harrowing, but also, wow.

I'm acting in a play (barely), about a lesbian bar, but the characters are coctails not people.

The wedding of Doom, is still ongoing. I've been working on this for so long that what I'll get paid for it works out to be practically nothing.

Oh, I also picked up a bunch of books at the Rowden White sale, including retro 50s femdom porn in comic book form.

Gonna work another job on the side for a little while. It's gonna be welcome to have a steady part time income. Lack of above being one of the bad sides of freelancing.

Started doing African dancing, which is amazing. Still doing aerials. I dropped trampoline, which I really miss, but can't afford at the moment. It's much cheaper to go to the gym a few times (if the gym is the local YMCA, not one of the wanky expensive ones anyway).

So that's all pretty cool. The bad stuff, well, the bad stuff pretty much all has to do with being really quite poor.
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[29 Apr 2009|11:03pm]
This movie looks awesome:

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[29 Apr 2009|10:54pm]
Tweenbots: art project of little robots set free in the city, able to only go forward, their destination written on a flag.

Strangers interact with them, point them in the right direction. They all made it to their destinations so far.
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[18 Apr 2009|11:04am]
Sarah Haskins does an awesome segment on advertising aimed at women. There's tons of them. This one is on 'tending your garden'.




Conservatives in the US are sending teabags to the White House and holding teaparties in what they refer to as 'teabagging'. Rest of the world snickers because we're all twelve.

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Found list [08 Mar 2009|08:15pm]
Brains in jars
Frozen zombies
Matrix cows in goo
Telepathic vaginas
Jesus porn
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[14 Feb 2009|04:38pm]
Habitats for space cats
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[03 Feb 2009|10:53am]
How to stalk NASA
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[20 Jan 2009|11:32pm]
I saw the most awesome dog the other day.

I was getting the tram home, and the dog was being walked along Lygon street.
Suddenly it ran off from its owner and hopped on the tram. People were trying to tell the driver, but the doors were already closing and the tram pulling away. The ownerless dog ran happily up and down the tram and said hi to concerned people who were unsure of what to do.

At the next stop, which was at a park, the dog jumped off, and went off to do its business.

Public transport dog!
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[17 Dec 2008|01:18pm]
dynonichus? You have to check out MuMuHug. It's a creature of pure love and little intellect, and most things flee from it in terror, as it stumbles after them to hug them.
It's kind of a dolphin, except with legs and it can't swim. And it's friends with a glowy fish, a pig dragon, and a grandfather and a baby octopus.
It is far more demented than any show I've ever seen aimed at the toddler set.
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[16 Dec 2008|08:12pm]
So much has happened lately. It's been far too long since I wrote anything here.

We were kicked out of our lovely old Greensborough house, but found a new little house in East Brunswick, with blue walls, and a double bunk bed, and courtyard with pidgeons for the cats (they're too slow to actually catch them). There's an artist colony in a warehouse at the end of our street. There's galleries run by friends, there's amazing food around the corner, Brunswick street ten minutes away. And people come to our parties now! We can have parties again.

And now I'm in Europe, barely after moving, with unpacked boxes still in some corners.
Landed in Vienna, and now in Hungary with family.
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[07 Dec 2008|11:30pm]
Off to Europe in 3 hours.
Need sleep.

It'll all be on Facebook.

xox
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[27 Nov 2008|03:28pm]
A Sound of Thunder is a cautionary tale of a movie about the dangers of time travel (mostly, these dangers involve babboon faced-dinosaurs, and turning people into fish).

It's an awesomely terribly movie, but not enough so to sustain an actual viewing. These few clips should give you the best parts.

The very best part however is this conversation, the most unscientific scientific explanation since that one in Evolution that managed to combine killing aliens, toothpaste, boobs and the period table.

"..All we need is another [time travel] portal."
"That's easy. Let's go to Home Depo.
"There's one nearby at the University."
"A Home Depo?"
"No a portal. Well, not exactly a portal, a particle accelerator. With the right software it becomes a portal."
"We're talking plug and play?"
"Yeah, more or less."

*facepalm*
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[31 Oct 2008|05:11pm]
I made this video last night for a competition.
It's the story of what happens to a farmer when he gets abducted by aliens, but then the aliens decide to take his cows instead.

And Dan made absolutely kickass sounds for it.

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[31 Oct 2008|11:25am]
Mildly obsessed with Demeter at the moment.
Its a fragrance company that picks out and reproduces singular scents, instead of making up scent coctails, which is the done thing.
So people can look up things they already know and love, like freshly baked bread, thunderstorm, snow, grass, books, the laundromat. Stuff that smells really nice, but no-one else would consider making it into a fragrance, like mushrooms or cucumber or black pepper or play-doh.

Got some samples the other day. I'm wearing Holy Smoke with Leather at the moment. It's the perfect S&M scent.
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[03 Oct 2008|11:57pm]
We've been given notice, and soon this beautiful old house full of history will be apartments. Or possibly a retirement village.
This was the plan since I've moved in, and have been here for two and a half years. I guess the incompetence of the landlord was our gain.
I love this house, but I don't mind moving on.
It's just an inconvenient time to be kicked out as:
-I'm heading off to Europe the week after we have to move
-and I wanted to film a zombie movie here before being booted.

Is anyone else moving house in the next few months?
Doing all this rental research reminded me of all those plans of setting up a big awesome house with friends.
It'd would be in Clifton Hill or North Fitzroy/ East Brunswick, maybe Yarraville. Anywhere close to the city, but leafy and quiet. Under $110 each (yah, I think it can be done).
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[20 Sep 2008|04:10pm]
Monopoly is an incredibly unfun game to play while having to deal with the current rent market.
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[02 Sep 2008|10:22pm]
Music video's finished, going to Cairns this weekend. Can't wait. Cairns is awesome.
I went last year and never really wrote about it.
There were tropical islands with snorkeling and the reef and the fish and lots of crocs, and rainforesty stuff, and it was all lovely, apart from when a butterfly started laying eggs in my hair, that was kind of violating.

Io9 is an awesome science fiction blog, and they do a great job of picking out the most awesome and exciting sci-fi news. I particularly like the found footage section where they pick out the oddest parts of fantastically bad movies, like a firebreathing monster that inexplicably explodes when it falls, a Tilda Swinton movie with alternate universes and a brain in a jar, or space pirates becoming scantily clad man slaves. Many ideas for movie nights from that one.

On the recommendation of Io9 I checked out this new tv series called The Middleman, 'n it's pretty cool. The writing is good enough to make comparisons to Buffy, the concept is sort of Men in Black crossed with Get Smart, but in a good way. The plots are incredibly silly, ducks stuck in space-time rifts and zombie fish kind of silly. Also the main character is a struggling painter working temp jobs before getting recruited to save the world, and all the art stuff really matters in terms of plot. It's like a pastiche of all things happy made into a show.
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