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Introductory [Apr. 26th, 2020|02:42 pm]
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[Current Location |Invercargill]
[mood |busybusy]
[music |Tim Finn - "Songline"]

This message is going to be kept at the top of my journal as a quick introductory message in case anyone casually browses over to this journal and is wondering what makes the writer tick.

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Web comics [Dec. 31st, 2019|10:51 pm]
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[Current Location |Not Dunedin yet]
[mood |busybusy]
[music |Verlaines - "Dippy's Last Trip"]

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Doctor Who night [Dec. 6th, 2015|09:31 pm]
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And for some thoughts on the grand finale.

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I wonder how many people whose memories don't go back to the 1970s heard all this talk about the Matrix and thought Moffat had pinched the idea from a certain film...
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Doctor Who night [Nov. 29th, 2015|09:11 pm]
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Now that was one impressive piece of television.

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Doctor Who night [Nov. 22nd, 2015|09:11 pm]
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Strong story tonight, but without a great lot in the dialogue that's quotable.

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Doctor Who night [Nov. 15th, 2015|08:48 pm]
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Doctor Who night [Nov. 8th, 2015|09:09 pm]
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The Zygon InversionCollapse )
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Doctor Who night [Nov. 1st, 2015|08:53 pm]
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It's like the 1970s never went away.

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Doctor Who night [Oct. 25th, 2015|08:42 pm]
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An entertaining enough episode, but without all that much that's notably quotable.

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Doctor Who night [Oct. 18th, 2015|11:23 pm]
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[mood |busybusy]
[music |Brian Eno - "Kings Lead Hat"]

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Doctor Who night [Oct. 11th, 2015|08:44 pm]
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Missed a lot of dialogue tonight.

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Doctor Who night [Oct. 4th, 2015|08:48 pm]
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Not a great lot that's quotable from tonight's instalment.

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Doctor Who night [Sep. 27th, 2015|09:42 pm]
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This time one of the Daleks even got to say "MY-VI-SION-IS-IM-PAIRED!".

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Doctor Who night [Sep. 20th, 2015|09:20 pm]
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[Current Location |Invercargill]
[mood |busybusy]
[music |Of Monsters and Men - "King and Lionheart"]

*brushes aside the cobwebs and starts typing*

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New Zealand Music Month 2015 - Obligatory Enz [May. 28th, 2015|08:12 pm]
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Split Enz wrote, performed and demoed much more music than they ever actually got around to releasing on their albums. Some of these demos and performance tapes have been appearing on You Tube over the last few years.

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New Zealand Music Month 2015 - Now this is different [May. 24th, 2015|02:02 pm]
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This piece is the intersection of the concepts of "punk rock" and "heartwarming".

The backstory to this is: That guy up front with the mic and the Lemmy facial hairdo? There's a reason you can't actually make out what he's singing. That reason is that he had a stroke a few years back and it buggered up those bits of his internal wiring that deal with speech.

Hasn't stopped him getting up on stage, though.

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New Zealand Music Month 2015 - Yet another instalment [May. 17th, 2015|10:14 pm]
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There is actually a bit of a connection between this song and the previous one... Brent Eccles (drums) later ended up in Citizen Band before joining the Angels. Eddie Rayner (keyboards) is later of Split Enz, and even later involved in producing orchestral versions of Split Enz songs. But tonight's star is Alastair Riddell, who never really did much after Space Waltz.

Space Waltz were New Zealand's contribution to 1970s glam rock. There's a definite sign of Bowie influence to this song, although the actual Space Waltz album shows many other influences (including prog and heavy rock), all combining into an actually rather interesting whole.

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New Zealand Music Month 2015 - Yet another instalment [May. 8th, 2015|10:57 pm]
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This one is a bit of an oddity.

Every now and again, there's a foreign song that was a big hit in New Zealand but which sank without trace in any other market. "I Feel Good" was one such song, and so obscure it's actually taken a bit of googling to get its history even remotely straight. Originally written by Allen Toussaint (most of whose other songs are better known than this one), and as far as I can tell first recorded by Benny Spellman, it eventually got covered by British band the Artwoods (the Art Wood in question being brother to the much more famous Ronnie, and the band itself being about as obscure as the song). Somehow, the Artwoods' version reached the Auckland-based ears of Larry Morris of Larry's Rebels, who promptly recorded it and appear to have sold more copies of the song in Auckland than anyone else did anywhere else in the world, ever. (It helps that the Larry's Rebels version of the song has a much better sound than the Artwoods').

A dozen or so years later, Citizen Band did their own version of the song (without any sort of songwriter credit on the recording - Larry's Rebels apparently didn't have songwriter info. on the record label, and Allen Toussaint had published it under, apparently, his mother's maiden name). It's obviously taken straight from the Larry's Rebels version, but is at least a competent effort.

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New Zealand Music Month 2015 - Second instalment of an indeterminate number [May. 5th, 2015|10:40 pm]
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[Current Location |A few hours away from Wanaka]
[mood |coldcold]

And now something by the Terminals.

This is a new video of an old song. And no, I did not deliberately time it so that there would be a video with backgrounds of collapsed Christchurch buildings shown just the day after yet another big shake-up... it's actually a complete coincidence this time.

(This latest one? I felt it, but there wasn't any substantial damage. One road out and a bit of broken glass was all that happened this time.)

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New Zealand Music Month 2015 [May. 3rd, 2015|09:40 pm]
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[Current Location |Invers]
[mood |busybusy]
[music |the neph's band]

Another year, and another not-really-having-a-theme problem. Again I haven't had the time to do much of anything blog-wise, let alone sort out a theme and set of tracks for New Zealand Music Month. So, for another year, it's going to be a haphazard collection of whatever I can find at short notice.

This band is Prospero - another of Matt's bands (he has already got into the habit of being in multiple bands at one playing different styles of music) - recorded live at the end of last year. This band, he calls 'folk-rock'. I think it possibly owes more to the Dunedin sound as filtered through the Mumford and Sons generation, but he's got plenty of time yet to discover Sandy Denny and the rest of the usual suspects.

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Uh oh [Apr. 10th, 2015|08:36 pm]
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[Current Location |old]
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[music |old]

So, I've just cheated and looked up (in advance) the track listing for tomorrow night's oldies show on the radio.

Tomorrow night, I expect to be listening to:

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds;
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers;
The Holidaymakers;
Chris De Burgh (and not the crap song of his that's all that most people remember) ;
Leonard Cohen;
Madness;
Frank Zappa;
Roxy Music (and this is early 1970s Roxy Music, before they became ordinary);
and Television, playing "Marquee Moon".

When did I get old?
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Doctor Who night [Dec. 26th, 2014|10:47 pm]
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And, following the trend of the last few years, there has been another Doctor Who Christmas special.

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... Yes, it was fairly hard not to just type the words WHISKY TANGO FOXTROT in place of an actual set of snippets...
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Another year [Nov. 30th, 2014|08:43 pm]
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This time I'm actually managing to get in before December (by about three and a bit hours) for the usual end of year holiday card send-off.

I'm going to link here from my facebook so probably should explain what this is and why I'm doing it. I'm not a particularly creative or sociable person, so my way of giving something back to friends on-line (and some off-line that haven't found the internet yet) is posting cheap, cheerful, rather kitsch and very New Zealand holiday cards off at the end of the year.

I got a few returned-to-senders-gone-no-address replies last year, so if you expected a card last year but didn't get that one probably means that I don't have your current postal address. Or had it and lost it. Or something else happened. In any case, if you would like a card, let me know here (all comments are screened, as usual, and you're welcome to leave a test message to make sure I haven't mucked up the journal entry coding).

If I haven't sent you a card before at all (especially if you're just seeing this on friends-of-friends or idle browsing) you're still welcome to take part. Just leave your postal address and enough of a name that the card gets to the right person, and the card will arrive in your country some time between mid December, and Chinese New Year (apparently the overseas mails close in the next few days, and I'm not very good at getting cards written up in a hurry).

It's a card offer not a card exchange, so there's no requirement to reciprocate. If you want to post me a card, then by all means go ahead. If you don't know my postal address, send me a message through messaging (here, or at Facebook, or at myfirstname @ themylastnames.com).

Content, in case anyone's wary: this year's cards and stamps are more cultural than religious. The religious themes are there, but not obviously in-your-face about it.

(Credit, as always, to drealkulit for the Santa Dalek icon).
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Doctor Who night [Nov. 16th, 2014|09:56 pm]
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Death in HeavenCollapse )
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Doctor Who night [Nov. 9th, 2014|08:57 pm]
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Dark WaterCollapse )
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Doctor Who night [Nov. 2nd, 2014|09:04 pm]
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Tonight's episode is more playing with concepts, although this time it's less 'high concept' and more 'weird concept'.

In the Forest of the NightCollapse )

And now a bonus music videoCollapse )
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Doctor Who night [Oct. 26th, 2014|09:26 pm]
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[mood |busybusy]
[music |Exponents - "Your Best Friend Loves Me Too"]

This season of Doctor Who seems to be developing a pattern of playing with reasonably high-concept SF ideas...

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Doctor Who night [Oct. 19th, 2014|09:08 pm]
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Doctor Who night [Oct. 12th, 2014|09:21 pm]
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This one was actually rather good. This time they've managed to balance new ideas with stock ideas ('base-under-siege' being a favourite way for the show to tell a good story without spending too much money on expensive sets), tell a good story, and build a bit more into the regulars at the same time.

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Doctor Who night [Oct. 5th, 2014|09:14 pm]
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The CaretakerCollapse )
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Doctor Who night [Sep. 28th, 2014|09:35 pm]
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[mood |busybusy]
[music |Howling Bells - "Possessed"]

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Doctor Who night [Sep. 21st, 2014|09:20 pm]
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[mood |crappycrappy]
[music |Axe - "A House is Not a Motel"]

In this set of snippets there's a big gap in the last 'act' due to my satellite reception having gone out for a bit.

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Doctor Who night [Sep. 14th, 2014|09:27 pm]
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[Current Location |Invercargill]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Split Enz - "I Wake Up Every Night"]

Barely any commentary today other than quotes. Am wiped out after a very busy week driving to Christchurch for a big funeral.

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This all goes to show yet again that a simple idea well done can be really good.
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Doctor Who night [Sep. 7th, 2014|09:39 pm]
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In short, this was a rather ho-hum story idea with a good script.

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And I'll be travelling in the next few days. Hopefully I'll be back by the next episode.
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Doctor Who night [Aug. 31st, 2014|10:04 pm]
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[Current Location |Invercargill]
[mood |busybusy]
[music |Hunters and Collectors ft. Peter Garrett and Jim Moginie - "Know Your Product"]

So, the new Doctor finally makes his way onto the small screen.

Basically, this is another good hour-long episode which suffers just a bit from being stretched out to almost two hours (including ads; its actual running time is probably closer to an hour and a half.)

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... And yes, this means that I have not fallen off the face of the earth after all. I've been meaning to write something about the (increasingly bizarre) state of local politics, but have been waiting for things to settle down a bit before putting finger to keyboard. But things haven't been settling down; so far it's a tiny little NZ-scale ball of Watergate and Murdoch's phone-hacking analogues, and the Government have started the usual post-election-loss infighting and blood-letting before even losing an election...
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New Zealand Music Month II [May. 31st, 2014|11:06 pm]
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[music |See content, again]

I was hoping to get at least three articles written this month... looks like that's not happening. In any case, the third article was going to be about a certain Miss Yelich-O'Connor, who doesn't exactly need any publicity any more.

People who've been following me on that wretched Facebook platform may by now realise (unless they've been deliberately ignoring me) that my nephew's band has recorded a full-length album, and they're planning on releasing it later this year.

They've recently put a sample song from the album up on You Tube. This time it's a short, sharp rock song with a very 2000s sound - not influenced by the White Stripes so much as working in the same musical tradition.

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New Zealand Music Month [May. 28th, 2014|08:04 pm]
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[music |See the review]

I was actually going to write a bit more this month but had a succession of Things Happening. This includes getting a manuscript in the email early on in the month, of an upcoming book for which I'm doing a little background helping of the writer with their research. Which I really need to get back to, as well.

But I can't let the month go by without at least one music article. (There may be more, but it's strictly Do Not Hold Your Breath). So here is a short review of one of my latest musical purchases... the Peter Snell Experience's "Life in the Controposphere".

I've seen the Peter Snell Experience live a couple of times now. Each time they've played one or two songs. This might sound like a short listen, but it isn't... each set lasted about half an hour. Yes... this bunch of students from my old high school (as of last year, at least, so their average age can't be more than about 18) have happily re-invented progressive rock.

As such, it's actually really good. The band do have definite influences - the first track on the album is in parts reminiscent of Tool, and the fourth (and last - the tracks average at around 18 minutes) track vaguely reminds me of the couple of Dream Theater tracks I listened to on You Tube recently after one of the guys at work tried the traditional "if you like x, then you might want to give y a listen" routine on me.

The third track is the real stand-out here, though. (It's the one they've played most often live, at the concerts I've been to; and also the shortest, although at just under 16 minutes long it's definitely a relative value of 'short'.) The first section is one of the band's most laid-back and melodic pieces; about five minutes in, it takes an abrupt left turn into a jazz/swing-influenced section, which in turn builds up into a full-volume section incorporating themes from both of the earlier parts.

The track titles (and the division of them into Acts I to IV) indicate that there's a larger theme or concept involved, but in the absence of a lyric sheet it's not one that I can decipher just yet from the few listens I've had of the music. The album's only available electronically - although considering it's length that's understandable, it would just about fit on a single CD but in the days of a vinyl it would have to be a double LP - and on a 'name your price' pay-what-you-think-is-fair basis.

Album available here. Complete with cover art that has me alternately reminiscing about how "Red Sails in the Sunset" really was a rather good album, and wanting to say "are you my mummy?"...
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On the first day of Road Safety Week... [May. 19th, 2014|08:36 pm]
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[mood |grumpygrumpy]
[music |Ultravox - "The Voice"]

To the driver of the white sedan car, vehicle registration TA7347, driving eastward on Tweed Street at approximately 7:15 pm, Monday 19th May, 2014:

(1) You are not Possum Bourne.

(2) The reason I know that is not because you are still alive at that point in time. I have no idea of knowing whether you are still alive, because the way you drive indicates that your life expectancy is similar to that of a blind pukeko.

(3) The reason I know that is that Possum Bourne would have had more sense than to have driven through road works, on a busy suburban arterial route, in the dark of night, at approximately 80 km/h.

(4) When the speed limit is 50.

(5) Except when there's road works, at which point the speed limit is 30.

(6) Do you realise that getting caught at 50 km/h over the speed limit used to be instant loss of licence? And maybe still is?

(7) More about your licence later.

(8) And it's generally not the brightest idea to suddenly change lanes, without slowing down, at a point where there is gravel all over the road.

(9) Some other drongo did something like that out near Kelso a couple of weeks back.

(10) No, I didn't see it happen. What I did see, and hear, were the fire sirens, the local fire brigade racing to the scene, and a very stupid looking car dumped in the watertable with its wheels up in the air and its headlights pointing back the way it came.

(11) I have a large number of family and friends who use the streets of this city, travelling in and on everything from high-tech yuppie-cars, to little daffodil-yellow granny-cars, to motorcycles, to scooters, to bicycles.

(12) I couldn't give a flying frog if your car flipped over and ended up rolling through the road works on its roof.

(13) I would give somewhat more than a flying frog if your car flipped over and ended up rolling into any of my family and friends.

(14) In any such event, you had better hope the police catch up with you first.

(15) And please:

(16) Take your driver's licence;

(17) Return it to the weetbix packet that you found it in;

(18) Take the weetbix packet back to the shop and ask for your money back.

(19) When they ask why, apologise to them and say it's because you are JUST TOO FUCKING STUPID TO BE ALLOWED ON THE ROAD AT ALL.

(20) Thank you.
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And another month goes by [Apr. 29th, 2014|07:09 pm]
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[music |The Peter Snell Experience - Act I: Revelation]

About thirty years ago, I bought my first ever data storage medium. It cost me about $16 (in 1984 dollars) for a 360 KB floppy disk.

Today I bought my most recent storage medium. It cost me about $270 (in 2014 dollars) for a 4 TB external hard drive. That's about 4,000,000,000 KB (if I've got my decimal point in the right place).

(Yes, I know that because of the weird binary way bytes are calculated a kilobyte is not exactly 1000 bytes, and a megabyte is not exactly 1000 kilobytes, and so on and so forth. Still close enough for the sort of rough analysis I'm doing tonight).

Assuming that $16 in 1984 dollars is $27 in 2014 dollars (that's a very conservative estimate considering how prices for essential goods have inflated since then) and skewing the initial figures by 10% or so to make calculations easier... data storage in 1984 was 1,000,000 times the cost it is today (again, if I've got my decimal point in the right place).

So progress isn't all bad.

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This year I'm not going to do my usual song-a-day for New Zealand Music Month. This is mainly due to lack of time to organise and pre-load stuff rather than any actual lack of material worth posting. However, I'm not going to completely ignore the month... once I'm back from the 24 hour book sale (some time next week) I'll try to get a few posts and comments out into the blogosphere about it.
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This is approximated, because his accent was terrible [Apr. 1st, 2014|11:08 pm]
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Sometimes, having an antique computer in the old study is worth it.
Ring ring, ring ring.

"Hello?"

"Hello there. I'm from 35 Technical calling you about your computer."

"What about it?"

"You are running Windows."

"No, I'm running CP/M."

"What?"

"I'm running CP/M."

"What does it stand for?"

"It's the operating system I run on my computer. It's an old computer."

"What's its full name?"

"It's CP/M-68K, running on a 1984 SORD M68."

"You don't have a computer. You're telling me a lie!"

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Poor little scammer... not.
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Has it really been three months? [Mar. 31st, 2014|10:49 pm]
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... It must have been, going by the time stamps. Time really flies when you're too busy to get a decent night's sleep, never mind actually sit around on the internet and write anything.

Anyway. I have a little camera. It's almost worn out, even thought it's only three and a half years old (the general consensus is that it isn't the age that did it, it's the 80,000 or so photographs I took during those three years that did it. They've been scheduled to be up on the work web site Real Soon Now for a year or so without much happening in the meantime. But at least they're saved, backed up and (mostly) organised). I used to keep it in my backpack 'in case', although I haven't for the last few months.

The other day is about the first time an 'in case' actually happened. It was while I was picking up some mail from the post office. Outside the post office, right next to the door, is a hole-in-the-wall cash withdrawal machine. (I don't know what they're called overseas).

The other things that were right next to the door to the Post Office that day were a pair of dirty gumboots. That isn't particularly noteworthy in Invercargill. While Dunedin, up the road a bit, is a miniature city with all sorts of nooks and crannies and cultural life and an entire suburb which bends the fabric of space so that up is down, down is up and no road is the road you want to actually get out of there again. Invercargill is different. Invercargill is fundamentally a rather oversized rural town where most of the big industries are to do with the rural Southland Plains (the one main exception being an aluminium smelter). So many inner city businesses still respectfully request that you leave your dirty boots outside when going in to do anything.

This pair of boots wasn't just dumped next to the door in a heap, though. These boots were set out in front of the cash withdrawal machine, upright, about a foot apart, as if someone had just been getting their balance printed off when Something Happened to them.

I really wanted to just get a photograph of the boots and the machine, and caption it something like "Overdrawn". Maybe edit some smoke onto the picture somehow. (I don't have Photoshop, but apparently Irfanview does a lot more than I've ever actually used it to do).

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One thing my little camera's still good for is taking the occasional photograph of something in the newspaper if it needs to be sent somewhere in a hurry (and it isn't up on the newspaper web site). Like an advertisement.

There's a rather worrying couple of townhouses on the market, just around the corner from me. Each townhouse comes with three beds, two cars, and a Dalek. The Dalek is, no doubt, preparing to chant "REAL-EST-ATE" at the next potential buyer it sees at an open home...

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Doctor Who year [Dec. 30th, 2013|10:12 pm]
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So, another Christmas episode is done and dusted, and it's only taken me a few days to convert my scribbled notes into a 'highlights' post. And this time there's going to be a bit of a bonus in the form of some vaguely review-type commentary, as I've been able to actually discuss the show fairly much straight after it happened as intheologus is currently visiting.

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And as it's December... [Dec. 7th, 2013|09:32 pm]
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... I presume everyone knows the drill by now. If anyone's shifted house in the last year or so, let me know in a comment (I've set comments to 'screened', but it would probably be safest to test them to make sure I've set things up the right way). Anyone who's interested will get a cheap, cheerful and rather trashy holiday card some time between now and Chinese New Year (probably later rather than sooner, considering how it's already a week into December and even mail from one end of this country to the other has been known to take 15 days to arrive at its destination).
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Doctor Who half century [Dec. 7th, 2013|09:16 pm]
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[music |Renderers - "Forbidden Planet"]

I wasn't even able to get this typed up in the same month as I watched it. So much for 'quick' reviews. And having to read my own handwriting this long after it was originally written won't be helping its accuracy either.

Anyway, a certain TV show had its fiftieth anniversary special last month. You may have heard about it somewhere like the six o'clock news that night.

Bowtie Doctor, Sneakers Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, RoseCollapse )
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And everything is still happening [Oct. 24th, 2013|11:16 pm]
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[Current Location |Invercargill]
[mood |busybusy]
[music |The Saints - Know Your Product]

So much for thinking things would settle down a bit after mid year... no, I'm still being run off my feet doing this, that and the other thing, and it doesn't seem that I'm getting anywhere. Although I did manage to actually get up to Dunedin on a quick overnight trip to a friend's party (Hi belgatherial!)

And the next trip has been in its planning stages ever since about then. Originally it was going to involve a fairly leisurely drive to Christchurch over the new year break; driving up via Dunedin and probably back via Wanaka. Then relatives got involved and it became a possible trip to Nelson at the start of December. Then a fairly more likely week's trip to Nelson and back in mid to late November. Now it's going to be a fairly frantic trip to Nelson and back (hopefully via Christchurch) in the first week of November. If the plan changes again I'll probably find out that I've already been on the trip and got back home and haven't even noticed yet.

Somewhere, Zeno must be laughing his head off.
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peeking out from under the pile of everything [Sep. 3rd, 2013|09:35 pm]
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Another three months since the last entry. Time flies when you're absolutely snowed under with Things To Do.

Phoned the garage today because the car has to go in for a service some time in the next week or so. In reply I got a recorded message saying "hi there, since the economy is still down in the toilet we've sold up and moved on, thanks for your business during the last few years".

This means I'm going to have to find a garage within walking distance of either home or work in a huge rush. (Preferably close to work as it looks like I won't be able to get any time off for my usual mid-September shuffling-the-car-and-bikes-from-garage-to-garage project).

So it looks like tomorrow lunchtime is going to be spent on the phone. That's if I even get an uninterrupted lunchtime tomorrow - an uncommon happening these days.
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I still can't figure out WHY [Jun. 7th, 2013|11:14 pm]
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So, a CD I bought mail order off the Internet finally arrived at the post office today. So, after watching tonight's instalment of The Whiny JAFA Show, I finally get around to opening it.

Half an hour later, the actual disk is finally in my hands.

But on the bright side, I suppose it is good to see that all the people, who used to be gainfully employed in manufacturing impenetrable plastic packaging for Air New Zealand cheese slices, still have jobs...
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New Zealand Music Month - Day Thirty-one [May. 31st, 2013|09:06 pm]
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It's the end of the month, and I've barely started 1984.

The sensible thing would be to trawl through the list of songs on the charts in 1984 and 1985, and pick out the very best of the lot to wrap up this month's list.

That would be sensible, though. Instead, here's Mr. William Direen with a funnel on his head.

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New Zealand Music Month - Day Thirty [May. 30th, 2013|10:16 pm]
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A few weeks ago I presented a cheap video that looked quite expensive. Now, here's what's probably quite an expensive video which manages to look really cheap.

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Doctor Who night [May. 30th, 2013|10:00 pm]
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The season finaleCollapse )
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