Magical month of May

Ok, so I seem to doing these at the rate of one a month. I’m feeling very lazy this month, so you poor people only get the very condensed version ๐Ÿ˜›

Wellington: I managed to get a couple of days off work (which doesn’t seem very hard to do), and I flew over to Wellington for Chant’s 30th birthday. It was really good to see everyone, and in a lot of ways it was like coming home. The shortcut taken down off the hill, through the bush and across the motorway to get into Lower Hutt certainly had the right amount of random idiocy I’ve come to expect ๐Ÿ™‚ The guy trying to buy Steve’s truck was dodgy as fuck. His sob story about his burnt out car was really something. Never got round to playing a game of “Killer Bunnies.” If you want pictures of the party, you’ll have to ask me nicely for the link ๐Ÿ™‚

Movie of the week: Went to see “Lars and the Real Girl” at the Nova cinemas with an internet “meetup” group (all in the interests of making some more friends here in Melbourne). It was exceptionally good, and I fully recommend it to everyone. Funny and heartbreaking all at the same time.

I have good internets: I finally managed to get connected to ADSL2+ through iiNet, instead of the pretty crappy wireless connection I was on before. This happened just in time for the start of the new season of Battlestar Galactica, which makes me a happy chappy. Also, it comes with a SIP protocol voice-over-IP “line”, so I can finally make decent, cheap phone calls to you lovely people. It also has a ‘landline’ style number attached to it, so you can call that, and it automatically puts it through to my cellphone over Wi-Fi, if I’m at home. Technology is just too damn cool sometimes.

8bit doco: I went to see the documentary, “8-bit: a documentary about art and videogames” at the ACMI. It was very entertaining, and featured people playing original music live on Nintendo Gameboys and interviews with some pretty lively people, including Bodenstไndig 2000, of the infamous album “Maxi German Rave Blast Hits 3”. Fantastic.

NGV #1: Got bored one Sunday so thought I’d go and see the Sidney Nolan exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria, because Caroline said I should. I managed to find the NGV, but there was no sign of Mr Nolan’s work. Turns out there are two NGV galleries, one for international art, and one for local. I’d gone to the international one. I did however see a very good exhibit of stetches done by a WWI german soldier, of the war. (Caroline, you’d better get over here to study them, i’m sure it’s vital to your thesis :P). They also had part of the exhibit on the use of black in fashion. I appreciated the lounge version of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” they had playing over the sound system ๐Ÿ™‚

Funky night out: Went out with Becca for a night out, saw a funk band at Bar Open. The hippy saxophone player at one point pulled out and played a small harp. Cool. Then went to the Night Cat, which was a big club, with a big funk band placed right in the middle, with people around them on all sides. Becca managed to attract a fair amount of attention from the opposite sex (which she didn’t particuarly want). This is a trick I need to learn!

New albums: Nine Inch Nails have put out a full album, entirely for free, online. It’s really good too, and licenced under a Creative Commons licence, so you can distribute it, remix etc to your heart’s content. They just get it, and it’s great ๐Ÿ™‚
Cripple Mr Onion FINALLY managed to release their LP, “Antigravity”. And it’s totally kicking my ass right now. I’ve listened to it right through probably 10 times already ๐Ÿ™‚ Having gone to their live shows for years, I’m glad this has finally seen the light of day.

Stuff with Anna/Makoto: Finally managed to catch up with these two recently… went to see “Iron Man” at the local Hoyts – was entertaining in an overblown Hollywood kind of way. Had dinner with them at an Italian restaurant down Lygon Street – there’s pretty much a whole couple of blocks which is nothing but Italian restaruants, with the various owners etc standing outside, trying to entice you inside their particular establishment with special deals, etc. It’s something you kind of have to mentally prepare for. I then took them out to a few different bars/clubs around, as they’d not seen many. Went to Section 8 (the shipping container one), Manchuria (the opium-den style coctail one) and the Carlton Hotel (the life sized stuffed Emu one)

NGV #2: Went to the Sidney Nolan exhibit with Anna and Makoto on Sunday, as well as a couple of friends of theirs, Pete and Gina, who are also NZers who have just moved here. (Side note, I still haven’t really befriended any actual Australians, and doesn’t anyone have any friends who are single??). The exhibition was very good, took up a good couple of hours just to see the Nolan works. Man, the guy was prolific.

On a sadder note, a friend of mine from high school passed away last night after being in intensive care after being hit by a car. I didn’t know him extemely well, but I knew he was a gentle and kindhearted soul. My thoughts go out to his wife and family.