Thursday, November 30, 2006

The stuff you do when awake in the wee hours

This morning I was looking for identikit software.

I'm not sure why, I started out looking for a particular type of legal letter (for no real reason, but the obvious, I can) and ended up wanting to draw a picture of myself with a moustache.

I came across just the product, but unfortunately there was no demo for me to play with.

It must be top notch stuff though, well judging by this one client testimonial:

“The Identi-Kit program... did a great job because when we caught the guy, it looked just like him.” Deputy Chief in Florida


No shit sherlock

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Is it here yet... is it here yet... is it here yet...

Bob's christmas present to himself, due for release on the 6th of December.

And what pray tell is this colourful box.... does it contain tampons?

Nope, not for personal hygiene its the Flying Nun Records box set a box of CDs jam packed with long out-of-print rarities hand-picked by Roger Shepherd featuring over 80 songs on 4CDs, extensive liner notes and all the stuff one would want or expect from a box set.

Well almost, a decent box set would of course be vinyl not CD, but we can't have everything now can we.

I think there's two songs I don't have already on wax or CD, but thats not why I am getting the set, nope, tis the silly collector nerd child in me that so needs this.

The cynical adult bob thinks the whole affair a bit over the top - celebrating 25 years of a label is a good thing, celebrating a label now owned by Warners (one oft he big four music companies of this planet) is not something I can get excited about. Tis more like a wake.

As a young adult, cough cough, many a night was spent in dark rooms watching and enjoying many a Flying Nun band. Flying Nun was my motivation and gateway into the career path (or lack of) that I chose.

I spent a bunch of years working for Flying Nun, it was a great time on the whole.

We were a small team, a bunch of freaks who had a lot of fun, shared a lot of crazy times and music whilst we worked well hard for little of them tangible rewards that our society places such high regard on.

It was an experience and time that I wouldn't swap for anything.

is it here yet....

I can't wait

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Eden Park

Well after some weeks of discussion, some sad arsed behaviour from our councillers, mayor and national politicans its good to see then come full circle back to the original stadium choice for the rugby world cup.

Now the various parties are either celebrating or in classic kiwi fashion blaming the nay sayers for their small mindedness.

Being one who thought the water front stadium was a stupid idea I take offence at being called a nay sayer or it being inferred that my attitude was negative and reactionary.

Its wrong to suggest that our kiwi 'can do' attitude is more a 'can't do' one today.

It was a stupid idea and whilst perhaps a huge outpouring of positivity might have been the ideal reaction, perhaps if the idea wasn't so ill informed and badly prepared more people might have embraced such huge public expenditure on something we may need.

If the Government, councils, rugby union, eden park trust, fletcher construction and all concerned parties had actually shown they were prepared and had the fortitude to build such a public ediface less people like myself would have been so anti the waterfront stdium decision or lack thereof.

I believe we will need sooner or later a decent large sized stadium, Eden park once upgraded is not that stadium.

Whilst those who wished for a waterfront stadium are now bitter and taking the opportunity to belittle those whom opposed their choice, I bet they won't start thinking about what next other than simply moving their energies to the Eden Park project.

It is now time to stat planning for when we need a major (non Eden park) stadium.

From my perspective it is now time to start planning on expanding North Harbour stadium, for when we need a vast Stadium complex and associated facilities. Planning transport infrastructure for when this next phase of our cities development is needed. To make sure the zoning around the area is suitable for a stadium, residential and business use.

Its time to start thinking ahead

Will those that should and could do this?

Of course they won't. For our leaders are too often short sighted and only concerned with issues as they arise.

People talk about having a vision, well lets have a fucking vision and plan long term, budget for it and make it happen - as we are advised to do with our personal lives, our public figures should do so with our public money.

Lets stop spending money on shiney objects and for a sports obsessed nation, lets when lossers show some dignity and good sportsmanship, not throw tantrums.

Perhaps my biggest bugbear of this whole stadium fiasco, is the fact that no one had thought it through. We might need a 60,000 seater stadium for the rugby world cup, but what else do we need it for in the next few decades? We're not capable of hosting huge sports events, for we don't have the resources, as this more than attests to.

Arggghhghghghghgh, I wish we'd never won the rights to host this stupid sporting event - the NZ tax paying public should not have to under write events for which a few people will profit.

In other parts of our land, John Key is now the national leader - already some are climaing his appointment to be some sort of second coming

meh, he's just another tory who shall show his limitations and arrogence

I actually hope he proves me wrong, we need a strong and unified National party, even if only to keep our governing Labour party honest.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Eating Media Lunch

Awesome show, watched it on a quiet Friday night in.

Even if it borrows very heavily from a bunch of English shows.

I didn't need the Freedom Flat bit - come on Wallace move on man....

In an age where communications and so much information is available to critics, I am still amazed no one has made the very obvious connections.

Still saying that its one of the few NZ produced shows that is actually funny.

Its a constant source of amazement to me why we are not overtly funny when it comes to our media productions.

As a culture we have a cracking sense of humour, why can't we translate that onto film? Or am I being overly optimistic when I think we have a sense of humour?

I dunno....

Friday, November 24, 2006

Civil War

Could Lebanon the democracy the US praised so much and then completely abandoned whist Israel bombed fit or 34 days earlier this year be heading towards a civil war?

It seems so, and as the US makes overtures towards Syria and Iran to try and extricate themselves from the Iraq fiasco one can't help but think Lebanon will be left to their own devices, which doesn't look good, considering the tensions in that country right now.

Will the UN troops be of any use/help to the impeding chaos that may soon erupt? One thinks not.

And what of Israel, as they continue their policy that will one day be described as genocide (should be now) towards the Palestinians, when will the West start to report with honesty on the policies of Israel and her Allies and the over whelming force they employ against the Palistianians.

One can't help but think that there must be some similarities between the gaza strip and the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw during the second world war - have the Jews learnt anything from the days when they were the victims other than how to subjugate and slowly destroy a people?

Whilst we have our internal issues of leaders resigning and stadiums to be debated these things are not important and may not be deemed to be for a long time - for we are heading into the period where our news gets even more dumbed down so we don't get bummed out prior to santas big day.

So plaster on ya happy face and have a good weekend

Thursday, November 23, 2006

So much on my mind

I've started and deleted about five different entries for today...


  • The possible impeding economic collapse of the US
  • Climate Change
  • Lebanon (and the Middle East in general)
  • NZMIC WOF Seminars
  • A cool Bob The Builder Scooter one can buy from Hamleys (the coolest toy store I have ever been in)
... and yet I can't finish nor decide on any of them for todays post.

This week seems to be dragging on and I'm not getting all I want nor need to done. I think I'm coming down with a cold - coughing, achy back... yep its not loooking good.


I need to focus


might go and admire that scooter some more








Wednesday, November 22, 2006

My forest is blighted

So all winter I waited for the tree outside to dress itself, a coat of green leaves. A bastion of nature and a source of privacy on the deck.

Well bugger me if the damn thing hasn't got some sort of disease or something. One side of the tree's leaves have withered and look to be dead.

I can only think that this may be due to some spraying (of what I have no idea) that might have been done whilst they have been building various motorway extensions and changes - I live near the motorway.

Whatever the reason the tree isn't looking its normal healthy self, and that sucks. Not just because I've had to move my nude star jumping indoors, again, which is tramatic enough, but its simply sad. Poor tree :(

I blame capitalism!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

one word, two words, three words, four

"Accident" said a pretty anchorwoman on one of the TV news programs. "Tragedy", said her lovely colleague on another channel. A third one, no less attractive, wavered between "event", "mistake" and "incident".
In One Word: MASSACRE!


David Frost Interviews Tony Blair

DF: "but so far it's been ... you know, pretty much of a disaster ..."

TB: "It has, but you see what I say to people is "why is it difficult in Iraq?" It's not difficult because of some accident in planning, it's difficult because there is a eliberate strategy, al-Qaeda with Sunni insurgents on the one hand, Iranian-backed elements with Shia militia on the other to create a situation in which the will of the majority of Iraqis, which is for peace, is displaced by the will of the minority for war."

A Downing Street spokesperson later said Blair's views had been misrepresented in the interview, and the UK leader had simply acknowledged the question when he agreed with Frost's suggestion.

"The prime minister does not use the word disaster," the spokesperson said. "What he does is set out that the violence in Iraq is of course hugely regrettable, tragic and very difficult, but that this violence is a result of malicious external intervention, not some planning error three years ago."

D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R

M-A-S-S-A-C-R-E

L-I-E-S

T-R-U-T-H


THE FIRST revolutionary act is to call things by their true names, Rosa Luxemburg said.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

This bloody stadium

It doesn't seem right

A huge stadium, hundreds of millions of dollars we can't afford to waste on such a vanity project

all for one silly game

Saturday, November 18, 2006

My friend the couch

Big night... good night

slow day... long day
leave my head alone brain get me through the night

Friday, November 17, 2006

Happy Birthday Scott

and wot a special gig to celebrate at.

Really looking forward to five hours of mister Carter, whoop whoop!


Thursday, November 16, 2006

How I can tell that summer is here

On my way home yesterday I had my first orange fruju for this summer.
Some weeks earlier than I would usually expect too, I might add. Yep two nice days and I'm sold on this sun action.
If I was a young girl my tongue would have looked something like this


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Getting up, its a morning thing



Everyday I wake up, promptly arise and make coffee, lgith a ciggie, get on the internet and check news sites, opinion sites and then music sites.

I turn the telly on and consume what current affairs is on offer - that can be anything from BBC News, to Maori news programmes to business to general morning telly that includes news.

I sometimes go to bed early (9-10pm) just so I can wake extra early, like today, up at 5am.

I'm a morning person - I don't know why but I love the morning. I feel at my best first thing (excluding days when alcohol's lingering after effects has its way on me), I'm my most productive and well I just like mornings.

In a former life I used to surf, I loved surfing even though I was at best pretty bloody crap at it. I loved getting up extra early and hitting the beach as the sun came up, sitting in the water out the back of the surf zone reflecting on life and just simply soaking in the quiet and beauty of such a perfect time of day. I sometimes think about getting back into surfing again, just for such a feeling. Some mornings theres a certain feel to the weather, a stillness a slight chill, no wind and I'm transported back to my days of beach life.

As summer slowly comes into play and the day lights up earlier I shall find time to read books, once news etc. is done. I'll sit outside on the deck, coffee and fags in hand and consume a chapter or two prior to starting my day proper.

Oh yeah I love the morning time... even when I am a being old mr grumpy pants, to quote my good friend Helen:

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

John Cooper Clarke

Announced for the Big Day Out

that has gotta be the oddest choice ever? One for the oldies I guess....

I pulled out his album Snap Crackle & Bop the other night to celebrate, it hasn't aged well, lyrically it still rocks - not surprising as he is a poet, musically, well.... nah it sucks by todays standards.

To make this old fella happy, chuck David Eggleton on stage before him, somehwere out of the way - by that I mean quiet, close to a bar... and I'd be well happy with only seeing them.

However, there could be a massive upside to all this, other than Mr Clarke himself. One can only hope this means that band he tours with quite a lot is coming too

whispers.... the fall

oh deary me that would be cool

I've been listening to the Wonderful & Frightening World of the Fall of late, its fab.

Whatever happens and whomever gets booked a fun day out loooms, so very far away.

Still it gives me something to type about, so thats all good, cause today I have little going on in the head dept. I am tired as a tired old tired thing - thanks to a night of roadworks that lead to a fitful sleep and unlike my usual routine of dealing with such things, I didn't get up and muck around on the web with fox news as a backdrop, nope I tried to sleep and feel like shit as a result.

Tis a beautiful morning and I'm grumpy as hell

Nothing a good walk won't sort out but

toot toot

Monday, November 13, 2006

Stadiums

Is there anything worse than watching our public figures discuss the verious potential options for a stadium to be built in time for us hosting the rugby world cup?

I think not....

Why do we have to be so petty and mickey mouse about such things.... I guess it might be a reflection on them that serve in local government - the publically elected types, not the legions woh work in councils and for councils.

For someone who cares little for sport nor sees the need for yet another stadium its all a bit much.

I'm not against the notion of a stadium being built, I'd prefer it wasn't in the central city nor on our waterfront, for I don't see the need to clutter up an area that I believe should be opened up to public spaces and enhance the beauty of our harbour, not dominate part of it. Preferably with loads of trees, parkland and grass.

Of course its all going to be so rushed that I have little faith that anything magnificent will eventuate and we'll end up with a huge eyesore replacing a former one.

I wish I had more faith in those who will determine if this is to be or not.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sunday on the couch

Heaven, heaven I am telling ya

Snoozing, reading.... listening to whiteware do its chores...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Cripes.. wot a night

Well that certainly turned into a bit of a night.....

I enjoyed playing records badlyat Rudenot2.. you see dance kids rock is cool... well maybe. Thanks Angela & Jarrod, Phil & Renee, Scott, Wayde & Nat, Mark and the others who foolishly popped along for a beer.


Shouts outs to:

Grobbit and the gang at Foci for the boompty styles

Matt & Brooke at Coherent






















Pip and the Chicago Disco crew, for the drinks and sounds at Ink

and finally Kerry and co at Underground




















somehow I got home... and my head didn't thank me for my evening


now for a BBQ... oh dear


Friday, November 10, 2006

it would be

rudeNot2
Friday Beats and Barby featuring

6-7 Bob Daktari
7-8 Bn1
8-9 A-Spark
9-10 Chef d Party

+ meat, mussels, salads, and the world famous moroccon steak

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10 @ THE SUPPER CLUB
(Beresford Square)

Looking at the names on this lineup you'd think it was a rave or happy hardcore gig, but its not its civil gents playing civil music at a civil hour to drunken munters.

I'm playing soft rock....

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Enough already

After my earlier rant I thought, stop ranting do something... so I did, I've emailed TV3 with my concerns.

To Whom It May Concern

As a long time viewer of 3 News I must say - enough is enough.

As your ratings have climbed the content presented as news has seemed to deteriate.

Your inane marketing attempts to entice people to watch the news have left me cold.

I do not appreciate nor need these silly and infuriating open ended questions to entice me into watching your bulletin. In fact they have got to the point where I can no longer stand to watch your news braodcast any longer.

You have lost me 3 News,

Yours a very disgruntled viewer

Bob (I actually used my real name.... Mr Daktari)

PS trying to find a email address to send this to on your website, was almost more frustrating than I currently find your news... you are a media company...


Now like that Firefox dude I await their reply....

The Drinking Age and Bob's continuing frustration

Well I'm bloody glad to see the stupid notion of putting the drinking age back up to 20 didn't get passed by our parliament.

I do beleive the fear of the younger voters worked - well done the youngins and their lobbying, I say.

This doesn't side step the issue that our government, our health services and most importantly of all, ourselves have to face. We have a shocking attitude to booze.

It might change, given a lot of time, perhaps with a sustained and concerted effort in 25-40 years New Zealanders will not be the immature "get it down ya" drinkers we are currently.

I know this younger generation generally is better than mine, in regards to drinking. Especially in areas like drink driving. Not all of them of course but enough for a old lush like me to notice.

We have to empower the youth, give them the control that they both deserve and desire for their future and thus our countries.

Reactionary decision making by old farts in parilament will not a better country make, we cannot condition the public and change social norms via legislation, thats not the path to take - a simple means to address a problem perhaps but not one that will work in any manner other than punish those who are responsible law abiding citizens.

On another note, I feel it is time I stopped watching the TV news... not because it is too depressing or not very informative but I can simply no longer cope with the open ended questions used to entice one to watch....

TV3 you lured me into your reports by making them better than TV1s now each and every bloody night you do my bloody head in with your inane marketing attempts and pathetic use of events to make the news into some sort of quiz show or something.

You are the weakest link and I can stand it no more.

Enough already

would you like to know more.... its not fucking starship troopers you muppets

we are not sheep

/rant

oh and goodbye Mr Rumsfeld, you horrific piece of work

[edit]

just been reading the The Opinionated Diner and read a comment about the irony of the date

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Spam and lifes little things

I'm having one of them weeks where I am beseiged by spam... compounded by changing my anti virus software which seems to have ahd the effect that the bulk is going to my in box not junk folder.

Its doing my head in.... the fuckers desguise the names and topics well enough that I have to check far too many to ensure I am not deleting proper emails.

Christmas advertising has kicked in.... which only leads to me feeling very anti Christmas

Its raining



bah humbug

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Land of the free

Why does the US need to lock so many people up?

Their prisons house more convicts than China and India combined.


American Prison Planet
The Bush Administration as Global Jailor
By Nick Turse

Today, the United States presides over a burgeoning empire -- not only the "empire of bases" first described by Chalmers Johnson, but a far-flung new network of maximum security penitentiaries, detention centers, jail cells, cages, and razor wire-topped pens. From supermax-type isolation prisons in 40 of the 50 states to shadowy ghost jails at remote sites across the globe, this new network of detention facilities is quite unlike the gulags, concentration-camps, or prison nations of the past.

Even with a couple million prisoners under its control, the U.S. prison network lacks the infrastructure or manpower of the Soviet gulag or the orderly planning of the Nazi concentration-camp system. However, where it bests both, and breaks new incarceration ground, is in its planet-ranging scope, with sites scattered the world over -- from Europe to Asia, the Middle East to the Caribbean. Unlike colonial prison systems of the past, the new U.S. prison network seems to have floated almost free of surrounding colonies. Right now, it has only four major centers -- the "homeland," Afghanistan, Iraq, and a postage-stamp-sized parcel of Cuba. As such, it already hovers at the edge of its own imperial existence, bringing to mind the unprecedented possibility of a prison planet. In a remarkably few years, the Bush administration has been able to construct a global detention system, already of near epic proportions, both on the fly and on the cheap. ...

Take a peek, its a sobering read.

On a similar note but vastly different from the subject matter of Mr Turse's article, why does New Zealand have such a high prison population, very high proprotionally for our population?

Something isn't working.... and locking people up and building more prisions is not addressing the issues, its sidelining them and only giving the un caring mobs like the Serious Sentencing Trust fuel for their heartless campaigns.

We're so quick to legislate and so slow to try and understand.

I reckon in a country the size of mine there shouldn't need to be more than perhaps a few hundred people (if that high) locked up - for their crimes.

Naturally to have a nation with few convicted offenders so much would need to change

That might be a good thing

Monday, November 06, 2006

Saddam Sentenced To Death

I can't help thinking, like a lot of others will be, that this sentence has more to do with the US Elections than seeking justice.

Its a given that Saddam is a horrific piece of work but the words kangaroo court spring to mind.

Justice has not been served.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Guy Fawkes

Tis today - make the most of it for I doubt we'll be able to buy fire works next year...

and don't forget to lock up ya pets

Saturday, November 04, 2006

De ja vu

I remember the last US presidential elections....

The media was filled with iraq stories, the failures, depending on ya perspective, of the Bush administration, and here we are again... the media again is it seems Iraq and Afganistan mad.

Nothing new here for the alternative media, but its quite strange to see so many stories in the mainstream, especially those that aren't showing whatever latest lines Bush is spouting to yet another gathering of US servicepeople or their families or the multiple ex officials of various US administrations who turn up to give their two cents worth on what might be going on in various places and/or peoples minds.

To be honest all the attention gets me a tad worked up - I keep foolishly thinking maybe, just maybe someones going to do something constructive... and then reality and sense taps me on the should and smacks me in the face.

I'm ready for the senate elections to be over, so the mainstream media can go back to normal and all but pretend there is nothing going on in Iraq and Afganistan and instead focus on the places yet to be embroiled in the Bush administrations concept of pre-emption (of what?).

Come Novemeber 8 or there abouts, ie once the election coverage dies down, things will go back to normal in media land and the general public news watching can focus once again on the sports report that is a huge chunk of our 'news' here.

I can go back to wishing things were different, instead of getting my hopes up and thinking they might change.

Cynical... yep not half.

Saturday is about to kick in for me, that entails putting my brain in a nice little box to be collected again tomorrow perhaps, for theres BBQ action and mucho beer to be drunk and good friends to rant at about all manner of things.

Bliss in other words

Friday, November 03, 2006

Get an education, or you'll end up in Iraq

I don't have much respect for politicans and if John Kerry deserves any he lost me last Presidential elections... for what is it about the so called opposition party in the US, the supposed more liberal face of US politics that doesn't get the fact that Bush has served them up so much material to oppose that they should be in the White House right now....

But alas the Democrats are no different from the Republicans, the are quite happy to continue the folly that is Iraq and the various other disasters this current regime has unleashed on the world.

I can only shake my head with his current retractions to his original statement this week - get a backbone you muppet...

It is the poor, the uneducated and those who are trying via the military to better themselves and the opportuinites that their lives have served them who are dying in Iraq, not the rich, not the children of the power elites.... Kerry's comments were not disrespectful to those good American kids dying for their countries misguided and criminal conduct.

After a bit of trawling via google, it seems Kerry has a history of retraction of comments and restating what he meant.... I say again get a backbone you dolt and them like you.

The US and as a consequence the world need some strong opposition to Bush et al - give your electorate real choice, real commentary and real opinions, it might garnish you votes, it may allow some differing opinons in a position to do more than simply lament the downfall of what was once a great nation - or at least seemed to be.

One of the greatest things a person can have is choice, the option to make their own minds up, to vote for those that best represent their views and opinions, the option to have career paths and educational opportuities.

We humans are not one dimensional beings, we need options... we deserve options. We need choice, surely this is one of the foundation stones of democracy?

On a completely different note, another music distributor has gone bust in the world, Intergroove in the UK, a company I dealt with for years in a previous life of mine.

The constantly changing face of the business side of the music industry carries with it many many casualties, as this digital world the and changing patterns of how people both listen to and purchase music and other media continues evolve.

I know better than most what this means for a industry I cherish and for those caught up in the aftermath. My best thoughts and wishes go out to all of them at Intergroove now facing a uncertain future and the many labels, artists, retailers and music fans whose lives this will impact on.

To end on a positive music note, the Henrik Schwarz DJ Kicks is simply awesome!

A album that arrives as it seems the sun has too and one I can see myself enjoying many times over a morning coffee or evening tipple.













Let's just pause for one second; now, think about all that music that has so enriched your life down the years. All of it, without fault, and regardless of any strict genre definitions, is soul music. If it flicks a switch deep inside you, speaks to you, comforts you and makes you feel good about yourself, then that, my friend, is soul music. German DJ and producer Henrik Schwarz understands this musical truth more than most.

A long-time aficionado of those musical forms that are commonly rooted in some appreciation of this sonic legacy - funk, house, disco, jazz, techno, and yes, the dictionary definition of soul (James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Motown etc, etc) - his adventures into hi-fi are testament to such a fact. And nowhere is this more readily apparent than on Schwarz's latest venture: a much-deserved foray into that Holy Grail of DJ mix albums, !K7's acclaimed DJ Kicks series

Across 23 tracks, Schwarz enthusiastically takes us on a musical journey that without wanting to get too chin-strokery about it, manages to entertain, enthral and educate all at once. And that he achieves this without losing sight of the style and sophistication that are the hallmarks of his unique DJ sets and his much praised productions and remixes is only added grist to his musical mill. Schwarz's background is jazz: free-flowing, improvisational and inspirational jazz, the likes of which set the pre-rock'n'roll years alight. And it's this mindset that initially informs his well-chosen mix.

Rather than go for the latest bunch of tunes that are burning a hole on dancefloors across the globe, Henrik has paid homage to the music that he has loved down the years.
from www.k7.com (cheers Lelo)

Righto - choose a happy day and Kerry get a grip!

leave my head alone brain, get me through the night

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Give Peas A Chance

Politics in America according to Bill Hicks:

the puppet on the left is more to my liking, no no the the puppet on the right represents my views better

hang on a sec, there is one guy holding up both of them



The joys of not really having a choice... Americans and (due to their power and influence) the world deserve more...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

not enough sleep leads to rambling bob

So the Stern reports has had its day of media coverage and we're back worrying about obese kids and the more important thing in life.

The more I read about climate change and the focus on economic solutions the more I feel that one day there will be a planet called earth, totally devoid of life but with a very vibrant economy...

Maybe I missed something but surely the survival of our species is slightly more important than retaining a economic model that simply doesn't work?

I had one of them nights last, where one can't sleep, can't amuse oneself with diversions and thus paces the house...

It was Halloween here yesterday of course, not one trick or treater tried my place - the benefit of being an apartment dweller.

When last I lived in a house we'd be besieged by them, had a lot to do with the suburb and location I lived, being a affluent suburb parents would drive their kids into ponsonby on the premise that our treats would be better than somewhere else, well my place wasn't flash and being a dimwit I always forgot to buy sweets, thus all the poor little souls got was a blank and guilty look from me at the door... no one ever played a trick on us though.

I am one of them that see no need for this celebration in our land, we've never paid much attntion to it until recent times, and now each year it seems to get bigger and bigger. Whilst I'd prefer we don't celebrate this day, perhaps its time we did, as Guy Fawkes is heading towards being fire cracker free next year perhaps halloween is a better substitute, I bet all the pets and firepeople in our land would vote pro Halloween.

I'm really over our retailers, with the change in coins we've just gone through we now no longer have a 5 cent coin, yet pricing in stores still reflects the old emntality, buying a magazine last night for $9.95 I got really frustrated when I got not a penny back from my $10. I guess if I'd paid electronically the price would have been that as advertised, yet why should I feel punished for simply using hard currency. It fucks me off to put it bluntly, though I'd rather not have a 5 cent coin in change... hard to please, hell yes.

I went to a meeting in Newmarket yesterday in Nuffield Street, it was filled with boutiques and eateries, I'd never been there before and it frightened me.

I'm sick of the grey srping days we're having, I am using my rain coat more than I had to in winter, I want some sun... my legs are white, my arms are white... a little colour is needed.

This weekend involves going to a 40th, its been a year of this sort of action - I like it, me and my friends are old (well in our youth obsessed world), out of touch and no longer need to concern ourselves with being anything but whom and what we are, not that we would or possibly could have behaved any other way.

A lot (most/all) of my friends are 'freaks', a beautiful thing. We've never been a hip and fashionable lot and as we grow older it seems the lot of us are even more out of kilter than youth could disguise. I couldn't ask for a better set of friends, both new and old they all rock!

I've some how managed to use 9gig of bandwidth this billing period with a few days to go... quite where its all gone I have little idea; a game demos a bunch of music tracks and DJ mixes and a partly downloaded episode of Battlestar Galatica I guess...

I found a site that has a bunch fo MP3's sitting waiting for plonkers like me, so I've helped myself... I grab a song (generally old ones and usually ones I already own on some format or other) listen to them a couple of times and delete them. Today I've grabbed The Fall's CREEP. Which I have on the Wonderful & Frightening World Of The Fall, a cassette... I which I'd never brought so many cassettes and why I still keep them I have no clue.

I have a heap of tapes from ym time in the UK (Hello Dave, will email ya soon) that I recorded from Kiss FM, their two Techno shows - one hosted by Colin Favor (how I dug his show) and Colin Dale, I would love to lsiten to these but have no cassette player... even better I'd like a magic wand so I could digitalise them all - something I'd never do myself, for I am too lazy.

Oh crap, the clock says get up and get out there

I'm tired, I'm grumpy, and my mind will wander all day

November here I come