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|Sunday, September 23rd, 2007|
It's been a while since I've been even remotely interested in dating/relationships but recently have found myself keen on this girl I know. It was looking good for a while because the interest was returned in kind but for a range of reasons it's not going to happen. It got talked out this arvo, which is why I'm feeling pretty down at the moment. I think this is definitely part of the reason why I have been anti-relationship for so long. I truly dislike feeling melancholy or disappointed (funnily enough, though I'm not finding it all that funny), especially when you feel so good about it beforehand. Although, I am mildly amusing myself by getting all angsty and listening to dark, fucked up drone and melancholy post-rock. I wish I had headphones though, because these laptop speakers don't really do it justice.
It's odd how feeling like this makes you want to tell someone about it, I guess this is why people have blogs.
I think after I get it out of me for a bit I'm going to do the opposite and watch some 'Flight of the Conchords' to cheer me up. Have watched a few episodes of this show recently and it's simply amazingly awesome. Funniest thing I've seen in ages.
I've put my mood as melancholy, but am tempted to change it to 'gaycakes.' I think I'll leave it as is. Current Mood: melancholy
|Tuesday, September 11th, 2007|
|What a month
So I'm getting a lil excited about some things coming up soon, not least of which is my birthday. I'm not really excited about my birthday, per se, but more about the records I'm hoping to get for said birthday. I just got some Ikea Expedit 2x4 shelving today and have put that together this arvo. God I hate putting shit together.
But there seem to be heaps of my friends or acquaintances having birthdays this month, I guess they must be all those New Year's babies... or January babies. I don't know what makes people so randy in January though. That's not so exciting, although I do enjoy a celebration or two so it should be a good month for that. It's a better month for music. In fact, it's been good since late August up till early October. Unfortunately I've been unable to attend most of the gigs I wanted to - Mono, Benga, Envy, won't be able to see Battles I don't think, BUT I will be seeing Nine Inch Nails again this weekend. Definitely excited about that. Also very keen on seeing Pelican who are playing Sydney on the 4th of October. This is a Thursday night, which is not so great, but I have really been enjoying their music in the last month or so. Should be a fantastic gig.
On the downside, I have an essay for Evidence which I have to do this week as well as read a book for my Advanced Indonesian class and do a book critique/report on it. The book is quite enjoyable and I've read it before, but the last time I read it for enjoyment only and so went over it in a somewhat superficial manner (also, my Indonesian wasn't quite up to the stage it is now, in a reading context at least) so I'll have to be thinking about my analysis the whole time.
I was planning on catching up on some reading I had missed during the semester but I haven't had the time at all. So much for a 'break'.
|Friday, September 7th, 2007|
|Shitty wall... um, mood.
So again I feel the onset of a shitty mood. It's quite odd for me to get this way, I'm normally anything but gloomy but it's happened a couple of times recently and I can't pin down a common theme which is to blame. I've found a remedy for it though. I wasn't really sure whether I wanted to go out tonight or not but really felt like getting drunk. Really drunk. None of this pussy footing around "ooh am I tipsy, no, am I drunk?" sort of stage. I wanted to get blotto. And not blotto as an Australian would say it, blotto like Mr Duff would say it, "B-loh-tto". This a higher level of blotto, for those ignorant enough not to know. The short term remedy for those Friday blues has been a couple of Coopers Sparkling in the space of about 30 minutes. This has provided a nice buzz to start me off, and I'll shortly be going in to the Phoenix for pints followed by kebabs, hopefully followed by an early night's sleep as I've got a shitload of uni work to get started on as well as a bbq to go to tomorrow.
We shall see. I think perhaps alcohol + socialising = cure for my shitty moods. I'll have to get back to you with the definitive answer in a few hours.
|Sunday, August 26th, 2007|
My sister is going to go on exchange, leaving next Monday. Today we had a family stylee farewell for her, with around 20 people (including the immediate fam) gathering at home today for a lunch-afternoon get together to celebrate her leaving. To tell the truth, I'm not very happy that she's leaving. Apart from the fact that it leaves me as the sole child at home and so the sole object of my mother's wrath when it bursts free (being the sole object of her positive moods really isn't a good compromise) is going to suck the fatties. What is worse, however, is that I really get along with my sister tremendously. She is honestly one of the most amusing people I know, and someone I can always relate to and joke around with. My older brother is similarly well adjusted to my sense of humour but is married and living with his wooser (wife), and in all honesty my sister and I have developed a high level of ridiculous interpersonal humour we use all the time. Not having her will be crap for a number of reasons, and will last for the 10 months she'll be away. Her farewell for friends etc is next Friday, which unfortunately is the same night as my mate Cam's farewell/fundraiser as he goes to Costa Rica to save le turtles at UC. I'll got to both but it'd be easier if I wasn't so popular. next Saturday is Ug too, which is great. I do love an Ug. ALSO it's the beginning of uni holidays.
|Thursday, August 23rd, 2007|
Shit. Not going to class again tonight, although it's not because I have something else on (like Monday) it's just that after the gym today and Tuesday, I'm walking like I ride a horse for a living or something. So much pain. I should probably just go to the gym consistently instead of stop-starting like this. I would avoid having to do the "getting back into the gym soreness" which seems to occur way too often.
|Saturday, August 18th, 2007|
I'm at home in bed, thinking about going out cos I want to socialise but I don't really want to go out. I'm talking to some peeps on MSN which is easing the - I guess, mild loneliness - somewhat. I was pretty annoyed before with my mum who was being a right knobhead.
Don't even want to go out to a club or anything, just hang out with ppl but even with that I'm in an irritable mood so would get the shits if I tried to do anything. Goddamnit. At least facebook scrabble is working again, and Gav just started a game against me so that should occupy a bit of my attention for a while.
The exam this morning was okay, I know I definitely got one of the questions out of 20 wrong but I'm pretty sure I got the others right. Tomorrow will no doubt be full of studying for my other exam on Monday and other boring shit like that.
|Thursday, August 16th, 2007|
So I was just doing some exam prep (actually doing the reading I should have done weeks ago) when I decided to grab my laptop and check the net for a particular legal definition... that was probably 40 minutes ago and I only just remembered that that is why I got my laptop in the first place.
Turns out that voir dire - as opposed to in the US where this term refers to the process whereby jurors are questioned to determine things such as bias or appropriateness for them to sit on the jury panel - refers to preliminary questions in a trial to determine the existence of certain facts to establish whether evidence should be admitted, whether evidence can be used against a person or whether a witness is competent or compellable.
Glad I found that out. I'm feeling a combo of tiredness and alertness, probably due to going to training again tonight. So have trained twice this week and am glad about that, but haven't been to the gym in ages, nor have been to capoeira. Haven't been to capoeira because I've been busy on the last 4 Fridays, as with this Friday. I could have been going to the gym, but I guess I haven't felt like it with so much uni work. And such a high level of 'cbf'edness.
I'm listening to Busdriver - Fear of a black tangent which is a most excellent album, quite weird and he's got a pretty odd voice but he's an excellent rapper and the tunes are great. I should probably stop stuffing around right now though. That was the only reason I just wrote down what I was listening to. Not that that should derogate from the dopeness of the album, cos it's dope.
I'm going now.
so last night I was shaving my head as usual, and as usual the bits at the back around my neck were being annoyingly difficult to remove. So I started pushing harder to try and get it shaved as close as possible (with a No. 2 head) when disaster struck... the No. 2 head flew off and the shaver plowed into the back of my head leaving me with a pretty darn huge patch when previously there was hair. After being laughed at by my family (my mother was crying with laughter), the following morning I have readjusted the look and gone with a No. 1 as pictured above. You can't really see it but I look quite different now, so much so (apparently) that a friend of mine didn't recognise me today.
Annoying timing too, as the International/Asian Studies ball is on tomorrow night. Oh well, at least I was always planning to wear a wig anyway... along with a fake beard.
THEN on Saturday morning I've got an Evidence multiple choice exam which shouldn't be too hard, but then have to study for another exam on Monday and read an Indonesian novel and write a report on that as well by early next week.
Totes not coo
|Monday, August 13th, 2007|
Finally have recorded a demo mix which is going to be given out to someone with the intention of getting them to book me.
Despite having dj'd for around 4 years, I've never completed one before. I've occasionally recorded something which I'll listen to but never be happy with, and have always had some difficulty with either the software or the hardware (my laptop). So a finished product I'm even remotely happy with has never been produced, so this is a big thing for me. I mean, I'm not 100% satisfied with how it turned out, but all things considered I'm not too disappointed with it. The mixing is a bit dodge - a few trainwrecks, and the mixing isn't really perfect throughout. That said, I chucked it together this morning in half an hour on my first go (this morning) and fit 18 tracks in 33 mins. I had originally planned a longer demo which I tried last night which had 22 tracks in 50 odd minutes, but on completion the program spazzed out and lost the entire set.
So I removed some tracks and had a go today which I like, and even though the mixing isn't my best in parts, the tracks are all dope and hopefully it does the job... which is to try and get me with Ug beats Djs playing at the Peats Ridge Festival at the end of the year.
Aside from that, life's not too bad lately - have a couple of exams coming up which I was supposed to be studying for today but instead knocked the last Harry Potter book off in a couple of hours. Not too bad at all, quite action packed and flowed quite reasonably. I suspect the rest of the week will be devoted to far less entertaining material - all my Evidence and Equity & Trusts exam preparation.
At least I'm going to training this evening, and hopefully the gym tomorrow but we'll see. I think I should use those hours for study instead. Anyway, got to get ready now.
|Monday, August 6th, 2007|
Okay so week 2 was a total non-event, however this week is looking at least marginally up. The weekend was pretty fun, the law ball was a write off however and the stories from that will take too long for me to explain properly. Let's just say that I don't remember the last hour or so of the ball and kicked in the door to my (and my parent's) house to get back in. All before 12am. Good news today, though. To get the door repaired will only cost around $220 which is less than I was expecting.
Ug was pretty good if a lil quiet on Saturday night. I was pretty tired by the end - having woken up at 7am on Sat morning and playing from 230 till around 4ish Sunday morning. Got home a bit before 5, slept for 6 hours and ate lunch. Did a little work but was so tired I just went back to bed for the afternoon, then went to bed pretty early that night. Most of my other friends kept going so I'm glad I avoided that, though I know I would have enjoyed it a lot.
Had an Indo translation test today which I'm pretty happy with. Indeed I reckon I smashed it but we'll have to wait and see about that, my feelings re: exam results have never really proven to be accurate (although that's mainly with law).
Training tonight was great - lots of high intensity bag work and some running so built up a lot of sweat. Going to the gym tomorrow morning, probably. I'm currently working on this report/review for my Adv. Readings in Indonesian course but am tired and a bit sore and lacking in motivation. I might get up early tomoz and do as much as I can before going into the gym. Unfortunately I have 4 hours of law after that, so will really have to nail this report later that afternoon if I haven't finished it already.
Also got my ticket for the International Ball which combines a bunch of societies - Asian Studies, Islam, Hong Kong, Singapore etc. It should be pretty good, although I'll have to watch my alcohol consumption. It should be harder to get that wasted, though, because the Islamic Students Society complained about having expensive tix to pay for alcohol, so the tix are cheaper and we have to pay for the booze. Fortunately it will be at like RSL prices. Also, the dress code is "Make believe" or some shit. Ray is going as Jesus, another girl as an angel and I'm thinking about going as god. Just to piss off some hardcore religious types if nothing else.
|Tuesday, July 31st, 2007|
Haven't been very good this week - the weekend turned out massive, just like I had hoped it wouldn't - and as a result I didn't feel up to going to class last night or to the gym today. I'm going to go to the gym tomorrow and then class on Thursday to try and make up for it but I it's pretty slack.
And this weekend, while not as big as last weekend, already has the ANU Law Ball on Friday night followed by the DMCs, and then UG beats on Saturday night. Both would normally be massive, but I think I'll try and get home before 3 each night (if I can), or at least on Friday night. I already have a heap of uni work - although mostly only reading - but then have assessment in each of the next 3 weeks, then holidays come up with the inevitable bunch of assignments as well.
So even more motivation to get/keep my shit together. I have, however, been restricting my spending and trying to control my finances a bit more which has resulted in my credit card debt being reduced to the lowest in about a year and then I reduced my limit to $500 to prevent it from going any higher. $500 is a good limit for me, as paying it off is pretty easy but it should allow me to do the occasional splurge when I feel the need (esp. on things I'll need soon - a new mixer, new records, a bunch of other things). So I'm quite happy with that. I even got a new Visa card, the old one having been blocked sometime early in 2006 when I got typhoid and was delerious while entering the PIN. However, it will still be a long way to go to pay off the folks but it is a start.
|Thursday, July 26th, 2007|
So this week has turned out all right - I went to the gym on Tuesday and today and to training on Monday and today as well. I'm not going to capoeira tonight cos I've got some plans and aren't really in the mood. I'm feeling pretty sore but I guess that was inevitable. I'm thinking about getting me some of those fancy powders like creatine to help with it all but they're expensive and I am poor. If I keep my spending down then it shouldn't take long to get some.
A downside to doing training in the evening is that I can't get to sleep for aaages afterwards, maybe because of the adrenaline still in my body, but I dunno.
Either way it's pretty shit, but luckily there is Facebook Scrabble to take my mind off it. Truly a wonderful idea, whoever came up with it. Bravo.
|Tuesday, July 24th, 2007|
It's been some retardedly long time since I last did one of these, something like 33 weeks or so. I guess my inherent laziness has been a key factor in that, just cbf in general, and since I'm living at home my motivation to write stuff down is less as opposed to living overseas or traveling.
But this morning I'm killing time till I go to the gym and so have come back to the LJ fold. Me not posting isn't to say I don't read lj, I normally check it quite often to see what other peeps are doing and to waste time generally. Just don't post.
Today is different.
I guess what I want to put down is that I'm in the process of organising my life a bit better at the moment, and I'm unsure whether or not it is just a fad (as as happened frequently in the past) or a more long lasting move on my part. I think part of my main interest in doing so is that my tenure at uni is coming to an end relatively soon, at the end of next year, and I'd like to improve my marks before then. In particular, I'd like to get some D's at least in Law as I have yet to do so in the 5 years I've been here. Asian Studies has never presented much of a problem for me, I can generally adopt my usual laid-back style without putting a lot of work in and get decent results. Law, on the other hand, requires a lot more preparation and effort to do well. So this semester and hopefully continuing into next year I'm hoping and planning to make more of a concerted effort to see how well I can go.
The other reason is I've been pretty lazy in the exercise department for a while now, in reality probably over the last two years or so. This doesn't include the first semester I was in Indonesia as I was regularly doing capoeira a few times a week, but since then it has been pretty ad hoc and quite unsatisfying. I've recently (last week, in fact) gone back to the martial art I followed for about 4 years before Indonesia and planning on doing that 2 times a week, capoeira once a week and the gym at least two times a week. My timetable at uni is such that I can do this quite easily, although I will need to manage my uni prep and reading etc. much better if I continue with it. Two of the subjects I'm doing this semester - Translating from Indonesian and Advanced Readings in Indonesian - have a reasonably high level of pre-class preparation and the law units, as usual, have a lot of reading.
All this will probably mean a reduction in social activities, especially of the partying nature which I am so partial to. I don't really want to do that, but I think it's a good idea. One reason for it in addition to the above is that I STILL haven't paid back my parents for my trip overseas. Over a year ago now. Not one cent. The debt is in the thousands, perhaps 3-4 or so. Once that's paid for, I can begin saving for my next overseas experience which is hopefully an exchange in the second half of next year to either Canada or the US for my final semester. That, and there are a number of things I need to buy and haven't been able to due to
So this is the beginning I guess, hopefully I can stick it through.
|Thursday, November 9th, 2006|
yeah being pretty lazy at the moment, have an exam tomorrow I should be studying for and an essay due tomorrow which I could have done weeks ago but couldn't. Annoying that I need a deadline to get me working. Played a gig, well 2 but Ugs not included, on the weekend - green beats up in Sydney. Was good fun although the weather was shit, woulda been better if the decks and stuff were outside so closer to ppl but was still fun. Lots of great music, I played ok though would have been better if I'd had some sleep.
After Stonefest (shit, still have to do the review!) I have this hankering for more live/acoustic music, was loving some of the stuff on the Saturday. Am currently listening to the decemberists which I didn't like at first but now like lots, and dead meadow which nick put me onto this morning.
Had some pretty gaycakes experiences trying to put on Amon Tobin & Kid Koala on due to the fucked promotion company we had to deal with. So many problems, but we might still be able to put a little something on anyway. Certainly hope so.
|Thursday, October 26th, 2006|
|Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence|
You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.
You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.
|Wednesday, September 20th, 2006|
Its been yonks since I last posted one of these. Which I think is my standard beginning line anyway, never really have a whole lot of motivation for doing them, even thought they are eminently useful as timewasters. I've currently got my mouth full of Blue Castello cheese and biscuit, listening to some shackleton who make some great percussiony dubstep with a whole lot of bass, and I'm feeling pretty good.
In the last few weeks I've got a job working at the same law firm as my brother. I got the job pretty easily, largely because he works there but also because they work a lot with my dad. But they're probably expecting me to be as good, if not better, a worker than him. Cos I am pretty awesome. The work has been pretty interesting - they've had me making briefs for some cases and some other things (along with some boring, photocopying style stuff) but the work environment is pretty cool. Barring this one girl who is a retard. She's way pretentious, has a stupid, pretentious, faux intellectual voice and annoys me. AND never has anything relevant to say. But apart from that work is rad, and getting paid is better. AND the pay is weekly, which is awesome.
That reminds me, I gotta tell Centrelink.
Apart from that, I've been going out a little too much and trashing it. Had a bit of a break for a little while but that seems to have hit a rough spot. Will get back off it this weekend to start with and see where it goes from there. On Monday I hadn't really started a Labour Law essay due at 4pm that arvo. I finished it, but the quality of the essay wasn't tremendous. But its done now. Tonight I have to start a 2000 word essay for my Indonesian studies subject but that should be relatively easily.
The other night I ordered a bunch of records which my mum paid for as my birthday present which is the dopeness. Am really looking forward to playing out next, new wax is the business. Especially if you don't have to pay for it. Also really getting back into capoeira as well - losing a bit of fat, getting fitter and building some muscle. Also getting a bit of my flexibility back which is cool. Was just watching some capo videos and daaaaamn but I don't see me ever getting that good. It is heaps of fun though so I'll definitely keep on doing it.
|Sunday, August 20th, 2006|
Go here http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
and look through random quotes until you find 5 that you think reflect who you are or what you believe. Alternatively, find your own five quotes.
Nicked from alistair.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Age is no guarantee of maturity.
Don't let yourself forget what it's like to be sixteen.
The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.
Most people assume the fights are going to be the left versus the right, but it always is the reasonable versus the jerks.
and I just like this one.
In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)
|Friday, August 11th, 2006|
argh, so at uni... just then semi-unintentionally missed a two hour lecture. I was originally fully going to attend, but then was hungover after laksa/pissy/karaoke last night so needed a burger after my first lecture (which finished at 10.55). I thought I might be able to get one in like 5 mins, then eat it in 5, then go to the next lecture by 11.05. Hit a coupla obstacles -> one being the fact the burger took more than 10 mins to cook, let alone 5. Then it turned out it was pretty massive and came with lots of (very tasty) chips, so it was going to take me a while to eat it too. So I just decided to sit outside the law building, read a book in the sunshine and eat my burger. Done. Then, noticing there was like 15 mins till the next class I jumped on the net to see if anything new and exciting in the world of the internets had gone on (nothing really) and then noticed the class had already gone back in. Seeing as that shit is recorded I decided to fuck it off and go do something different.
Like check out the internets again.
Interesting stuff you say.
On the way to the libuzza (library) I saw this guy who I kinda knew ages ago in high school and his mum and my mum are friends but I haven't talked to him in yonks. And the whole 'do i make i contact, do i smile, do i do anything?' question came up, and I saw as i walked past he was facing the same thing, so we both made non-comittal smile/smirk/small facial movements which could mean nothing or something depending on the viewer. Then kept on walking. i just thought that shit was odd.
Laksa/Pissy/Karaoke last night was a winner for sure -> I ate like 2 bowls of laksa (mine plus assorted other people's leftovers) which left me feeling nicely bloated, cos I like feeling like i'm fat sometimes. Then went to PJ's for some pints, and then got a bit pissy on some smirnoff blacks, then had heaps of fun being dickheads to karaoke. I sang an ole fav, 'Poison' by Alice Cooper. It fit in well with all the other bogans there. Palu was awesome in a bad way, and Nick was crazy good doing 'Sir Psycho Sexy' with all the voice changes and shiiiiit.
Its good that its gunna become a regular thang.
|Tuesday, August 1st, 2006|
so today is my day off uni, and I had big plans to catch up on all my missed Constitutional law lectures which are recorded on the web (3). Currently listened to one 2hr lecture and cbf listening to more. What IS more is that I haven't eaten properly today and am v. hungry. What is also more is that I've been interspersing my lecture listening period with listening to, purchasing and d/ling music online. Its been the good times and I've got some gems for this saturday night. Which is Ug beats.
Should be awesome even though Radge is leaving us *sniff*... that guys awesome. Good to get pissy with and he plays mad records.
I'd like to link to the poster for Ug beats but I'm retarded in Livejournal and don't know how to upload attachments cos there is seriously no thingy in the options thing for me to do it. So its not JUST that I'm a retard, just a major part of it.
|Friday, July 21st, 2006|
I bought a whole lot of grime and dubstep the other day, and have been listening to heaps more and I seriously wish I had some money. I easily spend a grand on rekkids then just stay at home perfecting my ability to mix that shit (its pretty hard, and I'm not so good at it). Tonight I'm going to do radio with Nick, then Sunday I'm going to Shadow for a ripsnorting good time.
Good posse going up for it too, and meeting up with sydney friends will be awesome as well. I wish I was more drunk right now.