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[12 Dec 2007|03:12pm]
I wanted to reply to this email I got, but thought it might be better discussed here.

I feel the email is worth commenting on because it's using a bunch of flawed arguments and rhetoric to attack the separation of church and state, which is not only a good idea but put in place originally - in the US at least - to protect freedom of religion. I like freedom of religion.

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[30 May 2007|09:31am]
Okay, sticking to the theme of public interest - I am obligated to tell you about the brilliant Ripple.

Ripple is a search page built on top of Google, but 100% of the click and search ad revenue goes to charity. I know that most of the people on here are, like me, huge nerds (let's not deny it) and spend a lot of time on the web. So here's a chance to do something good with, uhh, absolutely zero effort.

Ripple can be set as your search engine in Google toolbar, as an addon for IE, or in Firefox's little drop-down box toolbar thing. Take half a minute to set it up, never have to touch it again and the world comes out a tiny bit less shit.

It gets bonus points for tricking capitalism. Get on board.
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[29 May 2007|10:01am]
This is a friendly reminder to Australian LJers to remember to enrol to vote or to check that you are properly enrolled. There's an election fairly soon and, with the new laws introduced by the government, the roll will close almost immediately after the election is officially announced. Don't let the bastards stinge you out of your democratic right. Check your enrolment status.
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Nerdery. [07 Feb 2007|12:44pm]
[ mood | amused ]

In the fine tradition of people posting whole msn conversations (but trying to make it vaguely readable):

James - Work says:
i think i'm actually addicted to wow now. i keep thinking about how much i want to go home and play it while i'm at work.
alex says:
yeah it'll do that
alex says:
but then, i always thought a lot about things i wanted to go to not-work and do
James - Work says:
James - Work says:
it's still not close to what my lumines addiction was
alex says:
James - Work says:
my vision was blurry about half the day
James - Work says:
and i saw a line going across the screen
James - Work says:
paul said he got the same thing
alex says:
James - Work says:
mud had me doing things like
James - Work says:
say lol
James - Work says:
James - Work says:
alex says:
yeah, did that for me a lot too, i kept having msn conversations like
alex says:
"oh ok, cool"
alex says:
alex says:
alex says:
alex says:
alex says:
James - Work says:
alex says:
then there's the famous one about paul playing so much fifa that when he closed his eyes he saw little running men*

Any similar experiences, my fellow nerds?

* Not in a gay way, necessarily.

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Cup BBQ @ Mountview [31 Oct 2006|10:58am]
Dearest gents and ladies,
A BBQ will be held at Mountview on Melbourne Cup Day (the 7th of November). If you could bring along a few nibbles, that would be appreciated. Otherwise, your mere presence would be a boon.

P.S. Rock up, bitches.
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[03 Oct 2006|03:39pm]
[ mood | complacent ]

To make an official statement on what many have asked, yes, Mountview will be hosting a New Year's Eve party.

It's important that workplaces and public spaces cater for the differently-abled and we in Australia are generally better at this than other countries (not necessarily through any effort of our own - most shop fronts have one or no steps, we don't have canals or hump-backed bridges, etc.). Sometimes though, I think people get carried away. Last weekend I was availing myself of the men's room in the North Melbourne town hall and was surprised to see a handrail all the way around the urinal. Who would want to touch that? I am confident anyone with such a need would, say, lean against a wall instead. Ugh.

In other news, Ben Lee has a head the size of a planet.

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[05 Sep 2006|03:34pm]
This is a public service announcement.

I offer you the chance to be an extra in a short film, as a member of a/the crowd. The film mostly involves people hitting each other with things.

Free beer and food will be provided. This Sunday, 1pm. This is the most important line in this post. It's somewhere in Spamdringham Sandringham.

For reference, here is some of the practice material for the fights.

It will be amusing and yay free stuff. Rock up.
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[23 Aug 2006|06:25pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

This was initially to caption James' frightening grin in the corner, but on reflection everyone in this photo looks like a rapist.

Except Amy.

No, wait. Especially Amy.

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[12 Aug 2006|01:41pm]
We had a little party. I don't have any photos because for some reason someone took all the batteries out of everything (Did someone else have a camera? Maybe Andrew? Please get photos to us). We really, really pissed off the neighbours and now they're talking about getting a council injunction so that we can't have parties (if they were so bothered, why not come around and say something on the night? Although the cops did rock up about 5am). Half of our glasses are broken, the hills hoist is bent and the shed door has some large scorch marks. One wall of the kitchen is inexplicably covered in red wine.

But onto the more amusing stuff, my highlights:
* Lizzie trying to keep up with Aaron (drinks-wise) and ending up paraletic, throwing up all over the front yard. But Aaron got to look after her so that was cute. She was having weird convulsions or something, there is a seizure theory.
* Laura J. being told that she kissed Simon once. She was very drunk at the time, but we all thought she remembered.
* Emerys's pyrotechnically amazing steel wool fire-twirling.
* Early on, Ben dodging a bag of ice I threw (which wouldn't have hit him) and in doing so, jumping straight into the pole of the clothesline.
* Oh! And someone getting clotheslined by the clothesline. How deliciously appropriate.
* Lauren not being able to say the word 'masturbate' - "..and they started to masuate. Masuate. That sounds funny."
* Brook (not Brooke) tripping over the front gate and ripping it out of the wall, plus some guy's sharp call on seeing it: "Fucking gatecrashers."
* The failed Goon of Fortune(tm). We needed tape, damn it.
* Emerys getting pack-raped by girls. No, really. Jesus.
* Trish (not that Trish, the 17-year old Trish) getting just about pack-raped by everybody too. Hi Laura.
* Newo not emoing up. Wow.
* Allirra ripping off James's shirt, literally, for god knows what reason. Trish then claimed it as a trophy.
* The fact that we drank all the booze. In the morning there were two cans of hahn ice left, which me and James drank.

Two bigger stories:
* Some guy from a few houses down the street turned up, some English kid. There was a little fire in a brazier out the back that he thought would be awesome to pour some shellite on. Only he doesn't splash it, he actually pours some and the bottle catches on fire; everyone starts backing away. He drops the bottle (fire on your sleeve!) and decides the best method to extinguishing the bottle is to stamp on it but stands on the middle of the bottle. All the shellite gets squirted out of the bottle at once and ignites, creating a 4 or 5-metre fireball and setting him alight. He does some rolling around and is okay ("I think I burnt my hand, I need a beer.."), the shed damn near catches alight.
* A guy, I remember not who Geoff was taking a slash into the garden, facing away from the group of people I was talking with. Someone else popped up between us and said, "We can't show you this man's face, because he's a dentist." Geoff gave a little wave over his shoulder.

It was all I could hope for and more. Thanks to those who came (what? why am I thanking you misfits? nah, it was awesome). If anyone's together enough to help clean up that would be hot, the place is trashed.
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[04 Aug 2006|06:35pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

alex says: so you coming tonight
alex says: comma
alex says: you shitmongrel

tim says: maybe
tim says: but if it's full of losers i'm leaving
tim says: you have lots of loser friends.
tim says: like me
tim says: if there's anybody like me there
tim says: i'm gonna punch em
tim says: in fact
tim says: if i turn up
tim says: i'm kicking my ass.
alex says: if you break my mirror, i'll hurt you
tim says: good i'll need help
tim says: you can hold me down while i pummel me

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[23 Jul 2006|02:35pm]
James (fixing something on the computer): If this doesn't work, I'm going to punch someone in the balls.
Alex: Bags not.
Ben: ..Damn it.
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[14 Jul 2006|02:25pm]
[ mood | distressed ]

See Alex.
See Alex working late, spend the night chez his friends Dallas/Brooke/Paul, who live nearby. This is not a problem, for they live closer to Alex's work and uni than he does.
See Alex cadge a lift to the station from Brooke, and watch them wait in heavy traffic until they are both late.
See Alex catch a train to the city, only to arrive half an hour late for his lecture.
See Alex walk into an empty lecture theatre, as that lecture doesn't run on fridays. Damn.
See Alex grudgingly trudge to the station, to board a Cranbourne-bound train to go to work instead.
See Alex startle as he discovers the train has taken him instead halfway to Sandringham.
See Alex make the best of it, and recall that the 630 to Monash goes past (Middle? North?) Brighton. All that can be said is that it sure wasn't Middle Brighton.
See Alex catch a train towards the city, so he can change at South Yarra and try it all again.
See Alex groan (wholeheartedly) at the announcement that all trains in that direction are cancelled for the next hour and a half.
See Alex elate at the sight of a Frankston train pulling into the station (as catching the bus from Ormond is an acceptable solution).
See Alex bury his face in his hands as the train expresses from Caulfield all the way to Cheltenham.
See Alex find resolve:
fuck it. it was clearly just never meant to be.

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[27 Jun 2006|03:44am]
[ mood | ROBBED ]


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[13 May 2006|06:06pm]
This morning I was hungover. This is a logical progression from last night, with the beer and the tiny bicycles. Aaron offered me a seth set to go off the jump on it, but it was too heavy for us to move it. Newo got angry about the cake and peed everywhere. This afternoon I got terrible hayfever and went home. Was supposed to be going to the movies with Rik but she piked, then I was going to the movies with my folks but I piked. May take a nap.
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Dear Livejournal [09 May 2006|10:02pm]
One housemate.
Their rent would be $50 per week, plus a share of the bills.
If you are interested, or know someone who might be, get in touch with Mountview.
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Overheard at Mountview [07 Apr 2006|09:59pm]
Brooke: "You should refer to yourself in the second person."
Newo: "In 'Me, Myself and Irene' he speaks in the fourth person."
James: "The fourth person is time!"

Dallas: "I was cracking onto this chick at work.."
James: "Haha, I was cracking onto these guys.."
Everyone "...."
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[25 Mar 2006|03:30am]
For better or for worse, get your pillow out and get ready to swing it at complete strangers.

Time: 2pm
Date: Saturday 25th of March
Locations: Melbourne City Square, Corner of Swanston Street and Collins Street
Designated Pillow Fight area: Between Starbucks and Swanston Street

See the blog post for a map of the location - http://spaces.msn.com/pillowfightaus/

And don't forget the rules of Pillow Fight Club:

1. You do tell everyone about PillowFight Club.
2. You do tell everyone about PillowFight Club.
3. If someone whines or has no pillow, you cannot hit them.
4. Everyone joins in the fight.
5. The one fight starts at the designated time - No earlier.
6. No tar, no heavy things in pillows.
7. PillowFights will go on until they're done.
8. If this is your first night at PillowFight Club, you have to get feathered.

And don't hit anyone with a camera, as it looks like we have a few photographers showing up as well.

What is Pillow Fight Club? (Wikipedia entry)
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[20 Mar 2006|01:37am]
[ mood | confused ]

xxxx tells you 'hey there, i just wanted to say thanks for the information you put on your website'
xxxx tells you 'If I can donate anything towards the cost of maintainance of it, I'd like to.'

I actually get this quite a bit. I turn these kind people down.

Why? Sweet jesus, why. Lord knows I'm broke - really, really broke - and I spend half my time (a conservative estimate) doing stuff for my site, which I suppose would be nice to get something back from (to offset the amount I spend on failed uni courses, hohoho). And yet, I would feel very uncomfortable accepting money. It just feels shady, I think it would be a door to Bad Things somehow. Plus I'd have to figure out how to do it, so it's totally not happening.

Moral highground, being able to eat, moral highground, being able to eat..

Sif I'd eat anyway.

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[07 Mar 2006|07:19pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

I went to uni today and (other) strange things happened. I bumped into icefalcon , so she is my witness.

Scene: Alex stands in front of a BBQ, piece of bread awaiting a meat-based product.
Me: One sausage, please.
Guy: Err, you need to be a member.
Me: ...
Guy: ...
Me: Can I keep the bread?
Guy: Oh just have a damn sausage.

Bumped into a chick who I hung out with for a while in Paris. A bit random, non?

Chased a pigeon, which hit someone in the head. Act nonchalant, act nonchalant.

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I am a music geek [04 Mar 2006|09:00pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

I seriously underuse this journal/blog thing, so I've decided I could use it to show you two personality traits of mine. Namely my love for good music and my unquenchable desire to foist my opinions on others. So, perhaps the start of a series if I can be arsed:

The Mountain Goats
The Mountain Goats is the brainchild of John Darnielle, singer/songwriter and poet. It's the poetry that shines through in his work, like the music has to shuffle back a bit to make way for the lyrics. No, wait, that makes it sound like the songs are bad - they're not - but they're stripped down to the hooks and there's no three-minute guitar solos. Each of their (many) albums have a defined set of characters and a story, which Darnielle claims he usually doesn't know about until about four songs in. The subject matter is difficult and the delivery is sometimes cryptic, but always masterful.

Well, yeah, mostly. The Mountain Goats have been around for a long time, starting as a full band and then as a solo act and then as a duo and now as the duo but recording with a full band. I loved the new stuff so much that I did the geeky thing and got all the old albums (there's about 10) and listened through, but I don't think they've got the same power as his latest (of which I prefer Tallahassee and The Sunset Tree). Both are dark and powerful to listen to, like a car crashing into a string section in slow motion. The stories are autobiographical and I guess this is why he's able to fill them with such emotion. This gets him compared to the emo craze a lot and if I'm to be honest, he verges emo-ish melodrama at points, but the music's too good for me to care and the tale is told with a wry grin and no angst. Take 'No Children' off the Tallahassee album, which I think is the funniest song about tragedy ever: "I am drowning / There is no sign of land / You are coming down with me / Hand in unlovable hand / And I hope you die / I hope we both die". And it does, it reads like a 16-year old's diary, but you listen to the song and it comes across a bit different. Take 'Dance Music' from The Sunset Tree, which describes how you can use music to seclude yourself from the bad things that happen in the world - sounds kinda heavy, and the lyrics make it heavier, but the song is bouncy and tints the whole mixture with a kind of carefree insanity.

This is getting long and wanky, so I'll cut to the important bits. Firstly, listen to the Mountain Goats, they're really very good. Their two big hits ('See America Right' and 'This Year') really are their best songs in my opinion, but learn to love 'Magpie', 'Dilaudid' and the unfortunately named 'Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod' as well.

Note! The second important thing is that the Mountain Goats are touring Australia next month. They're playing the Corner on April 12th but even better than that, they're doing a free gig (!) at my uni (!) on the 11th. Come along and feel the wow.

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