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Sunday, April 13, 2008

how to pronounce stuff

Ooh love this! thanks Darren.

Forvo - All the words in the world. Pronounced.

So useful!
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Sunday, March 09, 2008

101 Things List Update

I am going to rewrite 101 Things in 1001 Days list cause things change.

These are the things I have done:
26. I have paid off my credit card
27. I have paid off student loan
29. I am getting paid
31. I only work the hours that I am paid for (for 4 weeks in a row)
43. All the USB ports on my laptop are working
55. I know whether my video player works or not
57. I own a digital slr
59. I have new glasses and/or contacts
66. go to a music festival or gig/concert overseas (not NZ or Australia)
68. get a professional massage
86. go to work drinks at least once
95. do a tarot reading for someone other than me

These are the things I have done that I will need to do again:
37. clear out gmail account
39. clean sofas
40. reorganize flickr account
44. All my cds/data are backed up and organised
45. My Phd stuff is cleared out, sorted out and stored.
46. All my digital photos are archived
58. I have been to the dentist
60. visit grandmother
61. visit mother

These are the things that I have started:
47. I have sold or given away all the books I don’t want
48. I have sold or given away all clothes that I won’t ever wear again unless I absolutely love them
50. I have sorted out all my stuff into sell/give/throw away and keep pile
51. I have sold/given/thrown away everything in the sell/give/throw away piles
52. All my cds are in storage
75. try 3 new dance classes (bellydance, flamenco)
97. throw 5 parties (1/5)

These are the things I have changed my mind about doing and are coming off the list:
30. I am getting paid my goal income or better
64. see the mars volta live
91. write a WHOLE song complete and final and finished
92. make a webpage
93. make a webmap
94. do a complete astrological chart/reading for someone other than me
100. read the last 2 books in the grigori series
101. find the 1st book in the grigori series

These are things that may remain on the list unless I can think of better things:
28. I have paid back all other loans
32. I have my own company
33. My company does something or some things
34. Everyone who owes me money has paid me back
35. Unsubscribe from the unnecessary and unused
36. clear out uni email account
38. tidy up files on laptop
41. make a list of all my blogs
42. fix blogs
49. I have gotten rid of all shoes that I will never wear again
53. I have returned all cds that are not mine
54. I have returned all books that are not mine
56. I have a copy of Doomsday on dvd
62. get a surfing lesson/s
63. go on a surf holiday
65. see the queens of the stone age live
67. go to every art gallery within 1km radius at least once
69. do the waikaremoana lake walk
70. go to a classical concert
71. try rock-climbing
72. dye hair
73. straighten hair
74. get a tattoo
76. visit Greece
77. kayak around Mediterranean
78. visit South America
79. go snowboarding
80. learn how to do yoga
81. regular (5 days/week) pilates/yoga/dance for 2 months
82. I can do right leg splits
83. I can do left leg splits
84. I can do 10 real press ups in a row
85. drink a glass of water every morning for 60 days in a row
87. I smile at everyone I see/meet/talk to (for a week)
88. finish 5 paintings
89. plug my bass in and play it for at least 15 minutes
90. I can play the moonlight sonata on keyboard/piano
96. sit in albert park for a day reading and people watching and picnicking and taking photos
98. make a tarot covers/cases for the decks without covers/cases
99. sell my bead stuff or make something with it

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Friday, June 01, 2007


There are too many social webby things for me to keep track of... facebook, friendster, flickr, that music one, geni, linkedin, twitter, jaiku, and the others I can't remember off the top of my head and the others that I have registered for and forgotten... and then the slightly less "networky" interwebby things like the blogs (I forget how many I have now) and the newsreaders (again several, none of which I use) and lots lots more... eek!

Take last.fm for example. A couple of people mentioned it today and I thought "oooh, that sounds very cool, I should register!" Well. It turns out I have registered. In 2005. Woops. Then the inevitable trying to remember my password (no I don't trust password banks) etc... and then realising why I don't use it... voila! a whole couple of hours wasted. Yeah. I exaggerate, maybe an hour at the most.

Maybe I should boycott all of them. Or at least pose the question "how does this enhance my life?"
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i wish i had wheatgrass

but this will do. I feel MUCH better now and my green craving is almost appeased.

1/2 bag of spinach
2 bananas
handful of frozen mango
handful of frozen berries
apple juice
goji berries
maca powder
cacao nibs
flax seed oil
cocounut oil
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Saturday, May 26, 2007

nothing's right without you here

I am at a gig. Between bands. It is hazy and I am nightdreaming and not quite fitting in and not quite caring. Things are fine but not right. And then all of a sudden a song catapults into sharp focus. There is something about it. I am not sure if it is the melody, the bassline, the voice or the lyrics:

there's something natural in the way you touch me, it's a feeling that I can't describe, something mystic in the soul connection, something magic in your misty eyes... there's something that I can't explain about this, there's something something that I can't explain... it is what it is...

Then someone real interrupts me, is talking at me, but I am captured by the song, the song is more real than the people around me. And I know it is going to end and I am going to talk and forget it, so I scrawl words on a coaster and continue the night. But it was a moment of change.

When I get home I google the lyrics. It is a cover of a Fat Freddy's song. Flashback. By The Twilight Singers and Mark Lanegan. So perhaps it was the voice that hooked me, Mark Lanegan's voice is hypnotic to me. It is probably my favourite voice of all time. Yes, I like him better than Maynard and better than Chris and better than Johnny.

So I am caught in an interweb and synchronicity storm. Connections everywhere. It all fits in a weird way. And then I stumble across another cover by The Twilight Singers and Mark Lanegan - Live With Me (Massive Attack). Wow. It is one of those songs, you know the songs that haunt you, transform you, that reach into places rarely touched, that twist your insides out. Or maybe it is just me. I don't even have the words to describe it. I seem to have lost my words somewhere along the way. Just as well these songs have words.

it don't matter, when you turn
gonna survive, you live and learn
I've been thinking about you, baby

by the light of dawn,
and in my blues ... day and night ... I've been missing you
I've been thinking about you baby
come live with me

either way, win or lose
when you're born into trouble
you live the blues
I've been thinking about you baby
see it almost makes me crazy

nothing's right, without you here
I'd give all that I have, just to keep you near
I wrote you a letter, I tried to, make it clear
you don't seem to think that I'm sincere
I've been thinking about you, baby
come live with me

plans and schemes, hopes and fears
dreams I've denied, for all these years
I've been thinking about you, baby
makes me wanna...

nothing's right, if you ain't here
I'd give all that I have, just to keep you near
I wrote you a letter, I tried to ,make it clear,
but you don't seem to think that I'm sincere

I've been thinking about you, baby
come live with me
come live with me
come live with me

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

delicious links

Blog of found passive aggressive notes.

Reading Speed thing.

Article on all those people out and about during the day time when most people are working.
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Sunday, May 20, 2007

jean stress

My goodness clothes shopping is stressful! And jean shopping is even more stressful, especially when you haven't bought jeans for over 8 years and have no clue what size you are or what brands/styles fit/suit you.

So it is winter. And apparently my weight is still dropping or my clothes are being stretched by elves in the middle of the night. And I am getting sick of pulling things up and wearing clothes that don't fit. So last week I finally succumbed and went shopping for jeans and other clothes. Ick! I HATE malls. No wonder I have been putting it off. And most of the clothes are ugly besides. Anyway I only managed to find an OK pair of jeans that will do for work before I couldn't stand it anymore and had to run away and recuperate. It is such a pity that I can't try things on online.

So the clothing problem is not solved. And neither is the jean problem.

And I was thinking that skinny jeans are so very ugly, but maybe it is just that they don't look that great on most body types. Maybe I can get away with it. Because I am VERY attracted to the hot pink drainpipes I found surfing whilst surfing the interweb for jean wisdom. I wonder if I can get away with that.
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Friday, March 30, 2007

the smacking thing

I was going to share my opinions. But thought better of it. So I will just say:

It is fantastic that so many people care so much about the wellbeing of children and families that this smacking thing is such a big issue!
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