27 April 2009

Update

I still remember having to do a school project on an inventor. I was 10 or 11. Most the class did Alexander Graham Bell (telephone). I was stuck – I didn’t know who to study... So, I did Louis Braille. The reason I am bringing this up as part way through writing this I remembered that it was in fact Louis Braille I studied not Samuel Morse (whoops!), BUT then I remembered that Louis Braille based Braille on Morse code! (which is obviously why I remembered the school project!). Anyway, it was really interesting learning about the invention of Braille, and the teacher appreciated someone picking a different inventor. My project got pinned to the Work of the Week board. Oh what an accomplishment! As an added sidebar, I ended up working with Braille books after Uni.

Sooo... google is back on form with its Morse Google logo. Have I mentioned lately what a cheap thrill I get out of google?! Hence the spiel above.



Last week was busy, but pretty darn good, thanks to the weekend. I spent two days at our CHCH office. This went well – it’s always draining doing two days of training back to back... it’s exhausting just doing one! Still, I got through it, made it to Friday afternoon and a well deserved few alcoholic drinks with friends! It was awesome to catch-up with A&P again, unfortunately the weekend went too fast.

Last week also marked the Big Move: my parents moving for the first time in 26 odd years. Their new house is fantastic; I felt the good vibes straight away. It’s going to be a wonderful new Home. This weekend I’m going to stay in my Mum, while Dad is gallivanting around England (he’s got two weeks, paid for by work, along with another teacher to check of Cambridge Uni and learn about a potential new subject/Cambridge exam).

So, still not much downtime after The Wedding to re-group!

Anyway, back to work I go (we just had a fire drill... walking down stairs from Level 27 is not fun).

23 April 2009

22 April 2009

Google-ness

Google celebrates Earth Day 2009 with the below groovy logo.



And, ANZAC Day too

18 April 2009

More music

I know I mentioned I was enjoying new albums by: The Decemberists, Gomez, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beirut, Phoenix, U2 (average to be honest).
I forgot to mention: Andrew Bird and White Lies.

I'm listening to Bird's album, Noble Beast, right now - it's heart-felt and lyrical. I love the almost "live" feel of the songs (I bet he is fantasic live). All the compositions are so rich.

17 April 2009

Furry Offerings

I was sitting, eating breakfast, when I noticed a shadow behind the curtain. At first it looked like something outside... but as the shadow moved its form took shape. The shadow moved down the curtain with little feet and a tail.
My confusion quickly became a clear shout of: "There's a bloody mouse running down our curtain!"

I'd like to ONCE AGAIN thank Phoebe for her generous gift. She brings these mice inside and just LEAVES them! What ensued was a complete dismantling of the couch, along with the shift of coffee tables.

We opened all the doors and waited. Unfortunately we have NO idea where said mouse is.

16 April 2009

An Actual Post

Don't faint, it's an actual post. This may be a little disjointed, but I'm going to give it my best shot (my brain is completely fried at the moment).

-The Engagment happened around the end of 2007, and as of Easter Sunday (April 12th), D & L had their Wedding (the Marriage was Jan 2009). I got to be a bridesmaid for the first time: wear the dress (tasteful), the shoes (purple... a little crippling), and walk down the aisle (I was petrified.. strange people staring at me, video cameras, normal cameras... when did walking suddenly get so hard?! Nightmare stuff).
Everything went really well; it was a beautiful day. Sure there were glitches, but nothing major, and D kept her cool really well!

-My flatmate brother is back at uni fulltime with aspirations of becoming a doctor! He's working super hard too.

-Mum and Dad have sold the family homestead after more than 25 years. They move in a couple of weeks to another house, still in the same suburb. It will be very strange to NOT see our house again. But, the new house is lovely. I am so happy for Mum.

-Youngest brother lost a cat, and got a dog. The new puppy, 10 week old "Charlie", is absolutely gorgeous. He's a lab/collie/huntsman mix or whatever.

-I'm off to Wellington tomorrow for work (for the day), and Christchurch next Thurs-Sun (for work and play)

-I got my hair done last week (ready for the wedding). I said the words: darker for winter... and I'm blonder than last time! Still, looks ok.

-Lots of new music to rock out to. I'm enjoying new albums by: The Decemberists, Gomez, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beirut, Phoenix, U2 (average to be honest).

-Right now (as I write this line) I am in Wellington for work. It's not until I went to buy my lunch that I realised the person I lent my eftpos card to last night didn't give it back to me!! I'm soooo hungry :( Anyway, the 2 training sessions I did this morning went really well. Everyone was successfully impressed by the database. I've just got to last until I get home at 8pm...

09 April 2009

Smiling Like I Mean It

Last night was The Killers concert at Vector Arena. Ahh the Killers. There is a little story about me and them... actually, there is no "me and them", but:

I was working at the Foundation a million years ago and a co-worker's sister sent him a bunch of CDs from the UK. He gave me a copy of The Killers, The Bravery, and The Stills. I always remember that day as the 'The' day - suddenly 'The' bands had reemerged!
And to this day I LOVE all three of those bands (and they are all still around, with all having released at least a second album). It's painful as I should be able to say: "Plus I have seen all three live". Alas I am still smarting from my The Stills debacle. I have however seen The Killers (twice) and The Bravery (once).

I saw The Killers at the 2007 Big Day Out; they rocked the fuckin house. Still, it was a festival. Last night was the first time The Killers have played a proper concer in NZ.
I was running a wee bit late to meet friends (seriously stressed out week at work; crazy shit). We still made it inside before the opening act though (Kiwi band The Checks). A few beers and a good gossip later... oh and two accidental meetings with the same work colleague... the main act came on. O.M.G.

Let me say: the concert was awesome. The show-stealer was Brandon Flowers. I had no idea he was that enigmatic on stage - he was the centre of attention and with good reason!!



The setlist was varied and pretty goddamn perfect - the whole crowd sang along, often while bouncing manically (turns out semi-moshing is still alive). Auckland got: Human, This is your Life, Bling (confessions of a king), Somebody Told Me, For Reasons Unknown, Mr Brightside, I Can't Stay, Smile Like You Mean It, Read My Mind, Spaceman, All The Things I've Done. Encore: Bones, Losing Touch, Jenny Was a Friend of Mine and When You Were Young.

The stage was Las Vegas cheese, but it worked for them (blow up palm trees, mirrored piano, fairy lights, and a spectacular curtain of pyrotechnic sparks at the end).

Sticking with this year's new tradition, below is the montage.



Sadly that was the last of my previously whole stocked pile of tickets. This year has been good to me so far. Bar missing the Big Day Out, I've managed: Ryan Adams, NIN, Cold Play, Kings of Leon, and The Killers.

08 April 2009

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."

WTF?! I say again, WHAT THE FUCK??!!

I am completely serious. 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' by Jane Austen and Seth Graeme-Smith.

The synopsis you wonder? Well, isn't it obvious?? : As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read...

Personally, I like the original, but I totally want to read this book AND see the movie (not that there is a movie... yet!). Would love to see it done a la 'Shaun of the Dead' style!