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January 24th, 2008 (03:58 pm)



That's all I have to say about that. It's really just too sad for words.

Heath, we're gonna miss you.

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Brandon Flowers and the Tour of Awesomeness

November 20th, 2007 (07:47 pm)
current location: RMC (the place to be)
current song: Elvis Presley - Burning Love

The Killers - Australia 2007

The title says it all, people. Killers, Australia, Sydney, kukamukies, and me. And it was awesome. And it guess it always is, when you go to see one of your favourite bands for the first time. But that should not diminish the fact that seeing these guys was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life. For me, the only thing that even comes close to being on a par with what I witnessed on the 11th of November this year, was the first time I went to see Placebo perform live at the Enmore Theatre in 2003. There's just something about fantastic music, a frontman with a sexy voice and covered in make-up, a venue big enough to hold their majesty, supporting acts that clearly worship the people they're opening for, and hundreds upon hundreds of people singing along to the songs that have meant so much to you over the years, with you all laughing and crying and sighing and dancing all at the appropriate moments, in sync, no less. Awesome is the only word I can think of to describe it.

Those boys from Vegas were suitably impressive on the night - what amazed me was how readily they jumped into the whole thing, and how they decided to sing most of their hits right up front. Not that any of us were complaining about it! Ronnie was grinning, the wanky and creepy guys were being suitably wanky and creepy by turns, and Brandon was nothing short of acrobatic, running all over the stage and climbing up on top of equipment while he sang (incredibly on pitch, given all the other stuff he was doing at the same time!). What was amazing was how well EVERYONE in the vicinity knew ALL the songs - I don't know how Brandon wasn't put off by it, it was that loud. At least that should settle the score once and for all: Australia is undoubtedly the heartland of their biggest, loudest and most hard-core fans. As it should be.





But it was the series of encores that clinched the deal - they did 3 in total, the first of which was a 3-song bonanza which Brandon announced as their "Murder Trilogy"; second was one of the best moments of the night, where "All These Things That I've Done" managed to incorporate the biggest audience solo of all history, with the crowd singing "I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier" for what must have been a full minute and a half before Brandon joined in again; and then finally, to top it all off, they took the stage one more time, along with both their supporting acts (Louis XIV and Howling Bells) to sing that rock song of all rock songs, that never fails to invoke images of slippery slides and mass murders all at the same time - "Helter Skelter" by the Beatles! And it was fantastic! As kukamukies rightly said, though, that was truly one for the true fans of The Killers, who not only love them but also love the heritage of rock from which they come - half the teeny boppers in the joint had no idea what was going on, much less any idea as to what the song was, or it's significance. Oh well. Kukies and I certainly understood, and loved them for it. John have been proud. Who cares about Paul.

What I absolutely LOVED though, was the fact that there was a family sitting behind us, complete with their two children (estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 6). Not only were they so well behaved (compared to Kukies and I, of course), they knew every single song, and sang their little hearts out the entire time. That, for me, was the supreme example of the way in which The Killers have made their mark in the halls of rock and roll stardom - they have managed to transcend the generations with their sound, a true sign that they will be remembered forever. And who could ask more than that, really?

The Killers ROCK! WE LOVE YOU, BRANDON!!!!

THANK YOU KUKIES FOR ONE OF THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENTS EVER!!!!


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Check me out! (No, seriously - check me out!)

September 25th, 2007 (01:15 am)
pleased

current location: RMC (the place to be)
current mood: pleased
current song: Tori Amos - Winter

Am unspeakably proud to bear the name of Lionheart! (However, I'm still unsure as to whether this is that accurate a description of me, but hey!)

Kate fans, I give you the most awesome quiz in history. Enjoy!








Which Kate Bush Album Are You? (Includes Aerial!)




You are Kate's second album, Lionheart! Soft-spoken enough that some people may not even notice you at first, you in fact have a flair for the theatrical that shouldn't be overlooked. Key songs: Oh England My Lionheart, Wow, Hammer Horror.
Take this quiz!








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Oh Jane Austen... sigh!

September 23rd, 2007 (06:05 pm)
current location: RMC (the place to be)
current song: Justin Timberlake - LoveStoned (interlude)

I am Elinor Dashwood!


Take the Quiz here!




Why does this result not surprise me. Not that I'm complaining - I knew there was a reason I loved Sense & Sensibility so much! Btw, kukamukies - you are SO Marianne, it's not funny! I encourage you all out there to take this test; it is undoubtedly a true revealer of character. Kukies, what do you reckon?

;P

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Brought to you by the Letter 'W'

September 18th, 2007 (04:54 pm)
cheerful

current location: RMC (the place to be)
current mood: cheerful
current song: Jamie T - Lonely Was The Ballad

Comment to this post and I'll give you a letter. In your journal, list 10 of your favorite songs that begin with that letter.

I was tagged by kjd_pferd, and she gave me the letter W.

1. Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
2. When You Were Young - The Killers
3. Walk On By - Cyndi Lauper
4. William, It Was Really Nothing - The Smiths
5. Wonderwall - Oasis
6. What A Great Night - Hilltop Hoods
7. Winter - Tori Amos
8. Whenever, Wherever - Shakira
9. What Goes Around (Comes Around) - Justin Timberlake
10. Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed


Gentlemen, please start your engines! ;P

(muneek_may, if you're reading this - maybe this meme is the perfect way to restart your lj life? Pleeeeeeeease? :P )

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Hell Yeah!

September 10th, 2007 (04:24 pm)
current location: RMC (the place to be)
current song: Tori Amos - Crucify




LMAO! Couldn't have said it better myself, dudes!

BRING BACK THE BILLIE, DAMN IT!!!! ARE YOU LISTENING, RUSSELL T??!?!?!?!?!?!!!!

(But seriously - love your work, pal. Thanks for looking after all us fanatics so well :) )

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Woohoo! I'm Simon!!!

August 11th, 2007 (02:27 pm)
pleased

current location: RMC (the place to be)
current mood: pleased
current song: Bob Marley - Is This Love

Yay, Simon's my favourite!!! I think... I love them all so much! Except Inara. I mean, I tolerate her, but she's such a waste of space... :P


You scored as Simon Tam, You are Simon, Serenity's doctor, and on the run from the Alliance after he liberated his sister River from an Alliance experiment. A bit prim and proper, but Kaylee's working on that.

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Simon Tam

69%

Mal Reynolds

60%

Inara Serra

58%

Kaylee Frye

56%

Shepherd Book

55%

Zoe Washburne

45%

Wash Washburne

44%

River Tam

35%

Jayne Cobb

31%

What Big Damn Hero Are You? [ Serenity | Firefly ]
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Hooray for Science-Fiction!

August 9th, 2007 (04:46 pm)
bored

current location: RMC (the place to be)
current mood: bored
current song: Ben Lee - Catch My Disease

I found this on a friend's blog ages ago, and it never really made any sense to me... until now! One of the many things I have been doing since quitting my horrible job (yay!!!) has been engrossing myself in the Firefly universe (which is just absolutely awesome! Seriously guys, if you've never seen it, go and find it and watch it. Totally made of awesome); so this commentary has now come to mean something very different - and dare I say much more important - than when I first saw it all those months ago. And of course, Old-School Star Wars rules the fucking school. Everyone knows that!

Enjoy, friends - you can't stop the signal, so embrace it! :D


SPACE FIGHT I: SERENITY vs. MILLENNIUM FALCON


The Ship: Serenity vs. the Millennium Falcon





First up, naturally, is the ship. One of the things I like about both ships is they're clunky looking. That's cool. They look like exactly what they're meant to be: low end, non-military ships.

Interestingly, both Serenity and the Millennium Falcon are smuggling ships. Both have been shown to be extremely adept at outflying their chasers. However, Serenity and her crew tend to be a little more, erm, discreet about their business, taking on legitimate passengers (and even legitimate jobs, when they can get them) and relying on their wits and mouths, whereas the Millennium Falcon and her boys tend to favor laser canons. Which brings us to point two: Serenity is not armed, the Falcon is. Naturally, this means that the Falcon would win in a classic fight. But let's go a little deeper.

One of the advantages Serenity has is that we got to know her in a television show, not just three movies. Therefore, we've seen her a little more than we've seen the Falcon, especially her interior. And I've got to say, for the most part, the interior of Serenity wins based on that alone. We've seen the crews rooms, which have a pretty cool setup, the engine room (and Kaylee's hammock alone makes the Serenity engine room cooler than the Falcon's), and the kitchen, plus the flight deck (a given, really) and the shuttles and the cargo hold. In short, we've pretty much seen everything on Serenity - I can't even think of a crew member's room we haven't seen.

Both are rather stark setups, with little decoration and not much in the way of luxuries, which is to be expected. I will say that the Falcon's board games trump Serenity's (3-D space chess vs. some sort of poker with round cards), but the physical activity on Serenity (hoop ball or whatever it is) looks more fun that training sessions with Obi-Wan, even if it does involve a light saber.

It's a close tie, but I think what tips it for me is one thing that Serenity has that the Millennium Falcon doesn't:

Plastic dinosaurs.

Winner: Serenity


The Captain: Mal Reynolds vs. Han Solo





Um… excuse me while I drool for a second. Man, it was worth doing this article for this minute alone. Whoo!

Okay. Two very fine looking- er, very fine captains. Fine, two hotties. Two guys who excel at getting into trouble, are motivated largely by profit, can talk their way out of anything, are just as happy to shoot you if that doesn't work, and who think rules are for other people.

I'm really not sure who would win a fight here, but it would be really, really fun to watch.

Seriously. They're both quick draws. Witness Han shooting Greedo first (because we all know that's how it happened) and Mal shooting the Alliance Fed in the Firefly pilot. Han's blaster might be more effective than Mal's pistol, but I don't think that really matters. They've both got their own sort of honor, although it's not conventional and you'd better understand it well before you rely on it. But if you're their friend, they've both got your back from here until eternity.

Neither of them are even much in the way of womanizing. I mean, Han gets Leia, sure, but that's the only chick we ever see him with. Mal, shunning the Kirk love-in-every-other-episode approach, only has one romantic encounter the entire series and movies. So we can't even use that. And they both wear tight pants remarkably well. (Hey- I didn't say it, ask Kaylee.)

I'm gonna give the edge to Han here, just because while a laser vs. bullet might not matter in most cases, in a fight between these two any little edge tips you over the top.

Winner: Han Solo


The First Mate: Zoe (Warren) Washburn vs. Chewbacca





We're gonna be seeing a lot of good old Chewie here, because he fills more than one role on the Millennium Falcon. He's not only the first mate, but the muscle, tech, and co-pilot. When you consider his role is filled by four people on Serenity… well, let's just say Chewie's gonna win any fight here.

Almost.

Chewbacca vs. Zoe. If there's a crew member on Serenity that can give Chewie a fight, it's got to be Zoe. Jayne may have the muscle and Jayne may have the guns, but it's going to take a lot more than that to take Chewbacca down, and Zoe's the one that's got the muscle, the guns, and the brain. A good shot, smart, strong, and sneaky when she wants to be, Zoe's the Serenity crew member to truly fear.

Plus, she has better hair.

Winner: Zoe Washburn


The Muscle: Jayne Cobb vs. Chewbacca





We've really already answered this, haven't we? Is there anyone out there who thinks Chewbacca isn't going to make Jayne cry like a little girl?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

Winner: Chewbacca


The Pilot: Horance "Wash" Washburn vs. Chewbacca






Dude, getting into a fight with Wash? That's not on. This one's been cancelled because Chewie and Wash decided this was stupid and went out for a beer.

Winner: The bar they go to.


The Techie: Kaylee Frye vs. R2-D2





They're both cute. They're both quite perky. And they both can fix anything, under any conditions. And neither of them are particularly handy with a gun. (I realize Chewie does tech for the Millennium Falcon before the droids come on board, but hey.)

This is kind of a hard one, in a way. I mean, for one, it's not like R2-D2 exactly has a lot of snappy dialogue (even if I am quite convinced he swears at C-3P0). Neither of them are warriors, which is something I like. I mean, R2-D2's not above an electric shock in the butt, and I'm sure Kaylee could deliver a mean slap, but it's not in character for either of them to be cold-blooded enough to kill someone. (Well, figuratively speaking, in R2-D2's case.) They're the support, both in the technical and emotional sense.

However, for me, this is not a tough call in reality. George Lucas's droids may practically be sentient beings, but the fact is they aren't. Human intelligence and resourcefulness trumps artificial every time in my book.

Winner: Kaylee Frye


The Protocol Expert: Inara Serra vs. C-3PO





You know, it makes sense that every smuggling ship should have an "Ambassador." Someone who knows etiquette and protocol, languages if necessary, and can help the smugglers fly under the radar. Now, while Inara hasn't really demonstrated a proficiency in languages (aside from English and Chinese, which everyone in the Firefly universe can speak), she hasn't been called on too, and I suspect she's fluent in several more. However, I must admit that C-3P0's got her trumped, with how ever many millions of languages he speaks.

But really. Prissy, high strung golden droid or sexy space hooker?

Winner: Inara Serra


The Whiny New Kid: Simon Tam vs. Luke Skywalker





Now, this one is fascinating to me, because let's face it, aside from some personality traits and their relationships with their captains, these two don't have that much in common on the surface. Jedi-in-training vs. fugitive doctor, although they're both wanted by the Empire that they're fleeing. (Come on - the Empire and the Alliance have a lot of traits in common as well.)

Now, obviously, in a physical fight, Luke is going to kick Simon's butt. Aside from the fact Luke can wield a lightsaber, we've got canonical evidence that Simon isn't much good with a gun. He couldn't kill the Fed in the series pilot, and in War Stories, Simon confessed he'd never killed anyone before, and Book riposted he was pretty sure that he still hadn't. However, in a battle of wits, Simon's got Luke whipped. Sure, Luke's got the Jedi mind trick, but that only works on the weak minded and weak willed, and that ain't Simon.

It pains me to write this, because I'll be honest - I adore Simon. I have a thing for brutally intelligent guys who know they're smart and are proud of it and have a serious devotion to family. I've always thought Luke was a whiner and vastly preferred Han to him. But I'm going to have to give the battle to Luke. Why? Because while Simon runs away from the Alliance (albeit because he's wanted and he's trying to protect his sister), Luke turns around and blows stuff up, and takes on the best villain in the history of movies. (Vadar - NOT Anakin.) Now, Simon does have his own brand of courage, but yeah.

Plus, Luke's a heck of a lot better at disguise, even if he is short for a Stormtrooper.

Winner: Luke Skywalker


The Old Mysterious Wise Man: Shepherd Book vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi





I know that Obi-Wan is in a long time ago in a galaxy far away, and Book is in a galaxy far away 500 years in the future. But have these two ever been spotted in the same room? Some eerie similarities here. We all know Book was some sort of warrior, who retreated from the world to a life behind walls. (I can't say a hermit because there were others at the Abby, but a retreat it definitely was.) Obi-Wan was a warrior who retreated to become a hermit. They've obviously both seen horrors. They're both mentors, of a sort. They're both deep believers, Book in God and Obi-Wan in George Lucas's clear version of God. And for crying out loud, they even take on the same mystical tones some times.

They're both smart. They're both cunning. They both can kick butt, and we don't really know the true extent of how much. They're both dead. However, Obi-Wan sacrificed himself to let Luke and the others get away, whereas Book… we never learned what was up with Book, but the episode with the bounty hunter plainly stated that Book's got a very, very harsh edge to him. Book scares me - Obi-Wan doesn't.

Winner: Shepherd Book


The Dangerous Chick that Comes Onboard And Can Kick Everyone's Butt:
River Tam vs. Princess Leia





Okay, pre-Serenity movie, this was no question. Leia wins, all the way. But in the Serenity movie… "and start with the part where Jayne gets knocked out by a 90 pound girl, cause that's never getting old!"

I think River could probably beat Leia, just because she's psychic. But then, Leia's got abilities with the Force that haven't been trained up, so she might as well be psychic after a while. They're both good shots, they can both be utterly ruthless, and they're both some of the best women in science fiction ever.

My guess is what would happen is that if Jayne got word that they were fighting, he'd be expecting mud wrestling and the slave girl outfit, show up with popcorn, and they'd both kick his butt together.

Winner: Don't know, but Jayne's crying like a little girl again

So the final score is: Serenity, 5, Millennium Falcon, 2, with two draws, thus proving that Mr. Man's Man movies is wrong about older and classic being better. (Erm, as much as one completely subjective article written by a major Firefly fan can prove anything.) However, I couldn't help thinking that for the most part, I can't imagine these two crews in a fight, and instead, kept thinking how much they're probably like each other, unless one cut in on the other's business. But God help us all if they ever formed an alliance between themselves. I really think Chewie and Wash had the right of it - I see these crews getting drunk together far more than I can see them duking it out.

And really, I think that's something we can all agree on.

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Thank God For Oxfam

June 6th, 2007 (05:21 pm)
sick

current location: Bit of a Downer...
current mood: sick
current song: Simon & Garfunkel - The Only Living Boy In New York

Was out shopping for my mum for her birthday on Saturday, and found the most amazing thing waiting for me in the Oxfam shop. My mum is one of those really difficult people to buy for, mainly because these days if she wants something, she’ll just go out and buy it. It’s such a turn around – when we were young, it was easy when it came to birthdays and Christmas, because we were so poor that there were always at least a hundred and fifty things you wanted. As a buyer, you were bound to win so long as you bought something on that vast list. But now – now, she’s not only a working girl as opposed to a stay-at-home mum, but she’s in demand and gets paid a tonne for her services, which has led to the list of wants and needs getting significantly shorter. What do you buy a person like this? I found myself wondering as I vainly walked the streets of that wondrous town know as The Berra. In the end, I decided that Oxfam was the way to go. At least their gifts give twice, even if the person you initially give the thing to doesn’t think it’s that crash-hot. Besides, I’ve been feeling extremely guilty at how remiss I have been lately re: my quest to save the world one starving, sick and frightened Palestinian baby at a time. Stupid work has been making me push them aside in favour of trying to con people out of their hard earned money, which breaks my heart. I thought, even if they didn’t have any goods for sale from Arab countries, it might ease my soul a bit to get back to basics. Even just standing in the shop, soaking up the vibe of the place and the looking at the beautiful, beautiful things they have for sale there, might do some good. And did it. Did it ever.

I haven’t given mum her present yet, but she doesn’t understand how the internet works so there’s no fear of her getting on here and seeing/hearing about it before she gets it. As soon as muneek_may and I saw them we stopped whatever it was we were doing and just stared, and no matter where else we went around the shop, they kept drawing us back. I thought, not only would I have to get my mother one of these, but I’d have to get one for just about every other woman I knew. They were too special, not to mention important, to keep hidden from the world.

They were dolls. Just dolls. Beautiful handmade dolls, made by a group of Zimbabwean mothers with severely handicapped children. And when you buy one of them, its twin is given to a child in Zimbabwe who is suffering from HIV/AIDS.

These women are part of the Batsiranai Craft Project. Batsiranai (which in the Shona language means "helping each other") has bought a house where the women not only do their craft work but get to learn management, business and marketing. The house also provides day care for their children.



The caption on this doll reads:
"Hello...my name is Jane and my sister is Josephine. Josephine is in Zimbabwe and I am in Australia. For every doll you buy, a twin doll will be given to a child in an HIV/AIDS affected family in Zimbabwe."



Isn’t that just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever heard? These little kids, they’ve got nothing – they live in slums, they’re in pain, they’re sick, they’re hungry – but we can give them at least a little bit of comfort as they go through the rigours of their treatment and the disease itself.

Support Oxfam today, guys. They do fantastic work throughout the entire world. They need us. And so do those kids. And I don’t know about you, but I would rather tighten my belt a bit and eat Homebrand, or God forbid paint my own nails, rather than deny little children like these something that might help them be just that little bit braver in the face of something as horrific as AIDS, which most of them were simply born with, and as such couldn’t help contracting.


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Day-Off Reminiscing (beware - here be extensive ranting)

May 23rd, 2007 (10:22 pm)
nostalgic

current location: Bit of a Downer...
current mood: nostalgic
current song: Dido - Here With Me

Had a lovely day yesterday lazing around at home watching TV and pottering around my little house here at the dodgy end of Street, Downer. However, during the course of this day, I was painfully reminded of a great truth that I have no doubt I have ranted about on here before, but which I feel I must do once more. That truth is, of course, that:

IT IS REALLY TERRIBLE WHAT THEY DID TO MAX AND LIZ IN ROSWELL.



So terrible. They were so innocent and pure, and the love they had for each other was so beautiful and true. Real stand-the-test-of-time stuff. And it is just so unbearable to see how that changes over the course of seasons 2 and 3. They used to be so happy and gentle and adoring. Then they made Max sleep with Tess, which made everything go to shit. And THEN they introduced the demon love child storyline, which made the whole thing even worse, if possible. And while they do get back together in the end, it just isn’t the same. They’re all slutty and gross, and that real cerebral element of their relationship got really lost, in my opinion. So, so sad.

That show had so much potential, and those stupid writers fucked it royally. How, I don’t know. I mean, you had all the factors of a great show right there – aliens, high school, country town in the middle of nowhere, young love, the FBI, and a great quest for self-discovery. Many a show has made its mark successfully on the world that has managed to use all these elements to great effect. Why the writers of Roswell missed the boat, I don’t know. Maybe they were just retards.

And I’d like to take this opportunity to say one more thing: while I am a die-hard Max and Liz fan, I am not (as opposed to popular opinion) necessarily anti-Tess. I think the introduction of a Tess-like character at some point was essential to the plot re: her role as a fourth alien who is able to thereby create all kinds of balance (and tension) within the group. How she was handled, however, was stupid. She could have been a great character that they could have used in so many ways. Instead, they just made her evil and grasping, and essentially an anti-Liz. How boring and pathetic. And what shits me most is that really, the whole Max-and-Tess-belong-together storyline was completely undercut by the fact that, following the same logic, Isabel and Michael should have been feeling the same pressure, which they just weren’t. And that was ok, seemingly. Silly, silly people.

Hooray for Kyle. He was the one character who actually had a really cool story-arc, and who developed awesomely, and quite surprisingly. That’s the one thing I’ll give them. They did good with Kyle. Although, they should have made so much more of his potential relationship with Isabel, rather than introducing a random husband for her in the 3rd season. Stupid Jesse. Grrr.



End rant.

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