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Music

Ta-dah

Scissor Sisters - Ta-Dah

Yep they’re back, the Scissor Sisters in all their glory. Since I’ve actually had Ta-Dah for quite some time now I’ve listened to it more times than I care to admit. And while on first listening my thoughts were, “Oh-no” subsequent listenings have reeled me in.

I LOVE this album. There’s not a song I skip and I reckon this is the future of music.

In a world of digital downloads, where we can pick and choose the tracks we want to purchase, the onus is on the artist BIG TIME to produce an album full of hits, rather than one or two strong tracks and a whole lotta filler.

Take Jessica Simpson (sorry David) for example, her new Album “A Public Affair” has in my opinion, one good song (a public affair), a bad reworking of an old 80’s classic (you spin me round…) and a whole lotta not much else. You’d buy the single and move on.

Scissor Sisters on the other hand… brilliant! Every song is a keeper. Some will have you grooving (don’t feel like dancing, she’s my man, kiss you off, ooh, lights etc) some will have you loving the one your with (the other side, might tell you tonight) and at least one (intermission) will have you thinking what the heck were THEY thinking, but be so infectiously weird you’ll bopp along anyway.

Get it, get it now and enjoy. Speaking of getting it, Janet’s new album 20 Y.O. is available today… must be off.

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Daily Life Photography

A World That Never Ends

Blue Dandelion by Emily Quinton Flickr… an amazing place, I can get lost there for days, if only the days would let me.

I LOVE taking photos and also seeing what others see through the lenses of their cameras, now, while my camera needs some work to get it back to peak condition, it is still my favourite possession. Closely followed by my iPod for similar reasons.

The camera lets me take a snapshot of the world as I see it, though somewhat restrained. For me, the taking of photos is a private thing and while there are group meets via Flickr groups etc I tend to prefer to be alone when I’m out with the camera. The photos are afterall an extension to my being. Did that make sense?

Spose what I mean is; I don’t want to be taking photos and worry that my time spent is boring someone else who has to wait around for me to get the shot I want, nor that my methods and madness in getting the shot right will be seen as me being crazy, randomly lying on the ground or staring at a reflection in a building, or sometimes, lying on the ground AND staring at the reflection of a building… too self conscious for my own good I guess. It’s something I’m working on.

I also don’t want to explain to someone WHY I am taking a certain shot, I just am, some shots you can look at and think “I see what you were doing here”… others require a little more viewing time to ‘get’ what I was after.

Half a weekend of viewing images on Flickr has opened my mind to different types of photos I COULD be taking, differnt angles, perspectives, framing, close-crops etc. Now I just have to find some time to get out there and act.

Watch this space for more shots coming soon.

Image above “Blue Dandelion” by Emily Quinton. Emily has a fantastic photostream of beautiful and sometimes moving images.

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Daily Life Restaurants

Off and Running

The Bunyip CafeIt has been an early start to today, we’ve been out for breakfast at “The Bunyip Cafe” across from the South Melbourne Markets, had our hair cut, had some stupid problem with the Laser fixed, been to check out the Toyota Prius and have now had lunch and am ready for a nanna nap before heading out to Sue Z’s tonight to play with her 24 inch iMac.

Reminds me I have to transfer some more music to my iPod before tonight.

But more about the Bunyip, it’s a great little cafe at 313 Coventry Street, South Melbourne, an old house turned cafe it is decorated with a lot of early 70’s kitch and some great glow decoration to make it look even better. Bit of a step back in time. Great food, great service.

And while I’m mentioning great service, I have to say thanks to the guys at the Valvoline Service Centre on Old Geelong Road, Hopper Crossing. The Laser has been doing this annoying thing, kind of surging at the oddest times. They jumped in the car to take a look and nothing happened while they tested it. But they said bring it back if anything happens, not 10 metres away it started again, we did a U-turn and off they drove again… for them, nothing unusal happened again!!!

But they still took time to have a look at possible causes for such things. Took of the distributor cap and scraped some crap of some parts in their and said that “could”  be the problem, but without experiencing it didn’t know if it would do any good.

So far we’ve been a fair way and it problem has not recurred. It cost us nothing for them to look at it and do the magic and they were nice guys about our problem that, for them, didn’t exist.

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Photography

New iStockPhotos by me

My Entries to iStockphoto.com have been somewhat limited of late due to continuing problems with my camera. Fortunately with recent visits from Family I overcame the reluctance to use the failing camera and have produced a few photos that have been accepted by iStock.

Now istockphoto is no great way to make money… in the entire time I’ve been on there as a photographer I’ve made exactly USD$9.60, not a great fortune, but I usually just turn any money made back into credits for use on the site. There again, it’s also not bad since I only have 23 active images and none of them were taken with “Stock Photography” in mind.

iStockPhoto is a great resource for small buisness and designers. And with recently seeing a couple of bigger global businesses using images from iStock it makes sense that Getty purchased them last December in a way of capturing some of the revenue they may have been losing to the fantastic site.

Here’s the comparison – image on iStockPhoto cost between 1-20 credits depending on the size you’re after (1credit = $1) and they can be bought individually, image from Getty or other paid stock photography site will set you back a MINIMUM of USD$100 and I’ve seen quotes of up to $4,000 for single use.

So the new onese are the Lioness (seen below) and Razorback Rock (which has already received two 5-camera ratings and the comment, “great atmosphere I like it!”).

So a little happier today to see the photography back in swing after a long absence. Now I just have to get the camera repaired.

Royalty free stock image | Lioness | iStockphoto.com

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Daily Life

Geek What Tha?

Apple Store Delivery NoticeI preface this by apologising to all the non-geeks out there… My Friend Sue has just take receipt of her fabulous brand new 24inch iMac, jeepers they are huge.

She has it here in the office today, cause that’s where it got delivered and of course we had to take it out of the box and check it out. It amazes me how many people are looking at it and saying what a huge “monitor” it is, and then to see their jaws drop when they find out the WHOLE computer is in there.

But back to the “What Tha?” The image attached to this post is Sue’s “Apple Store Delivery Note” from “Apple Computer Australia Pty Ltd” and check out the bottom left hand corner… that sucker was not generated from a Mac. Bloody… Word on the Mac can do Mail Merge too guys!

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Daily Life

Moo… they love to print

Moo Mini Cards

Apparently it’s true; these guys are print crazy… alright I have no idea if that is actually true at all. I’m sure they have their days when they can’t be bothered printing at all, but they have to cause that’s their job. But as I always say you should enjoy what you do and if you can say that you “LOVE TO PRINT” then print you must.

Enough rambling. The guys at moo.com have put the Flickr API to great use. They are allowing people to print MiniCards featuring your Flickr photos on one side and varible data on the other side.
For a limited time all Flickr Pro users can sample 10 FREE MiniCards shipped anywhere in the world.

I’ve ordered mine already and if they are alright, I’ll easily go for the 100 Pack, at only 19.99 they are awesome. But as the saying goes, the proof in the puddin’ and all…

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Other Blogs

Kid with Two Fathers

Great YouTube vid… there are times I wish we could have kids… but then I’d have to share all my toys. And it’s my Lego dammit!

PS It’s a reading video… I know some people out there don’t like watch and read, but please make an exception. It’s just so cute.


Oh and one quick thing, there have been a few videos I’ve wanted to add in the past, but never got around to it because one thing about WordPress; it doesn’t like you messing with the HTML it thinks you should have here. So today, because I really wanted to include this one, I went searching. And found Viper’s Video Quicktags. Great little wordpress plug-in.

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In the News

Big Cats in Big Trouble

TWENTY-ONE lions are dying in a zoo in north India after across-breeding experiment to boost the park’s attractions went wrong.

In the 1980s, officials at the Chhatbir Zoo in the northern city of Chandigarh, bred captive Asiatic lions with a pair of African circus animals, resulting in a hybrid species.

Within a few years, it became obvious it had not worked. The offspring found it hard to walk, let alone run, because their hind legs were weak. And by the mid-90s the big cats showed symptoms of failing immune systems.

But it wasn’t until 2000 that the breeding program was ended, and the male lions given vasectomies, by which time the zoo had 70 to 80 such lions.

Indian zoo helps crossbred lions ‘die with dignity’ – World – theage.com.au

This story angers me… within a few years they knew there were problems with the lions, but they continued to breed them? And now with 70-80 still alive, but dying. The title of the story on The Age is Indian zoo helps crossbred lions ‘die with dignity’.

But what dignity is there for these poor human-created creatures, with limbs failling unable to eat and now drip-fed to stay alive? Give these poor guys the green dream and let them have peace.

It saddens me that these poor creatures are forced to live. In the wild, not that they would ever appear in the wild, these animals would have already died out or been killed off as the weaker creatures they are.