That sick, sinking feeling...

Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004

Hello again. I'm feeling a bit woozy right now, because I just sent off a mass email to the entire medical school about our JJJ Beat the Drum entry. It's not so much because I think I've done something empirically bad, but more that I've done something which is incredibly poor form and will not be very popular with my classmates for a few weeks. It was worth it though. It's a cool idea of Jay's, and I'm really flattered that he asked me to take part in it. What's more I just found out he'll be receiving a phone call from JJJ tonight to talk about the concept. That's very promising and we may just win this puppy. Awesome.
Other than that, I've been busy with packing, as I am moving from St Lucia to Indooroopilly this Sunday. It's always a bit of a trip packing your stuff up for a move. It's incredible the amount of crap that builds up over an 18 month period. That and the memories that always swill up.
"That's the movie ticket from the night..."
Also it makes me incredibly angry cause it's also when you find how much of your stuff has been nicked by housemates present and past, and how much of your stuff has been mistreated.
I am looking forward to the move though; for one thing it means I finally get a decent desk I can sit at. Up till now, all my study, and yes even as I write this instalment, has been done sitting on my bed with my laptop, ironically, on my lap, and textbooks strewn all around me.

Well... at least it's a queen sized bed...

Happy Birthday Jasmine!

Posted on Friday, September 17, 2004

Yep, that's right, today is a special day, it's my sister Jasmine's birthday. I'm sure she's already sick of me wishing her happy birthday though, I sent her a quick text at 12:01am this morning after I got home from seeing Brant Bjork last night, then once again at around 6:30am as I was on my way to class at the PA hospital. I like being the first to wish someone happy birthday. Not so hard when your classes start so early. Anyway, yeah happy 29th Jasmine.

As for last night... I'll put it this way. For those of you who may have been concerned that the long hair and flannel brigade has become extinct, last night I found a rather large sect of them alive and thriving in the Brisbane stoner underground. I think all the old Kyuss fans were out in force last night. Brant Bjork for almost all of you, who have no idea what I am talking about, used to be the drummer for Kyuss, the seminal stoner rock band of the early 90s. Kyuss was the precursor band for Queens of the Stone Age. Brant quit Kyuss in 1994 I think, after their most critically acclaimed album Sky Valley. I have been a big fan of Brant's songs since I got into Kyuss, so I was quite excited to hear he was doing a show here in Brisbane. Brant and the Bros put on a great show, and as usual it made me want to be a rock star again. Rob unkindly described Brant Bjork and the Bros as Kyuss with a worse vocalist, which I think is unkind for two reasons. Firstly John Garcia, Kyuss' vocalist is one of my least favorite vocalists, Secondly Rob just doesn't get stoner. I would describe the Bros as being a amalgam of Kyuss and Fu Manchu, which is not so surprising as Brant Drummed for both bands.

For now, for some reason I am listening to System of a Down's self titled album. I'm feeling very rock today...

Take care guys.

Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2004

I know what you did last Sunday... Posted by Hello

Did someboday say crack cocaine?

Hello again out there party people.
First of all, a big heads-up to B-wan. I've just spent the afternoon watching Naruto, an anime that he gave me a DVD of. Ben, next time, why don't you just give me a few rocks of crack cocaine and be done with it. After only 8 episodes, I'm totally hooked! Go the Shadow Clone Sexy Temptation Deception. It's almost as good as Sailor Moon ;)

I can reveal a little bit more about project top secret now that Phase One is complete. but still not too much, as I am waiting till the footage is complete so you can all see it for yourselves. What I can say is it involved myself and 4 friends running around the valley all Sunday, making pests of ourselves and trying to get inside the community's collective heads. For now, the photo should say a fair bit ;)

And finally, I have a link for Jay's website. I thoroughly encourage everyone to check it out so they can see for themselves how good his artwork is ;)

Anyway, I should get back to studying rashes, as it is dematology and immunology block, and we all know what that means. That's right! Lots of manky oozey mutilations. Yum yummy yum :D

Busy Little Monkey

Posted on Friday, September 10, 2004

Hey guys.
You know, I can not get over just how fast a week off will fly by. I totally had good intentions about this week just being knuckling down and getting into the study. I still don't know much about kidneys and urology and you just know it's going to be on the exam. But no, it just wasn't meant to be.
Instead I have;

Monday: Been taking Madopar as part of a MRI drug trial thingie. My arm still twinges from the stab wound where they took blood from. Actually it would be fun to see their interpretations of my brain function while I was in the MRI for 45mins... I was basiclly just writing songs in my head the whole time...
Tuesday: Been down to the GC (Like the OC, but well, surprisingly, much less wanky...) for lunch and research. Check the previous entry for more details ;)
Wednesday: Been acting as an impromptu tour guide for Jane the English lass.
Thursday: Been deeply involved in preparations for the top secret impending project.
Today: Am continuing the early stages of project top secret.

So here I am desperately writing this blog, listening to Fugazi, and panicking about how much stuff I have to get done.
I can't tell you too much about what project top secret is just yet. What I can say though, is it is a hush hush culture jamming experient being organised by 3 other friends in which i am helping.
Be rest assured though, when the project is complete, you shall be among the first to know.
So in between buying spray paint, hiring a ute, and writing a Trephine profile for my favorite med buddy, I am indeed a busy little monkey.

But you know what?

I wouldn't have it any other way (^_^)

Yeah... Mondays suck...

Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Hello everyone.
It's been a pretty cool day today. I travelled down to the Gold Coast to catch up with a good friend whom I havn't seen for a while. (Tongue in cheek there, it's been like 3 days...) We had a good chat, and she helped me complete my research on the Hard Rock Cafe for The Lanterns to fact check for our song, Milkshake. I can confirm that a rock 'n' roll milkshake at the Hard Rock Cafe is Aus$7.60. In the interest of even handed reporting, I partook in the aforementioned delicacy, and really, I think it should be more of a $5 milkshake. It's good, but not $7.60 good...
Upon returning from my tour of duty Golden Coasty style, I had decided to see the double billing of Kill Bill volumne I and II at the Schonell Theatre. I called Jay to let him know that the double bill was on and I was going, and he was in. As we were about to go in to Vol I, Jane the English lass called Jay to let him know she was in Brisbane and lost in her Yellow Van with an Annex. So being the good gentlemen we are, we left the cinema and rescued her, then dragged her along to see Vol II. I enjoyed it greatly, although I thought it had turned into a bit of a chick's flick at the end...
And now friendly readers, I am at home, getting frustrated with the lack of information about the Progress of QotSA's new album. I mean come on guys! how long does it take to record an album?! If regurgitator can do it in 21 days whilst under 24hr camera supervision, why can't QotSA actually get an album out by the time they said they would?
I guess I should be content with listening to my copy of The Shins that Allan put me on to, but I can't get enthused by limp wristed Texas style country. I mean come on! The only country I can handle besides Tom T Hall, who is so cool he defies country, is Cake, and only because they are sooo white guy funk.
***Newsflash*** I just found out that Cake are working on a new album, Pressure Chief. Horray, for there can never be such a thing as too much white guy funk. Click on the Pressure Chief link to hear samples of their new songs. Awesome!
Anyway, it's getting late, And I should put in a half hour of study or something...
Lol, I can't even keep a straight face as I type that...

Catch y'all later.

Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2004

Nowhere Left to Run. (Time to turn around Forrest...) Posted by Hello

Byron What Now?

Hello again there everyone.
I just got back from Jay and I's whistle stop tour of Byron Bay. Basically we went down there overnight for Jay to try and find someone to display some of his artwork. That was nice and successful, with the curator of a gallery that we walked into on a whim to just have a look around, deciding to display his picture pretty much as soon as she saw it. I don't know if Jay saw her face when he unveiled the picture, but I did, and she actually was taken aback. It's not often you see that. I think she really liked it.
But that's getting ahead of myself. Jay mentioned this trip to me last weekend when we were going to Eumundi, so I asked if I could tag along, and he said yes, so the trip was on. Riveting stuff I know! (I'm just giving you guys a bit of background, linear as it is) On the drive down Friday night, we were a bit rushed, but we got there just as the campsite was closing up. While we were setting up, a young English lass walked past on her way back from the amenities, and said that setting the tent up in the dark didn't look like much fun, and if we wanted, we could drop by her yellow van with the awning and she'd make us a cup of tea.
Here's the part where Rob the Uber Guitarist gets upset, as Jane, the English lass, would be an ideal fit for the type of girl he once described to me that he would like to meet. Once Jay and I had the tent set up, we proceeded to quest for the 'being kicked out a caravan park the fastest for being seedy and knocking on random doors at 10pm' award. Turns up that neither Jay nor I had paid proper attention to descriptions of her van and vague direction in which it lay. So we knocked on a few doors of vans with lights on, before we were about to give up and we walked past a yellow van with an awning and heard Jane sneeze.
We had a great night chatting with her about her snowboarding trip with her boyfriend, to what we were all doing in Byron Bay on a random Friday night. I even taught her how to use a Tim Tam as a straw.
Next morning we were packing up the tent and she came over to say hi and look at Jay's picture. I really can't stress how awesome this picture is, completely hand drawn, those of you who have seen it will know what I’m talking about. As for everyone else, when he has his artwork site up, I’ll include a link so you can see it.
After we had packed up, we hit Byron central, starving for a good meal, but settling for a popularish coffee shop near the Centerlink. It was next door to here where we saw the art gallery and the rest is history.
After that we had an immense amount of unexpected free time, so we went up to the light house and I made Jay walk out to the eastern most point of mainland Australia. That's where the photo was taken. Then we went for a swim, got cold, got over it and got out of the water and showed off for the wedding party that had just finished up further down the beach.
All in all though, it was an awesome trip, and I had fun even just on the level of getting out of Brisbane for a while to explore. Add on top of that meeting a nice stranger and having a good chat and a "Cuppa Tea?" It was all good. I'd recommend the trip to anyone.

Cheers guys ;)

Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Hey again guys. Not a real lot to add, but for some reason, now that the site exists, it keeps begging me to feed it.
I'm planning on heading down to Byron Bay over Fri night/Saturday. That should be fun.
For now though, I'm swapping between Get Fuzzy and watching Regurgitator on cable in Band in a Bubble. It's been making me pretty keen on sitting down and working on some new songs for my solo project Daishen.
How cool am I? I have a band and a solo project! Yeehaa!
I'm getting my folk guitar back off a friend tomorrow too. I lent it to her before the last exams to reduce the temptation away from study. I'm really looking forward to getting it back though, cause it is such a nice guitar to play. And yeah guys, I'm still working on Indro Putsch, my token song for The Lanterns. I promise it will rock when I finish it. I still have to learn a few more chords ;)
Oh yeah, and of course I am studying really hard. Thankfully my last degree from good old JCU has prepared me well for meninigitis week. I can honestly say if I see another chocolate agar plate of N.meningitidis I will be over it.