waitingman: (World Cow)
There's a reason for that... Apparently

Physics? Pah! Astronomy? Lies!! NASA? Global conspirators!!! Buzz Aldrin? A senile old grandpa!!! And Australia is the wrong shape on all the maps too...

Who could have guessed that Terry Pratchett would turn out to be the real doyen of Science Fiction. Arthur C. Clarke was just a crank

I eagerly await evidence proving that we move through space on the back of Great A'tuin the Space Turtle
waitingman: (Waitsing Man)
As some of you may be aware, I regularly post photos to LJ PhotoPhile, just because I like to get some of my photos out there & see what people think. I won Photo of the Week once & am sort of semi-occasionally featured in the nominees for the competition

A week or so ago, I was nominated again, along with a photo by someone I comment-exchange with both on LJ & on Flickr. We like each other's work & vote for each other... sometimes... when we're not voting for ourselves, I'm sure. Anyway, this other photographer replied to a comment I posted about the week's nominees & started a bit of a flame war by criticising someone else's photos & apparently getting a bit personal on their own LJ. When the reprisals got a bit much, this person said they were withdrawing from the contest & from the group & went off in a huff.. or about a minute & a huff. Needless to say that didn't last long & photos from both of us were nominated again this week for PotW

But... when I came home tonight, I found my photo had been removed from the voting page. No explanation, no notification from the Moderators... There was a comment from someone else noting the absence & I've left a 'Please Explain' comment myself. Yet the photo from the other photographer who'd sparked the arguments last week was still there

?? Life's Little Mystery # 44,516 489 016 ??

In other news... my sense of security in the new job is slowly increasing as I hear & overhear more positive feedback. I'm still kind of worried that this will all be taken away from me because I'm enjoying the job & it pays well, so it must be some kind of mistake or oversight that will be corrected soon & I'll wind up back in retail hell working for some arrogant s%&thead with a god complex & zero economic sense

It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you...
waitingman: (People Are People)
Strange Things That Only Ever Seem To Happen To Me #457,238,419

Walking into a little suburban shopping court this afternoon to get a late lunch, a rather large & obviously somewhat lame woman waved for my attention & asked me to help her walk to the bus stop about 150 metres away. I was in no particular hurry, so agreed... & for the next ten minutes as we inched our way to her destination I heard about how she'd nearly died giving birth, had a series of strokes & only learned to walk again a day before her infant son, how she only had one functioning leg & arm, her sciatica, that her two kids wanted to be scientists but she didn't care what field they were studying, only that they want to be scientists, how her friend had lost $270 through a hole in her jacket & had another $170 confiscated by the police, who'd better look out for her & how she was going to use her disability taxi vouchers to bribe a driver to give her his pack of cigarettes because she's a legend... but she had to get the right driver

How do they find me??
waitingman: (Still Waiting)
You absolutely, positively, definitely have to read this article & watch the video...

It's all there... human tragedy, slapstick humour, cynicism, car chases, car crashes, violence, human failings & frailty... & meteorites!!!!!!!!!

waitingman: (Waitsing Man)

A Catholic radio station in, where else, the USA has produced this helpful list for its DJs

I do approve of the names at the bottom of the list attracting a more severe penalty...
waitingman: (Out There)
Back in the politically-charged late 1950s, someone in the US Administration had a great idea...

"Let's blow up the moon so those darned Commies can't have it!!"

Apparently, even the young Carl Sagan was on board with the plan. However, cooler heads eventually prevailed ~ "The project would have been carried out in 1959, but was reportedly abandoned by military officials due to fears that it would endanger people on Earth should the mission fail.'

I wonder if someone in Hollywood heard about it & came up with an idea for a TV show...?
waitingman: (Scream)
Taking a break from packing everything into our suitcases for the last time, I found an article on the Sydney Morning Herald site for all prospective parents

Are you sure you want a child?!

People who already have one & have gone through the real-life equivalent of this test, will smile & nod knowingly, I'm sure...
waitingman: (Magritte Guitar)
I made a rather low-key & brief return to live performance last Thursday night

The gig will go on my list of 'Strangest Places To Play Guitar'... a campaign launch for a Labor Party candidate in an upcoming Western Suburbs local Council election. The electorate has a high Asian population, so all the speeches were being translated more or less simultaneously ~ two sentences in English, then Chinese, then two more... & the other entertainment on the night ranged from an Asian Mario Lanza to an accordion & Chinese flute duo who specialised in what sounded like South China Sea Shanties. Odd choice, but great players

And us ~ a singing keyboardist, a singing guitarist & me... a guitar colourist, as I described myself to someone after the five song gig was done in front of a polite, but probably slightly bemused audience

Actually, that 'someone' I described myself to is a guy I met the previous weekend & deserves an entry of/on his own, which I don't have time for right now, as dinner is in several stages of preparation

More tomorrow, maybe


Feb. 2nd, 2012 08:22 am
waitingman: (I'm All Ears)
I want this to happen!!!!!

Maybe they could squash a few Cane Toads while they're at it...
waitingman: (People Are People)
I would like to attend, but will settle for being quite interested in the outcomes of this lecture...

If what I see in this world is mostly the result of my imagination, then my subconscious mind really hates me!!

Spending a few hours in a recording studio today, as the World's Longest Album project begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Today will be spent playing & re-playing guitar parts & solos recorded so long ago I'll have to re-learn them first.

So... a day of fretwankery beckons.
waitingman: (Looking at you)
Okay... well so much for updating frequently, but I've been boringly busy with a lot of stuff that doesn't make for fascinating reading if you're not me.

At least, nowhere near as fascinating as some of the things going on in the world today, according to these 'news stories'...

A couple of things though... we went walking in the Blue Mountains last weekend & have just about stopped aching enough to consider doing it again next weekend; we saw THOR in 3D again & enjoyed it at least as much as the first time; we also like the new X-Men film, critics be damned... & I turned .44 ~ the most powerful age in the world & could blow your head clean off ~ my bestest present was from my Long-Suffering partner... an Irish Bouzouki which I have long wanted & must now learn to play properly.
waitingman: (Waitsing Man)
Nice to know that after a few years together I can still surprise... & somewhat horrify... my Long-Suffering Partner.

Shopping today at the local Mega-Mall for assorted odds'n'ends, we wandered into a bargain clothing chain colloquially known as 'Less Than Best'. I was on the lookout for round-the-house winterwear & found myself browsing through the section devoted to 'official' clothing for the local Rugby League team which I've always paid lip-service to, but have never really followed, nor developed a rabid, one-eyed devotion to, but have always preferred to see them winning & am pleased when they do.

So there's this replica jersey/guernsey of said team's original 'strip' ~ basically maroon & white horizontal stripes & a strange impulse comes over me that I really want one! I've never owned a football jersey/guernsey other than the ones required for school games &, as mentioned, have never enthusiastically followed a team... but this thing called to me. Granted, it was probably the closest thing I'd seen to what I was looking for ~ a robust pullover that wasn't a sweater, but if it had been in any other team's colours I wouldn't have gone anywhere near it.

Quite where this places me on the evolutionary/machismo scale is confusing enough without wondering why this particular time & this particular item ~ purchased against the better judgment, disbelieving looks & disparaging comments of my L-SP.

But... I'm wearing it now & one thing is certain. It keeps me warm. Whether I'll start watching more football remains to be seen.

And I do know we won our game last night...
waitingman: (Waitsing Man)
Strangest comment of the day came from a Recruitment Consultant who, when asking me about the 2 year gap in my CV covering piecemeal employment & lots of travelling, suggested I write an explanation of how the time had been spent, otherwise prospective employers would assume I'd been in prison.

Prison... Right.

Is that really the default conclusion commonly leapt to by business people these days??

It's a strange world...
waitingman: (I'm All Ears)
No personal news... it's been hot & I've been working. over to the rest of the world to be more interesting than my corner:~

Paper planes in space!!

In Cyberspace, there are no pyramids
waitingman: (Out There)
So the latest Youtube & websphere sensation is an old lady filmed talking on a mobile phone...

In 1928!!

I do like the theory that Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked a hole in the space/time continuum & she just happened to walk through.

It's a strange planet...
waitingman: (Scream)

Go on... watch all nine minutes of this... just to see if it changes. I dare you. I double dare you!!
waitingman: (Out There)
So, tooling around the usual news sites today, because I'm feeling somewhat-slightly-less-than spectacular, I've been reading about the future of our planet... & how a few people believe it won't be a long one... astronomically speaking.

Well okay, the planet itself may survive, but we probably won't ~ in about 16 million years or so.

Reading about that, I wondered why I'd never heard of this 'Nemesis' the article assumed I'd be au fait with. Turns out I had, just not the name... nor the alternate name 'Nibiru' either. I'd certainly come across the theory that a large solar body orbited the sun out beyond Pluto, but had never seen any real articles or documentaries about it. So I Googled it & found a couple of videos...

And really wish I hadn't.

One is from a Youtube account holder whose collection of other videos suggests he thinks The X Files was a Science Documentary Series. The other is from a Science show obviously aimed either at children under 12, or the seriously developmentally disabled ~ to use the PC term. The former is done with such cheesy po-faced seriousness that makes it impossible to take seriously, so it's no wonder that the latter video does exactly that.

Kind of puts me off spending any more time looking at articles/theories/SF-based rantings about this hypothesised celestial body, but I remain open-minded & curious... if a little dubious ~ both about the theory & the quality of 'research' I'll uncover.

And the fact that I came across the original story while looking at an article about MasterChef in no way lessens my serious, intellectual, highbrow credentials... okay!!?
waitingman: (Scream)
Dead Dad from Dallas

Although, strictly speaking, he's already passed on his genes to the next generation...

"There's legal ways to get custody of a child and taking a bullet, and ultimately dying, is definitely not one of those ways," Sr. Cpl. Janse said.
waitingman: (Scream)
Not for the faint-hearted...

We are such a... strange species...
waitingman: (Happy Days)
The up/downside to being at home, unemployed, is too much time to wander the web...

See... now this is the kind of thing I'd like to see paraded down a modelling catwalk, instead of those unwearable, unbearable 'designs' favoured by Gaultier et al. Imagine lifting your t-shirt at the top of the runway before slouching sashaying backstage revealing the lion's bum on the back of the t-shirt... viewed by pulling a concealed lanyard which raises the tail.

More great... & not-so-great fashion ideas can be found here. Don't say I didn't tell you so...


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