by simon baird

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

don't judge me, ok?

0. ok, so what if I voted for coin laundry.. don't judge me, ok? :P
1. I have no idea of the names of tracks on the xx album, I just chose
the two of the list..
2. Ditto silversun pickups except I chose the ones with the song title
in the lyrics..
3. Darn I forgot to vote for that Jonsi song.. and prob 5 others I
will think of later
4. Blood for #1 by a ridiculous margin, not kidding.

very special glockenspiel...

plays the rare note H

Sunday, December 20, 2009


know your possum (or, update on the deceased marsupial)

Is your possum the size of a small cat with big and slightly pointy ears, clever eyes, a coarser, greyish fur and a blackish tail? Brushtail. Is your possum smaller with mousy ears, sad eyes, a browner and more fluffy fur, and white or possibly bald tipped tail? In that case you have a Ringtail.

I guess Townsville possums are mainly the brushtail kind. I did not recognise the dead guy.

Now practise. Can you correctly identify these possums?

Hints: Sad eyes? Mousy ears? (It's tricky because you can't see his tail..)

Hints: Big like a cat? Black tail? Pointy ears?

Disclaimer: I am not a biologist. I spend most of my time indoors.

(Thanks Lynn.. :)


2010 Kawasaki Versys

this means i need to buy a ps3

(Trailer for the last guardian, an upcoming game from Team Ico, creators of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

silversun pickups - swoon

My current favourite band. And they so so remind me of the
stationwagon. Seriously I can't not imagine it's drew playing the
guitar on that album. I swear some of the riffs are his. Please listen
to this album if you know what I'm talking about. If you don't then
it's a bit pumpkins/placebo/vines-ish but more smooth and delicious

Saturday, November 28, 2009

hits and memories
electronic, (marr/summers) ftg neil tennant
getting away with it

Monday, November 23, 2009

wow jon stewart was good today... :)

(That wrestling guy plus Jon as wrestling promoter/pimp... comedy gold...)

If you have more time:
Things not to be thankful for
(Jon's impression of the senator having a juice box also struck me as hilarious... and the bit on the price of the stadium in detroit... brilliant)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

what the heck is that freaky building near the gabba

it's 8 or 10 stories high. cube shaped. decorated with purple rectangles. and has no windows.

also, IT IS INVISIBLE FROM SPACE. evidence here. (google maps).

i'm keeping well away from it in future. i might never cross the river again. things are weird over there.

if you prefer it to remain a mystery then don't click here.

this might change your mind about...

lady gaga. she is kind of awesome.

keep watching until the piano part

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

more lightning

it's not easy to take a photo of lightning

especially with a $99 camera

(click photo to make bigger)

Monday, November 16, 2009

farewell game

this building is getting demolished...

ps, anyone know where to play squash in the city area?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009



I've mentioned this before I'm pretty sure but this guy is great.


Friday, November 06, 2009

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Cookie Monster!

Something for cat people

See where your cat goes! Presuming your cat is allowed outside that is...

See what your cat is seeing!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

C. C. La Due!!

(Re The search for C C La Due...)

Oh joy! Thank you dear and wonderful readers. And one in particular (you know who you are).  :)

Some more information:
A friend gave me the CD a few years ago. His friend is a social worker who was working with C C La Due. Not sure of full details. Apparently she was the one who encouraged him to do the album. She has since moved to NSW and the guy I know has been unable to find out anything since. I've even contacted 4ZZZ and corresponded with a couple of people who were keen to have a go at the mystery but were unable to solve it.

Scott, I believe this is more than you could have hoped for... :)


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Help Scott find C. C. La Due
I wanna find out more another great artist. CC La Due. If anyone knows anything about him, please let me know. All I know is:
  • He was in Brisbane at one stage (and might still be).
  • He made a CD called Magical Risk.
  • The CD is excellent.
I still haven't had any luck finding anything out about this guy. Come on people! Help me out! I know this blog has a massive readership, surely someone out there knows something about C. C. La Due.

I still can't find anything more about C. C. La Due. This is a video Basil and I made for one of his songs:

Update, 4-Nov-2009
C. C. La Due!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

learn to play a-punk with ezra

it's pretty easy!

Glad to see the Annandale hotel is still alive

Unlike the Hopetoun...

'Disillusioned: the perils of social media', or 'kill your idols'

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: S... <>
Date: Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 6:57 PM
Subject: Disillusioned
To: Simon Baird

It doesn't seem right for Frank Black to be getting into Farmville.

Hang on... Stop press! His PA is playing Farmville. I detect no small amount of irony in that status update. All is well with the world...

Now, what's Trent Reznor's position on Farmville? LOL

Life Without Buildings - New Town - Live at the Annandale Hotel

Monday, October 26, 2009

Goodgame backlash


Here's my advice for the producers. (It's waaay too late now, but
maybe for next time..) What you should have done: You introduce the
girl. She reads the news headlines. Does some some feature stories.
Builds a fan base. A few eps later she 'fills in' for Junglist. Then,
gauge the response. Maybe a while later she fills in again while
Junglist is 'away on assignment'. Then... maybe after that... you can you dump
the guy.

According to this:

"I won't be on the show anymore, it wasn't my choice, and I don't agree with the ABC's decision. They offered to let me say goodbye on air in controlled circumstances, I declined because I didn't want to appear to condone the ABC's decision."

I've heard this was the highlight of the Tokyo Motor Show

Joanna in January

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

i have tested the bridge thoroughly and found it to be very nice

(take two. flickr auto blog via email unsatisfactory)

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

bus vs train

once I was running up to the bus and the door closed. then the bus driver lady opened the door! accustomed as i was to trains this was a surprise. i had turned away and started wondering when the next bus was

the train door will close it's door when it's time to close. it will do this without regard for your physical well being let alone your commute schedule. platform staff are generally (and no doubt there are exceptions) highly unsympathetic


if you miss the bus then wait about five minutes and, bam, there's another bus. (this is based on my personal experience boarding either on adelaide street or coronation drive).

if I miss the 5:12pm at milton on the way home the next departing train is 5:40. enough said. if I miss the 8:12am at central the next train is 8:39 (or something). to be fair, i guess there are more frequent trains earlier than that but if I want to sleep a bit, bad luck, train gone.


my place to central is quite a few blocks. it's pretty much diagonally opposite me if the cbd was a big rectangle. it's about eight minutes if you power walk.

i'm not really sure how many places around the city i can get on a 4xx bus. quite possibly there are many. but the bus stop 40 adelaide street is about two blocks closer than central and there's no up hill section.


i get on the first bus i see on coro drive. from what i can tell it goes pretty much a different way every time. sometimes i get a tour across the william jollie and back past the art galleries and the cultural center. sometimes we dive into the bus only ramps and tunnels that wind all around under the city. and when the bus stops you get off and it's like woah, where am i now. for example: top of queen st mall, middle of queen st mall near hungry jacks, all different parts of the myer center, king george square, and those are just the underground places. sometimes you don't even go underground at all, you just end up somewhere int he city. you just don't know.

a. pretty much the same route every time. b. scenery generally but not entirely consisting of concrete, grafitti and the backs of buildings.


sometimes when you're standing up (which isn't that often, especially since i have a reverse commute) and taking a corner you're gonna have to hang on pretty tight or you're going to end up in someone's lap. especially when twittering or playing chess.

it's pretty smooth ride


$2.80 or something. go card capable.

$2.70 or something. go card capable.

tie (actually i can't remember the exact figures, but it's close enough to be a tie)

score so far:

train: 1.5
bus: 4.5

but i'm going to give the train one extra point for engineering coolness and one for roma street platform at a certain time of year when you're changing lines and the setting sun is exactly in line with the platforms and the tracks

final score:

train: 3.5
bus: 4.5

overall winner:


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