by simon baird

Saturday, January 31, 2009

amiina selling electronics i was cool with. but this...

for some reason i found annoying. it's feel it all by feist. selling masterfoods herbs and sauces.

maybe because it seems like a butchered rerecording by session musos? not sure.

Amiina in a Hitachi comercial!
(hitachi comercial)

(amiina at the tivoli in 2006)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

inauguration highlight

i saw clips and different bits and pieces out of sequence. but pete seeger singing the woody guthrie song was really something. how long do you reckon he's had that banjo... okay, fine, i will find it for you. you can't search yourself? sheesh...

the town common (townsville wetlands), human perspective

the town common (townsville wetlands), frog perspective

i realise this blog is becoming the weather channel

at least i'm not giving you daily rain gauge measurements...
i didn't make these vids but i did slurp them with my bluetooth. they are from the big storms last year in brisbane with the trees and the roofs and the watermelon hail.

side note: this came from a low end nokia, about $150. it can record video and transfer it via bluetooth. it can also send and receive MMS. stevesie, come on, cut us a break here!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


By Carita.
Red onion
Lemon grass in jar
Fry onion the shoots and chilli
Fry chicken or pork mince
Big heap of fish sauce
Let cool
Cucumber with seeds chopped out
Cherry tomatos
More red onion fresh
Mint leaves break up or corianda
Mint best
Add in meat warm ok
Couple of lemons juiced
Add more fish sauce to salty it up
Serve with jasmin rice

Saturday, January 17, 2009

mad cat lady

what i know about mad cat lady: she has too many cats, likes to spend time on the augie march forum, will spend her money to see augie march as many times as possible, rides a scooter which she crashed recently, has nice sisters, needs a new job (a bit of that going around at the moment), needs a new place to live, draws weird stuff, likes to blog, and (i hope i'm not being rude or presumptuous here) has a tendency to get drunk and into trouble.

Friday, January 16, 2009

the pic looks like this

From here:

best tweet ever?

See - There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Middle East updates including tour dates

The band I became obsessed with late last year is called The Middle East. Yes, I am still obsessed with them. Some good news, they are back together, they've been featured on Triple J (as an Unearthed Feature Artist) on 8th of January and are touring most capital cities in February and their amazing song Blood has been released on a compilation album of unsigned bands. See here.
"...if the Arcade Fire released this song, it would’ve got a whole lot more attention than it has so far, because it’s really fucking amazing."

I've put some videos on YouTube. These are from the cd launch dvd recorded in april last year I have mentioned previously. I upload them as a fan and because I want you guys to become huge. I hope it's okay. (Rohin, let me know if you want me to take these down).

These songs are amazing. Have a listen.

Here we go:

For more, go listen to the two tracks on myspace. Then buy their CD.

Tour dates from the myspace page.
13 Feb 2009, 08:00 PM 08:00 PM - Somewhere, Sometime, Townsville

18 Feb 2009, 08:00 PM 08:00 PM - The Troubadour w/ Leader Cheetah, Brisbane

19 Feb 2009, 08:00 PM 08:00 PM - TBC, TBC, Newcastle, New South Wales

20 Feb 2009, 08:00 PM 08:00 PM - The Hopetoun w/ Leader Cheetah, Sydney

21 Feb 2009, 08:00 PM 08:00 PM - TBC, TBC, Cronulla

22 Feb 2009, 08:00 PM 08:00 PM - TBC, TBC, Wollongong

25 Feb 2009, 08:00 PM 08:00 PM - TBC w/ Margaret Helen King, TBC, Canberra

26 Feb 2009, 08:00 PM 08:00 PM - East Brunswick Club w/ Leader Cheetah, Melbourne

27 Feb 2009, 08:00 PM 08:00 PM - The Rocket Bar w/ Leader Cheetah, Adelaide

Monday, January 12, 2009

dreamhost newsletter excerpt...

Yesterday when I was at home sick with my crazy pooping virus, I let my
dog Salt out onto our balcony where he apparently likes to take in the
cool Santa Monica breezes and smell the cars go by. Sometimes he likes
it so much, he can't be bothered to come inside and ask to go out, so he
just poops right out there.

Well, after a few minutes, he let out a couple of barks. That was sort
of weird.. he sometimes barks at cars when we're on a walk, but never
from the balcony. After another minute he barked a few more times.
Weird. Finally, when he barked again, I went out to see what this fool
dog was up about!

When I got out there, I saw, surprise, surprise, that Salt had already
done his "business" and was standing on the far side of the balcony,
facing the doorway. Well, fine. I got a paper towel and cleaned up his
mess. After I was done, Salt went back inside and promptly fell sleep.
That's when it hit me.. he had been calling for help after being TRAPPED

In related news, we are now using Fast CGI to process PHP everywhere,
which pretty much is just a win win win thing. There's nothing you need
to do, and whether you notice it or not, I cannot say. In fact, we'd
been doing this already as sort of a test for anybody who signed up in
the last eight months or so, but now it's UNIVERSAL!