by simon baird

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Poor New Kids on the Block

Apparently they had to cancel their reunion tour of Australia due to poor ticket sales, citing the GFC as the main reason people weren't buying tickets. Perhaps they could open for Pink who sold out 58 shows on her Australian tour. 58!!! Australia loves Pink.

Friday, June 19, 2009

what kind of dimwit drives around a boom gate?!,23739,25652753-3102,00.html

what were they thinking? i imagine this..

"hmm.. train coming.. boom gate down.. oh, it looks like i could fit the car right around that.. in a bit of hurry so.. yeah.. look at that.. no problem.. so glad we didn't have to wa.. BANG.

unfortunately for the gene pool they survived

set list according to the courier mail,23739,25652763-5012980,00.html


Old Friends/Bookends

Hazy Shade Of Winter

I Am A Rock


Kathy's Song

Hey Schoolgirl


Scarborough Fair

Homeward Bound

Mrs Robinson

Slip Slidin' Away

Bright Eyes

Heart of New York


Now I Lay me Down

For Emily, Whenever I may find her

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

The Boy in the Bubble

Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes

Only Living Boy in New York

My Little Town

Bridge Over Troubled Water



The Boxer

Sounds of Silence

The Leaves That Are Green

Feelin' Groovy

Thursday night, replace Me and Julio with Graceland.

Simon & Garfunkel set list, Brisbane, 17/18 June, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

i expect the final of american idol this year would have been similar to this

...the audience began to boo loudly due to the slight discord in the background notes behind the bassoon's opening melody. There were loud arguments in the audience between supporters and opponents of the work. These were soon followed by shouts and fistfights in the aisles. The unrest in the audience eventually degenerated into a riot. The Paris police arrived by intermission, but they restored only limited order. ...Stravinsky himself was so upset on account of its reception that he fled the theater in mid-scene, reportedly crying... ...Nijinsky stood on a chair, leaned out (far enough that Stravinsky had to grab his coat-tail), and shouted counts to the dancers, who were unable to hear the orchestra (this was challenging because Russian numbers are polysyllabic above ten, such as seventeen: semnadsat vs. eighteen: vosemnadsat)...

Good news if you are tired of hearing my blah blah about The Middle East
(i made a new blog)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

for loop syntax in rakudo perl 6

# this is ruby
(1,2,3).each { |i| puts i }

# this is perl 6
for 1,2,3 -> $i { say $i }

# being perl of course you can do this (which isn't that different to perl 5)
for 1,2,3 { say $_ }

# but now this (looks like things might be proper objects now...?)

for 1,2,3 { $_.say }

# and even this
for 1,2,3 { .say }

# Update: and finally (for the golfing win...)
.say for 1,2,3

So anyway, if that's interesting then have a look at

And some good stuff at also.

You can actually install rakudo now without much pain (at least it was pretty smooth on my ubuntu box), see

Saturday, June 13, 2009

on the way up the sloping ramps to the top car park at indro...

K (to her 5 year old, meaning the back seats of the captiva): you're riding in the boot again, okay?

Me (seeing passersby eavesdropping): And this time, no screaming!

natal is really cool

Felicia Day trying the ball smacking game

Promo with fake but plausible mock ups

Milo, the virtual boy, demo

Also: His southern reaches...

Friday, June 12, 2009

robot acts like a human

everyone says it's creepy and scary but i can only see awesomeness. this dude's great great grandkids will be mixing your margaritas by 2015.

Friday, June 05, 2009

mean green's new chinchy blog

mean green has many talents. he's recently added blogger to his extensive curriculum vitae. tune in if you into his kind of thing, which you just might be if i know anything at all

also, townsville folk you can see chinchy tonight (friday) along with aux

gamers against casual gaming

re my blah blah on casual gaming... this is the kind of sentiment i was responding to... (a vgcats comic strip)

a new video by MGMT for the song kids has joanna newsom in it

the video is so bad though that I don't think you should watch it. so no link.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

"We own Dokdo Island tonight"

It was a movie about a b-boy contest. The Korean team were talking about beating the Japanese team. One Korean b-boy said (in Korean, i was reading the subtitles) "We own Dokdo Island tonight"


In extensive detail:

i am adopting this phrase and intend to use it in moments of triumph, either verbatim or with some variation.

For example, (imagine the voice of Jack Black or Dwight Shrute), "Dokdo island is mine now, baby" or "Get me some Dokdo".

I suggest you do the same. Report back via the comments.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

chess pwn

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Scott W <>
Date: Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 5:32 PM
Subject: New record
To: ...

My quickest victory ever!!! Thanks Tim :-)