Sunday, February 25, 2007

+ ENERGY = ?

Bit of a visual pick me up!
something to just spread a bit of positive energy, send it on down to those who need it.
Best wishes and speedy recoveries.



"we refuse to be what you want us to be.
we are what we are"
Bob Marley

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Blue or Red?

Experimentation has shown that the two different sides, or hemispheres, of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking. The following table illustrates the differences between left-brain and right-brain thinking:

Left Brain
Right Brain
Looks at parts
Looks at wholes

Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at both modes. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking, while downplaying the right-brain ones. Left-brain scholastic subjects focus on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy. Right-brained subjects, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity.

Tweaking a few things on the site ... links, profile, more to come.

Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni

NZ fishermen Capture Colossal Squid

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A fishing crew has caught a colossal squid that could weigh a half-ton and prove to be the biggest specimen ever landed. The squid, weighing an estimated 450KG / 990 lbs and about 10M / 39 feet long, took two hours to land in Antarctic waters. The fishermen were catching Patagonian toothfish, sold under the name Chilean sea bass, south of New Zealand "and the squid was eating a hooked toothfish when it was hauled from the deep,"

Colossal squid can descend to 6,500 feet and are extremely active, aggressive hunters. The frozen squid will be transported to New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, in the capital, Wellington, to be preserved for scientific study. Marine scientists "will be very interested in this amazing creature as it adds immeasurably to our understanding of the marine environment," - New Zealand Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton.

Posted out of pure Coolness factor :)
we know so little of what our deep oceans hold. it gives new thought to the "Kraken" myths of old sailors.


This crazy Cat now has his thoughts in a Digital Realm.
to those streaming over to Richards thoughts on his site, i say this. keep an open mind. he's serious in the things he feels.

you or i may agree or disagree with them, but i think they should not be dismissed. i think encouragement should be given to those who try and look beyond our normal everyday routines and thoughts. a pound of positive effort, results in positivity none the less ...
now he justs needs to wak some pics up to give things some spice :) GRAVY!!


Friday, February 23, 2007



MEMBERS: Paul Meany (vocals/keys), Darren King (drums), Greg Hill (guitar), and Roy Mitchell-Cardenas (bass)

The four piece band (originating from New Orleans) has scattered influences that are apparent without being obvious, and touch on everything from DJ Shadow styled beats, moments of beauty and grandeur a la Bjork, and vocals that pay legitimate homage to Police-era Sting.

When asked about this vast expanse of musical territory that we are asked to find them dwelling within, Paul Meany (lead vocals) replied, "I blame it on the past forty years of music." They act on the idea that their magic is to be found in the mixture of countless thoughts. Their live show thrives on this random energy too involving homemade instruments, live sampling, a junked-out keytar, and enough dizzying energy to make the hardest cynics wet their pants. So, bring an extra pair if you have to, but don't miss them live. currently this band is no where to be found on Australian radio to my knowledge, but they are gaining in momentum in the US. trust me this one deserves a listen if your into funky, energetic rock n roll, not to mention post rock experimental musings. think ... the vocals of Sting with the rockiness of Feeder and the experimental angles of Explosions in The Sky. i found them through a random music download, they had a curious name, i grabbed the album, was blown away .... and i now own the album. proves music downloads work. sign me up for a tour, check out their myspace page for tunes and vids .... amazing energy, without being heavy or angry. great to see.





You ever have those dreams?
you know the ones. the ones that repeat. the ones you cant wait to wake from. the ones that leave you with a loss of time, the feeling of a ruined good nights sleep.
i got stuck in one recently. and it pops up every now and then.

the places may change, the circumstances, the times even, but the people and feelings remain the same. its almost a haunting where old enemies return, and your thrown back to the wall, left feeling like you cant escape. powerless to people you once faded into. grasping for courage, or the mask to fit into the circle again. in the real world theres no contact with these people, yet they creep into my subconscious some how without warning. its the strangest thing.

on another note....
UNI starts on Tuesday the 27th. looks like things will flow as mon / thur / fri @ HR, and tues / wed as full days of study. ive also got lectures on the thru and fri which im hoping to shuffle into my HR day. they only go for an hour.

maybe i'll bump into past enemies in the corridors? no masks this time round.

Curtin on a good day" :)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

David Hicks

anyone catch "Insight" last night on SBS? theres a replay on Friday 23rd FEB around 7:30pm and Monday 2:30pm (check local guides) you should all check it out. This weeks discussion was on the David Hicks affair (the accused australian terrorist in Guantanamo Bay) and involved all parties being on camera, including his Father, Defense and Prosecution army representatives, and Australian Government Representatives. all round a great watch.

It was extremely alarming to watch, coming to the logical conclusion that our government condones the imprisonment of people for unknown crimes for a sentence of torture and solitude. hes accused of being a "terrorist threat" because he went to these so called "terrorist training camps" and was in Afghanistan through the Taliban era of early 2001, but has never fired a weapon in war and hasnt been proved to have killed anyone, or committed any injustice?

thats like saying its ok to lock me up for torture of 10years because ive "thought" about bopping Johnny (weasel) Howard over the head with a 6 pound cricket bat. imprisonment for things you havent yet done, but that they "assume you will carry out in the future". things you've read or written or thought about, but would never carry out. "1984 thought crimes" anyone? This War on Terror is a cover story. pull the curtains back people. read, investigate, question. make sure your votes count this time around.... both here and in the USA.




Friday, February 16, 2007

"So it's important for us that it's a widely accepted thing."

Waking up early, brain function hadnt kicked in yet, but i could swear i turned on the TV and saw an advertisement for 7 news or Today Tonight for tonight (friday 16th FEB) regarding an RFID payment system by swiping phones and credit cards past sensors, ie electronic money. check it out if you can.

it blew my mind as ive heard alot about RFID (radio frequency identification chips) being developed for future human use. we are so close to getting "chipped" for the convenience of shopping and identification. another method to control the mass public. scary stuff, this is a baby step to "introduce" the idea to people and get them comfortable and numb to the technology. same with the new National Australian ID cards about to be introduced with chips.

think ahead, your chipped in the future with an RFID chip smaller than a grain of rice (yes its actually factualy that size! and getting smaller to fit in vacines) containing all your bank and personal details etc. you buy a load of groceries and suddenly get to the counter and find youve been "disallowed service" due to .... technology breakdown?, or maybe the store doesnt accept shoppers who also "bank with the wrong bank" or "wear the wrong branded shoes", what do you do when you can't eat?, we are giving up all our liberties and freedoms without concern and questioning.





"In the Absence of Truth, Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted"

ISIS, a LA based prog metal band, who recently toured australia headlining gigs in all capitol cities. yes EVEN PERTH!.. crazy stuff. playing at the tiny indi Bar of the Amplifier, the roof was officially blown off many a time, as we were treated to a fantastic performance. considering the lead singer had a case of laryngitis they forged on complete the show undaunted.

I can safely say this is the second best gig of the year, and to those who couldnt get off their ass to see it you missed out BIG TIME. what a shame the little venue wasnt a tad bigger, to accommodate the larger stage presence of the band and their visual aids of backdrops and full lighting, as we saw in California. never the less we were all there for the music and well .... to put it simply, they gave it out in spades.
being heavily focused towards instrumental sections, extended song lengths, and being a "heavy band" in general, you would have thought the crowd was going to be raucous. but no this was an audience who respected each other. and didnt need to "mosh" to feel involved. a thinking man's metal crowd.

why am i mentioning this here? because ISIS follow an similar path to outspoken musicians such as Rage Against The Machine, TOOL, System of a Down, Sleater Kinney etc etc, who all push themes of Political Questioning and greater thinking. this isnt just music to "rock out to" its music to dig into. to go back over and ask, whats that all about? what are they talking about. whos this Hassan-i-Sabbah guy? what does Panopticon mean and how does it relate to the album themes and society today? Great band, great music. never compromising to fit a formula or top 40 radio set list. One to watch!


Sunday, February 04, 2007

Around The World In Eighty Treasures ...

Just saw this advertised on the ABC ....
A new series begins 7:30pm Saturday, 10 Feb 2007
"Around The World In Eighty Treasures"

From the Taj Mahal to the Statue of Liberty, the Parthenon to the Great Wall of China, historian and TV presenter Dan Cruickshank embarks on a monumental challenge - to journey non-stop across the globe in search of the most significant man-made treasures on the planet.

Intimate and engaging, this series sees Cruickshank chart the rise and fall of many of the world's great civilisations, creating a unique picture of humankind, and celebrating the world as a diverse treasure house of art and ancient artefacts.

Travelling on an epic round-the-world trip to 40 countries Dan risks life and limb to reach and showcase some of our most remote and revered treasures.

From the castles of Japan to the Nazca lines in Peru, from Persepolis in Iran to the Sydney Opera House, this is a rare chance to share Dan's wonderment at the sheer majesty and beauty of humankind's creative powers.

Mark it down ! Check it out!

first episode Peru / Machu Picchu / to Brazil!