Monthly Archives: October 2007


monster truck jump mania – just another weekend for me, really.

the highlight of the night was when the freestyle motorcross guy got down on his knees and proposed to his woman (who was wearing a white mini dress and black stilettos) in front of the crowd at rod laver arena. another rider then proceeded to spray a bottle of champagne over her, which made it seem like a wet t shirt competion.

i have posted some of my videos on YouTube [i think im having trouble getting the videos to show here so click onthat link and go directly to the videos. you will also find someone else’s video of the same event but from a different angle, which is kind of cool].

Monster trucks:



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graphic gatsby


Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men

 since joining the public libraries posse I’ve become a kind of convert to the graphic novel. not that japanese manga crap that dodgy men read on packed trains, but the amazing stuff that is coming from australian storytellers like shaun tan (see The Arrival post from a couple of months back).

this week at one of our libraries we had nicki greenberg come to talk about her beautiful book which is an adaptation of the great gatsby.  the great gatsby is one of my favourite novels, and i wasnt disappointed at all by nicki’s graphic interpretation which took her 6 years to produce.

the above image is of daisy buchanan (left) and miss baker.  the characters are all non human forms and the ink images sepia toned to look like photographs from the 1930s. gatsby is a shimmering seahorse. loved it all.

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elude your stalker

 Deftly, Ms. Tsukioka, a 29-year-old experimental fashion designer, lifted a flap on her skirt to reveal a large sheet of cloth printed in bright red with a soft drink logo partly visible. By holding the sheet open and stepping to the side of the road, she showed how a woman walking alone could elude pursuers — by disguising herself as a vending machine.

read the full story here.  this is one of those ‘only in japan’ things….

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i heart origami


as if its not obvious already, but origami is my current obsession.  yesterday when I was flicking through magazines at the athenaeum library (aka working) I came across the same excellent emerald green Dior dress with origami pleating in both the latest Vogue, and a New Yorker edition from last month.

checked out the slideshow of the Dior 2007 spring summer collection which was inspired by Puccini’s opera madame butterfly – it’s amazing. it always makes me happy when geisha chic makes its way into haute couture because it’s so theatrical.  here’s one of my favourites, i love the hokusai detailing on the bottom.

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spelling bee-atch

some staff at the ath were bitching about a poster i made for an origami christmas workshop, which Im running in december. i made a typo in the header section of the flier – where the library name appears in a swirling gothic typeface. there is an ‘a’ missing, apparently.

however, because I’m hardly there they all thought it was katy who made the poster.  and also because she’s a honky. of course it wouldnt be donna because she is a native and has studied and taught english for many years… poor katy, im SORRY!

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cocktail builder

this cocktail builder takes what liquids you have around the place and tells you what cocktail you can whip up. i found it on the web 2.0 awards site, where it won first place in the ‘fun’ section. and deservedly so. 

however, one small flaw that i noticed in this 2.0 application  was that it only accepted legitimate beverages into the cocktail equation. that is, when i tried to enter ‘detergent’, ‘bleach’,  ‘grey water’ and ‘molotov’ into the text field i was summarily rejected.

which means that the site won’t be of help when i want to invite my older brotheraround for ‘catchup drinks’ [payback time for those camel bites 20 yrs ago] .


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my new facebook ‘friend’

is the mebourne athenaeum library.  if you need to boost your fb friend stats then i suggest you befriend him/her/it – it’s not really selective so fear ofbeing ignored is out of the question. 

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