Toodle-oo for the moment, then. I hope Christmas Day was kind to you.
A bit of a think: notes from a dawdler
From acclaimed director, Wim Wenders, comes this extraordinary documentary about a group of Cuban musicians known as Los Superablos or, The Super Grandfathers. In 1996, Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names in the history of Cuban music to collaborate on what became the best selling and Grammy winning album, Buena Vista Social Club. Inspired by these colourful characters and their extraordinary music, Wenders' film follows the musicians from Havana to Amsterdam and finally to Carnegie Hall in New York.
It was bounding/leaping/springing** away, but when it got to the shelter of some long grass it stopped moving and sat up to look at me. And on the still-roaring mower, I sat up to look at it. One of us should have waved.
2302. Have you ever been to the following diaries (on opendiary.com)? If yes, what do you think? If no, then based on the name, does it sound interesting to you?
A tinfoil valentine:
- No. I don't much like the sound of any of them.
2303. Do you ever get so nervous that you can't even think?
2304. Do you sing when there is no music?
2305. Would you rather cast a spell or say a prayer?
- Cast a spell. I often say prayers, but it's no fun.
2306. Why does the US dollar bill have a pyramid on it?
- Don't know, don't care.
2307. Who was the best political leader in history and why?
- Don't know.
2308. What was the first sex toy you ever used?
- Don't use them, and it's none of your business.
2309. If you hated a book, would you burn it?
- No, and anybody who would should have to follow the book into the fire.
2310. What are your feelings about pornography?
- I feel like there's something ugly about it.
2311. What are your feelings about people who are against pornography?
- It would depend on what they're opposing and why.
2312. If you could dance with anyone in the world right now, who would it be and what song would you dance to?
- Not saying, but I wouldn't care what the song was.
2313. What is your favourite flavour of schnapps?
- Never tasted any.
2314. Finish this sentence your own way. There are two types of people in the world...
- ... the live ones and the dead ones.
2315. What have you saved since elementary [primary] school?
- Some books, report cards, art and craft things, a school photo.
2316. Have you ever won an award?
- School & uni things. Nothing substantial.
2317. Are you more:
good or evil? - good
wise or foolish? - both
safe or dangerous? - safe
satisfied or envious? - both
honest or deceitful? - honest
faithful or perfidious? - faithful (and I had to look up "perfidious" in the dictionary)
sane or mad? - sane
strong or weak? - both
enigmatic or plain? - plain
aggressive or peaceful? - peaceful
brave or timid? - timid
humane or cruel? - humane
critical or appreciative? - both
temperamental or calm? - both
sad or happy? - both
normal or unusual? - both
2318. How do you feel about Terri Schiavo?
- I don't.
2319. Do you feel more connected to the sun or the moon?
2320. Do flaws make people interesting to you?
2321. Who is your favourite historical figure?
- Don't have one.
2322. White bread or wheat bread?
- Any type except the one with the wholegrains that stick in my teeth.
2323. Would you rather never have sex again or have sex once with a walrus?
- Errr, what?? (Where would I find a walrus anyway?) Never have sex again.
2324. Would you rather sky dive or deep sea dive?
- Sky dive.
2325. What is the kinkiest thing you've ever done?
- I'm not really a kinky kind of gal. I'm still recovering from the walrus question.
2326. What is your favourite pick-up line?
- Pick-up lines are stupid. Just talk, for God's sake.
2327. Do you usually do things fast or right?
2328. What will be the most common Halloween costume be this year?
- Don't know, don't care. And what the hell are they doing in Australia now anyway?
2329. What was it last year?
- See above.
2330. Is love a choice or something that can't be helped?
- In my vast experience (and that is a joke) lurve is something you can't help, but love is a choice.
2331. What is your preferred method of birth control?
- That'd be a matter between me and the lucky fellow.
2332. Is there someone you see everyday (or sometimes) that you would like to hug and talk to but you just don't know them well enough?
- Apart from my Dad, who works here, most days the only people I see (if I see them at all) are the neighbours, so... how should I put this?... God no!
2333. Are you or have you ever been in a band?
- No, damn it.
2334. Here are 4 statements about me. Only one of them is true. Which one is it?
a. I lost my mind doing drugs.
b. I've been arrested before.
c. I have 9 cats.
d. I have a children's book published.
- One of the above.
2335. What do you think of the Smashing Pumpkins?
- Can remember the name, but not what they sound like.
2336. Would you wear a thong bathing suit in public?
- No, and the public would be grateful.
2337. Hello I love you won't you tell me your name?
- I hope you're singing that.
2338. If you had to be surgically attached at the hip for two years to either Britney Spears, George W. Bush or an ugly creepy troublesome but nice troll, who would you pick and why?
- The troll; the lives of the other two would be too hard to handle.
2339. Let's assume that there is a "meaning of life", a reason for humans to be here on this planet. Would you give up both of your legs and one of your arms if it would mean everyone else would learn the meaning of life?
- No way. Bugger 'em.
2340. If you could meet God and talk to him/her for 5 hours OR find out whether there is intelligent life on other planets and make contact with them, which would you pick and why? (Note: If you meet God, you will never find out if there is intelligent life on other planets, so you can't ask God if aliens exist. Also, you would get no proof that you had talked to him or her. And finally, if God doesn't exist then you don't get to meet him or her!)
- Five hours with God. It'd be groovy.
2341. Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, or the Breakfast Club?
- Haven't seen the films, but I used to like the song, The Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty in Pink".
2342. Before you read this question, pick a person from your life, any person. (You have to be thinking about someone before you continue!) Would you rather have the ability to watch that person for one hour per day, or would you rather have that person watch you for one hour per day? Who is it and why? (You pick the hour - they don't know that they are being watched - it's like there are invisible TV cameras following them around.)
- Not saying who it is, and I'd rather watch him (and would be horrified if he was watching me) but the ethics of spying would make me feel queasy, and I'd probably have to stop after... oh, a week? Two? :) (One hour per day, though?? He'd want to be doing something pretty damn interesting.)
2343. Would you rather be guaranteed to have your dream job or never be heartbroken?
- Dream job.
2344. Have you thought about death today?
2345. What is your favourite breakfast?
- Croissants, late and leisurely.
2346. What is your favourite classic movie?
- Probably not strictly "classic", but either When Harry Met Sally (1989) or The Blues Brothers (1980). And I've only seen This is Spinal Tap (1984) once, but it looked like an instant classic.
2347. Gold or silver eyeshadow?
2348. Are you the life of the party?
2349. Do you wish you were?
2350. Sdrawkcab daer uoy nac?
2351. If you realized that a student at your school or a colleague from your job has plagiarized part of their work from the Internet, what would you do?
- I'd probably let them know I know, hoping they'd stop doing it, but otherwise nothing, unless it was for something where the results were very important, or for a group project involving my own work too, and then I'd make a fuss.
2352. What does your computer look like when you aren't looking at it?
- Probably the same as when I am looking at it.
2353. If you aren't looking at it, how do you know it's still there when your back is turned?
- I can hear the damn thing buzzing.
2354. If you hit an animal with your car, would you get out to try and make sure it was okay?
- Theoretically yes. But once I hit an echidna and couldn't stop because there was a line of cars behind and nowhere to get off the road. I turned around when I could, but when I got back it was gone. And another time I was driving other people and we were running late, and I hit a bird, and didn't stop at all.
2355. If it was someone's cat (collared with address) would you knock on their door and appologize for hitting the cat?
2356. How do you feel about the people who are teased in high school suing the bullies who teased them for emotional damage?
- I'm not in favour of suing anyone for anything unless it's really necessary.
2357. Do you have an interest in any of the following:
that Doom game:
2358. Do you believe that people live in their own worlds/realities or do you think we all share the same one?
- There are so many misunderstandings just in normal conversation, it can't be possible we all share the same reality.
2359. Do you believe that Nazism was a characteristically German thing, or do you think a similar type of government could spring up in any country?
- I don't know much about it, but assume it could happen anywhere.
2360. Is your diary in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (http://www.archive.org/web/web.php)?
- Don't have a diary, but this blog isn't there, no.
2361. When do you get your most peaceful and satisfying sleep?
- When I'm tired.
2362. What thought gets you out of bed in the morning?
- The constant nagging screech in my head going, "Get up! Get up!"
2363. Do you get along better with guys or girls (as friends)?
- Either. Or neither. (Maybe I don't get along with anybody.)
2364. What does tx81z stand for?
- No idea.
2365. How many points is the letter Z worth in Scrabble?
- Don't know.
2366. In poker, which hand is better: four of a kind or a straight?
- Don't know.
2367. What is the official language of Australia?
- What the hell??
2368. On what continent would you find British Columbia?
- Gee... Just can't think... Probably one of those big ones. (Wonder what language they speak there, then? Probably one of those weird foreign languages, yeah?)
2369. Have you been to homestarrunner.com?
2370. What promise could you never keep?
- I wouldn't make one if I could never keep it.
2371. No cat has 8 tails. Every cat has one tail more than no cat. How many tails does every cat have?
2372. What are you a member of?
- Nothing much.
2373. If you and your mate were stranded at sea on a scuba diving trip like in the movie Open Water, how would you survive?
- Haven't heard of Open Water, but if I had a mate and we were stranded at sea and we were starving, if he got the least bit annoying, I would kill and eat him.
2374. Do you feel confident that you would know what to do under emergency circumstances?
- Not confident, no, but hopeful: I've got a copy of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and if I just looked at it more often, I could be invincible.
2375. Have you ever been stood up?
2376. Use a simile to describe yourself.
- Can't think of one.
2377. Good. Now use a metaphor.
2378. Have you ever had an unusual piercing?
2379. Have you ever experienced culture shock?
- Yes, and I did a post about it the other day.
2380. Imagine you were trapped in one of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. Who would you call and what would you say to them in those last few minutes?
- My parents, and the conversation would stay between us, as all of those conversations should have been allowed to do.
2381. Do you ever go to school or work when you feel like you do not look your best?
- God Almighty. Yes.
2382. Does doing this affect your whole day?
- No. I'm used to it.
2383. What was the last movie you watched and what did you learn from it?
- Donnie Darko. I learned that if a jet engine drops through my roof, life is about to change rather drastically.
2384. Do you believe that everyone who doesn't believe in your religion is going to hell?
- Shit yeah! ;)
2385. What is the best thing about winter?
- It'll be back next year.
2386. Do you ever shovel your neighbour's walk?
- No, because that would scare her (considering it never snows here).
2387. How often do you hold back from saying what you are thinking?
- Quite often.
2388. Have you ever looked back at someone you loved and wondered "what attracted me to THEM?"
2389. What do you think of Drew Barrymore?
- I don't.
2390. Name one thing you refuse to ever do.
2391. Name one place you refuse to ever go.
- Back to my high school years.
2392. Do you think people see you more as who you are or what you are?
- No idea.
2393. Pick 3 random letters:
Now think of the first 3 things that pop into your head that start with each letter.
2394. Do you dress more revealing or more to cover up?
- To cover up.
2395. What does it take to be a "real gentleman"?
- Respect for the people you're with, and being honourable.
2396. Where would you go if you were going somewhere you don't usually go?
2397. On the first Sept 11th anniversary, the New York Lottery's winning numbers were 9, 1 and 1. Do you believe this is fate, coincidence or a conspiracy/plan?
- I don't believe that it's true.
2398. Have you ever noticed that there is a lie in the middle of the word believe?
- Not until now.
2399. When (and if) people (or animals) go to heaven, do they become angels?
- I wouldn't think so, no. I don't believe in heaven or angels.
2400. What is your most important body part?
- They all work together as a team, so it would be inviting discord to nominate just one.
Phew! All that scrolling gets annoying. Full marks if you made it right through.
... what started the Cronulla tensions was yet another provocation by the aggressive, repugnant Lebanese gangsta culture - itself an alien subculture within the Lebanese community - which has given Sydney dozens of shootings and murders, a spate of gang rapes, hundreds of sexual assaults, and thousands of deliberate racist provocations at Darling Harbour, the eastern and southern beaches and some of the big clubs in western Sydney, along with Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league matches.But the point isn't that these hoodlums are "Lebanese" - the point is that they're stupid brainless thugs. And the same could be said of the organisers or instigators of the violence yesterday: the point isn't that they're white Australians, the point is they were attacking innocent people in the street (including police and ambulance officers). In other words, they're stupid brainless thugs too. As Stepan Kerkyasharian (chairman of the Community Relations Commission and the president of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW) said:
What happened in Cronulla was an attempt at organised and premeditated mob violence. There's no other way to describe it.Never mind that other factors like alcohol, mob hysteria, unspecified anger looking for a focus, and media attention might have had some guilt in yesterday's proceedings. No, "race" is more obvious. It's easier to understand. It's not complex, it's simple: it's us versus them.
The Australian way of life they claim to uphold includes the tradition of civil obedience and support for the lawful institutions of this land. Thugs terrorising beachgoers are not the product of multiculturalism, just as vigilantes are not the product of Australian heritage.
2219. Would you rather visit the dessert or the rainforest?
2225. Do you treat people differently based on their appearance?
2257. Have your gods and idols let you down?
2261. What do you waste?
2289. What's a word people should use more often?
2219. The dessert, specifically Lemon Meringue Pie Land.
2225. Yes. I don't mean to and shouldn't, but do.
2257. Yes. Bastards one and all.
2261. Time, paper, water, teabags, space, opportunities, and my life.
2289. Two words: "thank you".