Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
(you don't hate children.. do you?)I feel the time has come (1.40am on a Monday night) for another blog. I have been looking at a few censorship (well, anti-censorship!) websites, and thought I'd share some with you.
As you may or may not have heard, the Australian Classification Board website was hacked recently, with the hackers posting a message to all who came across it. I can't get on to the website even now (I believe it happened last Thursday/ Friday), so clearly they did a good job. I find it hilarious (though I don't support it...)
Another interesting site is somebodythinkofthechildren.com, particuarly this post about the Tasmanian trial. The most shocking part of it, I found, was this:
What Senator Conroy says: Overblocking (the proportion of content that was blocked that should not have been blocked) was between 1% and 6%, with most falling under 3%.
What the report really says: Even if you choose the best result (1%), out of every one million websites, 10,000 will be blocked when they shouldn’t be.
10,000 sites is a LOT of websites. And when you consider how many websites there are on the internet... that is an outrageous number.
This is possibly my favourite find from tonight: conroylogic.com. Refresh a few times (or click the main heading).
Yes... this post has once again not told of the wonder of Rise Against... but rest assured, I will! It was super awesome. SUPER awesome.
Conroy is appearing on Insight tomorrow night, 7.30 on SBS.
REALLY finally, the Engie pubcrawl guide is on the interwebs!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
How many of you have looked on China in pity, hearing stories about their rigourous internet censorship scheme? Google monitored, sites banned, government-controlled information.
And now Mao ZeRudd wants to take us down the same path with a ‘clean-feed filter’, censoring the internet.
How is this at all democratic?! We supposedly live in a country that has one of the highest ratings democracy and freedom in the world, and yet we find ourselves being imposed with an internet filter?
Pre-election, the filter was going to be an opt-in clean feed. Now it is mandatory. Which part of that is democratic?
The list of websites which will be banned is controlled by ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority), and has only recently been leaked. But did the government allow people to look at the list? No, of course they didn't. They threatened anyone who linked to the leaked blacklist with an $11,000 fine per day. So no one except the government is allowed to know the blacklist. Which part of that is democratic?
And how do websites that have mistakenly been put on the list get taken off? There is so far no publicly announced plan for that. Because there is no doubt in anyone's mind that there will be websites that shouldn't be on the blacklist on there. But, oh hey, no one has access to the list, so no one is going to know.
The premise of the internet filter is a good one; to protect Australian children from accessing material that is “harmful and inappropriate”; but it’s not just illegal material that’s going to be censored… legal websites will be too. Democratic?!There are so many issues with the clean-feed filter, it’s impossible to cover them all in one post; this one’s already a tad long. But it is a really important thing to think about, because it’s going to affect us. We live in a democratic country, but no part of the proposed clean-feed filter policy is democratic.
My degree is a joke.
ps, Rise Against last night was AMAZING. More to come. Stay tuned. And things.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
was das ist?
vor dem Morgen;
vor dem, was er bringt,
und was er nicht bringt.
vor dem Tag;
vor seinen Pflichten,
und seinen Forderungen.
vor der Nacht;
vor ihren Albträumen,
und ihrer Dunkelheit.
vor den Menschen;
vor ihrem Versprechen,
und ihren Launen.
vor mir selbst;
vor meinen Stimmungen,
und meinen Taten.
vor dem Leben;
vor seinen Qualen,
und seinen Peinigungen.
wie das ist?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
At work, the radio is often listened to during the day (mostly SAFM or Nova). When I get to work, I sometimes change stations (usually to Mix!), or I put my iPod on. Sometimes though, I just can't be bothered (especially lately, seeing as iTunes deleted all of my playlists & half my songs!), and don't change it until about 8 (after the second closer is gone).
As a result, I get to hear all the terrible pop that passes for music these days. There are few that really stand out (though I'm saddened to hear that Fall Out Boy's She's My Winona has been released to radio, that means they'll thrash it and ruin the GLORIOUS GLORIOUS KEY CHANGE. I lie; nothing could ruin that!), but one that has lately is Britney's new one, If U Seek Amy. Say it out loud if you haven't heard the song before.
I read somewhere a while ago that she had to change the name of this single, because it was too explicit or something, but until a few weeks ago hadn't actually heard the song. (Here's the video if you want to hear it... though why you would I'm uncertain.) The chorus lyrics are;
Love me, hate me
Say what you want about me
But all of the boys and all of the girls
Are begging to if you seek Amy
Love me, hate me
But can't you see what I see?
All of the boys and all of the girls
Are begging to if you seek Amy
(The rest of the lyrics can be found here.)
Now, they clearly do not make sense (I mean, when has Britney ever made sense, but disregarding that fact..) unless 'if you seek Amy' is actually meant to sound like 'f-u-c-k me', and the lyrics aren't meant to be read at all. But surely not! Surely not on commercial radio! Surely that should be censored! Think of the children!
The other thing is that if you read the lyrics, it sounds like she's wanting to sex up this Amy character. So she's spelling out expletives, and is off being a lesbian?
Seriously though, I really don't think that it's radio-appropriate. Back in '06, I remember blogging about The Bloodhound Gang's Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo, and being delighted with the name. I suppose this falls under the same category, except that children aren't going to be going around singing that 'all of the boys and all of the girls are wanting to f-u-c-k me'. Instead they were just going around singing 'f-u-c-k'. Hmm. But perhaps far less obvious to impressionable children.
I don't even have a point. It's a catchy song, it's on high rotation, and it's not going to be pulled off the radio, because I suppose technically it isn't saying or suggesting anything wrong.
Monday, March 16, 2009
So I suppose I can categorise things to talk about...
Well, holidays are well and truly over, as we go into week three. My holidays were pretty good, they mostly consisted of work, Anna, Simon, Lost, How I Met Your Mother, Disney, sleepovers, Commencement Camp (which was awesome! See below...), various parties and outings. They were pretty fun, so that's good.
AS & SM trip to Carrickalinga
Sometime in January... possibly the 20th-24th, but I forget exact dates... (oops!), Anna and I went to Carrickalinga for a few relaxing days away. They were wonderful, and beachy, and we had awesome food, and it was good to spend some time together (and realise exactly HOW similar our brains are!)
This is a good demonstration of how we spent our time: being silly!
One night, we walked down to the beach, and watched the tide come in around us :)
Earlier in January, an Avenged Sevenfold forum I'm on had a meetup in Adelaide; three interstaters came over here, and with me and the other Adelaide girl on the board (and a few of her friends), good times (espeically Twister, double Twister, and much Absinth consumption!) were had.
Australia Day saw Simon have a pool party (which semi-sucked, becuase it was chlorine and my skin is terrible..., and also because it meant I couldn't see anyone else on Australia Day!) But I insisted we listen to the Hottest 100 (stupid Walking on a Dream...), and it was a fun day.
There was a FEAST for dinner!
A youthy get-together
One Friday night, a few of us went over to Lib's new pad and hung out, played a board game, chatted a lot... and the boys played dress-ups.
...is now in my room. It required me to remove basically EVERYTHING from my room... and caused me to realise just how much stuff I have. Most of it no doubt unnecessary. I really wanted to have a huge clean out of everything but time got away from me, and soon enough it was "if you don't have your room clean by Friday..." time, so perhaps that's a mid-year holiday job.
I miss my floorboards sometimes.
I went on the Magill/ Mawson Lakes/ Flinders Commencement Camp (run by ES), because Anna was coordinating the camp. I had a really excellent time, it was great to meet a whole lot of other people (even if they thought their unis were superior... hahahahaha), and just to get away for a bit. It had a bit of an effect on me.
Carl the CandleDawn...
Sleepy smiles (we all slept outside, and it was freezing, but heaps of fun!)
All the Jethros. Hehe.
One Sunday, Lisa, Jess and I headed to Libby's place, to go through each others clothes that we didn't want anymore. We all got some pretty good finds... plus some awesome dressing up fun!
Thanks to Simon, I've been watching a lot more TV series'; namely Lost and How I Met Your Mother. We've been watching Lost together, and are up to the two-part Season Two finale! ...but we've been up to that for a while now. Nick gave me Season three for my birthday, I believe in an attempt to make us watch more (he was the one that got us on to it!)
How I Met Your Mother I find hilarious, and I've seen all of it that's out.
Anna also introduced me to Sex and the City while we were at Carrickalinga (and we watched all of Season 3). Simon gave me Season 1 for my birthday!
Big Day Out
Was VERY warm. It was that... 42 or 43 day I think? I got there at around 11:30, and waited at the barrier until Bullet for my Valentine came on. Which was at 2.50. And it was worth it! In the process, I saw Children Collide, The Grates, and possibly someone else. Oops. Memory. After that, I got lunch, then saw Little Red, The Living End, Mammal, The Butterfly Effect, The Fantomas, and lastly Dropkick Murphys (who were great!)
BFMV <3Little RedTLE
So that was a good day!
Fall Out Boy
A few weeks ago (I just don't remember the date ;) I went to see Fall Out Boy. It was preeeeeetty good but I enjoyed the All-American Rejects much more. FOB was just too OMGOGOMGOGMOGPETEWENTZ. It was pretty funny, all the fangirls... but they just sort of ruined it. I lol'd a lot though when Pete came out during the first support act to sing a chorus... all the teenies went CRAZY. Actually hilarious. And again when, during FOB's set, OMOMGOMGOGMOGMGPETEWENTZ mentioned OMGOMGOGMOGMGOGMGEDWARDCULLEN! Far out :P but it was fun. Lining up was ridiculous though; I got there after doors opened, and the line stretched ALL THE WAY from the East doors (of the Ent Cent) all the way down to Port Rd, along it, to the next side street, and down there a way. Crazy.
GAMES & O'Week
These two sort of tie in together a lot. At the end of last year, we formed a club called the Games and Miscellaneous Entertainment Society (or, GAMES). We naturally had a stall at O'Week, and were involved with some of the games that were done as part of O'Week activities.
Like detergent, beer, chocolate sauce Twister.
We got lots of people to sign up to our club!
Ah, O'Week frivolity!
MY SIGN! I am very proud of it. It is beautiful. And colourful. And simply wonderful.
Soundwave this year was a very mixed experience for me.
Hightlights included Jack's Mannequin (so high-energy!), The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and From First to Last, as well as many hilarious moments with the people I hung out with.
Lowlights included having tomato sauce squirted all over the bottom of the back of my tshirt/ top of my shorts, being ridiculously squished in RJA (though that's part of the charm of it all, hey), being kicked in the head multiple times, and someone falling on my face during Billy Talent.
That's right, someone FELL ON MY FACE.
I went to that stage during the act before (Bloodhound Gang, I believe), to get a good spot, and I did get one. Then, during the second song, a crowd surfer went over during a verse, so everyone wasn't all *SQUISH*, so there was no one around me to support his weight, so he fell on my face. I then ran from the mosh, crying. I ran past Shane and like the valiant hero he is, he sort of herded me out of there, and told people to get out of the way, and was generally wonderful. After that, I stood at the back, blowing blood out of my nose (which still doesn't feel completely back to normal), with a ridiculously sore eye (which then got some sort of bloody bruisey sore on it), nursing a headache from being kicked in the head, watching the band I'd been most looking forward to from... a fair way back. :(
So I think last year was definitley better than this year, but oh well, I still had a good time!
Madina Lake singer in the crowd..
Jack's Mannequin - so high-energry!The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Billy Talent being AWESOME
Billy Talent still being awesome, my position not so much
From First to Last! (HILARIOUS)
Matt Good (no more Sonny :( )Say Anything (which Nikki & I RAN to after seeing the end of FFTL's set)NIN... with their "light show" ... it really wasn't that amazing! Not that we saw much, we were actually watching Funeral for a Friend.
I'm still at Subway (starting my third year of being there..!), but I'm not working at the library anymore, that was only a year-long contract (like I would have worked there any longer than that anyway... ugh!) Subway is going okay, all I ever get are closes though, which annoys me a LOT. I like my Saturday 12-8.30, that's my favourite shift. But I also close Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays (I'm supposed to alternate...), some Mondays, and some Sundays. And even though I'm free all but two days, all I get are closes. It's just nasty having to go from a full day of uni, to work, then home to do homework, not get to bed until goodness knows what hour, then have to wake up and do it all again. Sigh. At least I get hours though. And it's not like the work is difficult. But nevertheless... *job-searching*
Both Mel and Sarah G have left teh subz, which makes me sad, I miss them both. Mel moved to Canada, and Sarah to Melbourne. (The only good thing though, is that now I dont' have to write 'Sarah R' on everything!)
I'm in third year of my Media/ Arts degree now, my subjects this semester are:
- Media Democracies & E-Participation (--Mary, this subject is a joke! No one even knows what it's about. Seriously. NO ONE.)
- Asian Screen Media (-- I don't care about Asian Screen Media! I haven't even seen GOJIRA!) (they're both clearly compulsory subjects!)
- Cross-Cultural Communication (-- Unfortunately coordinated by Rob, who made me quit Linguistics in S2 of first year (but I then picked it back up again and it was glorious)... unfortunately our favourite Linguistics teacher has left or something :( however, it seems to be an interesting subject so far, and Rob doesn't take ALL the lectures!)
- English for Professional Purposes (-- This subject has GRAMMAR! ...nuff said.)
I have uni Monday 9-11, Tuesday 10-4, and Thursday 10-4. (I have break(s) on both those days though)
Friday (the 13th!) was my 20th birthday, and it was pretty good. Thursday night I had Anna, Simon, Lib, Flux, Bart, Kester and Herbie over for a lovely dinner.
Friday we did an AWESOME workout video (PARTY ARMS! Strut, strut, strut, strut, smooth the hair, smooth the hips!), then swam with Anna, and just had a generally fun time with Anna and Simon. Later, Lib and Anna came over, we got ready together, and went to town. There we met with people to celebrate my birthday with the consumption of alcoholic beverages. It was fun. We went to the Elephant (where we crashed a private function, and there was a TERRIBLE cover band - who STARTS with Wonderwall?!?!?!), and then to Shotz, where we were basically the only people there! That was awesome though, we could just request all the songs we all loved!
EXCEPT for SIMON who freaking requested possibly my third most hated song (and that's saying something, considering the first two don't really count), so MY MOST HATED SONG. WHAT SORT OF PERSON DOES THAT?!?!?!! Jerk. (L) It's Electric Feel, by the way.
Birthday dinner - group:
Neither Simon nor Herbie were actually touching either of us ;)
At the Elephant
Outside Shotz. WOO!
Was on Saturday. I got there about 9.15 with Bart and Seb, and then went and found Jules & co, watching Children Collide. They were pretty good to watch (again!). Then it was time for Little Red, whose set wasn't really that great, and it didnt' feel like they really had the crowd's attention. Not sure that they're a closing band.
Afterwards, we headed to Electric Light, and I MET Little Red! I chatted to one of the guys for quite a while, and talked to some girls I went to school with, too. Pretty good night though.
Today, on my way home from the bus, I was looking at all the hard rubbish around the place. There really hasn't been that much stuff this year, but on my way up deceptor-hill, I spied something which I had been LONGING to find...
I hurried home, informed mum, and went back down the hill and got it! I then got a pretty bucket from across the street, and found 5 cents! WHAT A HAUL!
This is me with my hatstand. I love it already.See?
This is the reason why I wanted a hatstand in the first place.
My BUCKET and HATSTAND!And this is some of my birthday presents. I also got a 'Sez's Room' sign from Anna, and some money from my parents. And Bart lent me Once. WOO! (HOMEWARES! ALADDIN! LOST! SATC! CHOCOLATE!)
And my final point comes in two parts:
a) a couple of weeks ago, dad decided to "upgrade" my computer This resulted in my computer being in teh repair shop for all of week 1, and I don't think it's any better than it was. But I'm sure it is. Heaps better. Anyway as a result my iTunes is all messed up and duplicatey, and le sigh.
b) Today while I was walking through Rundle Mall, a guy stopped me, got me to listen to his band (A Sound Mind) through headphones, and then I purchased his CD. It's actually really good, too! It reminds me a lot of The Butterfly Effect, but it's different.
Anyway this is such a long update that I can't even be bothered reading it all through. Ugghhhh so much typing and photo uploading! But it's done now! Hopefully I won't do this again!! Hehe :)
Leave a comment, I'd like to know who reads this :)
ps... OH MY GOODNESS I'M NOT A TEENAGER ANYMORE.