Sunday, June 20, 2010

Australian Anthems

If there's one song that gets sung the most around Aussie campfires, this is the likely contender.

And the song that gets the most play in any pub, is this one by a mile.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A few of my favourite things

Paul Ruiz, Euan MacLeod and Anthony Breslin

Monday, June 7, 2010

Butterfly Ball revisited

(RIP Ronnie James - it was a pleasure.)

The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast

Come take up your Hats, and away let us haste
To the Butterfly's Ball, and the Grasshopper's Feast.
The Trumpeter, Gad-fly, has summon'd the Crew,
And the Revels are now only waiting for you.

So said little Robert, and pacing along,
His merry Companions came forth in a Throng.
And on the smooth Grass, by the side of a Wood,
Beneath a broad Oak that for Ages had stood,

Saw the Children of Earth, and the Tenants of Air,
For an Evening's Amusement together repair.
And there came the Beetle, so blind and so black,
Who carried the Emmet, his Friend, on his Back.

And there was the Gnat and the Dragon-fly too,
With all their Relations, Green, Orange, and Blue.
And there came the Moth, with his Plumage of Down,
And the Hornet in Jacket of Yellow and Brown;

Who with him the Wasp, his Companion, did bring,
But they promis'd, that Evening, to lay by their Sting.
And the sly little Dormouse crept out of his Hole,
And brought to the Feast his blind Brother, the Mole.

And the Snail, with his Horns peeping out of his Shell,
Came from a great Distance, the Length of an Ell.
A Mushroom their Table, and on it was laid
A Water-dock Leaf, which a Table-cloth made.

The Viands were various, to each of their Taste,
And the Bee brought her Honey to crown the Repast.
Then close on his Haunches, so solemn and wise,
The Frog from a Corner, look'd up to the Skies.

And the Squirrel well pleas'd such Diversions to see,
Mounted high over Head, and look'd down from a Tree.
Then out came the Spider, with Finger so fine,
To shew his Dexterity on the tight Line.

From one Branch to another, his Cobwebs he slung,
Then quick as an Arrow he darted along,
But just in the Middle, -- Oh! shocking to tell,
From his Rope, in an Instant, poor Harlequin fell.

Yet he touch'd not the Ground, but with Talons outspread,
Hung suspended in Air, at the End of a Thread,
Then the Grasshopper came with a Jerk and a Spring,
Very long was his Leg, though but short was his Wing;

He took but three Leaps, and was soon out of Sight,
Then chirp'd his own Praises the rest of the Night.
With Step so majestic the Snail did advance,
And promis'd the Gazers a Minuet to dance.

But they all laugh'd so loud that he pull'd in his Head,
And went in his own little Chamber to Bed.
Then, as Evening gave Way to the Shadows of Night,
Their Watchman, the Glow-worm, came out with a Light.

Then Home let us hasten, while yet we can see,
For no Watchman is waiting for you and for me.
So said little Robert, and pacing along,
His merry Companions returned in a Throng.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Take the money and run

I cashed out most of my Pokerstars bankroll. A cheque for $US5500 left Paris via Fedex, briefly passed through Guangzhou, arrived the following day in Alexandria (Sydney) then a few hours later was waiting in my mail tray at work. If there's one thing about Stars, the cash outs are super speedy and professional. The cheque cleared immediately and is now a small drop in the ocean which is my mortgage.

The main reason for cashing out was the Aussie dollar dropping 10c against the US. I wasn't comfortable having that amount of money sitting in a poker site (as reputable as it might be) and the exchange rate change was all the convincing I needed. Added to this the UIEGA was days away from enforcement.

Right now grinding online cash games is on hold. I may make another run at the casino cash games. I haven't been back since the horrible 'Rain Man' session but playing real people is where i get the most enjoyment.


Ride the waves and don't ask where they go

Actually I don't agree with the comment in this video that we should live our lives like a Fibonacci spiral. As with most Tool songs, to some degree I think they're taking the piss with the complexity in the song. The actual idea is that we should ignore our human nature to dissect and over-analyze everything. We should in fact sit back and enjoy the music and not seek to understand every aspect of it.

"Ride the waves and don't ask where they go"

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


(1) Black,
(1) then,
(2) white are,
(3) all I see,
(5) in my infancy,
(8) red and yellow then came to be,
(5) reaching out to me,
(3) lets me see.
(2) There is,
(1) so,
(1) much,
(2) more and
(3) beckons me,
(5) to look through to these,
(8) infinite possibilities.
(13) As below so above and beyond I imagine,
(8) drawn outside the lines of reason.
(5) Push the envelope.
(3) Watch it bend.
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