clappamungus: (Lab Rats)
Last Thursday's episode: here.

It was another short one. I for one was so tired I could barely keep my bloody eyes open... and it was not one of our best. But the topics were still interesting:

Nematodes and life longevity;
New HIV vaccine (strictly speaking, an SIV vaccine) shows promise;
A genetic link to depression found;
Sitting on one's behind for long periods increases one's chance of getting bowel cancer. Yay.

Next week (well, this Thursday) is our...TENTH EPISODE!!!! Lucas is coming back on, and we'll be doing a big astronomy focus.

Finally, just because...have a picture of the coolest concept car ever:

The 1958 Ford Nucleon, a concept that never even made it to prototype. For a good reason, really... Still, I would've driven it.
clappamungus: (The Great Storkening of 2006!)
Due to recent emo, and general badness, I will attempt to counteract with pr0n.

Last night I picked up a secondhand Sony stereo from an eBay seller. I could have bought a swanky new freaking tiny one as is all the rage nowadays. But:

a) I wanted a tape deck. Yes, you bloody well heard me: a tape deck. New, they're as rare as hens' teeth, and usually of crappy quality. But I have tapes that I like to occasionally play;
b) I want something sizeable, for fuck's sake. I'm sick of this "smaller is better" attitude. I want something that is visually obtrusive. None of this "hide-it-in-a-corner-and-wonder-oh-my-what-large-sound-where-it-come-from???" crap; and
c) I wanted to set up our turntable that we got as a wedding present as well. I've had a pile o' vinyl sitting in a corner, and I keep adding to it, and it hasn't been played and it FELT RONERY. I could've set it up alongside one of those titchy ones, but it would've felt and looked weird.

So here we go:
EC-QOTL
Finally I can spin the black circle. I have missed playing vinyl so damn much. I'm telling you, "Phantom of the Opera" sounds so much better in original analogue than remastered digital.

Holy shit

Sep. 10th, 2009 05:45 pm
clappamungus: (King Diamond)
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Um...anyone want some mushrooms?*#




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* - not an actual offer; conditions apply; etc etc.
# - actually, we could probably negotiate...
clappamungus: (Hug?)
Today, I drove to band practise in Hallam (for Lord Mouth, not Left of Crazy. Oh yeah, the metal band is now called Lord Mouth. I like it; blow me if you don't). Anyway, I made sure I got out of the house early. Early enough to swing by my local café and get a flat white, and yet still be able to drive into Hallam on time.

I forgot about Murphy's Law. Actually, no. I forgot about STUPID FUCKING ROAD WORKS/WORKERS OF FUCKING STUPID FESTERING IN A MASSIVE FUCKING CAULDRON OF GODDAMN STUPID...

As I pulled onto the freeway onramp just past Chadstone (big mall, for those of you not from Oz), what should have been relatively smooth sailing on the freeway was all of a sudden halted by a big fuck-off wall of traffic. Kinda like this:
Traffic jam of DOOM

I know it's not that easy to see the big line of traffic disappearing off into the horizon, but trust me, it's there. This photo was taken after I'd already been incrementally inching forward, in fits and starts, my clutch really not liking these little movements forward, for quite some time. The first time I've regretted buying a manual car...

And, of course, I couldn't back out of the freeway entrance. So I had to wait.

And wait.

And wait some fucking more.

This is on a Sunday morning, mind you. This is also after I made sure I would get to Hallam early.

I waited a hell of a long time, getting (as you can imagine) angrier and angrier by the passing nanosecond, as traffic inched forward and people ducked and weaved (or crept and crawled) into and out of lanes and refused to let other people in.

After about twenty minutes, I saw what was causing this ridiculous Sunday morning traffic jam:

FUCKWITT SIGN ON FREEWAY


They were funnelling THREE FOUR FUCKING LANES ON A FREEWAY INTO ONE. And you can tell on the sign that it's not done too many times, as the third contemptuous "NO LANE" sign has been added on rather amateurishly.

I could not believe it. Of all the goddamned bone-headed things to do. Why they couldn't close down two at the most, work on that bit of road, then close the other two off is utterly beyond me. It took all I had in me to not roll down my window as I passed the moronic road workers, all stereotypically lounging around on their bit of blocked-off bitumen, and yell a few choice words about them being over-unionised fucktarded cockspanks etc etc...

You know what made it even worse? After it was too late to do anything about, I turned on the radio and caught a traffic report, which helpfully informed me of this: "...traffic is banked up all along the Monash Freeway due to roadworks, so please choose an alternate route."

GAH...guess I'll be listening to traffic reports from now on.

Yeah, I'm still cranky about it. I'm an elephant. No, fuck that: I'm a hate camel. And my hate hump has been filled; should last me a long time.

Oh yeah, and of course I was ridiculously late for band practise. My plans are foiled YET AGAIN. I hate you, Murphy.
clappamungus: (The Great Storkening of 2006!)
Our engagement party (and Eva's 28th) was themed: Retro. 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s.

I wonder which decade I wish I had been a part of...
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You know what's even more tragic? I really wish I could dress like this all the time...

I'm certainly keeping the aviators. And, for a while at least, the facial hair.

These photos were taken by a friend who's not on LJ - on her Facebook she alluded to the fact that I looked like I belonged in the cast of Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities. She suggested that I bore a striking resemblance to cocaine lords of that era.

My kingdom for a time machine.
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
THIS is what I'm talkin' about.

COFFEE

Yep. ONE WHOLE KILOGRAM OF COFFEE.

If this doesn't get me through the fucktardy of the week that will be, nothing will.
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
Tonight, [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_aster and I drove down to Williamstown beach to meet [livejournal.com profile] mstakenidentity, [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo, [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_ and [livejournal.com profile] ragedc between the Siren Cafe and the kiosk. We had fish n' chips, and watched the sun set:

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Then everyone except me and [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla went swimming. Why? Because they're crazy bastards and the two of us are not. Yes, it's summer, but it's Melbourne summer - therefore the water is bloody freezing. And I could tell how freezing it was as I watched [livejournal.com profile] ragedc shudder involuntarily as the waterline reached his goolies, even as far away as I was. Of course, we were smug until the sun dipped below the horizon and the damned wind came from out of nowhere and just about chilled us to the goddamn bone...so we all got out of there as fast as we could and went back to the main street. Here, we were joined by [livejournal.com profile] fnoo, and we went to the most excellent créperie and had awesome crépes (MINE WAS ON FIRE! ON! FUCKING! FIRE!!!! How splendiferous...).

'Twas a goodly evening.

And here are some random photos from my phone and the camera...mostly of Teh Cute )

Ok, that's enough of that. Time to sleep.
clappamungus: (Default)
WHAT THE FLYING MONKEY'S TESTICLE IS THIS???

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No, it's not a massive arachnid. It's a few potatoes that...well, sat in our pantry for way too long.

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I suppose we can plant these things now. Well, we could have, before Eva threw them out into the compost.

Sad.
clappamungus: (Lil' Johnny)
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clappamungus: (Drawn Together - Toot)
[livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo!

SMAAAAART Juice

Even the emphasis is there...
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
Two weeks ago, we were subjected to one of the most dramatic sights nature has to offer )
clappamungus: (The Great Storkening of 2006!)
To save your fpages )
The end.
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
Our puppy is growing up. I can't make my fortune from her anymore.
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She really loves that heater.
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
PUPPY!
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clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
Meet: Jezebel!
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Jezzy for short

More cuteness under the cut )

Yes, I think a lot of my photos now will be puppy based. Yes, I know I'm obsessed.

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