Saturday, February 26, 2011

wat de.

me: playing computer
mum: comes into the room. put this in your wallet.
me: turns to look at what she's talking about. she's holding a short strand of fuschia wool. what is it?
mum: it's a dragon's whisker.
me: one eyebrow up D;
mum: put it in your wallet. it's for safety.
me: points up at my wardrobe to the box of wool. i've got a lot there.
mum: just make sure you put it in! it was difficult to get.

Friday, February 25, 2011

rogue wave

liking these two songs from rogue wave at the moment - because of that opsm ad x)


crazy cat lady mini milk bottle drinking glass (modcloth)

clear tulip watch (fred flare)

dedo message board by gonçalo campos (arcademi)

beatrix potter collaboration (graniph)

rilakkuma dock connector lanyard (strapya)

TV stone phone strap (strapya)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

i just discovered the Funny Pictures website. it is LOL funny XD! here are some animal-y ones.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

open air cinema

watched Paul @ st george open air cinema yesterday (once again, i got the tickets from the smh newspaper subscription! originally it was for love & other drugs, but i received the tickets one day late, so i was sent another one). the film was good and fun, but i think it needed more jerk-funny moments. it was a surprise seeing jason bateman and jane lynch in it!

Pat & Stick's ice cream sandwich! caramel pecan & espresso lace flavour ;9

the screen rising! (cheesy inspirational drum-y music playing in the background)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

annie leibovitz & artexpress

today i went to see annie leibovitz: a photographer's life 1990-2005 at the mca.

the highlight for me was the video that was played in a small room (went for quite a long time too!) which had footage of some of the shoots, scenes with her family where she is taking their photographs, and also herself and other artists/journalists giving commentary. besides photos of 'celebrities' and other famous people/artists/creators, the exhibition also showed some of her personal photos of her family and friends, especially her friend Susan - at first we were confused about who she was, and which Susan she was (there were a total of 3 Susans!) and i was surprised at how intimate/how much information was given about her life. well, seeing as the exhibition is titled that, i guess it's fitting! there were a few serious subject matters (though the notes displayed said that she didn't want to call herself a 'journalist', because journalists don't take sides, so rather she was a 'photographer'), but i liked the celebrity subjects the most. i find it so interesting to look at an image of someone you've seen before, but in a different light. towards the back of the exhibit were A4 papers showing images of each print categorised into years, all displayed behind glass on two long walls, there were also images here that weren't displayed, which was a bonus :)
my favourite image would have to be this one of jim carrey pulling a face. i can't help but laugh everytime i walk past it x)

source: nytimes

this image seriously does no justice to seeing the real thing, the scale and seeing it on actual paper is so much better! i also love how some of the photographs displayed showed the edges of the developing paper (if that's what it's called).

afterwards, we went to see the ARTEXPRESS exhibition at the art gallery of nsw (final works of year 12 visual art students that were chosen from the whole of nsw). previously i've only ever seen them showcased in the david jones store window displays, but to see so many types of media used in the museum and also the level of work was just so impressive!
these 3 were my favourites - images taken from the artexpress website, and some photos i took of the first artist - click for larger image (click on the artists' names to see a description of their work)

jacob zinman-jeanes
it looked like it should be in a picture book!

peta lilley
the paper cuts and the birds were especially wonderful! i also loved the eggs in the paper nests, which had (sad relationship) stories written on them.

katherine mcnamara
she hand stitched things onto her photographs and the outcome looked like a child's imagination come to life!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

curvy @ the galeries - rilla alexander print!

a few months ago, the galeries had an exhibition to celebrate the release of curvy 7 (book which showcases female illustrators/artists from around the world).
they also had displays for a number of illustrators, showing some of their works, and i was lucky enough to win one of the art prints! the one i wanted to win was by rilla alexander (her flickr here) and when i saw what i received in the delivery, i was pleasantly surprised to see that the print was an even nicer than the one i remembered! (unless i totally had the wrong one in my head).
this is titled Canapy.

i can't wait to frame it under glass XD


(some are quite old)

the oatmeal:
how to suck at facebook, 10 reasons to avoid talking on the phone.
the cherryblossom girl: venomous villains!
cuteoverload: i am not making a snowman!, dramatic audition
handmade weddings: vintage superheroes conquer the world
van gogh tilt-shift
map envelope
printing on post-its

drunken watermelon on tap

in new york, even the walls have USB

Monday, February 14, 2011

well, i can't sleep. so i'll just post some photos of biscotti (btw, 'progress'? she comes out from underneath the couch during the day if i tap some canned food with her spork. but any slight weird noises/people walking then she'll go back to hiding)

look how big her tail got!! this was a short time ago when she was playing chase with her (shoe lace tied to a pipe cleaner with a feather on the end) toy. i've never seen it this fluffy! ;D

these are from the first day of the house move, when she slept under my bed, i assume, after being too tired from being stressed and meow-ing constantly.

p.s. carnivore poo STINKS.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

nintendo 3DS

just went to see the nintendo 3DS preview at myer and i am just 8O astounded at the technology!!! the 3DS were attached via a cord to the belt the people working there wore, and at first we were just shown the demo games (can't press any buttons, can just watch previews) and even that was amazing - the 3D screen was wider than the previous DS, and even when the 3D effect was switched off, the quality of the images were still amazing! but then... just around the corner, is another table where there was something called "augmented reality" (ooooohh!!). this was the coolest thing i've ever seen. there was this flimsy looking paper card on a table, and when you pointed the camera to view and pressed "a", a box appeared and a game started where you had to aim and shoot at the creature that pops out of the box, and since you're holding the ds like a video camera thing, you can look at the object from all angles! it was so cool! and there was also a version where instead of a box with a creature inside, it was a dragon that could attack you back, and you had to shoot at it to defeat it. it was so futuristic! and after being so amazed at that, turned out that there were actual games that we could play!! we played capcom's street fighter. and remembering the original gameplay on play station whilst looking into the 3DS screen at the version they've done, it's just so WHOAAAAAA! the characters can move in all 3 dimensions!! and as well as the arrows and four buttons, you could also use the touch screen to enable the combo moves! i can't wait til it's released, and i'll just hang out in myer and play it! (unfortunately, it is quite expensive at $349, and the games are going to be region locked - from what i heard anyway. but considering what it does, how unbelievably, yes i'll use the overused word, awesome, the images are, and that games like metal gear solid can be played in the clearest quality ever, it can be comparable to a larger game console that costs about the same) one day when i have a job and self-sufficient, i'll get it, but in the meantime, just being amazed at the technology is way more than enough! *walks away from the too short play session in amazement*.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

farms, new house, google docs

haven't had a post in a long time! these past few weeks, i moved houses and went on two 5-day farm placements (to a free-range egg farm & a dairy farm).

at the egg place, all i had to do was SORT EGGS. sure it's fun, and we were speed-sorting by the end of it, but because the farmer (this old man who still uses dial-up internet) had so many of his family members coming in to help everyday, the days became really lazy. this is how it went: (how do i remember it all so clearly -besides it being not a very uneventful day- ? it's because we had to keep a diary during our stay).
8am ate breakfast: freshly baked bread, made overnight in the bread maker, toasted & buttered, with poached (fresh!) egg with the yolks still half soft ;9 and cracked pepper & salt. oh, and also: porridge with milk & brown sugar.
- we felt so bad during our stay there, because the guy kept cooking for us! he was a good cook though, and i guess he's used to making meals because they regularly have backpackers ("woofers") who stay there and help out at the farm for free meals & accommodation (more on this backpacker situation / cleanliness later), but once for dinner he gave us so much that i actually felt like vomiting.. but i felt even more sorry for my jewish friend who was there, who had to eat so many pig products (everyday!) out of politeness. thank goodness her digestive system didn't complain..
-back to the day!
8.30am changed water bottles and refilled pellets ("rodent nuts" haha) for the rats and mice that were bred there - for the pet shop and also for reptile food - there's a reptile park nearby. they were all so cute!! the first time we looked around, we became idiots who squealed talked in baby voices and had no eyes from going *awwwwwwwwww T__T* and they had so many different coat patterns! and there were lots of babies!! yes.
9-11am sorted eggs that came out on a conveyor belt that travelled from inside the shed under the nesting boxes. we sorted them into good, cracked/small (to be cleaned-crushed-pasteurised-used in egg products eg. cake mix etc), and extra large. did you know that chickens like to eat their own eggs? it's a bit weird.
11ish morning tea! more fresh bread with spreads. lots of tea and vegemite consumed (water and not-vegemite for me).
11.30am more egg sorting!
12.30pm finished. yes. only a five hour day with eating in the middle. and it's only just after noon!
so the rest of the day, was spent being very bored. lots of napping. it became a daily ritual. we also walked around and took some photos, and we helped picked zucchinis on a few days (they are very hairy! and prickly!) my friend got a rash each time lol.
so. on to the hygiene situation. there wasn't a lot of it.. i don't know when he gave up on it, but everything was dusty and surrounded by spider webs. we found out during one chat that a researcher guy visits and collects a few hundred house spiders every so often, though the spider collection was already there beforehand... i don't think he was trying to justify the amount of spiders there though... maybe it was an interesting fact -_-?
and there were 4 layers of sheets on the bed, and when i tried sleeping on the 3rd most top on (my reasoning being, the first one was dirty, the second one can be my blanket, and the third can be what i slept on), it was DUSTY T__T. and the one night that i didn't put insect repellant on my FEET... i got about 7 bed bug-bites on one foot T__T it was insanely itchy, so much so that i had to make face scowling & imaginary-afro-scratching actions to express how itchy they were... aaarrrgghh T__T
but all in all, we were pretty spoiled there... having meals cooked for us, and not having anything to do after 12.30.. and we also had a new definition for "country clean~!" (spoken in a sing-song tone). it was just rinsing dirty dishes, attempting to use dishwashing liquid on a 2cm torn square of wiry sponge, and going "....that's clean enough.... COUNTRY CLEAN :D...!" and putting it on the drying rack.
trivia: there was also the original (circa whenever it was first created) "old spice" in the bathroom.

gosh that was long.

overview of the dairy placement cos i can't be bothered to type more, and i have to shower soon.
5-8am milked cows + gave vaccinated/oral drenches (intestinal worm medication) to some
3-5pm milked cows again.
nap, tv, played with cats/dogs on the property, took photos of calves in between.
also, the person there kept on asking if we "visited the river yet?" everyday, which we didn't. because it was a 1.5km walk :) and it was hot. and we weren't really given any directions. i think he was disappointed that we were so content with just lounging all day hehe.

the house change has been good - i finally have my own bedroom (can you believe it? the first time EVER 0_o), except for the anti-social Biscotti (she really doesn't like being around lots of people/noise, even in the old house): during the night, when it's dark outside and the house is quieter, with fewer people walking/talking/making noise, she's more normal - walking around with her tail up (ie. actually roaming the house & not hiding/sleeping under the sofa or walking with her body and tail low to the ground) and talks more. cos she used to be an outdoor cat, and would go around the neighbourhood during the day, i don't actually know how much sleeping during the day is normal for her.. i guess cats are supposed to sleep a lot. but still, she doesn't come out often enough to eat/drink/use the toilet. so at night when she does, she drinks A LOT of water (until half the bowl is empty) and then pees a lot too. she's not getting skinnier though, which is a good thing (since all she does is sleep all day!). though when she's under the sofa, she's breathing relaxed and sleeping - so not like she's stressed and alert (unlike the first day!). i wonder how long she'll take to get used to this. i just hope that she actually does one day, and not just be so uncomfortable her whole life from now on.. she probably misses the backyard and the big sky.
moving on from the sad update, i'm getting a haircut today, after more than one year!

anyway, do you know about google docs? you can use it to create paint-program style documents, word-like documents, powerpoint presentations, spreadsheets and forms! and something called "collection" which i don't know what it is. so you don't need to have those programs installed from microsoft! ohhhh!
here's a video from swissmiss that shows the powerpoint presentation feature.