Archive for February 2011

Note Worthy Blog

(Me and Amanda :p)
Check out this awesome blog from an amazing lady and the documentation of things surrounding her. I was lucky enough to have the priviledge of hanging out with her while she was in Auckland. (p.s. Auckland misses you, Amanda!)

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Christchurch Earthquake

When such a devastating natural disaster happens in a small country like New Zealand, there becomes this immense sense of community. Partly because it helps people grapple with the lives lost and the destruction that has occurred but also because New Zealand is a relatively new country in terms of the world’s timeline so therefore we still have many firsts to experience. Yesterday, Tuesday the 22nd of February, New Zealand experienced a few firsts: the first time a national state of emergency has been declared and the first time so much history and heritage has been destroyed in one place at one time. Christchurch was once known as being the most English city outside of England but now much of this beautiful heritage architecture has been devastated. We live in a nation where two degrees of separation is a reality; everyone in New Zealand has some ties one way or another to Christchurch and, with such a large number of lives lost, it means that everyone is affected. One can only offer their thoughts and deepest sympathies to all the families who have lost loved ones and those who are still waiting on the rescue of the 300 still missing.

Please give generously to this appeal! Every cent counts.

"Red Cross launches appeal
New Zealand Red Cross has launched the "New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal" to support those affected by the recent Canterbury earthquake. 
All funds will be used towards the New Zealand Red Cross response to the disaster, including transport and provision of goods. As weeks go by, different needs will be identified and Red Cross, there for the long haul with your help, will be meeting them. 
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the Canterbury area at 12.51pm on February 22. The quake, approximately 5km underground and located 10km south east of the city has caused wide spread damage, bursting sewage lines, damaging buildings and homes, cutting power and telephone lines to many areas of the city. "

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Things of late cont.

The Strokes new song? Why? You would think that after such a lengthy hiatus from creating music together that they would have new and exciting things to bring to the collaborative creating table. Instead this sounds tired and most of all boring. All though this is only the first release from the their comeback album so one shouldn't be quick to judge and in all fairness the rest of the album could be quite good but then this leads me to my next point, why did they have to release such a shitty boring song as their first single. I will let you be the judge and have a listen below.

 The Strokes - Under Cover Of Darkness by thebluewalrus 

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Things as of late...

I have been trying to watch all the films nominated for Oscars so I can make an informed decision on whom I think should win however this has proven difficult when the price of going to the pictures is so expensive! It costs around $16.50!! That's more than what I earn an hour. And the allure of the cinemas is not what it used to be, there is no atmospheric ceilings, no plush velvet curtains and certainly no Moorish interior designs, instead just sterile prepackaged movie theatres popping up in every mall and smelling like toddlers up chuck, sugary syrup and stale popcorn. However nothing could keep me away from seeing the Coen brothers' adaptation of True Grit. I had heard all about the hype so I tried hard to go in there with a mind bereft of bias. However I left the cinemas fully converted to the Coen western. It was simply amazing. Some people think that there should have been more violence as the trailer may have preluded to but I think that this would have been unnecessary. For myself, it was the dialogue that made it wonderful and the way that Jeff Bridges played a harden U.S. Marshall yet with still with some 'Dude'-like qualities.

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50's Cats

I found this amazing collection of photos via one of my favourite cat blogs catsparella. From the looks of it, it was a casting call for Edgar Allen Poe's "The Black Cat". 

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I just created a page on facebook regarding the Auckland University policy of having to take two papers outside of your degree known as general education papers. Not only are these a complete waste of time they are waste of money. Like this on facebook and hopefully something can be finally done about this time wasting policy.

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Today's playlist is brought to you by the letter D

D can be the beginning to some of the best words. Dreaming, delicious, dancing, deadly, delerium and dysentery. So here is a play list with bands starting the letter D.

Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High

The Dirtbombs - Daddy Rockin' Strong

Deerhunter - Desire Lines

Demon's Claws - Fucked on K

Del Shannon - Hats off to Larry

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One Tree Hill

One thing that I have always been at odds with is One Tree Hill. I just simply don't understand it. Yeah, yeah it's a television programme involving teenage drama and yaddah yaddah. BUT DOES IT HAVE TO BE SOOOO BORING! At least Dawson's Creek had van der geek, Suri's mom and Michelle Williams. Have any of the cast gone onto do something worthy of an oscar nomination? hmmmmm I didn't think so.
P.s. Auckland used to have a place called One Tree Hill because it was a hill with only one tree on it. They cut it down due to it being a hazard of some sort. They still call the hill One Tree Hill. This story reminds me of the show. Is there even a one tree hill? It is so boring the specifics get lost on me. Maybe they should rename the show and the hill in auckland (N)One Tree Hill. Or just cancel it all together either or is good with me. 

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