Monday, February 16, 2009

An admission

I suppose it's time I came clean:
Go to the Movie Lounge and watch Testimonial No. 1 (Second clip from the right).


  1. Is that in a good way, or a bad way?

    Eh - I'll take either.

  2. So you're earning some dollars rolling strange men on floors, eh?

  3. Shippy - It's time Lez learned the truth ...

    Kath - Yeah, but hasn't everyone?

  4. I couldn't find Testimonial No. 1 ? Huh?


  5. Ah, you mean the other, OTHER right...

  6. Another Admission:
    I can't work out who's slower: me for not knowing my left from my right, or all commenters other than TooS and Squibo who didn't notice either ...

  7. Okay I saw it, I don't quite get the whole sediment imbalance thing, but hey how cool, you're in a beer ad!!

  8. Ah - that would be because you're a Waustralian.
    Coopers Pale is made with sludgy sediment in the bottom of the bottle, hence the need to (slowly, carefully) upend the bottle before drinking. Once you have grown up doing this, you have to physically restrain yourself from turning every beer you drink upside-down before drinking.
    South Aussies - am I right?
    Or am I simply a compulsive person?

  9. I'm completely lost here, since I know absolutely nothing about beer. From your header picture I thought you'd scored a job at the casino. Woo-hoo, $$$$ better than making fancy coffees. Guess I was wrong.

  10. GTH
    This is no trivial matter.
    A lonely country road, a black night, stillness decends.
    Three men, unkempt, one of them dark and sinister are hunched over a rough wooden table. They've been drinking and a battle of wills plays out till the older wiser head prevails. The younger ones curse the old bastard and angrily challenge him to one more roll of the dice.
    But no dice, he tells them - 'always quit when you're ahead'.
    They must accept their loss - but they'll be back....

  11. River - Let's just say that in my new position I'm gambling with other people's futures, rather than my own!

    Neil - Then the saying is true: Memory is the first thing to go, pride the last.

  12. GTH:- Franzy took a gamble and it paid off.

  13. Ha!

    GTH – The National sport of Japan is Ludo

  14. River - Gambling?

    Ashleigh - Dazza?

    Adam - Ludo?

  15. GTH: You're sick of playing Wii/XBOX/PS consoles, get back to the original games kids.

    P.s. housewarming tonight.

  16. Stick to the point yon whippersnapper - the GTH?
    And save the pithy sayings for someone who does'nt know that you have just made them up to suit the occasion - the first resort of the story teller. What sayeth the dark one?


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32