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November 27, 2008


The other day I saw a man on the tram with a white plastic bangle that said 'non violent' or something similar.
I thought 'It'd be more useful if instead they put red ones with 'violent' on the men who need it'.

"cynicism" was posted by dogpossum on November 27, 2008 12:10 PM in the category ideas | Comments (1)

think of me... but in a kind way, not a revolted way

I know it's been a long time, and I'm sorry. Faceplant is to blame.


- I have been teaching a lot, marking even more, and am now at MLX, so this may be the last update for a while.

- I have been at the telly/national conference where I had a lovely time, learnt a lot, and kind of wished I'd read some telly stuff. Learn = on.

- I have been mooching off friends for the past few days after a bit of time in a hotel. It's been nice being a hostee in a city I used to live in only a few months ago. We are currently staying with The Squeeze's mum in Heidelberg, and are just about to go down to St Kilda Rd and our flash hotel for the hardcore MLX weekend. They have internet there, but it's crazy expensive, so don't expect any updates.

- I have been having a nice time catching up with locals and staying in Brunswick (where all my friends seem to be). This meant that I did as I used to hate having done unto me: dropping in on Scotty during the day to kill half an hour because I was at loose ends and I knew he worked at home. But it was a good thing I did: who would have helped him clean his fish tank if I hadn't been there?

- I did a very excellently fun set at funbags last Friday. It was in the St Albans church in... some suburb on the south side. It's a FABULOUS venue - not cold or naff or echoey like normal, lame church venues. This was a gorgeous space and felt really good to DJ. It filled up with crazy-keen-to-dance dancers and I had a really good time DJing. I felt as though I'd shaken off my recent DJing craptitude (two bad jobs recently, one at SSF, one at a local gig). Let's hope my confidence holds for this weekend and doesn't become anxiety: worry makes me DJ craply. I feel some pressure for my MLX sets, but I think it'll be ok.

- MLX8 is already big. More passes than every before have been sold, and if the proportions work out the same as previous years we'll be seeing 400 through the doors at late nights. That's kind of scary, but I think it'll work out ok as there are two rooms. I dunno if it'll actually reach those figures, but we'll see. Either way, MLX is the largest social dancing event in the country and heading towards the largest of all the events. This is something I'm quite proud of, and for which I'm very proud of the other organisers. I'm also chuffed to see that our instincts about what would make a good event reflected wider interests in the community. We always set out just to run the sort of event we'd like to attend. And that's the way it's ended up. So it's nice that this is the first year I've been able to attend MLX in its current non-profit, all social dancing incarnation as a general punter and DJ. I'm quite excited.

- It's nice being in Melbourne, but I don't want to live here any more. I really miss all the bike riding and bike lanes and flat roads, but I don't miss the weather. The weather sucks arse. We arrived in the middle of that super cold spell last week, and I had to ring The Squeeze to request he bring me PJs when he came down. I had actually managed to forget a few key items in my packing last week: PJs, some sort of nice outfit for the MLX ball, more than two Tshirts for day wear, more than four Tshirts for dancing. I'm not sure what I was thinking, except that I'm suspecting I wasn't thinking. This explains why my backpack was so light.

- I am reading Titus Groan atm, and loving it.

Ok, I have to go do some DJ prac for this weekend.
Think of me suffering in the Victorian dryness with my horrid snotty nose and exma, will you? But in a kind way, not in a revolted way.

"think of me... but in a kind way, not a revolted way" was posted by dogpossum on November 27, 2008 11:37 AM in the category melbourne

November 18, 2008

i <3 PT

Ringing up to find out about fares for a new bus service, the lady mentioned that that service had been very popular. I like the thought of a bus being 'very popular'. Having failed to renew my license (as in swap from Vic to NSW) three times now (it's all my fault - failure to procure and then bring correct documents. every. single. time), I am all about PT. It will make hiring a car difficult this week in Melbourne, but still...

So yes, I'm off to Melbourne this week. A heinous weekend of exam marking behind me (hand written exams. Hand written first year exams. Save me, save me), I'm off to Melbourne for the telly conference and MLX. I'm feeling a little trashed, having combined an exchange (SSF) with the marking. I am, obviously, seriously hardcore and badass, but I am also a bit snotty and a bit tired and confused.
In a couple of hours I'm off to the university for a markers' meeting (let's just hope no one asks me to describe what I read in the exams - it's all a blur to me now... well, it was kind of a blur to me then, too). Then I'm off to the airport from there. Carrying a backpack full of dance clothes (I'll need at least two outfits a night, then at least 3 Tshirt changes per night) and a smaller bag full of DJing gear. I will be like a little tortoise. But I think the L10 will save me - from my place to Leichardt, then Leichardt to the university, then the university straight to the airport. That's three different buses, but at least the L10 goes from Leichardt, which is near us, only 10 minutes on my normal bus first. No navigating the CBD and Central station.
I still haven't organised accommodation for the second week of my Melbourne trip, the dancing part. Frankly, I just can't face it right now. So I'll figure it out later.

Ok, I have to go get it all together.

"i <3 PT" was posted by dogpossum on November 18, 2008 10:05 AM in the category travel

November 6, 2008

hey look

an ad with actual, real lindy hop and bal, not fake cabaret crap.

but you totally have to be a nanna to dance de lindy hop. that's a given.

"hey look" was posted by dogpossum on November 6, 2008 6:45 PM in the category lindy hop and other dances

November 4, 2008

domestic djs

DJ lounge rooms via Germany.

"domestic djs" was posted by dogpossum on November 4, 2008 6:40 PM in the category clicky and djing