Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Last Post of 2008

Hey hey, I won't be around tomorrow. I'm going to Brisbane again for a New Year's Eve party so I thought I'd better check in with you one last time for 2008.

Yeah, sorry, there's not going to be any of this coming in the next few hours:


Also here's a late Christmas present! A guy called Brad Sucks puts his music up for anyone to listen-to-slash-abuse-for-commercial-purposes. It's pretty good actually. Go ahead and download it, and then if you like you can give him some money so he can afford to keep making the tunes.

I found him because I've been working pretty solidly on the Poultry Press project I've been teasing you about.

I swear if it isn't awesome I'm going to look like the biggest douche for alluding to it so much. I've been getting a lot of encouragement from my friends though, so I'm excited for it. Really excited!

Have a great New Year - stay safe!

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Teaser...

Here's a little teaser for that project I was telling you about:


Comments or suggestions for improvement? Let me know!

And yes, I really do use the chicken and the duck in everything. It's like, my trademark. I am the chicken and the duck - you know?

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Post-Christmas Post

Another post, another promise broken. I didn't post like I said I would because I decided to drive back up to Brisbane for a Boxing Day party. As I was typing that I would post again the very next day I actually thought NO ROHAN! YOU KNOW YOU WON'T DO IT IF YOU ANNOUNCE IT!

And (as always) it turned out to be true.

But now I will make good. I won't bore you with photos of my family's Christmas party (filled with people who vaguely look like me). Nor will I brag about an awesome awesome week I had before Christmas up on the Sunshine Coast hanging out with the aforementioned vaguely Rohan-like people.

Okay I lie. Here is one I snapped of my dad:


Charming. Okay! Now it's time for bragging about my Christmas swag! In list form!
  • A brand new pair of black Converse Allstars
  • A tripod omgomgomg!
  • Socks and jocks
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Two new shirts
  • New pair of denim shorts
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J K Rowling
  • New pair of headphones
Why oh why am I telling you this?! Well the tripod means that I can do lots of extra stuff for YouTube that I just couldn't do before. After all, a stack of Artemis Fowl books will only get you so far! Getting this tripod is almost as liberating as getting Sony Vegas in November.

There is a project I plan on starting in the new year (meaning I need to start working on it RIGHT NOW). I'm afraid of telling too much though, because of the whole announcing-and-not-following-through-with-things thing that I talked about before... and I really want to follow through with this one, even though it's going to be a lot of work.

I can do this
I can do this
I can do this
I can do this

I will do this!

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Two Christmas Songs

Merry Christmas! I am writing this with half-an-hour of Christmas left, but by the time I finish it will be well and truly Boxing Day. Let's never mind that - the Americans are all pretty much worried about their families or they are sleeping, and are not worried about my blog.

(For those of you who don't know, it appears most of the people who read The Fillet Skillet are American teenage girls; but that is an aside - we were talking about Christmas.)

I want to copy Don Miller here for this post. Partly because I admire Don for a number of disparate reasons, and partly because in his latest post on his blog which is pretty good gosh darn it he has done what I have been doing pretty much every Christmas-and-Easter since I've had a blog: showcasing what has made me think about Jesus-and-the-season.

Don has many different sorts of things that have made him go glassy-eyed. Pictures and songs and quotes from Shakespeare. It's all very amazing. I just have two songs, and no quotes from anything, because I am simple (take that statement how you will).

Adoration, by the Newsboys:



I actually listen to this each and every Christmas (and at other times too), just for the following lines:

He raises a wrinkled hand through the dust and the flies,
Wrapped in rags like we are,
And with barely open eyes.
He takes my finger,
And he won't let go,
And he won't. Let. Go.
It's nothing like I knew before and it's all I need to know.

I could wax lyrical about how beautiful/incredible I find the whole God-sending-his-Son thing is, but I won't. I did that earlier this month. I just love the imagery of the song, and that it breaks out into joyous proclamations of "and all I have to give him is adoration!"


The fact that I have nothing but my adoration to bring to Jesus for Christmas is something differently beautiful. This Christmas song captures it perfectly, and is one of my favourite Christmas songs ever.

The other song is Sixpence None the Richer's cover of Carol of the Bells - my all-time favourite carol.



I like the carol because it is dramatic and beautiful. It reminds me of the good times I've had at Christmas without referring to snow and sleighs all the time. YOU CAN HAVE A GOOD CHRISTMAS WITHOUT SNOW AND COLD THANKYOU PLEASE.

But that is a post I may compose and share next year. For now just enjoy the YouTube-compressed sounds of Christmas flowing from your tinny computer speakers.

Tomorrow I'll probably brag about all the things Santa gave me. Beware.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Project 4 Awesome

Every year the Nerdfighters take over YouTube to spread the good word about charity. Each one picks their favourite charity and makes a video promoting it. Then all the Nerdfighters comment and rate each other's videos into the most discussed and highest rated lists.

It's called the Project 4 Awesome and it's really very fantastic. This video will explain:



This is my first Project 4 Awesome (I wasn't a Nerdfighter last year) and I made my video on the spur of the moment but I'm quite happy with it. I'm promoting Voices4Peru:



Here are a few friend's videos too (I will add more in the morning when they go up):





Watch, rate and comment! Gogogo!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Baa! Quiz Time - WITH PICTURES

I guess when John Green puts something on his blog the Nerdfighters are obliged to follow him like the serfs we are. I'm doing it with pictures though because I have class. Thank you.

1. What’s your name?
Rohan, but people call me all sorts of things. Here is a selection from the top of my head: Ro, Robo, Robothelowblow, Roro, Han, Ro-han, Fillet, Joel, Rohán, Roboat(s), Mr Skillet and a couple I really, really don't like. At all. I won't tell them to you.

2. What is your favorite thing to wear?
Thongs. Of the shoe kind!

Bahaha!

3. Last thing you ate?
Mum's banana slice.

4. One place you will NEVER eat at?
Anywhere vego. Probably.

5. I say Shotgun, you say:
Crap. Unless it's for the front seat of the car in which case I say TAKE IT!

6. Last person you hugged?
Probably Riggerz XD

7. Does anyone you know wanna date you?
Not anyone I know.

8. Would you date anyone you met online?
Sure, but I recognise the obstacles in the way of that kind of relationship, so it probably won't happen.

9. Name something you like physically about yourself:
My nose. It's big (like your sleeves).

10. The last place you went out to dinner to?
I had lunch at Kampung Malay a few days ago, but dinner was probably had at Maccas (trashy!)

11. Who is your best friend?
My best friend from childhood is called Jeshua, and he just got engaged (<3!) but now I don't really do the 'best friend' thing. I live in community.

12. What time of the day is it?
4.09pm, but it'll say different on the 'posted at' section below.

13. Who/What made you angry today?
My internet connection. Grr.

14. Baseball or Football?
Football - any kind but the American kind.

15. Ever gone skinny dipping?
Yes.

16. Favorite type of Food?
Butter chicken probably. Actually just about any kind of chicken will do. My dad makes these great desserts too.

17. Favorite holiday:
Christmas! WOOHOO IT'S DECEMBER OMG!

18. Do you download music:
Not usually. I like to have a physical copy.

19. Do you care if your socks are dirty?
Usually I wear clean socks, but there is a spectrum of 'dirty'.
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20. Opinion of Chinese symbol tattoos?
Don't!

21. Would you date the person that posted this?
Everybody's posted this. Are you calling me some kind of net-whore? I guess I copy/pasted the questions from Mememolly's blog, but I don't know her, so no.

22. Has anyone ever sang or played for you personally?
No.

23. Do you love anyone?
I love you all! And Jesus!

24. Are colored contact lenses sexy?
Haha. They're interesting, I don't know about 'sexy'. I wouldn't mind a pair for funsies.


25. Have you ever bungee jumped?
No. Hell no.

26. Have you ever gone white-water rafting?
No, but I'd be open to the idea.

27. Has anyone ten years older than you ever hit on you?
Try 50 years older. No joke. "You're a handsome one! Tell me your number and we can go dancing!" Ugh.

27. How many pets do you have?
One - a dog. His name is Clifford and he's lovely all the time except for when he barks or throws up on the carpet.

29. Have you met a real redneck?
I grew up in Darwin, so yes, but not a 'redneck' in the American sense.

30. How is the weather right now?
Sunny and hot. It's December, what do you expect?!

31. What are you listening to right now?
Mum has Chris Tomlin playing in the living room. At the moment he's singing "Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone).

32. What is your current favorite song?
Don't ask me that question. It's impossible. Recently I've been obsessed with this one though, but you already knew that.

33. What was the last movie you watched?
Bolt. Free tickets, baby. It was really good too.

34. Do you wear contacts?
No, my sister does though, so maybe one day.

35. Where was the last place you went besides your house?
The cinema, to see Bolt.

36. What are you afraid of?
Spiders, clowns and team mascots, although I'm gradually getting better with everything but the spiders.

37. How many piercings have you had?
None.

38. What piercings do you want?
I'm open to the idea of peircings, but it's probably one of those things I'll never get around to doing, so I don't really know.

39. What’s one thing you’ve learned this year?
Insurance companies are snakes. Oh wait I learned that last year. How about my church is amazing? <3

40. What do you usually order from Starbucks?
Tall/Grande Caramel macchiato.

42. Have you ever fired a gun:
I'm told I'm a good shot (by a US Marines sniper no less!) but the recoil gives me the geebies.

43. Are you missing someone?
Yeah, all kinds =(

44. Favourite TV show?
Um, Scrubs? Or Heroes? I don't watch either of those regularly though because I'm always doing other stuff, although it might get better now we have a recorder for the TV!

45. Do you have an obsession with WoW?
I'm afraid of WoW. It's the kind of thing I get addicted to so I've never touched it.

47. Has anyone said you look like a celebrity?
Actually yes. My cousin Josh thinks I resemble Ewan Mcgregor, and someone on YouTube just told me I look like James Marsters.

47. What celeb do you look like?
I think I look more like Ewan than James (as in, I don't see it at all for James), but I don't really think I look like any celebrity! Do I?

48. Who would you like to see right now?
My family for Christmas. And my YouTube friends I left behind in Sydney. And my friends from Darwin who I've been stalking on Facebook. And my family in America who I won't see for yonks =(

49. Favorite movie of all time?
Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

50. Do you find yourself loved?
I walk in it.

51. Have you ever been caught doing something you weren’t suppose to?
Haha yes. Who hasn't?

52. Favorite smell?
Rose or lavender. Or dinner. Or new-car smell.

53. Butter, plain, or salted popcorn?
The more salt and butter the BETTER! MY ARTERIES THINK I AM AWESOME.

54. What’s something that really bugs you?
Constantly getting interrupted.

55. Do you like Michael Jackson?
I like his early music (Thrillerrrrrr!). But I don't like Michael himself particularly.

56. Taco Bell or Burger King?
Taco Bell, just because I've eaten there about twice in my life (we don't have it in Australia).

57. What’s your favorite perfume?
My mum had this lavender perfume for a while that was lovely.

58. Favorite baseball team?
Are you serious? Baseball?

59. Ever call a 1-900 phone number?
Nope.

60. What’s the longest time you’ve gone without sleep?
I think 48 hours.

61. Last time you went bowling?
Oh ages ago. I think it was when I was living in Darwin in 2007.

62. Where is the weirdest place you have slept?
Under the stars in the middle of the Australian desert in a swag - with camels? Under the stars on the side of the Stuart Highway (where all the people get murdered?) In History and Maths class? (that's weird for me, I didn't usually sleep at school.) In a Falé in the middle of Western Samoa? I've slept in some pretty weird places.

63. Who was your last phone call?
Mitto - predictably.

64. Last time you were at work?
I didn't have an official job this year. I did tutoring though and that finished a few weeks ago.

64. What is the closest orange object near you?
The 'PUBLISH POST' button below this text, or if that's a cop-out answer then it's a designated driver band that I took off and never threw out. It says "Skipper" on it.

Sparkle Sparkle!

I saw Twilight the other night, it's not very good (books cannot and should not be directly translated to the screen; it just doesn't work, but the second half of the film was very good.) but it made the following very, very funny!


Note that it is completely sold out.

Australian YA author Lilli Wilkinson brought this to my attention via her Twitter.

Two pictures

The following comment exemplifies YouTube:


I've never laughed so much at someone not trying to be funny. I found it on one of Meghan's (Strawburry17) videos.

The following ad was found over there --> on my blog:


That's a pretty spectacular fail, don't you think? Or maybe they did it on purpose... to trick people.

Monday, 15 December 2008

51 Things From My Room

I did a video:



Make sure you click through and read the video description as well. I like it because it talks about collaborating even though this isn't a "collaboration".

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Digital Economy Blog

I filled out one of those surveys today that've been going around everyone's blogs. I might still post it up (it's saved as a draft) but I thought this was a much better use of my post tonight.

The Australian government have put up a blog about "The Digital Economy" seeking feedback from the voters about policy relating to the internet. Predictably it has become a platform people are using to express their anger over the proposed censoring of the internet in Australia at the ISP level (like they have in China).

If you do not know about the blog already go and make your voice heard. Here is what I had to say on their latest topic:

"I do not live in a regional area (I live 10 minutes from the Gold Coast) and yet I cannot get a fast reliable internet connection. Currently the only thing available to my area are copper telephone wires which seriously limit the choice of plan, the speed and download limit available to my household. This severely curtails our ability to participate in the digital economy.

I hate to reiterate exactly what everyone above seems to be talking about, but the Great Firewall is only going to make matters worse. If my internet runs any slower or less reliably then certain activities on the web (such as uploading content to YouTube, or even downloading pictures) will become completely impossible. Not only is this Censorwall a terrible idea from a policy point of view, but there couldn't be a worse time to start meddling with our access to the internet.

We still haven't lost the opportunity as a nation to become real contributors to the digital economy, but the Censorwall policy puts it in absolute jeopardy."

I haven't spoken much about this because I want to make sure I really understand exactly how this works and the issues involved. I may make a video about it soon though, because the idea is a real piss off for me.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Kevinnnnnnn Man!

Look what I found in my inbox:


Now when I bitch about something on twitter, the PM will ostensibly listen. You know, me and the other 2773 people he follows.

I asked him for one of those economic stimulus handouts they're doing at the moment. Sure I'm not a pensioner and I don't have children, but I also don't have any money, so... you reckon Kev'll come through?

I asked him in lolspeak so I reckon he will.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

A Melancholy God Loves Us! - Andy Hunter, Fade.

There's a song on Andy Hunter's album, Colour that I just can't get over. It's not the most ingenious song ever, but it is beautiful.

It goes like this:
When you walk out of my light, the colour fades, the colour fades.
When you loose your way and walk alone, the colour fades and runs
Like tears down my face.

I can give you life. I can give you hope. I can give your heart the love it's looking for.
Give you feeling, I can bring you joy. I can make you who you are. Who you are.

When you walk a rugged road, your heart is heavy. Darker than the evening sky.
When the path is sinking sand, I am reaching out to pull you through to higher land.

The colour fades when you walk out of my light.
The colour fades when you choose to walk alone.
The colour fades when your path is sinking sand.
When I first listened to it I misheard "light" as "life" and assumed the verses were directed from a person to God. I thought "this song isn't very theologically sound" (I think this more often than you know). God doesn't do the walking out of people's lives - it's the people who leave God. At least it is to say; God has never walked out on me yet, and some trustworthy people have told me he never will - so the most logical thing to do would be to believe them.

But when I realised my error I was awestruck: this is a song directed from God to us! It reminded me of God's actual love for us. People talk about God's love a lot - so much that we become desensitised to the idea. It doesn't cause the wonder that it should (that God would love us?! Really?!)

This song broke through that and showed me a God so hopelessly in love with us - with me even - that he would do something as reckless as sending a part of himself to die in order to reconcile us to him. This is a God who cares about us so deeply that there is nothing he wants more than to see us living at our best in his goodness, and he would stop at nothing to see that become possible. His concern for each of us is so great that when we stray he is hurt, individually, so much that his world loses all colour.

And that is why I love him.

Last night I listened to this song in the dark over and over. I encourage you to listen too:



You can ignore the visuals - close your eyes and listen.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

I Heard You Do YouTube...

I found this video on YouTube the other day:



It made me think of this:


Yeah. That happened. I claimed it though - replied with "Why thank you!" I mean, I'm not that hurt by it - the video was over-the-top so his reaction is understandable. But then again it was supposed to be over the top!

Gradually people are getting used to the idea that regular people make things and put them online. I still find myself in situations similar to this when I talk to my friends IRL and to be honest I don't know what to say:



Also when people find out I'm a partner it seems to somehow legitimise making videos for them - like I'm some kind of professional or something =S I don't understand this either - it's not like I've seen any money come from it yet!

If you make videos or write a blog, do you get reactions like this too? What about if you just read blogs/watch videos; do you think it's weird to make them? TELL US I'M STARVING FOR COMMENTS HERE.

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Uh-oh - YouTubeReviewed

I didn't check any of my online things today until just now, and look what I find in my inbox:

It's time to feel self-conscious! The team (although sometimes I wonder - I bet it's just one person) at YouTubeReviewed are watching... they might even be following my blog... and I'd never know O_O

I mean, I love their blog, but I don't particularly want to be the object of their attention! They can be tough!

I scheduled another post to appear in a few hours. I'm updating a lot... maybe I should use this time to, oh I don't know, MAKE A VIDEO! And then maybe YTR can tear it to shreds - bahaha! *gulp!*

Friday, 5 December 2008

Words

I was in a collaboration that just went up on YouTube. Meghan did a fantastic job putting all the clips together. It's a truly beautiful video:



<3

Thursday, 4 December 2008

High School Musical Reloaded

I found this note stuck to the computer screen:
I've got the day off tomorrow. I'll be making noise early.
- Mum
As ominous as that sounds I simply must bring back an old old old post I did way back in the day on the old Fillet Skillet. You know, the one that still shows up in Google ahead of this one. (Ugh) I've just gone to see High School Musical 3. It only just came out in cinemas here today, so of course as a hard-core fan *cough* I went to see it at the first opportunity.

Here is a post I wrote September 07 when I saw the first High School Musical movie. I'm sure it is just as apt for this movie as it was for that one.

"I think I may be the last person in existence who hadn't seen High School Musical. That is until a few days ago.

What can I say? It's a very Disney production. I've never heard quite so many keyboard-esque drum machines or seen so many dubbed lips on so many ridiculously attractive young people grouped together in one place in my life.

I'm not saying it was awful, but I am saying that it's just not in my age-bracket. It's also very... American. If it was made in Britain I'm sure it would be full of fairly ordinary people. Or at least the people in the background would look ordinary. They might be ugly, even.

Even the nerds didn't have any pimples, and that's an established cliché.

It's just something I've noticed, that American TV shows always have heaps of good-looking people in them. Americans are not beautiful people, nor are the British ugly, but the Brits don't seem to have a problem putting their normal-looking people in films.

Just a quick question, is that really what an American high school is like? I mean, sans singing and dancing of course. But do the kids really hole themselves away in those little cliques? Do the basketball guys really only associate with other basketball guys and cheerleaders? Are the popular ones really the sporty ones? Are the nerds really that protective of their... nerdity?

High School Musical, of course, ended how it was supposed to from the beginning. The awkward nerd-girl found herself, the socially pressured basketball guy successfully broke social protocol and fell in love with said nerd-girl, who was actually very good looking and not all that hard to fall in love with. Also, basketball boy's best friend and nerd-girl's best friend spontaneously fell in love in the last five minutes of the film. They were also very good looking, but in a quirky not-the-star kind of way. You know - they were black.

Also, what I just wrote were not spoilers - Jeshua and I predicted the whole thing after the first five minutes. I mean, come on, the plot is not what you watch this movie for. You watch it for the singing and dancing and the feel-good 'ahhh' at the end.

But Jeshua did have a really-quite-good idea for a movie. It's a movie almost exactly the same as High School Musical. In fact, it is High School Musical, songs, clichés and all, right up to the point where the two lead characters go up against the evil, blonde  brother-and-sister duo (read: "Germans" *taps nose*) for the lead roles in the high school musical.

What happens is that the blonde evil ones win and get the part, and then the film ends, leaving the children confused because their media literacy has just been violated. I think it would be quite educational for them in the long run, because it would broaden their horizons as to how a movie could work, and that they shouldn't have to expect their movies to work in the same, tired, old way.

I'm being quite negative - and let's face it, the voices did rather sound like they'd been run through a computer - but it wasn't so bad that I wouldn't show it to my own children."

So what do you think? I could talk more about it, but I'm afraid I'd be beating a dead horse. I'm not sure anyone's read this far anyway.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Maureen's Blog

As per usual my brain has stopped me from blogging before midnight. Believe me I would love to blog at regular hours but it's like my brain says to me NO STOP! YOU MUST NOT DO THIS OR YOUR BRAIN WILL EXPLODE!

YES! EXPLODE WITH PROPERLY FORMED WORDS AND EVERYTHING! THERE IS NO "ASPLODING" HERE THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!

My brain has also taken to talking to me in capital letters it seems. It might be that it thinks I'll pay attention if that happens, or it might be the caps lock key is jammed in there again. It could be either one.

I find it terrible that I can never find inspiration before the ghastly hours. I promised myself I'd wake up at the normal time to wake up tomorrow, but now today is tomorrow and I don't know if that's going to happen any more.

You can't say you're not a morning person if you never actually wake up in the morning, after all. How would you know?

Can I use this post as an opportunity to point you to a place of wonder? I may have pointed you here before some time in the murky past but it is well worth pointing there again. It is Maureen's blog. Maureen Johnson of book writing fame - not other kinds of fame.

I went and looked at her first post and it's about Googlegangers; of which she has many (thus "not other kinds of fame" - keep up). On the topic of Googlegangers I am extremely lucky in that I do not have any! When you Google my name it's all 100% Rohan. As in the Rohan that is me.

But that is all an aside. I was prompted to point you to Maureen because she writes these amazingly funny posts that make me laugh out loud every time. They are long and don't come all that often (although they are regular) but they contain little gems like this, which can be found in her latest post:
Back when I was an editor, I had an assistant named Cartography Jones (not his real name, but a name I bestowed on him). I spent the majority of my time at work trying to make Carto’s life better, and one of the ways I did this was by hiding pictures of lemurs all over his desk. Dozens and dozens of pictures of lemurs... Sometimes the lemurs were under his mug. Sometimes they were in a book, waiting to be discovered weeks later. Sometimes the lemurs were in his lunch, carefully placed just under the wrapper of his sandwich when he stepped away from his desk...

Because I was his boss, Carto knew that the many, many pictures of lemurs that haunted his every waking moment were important, and good for his personal and professional development. Sure, they made him shaky and screamy and sometimes he would beg for NO MORE LEMURS, but I would just smile and nod and send him more important e-mails, only some of which were full of the moony, crazed faces of lemurs.
In case you are wondering what a lemur is exactly, the picture she supplied as an example can be found on the side. She actually talks about lemurs at great length - much to my delight. She also talks about her fears (jellyfish) her passions (Christmas cheer) and her ongoing campaign for zombies to win the ideological war against unicorns.

Well tomorrow is going to be a busy day (yet again). I had better go to bed so I'm all ready to face it and kill it when it comes. Except for the fact that it has already come, but I've talked about that already.

I'll leave you with this video that I like edited a while ago:



YouthStreet News is my favy.

Dramatic Graph

Before my trip to Sydney I made a video complaining about how I was flat-lining. I'm aware I was actually "flat-lining" on a fairly healthy number of views per day. Nobody but my self-critisicm pointed this out to me, but sometimes that voice is just as loud as people with their own voices.

What I was really worried about was how boring the graph was. It was just mosying along not doing anything interesting; kind of like the American Kath & Kim. Where was the drama? Where was the interest?

Well last night before I went to bed I found my graph had plenty of drama, so I took a screen-cap:

Now that's a dramatic graph. Nearly as dramatic as the stock market, but not quite.

Also people aren't losing their houses over this graph. That's a good thing, really.

You get, like, three posts in one day because I looooove you. With five o's.

<3

A Most Wonderful (Sign)post

Leuke just posted (and by 'just posted', I mean about 12 hours ago) an entry I envy so much that I just want to steal the whole thing and put it here.

I won't though because that would be mean.

--> Clicky

Instead you should go to it, if you haven't clicked the link above already. It describes my weekend better than any pictures could.

He calls me a 'mass of limbs'. He also gave me a Yoda button and a soapstone twitter-bird when I saw him in Sydney. He gets my favourite emoticon:

^_^

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

AusOne Sydney YouTube Gathering

I promised the people a post about Sydney. This I will do right now. I'll save you the blow-by-blow account of what happened, because I know we'll both lose interest in that. Instead I'll talk about it generally and (hopefully) succinctly. That seems the best plan.


You have to put a picture of the Opera House if you went to Sydney, right? It's like a rule or something. I actually forgot how beautiful a building it is. You see it so many times on tourism Australia and tourism New South Wales ads that you just stop seeing it after a while.

Rob getting personal with my blue hoodie
As lovely as the Opera House is, my friends a lovelier. I got to spend almost the whole four days with Leuke, Chris, Rob and Mitto. Plus I got to hang out with John, Greg and lots of others for shorter periods of time. Generally I didn't take many photos. I was having too much fun to pull out my camera and make everyone feel awkward.

I promised I would make this picture public
The gathering itself was fun, but not as awesome as the other things that happened that weekend. It didn't help that I had to leave to check into my hostel. When I got back everyone had gone to Manly and I didn't get to meet them again until hours and hours later. The time we all spent in the pub that night was a lot of fun though - lots of laughter and nerd-jokes.

Leuke, being happy. Happy-happy.
It was fantastic seeing some people for the first time in a year, and other people for the first time ever. A lot of people I wanted to see pulled out and didn't go to the gathering at all, but there were plenty of friendly people there to make up for it =) I love going to these things a lot - even though my IRL friends don't understand it.

Zara and Franziska: on the monorail - stoked
Just as our favys were leaving for home Zara and Franziska, some German backpackers moved into our room at the hostel. They were great fun to have around and we all went out sightseeing together. Yay for new friends!

There's no way I can keep up with all the super-amazing people I met in Sydney this year and that makes me very sad. I hope people don't think I'm a snob for not adding them all to Skype and talking to them every day =\ But enough about sad things; the trip was a success and I can't wait for the next gathering (I'm hearing whispers it's at the end of June!) I just love that I stumbled into this community of people. It's brought me times like this and I'm so grateful ^_^

Monday, 1 December 2008

Mario Kart Love Song

I'll give you the skinny on the Sydney YouTube gathering pretty soon, but for now I'll leave you with this video that's been doing the rounds.

If you haven't seen this already I'd be kind of surprised, but if you haven't then you should watch it because it is nerdy and lovely and makes my heart go *squish*.



Favourite line: "When we slide together we generate sparks in our wheels and our hearts"

Awww <3