random ashtyn hotness

There's nothing quite like a angelic yet sexy blonde guy... and today's Random Hotness is exactly that...

The devilish angel in this case is Ashtyn Long, photographed beautifully against white by David Vance... Nummy!

ashtyn long by david vanceashtyn long by david vance

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golden blue

golden blue tower golden blue house
Can I just say something?

I'm bloody cold! My house will really hold onto both heat and cold, when it's cold, it tends to stay cold, and once it's hot, it really holds onto it. And if I have the heater on all the time it runs up my electricity bill... so yeah... cold...

Which is about it at the moment really...

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movies: the dark knight

the dark knight- welcome to a world without rulesMy third ever post and my first ever official movie review was for Batman Begins... and now, exactly three years and ten days later, we have the much anticipated and much hyped sequel, The Dark Knight...

I don't know if this is one of those times when all the hype worked slightly against what I was expecting from the movie or what... but while I enjoyed it, it didn't necessarily rock my world the way it's seemed to rock a lot of other people's worlds (okay, mostly movie critics, but still)...

It very much suffers from all the same problems as the first one... waaaaay too much plot/detail crammed into a somewhat overly long movie (152 minutes), a large number of recognisable actors in slightly minor roles (which I kind of understand now... I mean who wouldn't want to be in a Batman movie, but it still throws me out of the moment every now and then), and a slight case of "Bourne Syndrome" in the camera work on the action scenes (the sooner cinematographers and directors get over that particular "trick", the happier I'll be).

On top of that, once again Morgan Freeman steals the scene every time he's on screen... and Maggie Gyllenhaal's version of Katie Holmes' character from the first movie is essentially pointless, she's mostly there to get into trouble and be the "shining prize", which was slightly more annoying with Maggie in the role since I like her and think she's a decent actress.

And there are so many characters and plot lines and stories to pay off and things that we need to know and whatever that you never really feel like you're spending any time with anybody...

Which pretty much brings me to Heath Ledger and his portrayal of The Joker. Now don't get me wrong, he was very good... but there's no way it was an Oscar-worthy performance. Partially because I don't think we spent enough time with the character... okay, maybe that's not completely true, but it is a fairly long movie and he's not around for very much of about the first half, so it feels like it's true. And with everything everybody has been saying about how the role was so "dark" and troubling and that he "had trouble shaking it off"... honestly I don't see that. I will admit that Heath's Joker is a card carrying nutjob, and Heath embodies him from top to toe... but I would have thought it would have been a role he delighted in and would have been having the time of his life with. Granted I don't think anybody is ever going to know the real answer to that one, but personally I didn't find the Joker that disturbing.

And once again, that probably says a whole lot more about me than it does about the character.

Going back to the "too many plot lines" complaint, I was slightly disappointed that they chose to do the whole character arc for Aaron Eckhart's Harvey Dent... granted, leaving the story half finished would have spelled "another sequel" in big neon letters (and it might actually have been annoying), but it was almost like they just decided to squash the character into the end section... to be honest I don't know when it happened, but it felt like it was the last half hour or so. It was something of a shame because I thought Eckhart did a pretty good job in that latter section... and the "makeup design" was incredible.

In some ways I think it's probably worse than the original (I enjoyed the whole "creating the bat-toys" section in the first one), but at the same time there are parts in this one that are better (essentially all of Health's scenes)... but in the end, it pretty much comes out as being about the same as the first one.

yani's rating: 2 Jokers out of 5

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I managed to burn the back of my hand on the warmer oven at the Seven Day Supermarket yesterday, but thankfully it doesn't hurt... and this morning when I went for my walk there was frost all over the place (not surprising since I was leaving the house around the same time the temperature was half a degree)... so, you know, it's all about the extremes of hot and cold...

Which somehow leads us to Unconscious Mutterings...
  1. Memory :: Cats (which is just tragic)
  2. Original :: Flavour
  3. Exclusively :: Mine
  4. Listings :: House
  5. Bucket :: Spade
  6. Knight :: Dark
  7. Dusty :: Springfield
  8. Choice :: Magazine
  9. Sunlight :: Rays
  10. Change of plans :: Cancel
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You Are a Hazelnut

You are very unique and distinct. You may even freak some people out.

Most people don't really know how to interact with you.

You get along best with anyone who is super sweet.

But you really do get along with almost anyone. You just need a chance to wow them.

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book browsing saturday

bookstoreWe've officially reached the Saturdays when neither Ma nor I have any idea what the hell we want to do...

Well, other than the regular Supermarket Adventures... which aren't terribly thrilling (other than the fact it means that I end up with food in the house)... and don't even get me started about the combination of bad service and inconsiderate people in supermarkets... or tragic 'mo boys who go to work behind the deli counter with overly groomed eyebrows, some eyeliner (a bit much at 9:30 in the morning) and their cap worn at a jaunty angle like they're some sort of hip hop princess homo... *rolls eyes*...

But once we'd gotten back from Supermarket Hell and I'd unpacked everything, we had NO idea what the hell we wanted to do or where we wanted to go. Which isn't great, and even worse when Ma keeps trying to leave the house before we know where we're going... it's always better to have some sort of destination.

Eventually we decided that we would go and check out a shop that had an ad in the Adelaide Matters magazine saying they had 40% off Christmas decorations. And yes, I realise it's July, but what better time to buy cheap Christmas things (other than, you know, January).

So we trundled down the road, had trouble finding the store, worked out it was actually inside a crappy little shopping centre... and then when we got there discovered that it was actually not a store itself, it was actually attached to a newsagent, and they basically had nothing good.

On the up side though, we were in a different part of suburbia, and after we'd wandered around the centre for about five minutes (and I'd perved on the two cute boys in hoodies, boardshorts, Bonds undies and no shoes... what the hell was up with THAT), we headed over to Norwood for a bit.

Not much going on there either... but we looked in the newly renovated bookstore, bought pies from the cute little pie shop in the sidestreet arcade (I have no idea what the hell it's called, but if I'm in Norwood and up for a pie, it's always where I go) and basically just wandered around a bit.

As we were leaving, Ma said something about us looking around second hand bookshops "one day"... and since there's no time like the present since we both love second hand bookstores, we thought we'd try it then and there... although neither of us had any idea where to go (other than the city)... but I just went "turn here, go that way" and what do you know... second hand bookshop just on the left. Not great, it was a very "old man" kinda bookshop... not a lot of novels, but heaps of books on history and military things and whatnot...

After that I suggested that instead of retracing our steps, we go up to the next cross road and back that way... once we got on the parallel road headed back to my place, book exchange store on the right... so we stopped off there. It was better... still nothing thrilling, but more about the novels.

We pretty much gave up after that and came back here, but there are two second hand bookstores just down the road from my place, so after a quick stop off here, we went and wandered around them. Ma was making out like a bandit actually... she found something in the first store we looked in... then there was a bunch of books marked down in the first place near me, so she ended up with four more books there. I was starting to think I wasn't going to find anything at all... but then we hit the last store.

I used to call in there a lot actually... it was on my way home when I used to walk home after work, and when I had a massive clean-up of my books and got rid of tons of stuff that was the store most of it ended up in (actually I think there are still at least two books that were mine that are still kicking around in there). And fortunately I managed to find a copy of Breakfast at Tiffany's... I've been thinking about getting a copy for ages, and there it was. I also picked up the first book in a "young adult" series that I've been looking for. So big bonuses there...

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photo friday: red tangle

red tangle street artI had a day at the House of Sheba today...

The last time I was down there was the day before Christmas Eve... and then suddenly seven months went by, just like that... I probably would have seen her earlier, but then I was working, followed directly by school holidays...

I stopped on the way down and picked up an apple "stroozel" (according to the vaguely ethnic woman of unspecified origin in the store), so we could have a little morning tea with our general gossip.

Because I'd been absent for so long Rockstar went all shy and slightly obnoxious because suddenly I was a "stranger" again... but Showgirl was still very cruisy... even though I'd been away for what probably added up to about a third of her life. She's walking now (and is basically cone shaped, it's so cute) but when I picked her up after I'd unloaded my bag, jacket and stroozel she just stared at me thoughtfully for a while, and then she was fine. So my adoration for Showgirl continues unabated.

We had a good old natter... I caught her up on all my news (Christmas, Sydney, work, knee) and we talked randomly about nothing much at all.

I hadn't intended to stick around for the whole day, but then Sheba accidentally broke a window (that will happen when Rockstar is being a little twat and smacks you in the head with something and you throw it at the toy basket which just happens to be in front of the window, and it sails over the basket and right through the window... whoops!), so I stuck around until the glass man showed up, just to help her corral the kids and keep them out of the way of the window.

Once Tikiman got home I hauled ass out of there, let them do their thing... it was a good day though... but then they have all been pretty good days...

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random skywalker hotness

This week's Random Hotness comes via Queery's Morning Goods...

So here we have Skywalker (no, not THAT Skywalker... and why it's called Skywalker I have no idea) starring Andy O'Neill by French photo duo Exterface...

skywalker starring andy o'neill by exterface skywalker starring andy o'neill by exterface

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teevee meme

Since I was rambling about teevee stuff yesterday, I thought a teevee themed meme was somewhat appropriate.
  1. Back in the Day: 5 TV Shows You Loved As A Kid
  2. Who Would You Do?: 5 TV Characters You Would... (Well, It’s Self-Explanatory)
  3. Wow: 5 TV Moments You Still Remember (And Probably Won’t Forget)
  4. “Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs”: 5 TV Theme Songs You Know (and Love) By Heart
    • Teardrop (Massive Attack) from House (Season 1)
    • Thank You For Being A Friend (Cynthia Fee) from Golden Girls (it's cheesy, but it's a big old nostalgia feel good moment)
    • Angel Theme (Darling Violetta) from Angel
    • Goodie Goodie Yum Yum (Goodies) from (unsurprisingly) The Goodies
    • Smurf Theme Song from The Smurfs (la la la la la la la la la la... doesn't really work as text does it...)

  5. Eh: 5 Shows You Just Can’t Get Into
  6. This Is An Environment of Welcoming, and You Should Just Get the Hell Out Of Here: 5 TV Characters You Could Do Without
    • Jack, Lost (yes, I know he's a main character, but he annoys me)
    • Illyria, Angel (that was about the point where Angel jumped the shark)
    • Mandy, The West Wing (thankfully she disappeared after the first season)
    • Duncan Kane, Veronica Mars (another major character, but just very vanilla)
    • Cassie, Skins (I liked her in Season 1, but she's annoying me in Season 2)

  7. That’s What She Said: 5 Quotes That Still Resonate
    • I feel like some part of me will always be waiting for you. Like, if I'm old and blue-haired and I turn the corner in Istanbul and there you are, I won't be surprised. Because... you're with me... you know? - Willow, Buffy
    • This guy's walking down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep, he can't get out. A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, "Hey you, can you help me out?" The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up "Father, I'm down in this hole, can you help me out?" The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. "Hey Joe, it's me, can you help me out?" And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, "Are you stupid? Now we're both down here." The friend says, "Yeah, but I've been down here before, and I know the way out." - Leo McGarry, The West Wing
    • Unrequited love. It's fantastic, 'cause it never has to change, it never has to grow up and it never has to die! - Vince Tyler, Queer as Folk
    • When you can't run, you crawl, and when you can't crawl - when you can't do that you find someone to carry you. - Tracy, Firefly
    • Wow. Been a long while since I met one who didn't know me. - Buffy, Buffy

  8. Gimme More: 5 Shows You Can Never Get Enough Of

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ethnic details

asian brass detailred lace detailThe photos are just some things that I pulled out of the folder... some sort of brass Asian animal (lion? dragon?) detail and part of a cool red "lacework" Middle Eastern monument in one of the squares in town...

You know... there's really, really nothing going on with me right at the moment... so I'm going to ramble about the world of pop culture for a bit...

I've started rewatching The West Wing again... damn I love that show. Which is odd because when it first came out I rolled my eyes and didn't want to know anything about another jingoistic American series that was the US patting itself on it's back. Of course that was before I saw it... and then bought all the seasons on DVD... love, love, love, love...

I have the teevee on in the other room and Network Ten keeps playing Hungry Jacks ads for their new "Dark Whopper"... which they're bringing out because of The Dark Knight movie (don't even get me started about the appropriateness of marketing a movie like that to children with kid's meals, toys and whatnot, that's a whole other conversation). Except I've heard the same ad about ten times now, and not once have they actually told me WHY it's a "dark" Whopper... I mean it's not on a black bun (also, gross), it just looks like a regular crappy Whopper... stupid Hungry Jacks...

Big Brother is finally over... and as I promised, I didn't watch a single episode, not even the finale... and I'm actually kinda pleased that it's all over, not just the season, but the whole show. They'd completely screwed it over this season, and there really wasn't any coming back from that, so it's good they just let it die. The fact that Channel Nine has potentially picked it up for next year is a little worrying... they don't have anything similar, they haven't really run anything similar, Ten is the one that has all the big, long-term reality shows, so Nine could screw it up before they even start. Although I heard an idea on the radio this morning that was actually somewhat appealing... the rumour is that they're thinking about filling the Nine version of the house with thirty-somethings. Which could actually work... dammit...

And now that BB is over, we have the US versions of So You Think You Can Dance and America's Next Top Model filling in those spots (I only heard about ANTM tonight while I was typing this up in fact)... so basically that's a big fat double WOOHOO there... at least once they get past all the audition phase, I don't wanna see that, just start it when you have the final crew thank you!

Ian Thorpe showed up on Rove on Sunday night... I've said it before, and I'll say it again... SO! VERY! GAY! He can deny it until the cows come home, but you know that they say about walking and quacking ducks... yeah, big gay duck... I just wish he'd come out already...

So, yes... nothing of substance, just some abstract rambling...

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I'm curious as to why some "white powder" (I think it's flour) stencilled arrows have appeared on the streets around my neighbourhood... they don't really seem to be leading anywhere, and every now and again they lead to four arrows all pointing at each other... weird...

Also weird... Unconscious Mutterings...

  1. Flicker :: Lights
  2. Styling :: Hair
  3. Episode :: Television
  4. Sexier :: Than Me
  5. Studious :: Bookworm
  6. Mushroom :: On Toast (which was followed almost instantly by the thought of Tom)
  7. 8 minutes :: 480 seconds
  8. Bald :: Men
  9. Immunity :: Virus
  10. Sectioned :: Seating

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type five

Interestingly, this is actually pretty accurate... Ma did a course or a workshop or something on this and she still had the books and worksheets and whatever, so I did the tests and it turns out that yes, I am actually a Five... or at least I was when I did the test...

You're a Type 5 - The Experimenter

experimenterFriends, family, and colleagues probably appreciate your probing intelligence and open-minded approach to life. They're also apt to know that when they come to you with a problem, you can be counted on to give them a carefully considered answer based on keen observations. As an Experimenter, you're likely to be seen as a capable and competent individual with a visionary outlook.

Being a member of this type puts you in good company. Renowned painter Georgia O'Keefe, with her reclusive nature and intense focus on her craft, and Albert Einstein, with his groundbreaking theorems and unprecedented view of the space-time continuum, were also Type 5s.

This means that compared to the eight other Enneagram types, you have a strong sense of perception as well as a curious and innovative mind. In fact, like many Experimenters, you have a strong drive to understand how things work.

The Enneagram Test

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new hair and random wanderings

new hair based on this"New hair at last, new hair at last, thank god almighty new hair at last..."

Okay so that's not the exact quote (and with apologies to Martin Luther King Jr), but it is kinda how I feel. As I mentioned on Thursday, today was Haircut Day (yaaaay!), and I took in the photo on the right to see if Tink could work some kind of magic and come up with something vaguely similar for me.

And she managed it. I'm not sure how exact it is to the photo, doubly so because he's three quarter profile in the same direction as his hair is going, but I like what she came up with anyway.

It's all asymmetrical and a little bit "ski slopey", but it's really short on the back and sides and I like what she did with the top, ski slope or not. I am wondering how it's going to look when it starts to grow out though... because it could be a trainwreck... and I'm also not sure how long it's going to be that I'll bother making it all leaning to the right... but for right now I like it.

We did the usual thing while she was cutting my hair and nattered about movies and whatnot, and in mid conversation she suddenly said to me that I should be a movie reviewer... which actually just made me think about Marc, because he has this thing where I "should do" stand up comedy (and he's so very wrong I have to say)... but while the movie reviewer idea doesn't sound quite so stupid on the face of it, like I said to Tink, it would mean that I would have to see a whole bunch of movies that were absolute crap and that I had no interest in (Margaret and David I'm not!)... so I'll pass on that one...

Anyway, after I was done I had just enough time to wander around town for maybe twenty minutes before Ma arrived and we went off to do the Supermarket Trawl... blah, blah, blah... then back here to unpack... blah, blah, blah... and then we went off to Marion just for a random wander.

And that was pretty much blah, blah, blah too, lots of been there, seen that... if it hadn't been for the fact that there seemed to be LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of pretty, pretty, pretty manboys around the place it would have been less interesting.

So, yeah... new hair is good...

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third blogiversay

happy third blogiversaryThree whole years!

Who says that I have the attention span of wet cardboard? I've managed to keep this puppy going this long without getting bored with it... woohoo me!

It's always good to take stock at a time like this... which, for me, usually ends up being a set of fairly random stats... so lets see... three years, that's 1096 days... 1432 posts... which makes my batting average about 1.3 posts a day (or about nine posts a week)...

More specifically, the highlights include...
  • 180 Currently Reading books (actually it's more than that, but I've re-read a few, so I'm only counting them once)
  • 153 Random Hotness posts (which is well over 300 photos of hot guys)
  • 128 Photo Friday posts, not to mention another assorted 185 featured photo posts... which just adds up to a hell of a lot of photos...
  • 90 movie reviews (I'm starting to get curious about what movie 100 is going to be) and 14 DVD reviews (of one sort or another)
  • 20 template changes
  • And of course, the proverbial partridge in the allegorical pear tree...
In other blogging news for the past year there's been a trip to Sydney, the discovery of an awesome street artist, the start of a new photography project (which I will admit, has kind dried up at present, as well as changing from it's original intention), the reintroduction of an old friend, a major injury, and another bout of brief yet continuous mid-year work...

I also had to fight against my normal urge to wait until 3:33 to post this... since it's my third blogiversary and all... and sometimes I'm just that cheesy (and I swear, the fact that there is a three in the time at all is a fluke)...

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random haircut hotness

Today's Random Hotness is inspired by the fact that this coming Saturday is Haircut Day (yaay)...

A while back I found a website called UKHairdressers.com, and was going to flick through in search of some possible new ideas for what to do with my hair... but I never got around to it.

Then I rediscovered the site earlier this week and had a proper look. I will say that there are some SCARY ass things out there masquerading as hairstyles... but I did end up finding something I might get Tink to try (how close it will be and what it will look like on me is another story)...

I also came across these shots by Andrew O’Toole of hair by Mark Leeson...

Mmmmm... purdy black and white haircutty hotness...

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city coffee with marc

coffee timeYes... well...

Had coffee with Marc this afternoon, and it ended up being slightly more complicated than on previous occasions... not because of any weirdness between us, but because he wanted to go into the city, and he just wanted to "wander". And I kinda realised something when we got into town... I don't wander. I really don't... if I go into town I have an aim, or at least a loose plan, at the very least I have a vague destination... I don't just "wander".

So that was a little bit annoying... but we did pick up some random destinations as we went, which meant I didn't have to murder him or anything...

I also got the answers to my queries from the weekend... fairly honest answers I think too, so that's always a bonus.

But other than that it was a bit dull really. I did get to drag him into a couple of stores that I wouldn't normally have visited, including a comic book store where I picked up the most recent Elfquest graphic novel... I probably paid too much for it and I don't want to look up how much it would be through, say Amazon, because I'm sure I'll wanna hit myself in the head... and if I'm being honest I think the whole story "jumped the shark" a little while back... but it's nice to have the graphic novel anyway.

I know he enjoys spending time with me... but if I'm being totally honest, I can't really say that I return the feeling... granted that's probably because I'd much rather shag him...

Oh well... such is life...

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perfect man

the perfect guyI don't think I've ever actually blogged about what my "perfect man" would be. Partially because I really have no idea myself... I'm generally attracted to a wide range of things, so it's a little hard to tie it down to something akin to "tall, dark and handsome"...

But in my random travels through the Land of the Gay Interweb Profile, I found a list that really struck a cord with me. Partially because instead of just being all about the perfect guy, it was actually that balance between what he was versus what he wanted to either contrast or compliment his qualities... plus with the exception of one or two of them, his qualities pretty much meshed with how I see myself.

So I stole his list, added some extra qualities, and ta-da... here it is...

Part potential meme (that is if anybody else is crazy enough to try it), part wish list, part therapy session... and actually, harder to do in some respects than I thought it might be... since it's not physical or material things, it's internal qualities, added to the fact that you have to think about not only what you want in somebody else, but what you have to bring to the table that balances or matches that...

Me: Smart
Me: Funny
Me: Generous
Me: Protective
Me: Casual
Me: Camera Shy
Me: Adoring
Me: Opinionated
Me: Passionate
Me: Cuddler
Me: Voyeuristic
Me: Open
Me: Dark
Me: Creative
Me: Bad
Me: Occasionally Shy
Me: Storyteller
You: Sexy
You: Outgoing
You: Patient
You: Loyal
You: Low Maintenance
You: Photogenic
You: Appreciative
You: Open to Compromise
You: Experimental
You: Affectionate
You: Exhibitionist
You: Honest
You: Wicked
You: Practical
You: Partner in Crime
You: Can Lead
You: Good Listener

Of course, the odds of actually FINDING this guy are about the same as winning all of the first division prize in Lotto...

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movies: hancock

he is saving the world whether we like it or notI remember reading somewhere that Hancock was originally supposed to be called "Tonight, He Comes" and was supposed to be a somewhat "darker" script...

Maybe that's why Hancock actually feels a little schizophrenic. The first half is trying to do the comedy thing... the second half is maybe more of a "regular" superhero movie.

And I have to say, I much preferred the second half... once they'd stopped trying to squeeze laughs out of the story (which honestly, isn't really that funny and ends up being a little embarrassing in places because Jason Bateman just tries a little too hard) and settled into something with some heart to it.

I'm also not sure about Will Smith in the lead. It's a very different Will to anything else I've ever seen him in (but I have really only seen him in the more action/comedy type movies), and because he seems to be able to do moody and intense with more conviction than I would have thought, the movie ends up feeling quite dark and is perhaps why a lot of the comedy falls flat.

I will say that this is the first movie in a VERY long time that actively surprised me. Usually I can see plot happening a mile off... but this time it totally broadsided me. So they totally get points for that (double points because Ma saw it coming when I didn't)!

The movie does feel in some ways like that "introduction movie" (although I'm not sure if that's because I've heard rumours about them doing a sequel)... maybe it's also because for a superhero movie, it's actually really, really, really self-contained. Essentially there are really only four major characters, everybody else is basically "dude at bank" or "woman in car"... even the bad guys that show up in the movie are pretty much just "random thug #2". But then the movie isn't about Hancock fighting super-villains, it's more about his internal struggles.

Not the greatest movie ever made, but parts of it were enjoyable.

yani's rating: 2 eagles out of 5

blue spray cans

street art spray can blue spray can
There's something slightly odd about these... it would be like writing a novel about a typewriter, or photographing a camera... but I suppose you take your inspiration where you find it...

The fact that they're both the same colour is a happy coincidence...

I haven't been having the best day ever... so I'm not really that fussed on too many words...

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Monday, Monday.... La la, la la la... Unconscious Mutterings...
  1. Intimated :: Bully
  2. Brush :: Paint
  3. Masquerade :: Vampire
  4. Procedure :: Writing a
  5. Tattoos :: Sexy
  6. Square :: Root
  7. Tuck :: Drag Queen
  8. Boyfriend :: No
  9. Badass :: Mo'fo
  10. Thousand :: and One
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the turtle moves

You Are a Turtle

You are wise, grounded, and focused.

You also have an extreme energy... an energy rare for someone so serious.

You respect the earth and truly love nature.

You wish that everyone was able to live in harmony.

The only thing you have to remember in life is to slow down and pace yourself.

You can get wound up easily over things that really don't matter much.

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sauna session dot points

sauna sessions: horizontal dance anthemsI wasn't completely sure that I was going to bother with this post... but here it is, so obviously I changed my mind eventually...

And then it seemed like the Universe was going to throw things in my way... first an inexplicable desire to tidy the house when I first got up... then a knock on the door at 8am from some council workers who wanted to saw bits off the trees out the front and were wondering if any of the cars out there were mine (sadly no... and when one of them asked if any of my neighbours were "crazy", I had to stop and think about it)... then my interwebski connection dropped out and when I reconnected it wouldn't do anything (turned out there was a dialog box sitting in the background that was screwing things up)... and of course, now I'm telling the story about why I wasn't telling the story and that's chewing up time too...

So it really doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out, what with the post title and the graphic, that I went to the sauna last night... and I did something I probably should have done a while back (at least from a financial perspective), and bought a 12 month membership... which is kind of good and bad... good because it was only about $6 more than a normal visit and it means I get cheaper entry, plus every tenth visit is free... bad because to make full use out of it I would have to go once a month (and therefore getting a free visit), and I might be tempted to go more often because it's cheaper and whatnot... but really, what the hell, it's done now...

I don't really have a big long story to tell, but there were a few little points I wanted to mention (hence the post title)...
  • Wearing leather pants at the sauna is one thing (it's a little weird, but I can forgive that, provided you don't go anywhere near the wet areas)... but wearing leather pants and carrying a backpack around all night filled with god knows what... not sexy, but creepy...
  • Having a somewhat thick appendage and trying to ram it in with little or no lube... not sexy, but annoying (as I've always said, you can never have too much lube)...
  • Giving out all the signals but then not being able to produce a boner, or only half of one when push comes to shove (as it were)... not sexy, but pointless...
  • Being stuck in the late 70's or early 80's with big, bad, scary Elvis meets a football helmet hair and having a towel that's folded in half so it's basically a micro mini... not sexy, but tragic...
  • Having a conversation about The Wizard of Oz and watching it while both dressed in towels... not sexy, but kind of surreal and interesting...
  • Going underwater in the spa for a reasonable period of time to give some oral lovin'... impressive, but maybe not wise (actually it was doubly impressive because the guy was quite cute... but unfortunately because I was only there at the time, not a participant in the threeway)...
  • Dudes who look like they would be arrogant and somewhat bitchy turning out to be in one case a couple of clowns short of a circus (actually there was a LOT of that going on last night) or else total and complete sluts (which, you know, is less of a bad thing)...
  • Or, on the flip side, dudes who look very, very familiar and who you just can't place... but is just the regular kind of annoying...
And then there's Marc... annoying, pointless, slutty, occasionally tragic, but still unfortunately sexy Marc... that boy does my head in, I swear... first off is his habit of calling out to me across the room, I mean, seriously, the place isn't THAT big... come and find me dammit... then there's the fact that he says "I'll call you" or something similar, and then nothing...

But supposedly we're having coffee or something on Wednesday... and I kinda want to quiz him on a couple of things... I remember very clearly back when we had the playdate here that there were certain things he just didn't do... and yet, I "caught" him (you can't really be said to have caught somebody doing something when they're in a room with a door that does actually lock, but they haven't locked said door or even closed it properly) doing that very thing. So maybe he's relaxed that particular taboo... of course, my default mental state just says that he was lying to me, but then my default mental state is a highly suspicious and slightly paranoid fellow.

Part of what annoys me, not about Marc, just about the whole sauna concept in general, is that there really isn't what you would call "an okay night"... you either have an amazing time, or it's fucking awful... no middle ground... or at least, not for me...

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shopping and art and suchlike

supermarket choicesWelcome to the repetitive and not overly interesting world of my weekly shopping...

I don't have an overly large amount to add... we went, we did pretty much what we do every week, I bought (with some small variations) pretty much what I buy every week, we came home, I unpacked it all...

Blah, blah, blah...

Then we ended up going into the city again... I wanted another book (although it only took two stores before I found it this time) and we browsed very briefly to see if there were any cheap sneakers for me (short version, no).

We then wandered about a bit (again), went and got something to drink so we could figure out our next move (again)... although this time we ended up in the Gloria Jeans in Borders instead of at Starbucks.

Eventually we decided to head over to the Art Gallery to see Empires & Splendour: The David Roche Collection exhibition...
For more than forty years, Adelaide collector and Art Gallery benefactor, David Roche has been developing an outstanding, internationally important private collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century French, Russian, German and British decorative arts. Exquisite porcelain, metalware, furniture and other luxury objects, by manufacturers Meissen, Chelsea, Gardner, Bullock, Faberge and more, will go on show for the first time publicly in this special exhibition. The full extent of treasures in this remarkable collection will also be revealed through an accompanying exhibition book, which will be lavishly illustrated.
It wasn't actually that big of an exhibition... and after seeing it I can state a couple of things with a fair degree of certainty... if David isn't a big 'mo, then he should be... and I'm not sure it was worth the $10 admission...

Interesting though... and there were a number of items that I really liked... the leopard print chair for one... and the Bacchus table that's kind of the centerpoint of the exhibition (it's on the cover of the book and they had a huge blown up version of it on the wall as you went in)... so much so that I bought a postcard with it on. No idea what the hell I'm going to do with it, but still.

And that was about it really... we did make a brief side trip to Orificeworks so that I could ask whether then had a large format copier (like a plan or map copier, whatever they're called)... alas, no... so I don't know what I'm going to do with my Spirit Guide portrait...

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photo friday: r

rToday's Photo Friday is brought to you by the letter R and the number 18...

Oh, hang on... I did the Sesame Street joke recently didn't I... oh well, never mind...

This just seemed to spontaneously appear on a wall at the back of some stores around the corner from me... Not sure it it's just a random occurrence or if there has been a spate of alphabet related graffiti of late, but it certainly caught my eye. I even went back to photograph it after my walk yesterday, just in case it disappeared overnight.

Speaking of my walk... it's been... interesting...

My body have very much been reminding me that not only did I not do it for quite a long while, but when I originally started, I started on a smaller area and have eventually worked all the way up to this walk (also, it's bloody freezing out there in the mornings). Let's just say that my calves and my upper thighs have voiced their opinion. Actually that's not completely true, it's only the right calf and the right very upper thigh (okay, basically it's the side of my arse). Which is fine, given that the other leg has the whole knee issue... which hasn't been too bad overall... more stiff than sore I think.

And my whole body just seizes up after I've been sitting down for a while once I get back. But it did that to various degrees before (probably because I never bother with a "cool down").

Overall though... pretty good.

Now I'm off to make possibly an overly complicated dinner menu...

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random singing hotness

You know, sometimes when I go looking for something specific for Random Hotness it doesn't always come out the way I'd intended... I wanted something "queer cinema related" this week given that I've pretty much raved on about the genre all week... so first I tried looking for shots of Dylan Vox... nothing decent... then I thought Brett Chukerman... again, nothing decent...

Then I remembered that Naked Boys Singing had a website... jackpot!

So here are two of my four naked favourites... "Big Red" Andrew Blake Ames and Kevin Stea...

andrew blake ameskevin stea

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