Yearly Archives: 2006

Los Whitlams (again)

This blog is really starting to get a workout again. Let’s hope that it stays that way!

Yesterday, I went to my first ever 18+ gig — it was a performance by none other than the Whitlams, in the Show Room (which is hidden in the actual Casino part of the Casino) at Wrest Point. Overall, it was a very good event, which is why I am now to write about it!

The evening started with our arrival at Wrest Point (“we” being Simon, Richard and Myself… The usual crowd :)), and going to the service desk and being asked for ID. Richard, who doesn’t drive, didn’t have any, so he had to call his Dad up for his Passport (!!!). After the initial kerfuffle, we slotted ourselves into the venue, and awaited the support act.

The support act was Sydney-based performer, Bertie Blackman, and her Band. The music was good, and I was generally impressed by the guitarist and bassist’s excessive use of DSP Effects. Their set lasted roughly half an hour. Probably the most notable thing there was that Bertie used a Hub Cap as percussion in one of the songs. That was quite interesting, to say the least.

The Whitlams themselves arrived on stage at about 9:40, and, strangely, began their performance on a song other than No Aphrodisiac (oh, the horror!), instead doing Beauty in Me off their new album. Once dealing with the initial shock of the aforementioned, and collecting myself, I paid more attention.

Highlights, in roughly chronological order, include:

  • Their performance of Fall For You was quite incredible. I always imagine hearing that song as a particularly lo-fi, produced piece, so I was amazed when they performed it as a heavy piece with lots of guitar. Incredible.
  • Jak’s solo in Louis Burdett was good.
  • Tim commenting on the style of our singing to Buy Now, Pay Later. Whilst pointing to a large group of Hutchins People up the front, he commented on our enunciation, particularly the “t”s and “d”s. Mrs Short, once again, I salute you :).
  • Four Encore songs, beginning with Charlie No.3, and concluding with I Make Hamburgers, with probably the loudest “More Sauce” call I’ve heard in a long time.
  • There were far more things than that during the performance, which are far too numerous to mention. What I will point out though, is that I bought a copy of their “Rarities” disc for $10, (Saves me buying another copy of Torch The Moon), and got it signed by Timmy. Yay!

    Overall, a really good night. Definitely looking forward to their next performance around here!

    Untried

    As of 1:40PM-ish yesterday, I am no longer taking lessons at school. It’s been a great couple of days, so I’ll quickly list a few things that have happened during them:

    Wednesday

  • School House Executive meeting where we consumed the first full breakfast in the new School Rec Room, which (compliments to the chef,) was very good. Apparently they’re going to do it every day next year. Pity I won’t be there to enjoy it.
  • Publishing a Macadam’s Manifesto in record time (less than one period). That was great fun!
  • Receiving the “Laziness” award in the House Farewell assembly. I doubt that I’ve ever been more honoured :).
  • Getting a score of 12 (0.6% error) in the National Titration Competition. That’s a gold medal!
  • Thursday

  • Water Fight at recess. I got two 80-litre bins worth dumped on me… It was just a pity I had to leave early for a maths test.
  • Leavers’ Lunch. Not too much of note happened there, bar an extremely moving speech by one of the teachers, Mr Rae, who (for those of you who do not know,) has not been at school at all this year due to a life-threatening cancer, which is now in remission. The account was heartfelt, obviously hard for him to tell. I would probably be right in saying that there was not a single person in the room who was not moved.
  • Leavers’ “Barbeque” at Collegiate. It was actually a roast. How disappointing.
  • Going back to Richard’s for the big, fun, non-piss-up get-together. It took a while before we got started with anything interesting… And when we did, we REALLY did. Richard’s Mum decided to straighten Jet Holloway’s hair. I’ll post photos as soon as I have them. It’s actually quite funny. We concluded that with a spot of Mario Kart on the GameCube, which was fun for everyone.
  • Friday

  • Waking up to a cooked breakfast at Richard’s. Bacon and Eggs. Yumm.
  • Morning Tea. Biscuits, Foccacia (“Pizza”) Coffee and Orange Juice. In the Staff Room. That would have been interesting, had I not have had morning tea in there a few weekends ago during Titration Practice (thanks Grevesey!)
  • The Photo. We had a group photo of everyone who came to school in Kinder/Prep/Year 1. That was good, except that the photographer didn’t realise there’d be so many… So they took a second photo of only the Kindergarteners.
  • Chapel Service. The Leavers’ Service was probably the first time it actually hit home that I would not be returning to school. Not during the Hymns (“Were you there”, sung like a footy anthem), the Sermon (which included footage of us singing, circa Year 4, and Father John delivering one of my Jokes, and people finding it funny!), but when Mrs Short’s ELC Choir came up to sing. I sang in that choir in Year 2 (1996!), so that really caused it to hit home. I left the chapel crying.
  • Awards Assembly. I got awarded two awards (one was my Titration Medal), the other was a cap for Debating (about time).
  • And that’s a fairly accurate wrap-up of my life over the past few days. It’s going to be really weird not going back to school after 14 years.

    Two Weeks

    Here’s the latest in my rather sparse set of updates from me:

    14 Years ago, I stepped into the doors of the Hutchins School to begin my schooling/education/etc. 14 days from today, I will be partaking in a Barbeque at Collegiate to mark the end of it. It’s a really scary thought, and I get the idea that my next two weeks are going to be very interesting.

    In relation to my aforementioned Debating Final, I lost it — oh well… But in an upnote, my winnings for the UNSW ProgComp ended up being 4 times as much as we expected it to be, to the tune of $400. Not bad at all, considering it comes with a $2000 scholarship to CSE at UNSW. I may consider even taking it up.

    Expect more updates as we approach the beginning of SWOT Vac. Until then, Bye!

    TPSC

    Just to let you all know what I’ve been doing with my September Holidays. It’s a training site for programming competitions and the like. I’m hoping to run a series of contests every month for the indefinite future, and I’ve got a few friends helping me out with it, so it should be good.

    Check it out Here. You may even take the Alpha test. Enjoy it!

    Woe is me…

    And on this day, one week before I travel to Sydney, I have the following announcement:

    My team has made the Grand Final of the TDU Debating Roster. This means that we’ll be facing off against the nearly-omnipotent Elizabeth College team in a battle of wits, logic, and sheer egos. The topic is That unrest in the Pacific is not Australia’s Problem, and we are the Affirmative.

    So, everyone, book in your diaries Wednesday, October 4, and head on down to Ogilvie High School… It’ll be worth it!

    Simon and Garfunkel

    Few of you have probably heard of the amaroK Music Player for KDE. If you have, you’ve probably been lamenting its lack of certain features. I certainly have. There has been one single feature that has kept me coming back to iTunes (through Crossover Office), and that is iTunes’ ability to organise your music folder. Well, amaroK now does that. It’s time to celebrate.

    A full review once I use it more thoroughly.

    (To explain the title of today’s post, look at their song “I am a Rock”. I soon will.)