Snowplanet

Well, I’ve officially been to my first indoor ski hill. Thought they only existed in Japan? Uh, nope. There’s one right here in Auckland.

I went with a friend to a birthday party for another friend, and we watched while some embarassed themselves and others were far less entertaining. There was one lad who dressed up in a pair of shorts, a pair of pantyhose, a pink lycra wrestling synglet and a long blonde wig, and tried to snowboard. I hope it was his bachelor’s party and I hope he was drunk. His (fake) hair kept getting caught up in the rope tow.

Oh, and the other night I went to see Pride and Prejudice. Oh, yuck. I haven’t been much of a fan of P&P, but the BBC version blew this one out of the water.

And what is it with Keira Knightley’s face? She smiles like Robert Smith. (I’ll try to find a few photos as a comparison for you).

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I am AAAALIVE!

No seriously, I am. I’ve been watching too many Frankenstein movies though (its AAAAAAAAALIIIIIVEEE!).

Uhm, just one thing to share for now, new adventures are starting up. I spent this past weekend hanging with some friends; we tried to go to the International Surfing Competition at Piha, but it was too busy, so we went to a different (Bethels) beach instead. Then, last night I went to see Unleashed (it could have been better, 6/10).

Other news – next next week I think I’m going to go to the Bay of Islands; possibly Napier or Gisborne, but I’m not terribly keen on going to the West Coast, as Gisborne got a bunch of rain last weekend, and I don’t think that is the end of the rain for them.

I’m excited and sad to be moving on to Australia. I’ve made some good friends while here, and I’ll be sad to say goodbye; but with that being said, I’m seriously considering doing my Masters now, and I would love to do it at Auckland Uni.

This is a map of countries I’ve been (or will be going to shortly)……….. continent by continent, I conquer. 🙂

create your own visited countries map
or vertaling Duits Nederlands

Now that I’ve got over a week until my first exam…

I thought I would start reading a heap of new books that have been staring at me for the past six weeks.

On my list:
Porno, Irvine Welsh
Ecstasy, Irvine Welsh
Queer, William S. Burroughs
The Soft Machine, William S. Burroughs
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
After the Quake, Haruki Murakami
A Devil’s Chaplain, Richard Dawkins
A Model, Anais Nin
Battle for the Mind: The Mechanics of Indoctrination, Brainwashing and Thought Control, William Sargant
Harry Potter and the Scorer’s Stone, whatshernuts
Soul Mountain, Gao Xingjian

I guess in there someplace I should try rereading my course material too, but at this point I’d really rather not.

Cheesey Songs that Should Be Buried

IN my good fashion of procrastinating like no one has ever procrastinated before, I bring you project number one: The Cheesiest Song CD.

I’ve already burnt it for a friend that lives downstairs. She thought she had me at Def Leppards “Armaggedon”. HA! She didn’t know the power of Vanilla Ice’s Ninja Rap.

This is the track list so far:
Ninja Rap: Vanilla Ice
To be With you: Mr. Big
Check the O.R.: Organized Rhyme
Sacred Emotion: Donny Osmond
MR. TAMBOURINE MAN!: Bill Shatner
Baby Got Back: Sir Mix-a-lot
Unskinny Bop: Poison
Cold-Hearted Snake: Paula Abdul
Cherry Pie: Warrant
Treat Your Mother Right: Mr. T.
Rock you Like A Hurricane: Scorpions
Party All the TIme: Eddie Murphy and Rick James (BEEATCH!)
Hey Stoopid: Alice Cooper
She’s Like the Wind: Patrick Swayze
Here I Go Again On My Own: Whitesnake
Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone: Glass Tiger With Bryan Adams
Hole-Hearted: Extreme
Working for the Weekend: Loverboy
Gin and Juice: PHish (I think)

Of course there were those that didn’t make the cut:
That “Warrior” Song (artist?)
Dance Desire: By Haywire
Drop the Needle: Maestro Fresh Wes
I think We’re Alone Now; Tiffany
I didin’t get any Platnium Blonde, Honeymoon Suite, etc – but the CD I was making was for an American… I didn’t know what shite we exported and what we didn’t.
OH and of course, the Julian Song.

And One Song, that I wanted to find by Jewel, called God’s Gift to Women. Do a search for the lyrics on yahoo (add Jewel, and the words “Manly tool” and you’ll probably get the lyrics)

I’m sure I’m missing some – but can’t think of any more at the moment…….. feel free to comment so I can make a Volume Two before I run away to Oz!

Kinda Lame


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Originally uploaded by scrunt.

Yes, I know its kinda lame that I’m blogging pictures that I took on my trip at the beginning of last month – but what’s a girl to do? I’m into the trying to find a job internationally/finish papers/ study for exams/pack up all my crap into a bag that is 32 kgs less than the one I started out with- mode.

Yes, that is p**s off number one: my cheap ticket to Australia is cheap because I lost my luggage allowance going from New Zealand to Oz. So, not only did I get caught in Fiji and had to buy a one way ticket at the last minute, but now I have to pay around $250 to get my crap back home. All I have to say is NEVER USE TRAVEL CUTS. NEVER. EVER. (Unless it is a direct here there kinda flight). I would have been better off to have my flight going direct to Auckland, returning on December 20th or so, and then booking a direct flight from here to Perth. BUT NOOOO! That would have been logical.

Oh well, live and learn I guess.

So, right now I have a million books out of the library that I need to get through so I can write my papers.

Some of the titles:
Impossible Bodies: femininity and masculinity at the movies
Lacan and Contemporary Film
Narrative, Apparatus and Ideology
Place, Power, Situation and Spectacle
Critical Terms of Literary Study
Critical Discourse: A Survey of Literary Theorists
Film Feminisms
The Sexual Subject; A Screen Reader in Sexuality
The Geo-political Aesthetic
Monsters and Mad Scientists
Madness and Cinema
Technologies of Gender
Criticism and Ideology
Carnal Thoughts: Embodiement and Moving Image Culture

And the list goes on. And you know what the weird part is. I really like reading this theory stuff. It’s so convoluted, but it is really creative too.

Which brings me to the next issue – finding a job. I still don’t know where I’ll end up in the next few months. I’ve got a work visa now for Australia, because I figure if I can get some temp work for a week or two when I’m there, it will give me a bit of money to play with and will keep me out of the relatives’ hair. But, we’ll see how that goes….. seems like they give out the Work/Holiday Visas to pretty much anyone, so there is a bit of a stigma that goes along with having that kind of work permit.

I think the next big thing for me will be the end of term, which is the 21st of October. Then I think I will take a bit of time off, maybe get out to the beach a little more. Then two exams, then another week’s break (at which point I’ll be selling off all the stuff I don’t want) and then, Nov 13th, I’m off to Sydney.

I think I’m looking forward to the change of scenery.