employment of time in profitless and non-practical ways...
My favourite sports are squash, tennis, racquetball, and anything else that involves running around belting the crap out of small rubber balls. My greatest sporting achievement was being the #1 squash player in the University of Queensland college competition in 1990.
I have an unhealthy interest in motorbikes.
Helen and I try to hire a yacht and mount an expedition every year. Sailing is a wonderful combination of relaxation and terror and a great way to visit new places. So far we've taken on:
I used to do a bit of skiing before tearing both anterior cruciate ligaments, one skiing, the other playing squash (on September 11, 2001 as it happened). It was almost worth it to get the video of the operation. Nice!
Helen travels extensively and I occasionally tag along. Out trips have included:
I'm comfortable on guitar, keyboard
and flute and love picking up new instruments. I was once kindly described as
"hack musician" and can't really argue with that.
In 2001 I had some fun putting together the CD Recomposition under the pseudonym Digitalus Extractus. This involved sampling bits of music from my CD collection, doing dreadful things to them in CoolEdit Pro and dropping them into Acid Pro to loop and mix into new tunes.
New Toy! Just got myself a Korg Kaossilator pocket synthesiser which is an absolute blast to play with. Here are a couple of tunes made from Kaossilator sounds:
Favourite books include:
- Midnight's Children by
- The Bone People by Keri
- The Gift of Stones by Jim
- The Sirens of Titan and
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- Them Bones by Howard Waldrop
- The Evolution Man by Roy
- The Other Side of the Mountain
by Michel Bernanos (this is a seriously weird trip of a book)
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott
- The Hawkline Monster and
A Confederate General in Big Sur by Richard Brautigan
- The Wasp Factory and Player of Games by Iain
- Doctor Rat, The Fan
Man and Queen of Swords by William Kotzwinkle
- The Anubis Gates
by Tim Powers
- Not Wanted on the Voyage by
- The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien (of course!)
- The Beach by Alex Garland (much more interesting than the film suggests)
- Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (brutal story, beautifully told; sheer epic poetry)
- Jack Womack's scary Dryco series (in particular Acts of Senseless Violence and Going, Going, Gone)
- Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian
- Perdido Street Station and The Scar by China Mieville
The Aubrey/Maturin books by Patrick O'Brian are an absolute treat. Here are some memorable lines:
- 'I scrape a little, sir. I torment a fiddle from time to time.' - Master & Commander
- 'There are times,' said James quietly, 'when I understand your partiality for your friend. He derives a greater pleasure from a smaller stream of wit than any man I have ever known.' - Master & Commander
- 'What sort of an ape?' asked Stephen.
'A damned ill-conditioned sort of an ape. It had a can of ale at every pot-house on the road, and it is reeling drunk. It has been offering itself to Babbington.' - Post Captain
- 'What a good friend you are to him, Dr Maturin...'
'I sew his ears on from time to time, sure.' - Post Captain
- 'Jack, you have debauched my sloth.' - HMS Surprise
- 'The coffee has a damned odd taste.'
'This I attribute to the excrement of rats...'
'I thought it had a familiar tang,' said Jack. - Mauritius Command
- 'What in God's name does he want with a wife?' cried Jack, staring.
'Why, sir, I can't rightly say,' said Bonden, blushing and looking quickly away from Sophie, 'I can't rightly say. But he bought one, legal.' - Desolation Island
- 'There is the girl that waits on Mrs Wogan.'
'There is. But you will recall that she was transported for infanticide, repeated infanticide. She is a little eccentric where babies are concerned.' - Desolation Island (while looking for a nurse for a convict's new-born baby)
- 'Now, sir,' - addressing the wombat... - 'give it up directly d'ye hear me, there?'
The wombat stared him straight in the eye, drew a length of gold lace from its mouth, and then deliberately sucked it again...
'Come now, Stephen, this is coming it pretty high: your brute is eating my hat.'
'So he is, too,' said Dr Maturin. 'But do not be so perturbed, Jack; it will do him no harm, at all. His digestive tract...' - The Fortune of War
- 'Pass the word for Jemmy Ducks and Pollard,' said Jack, making a mental note to tell Fielding to move Pollard to other duties; detachment was easy enough where poultry was concerned, but the four-legged stock required a frequent change of keeper. - The Thirteen-Gun Salute
- 'He can whip off an arm or a leg quicker than any man in the service; and it is joy to see him carve a saddle of mutton.' - The Hundred Days (two officers discussing Stephen's virtuous parts)
- 'Confusion to Boney!' - Most books
Favourite films include:
Favourite TV dramas include:
Some quotes that have tickled my
- Farewell friend. I was a thousand
times more evil than thou!
- Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock.
- The Psychologist is the one
who looks at everyone else when an attractive woman enters the room.
- Artist create something while
critic only complain. Life of artist is hard, but more satisfying than life
of critic. - Unnamed Haiku-Origami
- And crawling on the planet's
face, some insects called the human race. Lost in time, lost in space... and
meaning. - Richard O'Brien, The Rocky Horror Show.
- The artist is the coal miner's
canary of society. - Paraphrasing Kurt Vonnegut.
- The work is just beginning,
as my hair begins thinning. Pleasure is past and all that's dear, as friend
and foe alike disappear.
- TISM, 40 Years Then Death.
- My name is Ozymandius, King
of Kings, Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias.
- There are two types of people
in the world: those who divide the world into two types of people and those
who don't. - Unknown.
- There's more where they came
from. - Gilbert Shelton,
The Adventures of Fat Freddy's Cat.
- In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a
stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran through caverns
measureless to man down to a sunless sea.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan.
is like a knife fight in a phone booth. -
- Before you criticize someone
you must first walk a mile in his shoes. That way, once you criticize him,
you're a mile away and you have his shoes. - Unknown.
- The Journey of a thousand miles
must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu.
- I've been to the other side,
and let me tell you son, there's fucking nothing there."
- Kerry Packer upon being revived after a heart attack (a somewhat less poetic
version of "the rest is silence").
- If you assume, you make an
ass out of u
and me. - British
philosopher Benny Hill.
- Outside of a dog, a book is
a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. - Groucho
- Marx spots the ex. - Groucho
Marx, on noticing his former wife at a restaurant.
- When cares attack and life seems black, how sweet it is to pot a yak. - P. G. Wodehouse, Good Gnus.
- Self indulgence is an absolutely necessary part of any kind of creative endeavour. - Roger Waters.
- It seems that for success in science or art a dash of autism is essential. - Hans Asperger.
- It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena... his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt.
- When in trouble hit bottle, not pavement. - Old proverb.
Q & A
- Q: Is Ringo Starr the best drummer in the world?
A: He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles. - John Lennon.
- Q: What is the question most asked by Arts graduates?
A: "Would you like fries with that?"
- Q: What was Shirl's last thought as his chopper went down?
A: Whatever happened to the revolution. - Gerard Hill.
- Q: How many mice does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Only two, but it's hard to get them both in there.
- Q: What happened when two nuns were accosted by a flasher?
A: One had a stroke but the other wasn't quick enough.
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