Weekend social 01/07/2011

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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

48 comments on “Weekend social 01/07/2011”

  1. Herodotus 1

    Great weekend weather wise – Best way to put smiles on everyone- clear blue skies and for those a cold snap for snow !!!
    I hope everyone out there has the opportunity to take benefit from this clear patch. The kiddies will be happy sport !! And a visit to see walking with dinosaurs. And a kiwi is involved. Like the Mad butcher sometimes we should forget all the daily crap and celebrate the good things and the great people that do make a difference 😉 . Ther eis plenty of good out there- unfortunately it seems to take longer to find it !!!

  2. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrel 2

    I plan to nail Stand by Me on the ukulele. I find those misses quite tricky.

    • r0b 2.1

      Seriously?  I was getting in to the Uke about a year ago, but I’ve lapsed.  Should try again.  Trouble is I’ve trashed my hands with too many years of keyboarding…

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 2.1.1

        I am a musical retard. But I am desperate to learn. Investing heavily in lessons.

        • r0b

          Good luck with it. Music is a wonderful thing. I was bordering on the adequate once on the violin, before my hands crapped out completely.

          • travellerev

            Sorry to hear about your hands r0b. I used to make film music with both acoustic and digital instruments that would perhaps be a way to go for you.

            • r0b

              Hi Ev. I’ve looked at a few possibilities. I’m not done with music, might have another go when I retire and I’m not keyboarding all day.

              • You can get the most amazing hard disk recording programs for absolutely next to nothing these days and they often come with all kinds of digital instruments and samplers and I hope I will be able to set up my little studio again since I brought all my gear with me in the container. It’s so much fun to play around with this stuff also Google band-in-a-box great for quick composing stuff in all kinds of styles using your on board midi and synth . (It’s relatively easy to find a “free” version online too. LOL)

                • r0b

                  Sounds like you’re right in to it!

                  • Used to be but It will take some effort to get back into it again I’m afraid. I had the chance to study at the royal academy of music for two and a half years ages ago. Electronic composition and classical composition technique. Awesome.

              • Lanthanide

                Get a theramin. You just wave your hands around it like a conductor, shouldn’t hurt them too much!

                Edit: Doh, ninja’d an hour beforehand by felix. That’s what I get for replying before reading the whole thread.

          • felix

            r0b if you’re a violinist with troubled hands perhaps you should have a go at playing the Theremin.

            Srsly. No impact.

            • travellerev

              Wow, looked it up on Wiki. There is a sound file to listen to. awesome.

            • r0b

              Being a big fan of Bill Bailey I’m familiar with the theramin. Wonderfully bizarre, and it would be fun to fiddle with, but I don’t see myself doing it seriously.

              No the main instrument that I like, and think I could play with bad hands, is the harmonica.  One day!

  3. I’m reading Keith Richards auto biography Life at the moment. Wonderful book, great read and as I was living in Europe when all this mayhem took place it brings back some awesome memories of those wild and wonderful years. My husband must love me as he bought it for me as a birthday present.

  4. Roflcopter 4

    Barring weather woes, it’s all kids sport, all weekend. Rugby, football, netball.

  5. No films no music this weekend .so we will visit youngest son and his 3 sons on Sunday. A bit of gardening and hopefully read again the Hollow Man. Bought for me by my LP branch for my recent birthday.

    last week as reported we saw 3 films in one week but thats unusual.

    • Hollow men, Great read, should pick it up again too. It’s been a while and you always pick up different things when you read it a second time. If you like these sort of books there is also a great book on Blackwater mercenaries by Jeremy Scahill and here is a link to a free e-book called the unauthorised biography of G Bush by Webster Tarpley. Great read. Vile family. LOL.

      • Thanks travellerev .Have noted At the moment still have a ton books to get through ,trouble is these days eyes get tired. However the last couple of weeks I did finish two of Tom Sharpe’s wonderfull comedies,Porter House Blues. and Blot on the Landscape. The second time for both and they still double me up with laughter.My wife stopped me reading them in bed at night because I laughed out loud .

  6. NickS 6


    Finally escaping Christchurch on a mission for the Canty uni tramping club’s hut…

    May my body not crap out, nor my old boots.

  7. rosy 7

    Blah, I hurt my back moving a chair – forgot it was a heavy one *sigh*. The silver lining is spending the weekend doing a bit of R&R.

  8. Deadly_NZ 8

    Play with my new Son (that’s him in the Gravatar), and I have just been given all 10 seasons of Stargate SG1. I got some catching up to do, this will take me longer than the BAB5 seasons and assorted movies/spinoffs to get through.

    • rosy 8.1

      Love the pose of baby sleeping 🙂

      • Deadly_NZ 8.1.1

        Thank you , and he is so good as well, only cries when he wants something, food, nappy change, cuddles, and playtime. at 6 weeks he is just finding his voice so lots of interesting noises can emanate from Alex. And yes we can put him into his cot, and he just lies there and listens to either tv, music or his little lullaby machine. Makes for slow typing one handed and the wrong one`as well, as he is asleep in my arms now. But at my age I am lucky to have him, and i would not change anything, even if I could. Apart from bloody govt.

    • Colonial Viper 8.2

      SG1! The original is the best!

      BSG still rocks out though 😀

  9. Bob 9

    Watch the local high school Football “Soccer” Team take on Ham Boys High , should be a goody ….Talent vs Talent … catch up with the other keen supporters/parents then off for a fish , bring on that Sunshine…

  10. Alice 10

    We both know that what I say is truth, stop kidding yourself that you are ‘worthy’- you have to prove your worthy to be worthy. Face facts you are not worthy.

    I think you have a lot of self-analysis to do, to where you want to be – in 100 years in the history books- a fucking dickhead long forgotten or a major journalist with merit and conviction.

    What do you want, do you want something you have never had before OR do you want the same-old-same-old boring life you already have- no challenges, no courage, no direction, no depth and no love.

    If you truly are an idiot (to which I believe is just a façade because you are a stubborn fool) then you will always be – like everyone else! – How exciting for you!

    But if you are truly exceptional than you will never let that one chance of ‘ownership’ escape you.

  11. [Take that nonsense somewhere else dad. r0b]

  12. Vicky32 12

    Once again, I have my son’s cat to baby-sit for a week, as I did back in January. (He and his wife are going on holiday to celebrate their 10th anniversary.) I love the cat, as if she were my grand-daughter, but unlike a 10 year old grand-daughter, she snores! :O

    • rosy 12.1

      hehe – you’d be surprised then at the way my 10 year-old grand-daughter can snore

      • Vicky32 12.1.1

        My sons snored even as children, but somewhat naively, I never thought of a girl as a snorer… Yes, I know, silly of me. 🙂

      • Deadly_NZ 12.1.2

        Alex, at 6weeks don’t do too bad either lol.ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  13. Alice 13

    Do I snore all the time? Well I suppose you have seen me in all my fine glory and if you still like me, than you must truly like me.

    Do I snore all the time? You have to understand I have pressure like no other, I can’t imagine I have snored all my life.

    I have sore glands, a runny nose, tired, exhausted and completely exhausted. I feel I have no one on my side, I feel alone, and angry no one is heartfelt enough to give me a hug.

    I am a little unhappy. maybe I am ungrateful.

  14. jimmy 14

    Just recieved a friends’ mini-ramps on a long term loan so its a big weekend of skateboarding for me.

    Any standarnistas out there skate?

    The mini-ramp skating has been a revalation after a good decade of skating like a nube. I still cant kickflip or street skate to any great extent but I could rip the hell out of ramps after only a month or two. I highly reccomend any skater (or parent of a skater) with a garage to splash $150 on some ply, you will never look back.*

    *Make sure to invest in a helmet as well

    • Reality Bytes 14.1

      I like snowboarding, and I have dabbled a little bit in the off season with a skateboard, never got up the balls to drop in to a proper halfpipe. Very very very very very noob, pretty much only did it for a few months. Still struggle with ollies or whatever their called. Would like to revisit it solid at some stage, my deck still looks very new and mostly ungrinded 🙂

      • jimmy 14.1.1

        Street skating is honestly a million times harder than mini-ramp skating (dam you Rodney Mullen!). I still have fond memories of the day when me and the boys figured out how easy it was. All you need to learn to get started is how to drop in, rock to fakie, then go back to tail stall… once you can do that everything else just comes naturally. For the first 6 months you will easily pick up a trick-a-day. Im about a year into it and im doing pop-shuvits, crooked nosegrinds, and just about getting propper air.

        I used to rate snowboarding as the best adrenalin buz out but mini-ramp skaiting is well up there, ultra satisfying.

        • Reality Bytes

          Great advice, I’ll bear that in mind. I’ve tried street skating, and had a lot of bails where I was surprised I didn’t break my wrists or other bones etc lol. When you’re going from A->B and you are noob, well those cracks on the pavement can be nasty!!!

          I can see why a lot of skaters cruise down on the road cause it’s smoother, seems a lot safer even with the cars imo.

  15. Alice 15

    Why are girls not human, I’m quite positive females snore, fart, poo, urinate and all the rest. But I have never thought that it is all too bad, especially for a girl who is being watched 24/7.

    Human females are not dolls.

    I refuse to change just because I am being watched.

  16. kriswgtn 16

    I will be watching series 1 of Game Of Thrones- my cousin in New York records all my tv programs for me- and will watch Series 4 Episode 1 of true blood which I acquired last night thru msn messnger hahahahhaha

  17. happynz 17

    Off to Rugby Park to see Canterbury v North Otago in a Ranfurly Shield match. Coolio, as Rugby Park is only a ten minute stroll from my place. Afternoon rugby on a crisp sunny winter’s day. Yeah buddy…


  18. Alice 18

    I’m watching TV at the moment!

  19. joe90 19

    A great mashup, in chronological order, of stop motion creatures and special effects created by Ray Harryhausen.

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