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I haven’t blogged in an age. This has mainly been because nothing really great has happened since I last wrote. Probably the only things worth mentioning was Thursday’s Year 11 vs. 12 Basketball game and Friday’s Final Prefect Assembly.

The 11 vs. 12 game went okay, I thought. There was some speculation as to whether it would be on or not, but luckily the rain held out enough for it to be just playable at lunch time, albeit after quite a bit of sweeping. So the game was on and a good amount of people came down to watch, which was good. The year 11s all rocked up in their NBA jerseys, while most of our players were in full school uniform. To play the game was a bit tricky, since the ball quickly got wet and slipped out of our hands many a time, and the wet ground made it difficult to move around quickly without fear of slipping. I think we all played well considering the conditions, and the year 11s weren’t bad either, but despite our lack of preparation in terms of clothing, we still emerged, quite convincingly, as the victors (pardon the pun). All in all it was a pretty fun game, and it was good since most of us haven’t played a proper full-court game for a long time (although I have Hills).

So Friday was the last day of school and the Prefects’ Final Assembly. To be perfectly honest, it wasn’t that great, but there were some good parts. I liked the “Thriller” and “Smooth Criminal” dances, and Grubsy’s “I Want You Back” was great as always. I know he doesn’t read this, but apologies to Grubsy for not playing bass for that song. Chris was much better at it than me, anyway. Otherwise, the quizzes and games were kind of awkward in my opinion, but it was okay.

My parents and brother are still away in their respective overseas countries. For the past week it’s just been me and Tasha; she’s sleeping on my bed right now. I spoke to my parents today and they told me they’d visited the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors, both of which were apparently amazing. I’m so jealous, and I can’t wait to see the photos. Speaking of photos, I asked my dad about the camera I’ve been wanting, and he said “when we get back”. Good sign. Anyway, my parents told me that my brother sent them a text saying that he had successfully made it to the top of Mt. Kinabalu (the tallest mountain in Malaysia), which was the main part of his tour to Sabah, Malaysia. The summit of the mountain is 4,095m above sea level, and they did in in two days. I’ve heard of many past students failing to reach the top and having to return to the rest house halfway up the mountain due to the tough atmospheric conditions (low oxygen, low pressure), so it’s pretty awesome that he made it all the way up.

Anyway, that’s about all I have to say about life, since nothing happens anymore. I realise that I say that a lot nowadays, that “nothing happens”. I guess it’s true, to an extent, that year 12 does lose the fun of year 11 and our junior years. Everyone is so concentrated on studying that there really isn’t time for anything else. Yes, I know I’m basically repeating what everyone is thinking and has been saying, but it’s so true, and I’ve really come to realise that now. Last holidays I went out quite a bit, so I didn’t really feel it, but I have a feeling most of these holidays will be spent at home, with books for company. Great.

But, digressing, in the past few days I’ve just been procrastinating and making the most of my nights before I have to start studying for trials. And so I’ve found a number of interesting things during my travels. I haven’t posted stuff like this in a long time, and I won’t be saying much about any of them.

Remember those light trails that I posted a few blogs ago? Well these, from an album entitled Fun with Long Exposure, totally blow ours out of the water. More photos and larger images at Icon_ology.

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Does anyone remember that crazy stop motion video with the wolf and the pig? To refresh your memory or if you haven’t seen it, go here. Well, Olympus has made a similar video to promote their “PEN” Camera. Go to the Olympus website, or watch “The PEN Story” below.

I thought this ad was pretty clever; it speaks for itself.

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You know those videos/movies of marriage proposals where the guy proposes at a sporting event or over the PA somewhere or at a fancy restaurant with a little band playing? Well how about this one, in the middle of Disneyland’s Main Street. I thought it was great.

And lastly, is this video, entitled “Kittens Inspired by Kittens”. I don’t know why, but it made me smile and laugh.

Anyway, that’s all folks. Don’t study too hard these holidays; have at least a bit of fun.

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sleep spent

It’s 12:35am and I really should be sleeping right now. The reason I’m blogging so late is due to the fact that I had more homework than usual today. But alas, the show must go on, and I will blog.¬†Because it’s so late, there won’t be much in the way of detailed comments or things like that like I usually do, but it’s better than nothing. Also, it’s going to be a bit of a break from all the art I’ve been posting lately, and rather it will be about another of my passions: music.¬†

As you may have noticed, the title of every single blog post to date (including the title of my entire blog) has been a title of a Death Cab For Cutie song, this blogs title being a song from Something About Airplanes. The one exception was the very first post, which was a line from “The Passenger Seat”. I guess this is sort of a theme to my blog, but I’m not really sure how much longer I can keep this up. I think they have about eighty or ninety song titles, so there’s still a lot for me to work with I guess. I may move to Anberlin or another band once I can’t use any more of Death Cab’s.

The reason for my use of Death Cab For Cutie titles is simply because they are my favourite band. Period. They have been for a long time now (it’s measured in years), ever since Janet first introduced them to me. What I love about them is their trademark instrumentation, which is usually calm and relaxing, with easy and clean tones that are very soothing to the ear. On top of that, Ben Gibbard (singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist for the band) is a genius lyricist. So many of his songs relate to something I’ve experienced in my life, and so I can really relate to what he’s singing about in each of his songs. He writes love songs, songs about family, separation, loneliness, anxiety, society… often using very original extended metaphors to get his point across, which I love. His voice has a kind of rawness to it; and it is the honesty in his tone that really sells his lyrics.

Death Cab’s style has been described as indie rock, indie pop and alternative (although technically they are no longer indie as they are signed to a major label), and they have made six studio albums, numerous EPs and a few live albums. Their latest album, Narrow Stairs, peaked at number one on the US Billboard charts. As well as these, Ben Gibbard has made two albums of his own and Chris Walla (guitarist, producer) released his first album early last year.

Formed in 1997, Death Cab For Cutie consists of (from left to right in the image below) Jason McGerr (drums), Nicholas Harmer (bass), Ben Gibbard (vocals/lyricist/guitarist) and Chris Walla (guitarist/producer).

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My favourite album by this band usually changes over time, but right now it is Plans, from 2005, with Transatlanticism (2003) and The Photo Album (2001) as close seconds.

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That’s all for today. Tomorrows will be a more in-depth blog on another topic, possibly a comic or maybe more art…

But lastly, this is my favourite song by Death Cab For Cutie, “Transatlanticism” off the album of the same name. The lyrics and music really resonate with me everytime I hear it.

the atlantic was born today and i’ll tell you how:
the clouds above opened up and let it out.

i was standing on the surface of a perforated sphere
when the water filled every hole.
and thousands upon thousands made an ocean,
making islands where no island should go.
oh no.

most people were overjoyed; they took to their boats.
i thought it less like a lake and more like a moat.
the rhythm of my footsteps crossing flatlands to your door
have been silenced forever more.
and the distance is quite simply much too far for me to row,
it seems farther than ever before.
oh no.

i need you so much closer

i need you so much closer

so come on, come on