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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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summer skin

Every time I blog I realise almost immediately after that there were so many other things I intended to blog about, but forgot to, and by then my blog is already too long anyway. Hopefully I can catch up on some of that stuff in this blog…

Today was Mother’s Day. The day started off with breakfast for my mum; my dad made french toast, MasterChef style. We then drove up (I drove) to Terrigal to visit our prospective schoolies house, called “Aquamarine”, at Forrester’s beach, to meet the owners and make sure it was legit. Turns out the owner, a 40-ish lady named Julie (with her 13 year old son), was really nice, and took us for a tour all around the house and to the beach nearby. I took plenty of photos, which can be viewed on my newly acquired Flickr. The photo set is available here. Then my mum sealed the deal and paid the deposit, a total of $1,750 (half the full fee), from the money I had collected from the group.

At Terrigal we went for a bit of a walk and I took some more photos (the sky was really nice today), then ate at a small cafe called bellyfish. We ordered four dishes to share: chicken pesto with fettucine; tomato, basil and parmesan pizza; chicken caesar burger; and tomato bruschetta with fetta cheese. I had an iced chocolate to drink. After lunch we went for another walk around town, before heading back to Sydney.

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Lately I’ve been helping Janet sell some of her old jewelry on eBay. And by help, I mean that I’m making the pictures for her (from her photographs), like this one I did for a brooch:

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On the topic things you wear, I thought I should showcase all of the Threadless t-shirts I own. I currently own six of them; the first two were from Janet for my birthday last year, and I recently purchased four more during a huge sale. In chronological order of when I received them…

What Do You Mean You Can’t See Him?

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Skip Dessert

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Wingtips

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A Voyage To Lilliput

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Tree

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Monster Mash Collaboration of HORROR

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To end this blog, I’ll leave you with another preview of an artist I discovered recently. Ratatat is an electronic music duo consisting of guitarist Mike Shroud and synthesiser/producer Evan Mast. Now, I don’t usually like electronica, but these guys appealed to me for some reason. I think my music taste is broadening. Check out their song “Shempi” (below), from their latest album LP3.

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Wow, that was a pretty disjointed blog with unrelated subjects. Ah well. I promise tomorrows will be better. It’ll probably be art-based again.

“Summer Skin” is from the album Plans.