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On I Fled a Bear and Won

The two pieces of advice I remember for Brown bears were:
1. Make a lot of noise so you don't run into one by accident.
2. Say in a calm voice "HELLO BEAR!" and back away.

You're lucky you don't have to deal with drop bears at least.

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm 0

On Maybe They Like Having Their Hair Played With?

Reminds me of some nut who complained on an public message board about a woman twirling her hair in the computer lab and the woman posted back that he was the one acting like a nut cackling in the middle of a computer lab and glaring at people for no reason.

In all honesty I thought this was going to be another "hair pulling" type episode.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 2:49 am 0

On What We Will Be Playing in the London Games

Have not really watched it since it was in Sydney and these guys had their show on every night during the games
(Alternative gymnastics coverage) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKFWE1xt_x0 They even had their own mascot that took over from Syd, Olly and Dickhead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg8YSKc6pgc

Posted on July 22, 2012 at 8:13 am 0

On The Return of the Bombshell, and 87 Years of Pinup Photography

It's been beaten to death at least where I come from, as has the 50s rockabilly look. There is one photographer I know who makes a living out of doing pin up photo shoots, which is better than I could manage.

I also used to be right into photographing burlesque when it forced its way on stage in between bands at rock venues around 2004 until it got too hard and also in lockstep with the pin up look. Felt like I was pushed out of it in the end but I am still the official photographer for the local Dr Sketchy's class as it is awesome.

Am liking the 40s look now and also the music that goes along with it. Luckily there is a local band with four girls who do that kind of music - http://hellonymphs.com/ for those of you in the UK there is this group - http://thethreebelles.com/ Hopefully there can be a 1940s revival without the Fascism this time, knock it off Greece!

Posted on May 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm 0

On The League of Ordinary Ladies: Oh, Water Polo

Water polo players are HEFTY! HEFTY! HEFTY! or at least the South African Water Polo team that my friend had to kick out the the pub during the 2006 Commonwealth Games was, the police could not move them as they just ignored them.

I thought the 1956 water polo story was well known? It was even a part of the Australian movie "Newsfront". Not sure how these urban legends get started and people will still not take the 30 seconds to look up Wikipedia or Snopes before posting it all over social media.

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 2:00 am 3

On War Horse: An Illustrated Review

Look at my horse, my horse is amazing...http://www.weebls-stuff.com/songs/Amazing+Horse/

They started pre-bookings for the stage play in my city a year before it opens, I still want to watch that one first.

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 9:32 am 0

On Four Things You Probably Don't Know About the Accordion

I know several female accordion players without even looking that hard

Elana Stone
http://timchuma.com/photos/LifeonMars/photo141.html

Gleny Rae Virus
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/Gleny-Zoe-CD-Launch/GlenyRaeZoeK060811_059

Yes, I have heard of the Chmielewski Funtime Band, but have not seen them not being in the USA.

Polka music is being rebranded as "gypsy punk" for kids to dance to these days.

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm 0

On Kimbra's "Good Intent" Video

Something's not right. I have been going to see 100+ gigs per year for the last five years and hadn't heard about her until this year. The very first album she gets to play in a 1,300 capacity venue that it takes local bands 10 years to get enough people to play.

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 5:35 am 0

On So You Think You're Obsessed With So You Think You Can Dance?

It's a good thing you didn't watch the Australian version, it was barely about dance. They were more interested in contestants who had nervous breakdowns and those who went off and punched the wall. A national champion in her dance style for 10 years in a row was only on it for about 30 seconds after a 12 hour day at the audition (all the dance studios sent down their students for it.)

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 12:57 am 0

On The Pros and Cons: Online Dating

I have only gotten one date out of any online dating site. I had a friend who worked on setting up a online dating site and managed to get a long-term relationship out of it. I have disabled my OkCupid profile as it was just never going to happen.

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 2:11 am 0