Thursday, December 31, 2009

Surely if I were made of money

And had more space I would give several of these stools a home. Probably the red ones, although I'd prefer something darker. $250+ for one is a little bit more than I can spend, unless some rich benefactor makes his/her prescence known. This is where they're from.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Yeah, I don't know either, but I kinda like it.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Got my tickets!

So I've figured out I can see 5 (not quite the half I wanted) of the films at this years festival. They are:
Handsome Suit:


Yunagi City:


Detroit Metal City:

Now I just have wait a couple of weeks for it to start.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

13th Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese Film Festival is coming up (tomorrow in Perth) and I'm very much looking forward to it. Of the 21 films showing here, not all of them are shown everywhere. I really want to see 10 but to be honest I'd probably watch all of them. Last year I managed to catch 3 hopefully once the timetable is released I'll be able to catch at least half. Tickets go on sale next month (for Sydney), I highly recommend going if the festival is on in your city, the movies that they showcase are well worth it. Tickets usually sell out quite quickly.

Sydney, 24 November-1 December
Melbourne, 3 - 8 December
Perth, 8 - 15 October
Brisbane, 28 - 30 October
Hobart, 8 - 10 November
Canberra, 18 - 22 November

Saturday, September 26, 2009


On Friday night I went to see 少年ナイフ (Shonen Knife) they were amazing. I've never watched a band who smiled throughout a show, but these ladies did. Seems like forever since they last toured (12 years apparently) I missed out then. Thank goodness they did sideshows as I really wasn't interested in going to the festivals they're playing.
Fun show, great catchy pop/punk tunes Muddy Bubbles Hell is such a fantastic song especially with the synchronised head banging & metal stances. Easily the best song of the night. Gotta love ladies who love Judas Priest, Iron Maiden & Motörhead. My memory is always terrible when it comes to set lists but I'm pretty sure these songs were played (in no particular order):
- Konnichiwa
- Sushi Bar
- Ah, Singapore
- Twist Barbie
- E.S.P.
- BBQ Party
- Super Group
Hopefully it won't be another 12 years before these Osaka ladies are back.
Go see them if you can, they're definitely worth it.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Almost finished reading Lovecraft, these are some the artist he references in his work.
Francisco Goya

Gustave Dore

Henry Fuseli

John Martin

Salvator Rosa

Aubrey Beardsley

Sunday, August 30, 2009


I saw Ponyo today, the English version (I know, I didn't actually mean to see it in English) but it was on a massive screen so that was a plus. I have to say I was a little disappointed, the English cast was wooden. I thought there was very little emotion, all those great actors were just boring. I didn't laugh where I should have nor did anyone else in the cinema. Granted it was an early session & the cinema was pretty empty. The visuals were amazing, all the undersea scenes with thousands of jellyfish, giant ancient fish and oh the OCTOPODS! a glorious feast for the eyes. It really should have been more enjoyable than it was. By the end of the week I'll have seen it in it's original Japanese on a smaller screen. Fingers crossed it'll be more entertaining.

I was actually in town to get my Dad a Father's Day present & my Mum a birthday present. Having asked my younger brother for suggestions and getting nothing I went to the source & asked Mum. Apparently books are the order of the day, I can cope with that. I am however a little uneasy about giving my Father a book, last time I did that (again at Mums suggestion) he sounded quite disappointed when I talked to him later. At least he'll get a kick out of the card :?
Pretty sure Mum will be happy with what I picked up for her, though I didn't buy them at her recommended store.

Edit: I've now seen Ponyo in Japanese and my goodness the difference is amazing. The joy, life & comedy of the Miyazaki film really shines through. I don't know what the english translators did but they made it a dreary thing (in my opinion) not a easy thing to do. Miyazaki films are always full of joy, one of the reasons I love them so, I wonder what happened.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

もみもみ - Momi momi

This is currently my favourite commercial (featuring the bad boy of Sumo - Yokozuna Asashōryū Akinori), granted it isn't on TV here and you can't actually buy the product. Well, maybe you can, but I doubt it'd be easy to find.
There is also an instructional video on how to do the もみもみ dance, which is also quite funny. The lady instructor has quite the husky voice.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Guess where I've been lately. Look at that little face, isn't it gorgeous?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New header

I've been working on this for a while, not sure how long exactly. A few minutes here a few minutes there. Completely re-doing the legs the other day. Pretty pleased with it, did do a couple of colour versions but frankly I like the black & white.
Oh yes there is Bodoni :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bodoni <3

I love Bodoni. I did write up a little something about it earlier but never posted it. I think it's on the computer at work. I may add it to this at a later point but probably not.
Anyway ever since I entered the realm of Graphic Design and became aware of the joys of a well kerned word and a lovelingly leaded paragraph I have loved fonts. Bodoni was one the first ones I ever got to play around with for an assignment. Sadly, I never get to use it now, as work is all about sans serifs and mutilation. Occasionally I muck around with it for my own amusement but that's not often enough.
I came across this t-shirt on Nubby Twiglet & couldn't resist. Frankly my credit card probably wasn't happy about it but that's a thought for another day. I also bought a poster of the same design, that has yet to arrive.

Much love to you Giambattista you're awesome.

Edit: Picking up the poster tomorrow morning :) Yeah!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Books again

Finished the last stack of books I had and after re-reading James and the Giant Peach. Yesterday I went out and pick up some new books. Also had a scrumptious lunch in the bookstore cafe mmmmm...

Alexandre Dumas - One Thousand and One Ghosts
Nikolay Gogol - Dead Souls
H.P. Lovecraft - The Call of the Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist
Osamu Tezuka - Black Jack Volume 1

I was going to pick up the new Pratchett 'Nation' but it's still only in hardcover - too expensive at this point in time. Walked around with Neil Gaiman's 'Stardust' for quite a while but as it looked like a really quick read (a couple of hours at most) & cost $23 I put it back. I did enjoy the movie, so I'm sure the book is good. I just wanted something that would last a bit longer.

Did I tell you about the last books? I don't think I did, they were Dickens - Great Expectations, Niffeneggers - The Time Travellers Wife, Wildes - Picture of Dorian Grey. Loved Great Expectations & The Time Travellers Wife (won't see the movie, not a fan of Eric Bana) not so hot for Dorian Grey. I think the character of Lord Henry really put me off the book all of his ridiculous philosophies just grated on me.

Next time I go to Japan I'm definitely visiting the proper Tezuka museum in Takarazuka, Kobe (not the small installation that's at Kyoto station) & the Studio Ghibli one in Tokyo.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Favourites

I'm a member of a messageboard that does Mix CD exchanges. Quite a cool idea, I do love getting things in the mail & hearing new music. Also a big fan of putting together parcels. I've participated in quite a few exchanges but since the computer that holds the majority of my music only works when it feels like it (read almost never) I've had to stop participating.

My love of new music usually leads me every month to have many days of internet at dial up speeds. Quite painful really, but I can't for the life of me stop myself from downloading music. I really should get a better connection (I do say this all the time). This is a collection of my current favourites, not necessarily new artists but new songs. Oh and they may not feature in the photo I took for the cover.

Feel free to download them :)

Edit: Forgot to add, if you like any of these songs please go & buy other CDs/songs by these artists. See them in concert, pick up a t-shirt or other merch if they have any. They're worth it, trust me.

Monday, June 8, 2009

There's more

I got some new pens last week, after reading an illustrators blog that mentions them. I finally found some online & snapped them up. And yes I'm still drawing octopuses in every sketchbook/piece of paper I come across.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


The fascination with sea creatures continues.

Sunday, May 31, 2009


I ate too much today, I promise the diet starts tomorrow.

Friday, May 15, 2009


This is doodle I did this week while bored at work, octopuses are great. Think I might draw a few more.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Things that make me smile or I covet

You've probably seen this ad, I have to say I love it. It puts a big stupid grin on my face which is rare for any ad to do. The watch, the cheesy tune and the eyebrow action, brilliant. I do love good eyebrow action.

Everyday Sunshine Fishbone, this song popped up on my ipod while coming home tonight & everytime I hear those! Sadly I've never seen a Fishbone concert, I reckon they'd be a feast musically & visually. I do love a good horn.

Red Dwarf, I've watched this show off and on over the years. Whenever it's on tv I try & catch it. If it's rainy and I just want to stay in my pj's kinda day I put on the DVDs & laugh again & again. I do love sci-fi comedy.

And onto the coveting...
Tea Cup Chandelier

If I wasn't renting and had a spare $850+ I would totally have this in my house. Or if they ever make a teacup lamp I'll be all over that, if it's considerably cheaper. This is where you can get it - Shopscad


Is it too early for christmas presents? You can see more & buy them here - Ashidashi

And last but not least

Zombie garden ornaments what's not to love? Sadly I have no garden, they do ship internationally though. You can check out other ornaments here - Design Toscano

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Journeys with a concert in between

I went and saw Okkervil River the other night. At a venue (a pub) I used to live near but never went to. As soon as I walk into the train station I hear "S'cuse me sista, do you have any spare change?" and I'm thinking 'Great, here we go' to her I say "Not yet." she watches me push the buttons & put my money in the machine hovering about 10cm behind me. The machine coffers up my ticket & change I give her the change (about a $1.60). Mostly because I'm going to a concert & don't really want change falling out of my pockets. I usually take very little with me when going to concerts, no bag, just ticket/keys/phone/ID/ear plugs & enough cash to get merch if it's any good, to get to & from the venue. Actually that reads like a lot but compared to the back packs/massive handbags that are in fashion & people take to concerts with them, I travel light. Anyway I make my way down to the platform to wait for the train, the woman who has my change does the same. She continues to walk around and ask everyone there if they have any to give her. Gets pissed off when people say they're sorry they don't have any. "Don't be sorry! Just say no." She comes back to me and asks again "Hey sista, any change?" This time I say "Mate, you've already got all the change I had", "I'M NOT YOUR MATE!!" she angrily tells me. "Yeah well, I'm not your sister." I mumble as she storms away.

So I used to live near the venue, easy right?, I should remember how to get there. Wrong, coming out of the train station the decision was to go straight or to the right. The right looked like it was going the wrong way, I had a vague recollection of walking that way, but decided I'd go straight. As I walked along, looking around thinking to myself that nothing looked familiar. I come across a park that I definitely don't remember, I know bascially which way I need go, so I cut through it and eventually end up on the main road. About a block from where I need to be, not too bad, okay so it's one of the massive blocks that there are around here. But thankfully I could see where I needed to be because there was pretty much no one around to ask. No one sober, it's one of those suburbs that has very little pedestrian traffic especially at night.

Finding my way inside the venue and the first thing that hits me it just how small it is. Seriously the tiniest place I've ever seen a show. The stage is about 2.5m deep & 5-6m wide. It has a capacity of 450 people - not sure if it was sold out. The support act had been playing for about 10 minutes by the time I got there, I made my way to the front. Standing about 2-3m away, I could just about see every bead of sweat on the bands faces.

The Seabellies

Are quite new to me, they put on a good show even with a few technical/sound difficulties. The singers accoustic guitar & I think some of the mics or keyboard sounds weren't quite right. I can't give you a set list for the band but I did enjoy them very much, I do like a good horn & several of their songs had some sax & horn parts. Also a xylophone, not much of that in rock music is there?

As soon as they finished playing & the next band was setting up, everyone who was hanging back suddenly moved foward & I guess the people who were in the pub section started moving into the venue part of the pub. Suddenly I'm surrounded by hipsters (okay I didn't really notice how many were there until the show was over and I was crushed by them trying to get out), women with handbags almost bigger than they are & people who do not SHUT UP for the entire show! I seriously don't understand people who go to concerts & spend the whole time talking to their mates. It's not like they're talking about anything to do with the music it's usually the same boring stuff you overhear everywhere else. Chicks talking about their latest trip to the hairdresser, blokes talking about how much beer they consumed at Johnno's place the other day. I must have some sign above my head or aura that these people gravitate towards, because I usually end up surrounded by them at gigs. No matter how many times I move to get away from them, it never lasts very long. It's particularly annoying when the music is softer and therefore hard to drown them out. Many of Okkervil River's songs fall into that category so I was quite annoyed at having to block out the talkers.

I'll admit that I'm not all over the Okkervil River catalogue as I am some other bands. But I don't think that's a huge problem, they played many songs I knew and some that I didn't. I was surprised that most of the band (a keyboard player/guitarist/drummer) set up their own instruments. Only using roadies to check the mics & 3 other instruments. They played for about an hour & did a 3 song encore. The drummer (Travis) smiles manically throughout the show with a little leaning over the drums and singing along for good measure. The singer & bass player have fantastic voices which really translate well live. The line up is slightly different as they have a female guitar/slide guitar/banjo player (Lauren, I think) who has a serene graceful prescence on stage while Will jumped around in the tiny available space. Really good energy, getting everyone to clap/sing along to certain songs. My favourites being Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe, Red (with just Will playing guitar), John Allyn Smith Sails & For Real.

I wish I'd taken my camera.

On to the journey home, once out of the venue, noting the time I figured I had a chance to get at least the 2nd to last if not last train of the night. Made my familiar way back to the station, which took longer than I remember. Get onto the platform, look up the times & see that the train is in about 20 minutes. Sit down, about 5 minutes later an announcement comes over the speakers that there is trackwork that night. Between the train stations I need to get to, typically, so I have to go out & wait for a bus to the city, then get on another bus back to my closet train station, then walk 15 minutes to get home. Fantastic! As I'm walking out I tell 2 guys about the whole trackwork/bus situation, which they eventually confirm for themselves & join me hanging around the bus stop. Looking at the bus timetable which doesn't match the train one at all and is pretty incomprehensible I sit on a bench and wait. The suburb I'm in doesn't have much traffic, which is probably good if you live there, but if you're car-less and trying to get out of it, it sucks. I watch 5 cabs go past, all taken, a few other cars not much else. Probably about a minute before the rail bus turns up I flag an empty cab to take me home. The fare was only $9, don't think the cabbie was too impressed with such a small fare but I sure was glad to be home.

In short The Seabellies & Okkervil River are definitely worth seeing live if you can or at least get their CDs. Public transport isn't all it's cracked up to be & STOP TALKING DURING SHOWS or I'll have to get angry at you :D

Oh yeah I think I'm in love with Okkervil River's drummer & have a serious lady-crush on the woman in The Seabellies

Friday, May 1, 2009

Stereographic awesomeness

For the past week I've been mesmerised by these photos taken by heiwa4126 (sorry I don't know his actual name). They are fantastic I could look at them for hours. Actually I think I have. Also been reading up on how they're done. There's a bit too much maths involved, I'm not sure I actually understand it. Though I totally want to try it out for myself.

You can find the rest of them here
Thanks to Pink Tentacle for piquing my interest as always. You're both awesome :)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Book club, kinda

Next month I'm going to a Book discussion group held by a large bookstore chain & publisher. As a fan of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Paranormal books they've invited me along to get my views on packaging, marketing, instore displays, competitions & the like. It's only going to go for 1 and a 1/2 hours so it probably won't be too painful. I say painful as I am extremely shy and tend not to talk to people (I don't know) in social situations. Unless they start talking to me and those people are usually the ones you need to back slowly away from, if you catch my drift.
So here's to getting out of my comfort zone for an evening, talking about something I'm interested in, oh and getting some free books for going along.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Chrysanthemum Burst

This baby holds 500ml of tea. Which you would think is too much tea at once, but for me at least it's the perfect amount. With normal cups I sometimes feel like I need another one right after I've finished a cup. Not any more, oh no. Also picked up some Chrysanthemum tea, yum.

Edit this is what the tea looks like: