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Sep. 28th, 2010

09:04 am

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You might have heard that It's A Wellington Life is asking for photographs of billboards (for the council elections) on which the candidate has their face and 'Vote For Me!" with no indication of their policies. We have one of those at the bottom of our road - at least, I think we do. It's a woman, about my age, brown hair (sorry, can't remember her name), with the slogan "No 1 for Future Wellington!" I'm trying to decide if this is a statement of policy. I'm also trying to shush the voice in my head going "No 1 for Great Justice!"

Thing is, the face-on-billboard thing does sort-of work to get you known. Well, it worked for one person - John Morrison. The only reason I know his name is because he's The Guy With The Porno Moustache. And because of the porno moustache, I looked closer and caught his name. But also because of the porno moustache, I didn't vote for him. Yep, I'm Judgey McJudgerson.


My parents were responsible for my taste in music.

"No really Tats?"

Hehe yeah. Even though my Dad told me on numerous occasions that the music I like isn't really music. Even though most of the music I like wasn't even acknowledged as a genre until the 1990s.

They didn't like loud noise. Dad was a 'seen and not heard' kind of guy, and our house was always quiet (ish - we were kids after all). Any music being played was in the background, and it was in the spectrum of big band, swing, folk, Elvis, hippie stuff from the 60s, or the Neil Diamond/Don McLean genre I don't even know the name for (dont judge me!). ie, there was no hard rock, no metal, no rock 'n' roll, nothing that could be jarring to the ears. And they never had loud parties with blaring music. I now wonder if this is because Dad was going deaf early like I am, and couldn't hear people talking if the music was loud.

Anyway, here I am as a product of that, listening to an entirely different genre of music but in exactly the same spectrum. Psytrance replaces big band, house/dubstep* replaces swing, ambient replaces folk/hippie stuff, and bands like LIVE replace the Neil Diamond/Don McLean stuff (again, don't judge me!). I went through a phase of being into rock/metal, but my ears got over it really fast. And I don't really even enjoy live bands (sorry Sophie!), because indoors the amplification required to overcome the drums makes the whole thing too loud, and outdoors it all runs together and to me sounds like just noise. This isn't a reflection of the skill of the bands, it's just what I'm into or not.

My parents successfully turned me into them. *EEP*

* Yes I do like dubstep. Just not All Fucking Night at a dance party.


Last night I found another ball of wool I'd forgotten I had. Looks like the blue blanket's gonna be bigger than originally anticipated.

Finally, I wanted to say publicly that the haircut I got from Wildilocks is pretty damn awesome in the staying-power department. Cass cut it before Mum died, which means it's been at least 10 weeks. I didn't mention at the time that I was thinking of growing it out, but it is growing out really well. I am impressed and would thoroughly recommend Wildilocks as a hairdresser for wayward hair.

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From:tyellas
Date:September 27th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for that! Although it is It's A Wellington Life, which is my blog, looking for the photos, not the Wellingtonista.

The only reason I know his name is because he's The Guy With The Porno Moustache. And because of the porno moustache, I looked closer and caught his name. But also because of the porno moustache, I didn't vote for him.

ROFLMAO! I've had the same thing happen - looked at someone's billboard picture and thought "What a smug, self-satisfied prat he looks like! Not voting for him, that's for sure...
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh, crap, sorry! I'll fix that and add a link.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
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I don't know. Most of the billboards I've seen have been in parky type corners of what I assume is public land, or on people's fences or in their sections - and in these cases I assume either the owners are supporters or money is involved.

I haven't seen any on a church, and a quick google search gave me no info.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
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This might surprise you, but I have actually been to a wide variety of live acts, in a wide variety of venues, with a wide variety of levels of skill in the sound-guy department. Still don't like drun/guitar driven live music.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Fair point. I have a similar dislike of drum-heavy recorded music too, it just seems that live bands exacerbate all those things.

Even LIVE, which in the grand scheme of things isn't really a heavy band, have parts of some tracks that make me go *gnng*, and I tend to prefer their ballads. Likewise Tool - I like most of their tracks, then they burst into bits where it's all DRUMSDRUMSDRUMS and I go ARGH!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)

Non-technical anecdata to follow

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I've been thinking about drums.

I like the sound of hand drums but dislike the sound of snare drums. I'd describe the difference as a BOONG vs a BANG! I quite like the sound of the solid wooden drums you hit with sticks (a woody kind of sound) and the electronic THWUMP or DOOF noise.

So it's the jarring drum noises I don't like. Not keen on cymbal clashing either, although I like it when they're used to go TISH TISH.

Oh I'm so knowledgeable about this stuff.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:September 27th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
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I guess it's "rock" music's equivalent of bass.

When you're in a stadium and you feel the kick of the drum in your chest it can be pretty emotive (or gnng if it annoys you). Dance music has doof that can do the same, but has a different character obviously.

I like Tool because they are one of few heavy bands where the noise is still clear and punchy, even at climatic parts with lots of noise (IMO at least).
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From:t_c_da
Date:September 27th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
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drum-heavy recorded music

Ditto for me, too. Brooke Fraser's second album should have been better typed as Drum Solo with vocal accompaniment for my money. The drums were way to far forward for a vocal album...

FWIW a couple of sound mechanics in the US worked on the basis that a drum kit was Way Too Loud for a church environment and preferred that the drummer was acoustically enclosed and properly miced so his level could be controlled. They had similar views about guitarists that insisted on using their own amps - 'you can have your own amp, in a back room with a mic that I can control'...

OTOH the drummer that came out with Jacques Loussier a couple of years back was brilliant in a jazz setting - very restrained against piano and string bass and a joy to listen to.

I've been to very few live gigs in this country where I couldn't have done a better job, and I'm no professional - I just spent 7 years mixing a church band in a collection of very variable environments with very cheap and dodgy gear.
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From:t_c_da
Date:September 28th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
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My sentiments exactly, and those of my two (musical) offspring who came with me...

I've been a fan of JLT since the 60s and saw him in Adelaide with his original trio, but he was so much better this time around...
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:September 27th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Next election I'm getting plastic surgery to look like a kitten.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Without a porno moustache, please.

Bonus points for VOTE FOR ME in lolspeak.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
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I need a pic of a kitten with a porno moustache, stat.
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:September 28th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
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CAN HAS VOTES?
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:September 27th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Dude those are the ONLY billboards we seem to have here. Just head shot, name, party, maybe the area they're running for the seat of.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Do you have like 375 candidates for the district health board? Because I'm completely stumped by those, given I know little about what they do or what issues would be relevant to support.
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:September 27th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
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lol I have my voting papers right here. We have... 28 for the DHB and I don't have a clue who any of them are. I'm not even bothering to vote in three of the elections on this thing, I only care about the Mayoral ones.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 28th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
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I'm wondering what the draw of the DHB is for so many people to want to be on it.

Maybe it's actually code for DRUGS HEDONISM BABES!
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From:morbid_curious
Date:September 28th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
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Hmm. Does "No 1 for Future Wellington" mean "No. 1 for Future Wellington" or "No-one for Future Wellington"? Modern typesetting is hard.
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From:megapope
Date:September 28th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
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I'm.... actually trying to think of a billboard that DID mention policies. None are coming to mind, but then I admittedly haven't paid much attention to the local elections this time around. A few of my friends have had a bit to say about our current Mayor, but I don't know if many of them are actually voting.

In the words of Malcolm Reynolds, I'm overcome with not caring very much.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 28th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
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*nod* Among my social group, the overwhelming feeling is of "It's time to get rid of Kerry, who's a good option from the others?"

Ironically, Kerry's one of the few with policy statements on their billboards. Even if it is "Wellington - Party Central*"

* This is referring to the Rugby World Cup. I think a better slogan to describe my feelings about that would be "Rugby World Cup - Move out of Wellington for 6 weeks if you love your city!"

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From:megapope
Date:September 28th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
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*smirky face* Yeeeeah... my workmates still can't believe there's a large number of people in New Zealand that don't actually have a huge interest in rugby. Though admittedly the Sevens look a bit fun, in that 'get dressed up and watch the local wildlife get shit faced and throw up a lot' kind of way.

Hm. I've always hassled my friends into voting on national election day, so maybe I'll research into the Wellington candidates and see if I can arouse some interest in the whole thing. It'll be the first time in my life I've ever paid attention to local body elections!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 28th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
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The voting papers come with a list of candidates plus their spiel. I voted for Jack Yan, mostly because he's for free wireless in the CBD, and actually turned up to a regular haunt of the geek/burner crossover group and talked with us - which none of the others did.

I'm never in town for the Sevens, because I'm always at Kiwiburn, which by accident or design falls on the same weekend.
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From:megapope
Date:September 28th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
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Total noob question: where does one obtain voting papers?
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From:tatjna
Date:September 28th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
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If you're on the electoral roll, they get mailed to you automatically based on the address you gave for that. If you're not enrolled to vote, go here.

And you can vote without papers by going to the polling booth at the City Service Centre (101 Wakefield Street) during the three-week period before polling day (which is 9 October).
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From:tatjna
Date:September 28th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
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PS if you don't have papers yet, you probably didn't get sent them because they were all supposed to arrive last week.
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From:megapope
Date:September 28th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
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Ahh yes, that would be why. I am enrolled to vote, but I haven't changed my address with the enrollment wossname yet. I'm still enrolled as living in Palmy, since I moved down here in May.
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From:wildilocks
Date:September 30th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
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last Kiwiburn accidentally wasn't on Sevens weekend and so I saw it for the first time. I was underwhelmed, but at least they were more entertaining than your average drunken football crowd.

Also, I am humbled by your praise and appreciate your kind publicising of it :)
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