Thursday, December 11, 2008
1950s pinup model Bettie Page dies in LA at 85 - 50 minutes ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bettie Page, a 1950s pinup model who helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, has died. She was 85.Her agent Mark Roesler says Page died Thursday night at a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a heart attack nine days ago. He says she never regained consciousness.Page attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure in bikinis and see-through underwear that were quickly tacked up on walls across the country. Her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Play boy magazine, as well as controversial SM poses. Roesler says Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia and was about to be released when she suffered the heart attack Dec. 2.
The excitement of finding the house, getting our offer accepting and making future plans, tempered with the knock-back we got on Wednesday. It seems the mortgage lender's insurer doesnt like Fruitbowl, or any of the suburbs we could afford due to people defaulting in that area. (Um, thats why we could afford a house there!).
Plan B - The race around to try and find another lender as the contracts are already at the exchangers - and we really want the house. Our broker thought that a bank would be OK with Fruitbowl as they have an in-house insurer and go more on whether you can afford the loan than what area.
Finally, making a Plan C. Asking my parents for help to make up at 20% deposit (thats over $70,000 - we already had most of it) so we dont need the insurance.
Spoke to the broker again today, so if the Bank does say no we can go back to our first choice of lender and they will finance us with the 20%.
So the house is a definate (as long as the contracts have finally been exchanged!)
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Nick Cave headlines and curates All Tomorrows Parties on Cockatoo Island!
Grace Jones is here, and there looks like some really awesome events this year - I want to see The Tell-Tale Heart, La Clique, The Nargun and The Stars (read that when I was a kid) and Enter The Dragon (woot!).
Does anyone else like Nick enough to pay $150 to come see him with me? hehehe
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
So, lace scarf, cute pumpkiny-coloured stitch markers from Etsy, Woolshack Lipbalm, chocolate and a kawaii notebook with crocheted critters on the front (courtesy of The Boi, who found them in Thailand).
Better go and post it today.
Here is a better photo of the scarf (same yarn as my sister's wedding shawl, since it it AWESOME)
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett! (thanks to Other Andrew for the fab photo).
Andrew was Nearly Headless Nick
Web-goddess and Snook - Lucy and Charlie Brown
Look! Its Sarah Palin!
I do believe thats Amy Winehouse and the Absinthe Fairy
The crowning glory..... Brains Pannacotta!
Friday, October 31, 2008
I'll have to post photos on Monday of The Boi's and mine outfit... can't give it away just yet....
but I get to incorporate a corset into my outfit (I wish I could do that everyday).
I'm currently struggling to avoid sugar/starchy carbs at the moment - hello South Beach diet (recommended by a doctor friend of mine - must be good). I think I have lost a kilo - mainly off my feet and hands i 'spect cos its not showing up in my clothes. Its really hard, especially right now with parties and social events going on. The Boi and I went to Coogee Beach last night for a swim* and fish-n-chips, I had to bring my own dinner, no battered fish and no potatoes. Tonite will be hard too - I forgot no alcohol and there will be heaps of sugary goodness according to Kris' blog.
No sugar + no potatoes + no bread = very grumpy Bex. Poor Boi, he's trying to be supportive but I think sometimes he just wants to give me a jam sandwich.
* it was 37 degrees in the city, and we got to the beach just after that cold change came through - 20 degrees? Went swimming anyway, it was OK after your legs went numb.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
VeganMoFo is the Vegan Month Of Food. Based on NaNoWriMo, our collective goal
as vegan bloggers is to write about food for the entirety of October. The
rules are pretty loose, and different people are participating in different
ways. You can get a list of all the participants here. There’s a flickr group
here. And now they’re having Iron Chef Challenges. So clevah!
(borrowed from My Aim Is True)
In honour of my hard-core vegan brothers and sisters, i'm gonna share some of my favourite vegan recipes this month.
Carrot and Sultana Muffins, taken from Vegan With a Vengeance.
The Boi loves these so much (now I've gotten the recipe figured). The are low fat (without the icing), low sugar but still sweet and moist. Also really easy to make.
Muffins (makes 12):
1/2 cup of sultanas, soaking in hot water
1 ½ cup of plain flour
2 tsp of Baking Powder
½ tsp of Bi-carb
½ tsp of cinnamon
½ tsp of nutmeg
4 tabs of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup (250ml) of soy milk
1 tsp vanilla
4 tabs of vegie oil
3 grated carrots
½ cup of icing sugar
3-4 tabs of lemon juice
3-4 tabs of nuttlex/margarine
Heat oven to 200C, grease muffin tin.
Sift dry ingredients (flour, spices, bi-carb, baking powder) and mix in salt and sugar. Make a well in the centre, and pour in liquids. Mix til barely combined. Add the carrots, mix a bit more. Drain the sultanas, mix them in too.
Spoon into muffin tins (fill ¾ full) and bake for 20-25 min, until a skewer comes out clean.
Cool on a rack.
Mix icing sugar and nuttlex together and add lemon juice til a stiff consistency is gotten – ice cupcakes. Yum!
yeah, camera still broken.
Friday, October 03, 2008
On Thursday Emily + Clare, Kris, Tannies and I went to see Risky Lunar Love. Its kinda of a Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Little Shop of Horrors meets The Muppet Show. And then meets Blue Hawaii (Elvis movie).
I really, really enjoyed it - my only critiscm was that the music sometimes overwhelmed the actors and you couldnt make out what they said/sang.
With songs like Strap On Love and C*nt C*nt C*nt - well, no wonder we laughed all the way through it. And the outfits were great! I loved some of the dresses, gave me some great costumer ideas hehe.
I wish The Boi could have seen it with me - i know he would have related to Kikkoman, the womanising stud.... LOL
At the 'shram at the moment, the poor Boi is having a rough go of it at the moment - lots of work to be done and little time or help to do it. So I said I would go and keep him company, fetch cups of tea and provide back rubs.
Be back Sunday in time for Gurlesque! Yay!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
As of Monday, i'll be working in Back Flow. More work + more money = happy Bex.
(Back Flow is not as seedy as it sounds, really).
In other news, i was reading this blog and stumbled across the chance remark that Craigslist Australia is really bad for rental scams. It wouldnt even cross my mind to look for a house to rent on Craigslist.
Got me thinking.
2 Bedroom security unit with water views, and lets you have a dog and cat? Thats rare.
A fully FUNNISHED apartment? Spell Check anyone?
Cheap unit for rent in greater Sydney, on Rue Lepic near the Monoprix? Ummm. This is Sydney Australia right?
$600 a month - 2 bedroom house in Sydney? Hmmm.
Best one - $150 a week, 2 bedroom unit on the Bondi waterfront, and pets are ok! Anyone else think that picture is photoshopped? The perspective is really off.
The strange thing is, most of the poster's email addresses are @yahoo.com. Its nearly impossible to get a yahoo.com address if you live in Australia (it defaults to .com.au). And they use their full name as their email address as well - not a good idea for spam prevention.
The majority of the photos look like they have been taken from a designer living magazine too - i've been renting long enough to be familiar with the photos on Realestate.com.au and Domain.com.au, and designer they aint.
All reeks of dodgyness.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
A really easy pattern, definately making another one in skull fabric cos it looks so cute.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
OMGZ!1! A black hole with suck us into another dimension!!1!!1.
Here is a great list of what could happen (realisitically) from New Scientist:
1. Time travellers from the future appear and say hello. Admittedly this isn't very likely, but theorists have shown that it is possible in principle. And it would be rather spectacular.
2. The smart money is on the LHC creating the famous Higgs boson, so we would finally know why things weigh what they do.
3. Special long-lived version of a particle called a gluino could be spat out. These could stick inside one the LHC???s giant detectors and decay when the accelerator is switched off. If this happened it would tell us that our universe is just one of many, many universes.
4. The LHC might show that extra dimensions of space exist. Some physicists believe this would be the LHC???s most profound discovery because it tells us string theory is on the right lines.
5. Nothing happens. If absolutely nothing new turns up at the LHC, it would shake fundamental physics to the core. It would tell us that all our understanding of forces and particles is wrong and we???d have to go back to the drawing board.
1. The lights go out in Geneva. The LHC consumes 120 megawatts of power, about the same as Geneva and its environs. CERN gets its electricity from both France and Switzerland, so a blackout in unlikely.
2. The proton beams become unstable and crash uncontrollably into a detector. At full pelt, each beam contains enough energy to melt 500 kilograms of copper. If a beam smashed directly into one the LHC???s giant experiments, it would fry the detectors. Engineers have built several safety systems to stop this happening.
3. Fewer party balloons. The LHC???s superconducting magnets are cooled with 120 tonnes of superfluid helium. Top ups will be needed if there are power cuts or problems with the magnets.
4. Part of the ring breaks. The ring uses superconducting magnets that need temperatures colder than outer space to work. If there is a problem, it will takes five weeks to warm the ring back up to room temperature and another five to cool it back down to 1.9 kelvin.
5. Nothing happens. It may be intellectual dynamite but if nothing new shows up at the LHC, there will be no more money for big physics.
They forgot to add:
The ring creates a portal into another dimension, heralding the return of the Great Old Ones.
All hail Cthulu and our other-dimensional overlords!
Monday, September 01, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Hopped on a mini bus, 3 hours and $6 later was in Bangkok and settled in my hotel. I'd heard about the Forensics Museum, at the Siriraj hospital and plotted a journey to see.
(hint, click the link and use the controller to turn right to see the bodies in cabinets)
A ferry ride and short walk later and I was there. Its pretty surreal - partly decomposing bodies in flimsy glass cabinets, babies in jars, limbs in jars, other things in jars. There is also a weird smell, kinda chemical-y, and kinda sweet. Considering that the bodies in the glas cabinets had 'drip trays' under them and wern't airtight you didnt want to dwell too long on the smell.
Afterwards I wandered around the amulet markets, and ended up at the Palace. Had a quick look, and hopped back on another river ferry to vist MBK= shopping mecca! 7 floors of stuff. Everything you can imagine: mobile phones, designer knock offs, real designer stuff, stationary, food, music etc etc.
I bought leopard fur Converse Chuch Taylor High Tops ($50!) and debated buying some more plain converse CTs, as they were $35. Then remembered I had to carry them around with me. Got some presents for people, and went on home.
Next day I got up late and went to Emporium, another big shopping centre - to go to Kinokuniya for some books. Had some lunch and caught another mini bus back to Hua Hin. Too easy.
The Boi has been tattooing hys little heart out - and will be starting hys first real person tomorrow!!! All this week has been practice on pig's skin (yuck) to get the line work right and getting used to the weight of the gun. Now for the real deal.
Kanthima also said she would do mine tomorrow as well, decided on getting the girl on my left leg reworked instead of covered. Bought some Valium from the chemist cos i'm a wuss too! At least i've seen how fast she is and know that it'll be over quickly.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
After having about 4 hours sleep we landed at Bangkok Airport and quickly got a taxi. The driver asked what country we were from, and when told, said "Australians no good". He didnt speak to us for the entire trip to our hotel, but we got there and were fine.
Suk11 is a great hotel - definately one of the nicest places we have stayed in all our travels. The rooms are large, very clean, the beds are comfy and the pillows are better than mine at home, free breakfast - and we have aircon! It was really needed while we were in BK. Oh, and did I mention its right on the main shopping strip?
Ahhh shopping. The Boi was a bit shocked by what I wanted to buy - Converse Chuck Taylors are about $30 over here ($70 at home) so I wanted to buy three pairs! I only bought one pair, but little does hy know I have plans on buying more when we return to BK before I leave.
I found heaps of cute kawaii things - books, pens, toys. If they can stick Hello Kitty on it, they will (I got Hello Kitty mints and Hello Kitty face wipes).
I also found YARN! It was nice (wool, alpaca and cottons) much the same price as at home, so I didnt feel the need to get any. I did buy a Clover Chibi and some locking stitch markers though.
The Boi and I have been chowing down on Thai food non stop - its been fantastic. We especially love the little guys with their sliced fruit carts - they have clear icecream carts filled with ice, and sliced watermelon, pineapple, papaya, rockmelon and guava. You pick what you want, and they slice it up, put it in a bag and give you a skewer to eat it with. YUM!
The night before last we went to the infamous Patpong markets - where everything is for sale. Designer ripoffs mingle with traditional Thai crafts, to the sound of the ever present touts trying to get you inside a one of the seedy bars.
"pussy ping pong!" "pussy banana" "pussy bubbles".
Then we found family - a tom (butch lesbian) spotted us, hugged us and immediately tried to get us to go into a girly bar. We had a quick chat and I gave her a flirty smile before we were swept off into the crowd.
Then we met Jennifer. Jen is a third-gendered person (what we would call a trannie-girl) who was trying to sell me a bag. Once she found out we were tom-dee (butch and femme) she gave me a special 'family' price, and we ended up singing Gloria Gaynor together in the middle of the market (much to The Boi's amusement). I did buy the bag. It was definately one of the best moments I had in BK.
Well, the next day we checked out and caught the light rail to the train station. Our train was 2 hours late ("half an hour delay, madame") so we chatted to an american couple - turns out the guy was a mad-crocheter! He showed me his, I showed him mine - while his partner and The Boi shook their heads. They will never undertand the Brotherhood.
(I also told him where the yarn was - its my duty as an enabler and yarn-hunter to share the love).
Hua Hin itself is a pleasant enough place - although its really set up for the middle class westerner. Namely, seedy old men with their Thai girlfriends - they are everywhere and its pretty gross. Other than that its alright.
Well, better be off, see yas!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Congrats to you and Davey, you both looked awesome and the wedding was lovely (one of the most relaxed and chilled out ones i've ever been to). All the best for the future!
It went off without a hitch (well, the cupcakes nearly melted in the car but they were alright in the end) and everyone behaved themselves. The Bride and Groom wore crocs, so The Boi and wore them as well.
The full Flickr-set is here (only a dozen photos).
Oh, and she loved the shawl! She didnt take it off all day... ;)
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Little Knits has Ranco sock yarn for $7 a skein. Really. And 10% off Noro Silk Garden Sock, and bag discounts for normal Silk Garden. Cash Iroha is 20-40% off too.
Webs is having its summer sale at the moment - its alright, not as good as the winter sale.
Elann has Katia Scotch for $3.48 (tweedy silk, wool and viscose).
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Interview with The Boi:
What are your favorite things about my knitting?
You being creatively occupied – your passion for yarn is demented but cute – friends made through it.
Hmm, the majority of my friends are through knitting.
What is your least favorite things about my knitting?
Unfinished projects scattered/dumped everywhere – time spent not spoiling me
What are somethings I have knitted, that you recall as being good?
Socks and lacework
Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby?
Yes but no more than other compulsions/obsessions
How much is all your books/mags?
A fraction of the cost unless you count my art books (which are work related and tax deductible)
Do you have a book stash?
You know I do – though to meet my demands I use public libraries
Have I ever embarrassed you, knitting in public.
Yes! Yes! Yes! In the cinema for instance
Do you know my favorite kind of yarn?
All non acrylic yarn or specifically that Japanese tofu/bamboo yarn thingy which is hand dyed by little mountain nannas and gets you almost more hot and wet than me!
I think hy may be talking about, Noro, Tofutsies and Malabrigo for the last bit.
Can you name another blog?
I struggle to remember yours honey
Now, do you mind my wanting to stop at knit shops where ever we go?
Sometimes – especially if it’s not the first one that day
Do you understand the importance of a swatch?
Hello! I’m a graphic designer
Do you read my blog?
Have you ever left a comment?
Do you the house would be cleaner if I didn't knit?
Most definitely – no knitting mess left around (those bits of snipped off yarn left on the floor are so annoying) and more time to clean
Thank you for this insightful interview. Would you like to add anything in closure?
I do get a bit proud of the work you do esp when friends receive gorgeous gifts (like your socks) or when we get to cross the cultural barrier with you knitting overseas (like in India at the train stations)
Awww! Thats why i love hym!
Writing on the bottom of the pattern - "This pattern is designed for use with SWTC Yarn only".
What are they going to do to me if I use another brand's yarn instead of theirs?
Send some heavies over to snap my DPNs?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
My adventure onto maturing tastes? I never liked coriander til I met The Boi. My only experience of it (when I was 14) was coating a steak with the stuff out of a jar (like a marinade), and it was awful. My dad said it was inedible and I never touched the stuff again.
The Boi made me a salad with the leaves once, and after a dubious mouthful I was hooked. Now there are 3 herbs I buy fresh at least once a fortnight - coriander, basil and parsley. I tried growing my own but I dont get enough sun on my balcony and they looked really sad. Good thing the local asian grocers have it cheap.
I'm over 70% finished my sister's wedding shawl (still on the first skein too). 2 week til the deadline, so i'm well on track - its freaking huge. 140cm long and looks gorgeous, the yarn is so soft and has a lovely drape. I'm aiming for at least 180cm pre-blocked.
I've just turned the heel of my second Noro sock too. That stripe pattern is so addictive, I keep saying "Just one more colour row, just one more and i'll put it down".
The housework is being neglected for Noro.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I always hated pumpkin when I was a kid - but a couple of months ago I bought some and gave it a go. I've realised that a lot of my food dislikes came from the way it was cooked - boiled pumpkin IS horrible. But roasted, with maple syrup and pepitas? Yum.
I've since rediscovered a love for Brussel Sprouts. My mum used to boil them and they were awful and bitter, but they can be sweet and delicate tasting too.
So I present: Brussel Sprouts, Broad Bean and Saffron Risotto - 4 serves
(I polished it off before I could take a photo - it is YUM)
- 1 small onion, diced
- 7-8 brussel sprouts
- 2 tabs of butter and 2 of olive oil
- 2 cups of aborio rice
- 1/3 cup of white wine vinegar (or white wine)
- pinch of saffron threads
- 1 cup of (frozen) broad beans*
- 1 cup of chopped mushrooms
- 4 cups of hot stock
- half a cup of really good danish fetta, crumbled or chopped (not the low fat kind!)
- 1/3 cup of chopped parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
Cut across the base of the sprouts about 1cm in, and peel off the outer leaves. Slice vertically into 5mm thick slices. Heat big saucepan with oil and butter, and fry sprouts until they soften. Remove sprouts and pop in onion (add more oil if needed), fry until translucent. Add rice, fry for a couple of minutes until rice is translucent also.
Add white wine vinegar and saffron to deglaze the pan, stir til liquid is absorbed.
Add 1 cup of stock and the rest of the vegetables (incl sprouts), stir and let liquid absorb.
Add remaining stock 1 cup at a time, letting it absorb before adding the next.
When the last cup has been added, drop in the fetta and parsley and stir through.
Risotto is ready when its soft to your liking, and wet to your liking (some people like soupy risotto).
Add salt and pepper to taste.
The sprouts are sweet, and not bitter at all.
I love risottos so much, I make it at least once a week (and try making a different one each week too). Best bit is its enough to feed me and The Boi and still have leftovers for lunches.
*Apparently broad beans are some kind of vegetarian super food.
In one cup, there is:
10g of protein (20% of your daily), 11% of your daily iron, 5% of your calcium, 47% of your folate, as well as heaps of other vitamins.
1 cup of Brussel Sprouts has 126% of your vitamin C and 195% of your vitamin K (hehe).
Monday, July 14, 2008
"We can hand out what we want to hand out. We can wear our [No to the Pope]
t-shirts now and they cannot be deemed to be annoying"
My favourite line - "It is fortunate that the Federal Court has acted to uphold the basic rights of the citizens of NSW against the incompetence and excess of this State Government," she said."
This is my first ever toe up sock, and was suprisingly easy!
I originally cast on for Ziggy from Knitty, but didnt like how it was progressing. I've nearly finished the first sock - yay!
The Noro Kureyon sock yarn feels rustic, and I havent found any knots or straw so far.
(I'm just knitting 2 rounds of each colour, and did a short row heel).
The Boi called them my "Weird Hippie Socks". Spose they are.