Sunday, July 3, 2011

Russian Music and Human Rights issues (with a side of the new Transformers soundtrack)

Allow me to introduce to you ...
The SLoT!
Now, if you don't think that they're amazing, there is something wrong with you :D
The SLoT are from Russia (if you couldn't tell). They have many amazing songs. You can check out their channel on YouTube, their Myspace or their Facebook (or if you can read Russian, their website).
The have English versions of a few of their songs, for those out there who understand English and not Russian. But in my opinion, the Russian sounds best.

Also, for fans out there of PARAMORE (i.e. ME! and hopefully the rest of the world :D) ... they have a new song! It's called "Monster" and can be found on the "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" soundtrack. I think all the Transformers movies have great soundtracks, but this is the only one so far to combine Paramore, Skillet (another GREAT band, check them out here or look them up on YouTube) and Linkin Park.

Now, onto ... POLITICS AND LAW! (Yes, you may run away screaming if you REALLY want to ... )
The Americans have now joined the ranks of a PLETHORA of countries who allow GLBT people to serve openly. A massive step for the Americans - who would've thought that Don't Ask Don't Tell would stand for so long after GLBT rights had gone so far? Them conservative folks ...
Anyway, if you're interested in the story of how they managed to repeal DADT, follow the link to the Rachel Maddow Show (were I get heaps of American political news, it's so fun!), find the Don't Ask Don't Tell menu and select a video! (Or you could just look up dull news reports ... )
Well done, America! (And to you, Obama, for pressing the issue). Human rights is a VERY important issue. And one I LOVE researching - I have a number of United Nations conventions saved to my USB :D

See yas later! (And DO look up at LEAST The SLoT - they are AMAZING)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Enter me, dramatic fashion

I'm not dead!
Yeah, if I was ... you wouldn't be having the joy of listening to me right now :D

So much you guys have missed out on. So I'll describe the highlights of the year:
- EFY in Canberra
- Getting back to school and seeing everyone
- Awesome holiday at a resort in Salamandar Bay
- I discovered roller derby!!!!! (More on that later)
- Getting my own skates
- School Certificate (not that I'd call it a highlight, though)
- Australia dominated hockey in the Commonwealth Games :D
- Playing for three hockey teams this year :D
- Paramore came to Australia!
- Driving ... hehehe
- And now ... we have a week to Christmas!

It sure doesn't feel like a week til Christmas. No way. But I know that when I wake up on Christmas Day, I'll probably still be the first one up. Cos that's what happened last year, and the year before ... It didn't feel like Christmas until I woke up, full of energy, first one up as I always am on Christmas.
My Christmas list:
- Outdoor skate wheels!
And some books, lol.

Awesome music that came out this year:
- The Cat Empire's latest album, "Cinema"
- Short Stack's song "Planets"
- The McClymonts' latest album "Wrapped Up Good" (country music, lol)
- Eminem's latest album, "Recovery"
- Jimmy Eat World's latest album, "Invented"
- Bat For Lashes feat. Beck's "Let's Get Lost" (it's on the Eclipse Soundtrack ...)
- Eurovision 2010!!!!!! SO MANY GOOD SONGS!!!!!! Especially Lena, lol. And InCulto (watch InCulto's entry. You will NOT regret it :D)


I won't make a list of movies, cos I only went to the cinemas twice this year. I never go that often, which doesn't bother me one bit. But I must say, "Resident Evil: Afterlife" rocked my socks off. And "Despicable Me" was pretty awesome.
And there's a movie coming out next year by Joss Whedon! :D
There's also gonna be a Buffy movie too, apparently, but that probably won't be that good. Joss Whedon isn't in on it. So I refuse to call it canon!
Oh - Buffy season 8 is comic form :D And so is Angel's latest season. SO GOOD.

OK. New topic. ROLLER DERBY.
It began in late 1800's and early 1900's as an endurance race on skates (quads, cos they were the only skates they had back then). In the 1930's Leo Seltzer emphasised the physical contact and the teamwork of it ... and it became very much like pro wrestling. It was very popular entertainment during the Depression, but when TV appeared, interest died out.
In early 2000's, the roller derby was reborn. Responsibility for this rebirth is spread among a few leagues, but the most often contributed to the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls (from Texas). In a very short time, this sport has spread all over the world - I'm not gonna try to count how many leagues there are in the US but Australia has at least 50.
These days, most "bouts" are played on a flat track, but there are some banked track leagues. Emphasis is on the athletic aspect - no scripted action whatsoever. However, players still enjoy dressing up for bouts ("boutfits") and taking awesome names (e.g. "Demonica Mars", "Rushin' Revolution").
For an explanation of the rules, see:

We have a league here in Newy! Newcastle Roller Derby League. I've been along to their social skates on Saturdays, and I've been to a bout. Totally awesome bout it was :D
If you want to watch some action over the net, I'd recommend Gotham Girls Roller Derby's bouts. GGRD is an AWESOME league - they came first in the WFTDA's championships in '08 and third this year. (The WFTDA is the association that makes most of the rules etc for most flat track leagues in the world).

I think I shall wrap up here. You should have a lot on your mind now :D
Merry Christmas, all!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hey everybody!

School is back.
Back again.

Ok, let's just focus on the holidays! XD
Mine were all lazy until the last week. I went to Canberra then. SOOOOOOOOO fun. Me and heapsa people from my church from all around NSW and Canberra (plus a few from Melbourne) rented out the uni dorms and some of their facilities and had the time of our lives! (Despite the 6:30 wake-ups, lol.) Everything from a bit of scripture study to late-night dances to cheer-offs. And lol, I wonder how they got all the pizza for the pizza night - at least 350 pizzas wouldn't fit in ONE car ... plus how would you make them all???!!!
The only problem was the weather. The first day was totally FREEZING. The next day started out cold but ended up boiling hot. The next day was even more boiling hot. And so on.

School ... it was great to be back and to see my friends. And talk. I don't think the white shirts got old all day. And I don't think driving is gonna get old for AGES. XD
Plus this year we have a few awesome topics in our subjects. Like gothic fiction! We're probably gonna read The Raven, finally - I've been wondering what all the hype about it is.

Yesterday I got the tab for one of my most favourite guitar pieces ever ... =] I couldn't find it, but then my dad decides to show off and get it for me ... and then hide it!!!!!
Oh well, I have it now! Now I just need to cut my nails ... they're too long for playing guitar. I tried yesterday and failed.

Anyway, see y'all!