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The Usual Friday Crud

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Thursday, 30 November 2006

30th Movember

Much to my wife's releaf, it's the last day of Movember!

Had fun with the trimmer this morning, and it went flat in the middle of it... Mangled the Mo, but the beard got interesting...

Big kudos to those that have put in sponsorship..


An act of compassion

An elderly man lay dying in his bed. While suffering the agonies of impending death, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favourite biscuits wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed.

Leaning on the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort, gripping the railing with both hands, he crawled downstairs. With laboured breath, he leaned against the door-frame, gazing into the kitchen.

Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven, for there, spread out upon waxed paper on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favourite biscuits. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of love from his devoted Aussie wife of sixty years, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself towards the table, landing on his knees in crumpled posture. His aged and withered hand trembled towards a biscuit at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked by his wife with a spatula.............

"F##k off" she said, "they're for the funeral."

[Thanks Con]

Monday, 27 November 2006

IceBerg for sale on TradeMe

Well, TradeMe have pulled it now... But the comments are hillarious!

[Thanks Lynn]

Samoan Flatscreen

[Thanks Pete]

Unfortunate , yet hilarious names of foreign products!

[Thanks Con]

A few from ORSM for you

[Thanks Con]

It's Retro geek time!

Info here and here.

Nothing like Battlestar Galactica taking on the Empirial Navy from Star Wars!

Saturday, 25 November 2006

U2 Vertigo - Auckland, New Zealand

Song order

Google Tracking...

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When U2 Comes to Town...

Yup, they finally made it, a year after buying the tickets...
The camera (<1mega pixel) really doesn't do them any justice (surprise, surprise!), but here's some shots of the Friday night concert.
Queuing at the gate to get in.

Descending the steps to the grass "General Admission" area.

Nearly at the bottom of the steps.

Hmm... long way to go to get near the stage!

And that was about as close as I got!

Kanye West comes on stage, with much bass and little else...

Kanye brought his own lights...

His backup singer came out on the stage and filled in time boogieing...

And then the roadies came on and cleared it all away for U2!

Crowd to my right.

Crowd behind me.
(jeepers, my hand holding my camera/phone is higher than the girl on her man's shoulders!)

Crowd to my left

Crowd in front of me.

Oh yeah, I was there! Really!

Spot the crowd surfer

His second attempt after hitting the ground head-first.

The Edge opens to an otherwise pitch black stage

More of The Edge and we get a hint of what the big wall is for.

And then the stage goes nuts!

Visual effects in the middle,
while four cameras follow the band on the "big" screens (top left, top right)

Wazzy visuals on the big wall

My camera/phone really doesn't cope

You'll just have to trust me that it looked really cool!

I probably should have noted down the song order..

Adam headed out into the crowd.

"One Tree Hill" is "our" song,
so U2 took the opportunity to insert some Kiwiana...

Then we discover what the wall is really capable of,
as Bono walks out into the crowd and the wall displays his camera feed

Meet the walking man.
Song dedicated to Bono's dad.

Too much for my camera/phone

Should have taken my real camera,
not that it does much better in the dark...

More big screen imagery

U2's political statements aren't always subtle.

The older tracks often had the band in B&W or Sepia tones

Crowd goes wild!

Bono not only personalised some of the lyrics,
but also the visuals

Guess which song this is.


I suspect this is "With or Without You"
While Bono is serenading a girl from the crowd.

"The Saints Are Coming" was a huge hit

Shout-outs to Tim (who went back Saturday too!), Rick, Chris, Ben, Pete, Kate, Adele, Mike & Karen who I saw from a distance (only 10m) but didn't manage to see you all afterwards (caught Tim, Rick, Chris and Ben).

U2 are now on to Japan and then the finale in Hawaii.

I missed them last time they came to NZ (early 90's), so I've been waiting a long time for this and it rocked!

Stay tuned for (probably crappy) videos from that night.

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