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Hey, everyone. Sorry about there being no episode of FSD yesterday, but LJ fucked up (again). You'll get two episodes today, and we're back to the usual schedule (aka Monday and Friday), although since I'm here and most of you aren't, that's... Sunday and Thursday? I guess? 

Anyway, my sister and I kinda reconciled. I had to admit, I've been a terrible sister- and so has she. We're probably not going to be amazing friends, especially since we have almost nothing in common, but it'd be nice to not be enemies.

Also, I'm completely in love with 'Telemiscommunications' by deadmau5 and Imogen Heap. It's just amazing.
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In recent news:

1. My sister and I are having an almost-relationship again.
2. University's been pretty good (apart from the timetable, which is a bitch).
3. I haven't yet had any screaming matches in ethics, but we're doing abortion at some point, so I'll wait.
4. I've recently got into the That Guy With The Glasses fandom (by which I mean I'm actually writing fic instead of just prompting it on the kink meme) and I joined the Treehouse. This is going to be fun.
5. I am kitten, hear me roar.
6. There is no number six.
7. Harry Harrison died. May he forever rest in peace, and may he pull off continual unhindered capers of such magnitude that we can only dream of.
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OK, so I went to the Fiend Fest gig and it was... interesting.

Beforehand, I met my best friend's pet masochist (there's a sentence I didn't think I'd say any time soon) who really is quite nice, though he smiles too much. Once we compared spiky things and got a taxi through the pouring rain, we got into Hermann's Bar.

This was problematic.

See, unlike the Manning Bar, which was absolutely huge and had a proper stage and heaps of room, Hermann's is a one-room bar with a small stage you could barely swing a cat around. We were faced with an oxymoron: there were both too many people and not enough people. As Grace later said, bands like the ones we had playing need lots of people for the right atmosphere. Fiend Fest, on the other hand, didn't have enough people for that atmosphere, but at the same time, they had too many for such a small place. (Not enough seating, either). 

We ran into Wendy and Pete (as in Crane, as in Shiv-r) again, and it went exactly the way I expected. Wendy, you see, is one of the nicest and friendliest people on the planet, while Pete is (rather unexpectedly) introverted and quiet. So while I had more than a few talks with Wendy, I said a brief hello to Pete and that was about it. Also, they both went blonde. Pete looks good with a blond fringe, and Wendy looks good blonde, but I think she needs to grow her hair.

Anyway, the first band were Viral Millennium. They were surprisingly good. They did a hilariously metal cover of Lady Gaga's 'Paparazzi' that Grace and I adored, and Grace was really into their music. Next up were Novakill, who consisted of two surprisingly older guys singing political-activist songs. OK, but a little boring, methought. 

In between bands, I spent a lot of time in the bathroom bitching to Grace about how, outfit-wise, I was outclassed by nearly everyone else there. Grace just pointed out how spiky my spiky bracelets were.

Then next up were Shiv-r. They were amazing, as usual. Pete is really fantastic live- he has heaps of energy and he's really aggressive. Even better, while they played the songs I expected ('Blood Spatter', 'Parasite', 'Hollow Mask', 'Pharmaceutical Grade'), they swapped out 'The End' and 'Stripped' for the ones Grace and I were hoping they'd play- namely, 'Zeitgeist' and 'Taste'. Unfortunately, there was one minor problem: how the hell do you look away when one member of the band is wearing a quarter of a shirt, and the other is wearing a latex thing that barely comes down to her thighs? Not to mention her corset, which... was tight, shall we say.

I sincerely hope nobody connected to Shiv-r ever reads this. If they do, I'm sorry. I mean, I'd be sorry even if they didn't. Just saying.

After Shiv-r were Hanzel und Gretyl. They were fun. Unfortunately, I forgot my golden rule: I find it hard to enjoy a concert if I only know a few songs. So while I picked out 'Das Boot' and I stuck around to rock along with 'Third Reich From The Sun' (which was amazing, BTW), I ended up sitting most of it out due to boredom. Well, that and I spent a fair bit of time wondering whether Vas Kallas is a guy or a girl. (She's a girl. It was the lighting.)

I sincerely hope nobody connected to Hanzel und Gretyl ever reads this. See above.

And after them were Hocico.

If you're wondering how to pronounce it, according to Wendy, it's 'oh-see-ko', but due to the fact that the majority of people there were Australians, it was more like 'hoh-see-ko'. The earlier concert rule applied to them too, unfortunately, so while everyone around me were dancing like maniacs, I was standing there contemplating philosophy. Not kidding, there was no room to move. Unfortunately, I also started having problems breathing, so I got the hell out of there. 

It's impossible to have a conversation when bands are playing.

Anyway, aside from that: I finally discovered an alcohol combination I can enjoy (vodka raspberry), I got hit on by two guys and a girl (at least, the girl danced *really* close to me, and I think she thought I was straight, which is probably why she made abrupt excuses and left), I have two new shirts, and I discovered that A, eyeliner is hard to get off, and B, DestroyX's eyeshadows are *impossible* to get off. You need soap and water. Seriously.

Also, despite being the freaking *Fiend* Fest, they still haven't got out the next issue. Not cool, dudes. Not cool.

Anyway, how have you all been?
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A few more things:

- The barbecue went fine. I didn't end up wanting to kill myself and the two year old was great.
- I fucking love New Years Day.
- Pete Crane listed his main influences as deadmau5 and IAMX. If I get a chance to talk to him, I am so talking to him about them.
- Shiv-R also will have a new EP out at some point this year.
- I bought six back issues of Fiend today and hopefully they'll be more at Fiend Fest.
- I also bought three of DestroyX's eyeshadows at Gallery Serpentine. They're great.
- Things are going just fine. For once.
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Been watching season 2 of Leverage, just started. It's been great, I haven't had to fast-forward it once, but I hate the kid in the first episode. Like, there's nothing really objectionable about her, but she's so obviously sweet and nice and full of goodness and innocent and all that shit that I'm just irritated. People like that only ever irritate me.

Also, new things:

- I have a new computer. This has been interesting, and I'm still working out what it does.
- I have lots of new music. This has made me a lot happier.
- I have had an almost-relationship with my sister.
- My story is currently on hold as university is taking a lot of time up.
- I'm seriously considering writing a very meta Mass Effect fanfic.
- I should not be given an Xbox any time soon as I can't play for shit. (I finally got a chance to play Mass Effect 2 at a friend's place, but I kept forgetting what did what, I couldn't do anything right other than talk and the only way I actually killed anyone was when I head-shot him accidentally.)
- I have fallen in love with Leverage.
- I rediscovered my love of Maroon 5.
- OK, I only ever loved "She Will Be Loved", though it was a close call sometimes (in Year Seven, I was on a school trip and on the way back the entire bus sang "She Will Be Loved" the entire way back, which was slightly more than an hour or two. Although, I will give it props for being better than that time on the school bus when the seniors sang Aerosmith's 'Don't Wanna Miss A Thing' for the the entire time, for about three days straight, there and back, and they only knew the chorus).
- All right, I knew the chorus of "Makes Me Wonder" too, but anyone with a pulse a few years ago knew the chorus.
- Adam Levine is fucking hot, and I don't care what Todd says. (Hey, his review of "Moves Like Jagger" was what put me back onto Maroon 5).
- I have decided to try giving a fuck about things. This is difficult for me as depression tends to do that to you, but I'll live.
- I have a major crush on a guy in my Psychology class. I don't know how this would ever get back to him, but I don't doubt that if I named names it would, so I won't. And I'm honestly surprised at my crush, but when just looking at a guy makes you smile, there's not much else you can call it.
- I can't wait for The Birthday Massacre's new album.
- I have done my damned best to corrupt Himi by giving her all the music I can think of. She loves deadmau5 and Angelspit now, so methinks I'm off to a good start.
- I'm consistently averaging borderline pass/credits (so far) on my uni assignments. This is a hell of a lot better than my year 12 shit, where I consistently averaged 50 or so until I got tutors, so I am not complaining a bit.
- I have discovered the existence of the Lion's Mane Jellyfish. This is fucking terrifying. Seriously, they can get up to 7 feet long.
- So of course they live in Australia.
- Sometimes I wonder how I lived this long in this freaking insane country.
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Things I learned: Imogen Heap and deadmau5 are collaborating.

Awesome, awesome, motherfucking awesome.
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Apparently, Imogen Heap's new song, 'Xizi She Knows' is coming out today. Or tomorrow. With my luck, it'll be tomorrow. Goddamnit. My speakers are fucking up and I'm trying to read Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre, but my copy's missing about fifty pages. On the plus side, I'm nearly finished with my new rug, and then I can get on with my blue diamond. If I can get the canvas in the right shape. Not too optimistic about that.
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I'm ba-ack. And over the fucking moon. I went to the Combichrist concert! ‚ÄčI met ZooG! I hugged ZooG!

OK, I'll stop fangirling now.
But yeah. The concert was pretty awesome. I'll start at the beginning.

Woke up at 6:30 AM. Headed out at 7 AM to catch the bus at 7:40. Naturally, it didn't turn up until 8:10. Anyway, I had a nice long five-hour drive home. I got bored as hell. Anyway, I finally got back to Central, Grace picked me up and we went back to her place. Then we pretty much did nothing (excepting watching the first episode of Sherlock season 2) until it was time to go. We stopped at Norton Street and I got dinner (Grace got a scone, and I was pretty pissed at her- a scone is not dinner, people, and considering that she thought she'd probably drink a bit, I wasn't impressed- I'm not going to be responsible for towing a pissed friend around USYD campus at 1 in the morning). Anyway, we got to the Manning Bar, and joined a crowd of goths including some dressed in the coolest outfits I've ever seen, and two older women who looked like teachers. I spent most of the waiting time discussing the University's beautiful architecture to Grace, who naturally wasn't interested at all. *sighs and shakes head*

Anyway, we finally got inside, and squealed a bit over the merch table (I love merch!) and the first act, Horrorwood, started playing. They seemed like pretty generic metal/industrial- perfectly OK, just not my thing. Grace and I hung around on the balcony until their set was over, and then we went back inside to watch Shiv-R. They were fucking badass. Pete turned into a demonic monster of industrial badassery before our eyes, and belted out the songs like his life depended on it. Grace was hoping for 'Zeitgeist' and I rather wanted 'Taste' but instead we got the following: 'Incision', 'Blood Spatter', 'Stripped', 'The End Pt 1', 'Parasite', 'Pharmaceutical Grade' and 'God is Art' (not in that order). The best part were 'Parasite' and 'Blood Spatter'- they'd altered the lyrics, and it was epic. After they were done, we hung around for a while, and then it was ZooG's set.

After we watched him set up, he then proceeded to fuck up the weirdest mix of songs ever. The guy's got a music library after my own's heart. The mix included 'Money' by The Flying Lizards, Dizzee Rascal's 'Flex', 'Skinny Little Bitch' and '100%' by Angelspit, and much to my delight, Goldfrapp's 'Lovely 2 C U'- I mean, I never ever expected ZooG of all people to like Goldfrapp- but it was awesome nevertheless. When he was nearly done, he got told he had to do another twenty minutes, so he ended up playing some of the more clubby Angelspit songs like 'Vermin' and 'Deadly'. A bit of the way through, Grace and I went to say hi to Wendy and Pete, who were both happy to see us. I also spotted several of the people who'd been at the album launch, which was pretty awesome. 

After that, we ended up sitting in the merch room 'cause my legs were hurting from all the dancing. The last opener was an act called Lab 4- another DJ, but using more darker metal/industrial stuff. Grace headed off to dance and popped back in occasionally, and I spent most of it staring at the ceiling. Finally, it was Combichrist's turn. The floor filled up with all the people who'd been outside waiting for them, I ended up watching for a few minutes... and they bored the hell out of me.

Not really what I was expecting. 

I mean, Combichrist have a hell of a rep for being badass rockers. And then they just bored me. OK, when they played songs I liked, that worked. But I was a lot happier sitting by myself in the almost-empty merch room than standing next to Pete Crane, watching Combichrist play while Grace danced her ankles off on the dance floor. 

OK, to be fair, the merch room had Wendy Crane and the merch girls. I didn't actually talk to the merch girls, but I did end up talking to Wendy, who is even more of a sweetheart than I thought (when Grace and I went to talk to her after Shiv-R finished playing, her first reaction was to hug us both and say how glad she was that we could make it). It was interesting- see, Grace and I ended up in the merch room after each set, and I spent most of it staring into space thinking about the ceiling. The problem was, while Pete and Wendy and ZooG were all there, they were all talking to other people, and I'm antisocial, shy and polite- so I couldn't have just hung around them waiting for a gap in the conversation. So instead I stared at the ceiling and thought about random shit. Until Combichrist's set. 

Grace likes Combichrist more than I do- she loves heavy stuff, while I'm more straight rock. Plus, she's a sucker for the dancefloor. So she was out there jumping around, and I went and sat near Wendy and Merch Girl 2 (I never did catch her name) and stared at the ceiling some more. Then ZooG turned up (he'd brought sandwiches for the merch girls, 'cause he rocks like that) and then he and Wendy and the merch girls started talking. I stared into space some more until Wendy decided to talk to me, and I mentioned that I would love to be part of the conversation but I didn't want to interrupt as it seemed like a private conversation, and that I really wanted to meet ZooG. Wendy promptly dragged me over to him and introduced us, and then we had a really fun conversation about anything we could think of (made a bit awkward because Combichrist were so goddamn loud- seriously, were the speakers made of titanium or something? and every second sentence, one of us wouldn't be able to hear the other). I ended up asking him about everything I could think of, including music videos and future tours, and the fact that he's a Goldfrapp fan. Yeah. You could have knocked me down with a feather when 'Lovely 2 C U' started playing in the middle of his set. 

(On the video note, I wish they could have released that video for 'Let Them Eat Distortion' he told me about. From the sound of it, it would have been awesome. I didn't quite catch why they couldn't release it- but I did hear something about a giant, specially-made guillotine and the best photoshoot ever.) Eventually, I went to find Grace, couldn't find her (they say needle in a haystack, well, try finding someone in black in the middle of a mosh pit) but I found her on the second try. Eventually, she dived back into the crowd and ZooG and I talked some more until the show ended. Then everyone came out and we all hung around until the staff kicked us out. It was fucking badass.

There's more to my holiday than that, of course, but that was the highlight.

I'm glad to be home. It's good.

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I am happy to report that I am still alive.
Things feel better, like my life is finally looking up. Hell, maybe I'll even get to be happy again- though that may be just wishful thinking. 

Still petrified of my results, though. Goddamn HSC...
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I'm lying on my bed, on a really lovely Thursday afternoon, listening to a Sneaker Pimps song about blow jobs and I swear to God I haven't felt this good in a long time. *sighs* I've got a new story about mismatched chosen ones driving gods mad, and I had an awesome dream a couple of nights ago that proves that my subconscious loves Sydney Harbour as much as I do.

This is fuckin' awesome.

Also, Noel Fielding is fucking hot.
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Oh my God. Oh my God.

I went to Shiv-R's album launch today with [livejournal.com profile] eyesinthedark66. I think the only depressing part was that apart from us, everyone who turned up already knew them, and from the sounds of things, were really good friends with them. But Pete and Wendy (Lee was still in Bangkok) seemed happy to meet new fans. And fuck, they are so nice! I totally wasn't expecting them to be so lovely! Wendy is a complete angel- she gave me the Parasite EP for free because I was buying both T-shirts and This World Erase- and Pete's a great guy. Although, I have to admit- I wasn't expecting him to be so tall. Or so thin. And it was really surreal occasionally- at one point, I had to pinch myself to remind myself that it wasn't a dream, because I seriously never thought that I'd be standing about a meter away from one of my favourite musicians and the creator of some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard. About the only downside was that Pete said that there probably wouldn't be anything happening with The Crystalline Effect for a while. Ah well. I'll live.

In short: Best. Day. Ever.


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Cons: My headphones are fucked and I have three essays to write by Wednesday.

Pros: YouTube is working today, I'm on holiday, everyone liked my latest PPC mission and I'm reading TV Tropes' page on the Stephanie Plum novels. Such is the power of them that even reading about them makes me smile.
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My very best friend in the world,[livejournal.com profile] eyesinthedark66, sent me what I had hoped for but had never found: the tracklist and previews for Shiv-R's second album, This World Erase.

Eyes rocks.
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My computer is back!
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Not only has 'Static' been released on SoundCloud, I realised that the random numbers on 'Vermin' are in reality the Fibonacci sequence.

This is so fucking awesome.
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I GOT METAQUOTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





YAY!
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Note to self: don't skip down driveways after eating dinner. That shit gets you stitches, dude.
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 I'm a lightweight, I don't like Midori, Coke is an acceptable substitute for alcohol, and lying on the floor with my best friend laughing hysterically while watching pop song reviews is a good way to spend a day.

I never said I made sense.
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I'm writing an English essay, and in it, I get to use the phrase 'S&M practicing lesbian'. I love my life.
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