jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (me)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and can be read in its original location here.

As you may know, last week was election week at Monash Clayton, and therefore a rollicking good time of real politic and finally understanding why Go! truly are the utter scumbags everyone says they are. It is absolutely exhausting and I say that even though I was hardly the most dedicated of campaigners, due to certain other life events getting in my way (do not feel obliged to talk about them, dear commenters).

Anyway, I could have written you a post about it. But I decided not to.

Yes, I decided to record an audio post about them instead. My last one seemed so popular, I might as well do another, right? (Since I already did do one, don’t tell me no!) I hope my accent and voice are clear and comprehensible, as well as awesome, but as I already mentioned in my last audio post I don’t think it’s that awesome. This is possibly a good thing as it means it can’t overshadow the awesomeness of the content that is to follow! Behold:

(In total, this post amounts to about fourteen minutes straight of me speaking, so I’m sorry! But on the bright side this probably means it would have been like a 2,000 word entry, so perhaps you should be grateful I decided to speak all of that instead!)

jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (me)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and can be read in its original location here.

For once, I’m going to use a music post to promote a band that barely anyone in the world seems to know about, but is really, really good and deserve to be better-recognised. That is, 78 Saab.

They’re not entirely my usual style — a bit folky, a bit country — but they’re just amazing. If I had to compare them to other artists in my collection, they’re probably similar to Arcade Fire… and maybe others? I don’t know. Anyway, I own their album The Bells Line, and every track bar two is rated five stars in my library. However, “Kandahar” is probably my favourite.

If you’ve never heard this song before I don’t blame you. There was no copy of it on YouTube for me to embed, and not even that repository of all wisdom in the world, Google, can tell me what the lyrics are. Luckily for all of you guys I was dedicated enough to install Windows Live Movie Maker, create a video out of it, and upload to YouTube… and having listened to the song about a million times, I’ve made a pretty good attempt at transcribing the lyrics!

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jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (me)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and can be read in its original location here.

I have three other posts in the works, one about a song, another about the most amazing conversation I’ve ever eavesdropped on on public transport (in Perth three years ago… both those posts are actually finished but w/e), the last on the subject of democracy or capitalism, and which ought to be ditched in favour of the other (I sincerely hope you can guess my answer to that question), at the request of someone who’d like me to discuss it!

So I will post about all of those things, but not right now, because the post about democracy v. capitalism isn’t finished yet (mostly because I got a bit carried away and wrote 2,500 words… you don’t even know how it drives me mad to have such an easy time writing that essay, when my 2,000 word essay for history class seems so much harder), and the others, uh, I don’t want to sully with this stupid explanation at the start of the post! This one is better to mess up.

So, obviously there is the number one, broadest, most widely applicable reason why this week was awesome:

ABBOTT’S NOT GOING TO BE OUR PRIME MINISTER

You know what would have been even awesomer? That would have been if Labor posed any kind of genuine left-wing alternative. It doesn’t, and judging by the party’s rhetoric in recent times and the way its government depends upon the allegiance of three independents (two conservatives and a small-l liberal) it is going to get 100% more right-wing in its coming term. Good thing we’re still prepared to fight them, right? Good thing we weren’t like, “Oh, relief! Abbott’s not prime minister! Guess this means we can end all of our political activism :)

Yeah, we obviously did not do that.

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jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (me)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and can be read in its original location here.

I think we’ve established that I’m a pretty democratically-minded person. For instance, when I was getting tons of hits for variations on “INT1010 lecturer”… I decided that the Googlists of the world were voting with their searches, and wrote about him.

Of course, this now means I’m getting lots of hits for incredibly bizarre search terms like “my lecturer as a brother”. DID I EVER SAY THIS ABOUT MY LECTURER? You know what, no, no I really didn’t. How are you finding my blog for this?! (Apparently it’s because I made a Big Brother reference in that post. That lecturer shouldn’t run mobile phone polls in class, I tell you! Then this would never have happened.)

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jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (me)

This post is a crosspost from Jayeless, and can be read in its original location here.

This post is kind of borne out of a discussion I was having with my sister, as well as some of the thoughts I’ve had myself about the music I listen to. The conclusion we draw is basically, popular music is totally heteronormative. This is not news to anyone who has ever thought about it I am sure, but we both find it extremely annoying.

I’m going to discuss this with particular reference to Arctic Monkeys, because I have a lot of music by them in my library and the issue particularly comes to my mind when I’m listening to them. To be fair, it’s not like any other artist I listen to is much better on this front1, but it is so glaring with Arctic Monkeys because they have song after song about heterosexual relationships — seemingly every single permutation of personalities you could imagine, from men who adore their lovers and feel totally lost without them (“505″, “Cornerstone”), to men who rape women and think it’s OK and she might even enjoy it (“Balaclava”).

And it’s like, clearly these songs are not all reflections of your own personal attitudes2. Clearly therefore, if you can invent these characters whose heads you get inside to write these songs, you could broaden your horizons and write about a man who was interested in men. But you don’t.

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