Sunday, December 31, 2006

Best of Bootie 2006 mashups


The Best of Bootie 2006 mashups mix is out. It's pretty frikin' awesome(like last years!)

Download it here [right click "Save As"]

More info at BoB 2006 site here

Here's the track listing:

1. A plus D - Bootie Intro

2. DJ Moule - Black Sabotage (Beastie Boys vs. Led Zeppelin) - Paris, France

3. DJ M.I.F. - Tricky Sandman (Run-DMC vs. Metallica) - Denmark

4. DJ Jay-R - Sweet Sovereign (Lady Sovereign vs. Eurythmics vs. Shiny Grey) - Oakland, USA

5. Divide & Kreate - Temperaturized (Sean Paul vs. Yaz) - Stockholm, Sweden

6. Party Ben - Hung Up On Soul (Death Cab For Cutie vs. Madonna) - San Francisco, USA

7. A plus D - Love Will Tear You Apart (She Wants Originality) (She Wants Revenge vs. Joy Division vs. Bauhaus) - San Francisco, USA

8. A plus D - Sexy Peek-A-Boo (Justin Timberlake vs. Siouxsie & the Banshees) - San Francisco, USA

9. Arty Fufkin - Crazy Logic (Gnarls Barkley vs. Supertramp vs. Rockwell) - Melbourne, Australia

10. Max Entropy - Short Skirt, London Bridge (Fergie vs. Cake) - Philadelphia, USA

11. DJ Axel - Real Back Poppin' (Cheryl Lynn vs. Fat Joe vs. Nelly) - Los Angeles, USA

12. A plus D - Beethoven's Fifth Gold Digger (Kanye West vs. Beethoven vs. Walter Murphy) - San Francisco, USA

13. team9 - The Money Song (Hard-Fi vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. Flying Lizards vs. Abba vs. Jay-Z) - Perth, Australia

14. Go Home Productions - Don't Hold Back, Sweet Jane (Chemical Brothers vs. Velvet Underground vs. U2 vs. Sugababes vs. MARRS) - Watford, UK

15. DJ Topcat - Dec. 4th, Oh What A Night (Jay-Z vs. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons) - Seattle, USA

16. DJ Topcat - The Safety Booty (Bubba Sparxxx vs. Men Without Hats) - Seattle, USA

17. Pilchard - Fox Problems (Jimi Hendrix vs. Jimi Bo Horne vs. Eric B & Rakim) - Royal Berkshire, UK

18. Lenlow - Work It Out (Beyonce vs. Dave Matthews vs. Jurassic 5 vs. Deee-Lite) - Boston, USA

19. Victor Menegaux - Going Back To Dani (Notorious B.I.G. vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers) - Seattle, USA

20. The Kleptones - Careless Or Dead (Bon Jovi vs. George Michael) - Brighton, UK

21. Divide & Kreate - Always With You (Willie Nelson vs. U2 vs. MARRS) - Stockholm, Sweden

Huge congrats to Artie Fufkin and Team 9 for getting 2 Oz-made mashup tracks on the compilation!!

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Shatner wishes you a Happy New Year

Bill Shatner wants to wish all of us a Happy New Year.

He and I share similar New Year's resolutions:

not to fall off our motorcycles... (though he says "again". I've never fallen off)

Shatner Boldly Goes Online For A New Year's Message

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I am a Flasher

Your results:
You are The Flash

Fast, athletic and flirtatious.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Half way there

Based on the life expectancy of a white, Australia male, I am halfway there- 35 today.

Here's how I went (Rachel insisted on this photo and was the creative director and photographer...):

A fine mix of apparel, technology and reading material. The Sennheiser noise cancelling earphones and the Albert Jacka book are fantastic. As is the new (sore back saving ) windsurfing harness- though it won't get ut into use this week as the traditional windy Boxing Day came a day early.

Speaking of weather, Mt Buller yesterday:
Not bad considering it's summer and a week ago they were fighting fires that threatened to engulf the whole place. As my Grandmother might have said : "The Lord works in Mysterious ways"

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Monday, December 25, 2006

James Brown dead at 73

James Brown, the legendary US singer known as the "Godfather of Soul," has died at the age of 73, his agent said early today.

A sad way to finish Xmas day in Australia

James Brown dead at 73- The Age

Some youtube goodness...

Sex Machine:



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From jalopink.com
Just wait until 58 seconds in. Up to that point, the video is your standard 996 GT3 tailing an Aston Martin DB9. But then... I am not going to ruin it. You will laugh. And scratch your head. Sorry about all the German. A Merry Kwanza to you. Enjoy.

Holy. crap.

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Windsurfing Diary

Where? Elwood Beach
Weather? 15-35+ knots south west
Using? *NEW* 5.3sq m KA Kaos sail, Torquay 272 board
With? Duncan
For? 1 hr
Rating? 1 out of 5
Why? Gusty as hell. Over powered, then nothing. Weed and crap in the water- cathiung on my fin making progress difficult. Happy Xmas Hughey, ya miserable bastard! (the new sail is really good though)


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Christmas morning

A very merry Christmas to all. To my Mum (who's in transit to WA) to my Brother (who's in Ohio with his wife Sarah and family) to all friends and acquaintances- enjoy!!

Miss Rachel is on night shift, so her arrival home at 8am was the start of the Christmas morning fun. As I've previously stated: she is nuts for Christmas and could not wait to get the gift giving underway. All I want for Christmas is a sleep in...

I did rather well this year!!

...as did Rachel

...and Caboose

Our tree before we went present mad!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Barack Obama.....

For those of us in sunny Australia, the name Barack Obama means very little.

I know about him thanks to my ever-so-politcally-aware brother Stephen, who is a very enthusiastic supporter of Obama and suggested that I watch the following speeches from the Democratic National Convention back in 2004:
Part 1, 9:35

Part 2

Some background on Obama:

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama Sr. of Nyangoma-Kogelo, Siaya District, Kenya, and Ann Dunham of Wichita, Kansas. His parents met while both were attending the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where his father was enrolled as a foreign student. In his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, Obama describes a nearly race-blind early childhood. He writes: "That my father looked nothing like the people around me –- that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk –- barely registered in my mind."

He's an amazing speaker, a prodigious writer and a true thinker. I hope that if he can't be president (addressing whether the USA is ready for a black or female president is the stuff books are made of), he can still be an influential politician who delivers to his country a world view and can engage in the odd piece of navel gazing (or shoe gazing, I'm never sure which is better).

He's starting his run for president early. I was prompted to post about him as the US papers are reporting about him a lot lately:


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Windsurfing Diary

Where? Elwood Beach
Weather? 25-30 knots south
Using? 4.7 sq m sail, Fanatic Rip
With? Tone, Carlos, Donny, Duncan.
For? 2.5 hrs
Rating? 4 out of 5
Why? Whoa, howling. My old 4.7m KA Killer is crap. It has a tear along the leech, rigs too flat or too full, has light switch power (ie either on or off) and frankly can't handle high winds as well as my bigger 5.3m. Anyhoo, the sailing was great. Cranked out my first big loops for the season, and got to see Donny throwing out a few massive forwards and showing that with our combined age of 70+ we still pwn teh w4v3s when it's really windy :P. One incident stays in my mind. I was heading out through the shore break- powered up and planing at full pelt, when I hit a wave and jmped about 15 feet up. I didn't have a trick in mind, but at the apex I decided to do the old Mark Angulo "look back" where you bring your knees up and lay your head right back and look at the water. All was going fine until I straightened up. I had turned up into the wind, stalling the board's forward momentum and so we (the rig, board and I) fell to earth. Onto my arse. OUCH!


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Monday, December 11, 2006

Blogger Beta

As some of you would no doubt have noticed, I use blogger to power this site.

I've just changed over to Blogger Beta- they finally support FTP- allowing me to automatically transfer files onto thomasr.org.

Anyhoo, I am going to have a look at the new features and work out what I am going to do wioth them. Yes there will be a new template in the new year. No, I have no idea what I am going to do yet.

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Friday, December 08, 2006

The Kleptones >>hectic City podcast 1

Perfect timing! Summer's here in full effect and Eric Kleptone is doing a weekly Mashup podcast- just music. The Kleptones are, for mine, the best mashup outfit in the world. I love Party Ben's work, but The Kleptones are the first to go for a more conceptual feel. Plus if you haven't heard "Careless Whisper" mashed with Bon Jovi's "Wanted: Dead or Alive" then you haven't lived!

Okay, well, let's get away from the heavy duty stuff for a bit, and get back to the music, and finally (well, for me anyway) I'm proud to announce the first Hectic City podcast! Yay!

You can get it via RSS as well. Home delivered mashup goodness!

Hectic City - The Kleptones>> Blog Archive>> Hectic City podcast 1:
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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Windsurfing diary

Where? Elwood Beach
Weather? 15-20 knots south, dropping out to 12 SE
Using? 5.8 sq m sail, Torquay 272 board
With? Toby, Brendan from RPS
For? 2 hrs
Rating? 3 out of 5
Why? Fell in for the first time in ages. Could not get my foot uot of the strap and binned it. Damn fury. Did huuuuge one handed jump almost over Brendan. No loops. Haven't done one all season. Also haven't been on my 5.3m2 season either...


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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society » The World’s Longest Diary

Oh thank GOD I am not this anal.

HOWEVER, I resolve to do exactly this one day (an interesting day mind you)

To blog/diary-ise every. single. moment.

Lord, have mercy.

Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society » The World’s Longest Diary


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Arse, meet Thomasr

If you'll excuse the (mild) profanity, you need to understand that I let my go-karting team down badly at today's event at the VACC circuit in Port Melbourne.

In short, I had my arse handed to me by all and sundry.

The excuses:
  1. I had two laps practise.
    As I had on-air commitments at 11:30am (ie my actual segment on 3AW- the one that pays the bills), I had to go out early, with minimal instruction, and try to cut a few laps. I did an out lap, a hot lap and cool down lap.
    I was stone cold last on the timing sheets at this point.
  2. My kart cut out at full throttle.
    Greg Murphy complained about this more than I, but if you didn't "roll" the throttle on, it coughed and lost momentum. Go karts are all about maintaing corner speed and momentum.
  3. Two of the "media" guys were ringers with professional driving experience.
    I know this, they couldn't even spell their own names. I demand a re-count/protest/re-drive etc.
  4. Tony Schibecci spun off and ruined my hot lap.
    This is true. I was on a flyer. I had three laps. The warm up, the hot one (yellow flagged) and a final lap (in lap). Sheesh!

The truth:

I don't have enough experience and did not have a enough time to really wring the neck of the thing. (ok, I suck)

The result:

My team (Dean Canto, Luke Ellery and me) finished 4th, and I was 5th in the media grouping. (Six teams contested the event- 6 V8 drivers, 6 go-karters and 6 media clowns.)

The Pics:

The Peter Brock foundation folks (Lewis Brock and Julie Bamford) were there and so too was one of Brocky's cars (an FX Holden from Goodwood 2006)

I apologised to team mate (I love saying that!) Dean Canto. He was cool with it. Phew.

The V8 boys get back to their roots.

The delightful Ms Caroline Page with your host (do I look rather fetching in my race suit?)

Tony Schibecci from SEN and I see each other at these sort of events. God knows why we do this sort of event though. We didn't exactly own the day!


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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Go kart me

Oh the simple pleasures in life:

International Australian motor racing star and dual V8 Supercar champion Marcos Ambrose will head-up a star-filled field at VACC Park for the VACC Charity Karting Challenge this coming Wednesday, to raise money for Peter Brock Foundation....

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), the Australian Karting Association (AKA) and the Go-Kart Club of Victoria have invited this elite line-up to compete in this fund-raising team-trial event in the lead up to next weekend’s V8 Supercar championship decider at Phillip Island.

The VACC Charity Challenge will comprise six teams with one V8 star, a media representative and a karter, who will each complete a lap. The team with the lowest aggregate time will be declared the winner.

...and yes, I am to be one of the "media representative" drivers tomorrow. It's a fair juggling act- with my segment on tomorrow on 3AW, but hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do...


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Monday, December 04, 2006

Windsurf Saturday

Where? Elwood Beach
Weather? 12-18 knots south
Using? 5.8 sq m sail, Torquay 272 board
With? Strangers
For? 2 hrs
Rating? 3 out of 5
Why? Faaaast. Was powered up for much of the time and smoked everyone. That's not a brag- I'm still 95+ Kgs and fat is fast. Didn't fall in. Nailed a no-hands gybe, as illustrated below:

Looks easy, but it ain't.


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