Thursday, November 01, 2012

Libraries Are Wasted On The Students.

Inside the State Library yesterday.
I've spent lots of time in Melbourne's libraries lately. Here's what I've noticed.

Libraries are wasted on the students.

Libraries used to be quiet places.

Apparently now it's OK to talk loudly in a library.

Librarians are the library's loudest talkers.

Every library has a bloke who either: a) sleeps in the same chair at the same time, every day, b) borrows and returns and borrows again, the same book every day, c) does a little shit in the same corner near the reference section every second Thursday.

Libraries are bigger, warmer and quieter than a Department of Human Services funded boarding house.

Every library has a chess board. The State Library has a chess room bustling with old Eastern Block Europeans fighting about who's going to lose the game first.
Records of Australia's earliest online chess tournaments.
Indeed, the State Library's chess room has one of the biggest collections of chess books, magazines and tournament reports in the world. This makes it one of Melbourne's most boringly fascinating places.

I've only seen the East Melbourne library's chess board used by one man. He plays himself, though the rivalry and his in-game banter is as fierce and foul as you'd hear during a mid 1980s Collingwood Carlton game.

Melbourne's homeless have been playing 'winner stays on' on the playstation set up to play Fifa 9 in the library on Flinders Lane for the past three years. I have seen ciggies change hands on an exciting 3-2 result.

The Flinders Lane library also has a beautifully tuned piano on the second floor. You are only allowed to play the piano if you have a 'grade 5' or higher musical qualification. Though there should be a rule for taste. Vanessa Carlton tunes and free jazz make for difficult reading music.

Unless you're lucky enough to hear this homeless lady play...

Just beautiful.

The State Library Dome Room aint the awe-inspiring place of silence and wood it used to be.

But if you look closely...
Just a little plaque on one of the little Dome Room desks.
Computer games should be blocked on library computers. But they're not.

The local history section is wasted on the ancient library patrons. Have a quick look. You'll learn something brilliant.
I couldn't put it down.
Like did you know Nunawading was a local aboriginal word for 'coming'?

The fast computer check out system at the East Melbourne Library is one of the most thrilling pieces of technology I've seen. It knows what you have under your arm by electronic magic, letting you leave the place in less than 10 seconds!
The view from the desk as I type this blog.
The East Melbourne library is quite a pleasant building.

It's OK to come back. A few years ago there was a change in Melbourne councils, and the libraries they fund. This means your old $86.25 library fine from years ago may have been written off the library's system. Why you needed 19 months to read The DaVinci Code is anyone's guess.

Libraries are depressing if you need to go more than once a week.

This little guy wants his owner to stop reading comics already.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Brownlow 2012: Charge Your Glasses And Be Upstanding For Jobe Watson etc.

This year's Brownlow Medal winner (left).
Round twenty something. 21 I think. No votes for Watson because they lost by a million points. No votes to Mitchell. he stays on 23. DANE ZORKO GETS 2 VOTES. I love Dane Zorko. Beams gets 2 to move to a respectable 19 votes. Cotchin on 20.

But Jobe Watson wins the Brownlow Medal.

He's on 30 and nobody can catch him.

Not even Judd.

Unless they change the rules right now to give Judd another. But they don't.

Round 22. I need Beams to poll and get a place but he doesn't. Ablett moves to 24. Cotchin moves to equal third 23. Round 23. Swan moves to 25. Mitchell and I think Thompson 26.

But it's over. Dane Swan hands over the medal to run off the stage to get stuck into a beer and a kebab (do they serve kebabs at the Casino?), and Mark Fitzpatrick tells us to charge your glasses and be upstanding (this will be one of the last times Dane will be upstanding all night), for Jobe Watson the 2012 Brownlow Medal winner.

The interview starts slowly. "What was going through your mind?" Watson doesn't say much interesting. Probably because the questions have been asked so many times before. Bruce is going through his whole career. it's like that boring bit of a rock biography when they talk about being young and having a dad and shit. I want this interview to end. It's so controlled. I do like his dad but. Met him and worked with Tim Watson for a day once. He was brilliant. Now they're talking about Old Xavs. Eugh. And now his partner, Ella. And the rest of the family, sisters, whatever.

Now to talk about his dad again. This is the bit that might get emotional. Bruce mentions Jobe's grandfather who died recently. But Jobe won't crack. He's tough under pressure.

Well done.

Credit where credit's due.

Brownlow 2012: Jobe Watson Will Win It (I Think).

This year's Brownlow Medal winner and his dad (well, I think he'll win it)
It's hotting up. Round 19. Watson in the lead with 29 with Ablett on 23 and Swan on 22. Watson gets three. I hate Essington.

Round 20. Collingwood killed Sydney. Beams should get votes, stealing off Swan. Swan was on drinking leave. He can't win it. No votes to Ablett!!! I hope this Essington guy wins it. He moves to 30. Mitchell on 23.

Only a few rounds to go and Watson will struggle to get votes. Ablett has a couple of best on grounds to go but I don't think he'll catch up.

Meanwhile on QandA... I don't care what happens on QandA.

Bruce interviewing Dane Swan. Dane rounding his vowels. Struggling with words. He gets through the interview without passing out.

As it says in the headline, Jobe will win it.

There will be a riot if Gary Garry Junior wins it.

Brownlow 2012: It's Getting Exciting. Well, As Exciting As A Counting Show Gets.

Back to the footy. Round 17. Footage of a Freo player getting hit in the orchestra stalls. Cotchin moves to 15. Stephen Milne gets his second vote. Swan gets 2 in a losing game to 17 but Mitchell gets 3 to move to 18. Ablett on 21. No votes to Watson. Demetrious is slowing down for effect. Tedious.

Round 18 and Dane Swan was pretty awesome. Let's see how he goes. He's too far behind. Lenny Hayes onto 18. Why do non Saints supporters like Lenny Hayes? I do. I don't know why. It's against my nature. Swan gets the 3 and moves to 20. Ablett on 22. Watson. Does he get votes? No. They lost by 94 points. It would be a crime.

The round up board reckons Ablett comes home with a wet sail.

How excitement.

Brownlow 2012: The Sad Bit With Jim Stynes In It.

So we're all worked up after a Motorhead montage and what do they give us?

A long Jim Stynes tribute.

Anyway, now is a good time to look at twitter. Matthew Lappin has just tweeted the controversial "Our game is judged by how many not how effective." I completely agree. Obviously he's referring to the Ablett travesty against Collingwood.

Back to the Brownlow and Brian Stynes is crying. Bruce looks awkward. Mike Fitzpatrick is announcing a new award. A Jim Stynes community award for the player who does most for the community. We don't get to see the votes for this. Daniel Jackson of Richmond wins it. Beats Nick Maxwell and Jared Harbrow by only a few votes.

Early money on Harry O'Brien winning it next year for solving the Palestinian situation, the war in Sudan and the ongoing row between Russell Brand and Noel Gallagher.

Follow all that goodwill with that fucking Crown Casino ad.

Brownlow 2012: There Was A Montage With Motorhead Playing In The Background.

Lemmy earlier today.
How do you make montages awesome?

Set them to a Motorhead soundtrack.

Brownlow 2012: Judd Gets Votes On The Same Game He Gets Suspended.

Round 14 and we get more footage of Travis Cloke getting hit in the head with a footy. Clumsy clot. Bad at negotiating contracts but sure can play in Septembers. Nic Nat gets his 4th vote. Swan moves onto 15. Thompson 16 but Watson onto 26!

Round 15 and I need to go to the toilet. I will hold on. Judd onto 10. Cox onto 6. Cotchin is getting bugger all votes. Ablett moves onto 16. No votes to Watson. I can't hold on much longer.

Round 16 was when Juddy did the chicken wing. What a fucking plonker. He's only got about 10 votes. Happy with that. BUT HE GETS 2 VOTES DESPITE GETTING REPORTED. Unbelievable.

Ablett moves onto 18.

Brownlow 2012: This Is Grateness.

Joffa in a plaintive mood, yesterday.
Round 12. The one thing I like about Jobe Watson being streets ahead is that he's beating Ablett. But I think Gary Gary Junior gets a few votes here. Lets' see. Nic Nat gets his second vote because despite everything you see and everything they say, he's not a great player. Ablett gets his 15th vote. Watson stays on 20.

Round 13. Rhyce Shaw got 3 votes. Swan gets his 12th. Beams gets his 11th. The Pies table looks tired and emotional. Watson on 23. Yes, 23 votes after 13 rounds. Flying.

Montage of angry fans to Joffa doing a Tim Rogers impersonation. It's all a bit weird. Confronting. Sad. I think they spelled it like this... THIS IS GRATENESS. Was that on purpose? If so, good pun.

Brownlow 2012: As If Ablett Deserved Votes In That Losing Game. Oh He Had 53 Touches. Who Cares.

Back to the fucking football.

Round 8 and Pendles gets his 11th. Jobe Watson leading on 14. Stanton 13.

Round 9 and we get this fantastic footage of a sign falling on Travis Cloke.

Demetriou refuses to slow the fuck down. Stanton on 14. Watson on 17. It's looking like Essington first and second. But they're about to lose a shitload of games. Pendles on 12. Beams gets his 4th. I have stupid money on Swan and Beams. It's not going to happen.

Which reminds me. Isn't it refreshing that this telecast hasn't been interrupted by a bunch of betting updates.

Shit. Spoke too soon. A TAB ad update thing. Very annoying.

Round 10 and it's Brett Kirk doing the voiceover. It's nothing like this because his hair is different.
Watson moves to 19 votes. That's quite a lead on Stanton and Pendles. Ablett gets 3 votes for his 53 possession game against Collingwood. That's what the umpires thought. The rest of the world thought Daisy Thomas easily had the better game. I did. One of Ablett's team mates shoved a table 53 sign in front of Ablett during the reading out of the votes. Pricks.

Round 11. Watson onto 20. Beams onto 7 and Swan on 11.

I'm still angry about Ablett getting the 3 votes in round 10.

Brownlow 2012: 20 Minutes of Channel 7 Commentators Interviewing Each Other

Back after the break and Cameron Ling interviews Matthew Richardson and Brian Taylor. Then we move to an edited bit of Brian Taylor interviewing Matthew Richardson and a bunch of Channel 7 contracted players who are strapped to a lie detector.

Hey BT! Ask me a question! Ask me a question!

BT: Do viewers love it when Channel 7 commentators interview and share private jokes together?

ME: We hate it BT! We hate you all BT! Even Richo!


Brownlow 2012: There You Go.

This is not Josh Kennedy's Columbian girlfriend. There you go. 
Round 6. Dayne Beams gets his first votes. Dane Swan nowt. Ablett? Nowt. Someone called Rory Sloane gets his 6th vote. Demetriou gets to say ARR NAHAS for the first time. This is going way way way too fast.

Round 7. Brian Taylor does the voice over the montage thing. I loved BT as a player but he's really giving me the shits as a commentator. Especially after his hand in the Leon Davis balls up over the preseason.

The Sunts won their first game this round. I don't care. And Ablett got no votes. Richmond's Cotchin gets his first 3 votges. Swan moves to 8 with Pendles. Yes, I barrack for Collingwood. I don't care too much about the rest. Jobe Watson at the lead, a record 13 votes. He looks nervous.

Now an interview with some Sydney players via satellite in the Sydney rooms. Remember when they used to always cross over to Paul Roos via satellite from a different country every year? Oh. Basil Zempelis is interviewing a Josh Kennedy's Columbian girlfriend. Very very cringeworthy. And Bruce tells us that they met during the shooting of a TV ad, pronouncing "THERE YOU GO"

Who would have thunk it?

There you go.

Brownlow 2012: You All Know It's Rigged Don't You?

The Swisse Best Dressed Red Carpet Winner yesterday.
Round 3. I remember it well. The pain of getting flogged by Carlton. Judd gets his 6th vote. I hope he gets most votes and loses. Ablett gets his third 3 votes in a row. So rigged. He might get 50 votes if this keeps up. Not might, will.

"I'm stoked," he tells Cameron Ling. It's already embarrassing.

Round 4 and Israel Folou's first goal in footy gets on the highlight reel. Gary Ablett stuffs his leg this round. Jobe Watson onto 8. Dane Swan no votes. Despite thousands of people yelling into the TV, Demetriou won't slow down.

Is it round 5 or 6? I'm dizzy. I'm confused. Luke Darcy referred to a mark as a "catch". Dunderhead. ANZAC Day game. Swan gets best on ground. It was the most dominant best on ground I've seen since his coach played. Dangerfield gets his first 3 votes. Ablett is still on 9 votes.

This year the red carpet shit competition is called the Swisse Red Carpet Swisse Best Dressed Whatever. Don't know what vitamins have to do with frocks.

Neither do I care.

Brownlow 2012: Football's Night Of Nights Pt 1

Me, yesterday.
So away we go. Everyone's favorite night of watching footballers drink while listening to a bloke chant a bunch of numbers at the screen. It's boring. It's shithouse. And of course, it's the best TV ever.

And without further ado, Mick Malthouse reads something they wrote about Round 1 with Kiss playing in the background.

Demetriou starts reading. Really fast. Buddy has three votes. Simon Black gets three. Gary Ablett gets three votes. He's already winning. This is rigged. I'm already angry.

Round 2 and Cameron Ling reads stuff about what happened to a dance music soundtrack. Judd gets three. Jobe Watson gets his fourth. Dane Swan gets his first three votes. Slow down Demetriou. Ablett gets three votes again. It's fucking rigged.

Mark of the year montage. Gobsmacking marks. About 100 of them. Maybe more. Aww!! What mark!!! Awww!!! Awww!!!

It's only 8:28pm. Two rounds and a montage. So fast. But something will happen like an interview or a thousand crosses to sponsors and we'll be still watching this past midnight.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Vale Maurice Sendak

"I'm totally crazy, I know that. I don't say that to be a smartass, but I know that that's the very essence of what makes my work good. And I know my work is good. Not everybody likes it, that's fine. I don't do it for everybody. Or anybody. I do it because I can't not do it." - Maurice Sendak

Monday, April 30, 2012

Two of The Strangest Piece To Cameras You Will Ever See.

Love him and all, but Kirky, what the hatstand are you on about?

I love how this reporter has made herself a victim of a serious crime.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Jay Z. Yes, Jay Z Was The Biggest Idea At This Year's SXSW Interactive.

Everybody is looking for the next big digital idea at SXSW Interactive. They should because it's where some of the biggest ideas we've seen in the last decade were launched. Twitter pretty much launched during the 2007 festival. The next year was Facebook's turn to take the limelight when Mark Zuckerberg took part in that infamous onstage interview. Then in 2009, Foursquare chose SXSW Interactive as the place they'd launch.

But this year didn't belong to a start up.

Though it did belong to a big idea.

It belonged to Jay Z.

A show just for a bunch of Interactive badge holders was announced early in the week. Then for the rest of the week, the big conversation in every seminar room, every bar and every taxi was "Have you got Jay Z tickets? Are you queuing for Jay Z?" Nobody was talking about Highlight. Nobody was talking about Group Me. Nobody was talking about the homeless wifi guys you saw on the news (I didn't see any, by the way). They were just talking about how they were going to get into the Jay Z show.

But Jay Z isn't a digital or social media startup, and that's where he wins.

He (and AMEX who were launching some sort of mobile payment thing none of us will ever use, promoted the show), was the ONLY and perhaps the first big music star to align himself with the digital crowd at SXSW Interactive.

That same digital crowd that EVERY OTHER musical act ignored are the same digital crowd who are paying popular entertainment's bills. Why choose to perform the next week at SXSW Music with hundreds of other bands, hacks and solo artistes when you can have people who run the internet...strike that out and upgrade.... run the zeitgeist.... all to yourself?

I was running with the argument that Jay Z's choice to play SXSW Interactive rather than with everyone else at SXSW Music as the biggest idea we'll see this year in Austin to anyone listening. Then during a taxi ride out of Austin's main drag, a mate told me about this Buzzfeed article which says pretty much the same thing, though beautifully...
Jay-Z is in some ways the validation we've all been searching for at SXSW, a legitimization of the reason we're all here. We didn't create or find the next app that's going to change the world, but Jay-Z — Jay-Z! a real-life mainstream superstar — played a show for us. Not for the SXSW Music crowd or film crowd, but for us, for the nerds. The very importantest of the nerds, even. We made it. We mean something.
Not convinced? Look closely at crowd in this footage.

Have you seen a nerdier bunch?

And how bloody happy do they look?

This joy, this performance, will be one of the reasons Jay Z will remain absolutely everywhere online for the next couple of years.

This is the first of a series of reports I'll do on being at SXSW Interactive 2012. I'm also available as your next freelance or full time copywriter. Call me on 0433360199 or email me at I'm available right now. 

Also you can read about the food I ate during my visit here and here.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

That's Me In The Green Guide.

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Catch us at SXSW Interactive. Sunday 11th March, 12.30pm. At the Driskill Hotel's Maximillian Room, 604 Brazos Street Austin, TX.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The 2012 Herald Sun Readers' Valentine's Day Awards

Muff Face and Pig Snorter yesterday.
The Doing You And Your Loved One No Favors Award goes to...

Happy Valentine's Day. Love you always. Pus.

The Shakespeare Was A Herald Sun Reader Award goes to...

To my dearest Dale, you are my most favorite male. It's you that puts a spark in my life and I promise not to ruin your Scanpan knife. Together we make light work. You've never once been a jerk. It's the way you make me feel. You caught me with your big fishing reel. We are in sync on the dance floor. But on x box I have the biggest score. You are my safety switch that never trips, we fit each other like a glove. This is my declaration of love.  Kiam

The Cyrano De Bergerac Was Booked Out Award goes to...

I want to grow old and disgusting with you love Marijke

The Oh, Not Another Restraining Order Award goes to...

My darling Helen. I still get heartbroken when i think of the day that you told me it was over etween us. Dressed in denim, your hair in pigtails and just 18. I used to think that you were the prettiest girl alive and when we fell in love I would tell myself every day that there would never be any other girl in my life but you. But I treated you bad when I loved you so and in the end I lost you forever. I never cheated on you Helen,and I will love you in secret until the day I die my darling. Your perfume "Fidji" keeps you near to me always. Your loving sweetpea G.

The Inappropriate Family Parlor Games Award goes to...

Everything I ever dreamed of xx. Love Mummy

The Hope You Washed Your Hands Before You Made Our Dinner Award goes to...

Dip me in your hommus?

And finally, it's a tie for the much coveted Too Much Information Award! Judges couldn't separate this year's winners....

I love your landscaped yard. JS

Good times by the Yarra RIP. Love you, Pig Snorter

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Belated Happy 75th Birthday To Philip Glass

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Philip Glass turned 75 on January 31st.

Here's a great piece by Alex Ross about his new symphony and an upcoming world tour of Einstein on the Beach.

Then, during “Dance 1,” as the music fell into a furiously pulsing polymetrical scheme and Lucinda Childs’s dancers darted about like limber androids, the bliss kicked in. It was a feeling of abstract intellectual delight, a pure interplay of musical and physical motion.

I get those thrills too.

Especially since the Walkman and ipod, we pin music to the times and places we listen to it. And now when I hear Einstein I think of the time last year I listened to it on a Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Osaka. Some of you might think it was an obvious music nerd's choice. Well, I did. I might be typing into a blogging website right now, but really, I'm back looking out the window from a train speeding so smoothly at 280km/h with Glass's music traveling even faster. A thousand holiday snaps couldn't go near capturing it. Just play the CD and I'm back.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Help Send Boxcutters to SXSW

The podcast I help out with, Boxcutters, has been asked to record an episode at the SXSW Interactive festival in Austin, Texas.

I can't wait but....we need your help.

We need to raise enough money for airfares to Austin from Melbourne. We can take care of the rest.

Help us here.

Boxcutters is a weekly podcast all about television. For the past six years the Boxcutters team has produced a high quality audio programme that promotes the art-form of quality television production.
All the hard work going into the podcast is paying off in terms of recognition.

For an Australian podcast to be invited to SXSW Interactive is a huge deal.

This gives us an opportunity to promote, on the World’s stage, Australian podcasting as well as our TV production. It’s our chance to really shine a light on Australia and get people excited about the quality of our products.

If you are a business and you want to support us, I'll personally talk about how good you are everywhere I go during the week in Austin.

Help us get to Texas here. 

Another way you can help is to hire me right now as a freelance copywriter. All the work I do will go directly to making the trip possible (and paying for little things like food, rent, car rego etc in the meantime).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Reply All Files #1*: Should You Have a Facebook Page To Promote Your Work?

Recently had an email conversation with some good mates about the pros and cons of a having a Facebook page to promote your freelance work. After a few fruity language edits, I think the conversation's worth publishing. Chaz is a Melbourne based PR writer. 

Chaz:  I know it's a bit shit, but a couple of people have told me to start an FB Page for myself, and just post regular content, to increase my profile, and hopefully attract clients. Heaps of dumb PR people I know do it, and get loads of work so maybe I can too. But what can I call it? My friend Daanen suggest ChazWords. Kinda like Google AdWords. I really hated it at first.. I mean REALLY hated it. But now it's kinda growing on me. It's snappy and succinct, which may or may not be the same thing.

What do you think? Any other (sensible) suggestions?

Some ridiculous suggestions like Chazwick's Models and Words With Chaz follow, then...

Chaz:  I quite like Words With Chaz, Jack! Better than Turds with Friends. I should add that really I'm just waiting for Glenn to tell me what it should be called.

Katia:  I don't think the name should necessarily have CHAZ  in it and also, I question how much work you'll get from Facebook but that may just be me.  Glenn will know better.

Me:  In all seriousness. As if we do seriousness around here, but don't do it. It doesn't work.

That's what your SBD (silent but deadly) blog is for.

If you need another site for work and resume just do one under your own name. And if you do, use blogspot and put on it so you can find out who's visiting. You have no control over FB.

I have one here. It's rubbish but it does the job. 

  Oh god so my thoughts on facebook are confirmed by Peters. Phew.

Thanks Peters! Other similarly qualified people have also told me the same, but I was hoping you'd disagree! You see, my blog gets hardly any hits. I mean, I'm lucky if it gets 50 per post on the day I post something. And NOBODY checks it unless I post a link on FB. Whereas I know all these crap writers who get all their work from their FB pages (the work is mostly from other people in their social orbit who require a writer for whatever project). A dedicated blog for my work might not work, as my work is mostly just crap media releases and stuff. Not really ads or anything. Not really anything I'm in any way proud of AT ALL.

And almost every single job I've had so far has come from one of my FB friends recommending me to one of their friends / colleagues. And because I know so many of people in this town (I'm not boasting though.. they are almost all horrible), I thought an FB page, less offensive than my own facebook, might be helpful. Ok let me put it this way - would an FB page actually be HARMFUL? Cos I might just go ahead and do one regardless if not.

Matt:  I just got back from three hours in Parramatta, so thank YOU, Chaz, for giving me something comparatively intelligent to glance over.

It restored some faint memories that there are normal people in this world with questions that probe deeper than, “you got a smoke?”.

For what it’s worth, I totally agree with the proper blog if you’re not very good at creating custom MySpace pages.

Yes it can be harmful. Definitely don't do it. FB doesn't appeal to the people making the bigger decisions like running your own website does. A FB page comes across too much as a shortcut. Anyone can start a FB page. But rarely many people run a blog well. People envy anyone who can keep updating a blog. Just keep doing what you're doing on FB. You do FB well enough.

You're getting all the work you can through your FB contacts. The only way to take it further is by getting published lots and people actually reading your work. It takes ages to get a blog working. And even if it does work, it really doesn't matter how many visitors you get.

Just write more on your blog or set up another resume blog with your name on and republish all the PR writing you do for clients. Or use Linked in.

One more thing, in advertising none of the people I admire run a FB page. They do all their self promotion with a combo of blogspot or tumblr and twitter and only use FB as a personal thing, sometimes pointing friends to cool stuff they've done.

Also separate church and state. Do you really want to self censor what you do on FB because that's what you're going to have to do LOTS when you set up a small business FB page.

Ok, it's settled. No FB page and more blogging.

Then for some reason we move on to spending the rest of the day talking about Laverne and Shirley.

* #1 suggests this is first in a series. It could well be. All I need is another interesting email conversation. Email me to say hello or give me some freelance copywriting briefs at hotpies(at)

Or check out my work page here.