I have it in my hand…

…not my dick, the new Lik-Wid album “Breathing For The First Time,” you dirty bastard!

So I know I have been a bad friend, I know my penis is short and bent, and most of all I know it has taken me far too long to buy a copy of their latest album, but I finally have a copy of the new Lik-Wid CD. This album is by far one of the most inspiring albums I have in my collection. Regardless of how good the music is, which I can tell you it is great, the things that the band has gone through from birth to conception to delivered product is phenomenal. Watching this process has honestly been one of the biggest privileges in my life.

So earlier this afternoon I had a conversation with Ryan that went like this:

Mitch: Hey bro
Mitch: Am I allowed to invite people to this thing on the weekend?
Ryan: heyman what u doing?
Mitch: Mitch much man, day off
Ryan: yer man hell yes, i have like 40000 posters we got done ilol have to give u some man
Ryan: day off swoit, should of told me yesterday, would of got some beers 🙂
Ryan: well we still can lol
Mitch: I got beers here man, imported shit galore, you should come over and have one with me
Ryan: yer man sounds good, ill bring some posters n shit for ya 2
Ryan: just gotta wait for scoot to get home, he has his keys on him
Mitch: No worries man
Mitch: Bring me a CD too and I’ll hook you up with some cash. $15?
Ryan: yer man np ive got some on me ill bring em with me
Mitch: Yeah, hell yeah man!
Ryan: swoit
Ryan: ill cya in a bit man
Ryan: prolly 30min
Mitch: Yeah, do it!

About an hour later (Ryan must have lost his watch) he arrived at my house and we cracked a beer. We sat and watched the FHM comedy awards and chatted about life and the band. It was great to catch up somewhere other than a bar on the weekend, and I can’t wait to catch up again both tomorrow and Thursday when the guys do an open jam session (not that I haven’t been to a few of their jams before).

I’ve gotten a little off topic here, this entry was supposed to be about whoring out the new Lik-Wid album. Normally I’d try and convince you of the albums quality by doing a track-by-track review, followed by some quotes, and finally an assurance of the music. Instead, I have decided the “cut the crap” so to speak and get straight to the point. Buy the CD and go to the launch party or else! I know a guy, who knows a guy, who played cards with a guys wife, and he assures me he will mess you up proper if you don’t buy the CD. And if that isn’t enough, Granny (Lik-Wid mascot and grandmother) is in major need of a hip transplant – if the boys don’t raise the funds she will be stuck in bed for the rest of her life.

Go on, have a heart.

Here is a well good shot of the album itself…

likwid-cdshot by http://www.flickr.com/people/bananasontoast/ on flickr.com

…and a shot of the inside album art, where yours truly gets a mention!

likwid-albumart by http://www.flickr.com/people/bananasontoast/ on flickr.com

Now, I am going to go eat the rest of my sundae.

Breathing For The First Time Pt. 2

Breathing For The First Time

The release date is set. The boys are excited and, frankly, so am I! I’ve already had the unique pleasre of an advanced listening, a birthday present from Ryan and the boys, and I can honestly say that this CD far surpasses anything I expected and I think that Lik-Wid themselves are a little shocked as well. Be sure to get a copy online and be sure to tell your friends, be friendly and refrain from sending mp3’s all over the net too.

Must Follow – Issue #1

On the right hand side I have added an extra heading called “Must Follow.” It will house a random link of sites that are most important to me. Although only three links currently exist there, it will be a growing list of sites that simply must be visited.

Lik-Wid – The Independant Artist
Surely everyone knows how important these guys are to me. They are an inspiration and some of my best friends, you must go to their site and you definitely need to buy their CD when it launches, it’s not too far now!

The Writing of Ryan K. Lindsay
Stink Brown dot ORG
One of my best friends and a talented writer. More to come about Ryan later, but for now it’s enough if you check it out and buy his book!

Movember – Grow a mo’ for a charity!
Definately a worthy cause, if I had of know earlier I’d definately be entering a team for work!

(Even) More Human Than Human

I have a cool story on it’s way, but every time I sit and write it, it comes out really forced. I feel like my creative juices have been at an all time low lately due to a lot of things. A lot is happening that I don’t really want to talk about here and a lot is happening that I shouldn’t talk about here, and that makes it really hard to write when I am constantly checking and rechecking what I am writing and sharing.

Some of my best friends, Lik-Wid, are down in Brisbane right now working their asses off and recording an album that will make people go crazy! These fellas have worked their asses off to get where they are, so be sure to check out their website and show some support – they deserve it! Boys, if you read this, have a beer for me and I’ll see you in Sydney!

How geeks go back to school

Well it’s nearly time for Aussie kids to head back to school and begin their study for 2005. With that, a lot of students rush out and update to Norton 2005, buy the latest version of windows, upgrade their computer, buy the latest Microsoft office suite, and that is just for their computer. So what do you do if you don’t have a bazillion dollars to spend? It’s called Open Source baby and it works just as well! Josh is beginning his first year of University so for Christmas I gave him my second laptop and I am helping him get it all set up for the new year. Here is how we did it.

The first thing you need is an operating system. Ideally I would recommend a nice simple Linux distribution such as Fedora Core 3 if you were trying to save bucks, but luckily Josh and I had a spare copy of windows laying around and we shall use that. Josh really doesn’t have enough time to learn Linux, as much as I know he wants to, but maybe that will come later in the year. Luckily, almost all of the applications I have chosen are cross-platform compliant, so whether you are using Windows or Linux, it really won’t matter.

Next you need some virus protection. A good browser and email client as well as a decent firewall will go a long way, but frankly you just need something more. Sure you could fork out a few hundred bucks for a copy of Norton Antivirus, but why do that when Grisoft are prepared to give you AVG for free? While the AVG Free Edition does not get the priority updates as quick as paying users do, this is definitely adequate for an average user, so download it and give it a run. I’ve been using it since Mik suggested it at our last LAN party and I’ve been more than satisfied.

As Microsoft grows in many areas, one place it hasn’t grown substantially in a very long time is it’s office suite. OpenOffice however has had several updates (all free) this year alone and now currently supports almost 100% of Microsoft files, which is an added bonus. This was the second thing to go on Josh’s laptop after AVG, it includes word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows and even a drawing program. The only thing that Microsoft has in this area that OpenOffice lacks is an e-mail application, but personally no email application compares to Thunderbird, which I shall get to later.

OpenOffice installs like a dream and the only thing you might need extra to it is an install of Java from Sun. Again, this is just as easy to install, so throw it on there first just so that your install of OpenOffice is more complete. All in all the totally download and install time should take around 30 minutes to an hour on broadband, dialup users may wish to buy a copy of APC or another reputable computer magazine that has OpenOffice on the cover CD to make it a little easier.

We all know that Browse Happy has been around for a while and tells us not to use Internet Explorer. The last thing you want is an inferior browser downloading and running some viruses without your permission, so for your browsing you definitely want Firefox from Mozilla. Firefox is just as easy (if not easier once you get used to it) to use as Internet explorer, but comes with loads of features that Internet explorer lacks such as tabbed browsing and extensible features. I recently converted Liam from Lik-Wid and his exact words after he downloaded Firefox were, “I can’t believe I haven’t been using this all along!” and he then vowed to convert Mik too. Liam had a lot of hassles with spyware before using Firefox and as I understand it now, he is flying high now.

How do you download your email, if you download it? Outlook Express right? Sure, it’s easy and it becomes pre-installed on most Windows installations, but it’s about as safe as it’s counterpart Internet Explorer. It has a habit of trying to read your mind and running scripts it is sent. Obviously some security updates have been made, but this should just never have been a problem in the first place. Solution? Mozilla Thunderbird. It’s just like Firefox in that it is very secure and comes with a lot of extensions such as a Calendar, RSS readers and loads more. Download it, get used to it and make your email just a little safer. It also ties in nicely with AVG and your email will be automatically scanned when incoming, which is just beautiful.

How do you keep organized? I have a nice little calendar on my website which some of you may have noticed. This is a combination of having my own website, a free program called Mozilla Calendar and a free script called PHP iCalendar. All of these are readily available to the average user and easy enough to use. Of course not everyone wants to publish their calendar like me, but my point is that it is all free. If you need to keep track of assignments, download Calendar for Firefox or Calendar for Thunderbird. It’s a simple add-on and takes around 1 minute on broadband to download and it will keep you in check. You can even download it for both Firefox and Thunderbird at the same time, then tell both applications to use the same data source and share the files it creates!

Gmail is beautiful. Most people have a Gmail address, those who don’t most likely know someone who does and that someone just might have some invites to get you an address. I know that I have several invites in my account so if you are reading this, know me and want an account let me know. The biggest advantage of a Gmail account is that you don’t have to delete any important emails, as well as you can access your account as an extra hard drive on your computer to store your assignments and files you might want to use elsewhere, such as at a friends house.

Last, but certainly not least, everyone who travels or uses multiple computers needs a thumbdrive. These guys come in various sizes ranging from 32, 64, 128, 256, and 512 Megabytes to 1GB and soon bigger, and are made by a lot of different companies giving you a lot of choices. Most of the sizes from 128MB or less are pretty cheap to most people and should hold everything you need it to. Buy one, put all your program installs (so you can install them anywhere you might be) and put your assignments on them and you are set to study anywhere. Another useful idea might be to download an Offline Browsing add-on for Firefox, store your study material on the disk and take them anywhere you like with you.

Well this started as a small “how to” and ended up being somewhat of an essay, so I hope this isn’t too hard for anyone to follow. I am more than happy to help out with anything I have describe here, so feel free to comment if anything gives you trouble, but most of it should be easy to solve via a quick search on Google. Have fun with it and good luck with your study!

Storm Clouds

I woke up this morning around 9am after a bit of a sleep in because I went to bed so late, but I have been laying in bed reading and listening to an impressive storm since then. Okay, so I laid in bed for two and a half hours listening to rain and thunder, but wow, it’s been so long since I have heard it. You see, where I live, we are currently in a two year drought, which is quite an impressive time for farm lands to go without rain, so rain is quite exciting here.

I am working on a weekend wrap-up, but all my other top-secret and not-so-secret projects keep getting in the way of me having any time to write. I even wrote a to-do list last night and had to add “Make time for writing” to it so that I would make it happen.

Yesterday I helped mom order my iPod for Christmas, which I am very very *very* excited about. I have wanted an iPod for a long time and with free laser engraving and free shipping, what better time to buy one? I got mine engraved on the back with my name and website, which should be very funky for something different. I may also be doing a website for a friend who is quite crafty with an airbrush, so I may trade him for the privelage of tattooing my iPod for me.

Last night I went to The Studio and spoke with Mik about our top-secret project as well as the not-so-secret project of the new Lik-Wid website. The redesign is well underway and I am working on some ideas on how I shall be writing for them and hopefully finishing a majority of the project today. Things are in motion and I don’t want to stop now, I will try and finish the weekend wrap-up tonight if I have time and if not, it shall be abandoned.

Take two placebos and call me in the morning

It’s been a while since I have posted, so this is going to be one long post. Be warned. The reason for the extended delay without a weblog entry is because I have been concentrating on various other projects. My writing has been going okay, it could be better, but I’ve really been working a lot on some design work and trying to get a few things in my life in order. I have some top secret projects going on at the moment which shall be revealed in a week or two, so keep your eye on this spot for more info.

Well my weekend was huge. Friday night I met Ryan and Andy at an art show, where Andy was showing some works. He had 3 awesome drawings of a Rhino, a Cheetah and a Cow, all of which were sold to the local art museum; quite an achievement. After this we went to Dave’s house for a few beers and then it was a night out. Mik, Liam, Luke and Rob all had lady friends to take care of and Dessy was being a girl and playing Half Life 2 all night, so Ryan and I kept it real for everyone and ended up pulling up at my house at around 6 or 7am. We played pool, talked cod shit to strangers and all-round had a huge night. The highlight of the night would have to be…

Mitch: Phil!
[Invisible record scratch-and-stop and the he whole beer garden looks at me in shock]
Mitch: I knew that was you! I said to him, “that is phil!” He said, “No it isn’t” and then I said, “Yes! It! IS!!!”
[Ryan hits me a high five, the DJ hits the record-start and everything goes back to normal]

For those who don’t know, that is a quote from Beverly Hills Cop. Ryan and I quote it a hundred times a night to each other, just usually a little quieter. Some parts of the night is a bit of a blur, but we went hard for almost 12 hours, so that is a bit of an effort.

I woke up around 2pm on Saturday (hey, after getting home at 6 and not getting to bed until daylight, that is quite early) and made Ryan and I some breakfast. We sat around laughing about the night just gone and recollected a few things. We had ran into a couple of girls, one of whom had just turned 18, who invited us to a party. Ryan and I made it our mission to spend the day psyching ourselves into party-mode and as such, we went to his place and played some Xbox, then had a good late lunch at my house and then went to Mik’s house.

We got to Mik’s house and had some drinks and started our day slowly at around 4pm in the afternoon. Was a great start to the afternoon, just our little group having a chat and a few beers and relaxing, always a beautiful foundation for a big night. We headed to the party we’d been invited to, but because everyone (around 10 extra people) wanted to come, it became a hassle, so we detoured to a bar and just played a few games of pool. After about an hour of sitting around, everyone got either too drunk or had other things to do and went home. Ryan, Rob and I headed to the party and from here on is a little shady.

The party was fantastic and I spoke to no less than 10 or 20 people I didn’t even know and just had a really good time. It’s nice not having anything to worry about and just being able to enjoy myself in that sort of social setting. There was about 80 people at the party and 4 kegs (only 1 of which was drunk by the time we got there at 11, which is rather soft considering our group can finish a keg with 4 people) so the guys who were still going hit it rather hard. I don’t think we moved from the beer tap for the first hour and even then we were all keeping up with each other and doing a shout every 10 or 15 minutes. It was a wild night, people were skinny dipping and some were being jerks, but I think everyone had fun.

Once again, Ryan and I didn’t get up until daybreak and we slept late again and spent Sunday at the studio without incident. For the work I have done so far on the Lik-Wid website, Liam gave me some money which I promised to put towards Half Life 2, which I bought this morning. Not only did I buy this, but I also bought one of the best CD/DVD’s I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Jay-Z and Linkin Park have teamed up on a collaborated album called “Collision Course” and I can say that anyone who likes Hip-Hop and Alternative music, they should definitely buy it. I rarely buy music unless I can really afford it, but today I made an exception and sent myself broker than I have been in a while. I don’t regret it.

Well that is a catch up of my weekend and today and I realize it’s a little over the place, so I apologize. Right now it’s rather late and I need some sleep, I will try and make my future posts a little more constructive. This week will be rather busy with me working on several different (all very exciting) projects, most of which won’t be spoken about until they are completed or very close to completion. But I will say this; if you like my site and/or my writing, you should be excited.