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The Melbourne Exodus and Kicking INXS

I never thought of INXS as a world band (or as an interesting band), but apparently other people do. I'm sure that'll change soon enough, as Rock Star: INXS has just begun. You just can't be a credible rock group and have a reality tv show to find a new singer. Reality tv is the home of the washed up rock star or, in the case of Bobby Brown, the wife beating rappers.

Today is a bit of a mismatch mix of events as I try to settle things up for the next couple of days. I've a workshop to run, for starters.

Meanwhile, most of the Australian Spec Fic scene is heading to Melbourne for Continuum. I won't be there, which I'm sure is shocking, since my convention attendance stands at one, last year. Still, even if I had planned to go this year, the real world would have ensured that I'd be staying in Sydney. It's a busy next couple of days, though I'd chuck in the work as an extra if I didn't need the money so much.

I've been thinking, finally, of making some icons. I've never really had the itch for icons, but lately I've been thinking a few would be the way to go. Anyone got any ideas?

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deadcities_icon
Jul. 13th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
icons
You mean, something other than an animated Jessica Alba bukkake icon?

By the way:

http://relocatedfictions.blogspot.com/2005/07/reasons-i-read-ben-peeks-livejournal.html

Cheers.
benpeek
Jul. 13th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
Re: icons
hey cool. i'm pretty impressed that there's 62 and a half other reasons, too.

maybe i should just ask alba politely if she has a video of that.
speshal_k
Jul. 13th, 2005 08:02 am (UTC)
You have lots of great photos - use them.

(that's what I do... :)
benpeek
Jul. 13th, 2005 10:19 am (UTC)
yeah, i considered. i dunno. i dunno. i'm spinning in circles over it.
bodhichitta0
Jul. 13th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
Icons
Hmmmmm...I still think the science fiction is dead thing is funny. I too agree about your photos. Maybe things that represent Sydney to you? And I personally love that you make pie but you know I can understand if you don't want an icon that says "I make pie" just to amuse me. :-D
benpeek
Jul. 13th, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Icons
actually, i think you might be onto something with the science fiction is dead one. hmm. yes. maybe if i stick at the bottom (buy the t-shirt) or maybe not.
llbatt
Jul. 13th, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
We watched the INXS show, and laughed our frigging asses off. "I'm sorry, you're not quite good enough to front our collection of badly dressed octogenarian la-hoooooosers. Maybe Mental As Anything are looking for someone..."

Not at Contimuum either. Bah-fucking-humbug. A pox on them all for having money and no small children.
benpeek
Jul. 13th, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC)
ah well. the only thing i'll miss is stealing something from neil gaiman and i could do that in sydney if i was truly into it. but i'm not, so you know, eh.
tanuja
Jul. 13th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
I once saw INXS support Duran Duran (many years ago, I was a teenager and so my hormones were responsible for the majority of my poor decisions in those days) and they completely blew Duran Duran off the stage. Mind you, I've only ever rated Le Bon as an average singer whereas Michael Hutchence was a good singer (there are some songs where he just oozes sex with his voice -IMVHO of course!)

I'm trying to work out why they don't just go the normal route and advertsie in Rolling Stone or Singers Monthly instead of this bloody stupid reality TV mode. They could also do what Judas Priest did and simply ask the lead singer of the best INXS cover band to join them. Clearly, this is why I am an 'umble accountant and not the manager of a multi million $ band.

As for the icons, I think that someone else has already suggested that you use some of the photos you've taken. Either that or you could do a whole selection of Jessica Alba ones JASS ones, one for each film or tv series she's acted in.
benpeek
Jul. 13th, 2005 12:41 pm (UTC)
that's a lot of jessica alba.

i might use some of the images. i'd want to doctor them in some way, i think. i always want to tinker. i want cool things even if i lack the ability to fully make them :)
tanuja
Jul. 13th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
It would indeed be a lot of Jessica Alba. Then again, I think you might be on to something. Mr Tanuja once made reference to Fantasy Epic Physics (FEP) which involves things like:

1) Heroes never wear helmets that cover their faces
2) Female characters always wear clothing that would be considered indecentally small at a lap dancing bar, even when it's snowing outside (or should that be especially when?)

There were several others on the FEP rules list, but being a good wife, I wasn't really paying a lot of attention when he and his friends were discussing this :oops:

As for the tinkering with images, tinkering, tailoring and doctoring were why opposable thumbs were invented :)
porphyre
Jul. 13th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
I don't have any particular recoo's, not particularly knowing you very well, but I thought I should warn you that icons of your own face will have you recognized on the street. People on transit, people in bookstores, bakeries, shopping marts, they'll come up to you and start chattering away. It's disconcerting.
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