Hello everyone. Time for another "Trying Stuff" episode! In this episode we taste some of the weirdest ideas for sodas yet. Have I finally found a soda to match Aliesha & Gary's reaction to the guava juice?
Hello everyone. It's that time of the month again, and no, I don't mean THAT time of the month. I mean it's monthly recap time! Let's see what's been happening during September 2014...
At the beginning of the month we revealed the tracklists for the upcoming Gosney albums/singles. We assume you're all excited about them. So much, in fact, you've all been unable to leave a comment expressing your joy, due to this high level of excitement... (seriously though, you guys should comment on our blog more often).
The final 4 chapters of Forbes' story, "Angels & Demons - Rebellious Nature" were released.
Gosney's "Free for a Fee" single (from the album, "The Brother of Hell") was released on the 13th (you'll see a pattern with the release dates...), concluding the number of singles from that album, making way for the next one in October.
Forbes introduced a concept called "Duckwars", which is an interesting take on a "Planet of the Apes"-style scenario. Rather amusing, if you ask me.
During all of this, Forbes filled us in a bit on a story he is currently writing (possibly wrapping up as I type this blog). He also revealed some plans we have in mind for the rest of the year.
I released for the first time ever, the full movie-length video for the "Expressions Talent Scan 1998", which is the only live performance of my old band, Supertrip, to be caught on video. It also includes other performers.
The website had a page of memes added, where we upload memes that were created by us and no-one else. There's only a few there at the moment, but give it time.
A second blog page for Forbes was added to the website for the sake of avoiding confusion over who's posting messages. It is now easier to see whose work you are looking at.
In one of his first blog entries on the new page, Forbes expressed his opinion on Scotland's attempt at independence.
He also blogged about being blissful at your job ("Workgasm"), and went on to talk about U2's recent marketing methods.
Forbes' politics-related blog posts continued up until just after NZ's election day, which was on the 20th. The finale of his political posts, named "Aftermath", gave us a detailed look at how things work and what actually happened during this election, briefly mentioning where he stood on the matter.
My blog on the topic, however, leaned more towards my personal opinion rather than the overall operations of politics itself. While being a very serious blog topic, I did my best to insert a taste of comedy in there to lighten the mood a little.
Towards the end of the month, Forbes gave us some insight on the backstory of Gosney. Particularly the original ideas behind albums and songs he wrote.
Finally, Forbes wrote a blog about being a pirate. Have a read. It's lovely.
That's how September rolled out for us here at SDP. We'll do this again in a month's time! Here's to an eventful October.
Hello everyone. Here it is as promised - the one, the only, the political blog regarding New Zealand's election results for 2014. If you're a personal friend of mine on Facebook (liking my Duckman page doesn't count), you will already know how I feel about the end result of the election. For those of you who aren't, and don't know my position, may the fact that I'm cranking up Megadeth's "Countdown to Extinction" album as I compose this.
If you haven't caught up on Forbes' blog about the election, it may help you understand the background of the 'situation'. I say it's a situation because I feel things have gone too far in some areas of the topic. We'll get to that shortly. In the meantime, if you feel you need to be briefly schooled in New Zealand politics before continuing, listen to Jon Stewart's comments on "The Daily Show"...
Alternatively, you can read Forbes' blog at the link button below.
Now that you're up-to-date, here's my bit.
First and foremost, I am not a politically-minded person. Never have been, never will be. I feel as apathetic as a lot of people in this country (and around the world) about the selection of leaders (spare a few), but I do have an opinion on who is better than the low-lives who have been running the show for the past 2 terms (which is 3 years in NZ as opposed to 4 in the US). Never really understood most of the policies involved until recent years, especially after joining one of the workers unions. I've paid more attention to the news in the last few years than I've watched my "Transformers" DVD collection, and if you know me well enough, that's a bit of a shock.
Upon turning 18, I had the dreary task of being eligable to vote. The few news stories I did see in the 90's regarding politics worldwide gave off the impression that middle-aged presidents from overseas like to get down and dirty with their interns, while female prime ministers in this country sound more manly than the actual men in parliament. So, I had very little knowledge to go on when I got started. To put the icing on the cake, I just went along with whoever my mother was voting for at the time, which is obviously a very blind approach on my part. I would've studied the policies and went from there, but coming from a guy whose personal record for absences in a single class during high school is 106, I don't see much in the ways of paying attention.
I voted a couple times after turning 18, but there came a time where I became one of those infamous non-voters. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, I used to be one of those people. But as I said, I started paying more attention in recent years. I have seen the light. Unfortunately though, that light is currently in a room at the back of the house with no windows, as the very thing I was aiming to vote against somehow ended up winning this year's election regardless of my contribution.
As Forbes mentioned in his blog on this topic, I do tend to sway towards the left. I'm all for looking after the little guy that often gets trampled on by greedy, wallet-sucking vultures who have more on their plate than they're supposed to. Speaking as one of these little guys, I know who I'm supporting. That might sound selfish to some of you, but that's not my intention. Not only do I struggle at times, but many others like me as well. I'm certain that they voted for the same party as I did, or one of the other lefties.
In the past month or 2, there was a book by the name of "Dirty Politics" released by Nicky Hager, a New Zealand investigative journalist. The book reveals a lot that was said behind closed doors and via e-mail correspondence between John Key (and/or other National Party members) and a blogger named Cameron Slater. Let's just say that what was said has been compared to the likes of the Watergate Scandal... I haven't read the book personally, but what I've seen of it so far is enough for me to be even more of a leftie than I already was. If you can track down a copy, by all means give it a go. Take it from someone that's barely read more than a paragraph or 2 and yet still recommends it. You're in for a bumpy ride/read.
The book was released some time after the scenario behind John Key's vendetta against Kim Dotcom (which kinda lead to a retaliating vendetta in the end), and the raid on his mansion here in New Zealand. I don't remember much happening immediately after the raid, but it all built up to Hager's book. It all started getting interesting from there. Enough for even a law-abiding anarchist like myself to pay attention.
Then came Kim Dotcom's "Moment of Truth" at the Auckland Town Hall a mere 5 days before Election Day. He was joined on stage with the head of the Internet Mana party (well, the Internet Party side of it), Laila Harré, Glenn Greenwald (an American lawyer, journalist and author), plus online live video appearances from WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden himself. Sorry, I didn't get the name of the other guy on the panel. The evidence that came up about such topics as the TPPA, GCSB, etc, were both surprising and not surprising at the same time. In other words, I knew what was going on in the background was bad, but not to the level that it is.
However, the "Moment of Truth" somehow got brushed to the side after all of that. Despite the evidence revealed, the entire event was viewed (by right-wingers and their media puppets, no doubt) as focusing on Kim Dotcom's 'agenda' against the National Party. A lot of people did (and still do) have concerns over what the likes of Snowden and Assange brought to the table, but I feel that it has also been largely overlooked. And I feel that the end results of the election 5 days later are an example of this.
I still don't fully understand why it swayed in the opposite direction to how it was looking up to that point. Maybe it was rigged? I don't know that, but it wouldn't surprise me. As you would imagine, watching the numbers creep up in National's favour that night disappointed me greatly. For the first time, I actually thought the words, "What is wrong with this country?" I don't mean that to offend anyone. Needless to say, I was having a bad night. Spending 9 hours on my feet before the event didn't help either.
Oh, by the way, despite the results of the election, people are already complaining about some of the policies that have come up. The topic of the New Zealand flag changing being one of them. This has come up a few times before the election campaigns even started, and even then the majority of the public have said no to it. But now that National is still in power, they're bringing back that old dead goat? It hasn't even been a week yet... I don't want to sound like one of those people, but if you were one of the eligable voters that kept them in parliament, then you brought this upon yourself. You knew who you were dealing with. It's a shame, really.
Speaking of voters, I would also like to mention the quantity of non-voters this time around. There were many 3 years ago, leading to National winning its second consecutive term. This year wasn't much different, I think. The numbers may have been different (or indifferent, in their case), but I don't do statistics on this topic. Either way, there was close to about a million non-voters out of a population of around 4 or 5 times more than that. If you're a non-voter and you're reading this, we have you to thank for this year's results. Remember, if you don't like what's going on in this country lately, you could have (and should have) made a difference. If we head down the highway to hell, you'll most likely be dragged along for the ride with us, John Key at the steering wheel, while you bang your head on the many potholes we have to offer in my local area.
Sorry to sound like a whining old fart. I've been wanting to get this off my chest for 5 days now. I feel better getting it out (I hope I don't have a power cut or Internet failure before posting this...).
So, that's basically it. Another 3 years of the same old crap from the same old people...and I do mean old. That's another thing - there's not many younger generations in politics at the moment. Maybe there should be some new faces...literally... Don't get me wrong, there are certain 'older' politicians that aren't too bad, but I think a lot of the reasons why some people are indifferent towards politics is because there are a lot of young people in this country, and they want to look up to someone they can relate to on a personal level. I totally get that, even though I'm in my 30's.
That'll do for now, I think. This topic has been done to death these past few months. I was sick of it building up to the election. I'm sick of it now. May the next election be a more fruitful one in the end.
In the words of the late and great Freddie Mercury in the Queen song, "I Want it All"...
"Here's to the future, for the dreams of youth."
Over and out.
Just informing you all that the website now has two (2) blog pages! One for me and one for Forbes. This doesn't mean anything negative, mind you (there's no place for segregation here!).
The reason behind this move is to avoid any confusion you may have as to who's posting these messages. Sure, most of the time we sign our names at the bottom, but there are times where we may be too lazy even to do that...or perhaps our time limits are short...yeah, go with that one.
As for our past entries, they will all remain in the old blog (which has become my one). I don't have the time or patience to move it all to their rightful places. Besides, doing that will screw with the timestamps and you won't know when we posted them originally. Best to leave them alone, I say.
From now on, all blog entries from Forbes will be at the new blog page (at the top of the screen, or via the button below). As usual, all posts regardless of which blog is posting it will all automatically be sent to our SDP page on Facebook and my personal Twitter account (including Forbes' updates).
If there are any posts that represent us both, it may end up on this blog OR his, depending on the subject matter.
Good evening everyone. Just letting you know that we have a new page on the site. "Memes"!
Plain and simple, really. We raid a meme generator website and inflict it with our own sense of humour. After which we upload them directly to the page so people know who made them (we hope - give us credit, people!). There are already a few on the new page, so go have a look! Click on the link button below. Alternatively, you can find it in the menu at the top of the website page.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I am very pleased to announce at long last, the online release of the Expressions Talent Scan from 1998. I was involved in this concert performance with my old high school band, Supertrip (then known as The Rascals).
The video will be added to the Videos section of the website, but until then it can be viewed directly from this blog entry.
P.S. I apologise for the low quality or lack of audio in parts of this film. That was not my doing, and neither could I fix the problem. Sorry.
Hey there everybody! It is just me, you know, the Weasel! I have some more info, I guess. People love information and I love giving it.
I am currently putting the finishing touches to a medieval story that is titled "An Unusual Case", and it’s rather long so will take a while to run through online. I hadn’t planned on making this an online release, but have decided to let it go this way, just because. Sometimes life doesn’t have to make sense. Sometimes things just are.
The new idea for my next story came to me today as I was at work. As an amateur writer I sometimes have flashes, and those flashes can inspire me towards an idea. Today I had one of those flashes and it was awesome.
This flash came in the form of one word and that word was 'pokerface'. Yes, you heard or saw me right. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out how this whole Internet thing works. Am I writing you a letter that you’ll read at another time? Am I talking to you like a speaker in a conference? I dunno. I get really confused and then I’m asking the cat for advice and that never goes well because the advice always leads to drinking.
What was I saying? Oh, that’s right. Pokerface. Yes, the word that will lead to a story, hopefully. One can always hope. I saw that word today in some magazine or book. It doesn’t matter where I saw it just that I saw it and that led to a vison of a master criminal. Think Batman-style. He will take over a city, probably Gosney (not the music project). If he’s a master criminal then he will face a master superhero, or superheroes. I have three lined up so far. Weaselmask, a man in a suit with a mask of a weasel. His superpowers are yet to be decided. But he will be cool, more of a hand to hand fighter, I’m thinking. Next is Duckforce, a man in blue spandex with chest armour to match the spandex. His powers will be more traditional. Maybe something do to with the water so I can connect him to a duck? Yeah, it’s a stretch but I’ll work on it. The third is an old favourite of mine. This was a superhero created by my old friend Tim Wood, and I’ve made adjustments to him over the years. He’s called Spiderface, and he’s kinda like an activist version of Spiderman. His powers are more celestial, more like an atheist angel, you could say. I want to add more superheroes, make this like an avenger’s kind of thing. Pokerface is gonna be one tough duuuuude to bring down and will need a team dedicated to this goal. I have a couple of ideas but I need to ratify things before I give anything away.
Will keep you guys up to speed. Peace out.
Howdy! This won’t be long, I assure you of that! I thought I’d give you a little heads-up about what I’ve been up to and it really hasn’t been all that much. I’ve been writing some blogs, which have been kindly uploaded by the wonderful Duckman from time to time, and ranging in different subject matter from randomness to actual issues, such as politics.
I have been working on completing a short story, but it’s been hard work. Writing has been difficult for the past six months or so. The ideas are still there but the ability to make those ideas flow onto paper, so to speak, has not been as easy. But I am trying.
Duckman and I have not been doing much collaboration, I’m sorry to say, and we’re both to blame on that. The reality is we are both adults with busy lives, and what was easy ten years ago is significantly more difficult now. I have used the word difficult quite a bit, so we will make that the word of the day. In the beginning we would meet up twice a week and do stuff and things would be great, fantastic, but now there’s work, family commitments, social commitments and other projects that keep us from finding the time. I don’t say this as an excuse, but more to try and explain the ‘difficulties’ in making a venture like this work. We are still doing stuff, but in our own individual capacities.
I am hoping between now and Christmas we will be able to put some material together and provide a release schedule, which would be nice. The time frame is tight, as Duckman traditionally shuts down for a while between Christmas and late January/early February. That would give us just under four months? Yes, that sounds about right. Most likely we produce the material and hopefully start a release plan around March? That would be my preferred plan in any case.
It’s interesting how time flies by without realising that is what’s happening. I have my current story - a crime/action medieval short story, which should be ready soon-ish. I plan on trying to get a few together by Christmas. I hope that both Duckman and I can put together a small surplus of material - i.e. blogs, stories, reviews, etc - and be able to release some material over the majority of that ‘vacation’ period.
Well, that’s all I really have to say for now. There are some cool ideas in the mix and I’m sure you’ll love what we come up with. So until next time, stay cool amigos!!
Hello there! It is I, the Weasel from the land of nonsense here to brighten you day once again! Today I am thinking about a lot of things, but the most prominent thing rattling around in my head is this idea I’ve had for a number of years. That idea is more of a story type of an idea that I call "Duckwars", and it is totally awesome.
I go running a bit. It’s a good way to keep in shape, well better shape than I might be in if I didn’t run, ha! Anyway, when I go running I do a bit of thinking. It’s one way to get your mind off the crippling pain of exercise. But I digress. Let’s move on. I usually run along the beautiful banks of this wonderful country and I saw a group of ducks. I thought to myself, “Ducks are awesome.” I also thought to myself, "What if these ducks were in a war and that war was called the Duckwars?" So, yes I’m completely nuts and I think ducks are pretty cool, and I will be that crazy duck guy down by the river with the crusty bread calling out to them. I will be the dude that you will be avoiding like the plague...or is that plaque? No, it’s plague. Yes, I’m sure of that.
So, this story/idea of mine involves a lot of ducks, as you can imagine. I imagine the ducks are the dominant species on earth in a post-apocalyptic version of this world. They have also been mutated by radiation to an extent that they look 'humanic'. Humanic is something that I just came up with. I’m adding it to the dictionary. The few surviving humans rise up against the ducks. I know what you’re thinking. You're thinking this sounds a lot like "Planet of the Apes" and that I’m just ripping off one of the classic movies of all time, and that Charlton Heston should find me and shoot me in the face with one of his many, many guns. But I never said that I actually wrote this story, and in my defence I didn’t want to get on the wrong side of Mr. Heston. That guy is one scary old dude. Is he still alive? I have actually no idea. But he is old, that much I am completely sure of. I just had an idea for a story that is similar to something that had already been done, and I think ducks would be a much cooler animal to take over the planet than bloody monkeys. Ducks are awesome.
Nope, this isn’t a long piece. Just wanted to share something that was on my mind. I know how much you enjoy my banter and I wouldn’t want to deprive you of something that brought so, so much pleasure to your lives. If you reckon I should write this story, let me know. If enough people give me the motivation, I will do it and lock my door so Old Man Heston can’t get to me. Might give him Duckman’s address! Hahaha!!!
The conclusion for Forbes' story, "Angels & Demons: Rebellious Nature" is finally here! Its final 3 chapters (out of a total of 10) have been made available simultaneously for your reading pleasure.
Click the appropriate link buttons below to begin.
The second single from Gosney's album, "The Brother of Hell", is now available on Bandcamp.com (via this website). Check it out at the link button below!
And yes, the fee is low.
So, me and the dentist, you know, the campaign manager for the Dudeman Party and the #2 guy on my party list were sitting at a café in Christchurch drinking coffee and arguing about our policy release… Policy. Erm, yeah. Well, we actually got kicked out. When I say we were throwing ideas back and forth, I really mean we were throwing chairs back and forth at each other. The dentist had a whisky flask full of… erm, whisky, and he poured it into our coffee so we were drinking it Irish-style, and then we were arguing and laying into each other Irish-style. Well, the dentist was taking the hits like an Irishman.
So, we were sitting on the curb bleeding, sore and still wanting to beat the hell out of each other, but the dentist said that might be a bad idea since a large crowd was looking at us. I suggested I could turn this into an on the spot get to know the candidate type of thing. The dentist didn’t think that was a good idea considering how bruised and bloody were were. So, I just told the crowd to vote for the Dudeman Party and me, and the dentist just limped away to his car.
The dentist is continuing to crunch the numbers and reckons our café intense meeting didn’t hurt our image as the people’s party, even though we can’t go back to that particular café. I have to say the health system is quite cool as both the dentist and I got patched up very nicely and I was able to get a few nurses numbers. The dentist was uneasy about this as he reckons this isn’t a good look for a wannabe politician. But those nurses were hot and I’m good with woman who are healing my broken body. I may have been a little drunk when I was hitting on those girls. Most of them were girls... I think…
Every day on the campaign trail is an opportunity to talk about the party, about our vision and for stress between party leaders to spill over. The dentist and I have had a few punch-ups and a few trips to the hospital. He has suggested we get a party doctor. Someone to patch us up after one of our hardcore debates. He is worried all these bust-ups and trips to the hospital will affect our family-friendly image. I suggested that we stop drinking and getting angry and, you know, hitting each other! He wasn’t sold on that idea, especially the drinking thing. I think he might have a problem. I suggested Alcoholics Anonymous, but he punched me and then I threw a table at him, then one thing lead to another and we ended up in hospital again.
But things are going well. I’m getting out there and seeing the people and pushing my policies forward onto the masses. Just have to nut out the issues with my campaign manager.
The next chapter of Forbes' story, "Angels & Demons: Rebellious Nature" is up. Check it out at the link button below.
Hello everyone. Just a brief update on what's happening with Gosney.
First up, you can now view all of the tracklists and cover art for the upcoming releases! Check them out at the link button below, or click your way through the tabs along the top of the website via the Music page.
Second, due to an issue that my Internet Service Provider (ISP) has been having lately, there may (or may not) be a delay in the release of the "Free for a Fee" single on Bandcamp.com. The issue at hand seems to be giving me login issues on that website among other problems. It's a miracle I got this far into our own website! Hopefully they'll pull their finger out and get it sorted before they lose too many customers, myself included.
That's pretty much it for now. Check out the album/single info!
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