February 26th, 2008

Last weekend was Mel’s 30th Birthday party, it was celebrated in true Woolloomooloo fashion with a right old knees up at Le Old Fitzroy. Bhanglassi were on hand to produce some tunes. The party was great as the theme was “wear something on your head” – Amy used a wig that she got for a Sin City party that we never made it to and I got a Davey Crocket hat from the fancy dress shop at Warringah Mall.

Mel sang a song with Matt half way through Bhanglassi’s set, it was very nice, here she is looking very Amy Whitehouseish –

Mel at her 30th
Mel singing with Matt

Later on that evening we ended up at the East Sydney, which is down the road from the Old Fitzroy but which seems to never close. Although I do remember it closing once but getting home when it was almost daylight again.

Here we are sans-head wear (apart from El and Al) after a few too many –

Mel’s 30, Lorraie, El, Al, Myself, Amy and Marcus
The Gang in the East Sydney

It was a great night and we didn’t have too much of a hangover on Sunday so we hit the Kayaks for the first time in a long while, paddled over to Reef Beach and enjoyed the blue skies that we are having!

Sooner or later we will get our own camera, thanks to El and Al for letting us lift these photos off of Facebook and use them here. Actually, G2007 is going to be going through a change, hopefully before its 5 year anniversary later this year. I don’t know if you have noticed (I have) but with the advent of Facebook and all these other social tools, blogs are beginning to gather dust. So, when I get some time, G2007 is going to change, for the better! Yeah!

February 17th, 2008

This is a resurrected post from moving hosts (thanks to Google Cache) –

We recently got some new technology and games as valentines day gifts, Amy got one of these cool gadgets –

iPod Nano – Playing Seal Rocks Movie

I converted the seal rocks video into ‘MP4′ H.264 video format for the ipod and it looks and plays great (if not a bit cropped due to the 16:9 aspect ratio of the video camera).

After dabbling with the little helicopters you can get on ebay for $30, Amy got me one of these more expensive 4 channel helicopters, which are the real deal. It has full throttle, rudder, elevator and aileron controls. It is called the Blade CX2 and it is brilliant. It also has a fifth channel if I want to install some other device.

Here it is on a test flight in the bedroom –

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On Saturday morning, we got up early and went down to 40 Baskets Reserve which is an open park near our flat for an outdoor flight. It was all going great until I got a bit too confident and took the helicopter up high, then for whatever reason, an engineering fault over pilot area in my opinion, it fell to the ground with a thud. Fortunetly it wasn’t too broken, the plastic body was a bit ripped but it still worked. Then a dog took interest in it as it was flying and bit into it in mid air, which hurt the dogs nose I suspect as the blades were still spinning.

So on its first outdoor flight I’ve had to order a replacement shell. Owning helicopters is a bit like owning a Ferrari, you only get one if you can afford two of them!

February 10th, 2008

This Saturday was the Redbull Heli-Surf Race, which was previously postponed due to bad weather. Which is funny because it was pretty bad weather for it yesterday as well!

The idea of the heli-surf was the first person to paddle to a buoy out to sea on a surf board would be winched up into a helicopter where they were supposed to go surfing with Mick Fanning (but he didn’t come because the surf was too good in Bali at the time) and Ross Clarke-Jones a big wave surfer.

Nice Right at Manly

Marcus and me went down there to watch the event in the pouring rain. It was quite action packed with all the surfers lined up to start the race and four helicopters whizzing about over our heads –

The race line up

The maximum board size was 6’6″ so there was no 12ft mals out there getting an unfair advantage. Here’s a guy getting a nice wave at the same time as the paddlers are racing towards the second bouy –


Here are the red bull helicopters winching the winners off to a secret surf location for a surf and also to get some custom boards made for them, not a bad win!

Winched Away

You may have noticed that the weather was not looking too glorious in these pictures – and it is the middle of February which is typically a very hot month. Last year there was 4.4 millimetres of rain this month, so far this year there has been 172.4 millimetres! As many people always try to do, something must be to blame for this, and here is the graph to prove it –

Sea Surf Temperature Averages off of 1971-2000 base period weekly means

From Wikipedia “During a period of La Niña, the sea surface temperature across the equatorial Eastern Central Pacific Ocean will be lower than normal by 0.5 °C. “

So we are definetly in a ‘La Nina’ season which means lots of rain for East coast Australia, with predictions that we won’t come out of it for at least another two months. Good news for the dams at least.

February 6th, 2008

The lassi played a last minute gig on Tuesday night at the “Bald Face Stag Hotel” in “Leichhardt” which were winners for “worst named hotel” and “hardest suburb to pronounce” consecutively in 2007.

As it was on a Tuesday night and there was not much notice there wasn’t much of a crowd, however, it did let me get some non-shakey tripod based footage of the entire gig. Here’s “Where are you” from half way through the set last night (strong language alert for the first 10 seconds) –

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PS: Still have not got a handheld camera.