I went to Hastings

It appeared shut and I stubbed my toe kicking the light switch out.

Ricky Ponting: Great player, average captain

So Aussie lose two tests in a row to South Africa, putting in further context the series loss in India (and sadly for the black caps, that series win).

Ricky Ponting is on track to be one of the top 5 greats of the gentle game, so it's a shame he is an arrogant punk.

Ponting either hates his players or is Mr Inflexible - prefering to try an injured Brett Lee over fit players who have better form.

Some might say Ponting has inherited a weak Aussie team after the retirement of key bowlers in recent times and this reflects his performance as a captain. I say compare to Stephen Fleming who had a perenially sub par team yet marshalled them superbly, coaxing some great team performances.

While Ponting leads with class from the middle with the bat, when on the field, he appears to expect performance rather than coerce and coax. Perhaps this is the way of a hard task master but perhaps Ricky Ponting could mother the young pups just a little than leaving them at the SPCA to fight for themselves.

Of course I'm just an arm chair critic, enjoying the summer in a pair of jandals and it could be that Africa were simply a better team today..

Trent Reznor Told Me

That every day was exactly the same.

But I don't believe him.


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Key word of the xmas break: xbox 360 cache clear

So like it appears plenty of xbox 360 and game were given as Xmas presents as plenty of searches for how to clear the cache of the xbox are being made on The Optimus Prime Experiment daily.

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Stop! Hammer Time

Awesome day in sunny hawkes bay, sux to be you Auckland or Palestine. Went to a rose garden and ate some pie. Went to a wedding, saw people I haven't seen since I was 12. Going to eat some more ham. It's hammer time! Jealous? Muchmay bray !

Merry Xmas from Saint Helliers bay !

The sun was threatening to shine so Jaybee and I ventured out to where the folk drink latte and eat ice creams while dodging seasonal gifts from seaguls.

st heliers bay rangitoto island pohutokawa

The pictures is of Rangitoto Island from St Heliers Bay, frames by the native NZ Xmas tree, the Pohutikawa.

Despite my grizzle grumps about Auckland, this area is quite nice.

Now, did u remember to get cream for the strawberries?!

Most over rated bands of 2008 and other finkings

Most overrated must be Kings of Leon. Good but not great. So hot right
now but so was Kanye West once and everyone hates him now.

What song should have been bigger ? Anika Moa's My Old Man. That song
had major potential written all over it. Shame Anika is not Dido or it
would have been a world wide smash.

Best cover of the year goes to Jay Z for Wonderwall at Glastonbury.
Noel was still right though!

Comeback of the year: can't decide between Metallica or R.E.M. So
Oasis get it for I'm Outta Time, a genuine classic easily up there
with the best of early 90s britpop mania.

Best blog about music set lists? Not sure . . .

GNR to release The Spaghetti Incident Volume Two

Following the lower than expected sales of the new Guns N Roses album, Chinese Democracy, GNR front man Axl Rose announced on the MyGNRForum.comwebsite that he would be releasing The Spaghetti Incident? Volume Two as an itunes only release. The album will feature tracks leftover from the original The Spaghetti Incident? sessions and a new cover of the Eurythmics 'Sweet Dreams'.

Axl stated "I've realised that only the die hard fans have bought Chinese Democracy out of respect for my abundant talents as a producer. The release of The Spaghetti Incident? Volume Two is a signal to to the broader fan base that I'm heading back to what made Guns N Roses famous in the first place - namely covers of bands that were popular in the 1980s. With respect to the Eurythmics song 'Sweet Dreams' , I figure if it worked for Marilyn Manson it should work for me. My braids are just as scary as him, if not more."

Other tracks on the album include the little known Gilby Clarke acoustic version of Duran Duran's 'Rio' and an alt rock version of Warrant's Cheery Pie. No Charles Manson songs are to be included this time round with Axl saying his intentions were pure last time but that he was like Pink and simply "Mizzunderstood"

Former Guns and Roses member Izzy Straddlin is said to be unconcerned that he does not appear on any on the songs despite his long term committment to the band. "If Axl wants to play covers again, that's cool with me, I'm just going to tour my solo album in France and then maybe hit the studio with Axl in the fall."

Slash could not be reached for comment after apparently suffering a bizzare trouser snake accident while holdiday in Tahiti.

H/T : The Spaghetti Incident?

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New Halo 3 Muliplayer Map Screenshot: Orbital

The boys of Bungie have released on their weekly up date what looks like a screen shot of a new Halo 3 Mulitplayer map, Orbital.


halo 3 orbital map screen shot bungie

I canz haardly wait. As that looks like a pretty sweet sniper alley....


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Where the wild things are

Does James Hetfield hunt you down all nightmare long? What about Big Bird. What would happen if Big Bird joined Metallica. Would he eat Lars? What about the Grouch? Why should Metallica get an oscar?

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We're a garageband

So like when I have a garage I have decided it will be filled with guitars, amps and a beat up drum kit, and some screwdrivers.

We come from garage land. 

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