The Melangogost

Sigh. Still a lot of life-admin to do. Some part of me was feeling so positive about this evening that I thought I’d come back and write half a dozen songs for The Public Betas. Needless to say, I haven’t, but rather had a pleasant evening of cooking and online grocery shopping with Monkey Sister. Which has been nice – am resolved to be less anti-social, acknowledge that I’ll never manage to read the whole internet, and spend more time with people. Which, methinks, is a good amibition.

That said, I do have a few things I’d like to blog about, and think I might do a kind of melange blog post. A melangogost, if you will. And even if you won’t. The things are:

New music (to me, anyway): listening to [[Gotan Project]] (thanks Nick), [[The Fratellis]], Athelete and more. Getting into my Indie a little (INDIE), but still looking for new recommendations. Tell me of more of these, how do you call them, bands? Also listening to The Minutes Music, which I do quite like even though they are my friends… ;)

New outlook: the whole turning 26 thing shouldn’t have mattered. But I no longer think of myself as ‘yoof’, really, as the last vestige of that fell away when I ceased to be entitled to a YP travel card. So I’ve made a list of things I want to achieve; big, difficult things that I really, really need to do to make my life more… exciting. Will keep you posted. The list currently stands at:

    travel (have holidays to Havana and Edinburgh booked, which is something)
    write novel (erm, slow progress)
    band/music (well, I have a myspace page),
    get fit (more on that soon…)
    get driving license (have established I’m entitled to swap my Malaysian license for a UK one, I just need to order the form off the non-functional DVLA site)
    buy house (nope, no chance)
    get famous (erm, stranger things have happened?)
    get rich (erm, again?)

New path: I have, for no particular reason, started to be quite interested in Ninja stuff. Well, there is a reason; it’s this website. It’s unbelievably funny. It confirms my belief that little is funnier than ninjas or pirates (Guybrush Threepwood AND Johnny Depp are testament to that truth). Much as I’d like to follow the path of a pirate, I think using my newly purchased sword (oh yes), I can make better use of time by learning the way of (some form of martial art). My sister’s bloke, the Keeper of the Goat, might agree to show me some useful sword forms. He’s an Aikido master and I think has a grade three belt in grass intimidation (ok, not my joke, which you’ll note if you watch the askaninja videos…).

New season: Winter is annoying me. I mean to kick its ass this year.

New puns: ‘oyster moment’… it was touch and go. My Monkey Sister is a genius.

And that’s it for now. I’m going to go practice some sword forms… and then maybe do a little composing for The Public Betas. Wish me luck!

Update: Managed to both learn some sword forms and write some music tonight (although the sword forms need work, and the music sounds a little too much like the Smashing Pumpkins…) — still, a start!