September 1st, 2006

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Going solo at gigs

Any advice for going to a gig by oneself? I'm not a regular concertgoer, but tonight I'm off to Peninsula Lounge to see The Herd (plus support acts). I don't think it will be as bad as going alone to see a little-known band at a pub - standing in a corner, trying to sip a drink slowly while everyone else is there with someone else. But even though there'll be a substantial crowd, I still feel suddenly self-conscious...

(I say "substantial crowd", but the show's not sold out and the venue's not huge. Maybe I should have booked for the Hi-Fi Bar gig and tried to hide in the crowd...)

The photographer in my wants to follow the lead of andricongirl and take photos, but carrying a camera doesn't feel like a strategy for being less self-conscious. :-)

EDIT: Correction - the show is now sold out.
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Flickr, Tulips, Telephone surveys

If I didn't waste time on Flickr, I couldn't post properly here. Instead, I'll just have to deal with little snippets.

Flickr

You know you've spent too long on Flickr when you you're at a party in your dreams and bump into one of your Flickr contacts from the other side of the world. I sent her FlickrMail about it - fortunately she didn't think it was creepy (I didn't promise I wasn't stalking her in my dreams). :-)

Tulips

My new lens, with its wider apperture, takes sharp photos with the background blurred out nicely. But now it seems that some attention to what is in the background woud be a good idea: photos from the nursery on Sunday look good at first glance, but they have distracting things in the background (a nursery gets a bit busy/cluttered). Perhaps a visit to the Tulip Festival is in order this year (14/Sep - 11/Oct).

Telephone survey

Last week I spent six minutes on a phone call answering a survey about the customer service experience I had when calling American Express. The call, which I initially didn't remember making becaue it was so short, was simply to activate a new card. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate American Express as having good customer service, but a lousy approach to collecting customer feedback. They should advise their research company of the type of call and tailor the questions accordingly.
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Crashburn: he says | she says

I made the mistake of walking into a Video store at lunch today. I know I've said that DVDs are a waste on me - I'm lucky if I see them once, let alone multiple times - but I saw the DVDs for Crashburn and got sucked in. I figured that $22 is reasonable for a TV series. The problem now is finding time to watch the episodes I missed on TV...

Interesting to see that the disc is region-free and has no mention of copy-protection. Perhaps Madman have realised that Macrovision doesn't do much, and region coding is pointless for a local release.