September 1st, 2006


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.

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.


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). :-)


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.

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.