Friday music choice 1.7.11

Another slice of unique brilliance from Mutemath, as a teaser for their new album Odd Souls coming out in October. Can’t wait!

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Well done Bundy!

Well done to Bundy’s company Hampton Jones!!

Hampton Jones have been appointed by the Ministry of Education to undertake a national survey of their school buildings.  The survey will cover approximately 1760 schools across the country and will focus on buildings built or modified after 1994.

I think Bundy will be a busy boy for the next wee while- maybe he should invest in a chopper?!

Time with Tom

My esteemed friend Tom Newton-Smith was in town recently and i took a week off to hang out together; it was great timing as we got perfect weather and that meant we got to spend time in great cafes, enjoy the waterfront, do some mountain biking at Makara Peak and also go sailing with my mate Graeme. All in all, a top notch week with a good mate!

On the harbour with the boys; Graeme’s boat was out of action so he took us out on an RPNYC Academy boat which was great fun despite the lack of wind. We did manage to catch a good sized kahawai for dinner though, which was delicious with some good chips and bottle of sauv blanc!

We also hired some Avanti Vapour bikes from Mud Cycles in Karori and hit the trails at Makara Peak which was great fun, but very tiring as we did the grand loop of going up Koru, Sally Alley, Missing Link and Aratihi to the top and then down North Face, Ridgeline, Ridgeline Extension, Swigg and Starfish.

We also sampled some good food and beer at Foxglove; the gigantic chips were awesome as was the Nelson golden ale!

Tom took a few panoramic pictures with his fancy camera and they came out pretty well. Here is one he took of Oriental Parade.

And this is one taken from the top of Makara Peak looking across to the South Island in the top left hand corner.

Moneyball

Based on the true story of Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team who used analysis and a new, nontraditional sabermetric approach to scouting players in order to create a more competitive baseball team, although Oakland’s revenue system was a major disadvantage to the team. The film is based on the 2003 book of the same name written by Michael M. Lewis.