Monthly Archives: December 2008

★ Pain Free Cricket Stats

I’ve been watching a bit of the cricket lately with a lot of interest, specifically the Australia vs South Africa series. The reason, the Pain Gone Pen.

Yep, that little pain relief device that I’ve mentioned here a number of times before. Apparently the South African cricket team uses the Pain Gone pen to relieve the aches and pains during the game, and pretty well every time someone talks about it on the television, in the news papers, or any of the online coverage, we get a load of traffic and orders through our website!

You only have to do a quick Google Search to see how much coverage the Pain Gone pen is getting from the South African cricket team’s use of the device over here. The visitor stats for the Pain Gone website reflect the coverage as well, each time the South African team physio uses it on one of the players we see a big influx of visitors on the website.

Maybe the Pain Gone pen is South Africa’s new secret weapon, and quick glance at the tv says the Aussies could do with a little secret weapon as well….looks like they’re about to lose the series.

I think I’m going to send the Australian Cricket Team a couple of Pain Gone pens, see if we can’t get a win in the New Year Test Match in Sydney!

 

★ Pain Free Cricket Stats

I’ve been watching a bit of the cricket lately with a lot of interest, specifically the Australia vs South Africa series. The reason, the Pain Gone Pen.

Yep, that little pain relief device that I’ve mentioned here a number of times before. Apparently the South African cricket team uses the Pain Gone pen to relieve the aches and pains during the game, and pretty well every time someone talks about it on the television, in the news papers, or any of the online coverage, we get a load of traffic and orders through our website!

You only have to do a quick Google Search to see how much coverage the Pain Gone pen is getting from the South African cricket team’s use of the device over here. The visitor stats for the Pain Gone website reflect the coverage as well, each time the South African team physio uses it on one of the players we see a big influx of visitors on the website.

Maybe the Pain Gone pen is South Africa’s new secret weapon, and quick glance at the tv says the Aussies could do with a little secret weapon as well….looks like they’re about to lose the series.

I think I’m going to send the Australian Cricket Team a couple of Pain Gone pens, see if we can’t get a win in the New Year Test Match in Sydney!

 

Pain Free Cricket Stats

I’ve been watching a bit of the cricket lately with a lot of interest, specifically the Australia vs South Africa series. The reason, the Pain Gone Pen.

Yep, that little pain relief device that I’ve mentioned here a number of times before. Apparently the South African cricket team uses the Pain Gone pen to relieve the aches and pains during the game, and pretty well every time someone talks about it on the television, in the news papers, or any of the online coverage, we get a load of traffic and orders through our website!

You only have to do a quick Google Search to see how much coverage the Pain Gone pen is getting from the South African cricket team’s use of the device over here. The visitor stats for the Pain Gone website reflect the coverage as well, each time the South African team physio uses it on one of the players we see a big influx of visitors on the website.

Maybe the Pain Gone pen is South Africa’s new secret weapon, and quick glance at the tv says the Aussies could do with a little secret weapon as well….looks like they’re about to lose the series.

I think I’m going to send the Australian Cricket Team a couple of Pain Gone pens, see if we can’t get a win in the New Year Test Match in Sydney!

 

★ Oh shoot, where is the time going?

This is just a quick referral back to a previous article where I mentioned a bunch of things I wanted to get done these holidays. Well the first week is over and what have I managed to do? Nothing at all!

That’s not entirely true I guess as I have played two rounds of golf, and I’m playing again on Tuesday morning. Plus there was Christmas and that’s three days where it’s impossible to get much done.

Hrmm, maybe I need to get strict on myself and get one thing on the list done by New Years. Ok, how about I get either the redesign of this site done or the redesign of Pain Gone done. Maybe both.

In other news I bought a new bike. I got a Giant Talon XC Mountain Bike. It’s pretty awesome, nice to ride, fun to ride. I used to do a lot of riding, mostly downhill mountain biking, and after an injury I pretty well stopped and with that I probably put on a few extra kg’s as well. So instead of a New Years resolution to lose some weight and get more exercise, I always break my resolutions, I decided to start early and get some motivation happening before. So far so good.

The other cool thing with the whole riding / exercise thing is that I grabbed a GPS / Mapping app for my iPhone called Trails, basically it uses the iPhone’s GPS to map where you’re riding / hiking / running / whatever. You can export the maps as well, so expect to see a few of my rides turning up on here sooner or later.

And last but not least, today I finally got around to buying more herbs and vegetables for my garden. So now I’m growing Basil, Parsley, Chives, Celeriac, Thai Mint, Mint, Thyme, Sage, Coriander, Strawberries, Carrots, Rocket, and Asparagus. I planted all the herbs plus the Strawberries in a couple of planters and a garden bed just outside our front door, and the rest is going in a garden bed out the back that I need to do some work on tomorrow. I think I’m also going to buy some Chillies, Lettuce, Zucchini, Cucumber, Beans, and a few other vegetables for the bed out the back.

You can expect most of those herbs to turn up in some recipes blogs sooner or later.

Anyway, take it easy and I’ll probably catch you all in the New Year!

Herbs

Herbs

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★ Oh shoot, where is the time going?

This is just a quick referral back to a previous article where I mentioned a bunch of things I wanted to get done these holidays. Well the first week is over and what have I managed to do? Nothing at all!

That’s not entirely true I guess as I have played two rounds of golf, and I’m playing again on Tuesday morning. Plus there was Christmas and that’s three days where it’s impossible to get much done.

Hrmm, maybe I need to get strict on myself and get one thing on the list done by New Years. Ok, how about I get either the redesign of this site done or the redesign of Pain Gone done. Maybe both.

In other news I bought a new bike. I got a Giant Talon XC Mountain Bike. It’s pretty awesome, nice to ride, fun to ride. I used to do a lot of riding, mostly downhill mountain biking, and after an injury I pretty well stopped and with that I probably put on a few extra kg’s as well. So instead of a New Years resolution to lose some weight and get more exercise, I always break my resolutions, I decided to start early and get some motivation happening before. So far so good.

The other cool thing with the whole riding / exercise thing is that I grabbed a GPS / Mapping app for my iPhone called Trails, basically it uses the iPhone’s GPS to map where you’re riding / hiking / running / whatever. You can export the maps as well, so expect to see a few of my rides turning up on here sooner or later.

And last but not least, today I finally got around to buying more herbs and vegetables for my garden. So now I’m growing Basil, Parsley, Chives, Celeriac, Thai Mint, Mint, Thyme, Sage, Coriander, Strawberries, Carrots, Rocket, and Asparagus. I planted all the herbs plus the Strawberries in a couple of planters and a garden bed just outside our front door, and the rest is going in a garden bed out the back that I need to do some work on tomorrow. I think I’m also going to buy some Chillies, Lettuce, Zucchini, Cucumber, Beans, and a few other vegetables for the bed out the back.

You can expect most of those herbs to turn up in some recipes blogs sooner or later.

Anyway, take it easy and I’ll probably catch you all in the New Year!

Herbs

Herbs

herb-garden.jpg

★ I'm With The Band's 2008 reader poll, my votes

As you probably know by now we’ve been running a reader poll over on I’m With The Band, the aim being to find out from our readers what they thought were the best albums released in 2008. Well the poll is now closed and while we’re going through all the results, and working out the prize packs, I figured I would share with you my Top 5 Albums of 2008.

Without further pomp and ceremony, here’s my Top 5 Albums of 2008.

At number 5 we have Bayside‘s album Shudder.

Another solid release from these New Yorkers, I think it’s about their 3rd or 4th full length release, not including live albums. With each release the band has grown musically, and this album is no exception. The album opener Boy kicks the album off, No One Understands, and I Can’t Go On really carry the rest of the album, and Moceanu is just really different with kind of a polka vibe happening. Really looking forward to catching their set at Soundwave.

At number 4 it’s Rise Against‘s album Appeal To Reason.

The last Rise Against album, The Sufferer and the Witness, was possibly the best album I bought last year, miles above everything else. This album didn’t quite live up to that, however there are a number of really solid songs that pushed it up into my top 5 and keep the CD in my car, The Dirt Whispered, and The Heads Unworthy just to name a couple.

The third place was taken by local Newcastle rockers Here Come The Birds with their self-titled ep.

Some times in these reader polls people will throw in a token local to make up the numbers, this is not one of those choices. Quite honestly Here Come The Birds debut ep made it into this list on their own merits, definitely some of the best music I’ve heard all year. It was no surprise to see them win the Tooheys Extra Dry uncharTED Competition earlier this year, and I’m pretty sure 2009 will be an even bigger and better year for the band.

Alkaline Trio‘s album Agony & Irony comes in at number 2.

It was pretty difficult to put this album in 2nd spot as I’m such a huge fan of Alkaline Trio, however it didn’t quite hit home as strongly as Crimson or From Here To Infirmary. Stand out tracks are Into The Night, I Found Away, and In Vein. I don’t care who is on the other stages at Soundwave, these guys are a must see.

And a very very easy number 1 is Kings of Leon‘s 4th studio release Only By The Night.

A stellar album through out, The Kings of Leon 4th studio album is an absolute cracker. The day I bought the album I think I listened to it through and through at least 5 times, it was just that good from the get go. Stand out tracks…..the whole album! Simple as that! If you didn’t get tickets to their upcoming tour, you may just have missed on the tour of the year for 2009.

There were a few other bands with releases that came pretty close to making the list, Funeral For A Friend, The Amity Affliction, Underoath, NERD, Kanye West, Death Cab For Cutie, but for one reason or another they just didn’t quite make the final 5.

Anyway, we’ll be announcing all the results the first week of January, and soon there after we’ll start sending out the prize packs.

Stay tuned!

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★ I’m With The Band’s 2008 reader poll, my votes

As you probably know by now we’ve been running a reader poll over on I’m With The Band, the aim being to find out from our readers what they thought were the best albums released in 2008. Well the poll is now closed and while we’re going through all the results, and working out the prize packs, I figured I would share with you my Top 5 Albums of 2008.

Without further pomp and ceremony, here’s my Top 5 Albums of 2008.

At number 5 we have Bayside‘s album Shudder.

Another solid release from these New Yorkers, I think it’s about their 3rd or 4th full length release, not including live albums. With each release the band has grown musically, and this album is no exception. The album opener Boy kicks the album off, No One Understands, and I Can’t Go On really carry the rest of the album, and Moceanu is just really different with kind of a polka vibe happening. Really looking forward to catching their set at Soundwave.

At number 4 it’s Rise Against‘s album Appeal To Reason.

The last Rise Against album, The Sufferer and the Witness, was possibly the best album I bought last year, miles above everything else. This album didn’t quite live up to that, however there are a number of really solid songs that pushed it up into my top 5 and keep the CD in my car, The Dirt Whispered, and The Heads Unworthy just to name a couple.

The third place was taken by local Newcastle rockers Here Come The Birds with their self-titled ep.

Some times in these reader polls people will throw in a token local to make up the numbers, this is not one of those choices. Quite honestly Here Come The Birds debut ep made it into this list on their own merits, definitely some of the best music I’ve heard all year. It was no surprise to see them win the Tooheys Extra Dry uncharTED Competition earlier this year, and I’m pretty sure 2009 will be an even bigger and better year for the band.

Alkaline Trio‘s album Agony & Irony comes in at number 2.

It was pretty difficult to put this album in 2nd spot as I’m such a huge fan of Alkaline Trio, however it didn’t quite hit home as strongly as Crimson or From Here To Infirmary. Stand out tracks are Into The Night, I Found Away, and In Vein. I don’t care who is on the other stages at Soundwave, these guys are a must see.

And a very very easy number 1 is Kings of Leon‘s 4th studio release Only By The Night.

A stellar album through out, The Kings of Leon 4th studio album is an absolute cracker. The day I bought the album I think I listened to it through and through at least 5 times, it was just that good from the get go. Stand out tracks…..the whole album! Simple as that! If you didn’t get tickets to their upcoming tour, you may just have missed on the tour of the year for 2009.

There were a few other bands with releases that came pretty close to making the list, Funeral For A Friend, The Amity Affliction, Underoath, NERD, Kanye West, Death Cab For Cutie, but for one reason or another they just didn’t quite make the final 5.

Anyway, we’ll be announcing all the results the first week of January, and soon there after we’ll start sending out the prize packs.

Stay tuned!

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★ The last day of office work

Well today is my last day of working in the SCHILLER office, for this year at least. It’s been a long year, but fairly positive considering all this global financial fun that’s been happening.

So now I have about 3 and a bit weeks of leave ahead of me, and plenty of plans locked in. I figured I might put a bit of a list together and see how much of it I can check off at the end of the holidays.

Here’s what I would like to get done;

  • the re-design of this blog (see image at end of post)
  • more regular posting on Cool & Stuff
  • quick update and base re-design of Pain Gone
  • start and finish the Beauty By Blush website
  • finish off the Real Estate Photography Professional’s website
  • launch a little side project (more details later)
  • publish at least 10 new recipes on this blog

Notice I don’t mention any housework, gardening, home improvements, etc…. ha

Also, I’m going to try and play golf at least twice a week, and hit the driving range twice a week. Ideally I’m looking to get my handicap into the teens, it’s just been dropped from 32 to 27 after I won ‘C Grade’ a couple of weeks back.

So there you go, it’s a fair amount to achieve in 3 weeks along with the day to day things, but hey you’ve got to challenge yourself a little bit right.

Ok so here’s the image I’ve been playing around in Photoshop for the re-design of this site. The basic idea I’m going for is clean and simple, thumbnail pictures with each article, simple navigation, and a feature article area. Nothing too hard to code here, just need to slice the images down and tweak a little bit of the current code.

Anyway, I’m finishing work in about an hour so I best look like I’m working on works stuff. haha

★ The last day of office work

Well today is my last day of working in the SCHILLER office, for this year at least. It’s been a long year, but fairly positive considering all this global financial fun that’s been happening.

So now I have about 3 and a bit weeks of leave ahead of me, and plenty of plans locked in. I figured I might put a bit of a list together and see how much of it I can check off at the end of the holidays.

Here’s what I would like to get done;

  • the re-design of this blog (see image at end of post)
  • more regular posting on Cool & Stuff
  • quick update and base re-design of Pain Gone
  • start and finish the Beauty By Blush website
  • finish off the Real Estate Photography Professional’s website
  • launch a little side project (more details later)
  • publish at least 10 new recipes on this blog

Notice I don’t mention any housework, gardening, home improvements, etc…. ha

Also, I’m going to try and play golf at least twice a week, and hit the driving range twice a week. Ideally I’m looking to get my handicap into the teens, it’s just been dropped from 32 to 27 after I won ‘C Grade’ a couple of weeks back.

So there you go, it’s a fair amount to achieve in 3 weeks along with the day to day things, but hey you’ve got to challenge yourself a little bit right.

Ok so here’s the image I’ve been playing around in Photoshop for the re-design of this site. The basic idea I’m going for is clean and simple, thumbnail pictures with each article, simple navigation, and a feature article area. Nothing too hard to code here, just need to slice the images down and tweak a little bit of the current code.

Anyway, I’m finishing work in about an hour so I best look like I’m working on works stuff. haha

★ Hyundai A-League

For what it’s worth, the standard of refereeing in the Hyundai A-League is poor at best.

I watch a lot of football, and time and time again I am ashamed of what I see on the pitch in Australia. The A-League needs to lift its game and get some more formal referee training, or something along those lines, happening.

We pay a lot of money as spectators, our respective teams pay a lot of money for players, and their sponsors all pay a lot of money for branding. All in all that’s a whole lot of money floating around the system, and a lot of potential loss for all involved if the standard of refereeing doesn’t lift.

Time to lift your form guys and gals in those black uniforms……and I’m not talking about you Wellington.

★ Hyundai A-League

For what it’s worth, the standard of refereeing in the Hyundai A-League is poor at best.

I watch a lot of football, and time and time again I am ashamed of what I see on the pitch in Australia. The A-League needs to lift its game and get some more formal referee training, or something along those lines, happening.

We pay a lot of money as spectators, our respective teams pay a lot of money for players, and their sponsors all pay a lot of money for branding. All in all that’s a whole lot of money floating around the system, and a lot of potential loss for all involved if the standard of refereeing doesn’t lift.

Time to lift your form guys and gals in those black uniforms……and I’m not talking about you Wellington.

Vietnamese Stuffed Chicken Wings (teaser 2)

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I figured I should give you all a little warning about the ingredient list you’ll need to make the upcoming Vietnamese Stuffed Chicken Wings as there is a couple of ingredients that aren’t necessarily the easiest things to find.

So here we go, everything you’ll need;

  • 12 Large Chicken Wings
  • 250gm Uncooked Prawns
  • 100gm Pork Mince
  • Bean Thread Vermicelli Noodles
  • Peanut Oil
  • 1 Green Shallot
  • Fresh Lemon Grass (1 ‘stick’ should be enough)
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • Fish Sauce
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 can of Water Chestnuts
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves

I didn’t have too much hassle getting all of those ingredients together at our local Coles, but they’re fairly good with most Asian ingredients.

At this stage it’s looking likely that I’m going to make this up again this Sunday, and possibly another entree style dish or two, as we’ve got a friend coming over for dinner so it’d be nice to go all out and have a bit of an Asian banquet, as per Cath’s request…hah.

Anyway, stay tuned for part 3…

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Vietnamese Stuffed Chicken Wings (teaser)

I’ve been pretty busy lately with work and everything, picked up 4 new web design clients aside from the 9-5 job, so I haven’t been doing a lot of cooking lately beyond meat and three veg. A couple of weeks back I did however make some really nice Vietnamese Stuffed Chicken Wings, but in the mess, rush, and confusion, I didn’t record the recipe or shoot enough photos showing the process.

BUT

I’m going to make them again this weekend, and will definitely make sure I capture enough images, and of course the recipe. For now though I’ll leave you with a few teaser photos.

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★ My favourite albums, what are yours?

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Music is a passion of mine. I can’t write or play a note, and believe me when I say I really really can’t sing, however there is music playing around me all day every day.

When I’m at work I have iTunes open and playing on shuffle, when I’m at home it’s the same, and when I’m in the car their is either a CD playing or the radio is on. You only have to go to my lifestream page here, or my last.fm profile, to see for yourself that there’s always something playing.

So anyway, I’ve been setting up the 2008 I’m With The Band & Reverb Magazine Readers Poll and I got to thinking, what are my favourite albums / eps from this year…and actually what are my favourite all time albums.

When you listen to so much music, and as the editor of an online music magazine you hear new stuff all the time, it’s sometimes hard to remember what you’ve heard. Occasionally there is music that really stands out, some times not for good reasons, but more often than not it’s all a auditory blur.

I don’t know if it’s the same for other people who are surrounded by music, but I always struggle to commit to my favourite albums. There’s a load of stuff that I listen to a lot and I suppose I could call them my favourites, no way could I cull the list to 5, or even 10.

Anyway, here’s a load of albums that are my favourites, and in no particular order…

  • Alkaline Trio – Good Mourning
  • Bayside (self titled)
  • Alexisonfire – Crisis
  • The Cure – Wish
  • Enter Shikari – Take To The Skies
  • Evergreen Terrace – Writers Block (best covers album ever)
  • Singles – Movie Soundtrack (best soundtrack ever)
  • Funeral For A Friend – Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation
  • Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
  • The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium
  • Nirvana – Incesticide
  • Pearl Jam – Ten
  • Pearl Jam – Pearl Jam
  • Rise Against – The Sufferer and The Witness
  • Weezer – Pinkerton
  • Brand New – Deja Entendu

That’s probably the main list, like if I could only have however many CDs to get me through the rest of my life then these guys would all be on the list. From there it gets really difficult as there’s loads more albums that are so close to being so damn good but maybe I’m being too critical on them. arrghh. See my dilemma!

Hrmm, I could probably continue a music related rant forever and a day, but that would probably end up boring a lot of people.

So tell me, what are your favourite albums. Make it a Top 5, Top 10, whatever you like. I’d love to know what you’re all listening to out there.

And if you spare a couple of minutes, go vote in the I’m With The Band & Reverb Magazine Reader Poll!