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Hard News: Blended!

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  • Megan Wegan,

    It really was a fabulous night. I now have a complete girl crush on Emily Perkins. (I went and bought the comic this morning, having been too excited about talking to everyone to remember to do it on the night.)

    As I told you (somewhat....happily) on the night, you all did an amazing job.

    Pls pls pls can we have a Wellington one soon? And seeing as I have to be in Christchurch about a dozen times in the foreseeable future, a Christchurch one too.

    [ETA: Another highlight of the night: Robyn Gallagher's tweets about the Original Gangsta Bytchyz Annual General Meeting appearing on the big screen.]

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I now have a complete girl crush on Emily Perkins.

    Neatly matched by Craig's crush on "studmuffin" Karl ;-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22849 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Another highlight of the night: Robyn Gallagher's tweets about the Original Gangsta Bytchyz Annual General Meeting appearing on the big screen.

    You know, it started as a bit of a joke, knowing that #ogb tagged tweets were being projected at the event. But after a while, others starting joining in on the fun, and it became a way that people who couldn't attend the OGB could still have some lolz on a Friday night.

    Just so you know, the Original Gangsta Bytchyz will be making an appearance at the OGB in Wellington. Consider this a warning, yo.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Skyview? I thought that it added ambience and was a brilliant solution for carrying a Twitter feed. I'd like to thank Simon Butcher from Innovative Markets for agreeing to spend about 3 or 4 hours of his time between midday and 1am installing the AV balloon and waiving his normal $1000+gst fee (after I hassled him for ages to do so).
    Cheers.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 371 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Neatly matched by Craig's crush on "studmuffin" Karl ;-)

    Hey, I'm a sucker for an artist who doesn't look all malnourished and scruffy. Deeply superficial I am.

    And I hate to be (slightly) Grinch-y about a thoroughly excellent night, but the acoustics in the Wintergarden are *cough* somewhat challenging and, from the middle of the seating, I could hardly hear the fabulous Silke Hartung over the dull roar from the bar.

    Silke tweeted she had a fabulous time, regardless, but respect peeps! These Great Blends only work because of the extraordinary generosity and hard work of a lot of fabulously talented people. Don't take it for granted.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Hey, on Friday night Lance Wiggs tweeted this intriguing photo of the new design for PA:

    http://twitpic.com/2my98n

    What's the story?

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    What's the story?

    Forthcoming site revamp, unites "classic" and System, all in HTML 5, tons of under-the-hood improvements, front-page feature photos, etc.

    ETA? Not quite sure ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22849 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    ETA? Not quite sure ...

    Previews/test-drives for PA writers? And/or are you taking suggestions?

    front-page feature photos

    This I like.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Previews/test-drives for PA writers? And/or are you taking suggestions?

    I've been meaning to, honest, but Matt had a couple of things he wanted to nail before I showed it to y'all. I'll send through some samples today.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22849 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Young,

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 573 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    I've been meaning to, honest, but Matt had a couple of things he wanted to nail before I showed it to y'all.

    No worries. Excited to see it. Vamping is fun, revamping even more so :-)

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Aric Sigman at it again report... (sorry guys...)

    How could you...I just about lost my lunch! The Daily Mail is probably a suitable home for a fruit-loop such as Aric (which is semiotically close to ache or arse?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Young,

    And I see the evils of Teletubbitry are fodder for the fulminations of the foolish once again... Never mind, I've directed Russell to the guilty URL, so it may be regurgitated in a future column. Sorry, Geoff.

    Craig :)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 573 posts Report Reply

  • Morgan Nichol,

    I thought the Blend really turned a corner, after not entirely enjoying the previous couple. (Most recent one mainly because of that bloody harddrive music left repeating ad nauseum at far too loud a volume - it was fun once, but got grating quickly.)

    Great venue, even the loud chatterers added energy to the room, made it a bit difficult to hear sometimes, but they seemed to be enjoying themselves, so who can blame them.

    One thing about the venue - is it stitched up by DB? Heineken is really awful, so if DB haven't contracted a requirement to only serve rubbish, how about instead offering something a bit nicer from one of the locally owned breweries? I'm sure (as I tweeted) that Luke from Epic will do something for you, he has been kind enough to provide (partial) sponsorship for other small events around the city, so I know he'd be down.

    It was my girlfriend's first Blend, and she really enjoyed it as well.

    Nicely done.

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    And where were you, Mr Nicol? I never even saw you.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Morgan Nichol,

    And where were you, Mr Nicol? I never even saw you.

    Right at the back on the left side facing the stage. In chatterer central. Standing sometimes, sitting others.

    Then later on, standing looking aghast as people scrambled for art, more or less sight unseen. That's not how I like to see art treated, but people will do as they wish. Frenzy (not quite, really, but let me be hyperbolic) driven by the forced scarcity, I think, people not wanting to feel like they'd missed out. Luckily I only liked one of the panels, and only saw it outside the venue, and long after it had been snapped up, so I could just stand quietly judging my friends while the lolly scramble was underway.

    (Said friends actually got what would make a fucking ace triptych, but unfortunately the panels are now split between three houses, never again to be reunited, and not nearly as nice as single pieces, IMO.)

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Then later on, standing looking aghast as people scrambled for art, more or less sight unseen. That's not how I like to see art treated, but people will do as they wish.

    Nah. It was robustly-produced art sold in a robust fashion -- although I think I missed the most frenzied period.

    I liked the idea of the artists selling work they'd made that day, direct to the customer (we did pay them fees as well). I think they were very happy with it -- not least because the alternative, no one buying any, would have been much worse.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22849 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    (Said friends actually got what would make a fucking ace triptych, but unfortunately the panels are now split between three houses, never again to be reunited, and not nearly as nice as single pieces, IMO.)

    Later having seen they had 3, I assumed it was a triptych ( why would they have 3 otherwise) but must admit it followed with a tinge of sadness contemplating each whole piece's fate, remembering how powerful they looked on stage.
    Also agree with the beer thing. I would have enjoyed an Epic, and consequently would not have got so trashed on red wine sans food combo.Plus I suspect I was one guilty of a little chatter but so many people so little time. I couldn't hear up the back anyway as the bar was behind us and did a marvelous job of competing with Russell and Simon.. Thought it was quite muffled and too far back to hear Mr Grigg well but the photos were great.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Morgan Nichol,

    Nah. It was robustly-produced art sold in a robust fashion -- although I think I missed the most frenzied period.

    I liked the idea of the artists selling work they'd made that day, direct to the customer (we did pay them fees as well). I think they were very happy with it -- not least because the alternative, no one buying any, would have been much worse.

    Don't get me wrong, I thought it was a brilliant idea, and if there'd been a piece I liked I would have grabbed one up myself. I just didn't like seeing my friends scrimmaging around snatching things off the floor is all.

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I just didn't like seeing my friends scrimmaging around snatching things off the floor is all.

    Remind me not to invite you to the next PAS lolly scramble.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Morgan Nichol,

    Remind me not to invite you to the next PAS lolly scramble.

    I'd be an ideal invitee, as I wouldn't grab any, so you'd get more for yourself.

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Morgan Nichol,

    Though then I'd probably try to scab the best selections from other people. Anyone have any fudge? Pralines?

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Egg and Cream Macintosh's toffees, surely?

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    You can't go past Ferrero Rocher. Really.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    What kind of lollie scrambles are you guys going to?

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

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