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01 July 2009 @ 09:48 am
Currently in Melbourne at my Dad's place, and I have to say, I'm really glad I came. I cam on Monday, but we didn't get to my Dad's house until late because the train service is being idiotic again. After a few cancelled trains, it was 4:30pm before we got home, so we didn't really get to do anything.

However, yesterday we ended up going to the Melbourne Museum to see the Pompeii Exhibition. It was really good - there were lots of old artefacts that had been dug up from the remains of the city, and a step-by-step 3D presentation of what happened there in the space of 24 hours. (though I didn't use the 3D glasses; they make my eyes and head ache) There were even some plaster casts of some of the people who were buried by the massive pyroclastic flow there. (was a little sad, though. All of them looked like they would have been scared out of their wits when it was happening...)

When we came out of the museum I got some photos of the Exhibition Building, too; God, what a sight that place is. It was a magnificent piece of archetecture. It looks a lot like a castle - and the top looks a bit like... the round top part of that really famous building in India, that I can't remember the name of. O.o Was awesome.

I also saw someone reading a Discworld novel on the tram, and the first thing I thought was, "Wow, someone's not reading Twilight?" Sad, huh? I see Twilight wherever I go, and it really gets under my skin. You get on the train, someone's reading Twilight. You get on the bus, someone's reading Twilight. You go to school, at least three people are reading Twilight. *rolls eyes*

Not doing much today, except going to the library. That's hardly worth chronicling, so I'll finish up here. XD
Current Mood: tiredtired
quettalinde: gleequettalinde on July 1st, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
I wanna hear all about the exhibit when you get back! XD Seriously, that sounds so cool. I also want pictures.

lol That's kind of a sad first thought. :( I don't see many people reading Twilight here, but I know it's still selling pretty well. I see many, many fewer people reading Discworld books, though. This is a shame.

Hope the rest of your trip is good! XD
MoonlightAuroramoonlightaurora on July 1st, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
XD Well, I'm not back, but I believe I have poorly connected Internet for the next two hours. :D No pictures of the Pompeii stuff, unfortunately, because I didn't have any battery. I have some of the Exhibition Building, though, which looks pretty darn awesome.

I know - that's the first thing I thought after thinking that sad thought. *sigh* I refused to allow myself to be seen publically reading that book while I was. XD That's the first time I've noticed someone reading a Discworld novel, though. (even though I've been taking one of them all over Melbourne, but I don't count) It's a shame. I'm trying to corrupt friends of mine with it. XD

So do I! Dad's taking me to the cinema and to a couple of bookstores tomorrow, so I'm very happy. ^^ Still not sure what we'll see...
quettalindequettalinde on July 1st, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)
And I, sadly, believe that I'm heading to bed in a sec. I have a long and early(ish) day tomorrow, and I'm already sleepy. :( So, when you get back, yes, for sure. *nods* Too bad that you didn't manage any Pompeii photos.

I think I've seen Pratchett readers before, but I can't remember where or when. ^^; Good luck with the corruption! XD

Ooooh, cinema! Bookstores! Esp. the bookstores! I hope you get lots of books.
MoonlightAuroramoonlightaurora on July 2nd, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Ah well. Hope your day wasn't too tiring. *hug* We had some real hassles with the train service coming home! It was a nightmare! I've never seen V/Line so disorganised. Okay, so it sort-of was (of course) Conex's fault... but still. Rest of the day was great... :D

So long as they're out there, eh? Most people don't read on transport, so you're even less likely to see familiar books. (unless they're called Twilight. *sighs*) Thank-you! I shall do my very best. XP

Well, my Dad got me Going Postal. Without even telling me. Turns out he'd been flipping through Guards! Guards! while I wasn't looking, after I said I really liked Pratchett's stories. So he went into the store and picked one pretty-much at random. XD
quettalindequettalinde on July 2nd, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
No, not tiring. Just looooooong. Spent half an hour fighting with the bus system to get to my friends, spent the next 6 hours fooling around on both sides of a camera, spent three hours watching videos on Youtube and playing cards, got home 45 minutes ago. *yawns*

Yes, exactly! XD How come people don't read on transit? They do all the time here.

Oooh, Going Postal! You'll like that one, I think, though the humour's more subtle and understated than in the earlier novels. :)
MoonlightAuroramoonlightaurora on July 2nd, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Wow, seems you had some fun. XD Long day. O_o We ended up spending almost two hours (after getting up at 6am) on the train before it even moved, because some Conex train got tangled up in the electrical wiring and pulled it down all over the line ahead, and wasn't moved for ages. DX My dad missed his dental appointment, and we both missed the movie we were going to see when we were back. *sigh*

Some do. Maybe one for every three carriages. It's usually a crime novel or Twilight. I know I shouldn't be a sticky beak, but yah... XD

I like the look of it, anyway, from what I can tell on the blurb. :)
quettalindequettalinde on July 2nd, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, I did. And I think I got some good photos, though I haven't looked at more than just camera viewfinder versions yet. >> You had a long day too, didn't you? Wow. That's a long time to be marooned on a train like that. Too bad about the movie. Which was it?

Mkay. I'd estimate 4-8 people per bus section here (because some buses come segmented and are technically two buses long). It's usually a mystery/crime novel or a romance, though the buses going to the university and back have lots of textbooks and there are sci-fi/fantasies scattered here and there. ^^
MoonlightAuroramoonlightaurora on July 2nd, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
Oh, well, that sounds good! I hope your photos turned out well~! Yeah, I did... *yawns* I reason, though, it's better than going over broken/occupied track. X.X We were going to see Land of the Lost, because my dad thought it looked funny. I wasn't so sure, but I was willing to give it a shot. So much for that. >> I know I want to see Coraline when it's finally released here, though.

Gee. That's a lot of readers. Oo I rarely see sci/fi fantasy novels, which is a shame, although it might be due to the numbers of people seen reading here. I haven't seen many romances, come to think of it. It's all mystery and crime. And the odd textbook. ;)

quettalindequettalinde on July 2nd, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Some're better than others. :( The lampshade one didn't turn out at all.

Yeah, for sure. *nods*

I've heard that's actually a pretty bad movie. Bad enough to kill brain cells. Unless you like mindless jokes and no plot. Then you might like it. ;) I hope you get to see Coraline. It's wonderful.

Well, I might be misremembering… I tend to have my own nose stuck in a book, but yes, we definitely have readers on transit here. :) Like I said, SF is rare here too. I guess there's still a stigma or something…
MoonlightAuroramoonlightaurora on July 3rd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Ah well. At least you got a few good ones, by the sounds of it. ^^

Yeah, that would've been bad. We found out what happened, too; someone had thrown a plastic chair onto THE OVERHEAD ELECTRICAL WIRES, where the Connex trains suck their electricity out to run! OO No wonder the whole wire cam down! The people on that train were damn lucky they weren't hurt at all!

I did say I wasn't exactly sure about seeing it. ;) Sort-of glad I didn't, now. *nods* So do I! I'm reading the book at the moment. <3

It's a shame, but you watch. SciFi is already starting to get fairly popular. (I think Star Trek might have helped, too) I wish all those people who talk loud enough on their mobiles for the rest of the train to hear would put their nose in a book instead.
quettalindequettalinde on July 3rd, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
You can't be serious, somebody DID that? O__o They were lucky they weren't hurt either. Wow. I hope they're caught.

Yeah, I know. Just reassuring you. ;) Ooooh, nice. Liking it? XD

Oh, I know, I know. I'm really looking forward to a future where fandom and geekdom is entirely, completely mainstream. *dreams* Agreed.
MoonlightAuroramoonlightaurora on July 3rd, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
I know! I know I know I know! Right when the bloody train was passing! Found the thing in the news...: http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25721544-661,00.html

Heh, thanks. ^^ YES liking it! The buttons are creepy!

*dreams too* Now that would be awesome! I hope that time comes soon.
quettalindequettalinde on July 3rd, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Good, they got the guy! Yay! XD

Aren't they, though? *shudders happily* Just wait till the mooooovie.

Me too. Please please? *looks upward innocently*
MoonlightAuroramoonlightaurora on July 3rd, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
I hope he gets punished something awful! Goodness knows this incident could have turned out a lot worse than just train delays.

Ohhhhh yes. Creepily awesome. (are you suggesting that the movie is, perhaps, even better than the book?)

Hey, years of gentle nudging will do it. Geekdom rubs, I've noticed. *plotting*
quettalindequettalinde on July 3rd, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
They'll probably just end up fining him stiffly. :(

No, I'm not, I'm suggesting it's equal to it. ^^

Yes, I've noticed that too… >:)>
MoonlightAuroramoonlightaurora on July 3rd, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I wish the justice system could, for once, have some common sense.

Oh, well... that's just as good, anyway. ^^

*laughs evilly* If the crowd becomes big enough, too, that sucks even more in. >:D
quettalindequettalinde on July 3rd, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)

We need a geek virus to spray over the population… Speed things up a little. >XD
MoonlightAuroramoonlightaurora on July 3rd, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
*points* Ninja muse! Ninja muse! Now I want to write about something like that happening. *paranoid*
quettalindequettalinde on July 3rd, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
So do I…
MoonlightAuroramoonlightaurora on July 3rd, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
...Well, I refuse to sit around any longer! Someone find me a Quantum Keyboard! >8D
quettalindequettalinde on July 3rd, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)