Saturday, December 31, 2005

Wedding Update!

So it's the day after the wedding (and my 21st birthday. WOOT!!!) and there is much to tell.

It was an awesome day. We started off with lunch at Jack in the Box (my choice) and that was awesome. Then we went to this awesome place which was an awesome water park/mini golf course/video game arcade in an awesome castle. You heard me right, an awesome castle!

So we go inside and we play minigolf. I lost spectacularly but I had the most fun ever! I mean an AWESOME CASTLE!!!! We then went and played some video games. Some which sucked (Off-Road Racing) and others that ruled (Mario Cart Advanced more on this later, and The Grid)

Now The Grid was 6 machines linked together but you played at the machine without seeing your opponents. It was a first person shooter arena game vs real people. Think the glorious nature of multiplayer Halo but in a sport atmosphere. See The Grid is apparently a future sport where people watch people kill other people. It was a lot of fun. I was reluctant to play but I had fun.

But the best video game I played was the aforementioned Mario Cart Advanced. If you could think of Mario Cart and any other racing game with seats, sterring wheels etc. and bred them together, you would have Mario Cart Advanced.

I played Luigi of course! And you could take a picture with your face as your avatar. It was cool!

Here is me twirling my nonexistant moustache but after seeing Luigi's hat and moustache superimposed on my face via the avatar I've decided it's coming back.

I came third and then first in two races. But the weiurd thing was that you could play as the Mario Cart people AND Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man or Blinky the red ghost from Pac-Man.

As much as I love the yellow circle with the voracious appetite for stale marshmellows, I had my fill with this:


It was one of those 'Put Your Tokens In To Win More Tokens' psuedo games. It's all luck and a little skill but all together a rip off. Hence no playing. I had a little bash on the Pac-Man machine they had there though but as I did that alone, no-one took my pic. Sorry.

But there is more! They had the BEST ARCADE GAME EVER!!!!

"Better than The Grid?" you ask.

"Yes," I answer.

"Better than Mario Cart Advanced?" you ask.

"Yes," I answer.

"Better than Pac-Man?" you ask.

"YES! Now shut up or no ice-cream on the way home!" I answer.

It is...


Best most awesome-ness ever!

I won like 650 tickets on the machine and got three high scores.

3rd 42,000

2nd 46,000

1st 56,000

That's right. I rule at Skeeball!

Then we had the wedding.

It was a lot of fun. I felt like crying because these two that got married are right together. They are two of my best friends (the groom and I went to high school together and were best buds) and it was just so simple and nice. But I couldn't cry, I'm a strong Aussie Guy afterall. (Quiet your laughing please guys, the Yanks don't know that I'm nothing of the sort.)

Anyway, I caught the garter. It's an item to bring me memories. I got to wear a red daisy too. I love daisies. They rule.

Anyway, here's some pictures snapped during the night.

Duh...the cake!!!

Sorry ladies, I'm taken but 'Well Dressed DEMONIC Me' is free. Every woman knows she wants to stare deeping into their loved one's glowing eyes that match the colour of the blood that oozes from her veins as her DEMONIC loved one slays her.

And one more to keep you warm on those long cold Australian nights:

"When will it be my turn?"

"I don't know demonic me. I don't know. I'm sure there's a lovely succubus out there for you."

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

SNACK ATTACK Muthaf***a!!!

Check this link out! It's of Chris Parnell from SNL who I think is a bit under-rated. Heck they fired then rehired him. But he is a very funny man.

Mr. Pibb and Red Vines equals CRAZY DELICIOUS! Must find out and I'll let you know of my findings.

The System is Down

Okay guys. Sorry for the lack of posting but the internet at the place I'm staying at has been down for a while.

It's working now so I'm going to make my Christmas post and Boxing Day post.

Here's Christmas Day Post.

25/12/2005 (GMT -8)

Today we went over the my friend's mum's place for Christmas dinner and fun. It was great, we opened presents (see pics below), played some games and ate a fantastic feast. (Ah alliteration!)

But the main thing I thought about today was how much the day meant. I mean, it's the first Christmas away from home and it gave me an opportunity to look in rather than keep looking out. I must admit, our Christmas Days are great back in Australia. Here it was fun but I did miss a lot of people.

But onto what Christmas is really about nowdays; PRESENTS!!!!

There they are in all their glory. Let your eyes feat on the shinies!

I have more pics but it's taking ages to upload them all so I'll do it later. The rundown is:

1 x The Governator bobble-head figure
1 x 'Classic' Mickey Mouse 2006 Calendar
1 x Set of three (3) wooden puzzles
1 x Red Weezer t-shirt
1 x Grey Weezer sweatshirt

The clothing rules! I needed a new sweater and I can never have too many t-shirts. Plus it's Weezer mech! Only like one of the besterest bands in the world!

Onto Boxing Day:

26/12/2005 (GMT -8)

Today we went to try on the tuxedos for the wedding I'm here attending. We all look smashing! It's going to be good! We also went to Old Sacramento. It's an tourist trap of all old buildings and old timey shoppes. And the weird thing is that it is right next door to Downtown Sacramento!

Apparently when they wanted to knock the buildings down to build new ones in the early 20th Century, there was a huge fuss. Because it was a salloon zoned place and the US was under prohibition. So people wanted their booze basically. That's my understanding anyway. If anyone has more info, let me know!

So anyway, we had lunch there and I tried an 'Only in America...' style burger. It was called a Jiffy Burger and for those that don't know, Jiffy is a brand of peanut butter over here. So no prizes if you guess what's on the burger. It's beef (or veggie) patty, bacon, cheese and peanut butter all on a bun. It was quite good actually. Nothing to rave about but a fun experience and one I'd do again.

We also got some Old Timey Wild West pictures taken. I was a gambler and looked quite the part. It's my soft features and roguish charms that sold the part.

Then we went and played some Settlers of Catan (a fine geek civilisation type game for those playing at home. VERY fun!) and now I'm back 'home.'

That's really it I suppose. Those on the mailing list will receive an email shortly methinks. Leave me a note or email me to ask questions of make comments.



Sunday, December 25, 2005

Where were you in '62?

Well I wasn't born but I would have most likely have been at Mel's Diner to meet up with Curt, Steve, John and Terry before an awesome last fling before college.

Well in '05, that's exactly where I was. Mel's Diner Sacramento. It's a kitch '50s diner with all this American Graffiti relics on the wall. Don't know American Graffiti? GET OUT! Or click this link

We also went mini-golfing where they had a windmill and castle. It was a heck of a lot of fun.We also went to Costco. Basically it's a member's only bulk shopping chain. To be a member you just need to pay a yearly fee. Then you can get aweseom savings on everything from dish washing liquid to computers.

I picked up a whole BOX of those things you wanted Big Guy.

If anyone wants anything, anything at all let me know and I'll see if I can get you it.

Well it's Christmas Eve here and Christmas Day in Australia (according to the Protestant and Catholic Christian Calendar)so enjoy the day off no matter what religion you are.

I miss most of you terribly. And the others, hey we don't really know each that well so no hard feelings huh?

Take care of yourselves and each other.


Friday, December 23, 2005

Dun Dun Dun DAH!

Sallah: Please, what does it always mean, this... this "Junior"?
Professor Henry Jones: That's his name.
[points to himself]
Professor Henry Jones: Henry Jones...
[points to Indy]
Professor Henry Jones: ... Junior.
Indiana Jones: I like "Indiana."
Professor Henry Jones: We named the *dog* Indiana.
Marcus Brody: May we go home now, please?
Sallah: The dog? You are named after the dog?
Indiana Jones: I've got a lot of fond memories of that dog.

And I have fond memoeries of one moment on my trip over.

For those that know the film and computer games, to save time on the tavel that happens, they showed a map with a red line which tracked Indy's path.

That happened to me!

Mind you the line that I had was black but the concept was the same.

Indiana Jones' trip and my trip. Which is Which?

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Listen all ya

It's a sabotage!

Not really. Just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Mattweez here.

Well now I'm safely in Sacramento and using my friend's laptop (aka Llama) to make a decent and comprehensive post without the need to rush.

The trip over was fine. Bit cramped in the plane but the passenger in the middle seat (there are three to a column I had the window and an American guy named Deak had the aisle) didn't show so me and Deek just stretched out. That was good.

The flight from LA to Sacramento was on a dime-a-dozen airshuttle (aka Sardine Can with Wings.) But speaking of that amazing American sit-com, landing in Sacramento felt as if I was landing at a 'ye olde' American country airstrip. Plus I fulfilled one of my 'To Do: Before I Die' list entires.

Number 87 - fly from blue sky, through a cloud then over a stretch of farmland when it is raining.

If you have any questions or comments, please note or email me. I love it!


Wednesday, December 21, 2005

California! Here I am!

More song references for titles?

When will the madness stop?

When did the madness begin?

I am safe in LA people. After a little bit of a kerfuffle at immigration, they let me in.

So here I am, after using paper money for a real purchase (a copy of TV Week for only 99c. TV WEEK PEOPLE!)

Online in the domestic terminal. Two minutes left to type and publish this blog.

I am safe. Will make bigger update later.

Wow this blog has seen a lot of action lately.

If you want to join the mailing list, let ne know in note or email form.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

SYDNEY! My head is spinning!

Kudos to those who got the musical reference.

You make me Wet, Wet, Wet.

Anyway, free internet by Samsung at Sydney International rocks!

No pop-up Samsung ads either. Woot!

The flight from Brisbane to Sydney was good. The pilot absolutely stuck the landing. 9.0 from the Australian judge.

Bit wobbly on the approach but he was competing with 20 kmh crosswinds. The landing though, like butta!

Now with something exciting to say, maybe people will begin to read this. I doubt it.

All is well, can't find a transformer anywhere. Optimus Prima must have conscripted them all.

I'm gonna try LA so I can use my AUS appliances in the US.

Missing Brisbane already.

I love my town.


P.S. Please comment or email me. I need some creative inspiration for this.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Absence of Your Leader

My people.

There has been a multitude of wild allegations made against your fair ruler, some of which I wish to discuss.

The primary one is that of my abandonment of my beloved nation and you my trusted people. This, while based in fact, is not true. I have neglected my post for some time yes, but only in the fact that I have failed to post regularly as I promised you. For that I am sorry. I ask each and every citizen of Geek Ink to look into your generous hearts and forgive me for my past failures.

I may not deserve it, but I ask for your forgiveness.

Citizens of Geek Ink, while you may have been covered in the shadow of dispair, we can march forward united towards a bright future. If in your wisdom you do choose to forgive me, I will lead us all to a glorious victory over our naysayers. We WILL assume our rightful place in this electronic world.

For those of you who are still interested in your regretful leader's private life, I have news. A first lady may be soon announced!

While it is not the aforementioned lady in previous posts, it is a new, vibrant woman who will bring many great assets to our long suffering nation. More details on this to come.

And of course, as always, if you want to know more or would like to comment on what you have read or seen anywhere, please let me know. And if you forgive me, please note your forgiveness.

Your leader,


Thursday, July 14, 2005

Diplomatic Relations

Goodmorrow Citizens!

I must apologise for my absense since my recent election. The reason for this is that I have been moving quite speedily towards ensuring good relations with our neighbouring nations. In pursuit of this goal, this past week I focussed my powers towards the sleeping giant that is Byron Bay, NSW in Australia.

I do not wish to bore you my citizens with the intricate political decisions and negotiations made during my visit, however I would like it to be known that the mission was a complete success.

In addition to diplomatic ties with Byron Bay, I have put in some quite secure ground work in securing our nation its first First Lady. Further dealings in regards to this have been pencilled in for two days time. However I am not promising you, my people, anything at this time. It is still early times in this state of affairs.

If any of you fine citizens of Geek Ink would like a full report of my diplomatic mission to Byron Bay, please let me know and I will have my staff forward on a copy to you.

Your Presidential Buddy,


Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Soundtrack to My Life

Here you are sports fans.

I enjoy music a lot so I thought I'd post up here a few songs that fill in my life. Enjoy.

Don't forget to comment or email em if you have any ideas for posts or topics you want to haev discussed or just want to know more about the Nation of Geek Ink and me, it's inaugral President.

The Soundtrack to My Life Thus Far:

1) Opening credits:
“Pacifier” by Shihad
2) Cruising through my hometown with the gang scene:
"The Best Things" by Filter
3) Talking to my crush scene:
"If Only" by Hanson
4) Driving Scene that mostly consists of flashbacks and lost love:
"Yesterday" by The Beatles
5) Random Melodramatic Realization Scene:
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve
6) Love Scene:
“Chemicals Between Us” by Bush
7) The Me-Kicking-The-Crap-Out-Of-People-I-Don't-Like Scene:
Beethoven's 9th Symphony
9) Tragic Break-up scene:
"Burn To Shine" by Ben Lee
10) Unnecessary Big-Budget Dance Scene:
"Hey Ya" By OutKast
11) Party scene:
"Sabotage" by The Beastie Boys
12) Leaving home / fresh start scene:
"Leaving Home" by Jebediah
13) Coming back home / revisiting the past scene:
“Come Back Around” by Feeder
14) Random, cheesy me-singing-in-front-of-the-mirror scene:
"I'm With You" by Avril Lavinge
15) Bonding with my best friend scene:
"Scooby Snacks" by The Fun Loving Criminals
16) Melancholy quiet scene:
"Brick" by Ben Folds Five
17) Random feel good moment:
“I Make Hamburgers” by The Whitlams
18) First kiss:
“Sexy Boy” by Air
19) Oooh-I'm-Steaming-Mad scene:
“Break Out” by The Foo Fighters
20) Random awkward moment:
The Astro Boy theme song
21) Classic battle between me and the antagonist:
The music that plays when you take on Bowser in Super Mario Brothers on NES.
22) Scary climatic moment:
“All Hallow’s Eve Ball” composed by Alan Silvestri from the Van Helsing soundtrack.
23) Ogling a crush scene:
“El Scorcho” by Weezer
24) Fairy tale ending with my soul mate:
“We’re In This Together” by Nine Inch Nails
25) Closing Credits:
“Loser” by Beck

Monday, July 04, 2005

Welcome to the Nation of Geek Ink

Hello citizens and visitors.

My name is Mattweez and I am elected president of the glorious nation of Geek Ink and I would like to welcome each and every one of you to this site.

I thought I would take a moment out of my schedule to enlighten you all on the reason for this site.

Primarily it will be used by myself to post interesting things that happen in the world that may impact upon the fine citizens of Geek Ink. This ranges from developments of games all the way to the current celebrity gossip.

So basically this site is a melting pot of stories from around the world that I find interesting. This may at times include stories from my own life that you might be interested in.

As a reader of this site you may be wondering how you too can join the swelling ranks of citizens of Geek Ink. As far as recruitment goes, citizenry of Geek Ink is open to one and all. Simply post a comment and you too can become a Geek Inkian.

If anyone has any queries or concerns or simply wants to have a chat with me directly, just email me at the email address listed in the side bar. I will endeavour to answer each and all of your comments personally.

I hope that you all will enjoy your time here and wish you good luck with all your adventures here in Geek Ink and elsewhere in the virtual world.

Your friendly neighbourhood President,


Our Nation's National Anthem

To the tune of 'O, Canada.'

O, Geek Ink

O Geek Ink! Our home and virtual land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With a lion’s roar we see thee rise,
A Nation strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Geek Ink, we stand on guard for thee.

We keep our land glorious and free!
O Geek Ink, we stand on guard for thee.
O Geek Ink, we stand on guard for thee.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

The Presidents Inaugural Speech

Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, fellow citizens of cyberspace, we observe today not a victory of partiers, but a celebration of intellectual freedom—symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning—signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty Dot-Com the same solemn oath our ancestors prescribed over a century and three quarters ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of Dot-Com.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to the new people of the Geek Ink nation —born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Virtual Nation will always be committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every other nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much I pledge—and more.

To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.

To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom—and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside

To those peoples in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required—not because the Consumerists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich

To our sister republics across the divides of cyberspace, I offer a special pledge—to convert my good words into good deeds—in a new alliance for progress—to assist free people and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty. But this peaceful revolution of hope cannot become the prey of hostile powers. Let all our neighbours know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Virtual World. And let every other power know that this New Nation intends to remain the master of its own house

To that world assembly of sovereign states, the Virtual United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support—to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective—to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak—and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run.

Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, I offer not a pledge but a request: that all sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.

We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our verbal weapons are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.

But neither can any great and powerful group of nations take comfort from our present course—all sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, all rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet all racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind's final war.

So let us begin anew—remembering on all sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

Let all sides explore what problems unite us instead of belabouring those problems that divide us.

Let all sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms—and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations

Let all sides seek to invoke the wonders of knowledge instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.

Let all sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah—to "click undo on the heavy burdens ... and to let the oppressed have freeware."

And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let all sides join in creating a new endeavour, not a new balance of power, but a new virtual world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.

All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin

In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this Nation is now founded, each generation of future Geek Inkians will be summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty.

Now the trumpet summons us for the first—not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are—but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"—a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, which can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavour will light our burgeoning nation and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Geek Inkians: ask not what your nation can do for you—ask what you can do for your nation

My fellow citizens of the virtual world: ask not what Geek Ink will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of us all.

Finally, whether you are citizens of Geek Ink or citizens of the world ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking every blessing and every help, but knowing that here on earth divine work must truly be our own.

Your everloving President, Mattweez