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On the twelfth day of Christmas, mc_shamo sent to me...
Twelve li_tans drumming
Eleven wintrmutes piping
Ten macs a-leaping
Nine docklands acting
Eight scrubs a-directing
Seven classics a-reading
Six movies a-cooking
Five ari-i-i-istophanes
Four whostolemypants
Three cyprus
Two guru-swami sayings
...and a wine in a comedy.
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Translating ancient plays
I have a thing for it. A sick obsession that will not die. It is both easier and harder than writing a new one, I think. Easier because you don't have to worry about the whole plot thing. Harder because (if you're me) you very much feel the weight of history on your shoulders. You're the latest in a line of translators that stretches back centuries. You're also producing works that people have 'expectations' of, and that you know your audience may well have seen literally dozens of times before. So it has it's own pressures.... But I like it. I really like the process of trying to get into an author's head and transpose their ideas into something for today. I also really like the idea of using it as a tool to better understand a text - it's like experimental archaeology for theatre.....

Performing vs directing
Both have pros and cons. And I deeply love both practices. Performing gives you a direct control over your scenes/bits/whatever. Directing gives you incomplete control over the entirety of the piece. That's how I'd sum it up....

Both involve you working out your dramatic vocabulary, and then applying it to the text you have before you. I don't come into either with set notions/pre-conceptions about how I want something to look/feel like. I have ideas, I have a sense of a piece, but it's never too detailed at the start of a rehearsal period. It comes together the more I see of what actors can actually do and acheive in the 6-8 weeks we've got to throw it into a performance.

Directing involves a lot of compromise. Often the ideas that pop into your head won't work because they are physically impossible, or they involve too much refinement in your time frame, or actor X simply can't run with it. So you have to let them go. I think that's the hardest part of it to come to terms with.

Acting involves compromise because your ideas and the directors ideas are not always in line. So you have to let them go. But you end up with a lot more of 'you' in it.

Office politics
Politics occurs whenever there's more than 3 people in a group. It's inevitable, and it is part of the human condition. Problems arise when it festers.... And that's the fun circumstance I've walked into at the playground. A bunch of people who have had this kind of seething undercurrent of stupid that has been floating around the joint for (from what I can tell) about 10 years or so. Sigh....

Nice place to visit, would not want to live there.... I had a great time when I was over there - seeing things on the ground made it all more magical for me. But seeing life in modern Athens - yeah.... wouldn't want to live there. I liked it there too because my Greek improved muchly, which is handy!

Rock climbing
It rocks! I answered this previously but to summarise: It challenges body and brain. It's awesome!
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1. Long-lived one-liners (I founded X, I was an X once, Delicious, Everybody win, etc.)

They're like macros for the brain.... I am socially intelligent enough to be able to move on from them eventually. It takes a very long time though, so my social intelligence is somewhat limited. They are usually 'group specific', so for example if I started to say 'HELLOOOO' in my Melbourne Model the Musical voice to MUCAAS I'd probably get strange looks. Do it with the cast there and everyone cracks up. I also get people egging me on.... which is a shade disturbing. It's why I like the theatre experience so much - the idiotic in jokes that get repeated again and again, and keep their impact for far longer than they deserve.

2. Cats!

I've had cats since I was 3. With an exception of about 4 years of my life, I've always had cats. I like them. They are amusing, and kind of distant companions. They don't try to impress you or suck up to you. They are also hours of entertainment because they have the stupidest reaction to stimuli I think you can get from a creature. So in summary: yay! Cats.

3. Multidisciplinary background (for some reason I keep feeling surprised whenever I remember that you did physics)

I did do physics! I keep feeling surprised by that too. I didn't get very far. But I've got a fairly decent old mechanical analytical brain in my noggin... I'm also a very curious creature, and I like problem solving. I really do. I liked physics because it tries to take reality and make it make sense. And while it usually fails to do so (yay for first year physics pracs that NEVER have the 'right' results), it still does a decent job in making you understand the principles of the physical world.

Having said that I find people the most fascinating of machines.... And you can't treat them like a physics problem (well not yet, maybe one day in the future!). So I think my facination with humanity stems from a similar kind of curiosity/child-like-ness....

4. Rock climbing (if no-one else has said that one)

Rock climbing is the most awesome blend of problem solving and exercise there is. I love that it engages brain and body at the same time, and it's something where you're not trying to 'outwit' an opponent, you're just trying to overcome a set obstacle.

Whenever I did play soccer or similar I'd also be the one that would be all tactical, looking for open spaces and thinking about 30 seconds ahead, and not just focussing on the ball. My skill level meant that my cunning plans were always poorly executed and invariably failed, but my mentality was very cunning I assure you! So I like rock climbing because it's the most cerebral form of excercise I know. And it's hard. Good lord it's a workout.

5. Quiet in the face of social babble

Am I quiet? Well there you go!

Actually, my level sociability varies wildly.... And I don't really know why. There are times when I very very much like to be left alone. I like being quiet sometimes because it's easier to listen, and other people are invariably more interesting than me. I think that I tend to gather information rather than volunteer it - in a social setting that is. I don't know if that's a view other people share or not...
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I'm mildly obsessed... And I don't really know why. I like the idea of getting inside a story and enacting it, and of bringing it to life with my body and voice, either within strict conventions (like in musicals) or in a bizzare free-form way (like Helen's Seneca workshops).

I think I like people watching me - in essence it's just a form of exhibitionism. I also like the idea, taking someone's life/experiences/imagination and then layering yourself on top of it and turning it into something unique that can never, and will never, be recreated. Not even when you do the same scene the next night.

I also like theatre because it forces you to practice what you preach, to elaborate on your thoughts with your entire being. You have to deliver, you have to do, you have to act and you have to make choices. Often what the choices actually are is completely irrelevant, but you have to make them clearly, and you have to commit to them. And then you have to re-create that moment again and again. It challenges me more than anything else in life.

Balancing following your passion with earning a living

I'm fairly blaze about life.... I figure I'll always be able to make a living doing something. What it actually is doesn't really bother me, so long as I keep on performing.

So the balance is reached by asking myself the simple question: What is the minimum amount of paid work I can do to get by comfortably, and still give myself 3 nights a week to rehearse?

At the moment I've got that balance (or close to it, a bit more money would be nice, but I'm not starving). So all is well.

Intense relationships

I think it all goes back to my exposure as a youngin' to a relationship that was not working with mum and dad. I think that either I was going to be cynical, or over-compensate and put "love" up on a pedestal. You can guess what happened...

All this combined with my distinct lack of romance early on in life, and brought me to the conclusion that love is this bizzare, over-reaching, fatalistic thing. That relationships must be saved at all costs. And that you should do anything asked of you in a relationship. It meant that my commitment was absolute and my passion was unwavering. And that first moment when I realised someone showed some genuine romantic interest in me, well, I was besotted.

Living together after about 6 weeks, of course it will work! Marriage! Yeah sure! In the end I'm glad that it ended when it did. If it had gone on any longer we probably would have damaged each other.

But even that experience did not curb my enthusiasm. And we all know how that ended up...

And today. Have I learned my lesson? Hell no! And I never will! But for the first time in my life, I think I'm the one overwhelmed by the love someone else shows me...


I founded it you know.... I'm going to assume this is about the language.

I like the language because its mechanics are a billion times more interesting than that of our own. It's flexible, it's malleable, it gives you lots of ways to say the same thing (at least in English). Often by using the same words, but different inflections and grammar. So I'm pretty sure our language is inadequate when it comes to translating ancient Greek, but it's all we got!

I'm also an etymology geek. So it makes sense. And this is what I like about the modern language - it allows me get my etymology geek on in a whole knew way.

Oh, and inadvertently, my knowledge of modern Greek helped me to communicate to a Spanish speaker today who spoke very little English - because the Greek word for stairs is skala, and the Spanish word is scalides - so she understood!.

Post break up bonding

Do you still have that brick?

I like it.

Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:43 pm
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In 2009, mc_shamo resolves to...
Go acting three times a week.
Become a better trombone.
Cut down on my reading.
Take cows_might_fly directing.
Take evening classes in greece.
Volunteer to spend time with classics.

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"If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with."

My go!

Apr. 18th, 2008 11:07 am
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01. Your mobile phone? Silent.
02. Your significant other? Beauteous.
03. Your hair? reduing.
04. Your mother? Well-meaning.
05. Your father? Anxious.
06. Your favorite thing? Drama.
07. Your dream last night? Forgotten.
08. Your favorite drink? Coffee.
09. Your dream/goal? Attention.
10. The room you're in? Hub.
11. Your ex? Caged.
12. Your fear? Adequacy.
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Stage.
14. Where were you last night? Home.
15. What you're not? Studious.
16. Muffins? Delicious
17. One of your wish list items? Lysistrata.
18. Where you grew up? Balwyn.
19. The last thing you did? Worked.
20. What are you wearing? Work.
21. Your TV? Solid.
22. Your pets? Kitten!
23. Your computer? Gaming.
24. Your life? Content
25. Your mood? Distractable.
26. Missing someone? No.
27. Your car? BIKE!
28. Something you're not wearing? Tie.
29. Favorite store? None.
30. Your summer? Lazy.
31. Like someone? Most.
32. Your favorite color? Earthen.
33. When is the last time you laughed? Always.
34. Last time you cried? Friday.
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Your Leprechaun Name Is:

Seamus Patrick Magee, you don't need a bloody "Leprechaun Name" you wanker. Your name IS a Leprechaun name already.
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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next three sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favourite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
6. Tag five other people to do the same.

It wasn't only as a consquence of my new Humanist duties that my knowledge of Islamic history remained slender (thogh I noticed that those who studied it diligently and were awarded universtiy degrees did not appear to know much more than I did). As the years progressed, Pakistan regressed. Islaiat - the stdy of Island - was made compunsory in the late Seventies, and still the children gained only a very liminted knowledge, a tiny sprinkling of history on a very large pertion of fairy-tales and mythology.
My interest in Islam lay dormant till the Third Oil War (also known as the Gulf War) in 1990. The Second Oil War in 1967 had seen Israiel, backed by the West, inflit a severe defeat on the combined might of Arab nationalism, from which it never really recovered.

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You are sociable, outgoing, energetic, and lively. You prefer to be around people much of the time. You are generally calm and composed, reacting moderately well to situations that most people would describe as stressful. Novelty, variety, and change spice up your life and make you a curious, imaginative, and creative person. You have a strong interest in others' needs and well-being. You are pleasant, sympathetic, and cooperative. You like to live for the moment and do what feels good now. Your work tends to be careless and disorganized.

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What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Drama Nerd

You sure do love the spotlight and probably have a very out-going and loud personality. Or not. That's just a stereotype, of course. Participation in the theatre is something to be very proud of. Whether you have a great voice for musicals, or astounding skills for dramas/comedies; keep up the good work. We need more entertainment these days that isn't television and video games (not that these things are bad, necessarily.)

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You're a Tyrannosaurus Rex!

You can't stop talking about the "good old days" of the past. While
you remember everything being so much better and more glorious back then, you've
got to realize that times have changed! It's time to move on, time to bring in
the new technology and advancements! Still, there is some charm to your olden
out-dated ways. Children seem to love you, for example, as do some historians and
scientists. And you should really eat something... your bones are starting to

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Jan. 6th, 2007 03:58 pm
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Your results:
You are Apocalypse
The Joker
Green Goblin
Mr. Freeze
Dr. Doom
Dark Phoenix
Lex Luthor
Poison Ivy
You believe in survival of the fittest and you believe that you are the fittest.

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1. Will you be looking for a new job?
Well my current job finishes in July, so probably. I'll either go back to my old job at the council, or find something better. I'm hoping for the latter

2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?

3. New house?
Yep - lease here is up in April. So stay tuned

4. What will you do differently in 2007?
We'll see. I don't really know. I'll use less water. That'll do ;).

5. New Year's resolution?
More excercise

6. What will you not be doing in 2007?
I won't be directing a play. What exactly I will be doing remains a mystery.

7. Any trips planned?
An abstract plan for a Western Australian adventure

8. Wedding plans?
Well I'll be best-man-in-ating..... So I'll be part of someone's wedding plans.

9. What's on your calendar?
Calender? Probably 1987....

10. What can't you wait for?
Starting to make some inroads into the finanicial mess this year's left me in.

11. What would you like to see happen differently?
Dunno.... that's a cop out, but I really don't know.

12. What about yourself will you be changing?
More excercise will hopefully bring around changes all of its own....

13. What happened in 2006 that you didn't think would ever happen?
Oh plenty. Not much of it has anything to do with me. I guess I never thought I'd actually get The Clouds off the ground.

14. Will you be nicer to the people you care about?
Yeah. Probably. I like to think I'm reasonably nice anyway.

15. Will you dress differently this year than you did in 2006?
No. Well I might - I guess I'll have to buy more clothes so it'll happen inevitably.

16. Will you start or quit drinking?
I'll probably drink less. I'm not going to use a word as strong as 'quit'....

17. Will you better your relationship with your family?
Maybe... It's not too shabby anyway.

18. Will you do charity work?
Hmmm..... I'd like to think I would. If I'm honest about it, I'm not pro-active enough to go out and seek that kind of work to do. But if it comes up I won't say no.
19. Will you go to bars?

20. Will you be nice to people you don't know?
I am already.

21. Do you expect 2007 to be a good year for you?

22. How much did you change from this time last year till now?
A fair wack. I feel like I've had a lot of expereicnes in the past year - I'm sure some of them have changed me.

23. Do you plan on having a child?

24. Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with now?

25. Major lifestyle changes?
Probalby. Change of house, change of suburb....

26. Will you be moving?
We'll I can't stay in this seat forever.... Well I could, but it'd get smelly.

27. What will you make sure doesn't happen in 2007 that happened in 2006?
There's a couple of things. I'll keep them to myself.

28. What are your New Year's Eve plans?
Kate's (it was my plan). It was a good old night.

29. Will you have someone to kiss at midnight?

30. Wish for 2007?
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On the twelfth day of Christmas, mc_shamo sent to me...
Twelve the_chisher_kats drumming
Eleven mstakenidentitys piping
Ten insomnius a-leaping
Nine _bounce_s acting
Eight li_tans a-directing
Seven cyprus a-reading
Six macs a-cooking
Five ari-i-i-istophanes
Four movies
Three classics
Two docklands
...and a wine in a rin_tin_tin_.
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On the twelfth day of Christmas, mc_shamo sent to me...
Twelve li_tans drumming
Eleven mise_en_abymes piping
Ten funwithiagos a-leaping
Nine hespas directing
Eight degsies a-cooking
Seven largestprimes a-reading
Six gerbilsages acting
Five clappamungus
Four movies
Three classics
Two docklands
...and a theatre in a the_chisher_kat.
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I like the idea of having 2 docklands though....
As for the last one. No Comment.
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33% Extroversion, 100% Intuition, 72% Emotiveness, 66% Perceptiveness

You are an artist, an aesthete, a sensitive, and someone who has never really let go of that childlike innocence. To you, all of life has a sense of wonder in it, and the story of Orpheus was written about someone just like you.

When the Argo passed the island of the Sirens, Orpheus played a song more beautiful than the Sirens to prevent the crew from becoming enticed. When his wife died, he ventured into the underworld to charm Hades but, in his naivete, he looked back becoming trapped there.

You can capture your unique world view and relate it to others with the skill of a master storyteller. Your sensitivity and creativity make you a treasure to the human race, but your thin-skinned nature and innocence can cause you a lot of disenchantment and pain. What's doubly unfortunate is that, if you try to lose those traits, you never will, and everyone will be able to tell that you're putting up an artificial shell to prevent yourself from being hurt.

Famous people like you: Hemingway, Shakespeare, Mr. Rogers, Melville, Nick Tosches

Stay clear of: Icarus, Hermes, Atlas

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