• The Take Over

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    Check this out, our first fan photo on our facebook fan page. Adrienne, friend and fan, found this in a lounge restroom at SF. Speaking of which, if you’re a regular reader/lurker/or just passing by, you should add yourself to our fan page to get some of the best culture blogging West of the Mississipi on your Live Feed.

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    Final Scenes from Australia

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    Straight from Australia’s White House, The Parliament.

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    Everything and the Kitchen Sink

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    This is ANU’s kitchen, which happens to be the hugest kitchen in the southern hemisphere. These pictures don’t do the kitchen justice, but it is a sight to behold.  Just use your imagination.  The kitchen is designed to feed ANU’s massive residence halls.  The students are expected to prepare their own food.  I guess that’s more convenient than getting the slop that they try to force feed you at your run-of-the-mill college dining commons.

    Does anyone know the biggest kitchen in the northern hemisphere?

    I don’t… but if YOU do, leave it in the comments.

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    Screen Worlds

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    There is an exhibit going on at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) called “Screen Worlds.” The exhibit is a comprehensive history of film, television, and the digital culture. It covered everything from the origins of moving pictures, to the advent of television and movies, and ending with the age of the internet. Also included were the industries of animation and video games.

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    These are a couple of old school Atari controllers. They also had NES and Nintendo 64 on display, but that exhibit made me feel old.

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    The exhibit also displayed Australia’s contributions to the film industry by highlighting the country’s most accomplished artists. This is a replica of the Mad Max Interceptor Car from the 1979 film by George Miller, who attempted to capture Australia’s obsession with car culture.

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    In addition to being a highly respected actress, Cate Blanchett has dedicated a good part of her career to Australian movies and films. Ms. Blanchett donated these ears to the exhibit, which were part of her costume in her role on The Lord of the Rings.

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    All in all, it was a satisfying summary of how film has become what it is today.

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    The Highest Building in the Southern Hemisphere

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    This is the Eureka Skydeck, completed in 2006. It has 88 floors and the elevator takes 38 seconds to reach the top of skydeck. From St. Paul’s Cathedral, to the Flinders Street Station, the Melbourne Aquarium, Docklands Stadium, Bolte Bridge, and everywhere in between, Melbourne, in all of its glory, is visible from the 88th floor.

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    Stay classy, Australia.

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    And Now We’re In Melbourne…

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    This is Cow Up a Tree, the tourist attraction.

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    The Sydney Fish Market

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    Prawns, shellfish, shark, squid, crab, lobsters, shrimp, sushi, you name it.  As long as it’s fish, you can find it at the Sydney Fish Market.  I’m not big on fish so I hardly had any of it, which is bad practice if you’re travelling.  But the look, the smell, the taste, they all rub my senses the wrong way.  I ordered the garlic beef and rice, but I DID try the salmon, fish and chips, and lobster.  In my experience with seafood, the best kind has no aftertaste.  And this seafood had no aftertaste.  Sydney should be so proud.

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    The Sydney Fish Market is as isolated as you would expect from a fish market.  It’s located in what looked like an abandoned convention center.  Its most notable feature is the industrial loading docks where they receive fish shipments.  It looked like something out of a movie.

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    Inside the market, they use these freaky mannequins to attract customers.  The shops try to dress them up differently and hope we don’t notice.

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