Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Triple J Hottest 100 of 2014

My votes:
  • Grimes - Go (my #1) - #171
  • Alt-J - Every Other Freckle - #14
  • FKA twigs - Two Weeks - #45
  • Future Islands - Seasons - #23
  • Glass Animals - Gooey - #12
  • Willow Beats - Merewif - #137
  • Milky Chance - Stolen Dance - #4
  • TV On The Radio - Happy Idiot - #49
  • Chet Faker - 1998 - #8
Would have loved to fit in:
  • Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again - #73
  • Royksopp - Monument - #59
  • Calvin Harris (ft. HAIM) - Pray To God - #103
  • Ball Park Music - Everything Is Shit Except My Friendship With You - #58
This year all my votes were completely song based and not loyal to my favourite bands. I actually only found out that Polica, M83, Bon Iver, (and Aphex Twin! but meh) released singles this year by scrolling through the artists on the Hottest 100 website.

I was sure that Pharrell - Happy was going to win, but it's not in the list! It wasn't in last year's list either, so I'm not sure what's going on with that. I think that Future Islands will get pretty high, but no clear pick for #1.

Edit: #1 was Chet Faker - Talk is Cheap, I think that's a good #1!
Edit: Triple J released the hottest 200, I'm glad Grimes got in there!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Baking

Christmas Tree Cupcakes
I picked the yellow stars out of a pack of yellow star sprinkles, and used some sugar pearls for decoration. Green buttercream icing piped on with a star nozzle. 

Rudolph Cupcakes
The nose is a Jaffa, eyes are mini m&ms, and antlers are Curly Wurly chocolate bars cut lengthways. 

Holly Cupcakes
The leaves are green musk sticks cut on an angle. The big holly berries are Jaffas, and the small ones are mini m&ms.

Holly Marshmallows
Pascall marshmallows with the top dipped in chocolate, decorated with Jaffas and green musk stick cross sections.

Christmas Biscotti
Cranberries and pistachios make this look Christmassy.

Christmas Rocky Road
Starburst Red Berries, pistachios, and blanched almonds make this look Christmassy.

Coconut Ice
Pretty much just icing sugar and condensed milk.

Cocopop Crackles
With coconut snow.

Hedgehog Slice
Andrew's mum's delicious recipe. 

Peanut Butter Cups
Arnotts butternut snap cookies heated, shaped into a cup using a ladle and shallow cupcake trays, filled with peanut butter, and with chocolate melted on top.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Immersive Technologies Pre-Start Inspection

Pre-Start inspection is a tool developed by the Visual Database department at the company I work for, Immersive Technologies. I scored the supporting actor role in the promo video alongside Raj:

I think Raj and I did pretty good, but I won't quit my day/night jobs just yet!