Hottest 100 of all time

Hi – if you’ve googled here hoping to find the list of Triple J’s Hottest 100, you’re only likely to find my votes. I’d suggest checking out the Triple J twitter stream (@triplej)

Voted in the Triple J Hottest 100 of all time tonight: which was quite an arduous task.

The 10 I ended up voting for are below, followed by my (not very short) shortlist:

(in no particular order)

  1. U2 – One
  2. Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
  3. Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
  4. Beatles, The – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  5. Bob Dylan – Maggie’s Farm
  6. Frank Sinatra – Mack The Knife
  7. Paul Kelly – How To Make Gravy
  8. Queen – Bohemain Rhapsody
  9. U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
  10. Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

Beatles, The – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Beatles, The – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Bob Dylan – All Along The Watchtower
Bob Dylan – Maggie’s Farm
Bob Dylan – The Story Of Hurricane
Bob Dylan – Tombstone Blues
Boomtown Rats, The – I Don’t Like Mondays
Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher
CAKE – Short Skirt Long Jacket
Crowded House – Don’t Dream Its Over
Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter
Flight of the Conchords – Business Time
Frank Sinatra – Mack The Knife
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Gurrumul History (i Was Born Blind)
Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová – Falling Slowly
Herd, The – I was only 19
Hilltop Hoods – Nosebleed Section
Huey Lewis & The News – Power Of Love
Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am
INXS – By My Side
Jackson 5 – Abc
James Brown – Get Up (sex Machine)
Jeff Buckley – Halleujah
Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
Johnny Cash & June Carter – Jackson
José González – Heartbeats
Kimya Dawson – Loose Lips
Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
Living End, The – Second Solution
Living End, The – Tainted Love
Living End, The – West End Riot
Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side
Louis Armstrong – Summertime (feat. Ella Fitzgerald)
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Monty Python – Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
My Friend the Chocolate Cake – It’s All In The Way
Nick Cave – Red Right Hand
Nick Cave – The Ship Song
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Weeping Song
Oasis – Wonderwall
Paul Kelly – How To Make Gravy
Paul Kelly – Love Never Runs On Time
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
pink floyd – comfortably numb
Powderfinger – Already Gone
Queen – Bohemain Rhapsody
Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls
Queen – Somebody To Love
Queen – You’re My Best Friend
Queens of the Stone Age – Nobody Knows
R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
Ray Charles – Shake A Tail Feather
Rolling Stones, The – Sympathy For The Devil
Roy Orbison – Crying
Run-D.M.C. – It’s Tricky
Salmon Hater – 6.66
Santana – Smooth
Sarah Blasko – Flame Trees
Scissor Sisters – Take Your Mama
Shins, The – Caring Is Creepy
Simon & Garfunkel – Scarborough Fair
Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer
Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence
Skyhooks – Ego (is Not A Dirty Word)
Skyhooks – Living In The 70s
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
U2 – I Still Havent Found What I’m Looking For
U2 – Magnificent
U2 – One
U2 – Pride (in The Name Of Love)
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
U2 – Windows In The Skies
U2 & Johnny Cash – The Wanderer
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Verve, The – Bitter Sweet Symphony

On Staying Married

One of my favourite “people-I-don’t-know-personally” is Scot McKnight (which lots of you will have picked up on already). He’s guest-posted over at Out of Ur, on staying married. It’s a beautiful read, and I was struck particularly by this quote:

One pragmatic argument on which I have reflected is the value of memory. Kris and I have been married for thirty-five years. We grew up in the same community; our fathers coached together; we were boyfriend and girlfriend in grade school and junior high. We got serious as sophomores in high school and got married as sophomores in college. (Not what we recommended for our two kids.)

Here’s my point: nearly everything about each of our lives is known to the other. Furthermore, in our daily conversations, we draw on our collective memory of our thirty-five years of life together, and it is now rare that one of us says something about the past that the other one doesn’t already know. Our stories are reminders, not revelations, of our past together. They glue our stories into one story. Admittedly, that we grew up together gives our collective memory a dimension that most don’t know, but my point is not so much about marrying someone from your hometown as staying married.

Scot McKnight: The Story Called Us – Out of Ur

I’ve been thinking about the whole marriage thing a bit recently, partly because wifey has posted on it, and partly because I’ve been stressed lately with a few (good and bad) things going on – and as a result I’ve ended up acting like a jerk to my wife some of the time. And as a result of that I’ve made an effort to do some good things as well. But as the deep romantic that I am, I’m absolutely struck by the vision of life in the whole post. Obviously, having been married for the past 18 months, Rebecca and I are at a much earlier point in the journey than Scot and Kris, but the heart is still the same.

I am such a lucky man.

Required Reading

I always feel that when I don’t post for a while, I should at least share other places around the internet with worthwhile content. So with that in mind, I give you a couple of suggestions:

Off Air

Tony Eastley, Mark Colvin and Leigh Sales have started blogging at the ABC site on a blog called “Off Air”. It’s a relatively new blog, and at the moment it’s pretty much Tony Eastley commenting on a news story for the day, with Sales and Colvin pitching in with cameos. The trio are all journalists for the ABC: Tony Eastley hosts AM for ABC radio, Mark Colvin hosts PM, and Leigh Sales is the host of Lateline (3 days a week, anyway). If you’ve got any interest in news and current affairs in Australia, then “Off Air” is a worthwhile read. (Leigh Sales and Mark Colvin are both twitterers, and worth following – if you’re into that sort of thing).

Recent Gems:

measured words

"But I like my daughter's picture of autumn better"
"But I love my daughter's picture of autumn more"

This blog is a little more personally connected: my good friend, mentor, former youth pastor and mother to two of my favourite children has started blogging. Catherine has a beautiful writing voice, and is just delightful to read. She hasn’t been blogging at measured words for very long, and is not particularly prolific; but she is always worth reading. Even (or perhaps especially) when she writes a little post like: “I love autumn, but I love my daughter’s picture of autumn more”.

Recent gems:

Have a read: if one doesn’t suit you the other surely will. And if you’ve made a recent discovery in the world wide interweb, then comment below (it doesn’t bite) and share the wealth.

A Very Apple Morning

So we managed to get along to the apple store opening at Doncaster, and it’s such a funny place. Anyway, I put together a tiny video, mostly just for the fun of it and to play around with iMovie. So have a look: clearly Peter Jackson wants to watch his back.

Snot, Snot, Snot

Ease-a-Cold: Saviour of the Universe
Ease-a-Cold: Saviour of the Universe

Big plans this weekend, starting with going to Cirque du Soleil this evening. Was really hoping to get along to the footy tomorrow night, as well as the new Apple Store opening at Doncaster tomorrow morning, and two Birthday related engagements on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. But it’s looking like something’s going to have to give: I can’t breathe through my nose, and I’m only really feeling that the world is the right way up due to “Ease-a-cold”. Really hoping for something special to happen between now and then, but I’m starting to think we might have to see the “Dreamtime at the ‘G'” from the cozy confines of a beautiful warm bed. Shame, but I guess that way you can turn it off if it gets too nasty.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-06

  • – Another reason why @nakedpastor is still one of the best Christian bloggers out there #
  • CNN: The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists. I’m going to be sick #
  • Top 2 most often searched terms in Microsoft’s “Live Search” search engine – “Google” and “Yahoo” – #
  • RT @miketodd07: I think I’ve got it: AIDS = the poor; so what? Malaria = the poor; so what? Swine Flue = Could be us; better get on this #
  • Can’t imagine the Wounded Tiger getting noticed enough to worry, but the AFL is taking down AFL related blogs! #
  • RT @Colvinius A deeply troubling story: #
  • stomach feeling a little unsettled after last night’s grand-final vindaloo. Will provide updates if further as story develops #
  • New Post #aflfooty – No Richo, No Tiges? #
  • Never cleared up the vindaloo-guts situation. Settled out quite nicely. Probably only first degree burns during the deposit. #
  • RT: @FrankViola:”Christians should be troublemakers, creators of uncertainty, agents of a dimension incompatible with society” Jacques Ellul #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-04-30

  • Full and satisfied from breakast and bdeakcadf conversation with @hdcoffeeboy #
  • Full and satisfied from breakast and breakfast conversation with @hdcoffeeboy #
  • RT @LEIGHSALES ABC: 600 DVDs seized in piracy bust. Also seized: three parrots, a dozen eye patches and one never-been-used gangplank. #
  • pretty glad I’ve got Patty Ryder in my SuperCoach team #
  • Essendon couldn’t have had a tighter win. Good game! #
  • New Post #aflfooty – Mark Couglan or Benjamin Button? #
  • Enjoyed the weekend but not sure why it had to end so soon. #
  • New Post #aflfooty – Who should replace Wallace? – #
  • had a Red Aniseed ball about an hour ago and it’s still making me happy. Best lollies in the world #
  • New Post #aflfooty – Who Should Replace Wallace? #
  • Off to go get beaten in our basketball semi-final. Go Gadgetheads! #
  • Let’s make that “Go, Go, Gadgetheads” #
  • A forfeit win so we are through to the grand final. What a joke #
  • nothing inspires you to go to work quite like the sound of pelting rain, and the feeling of freezing cold. Woo-hoo! #
  • Blackout at Australian Fashion Week. Fears models may fall down heating vents in the darkness. #
  • RT: @LEIGHSALES: The WHO has raised the flu alert level. And Duran Duran has issued a global economic outlook. #
  • Sick of hearing the following reverberating around my head: “Wow, that shouldn’t be happening”. Stupid Oracle #
  • Just joined a twibe. Visit to join #
  • I never want to deal with Oracle Support again. Thinking of becoming a hermit #
  • Hanging out with the sisters in law #
  • Recent news reports that Twitter users have a short attentio #
  • Reuters: US officials want “Swine” out of flu name. “Mexico flu” suggested. Saving farmers through xenophobia #
  • RT: @abcgrandstand: Plans for an AFL team in west Sydney look doomed after the NSW Gov withdraw funding for the re-development of Homebush. #
  • Kicking back for a couple of west wing eps #
  • pretty sure it was cold enough this morning to kill off any rogue swine-flu around the place. #
  • RT: @darthvader Can’t tell if I have the swine flu or just need a fresh air filter cartridge. #
  • RT: @penelopegaines: “I survived the swine flu and all I got was a debilitating Tamiflu addiction” #
  • “Today Tonight admits get-rich-quick lies” – – If you can’t trust sleazy current affair shows, who can you trust? #
  • Hanging out to try out our new Raclette tonight. Making a list of all the fantastic things I’m planning on having with it too. #
  • Full. Happy. #
  • Top three bestsellers on Amazon at the moment: Face masks #

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My Dad

My Dad
My Dad - Photo by Bec

My dad turned 50 on Saturday – Anzac Day. There was a pretty big party, and lots of friends and family which was a bit funny because my dad hasn’t always been a party person. But for the most part he was pretty much in his element. As a bit of a last-minute decision mum and each of us kids ended up giving speeches, but I didn’t say really manage to say what I wanted to say.

I’ve always wanted, at least in some way, to be like my dad. As a kid I wanted to be a leg spinner, and a ruckman, because Dad was a leg spinner and a ruckman. The proudest I can remember being as a little kid was one time when I was at Dad’s cricket training, fetching the balls that got slogged in the nets, and throwing them back. A couple of the guys started calling me “Little Matho”, and despite the fact that I couldn’t have been much older than about 5 or 6, I can still remember the pride in being associated so closely with my dad.

One of the things that I most admire about my dad is his ability to see a need, and to instinctively act on it. All through life at church, Dad has been the man who got in and did things because he saw that they needed doing. Eventually it got to the point that they needed to start paying him for that, and it’s been fascinating to see how he’s adapted to being in a paid ministry position. In lots of ways the last person to see that his job had quickly become much broader than “administrator” was Dad himself. He leads quietly, but firmly.

Where I always feel that I’m trying to carefully craft the image that other people have of me in their minds, Dad rarely corrects people’s assumptions about him. There would be more than ten occasions where people would tell me  “I used to think blah blah blah about your dad, but since I got to know him it turns out blah blah.” Dad will never have a negative conversation about someone he respects: he’ll just sit there dis-engaged until you change the subject. His loyalty to the people he respects borders on being legendary. If Dad respects someone, and disagrees with you, he’ll swallow it or bring it up one on one. It’s a beautiful thing.

But obviously my dad is more than just a man I can admire from a distance. Through all my life, my dad has been a constant encouragement. Whether it was out on the football ground, or with schoolwork, or with just talking about my job, Dad’s always been interested in seeing me do the best I can. Not that he’s been perfect, but I have been so incredibly lucky to have a Dad who’s as proud of me as he is.

This has turned into much more of a puff piece than I meant. But I’m immensely proud to be Ron’s son.