Matt's hobiies

Matt lists his hobbies

Confessions of a Teenage Vampire Acolyte


As a teenager in the early '90s, I was an enormous sook and relatively uncool.

Nowadays I would be called an emo, and clothing and music companies would fall over themselves to woo my wallet, but let's not be bitter about it.

Actually, I lie. I am still a little resentful about being born fifteen years too early. When I visit the CBD and see those glum faces with their.... more »

Don't You Hate It When (Driving Edition)


Don’t you hate it when ...

... you are driving along a suburban street, not a main road, but a semi-busy street nonetheless, and you come across someone who has decided to park their car in the middle of the road? And let's say this brainiac has also left their passenger door wide open. Not the door next to the verge, but the one on the side closest to the middle.... more »

Familiar Faces


I was riding the train to work this morning and gazing out the window, when I noticed a man staring at me. Actually, he was staring at my reflection, so I was actually staring back at his reflection, but you know what I mean.

Mirrors can do your head in if you think about them too much. I can see why Lewis Carroll was compelled to write a hallucinatory children’s book about.... more »



"It's like someone amputated the tip of your little finger," muses my teacher, as he watches me struggle to reach the farthest notes on a full-size violin.

I am an adult beginner and I have started violin lessons. My neighbours are probably not the happiest people in the world, but then again, I don’t question the loud thuds coming from their garage at midnight.

After a few.... more »

I Cannot Resist


My gaze travels leisurely over the light, airy bedroom. Crisp cotton linens in country white and blue adorn a vast wooden bed, and an old-fashioned writing bureau waits invitingly next to the french doors. I peek through the curtains and see a bright, enticing porch nestled in greenery.

I am reading the IKEA catalogue.*

Every night before I go to sleep, I reach furtively.... more »

The Truth is Coming


Good news for Generation X-Files, the second movie is nearly upon us!

It has been a long wait. In fact, it has been so long that I had forgotten another X-Files movie was even on the cards. I resigned myself to watching reruns and DVDs, crying into packets of sunflower seeds and half-heartedly looking up alien conspiracies on the Internet. (Did you know the British Royal.... more »

Our Little Secret


Does anyone remember the Secret? (I would normally place a link here but I think they have made enough money already. Also, everyone knows how to Google, right?)

The Secret was "discovered" by Rhonda Byrne, an Australian TV producer, in 2004.

Now, let me save you AUD$34.95 (which is the going price for the book on their Australian website) and explain the Secret in a.... more »



I have always been under the impression that there were social niceties that everyone observed; universal knowledge learned by example and regulated by one's peers and the rest of the community.

But apparently I have been living in La-La Land, having dew-drop tea and enchanted scones with the fairy queen.

For example, I assumed people would restrain themselves from peeing on.... more »

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