I mentioned earlier how things get a lot cheaper if you're willing to live 50 miles out from the city. Well, that goes double if you're willing to live 100 miles out.
Last Saturday I went at looked at a three-bedroom townhouse in Hornsby, the suburb where I live right now. It was a little larger than my present shoebox, but still small, and while it was probably reasonably nice when it was new, it really needed new paint and carpet and to be aired out for about six months.
Now, if I were to move south to Bomaderry, for $10 per week less than that slightly grubby little three-bedroom townhouse, $30 per week more than I've been paying, I could get, well, this:
I don't know what to say. That's astounding. The local telephone exchange even has ADSL2, though only from one provider.
Okay, it's two miles from the station. Okay, so train services are infrequent at best. Who cares. It has four bedrooms, four living rooms, an attached two car garage, and a detached three car garage. And it fits my budget.
Sorry if I'm a bit incoherent, my brain has just been perma-boggled.
Ah, thanks for posting this; it happens it's been on my mind for the last week or two, but I couldn't find it --in fact, my last search term was "five song mashup", which might help explain why I couldn't find it.
I have read that this collision works because the source songs are all essentially riffs on Pachelbel's Canon in D-Major.
For whatever reason, it does work, beautifully, and I'm bookmarking it so I can't lose it again.
Posted by: refugee at Friday, August 22 2008 09:25 AM (l5DzU)
And yes, I know about the cellist's rant against the Canon. Don't care, I still love it. Would that all cliches were this beautiful.
I first heard the Canon while visiting a friend in her co-ed dorm. We were talking (no, talking, really, honest), and I slowly became aware of this gorgeous music seeping in from the hall. I had to stop the conversation and find the guy who was playing it and ask him what it was....
Posted by: refugee at Friday, August 22 2008 09:32 AM (l5DzU)
What's the story on this, then? Did all those different performers really collaborate on doing the music, or is this an astounding and amazing mix retroactively done by someone who noticed that all those songs had the same beat and key signature and similar enough melodies that they could be combined in that way?
My intuition is that it really was performed this way, not mixed retroactively. It just seems too good.
Your intuition has done you wrong for once.
The guy who did this has done about thirty other such mixes. This is the best one I've heard so far, though.
He changed the tempo of some of the songs to fit (probably all but one, since they fit so exactly). The Jason Mraz piece that it starts with is normally much slower; the other changes are less noticeable.
Although he uses the name Norwegian Recycling for his mixes, the artist's name is Peter Bull and he lives in Australia. You can download all his work here, at least until the record companies decided otherwise - or give him a contract.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, August 23 2008 02:39 PM (PiXy!)
I'll just correct myself a little there. The guy's name is Peter Bull, and he lives in Byron Bay in northern New South Wales... And he is, indeed, Norwegian.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, August 27 2008 12:20 AM (PiXy!)
Quiet location, close to shops and rail, set in two acres of established garden.
Where I am right now, that would run in the mid seven figures, and be knocked down and converted into townhouses within about thirty minutes.
Update: Found a nice, big, new or near new (not sure - in the photo it's obviously brand new, but I'm not sure if the photo is new...) townhouse in Castle Hill, a few miles from where I live now. $30 more a week for a significantly larger and better-equipped place. (Ducted air conditioning! Yay! I had to run my portable air conditioner all last summer because the built-in one, which only cools the ground floor anyway, died and hasn't been repaired.)
Walking distance to a large and quite nice shopping centre. Only problem is it's not on a railway line, not anywhere near a railway line, so it's buses for me. I did that for 18 months and lived, but I lived quite close to work at the time. This would be 50 minutes each way. Much of that would be zipping along a motorway, but much wouldn't.
If I move down to Moss Vale it would be an hour and 50 minutes each way on the train. On the train I can sleep, or pull out my notebook and work play games; on the bus either one is pretty much impossible. (But still, an extra hour...)
On the other hand, if I move to Castle Hill I have a choice of 16 different ADSL2 providers. (Well, 6 providers and another 10 resellers.) In Moss Vale, the number is zero. I should be able to get a basic ADSL service, but if that doesn't work out for some reason, there are no alternatives. No cable, no wireless, nothing.
The real-estate agent managing the house I like in Moss Vale has their tenancy application form available online.
I just read through it.
Ugh. Seriously, ugh.
Depressed again now.
Updated: Just found a property very close to where I live now, which will be open for inspection tomorrow. That real-estate agent also has their tenancy application form available online - and it's perfectly normal. It doesn't demand - just to take one example - direct debit access for rent payments.
I'm planning to grab it. It's very close to the railway line and might be a bit noisy, but it's full brick construction rather than brick veneer, which should help. And there's a concrete wall along the railway line now, which also helps.
Update: I knew there was a catch. The same house is also listed as being for sale.
Update: The sales guy said it would be taken off the market if it was let. But it was dirty and smelled - as though a family had been cooking curry there every night for five years without ever opening the windows. Which is pretty much what I suspect to be the case.
Posted by: Andrew at Friday, August 15 2008 01:14 PM (/uGTr)
It's just that everytime I rent - which lately is invariably because I've been forced out because the place is being sold - the agreements are more restrictive and invasive. You are barely allowed to breathe inside the house, and they want a seventeen-hundred-point identification checklist, your entire employment and education history, your firstborn, and a three-quarter-million life insurance policy.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, August 15 2008 05:11 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: TallDave at Wednesday, August 20 2008 04:37 AM (W95Uq)
That's just what I'm looking for. Except for the commute, which might be a bit tricky.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, August 20 2008 02:39 PM (PiXy!)
Anyway, I've been looking around some more, and that one tenancy agreement seems to be a anomaly. Everyone else is pretty normal. That one agent required (a) a pay slip or bank statement for proof of income, (b) details of your entire rental history, (c) details of any other financial commitments, including all your credit card limits and balances, (d) direct debit access to your bank account for rent payments (no other options, not even cash). And more!
I think they're crazy.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, August 20 2008 02:44 PM (PiXy!)
By the way, I'm paying $470 pw for about 1200 sq ft. Sydney property prices...
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, August 20 2008 02:46 PM (PiXy!)
Either one is twice the size of the place I live now - and a good thing too.
I'm off house-hunting all weekend, so be good!
And no, I don't make that much money. These places aren't in Sydney. There are houses like that available in my area - but they cost to rent more than I actually earn. Things get considerably cheaper if you're willing to live 50 miles out of town. more...
North is nice; I like the garage... But south has pretty trees around, which I also like very much. It would be a tough decision for me! Good luck!
Posted by: pam at Friday, August 08 2008 11:26 PM (l6NIn)
It is very different. North is a fairly new development with big new houses. South is much more established, lots of big trees as you see.
The houses aren't as new but they also tend to be fairly spacious. Right now I'm living in a shoebox, so much as I hate moving, I'll enjoy the extra room.
North is also a lot warmer! South, which is inland and at an elevation of about 2000 feet, is expected to reach a maximum of 10 degrees tomorrow. North, which is close to the ocean, should reach 17 degrees.
So for North, the checklist item is air conditioning, for South, it's central heating.
The nice thing is that there at least half a dozen great choices in either area, so that even if something goes wrong and I miss my number one choice, I have plenty of options.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, August 08 2008 11:38 PM (PiXy!)
On the highway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, right at the CA/NV border on the NV side, there's the first casino resort. It's like 20 feet from the state line. And it's surrounded by a big, flat, open area where there's nothing. No roads, no buildings, nothing at all.
One time coming back from vacation I found out why. There had been a real freak storm, and the entire area was under water albeit not very much water; a couple of feet. Given that it's desert, I finally realized that it was a dry lake bed. The resort didn't flood, but that's because it's on a small rise. (In fact, it looks to me like it's fill.)
So, I'm heading down to Mittagong and Bowral and Moss Vale by train, and I'm starting from Hornsby. My destination is out to the south-west of Sydney, and my origin is in the north-east corner of Sydney.
So my trip has three legs: Hornsby to Central, Central to Campbelltown (the last major suburb as you head south-west out of Sydney), then Campbelltown to Bowral. There are some peak-hour services that run direct from Bowral to Central and vice versa, but they only run to Sydney in the morning and from Sydney in the evening, and I'm doing the opposite today, so that's of little help.
So I catch the 6:47* service, which zips from Hornsby to Central in 35 minutes, giving me 10 minutes to transfer to the train to Campbelltown. Only... Not today. Today it gets stuck behind a local service, and instead of having 10 minutes to get from platform 9 (or thereabouts) to platform 23, I have 3.
But I make it. I'm not sure I even have the right train, but then they helpfully announce "change at Campbelltown for Moss Vale". Perfect.
Zip out through the new airport line and onto the East Hills line, and then, and then, we get stuck again, behind a train that has broken down completely, and sit there, just a couple of hundred metres short of, um, Panania maybe, for twenty minutes.
I have eight minutes to make this connection (which is easy - it's the other side of the same platform), now reduced to minus twelve, and an eighty (eight-zero) minute wait for the next train.
But then, while I'm still considering calling the trip off and heading home, we arrive at Campbelltown to find the Moss Vale train still awaiting us.
That really surprised me - at least until I got aboard. Without the main connecting service, there were only two passengers on that carriage.**
* Did you know there's also a 6:47 in the morning? Amazing.
** And there's only two carriages, so I guess it made sense to hold it.