PANTaSk: Make a creepy friend

By kaydo at 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2007

This week’s PANTaSk is something that you may have already anticipated, that is to make a new creepy friend.  I’m not suggesting wandering the bus interchange for hours on end, but instead you can buy the friend you need!

By the time you’re reading this, we’ve all missed the 16/09 4pm cutoff to actually be a part of the Floriade gnome-painting competition.  I saw the competition today, we could have won the whole thing.  Less Boony and Steve Irwin, and far more vegemite than I expected.  Regrets aside, you can still buy the creepy little terracotta gnomes around town for about $10 a piece.  If you ignore the whole Floriade link you can keep your keepy friend until the unsealed paint wears off.

Good times ahead, get there.

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Review: Wander with thousands

By kaydo at 9:27 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2007

FunRun-Floriade-2If you’re interested in such things, you may recall last week’s PANTaSk invited you to wander with thousands, and based on the turnout on the day, for once I didnt exaggerate.  Give it time.

The event began with a lazy wander down a closed Adelaide avenue towards Parliament house:

FunRun-Floriade-1You can almost see the competition amongst the competitors as they wandered and jostled for position.

FunRun-Floriade-4No, I don’t have a lot to say of any substance. It was a fun 5km walk on a kick-ass Canberra day. The roads were closed, and we had the run of the place. The walk was flat and not challenging, but it was a great new perspective of the city. That being said, our time sucked:

FunRun-Floriade-7Maybe I’ll run next year.  Was a fun event, if you didn’t give it a shot, plan to join in for 2008.  Not many things get so many Canberrans in one place.

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PANTaSk: Wander with thousands

By kaydo at 10:56 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2007

This week’s PANTaSk is a simple opportunity to wander around town with a few thousand others.  The Canberra Times Fun Run/Walk is on again this Sunday September 16th.

It’s $22 to enter in the walk, and a bit more for the run and they do take different routes.  There will be roads closed around the lake for the event, so it’s a great chance to see a different view of Canberra with a few thousand others.

Online entries appear to have closed, but you can still enter on the day.  Check the website for more details.

Get there.

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Upcoming: Floriade

By kaydo at 11:00 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

There’s probably many things we could get excited about which are a tad better than a flower show.  But really, its spring in Canberra and so people go a little crazy with the sudden lack of cold.  Along with an apparently Australiana-themed Floriade brings some outstanding events for September and October.  A few highlights:

  • Frickin GNOMES.  I’ve already established that I think this idea is grand.  We entered Run DMC gnomes for the ‘Rock n Roll’ theme a few years ago.  This year is Australiana.  I predict 1000s of either Boonie or Steve Irwin.  I will enter when I can think up something a little more inspired.* 
  • Sand Sculptures.  I gather these are just a part of the overall exhibition, but I still think it’s great.  I gather it’s Canberra/National Icons made out of sand.  Inspired.
  • Learn Bonsai.  For a generation of children, they watched Karate Kid and wanted to learn the moves.  I watched it and wanted to learn bonsai.  Unfortunately I’ve killed every one of my previous attempts, and it’s still my favourite movie.  I might reconsider my Bonsai career between the 15th and 16th of September.
  • RMC Band Beat Retreat performance.  I stumbled upon this a few years back by following noise and fireworks (yes, just follow me if disaster strikes).  Perhaps this year I’ll actually attend.
  • Breakfast with the Birds @ the Botanic Gardens.  Saturdays and Sundays from 22 September – 14 October.
  • AIS Sportex Exhibition.  I’ve wanted to go to this for ages, but they’re donating part of the proceeds to charity during Floriade, PLUS they have some free sport demo days.  Sounds good.

Oh and these guys, are appearing regularly. 
Kangaroo men at the running of the sheep in Boorowa

PANTS last crossed paths with them during the Running of the Sheep a few years ago.  If you do nothing else, definately check out the crazy Kangaroo men.  They’re actually called Roo’d from Icarus and are apparently appearing on 15-16 September, 29 September – 7 October.  Gold.

* can you already guess next week’s PANTaSk?

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Proposed: Gnome Painting

By kaydo at 9:16 pm on Monday, September 3, 2007

I wish I didn’t think this was a great idea but I do.  The Rotary Club are holding a gnome painting event in the park this weekend.  Details are below.

Gnome painting

Last time Floriade got into the gnome action, we created our own little gnome-y version of Run DMC, complete with Adidas sneakers and bling.  We then went and saw the gnomes in their natural surrounds, and ours were clearly the best (aside from the very real need for some sort of sealant). 

No idea what we should do this year, but we should definately get into it.

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Review: Ice-capades in the CBR

By kaydo at 9:49 pm on Sunday, July 15, 2007

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Some of the PANTS crew took a quick trip down to Winter Wonderland over the weekend. The idea of a giant tent of wintery goodness promised much, however it was a little lame. That being said, I still loved every second of it (lucky, because it cost $18).

Here’s the lowdown. The giant tent contains mostly an empty void. Other features: food (a la the show), rides (also show like), crazy lighting, a stage with no apparent purpose, an inflated snowman which is easily as tall as the tent itself, and computer games. Odd.

The cool bits?

A snowball shooting zone:
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A tiny skating rink:
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Pink skates!
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It’s clearly targeted at children a little younger than me, and some of the execution is lacking, but its still pretty fantastic that Canberra has something like this to celebrate an otherwise cold and lifeless winter. It’s $18 and only about two hours committment, but it’s really great juvenile fun. I hope this becomes an annual feature, but for that to happen it no doubt needs some support. Get there.

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Proposed: 18-wheels-o-fun*

By kaydo at 9:07 pm on Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Rotary Club of Canberra are organising a scenic cycle tour of Canberra. If you’re hyper-competitive or fit, you can do one of the hardcore courses, or if you’re lame you can do the one rated ‘easy’. After the Canberra Day bike ride was seriously rained on earlier in the year, this might be a way to get the same fix. Sounds like fun.

Hit us up in the comments if you want to join in, or we’ll see you there.

* I’ll need 8 other people to realise my 18-wheel dream. There’s actually nothing truck related as I may have implied.

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Proposed: Runs o fun

By kaydo at 8:25 pm on Monday, July 9, 2007

I’m not suggesting actually running, but some enlightened fun run officials have decided to allow other forms of competitive transport in upcoming events. Seems fun. Check it:

Scooters, Rollerblades, Bikes are all welcome.

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Announcing: The PANTaSk

By kaydo at 12:06 pm on Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Inspired by a thoughtful post on Ask MeFi, and of course everything ever done on 43 things, I propose a weekly PANTS task, or PANTaSk. Every Sunday night will be a new thing to try or challenge for the week (not necessarily a group activity like our other posts).

Leave your suggestions in the comments. Will continue until we get bored of it or run short on ideas.

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Vote for wintery greatness

By kaydo at 5:37 pm on Monday, June 18, 2007

The cool kids at the National Capital Authority are letting you vote for movies you’d like played as a part of the Winter in the Capital fandango.

The exciting thing is that they’ve chosen some truly timeless classics that I must insist you all vote for:

  • The Karate Kid
  • The Lost Boys
  • The Goonies
  • I’ve seen each of these movies in the last 6 months, and I must say that they really do hold up to the test of time. I am not delusional. Please vote.

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