This morning I successfully went to the ACMI to go to the music video exhibition, although I left the leaflet that gave me concession entry in my other bag, and so had to get on a tram at Flinders' Street for one stop, just so I could get another one of the flyers. I think the woman who I brought my ticket from thought I was a bit weird, as I told her this story, then used a 'try me for free Lemnos' card to pay for part of it, and the remaining part I paid with an annoying amount of change which I had got in tips. The Lemnos try me for free card was something I got send after I saw an advert in a magazine offering the chance to try Lemnos Halloumi for free, but you had to send off a form and your receipt attached to be able to claim it.
I enjoyed Paul Tassie's Road to Nowhere video, and I hope that I act like the old couple when I'm their age. Arcade Fire seem to be very experimental with their videos, as they had two interactive videos (I wasn't even aware interactive videos existed). In one, you used a computer mouse to click on either of the guy in the videos hands, which made them do different things, and in the other the actors danced to the beat that matched your dancing (i.e. if you danced fast, they would dance fast). It's weird to think MTV had to start a campaign to stay broadcasting- it needed more channels to screen it so they got various celebrities to say "I want my MTV" on adverts. Another video I found interesting were 'Sugar Water' by Cibo Matto, in which throughout the video the screen is split in two, and it shows the girls' day, although the left side shows it going forwards (so it starts in the morning and ends in the evening) and the right shows it going backwards. The Jonny Cash project displayed a video in which fans had drawn different scenes from one of his videos, and that particular slide was replaced by their artwork. Literal videos are very amusing- this is when someone dubs over the original video, and changes the lyrics to include a commentary of what's going on on-screen.
I then went to meet Mia, who was with Lucas and Samia, at Victoria markets, as I said I wanted a friendship bracelet for Christmas. After that she was too hot, and so wanted to go home before work and have a shower, so I had a walk around to try and get inspiration for Christmas presents for her, Alice and Amanda. I saw plenty of things I would buy myself but as the day wore on, got quite stressed that I had no idea. I brought Mia a reusable coffee cup with a picture of the UK on it (so she remembers me and Alice) but it's hard to buy for the others as we're all backpackers who are going to move on soon so it needs to either be small or something we need enough to prioritise for space. Along the way I found a chocolate bar called Perky Nana, which a banana flavoured chew bar covered in chocolate, which I thought was funny so I brought to give me present finding energy. Amanda rang me when I was in Myer, and so we met up as she wanted to get something for Danny's Christmas present. She also discovered how stressful it is buying presents when she found that the aftershave she wanted to get for him wasn't sold in Australia. We went for a drink in Sahara bar which she had seen from over the road, which was Moroccan themed and felt perfect for the nice weather, although the combination of beer, heat and tiredness made me feel a bit funny.
The Aldi in the C.B.D didn't stock as much as the Prahran one- I wanted to get my pannetonne and Christmas pudding from there, but I just stopped off in Balaclava to get them from Coles.