Bad rap, namesakes and The Oscars!

Last updated 11:41 24/02/2012

I have to apologise that today's blog post is a bit of a piecemeal thing. Basically I got to the end of the week and had a few different things I wanted to talk about but none of them are really big enough or important enough to warrant a whole post on their own. So I guess this blog post is a bit like one of those meals where you have a few small dishes instead one big one, like teppanyaki or tapas. It's a rich tapas-try.* Gawd, is anyone really hungry now? Anyway, let's crack on.

First, I would like to thank everyone who commented on Wednesday's post. It was a strange day here in Christchurch and your supportive and complimentary comments really helped and reminded me why blogging is an awesome format. You guys are choice.

My day was quite emotional in places and gave me the opportunity to see how far we've all come. In that spirit I did something slightly hokey and wore the same outfit (more or less) that I wore on February 22, 2011. I then strong-armed the Silver Fox into taking a photo of me in the same place my friend Tulip had snapped me a year before (the results are below).

2 x 22/2

As you can see, I'm a damn sight less stressed out in the second picture and my posture hasn't improved but the real difference is in the landscape, with my old work building now a thing of the past and the footpath looking typically "Christchurchian" (you can't see but there are also quite a few extra grey hairs this year and I have more split ends). So I just thought that this would be an interesting visual way of showing what has changed, albeit in one small corner of the city.

Next up, I have the pleasure of sharing with you an old music video from a Hungarian rapper named "Speak". The Silver Fox's sister discovered this gem while living in Romania. It's awful. I'm not going to say it's the worst music video I've ever seen because I'm far too familiar with the insanity you can find on YouTube to lay such a claim. But it is, I promise, achingly terrible. If after 4 minutes and 12 seconds of this you're not physically recoiling from the speakers, there's something wrong with you. Also, if the SF and I are anything to go by you may feel the need to sprinkle otherwise normal conversations with the words "yeh-comoh-thasrigh".

There's something about bad rap that makes it worse than just bad singing (though, thanks to the "melodic" breakdown in the "chorus", this has BOTH). It's like bad scatting by well-meaning jazz school students. It sets my teeth on edge in way that little else can. God, I love it.

Another thing that has excited me this week (though in a slightly less cringey way) is an unusual request I received via Facebook from a heavily pregnant expat Kiwi living in Argentina called Teresa. She and her husband would like to give their baby a Māori name and have decided that they like "Moata" but Argentinian regulations only allow you to give a child a real name so they're looking for evidence that "Moata" is an actual given name and not something someone just made up. They'll be using this blog as a source but are looking for any other instances that can provide "proof". I've suggest Moata Moa (Pukunui's sidekick) but if anyone can source an instance of "Moata" in a baby name book, or other people named Moata who might be able to help, please leave a comment below or on the Blog Idle Facebook page. Let's increase the number of Moatas! World domination or bust!

And lastly (as if that weren't enough) a piece of exciting news. You know how the Oscars are so inconveniently placed during a Monday here in New Zealand, when you're at work and can't blob around on the couch soaking up the red carpet glamour because you have to do things with spreadsheets? Well, I will be live-blogging the Oscars right here on Stuff with fellow snark-ian Chris Philpott so you can keep up to date with what's what. Expect unfettered George Clooney worship (me) and general confusion about red carpet fashion (Chris). I intend on wearing a plastic tiara the whole time and noshing on Doritos and I hope that you can join me. Oh, and did I mention Billy Crystal is back hosting this year? If there is a musical montage number, I may dance in my living room.

Anyway, please do your usual and have a chat about any of the above that tickles your fancy in the comments below? Know any Moatas? A fan of Hungarian rapping?

* I'd like to abjectly apologise for that pun...but I can't because, you know what, I still kind of like it. Screw you. Puns are supposed to be awful.

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PayMeLater   #1   11:48 am Feb 24 2012

I really think Stuff should be shouting you a trip to the Oscars so you can blog live from LA quite frankly...

Davo   #2   11:56 am Feb 24 2012

I want to see Bret McKenzie win an Oscar. Even though, after seeing the Muppet Movie, I still prefer the song "Life's A Happy Song", rather than "Man Or Muppet".

Frances   #3   12:12 pm Feb 24 2012

After 4 min, 12 sec of listening to the Hungarian rapper, I'm quite willing to start a war to stop people like posting music videos. And yes, I did physically recoil from the speakers at one point. Yikes, it's terrible!

Karlos   #4   12:22 pm Feb 24 2012

Agree with PayMeLater #1!

I'm going on a Moata hunt this afternoon so I'll let you know if I find any :-)

The Other Nick   #5   12:23 pm Feb 24 2012

Ha ha - "Speak" is awesome. As for the Oscars - give me Stephen Fry at the Baftas (who I was fortunate enough to meet and talk to) over Billy Crystal at the Oscars any day.

&rew   #6   12:23 pm Feb 24 2012

1. I haven't been to Christchurch since the quake(s) so I can't pretend to know, other than through the medium of, well the media, what it's like to be there. But my heart goes out to you all, and I hope some stability (in every sense of the word) comes into your lives soon.

2. I'm just putting this out there: Is there such a thing as GOOD rap? I haven't heard any I like. Ever. Although the idea of a white Hungarian identifying with the cultutal origins of rap music is a little absurd. Though probably no more so than Maori identifying with Rastafarianism. Just sayin'.

3. My wife's a big fan of the Oscars but I can't get into it myself. The fashion and speaches seem more important than the movies and awards, and the ones I want to win never do. Well, not since "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" swept the big five (Best Actor/Actress/Director/Screenplay/Movie) in 1975. But if you're covering it this year I might follow. I'm sure you will make it much more entertaining...

El Jorge   #7   12:27 pm Feb 24 2012

Theres a Moata Rd in Onehunga/One Tree Hill

superher   #8   12:28 pm Feb 24 2012

here's to you moata, a worthy idea to wear the same outfit and take another snapshot for posterity

lucky, blogging the oscars! nice to see you're potentially addicted to doritos, i remember the blog post where you hadn't tried them yet. any particular flavour preference? mine is bbq with salsa a close 2nd

...Louise...   #9   12:28 pm Feb 24 2012

From the Maori dictionary - Moata (stative) be early. http://www.maoridictionary.co.nz/index.cfm?dictionaryKeywords=moata&n=1&idiom=&phrase=&proverb=&loan=&search.x=32&search.y=9

Are you an early bird?

yellowtree   #10   12:46 pm Feb 24 2012

Kinda ridiculously excited about you live-blogging the Oscars. Bring on the George Clooney worship and snarky fashion commentary, yay!


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