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...and so it starts...

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Spring is here, daylight saving upon us and now I await leaves.

Something I was pondering yesterday

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If a Cylon Basestar was to appear in the earths orbit, would we be able to see it from the ground?












Original Series base Star








New Series Base Star

With things like this on my mind I wonder how I ever sleep.

*bob is looking to the sky with trepidation*

Mortality is a bitch

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Tired of wishing you had more friends?

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Save the planet

Is it just me...

I don't quite understand how the govt's scheme of carbon credits and all this economic mumbo jumbo is meant to actually reduce our carbon emissions.

I can see the rationale behind the scheme - make it attractive to capitalists and therefore give economic incentives to key sectors to reduce emissions, but I don't see how this approach will actually do much of any good.

We've stuffed around for a decade whilst our emissions have increased - dramatically it seems, and now we are slowly implimenting a scheme that doesn't seem to address the issue so much as it seeks to pacify the detractors (major carbon emitters to BTW).

I don't profess to completely understand the scheme proposed that will become law next year as all the parties seem to be in favour of it. The doomsayers suggest this whole global warming and destruction of the environment is actually pretty serious.

Is it?

If one was to believe the articles propping up in the media everything is going…

Worst NZ Album Cover of the Year

Over at Dub dot dash Peter has a selection of local artists album art that will having you sniggering into your coffee cup.

A great light hearted look and critique of the local music world - something that generally is very much frowned upon/not done nearly enough.

Wouldn't it be great if the B.Nets or some other award granting organisation could bring some of the humour and light heartedness back into these sorts of things, I mention the B.Nets simply because once they had this area all but nailed.

They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa - Napoleon XIV

Capitalists take note

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Fear is the ultimate renewable resource

Get some today




Music Industry Most Hated

A cut and paste job today - somewords of wisdom from Mr Bob Lefsetz



1. TicketMaster

Every day I get e-mail complaining about this helpful service. Whether it be exorbitant charges on cheap tickets or a charge for printing the tickets yourself, people are fed up.

TicketMaster is awaiting its Napster moment. When the public finally gets some traction, has an alternative, TM is going to be in serious trouble.

If Live Nation does its own ticketing it MUST bury the service charge in the price of the ticket. And, if it does this, where does this leave TicketMaster?

Live Nation has the chance to solve this entire problem. Will the agents and managers help them and agree not to commission the fee, or will they be glad that the blame is not placed upon them, and screw Rapino and his minions?

Ultimately, the high fees reflect badly on the artists themselves. They just don't know it yet...

2. MTV

The music channel can trumpet its VMA ratings increase all it wants, perception is the VMAs were a …

Don't get ya hopes up yet Bob

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I do believe the fairer weather has kicked in.


There's been sunshine, the tree out the front (oh dear here we go...) has the first buds on its limbs... I feel springlike and that is a good thing.


I'm sitting typing listening to the birds sing... next up two months of rain to firmly teach me for being optimistic


Welcome to my world


Are we there yet?

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I laughed... sue me

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Things to say on a Friday

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At a 1992 University of Oregon event discussing the American people and their government, author Ken Kesey declared: “There are times when you gotta stand up in church and shout ‘bullshit!’”

Us kiwis could do with some more bullshit callers... as could most countries I imagine.

Kia Kaha

Things to do today

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War paying off says US General

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Yeah right!


Happiness is

Wandering around the blogs I visit regularly to find River is back - a five month break this time.
You don't get this on TV:

"By the time we were out of Baghdad, my heart was no longer aching as it had been while we were still leaving it. The cars around us on the border were making me nervous. I hated being in the middle of so many possibly explosive vehicles. A part of me wanted to study the faces of the people around me, mostly families, and the other part of me, the one that’s been trained to stay out of trouble the last four years, told me to keep my eyes to myself- it was almost over.

It was finally our turn. I sat stiffly in the car and waited as money passed hands; our passports were looked over and finally stamped. We were ushered along and the driver smiled with satisfaction, “It’s been an easy trip, Alhamdulillah,” he said cheerfully.

As we crossed the border and saw the last of the Iraqi flags, the tears began again. The car was silent except for the prattling of the …

Oh dear I ruined it didn't I

So I've been experimenting with a regime of no TV, its been going well thank you, (3 plus weeks it is), and whilst there are a couple of shows I would like to see I don't actually miss them.

This is good it gives me more free time - actually something I don't really need more of but anyhow I now have this time in which to focus on other entertainment or time consuming activities.

Last night I watched some telly, it made me angry - strangely somethingI haven't been during my non watching period. I got angry mainly at the news (always the way), the smugness of our media over the Rugby World Cup -saying its a huge honour for Portugal to be playing the All Blacks - WTF, they're not god, they are but a team in a competition... arghhhhh

I also watched some music TV - didn't last long I must say, I don't like the music they play.

So I stopped, I got up turned off the box and calm returned.

I listened to my new record... a NZ compilaton that includes (the reason I got …

Whats it all about

Monday that is and this whole working lark?

Surely after all these millions of years evolving we could find a better more human friendly way of living.

Blagh

*bob wanders off muttering about the helenic concept of leisure, jetpacks and small furry animals

One down...

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and plenty to go.

Thus far I am quite impressed at how little this game has impacted on my world, we are growing as a nation.

Cripes even the nz herald has had one piece about how many kiwis don't actually care for or about this game.

I hope the All Blacks do well and all that, but I don't need nor want this to be in my face... and thankfully it isn't.

Perhaps I have picked a wonderful time to not be watching any TV



What is it with all this talk of nuclear energy?

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The issue comes up once and year and every time I notice more and more people are ready to acept nuclear energy as a solution to our energy needs in New Zealand.
WTF
We have better energy solutions than nuclear - we don't need it in other words. We're not like China or France or India with the population concerns and the like, we're small we have endless more natural clean options for power.
yet the issue gets dragged up and as I said it seems more and more kiwis are into the idea



Tie me kangaroo down sport

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I'm not usually taken by cartoons in the NZ Herald, but I did like this one Have a good friday

You've got to fight....

Congress holds hearing on hip-hop
Executives to be questioned about misogyny
By William Trippett

A new front on the content wars may be opening when Congress holds its first hearing specifically into media "stereotypes and degradation" of women -- particularly African- American women -- later this month.

Hearing, not yet officially announced and tentatively skedded for Sept. 25, will focus primarily on hip-hop lyrics and videos, which critics have frequently derided for explicit misogyny aimed largely at black women.

But other media will likely come under scrutiny, too.

"I want to engage not just the music industry but the entertainment industry at large to be part of a solution," said Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, which will hold the hearing.

Just as his colleagues on other committees have summoned TV execs to be grilled on sexual or violent content, Rush wants to hear from the leaders of companie…

Aussie DJ to wow US President

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Will there be a US strike on Iran?

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Let us hope not.
The US has been positioning itself for such a strike for a long time now... yet commonsense and logic would suggest that it would be a stupid thing to do.
That thought alone leaves one with a bad feeling... the Bush regime specialises in dumb moves. I keep seeing the date September 21st in articles relating to such a event - hold tight!
Please give peace a chance ya war mongers!



Springtime

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My Favourite season! Warmer days but still a slight chill to the air

Has it come to this?

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People speaking Arabic stops plane
5:15AM Saturday September 01, 2007

All passengers on an American Airlines flight from San Diego to Chicago were ordered off the plane, after passengers complained of hearing a group of Arabic-speaking Iraqi men.

The Iraqis were questioned by police but released. All of the passengers had to stay overnight.

NZ Herald

The modern world is surreal

The media is silent, Congress is absent, and Americans are distracted as George W. Bush openly prepares aggression against Iran.

US Navy aircraft carrier strike forces are deployed off Iran.

US Air Force jets and missile systems are deployed in bases in countries bordering or near to Iran.

US B-2 stealth bombers have been refitted to carry 30,000 pound “bunker buster” bombs.

The US government is financing terrorist and separatist groups within Iran.

US Special Forces teams are conducting terrorist operations inside Iran.

US war doctrine has been altered to permit first strike nuclear attack on Iran and other non-nuclear countries.

Bush’s war threats against Iran have intensified during the course of this year. The American people are being fed a repeat of the lies used to justify naked aggression against Iraq.

Bush is too self-righteous to see the dark humor in his denunciations of Iran for threatening “the security of nations everywhere” and of the Iraqi resistance for “a vision that rejects…