Showing posts from October, 2007

Signs of a changing country?

I went to get some cash out of a machine yesterday evening and had to choose what language the machine displayed... this felt strange as I'd never encountered such a thing here before.

I assume that this reflects the changing nature of our population - especially the influx of new immigrants whose first langugae isn't english and also the diverse nature of tourists coming here.

Tis cool

Climate Change - the debate simplified

A friend, Matt D, sent me a link to the following video recently. It explains why we should be doing something about the environment and climate change in a manner few could disagree with.

Simple logic really, its nine minutes and worth watching if you are still unsure as to what, if anything, we humans should be doing to ensure the survival of our species.

Stumbling out of a darkened cave

Tis strange some personal stuff happens in ones life and everything else goes out the door... then you emerge back into the world wondering what you missed, what has been going on.

A lot and nothing it seems

Tis good


Welcome home pippa


Rude Not 2 - it must be summer (well soon)

With special guests: Mr Boinkin, PH8L and the lovely Michelle(live mc and vocals) DJ Randomplay, Bn1, Sifter an Award winning BBQ chef, Cheap beer and Aucklands most eclectic music policy

Fun times (keep Nov 16 & Dec 7th free for Bob D shall be ruining music by playing rekkids)

We’re all Iraqi too... Welcome to the building

Bloggers Without Borders... River in Syria

Syria is a beautiful country- at least I think it is. I say “I think” because while I perceive it to be beautiful, I sometimes wonder if I mistake safety, security and normalcy for ‘beauty’. In so many ways, Damascus is like Baghdad before the war- bustling streets, occasional traffic jams, markets seemingly always full of shoppers… And in so many ways it’s different. The buildings are higher, the streets are generally narrower and there’s a mountain, Qasiyoun, that looms in the distance.

The mountain distracts me, as it does many Iraqis- especially those from Baghdad. Northern Iraq is full of mountains, but the rest of Iraq is quite flat. At night, Qasiyoun blends into the black sky and the only indication of its presence is a multitude of little, glimmering spots of light- houses and restaurants built right up there on the mountain. Every time I take a picture, I try to work Qasiyoun into it- I try to position the person so that Qasiyoun is i…

Gone but not forgotten

Today I say goodbye to my mother, I'm really really dreading today....

I get to say the eulogy... this is it, I wish I could do better:

Thanks to all our family & friends for being with us today to say goodbye to Mum.

It is hard for me to believe she’s gone, my mother, my supporter and most importantly my friend has left me physically.

I’d like to stand here today and entertain you all with a grand eulogy, filled with stories of her life, to share with you all my love and admiration for her. Please forgive me when I say I don’t feel I am capable right now of such a task.

Rather I’d like to save these for the times we share together over the coming years. Times when I feel better fit and suited to celebrate my mother than dwell on our loss.

Liz was first and foremost our mother, a job she took very seriously, we were always her primary concern and like most mothers she continued this right to the end.

In typical fashion she left quietly – she didn’t like people making a fuss about…

Leaves, wahoo


DJing is a scam

This year DJ Mag has been appalled and disgusted to discover suspicious voting irregularities in their Top 100 DJs poll.

For the first time ever, now that DJmag is wholly independent again, the votes in this year’s poll have been collated in-house, and while in previous years we’ve relied on technology to weed out suspect votes, this year it’s been proved that there’s nothing more effective than the naked eye.
With 345,000 votes cast by email, publisher James Robertson has spent a ridiculous number of man-hours going through each vote. His discoveries have resulted in several DJs being disqualified from this year’s poll.

Roberston explained: “This year, I made a decision to investigate votes where the same IP address appeared over 50 times for the same person. The chances of the same person getting voted for by 50 different computers each having been allocated the same IP address within a week would be billions to one.” The biggest DJs at the centre of our investigation were US stars Chr…

The Iraqi Genocide

By Paul Craig Roberts

10/16/07 "ICH" -- - -Why has not the Turkish parliament given tit for tat and passed a resolution condemning the Iraqi Genocide?

As a result of Bush’s invasion of Iraq, more than one million Iraqis have died, and several millions are displaced persons. The Iraqi death toll and the millions of uprooted Iraqis match the Armenian deaths and deportations. If one is a genocide, so is the other.

It is true that most of the Iraqi deaths have resulted from Iraqis killing one another. But it was Bush’s destruction of the secular Iraqi state that unleashed the sectarian strife.

Moreover, American troops in Iraq have killed more civilians than insurgents. The US military in Iraq has fallen for every bit of disinformation fed to it by Al Qaeda personnel posing as “informants” and by Sunnis setting up Shi’ites and Shi’ites setting up Sunnis. As a result, American bombs and missiles have blown up weddings, funerals, kids playing soccer, and people shopping in bazaars and…

Hardcore History for the Students

or maybe not...

NZ police hold 17 in terror raids

I can't help feeling that this will backfire badly on someone.... probably the police and govt. At least thats where my two cents are for now.

BBC NEWS Asia-Pacific NZ police hold 17 in terror raids

A great read

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Go here, tis worth the effort, quite inspiring!

The tree update

The weekly look at how 'my tree' is doing... I love the tree, it affords shade and privacy once fully covered.

Some Local Songs I Like

Whilst mucking about the other day I put together a list of 100 NZ songs I really dig... by no means a comprehensive list just a bunch of what I consider some truely awesome songs.

The list is ordered by song title for no toher reason than thats how it is

Artist - Song Title

Soultrust - 456
SJD - A Boy
Chris Knox - A Song Of The Only Child
Bailter Space - Ad man
The Gordons - Adults and Children
The Skeptics - Agitator
The Pin Group - Ambivalence
The Clean - Anything Could Happen
Screaming Mee Mees - At At
The Dead C - Bad Politics
The Clean - Beatnik
Garageland - Beelines To Heaven
Cyphanetik - Blaze Em
The Great Unwashed - Born In The Wrong Time
Snapper - Buddy
Look Blue Go Purple - Cactus Cat
Look Blue Go Purple - Circumspect Penelope
Features - City Scenes
Fetus Productions - Classical
The Gordons - Coalminers Song
The Swingers - Counting The Beat
Dimmer - Cystalator
Body Electric - Dash 1721
The Cakekitchen - Dave the Pimp
The Verlaines - Death & the Maiden
Pig Out - Disco Bag
Headless Chickens - Do the…

Time to move to a new copywrite regime?

The Entertainment Industry Police Crackdown
by Dean Baker

Last week, a jury determined that Jammie Thomas, a single mother living in Minnesota, should pay $222,000 to the recording industry for allowing other people to download 24 songs off her computer on a file-sharing system. That's a pretty steep fine for passing along a few copies of Britney Spears' latest hits.

The recording industry was apparently able to track down this crime by hiring a high-tech sleuth who has software that can monitor the files people place on their computers. No doubt, the recording industry's sleuth has been visiting a computer near you.

The recording industry has been having a difficult time adjusting to the modern world. Digital technology and the Internet make it possible to instantly and costlessly transfer recorded music, movies, videos, and other material anywhere in the world. While this is great news for consumers, and those who value freedom of expression, as well as writers and musi…

Nuclear-armed states are criminal states.

US/Indo Nuclear Agreement: Derailing A Deal
by Noam Chomsky

08 August, 2007 -- Nuclear-armed states are criminal states. They have a legal obligation, confirmed by the World Court, to live up to Article 6 of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which calls on them to carry out good-faith negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons entirely. None of the nuclear states has lived up to it. The United States is a leading violator, especially the Bush administration, which even has stated that it isn’t subject to Article 6.

On July 27, Washington entered into an agreement with India that guts the central part of the NPT, though there remains substantial opposition in both countries. India, like Israel and Pakistan (but unlike Iran), is not an NPT signatory, and has developed nuclear weapons outside the treaty. With this new agreement, the Bush administration effectively endorses and facilitates this outlaw behaviour. The agreement violates US law, and bypasses the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the 4…




I can't help but feel shame when i look at how my fellow country people are responding to our defeat at the hands of the French the other day.

I apprecaite many are feeling down and disappointed, but do we need to be so callious and angry about something that is nothing more than a game.

We really do need to seriously address our attitudes as a nation to such events, the hate and violence a simple game can engender in us is embarrassing and for a ntaion that is so smug about our lot in life we have I fear more to be ashamed of than proud of at times like this.

Reading some of the comments on the NZ Hearld site made me want to vomit. Reading the wikivandalism some bright spark has created only helps show our smallmindedness to the world. Are we so simple minded?

Thank christ for Public Address and the other sources I have found that show we're not all spoilt kids throwing our toys from the cot - some of us can take defeat with dignity and good humour.

Watched the news last night and…

NZ psychologist recommends pessimism


When I grow up I shall be a photographer


Not how I remember the street

Free Burma!



Global Hypocrisy on Burma
by Satya Sagar

As the Burmese military brutally cracks down on a popular uprising of its citizens demanding democracy the question on many minds is – so what is the world going to do about it?

From the trend visible so far the answer is simple- nothing at all.

Nothing, that is, beyond the usual condemnations and pious appeals for ‘peaceful dialogue’ and the posturing at international forums in support of the Burmese people.

Nothing more than sending a lameduck UN envoy to negotiate with the paranoid Burmese generals. Negotiate what? Funeral services for their innocent victims mowed down like rabbits on the streets of Rangoon?

It is not that nothing can be done at all – to begin with, how about kicking the illegitimate military regime out of the UN seat it continues to occupy and replacing it with the country’s elected government-in-exile? Why should Burma continue to be a member of ASEAN or for that matter, by default, also of the Asia-Europe Meeting or ASEM?

Something on my mind

I can't sleep, too many thoughts and feelings rushing round the ol noggin, so its internerding and pistachio's for the time being

So here I am catching up on some reading and trawling round my usual internet haunts, killing time and doing a rather bad job of it.

Been reading about the new Radiohead album and waiting to get up and go to the first Big Day Out lineup announcement.

Never been much of a Radiohead fan, nice enough songs and all that but simply not my cuppa. Hats off to em though cause they sure are forging into the future with how they are to release this new album (refer link above). Huge respect to em from this small chap downunder and must say I love the middle finger being pointed directly at the recording industry - always been a fan of those who can and do things their own way. We might just be seeing a glimpse into how things might be done by some in the future.

If I was a fan I reckon I'd be bordering on the setting "rabid fan" about now. For any i…