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Mining Backdown

To the tune of “The Final Countdown”: it’s a mi-ning back-down… dada daa daa… dada da da da… The government has abandoned plans to mine in highest-value conservation areas. Needless to say, this is a good thing, and stems directly from the massive public outcry. As far as handling the backdown goes, the Nats are […]

Move along

Nothing to see here, just trying some stuff out. This is the Asian Association of Social Psychologists. The url is http://www.asiansocialpsych.org/ Some of these people are my friends, but that’s not important right now. What matters is, I need to try some stuff in relation to their site, and I need an external link to […]

Sing This Song Linky

Comic Sans defends itself. Ten minutes of Arnie quips: Smarthistory, a very neat interactive textbook thingamy on the subject of art history. Inspirational. Via the Grauniad, a handy Kiwi-friendly world cup wallchart, explaining what this game that doesn’t involve an oval ball is all about. Amusingly out of date – the NZ score for each […]

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Paula Bennett raaagh

Watched some of the “hard-hitting” “political news” show Q+A yesterday morning, in which Minister Paula Bennett defended the changes to the welfare system that were announced out of Cabinet last week. (Full transcription of interview on Scoop.) Part of these changes were introducing work tests to those on a sickness benefit to get them into […]

Hoose Moose

I may be about to become a proper Hoose Moose. Our offer was accepted, conditional on [boring stuff]. Now to do [boring stuff]! This has all happened very quickly. (Aside: If moose is the Scots for mouse, what, I wonder, is the Scots for moose?)

Key might go

The poll I linkied yesterday is gone to wherever those polls go (I guess they just get deleted, nice on Stuff.co.nz) but TV3 at least is reporting that Key might go after all: “There’s a case that might be able to be put up that is if it looks like a deal is going to […]

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One Day We’ll Find Linky

One literary passage, translated by two different people. Interesting if you read translated lit and wonder about how well the sense of the work survives. Awful Library Books – librarian snark at books being stripped from the collection. This one is not safe for work, not because of violence or nudity but because of a […]

Dollhouse Ep 6 (No Spoilers)

This is the episode that takes it up a notch. It does so. It does so smartly and enthusiastically and swiftly. It is good stuff. It means that I’m going to stick with Dollhouse to the end. What they are doing here is seriously interesting ideas TV, and there’s precious little of that on the […]

Clues and drinks

Getting away from all that serious stuff for a bit, I want to give due respect: the Alligator’s birthday adventure on Friday night was incredibly fun. How it worked: we turned up for drinks at Mollys, and split into teams. The Alligator, looking smug, issued each team a water pistol and an envelope full of […]