Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: True love works…, in reply to JacksonP,

    ….admire the fact she made it through
    the song without freaking out completely.
    Still 17.

    …some apology for a ‘journalist’ is given far too much space in The Monthly and just doesn’t get it…

    Am I the only critic immune to the charms of Lorde? The 17-year-old New Zealander has the world kneeling at her feet. Her song ‘Royals’ has already earnt her two Grammy awards and been a number one single around the globe. Magazine covers and television appearances are hers for the taking. She’s been praised as honest, incisive, even a genius – so why do I find her so very, very boring?
    Like any number of current pop starlets, Lorde sings as if she can’t quite be bothered to commit to an emotion – any emotion – which gives her vocal tone an odd blend of self-satisfaction and vacancy.

    Forgive them Lorde
    for they are Australian…

    ;- )

    It just hit me how much the timbre of Lorde’s voice
    reminds me of Melanie Safka…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6813 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: True love works…, in reply to Peter Rees,

    ...spacious first-floor studio
    Hah! Those were the days, now I 'work' out of a large cupboard at home to all intents and purposes...
    ...only one of the 8 or 9 buildings I've ever had a studio or space in chchch still exists (old chemistry at the Arts Centre)


    I still have that waxer... and wax!

    Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

    I love that site - I have 'artyfacts' they don't seem to show as well...
    eg: 'pressed cardboard clipart moulds' from the '60s and '70s - Fab!
    ...I've been meaning to record and find homes for them
    - your nudge adds impetus....


    waxing lyrical....
    Great to hear from you Mr Rees, I've wondered where you had disappeared to - last I heard was Wellington last century - drop me a line via the email/enevelope icon on the top right of my reply - I'd love to catch up - (and I'd also like to talk to you about possibly using the 'Old Cracroft stonehouse' story you did for your brilliant 'Toys' comic*, in a collection of Chchch-related comics...)

    * an excellent self-published work that was later re-issued by Fantagraphics as 'Playgrounds' - (to avoid problems with Pixar I'd imagine) see below

    Before the graphic-novel boom of the 2000s, a handful of adult New Zealand comics found publication overseas instead. Two comics published by Fantagraphics in the US, Teaser and the blacksmith by Timothy H. Glass# (1989) and Playgrounds by Peter Rees (1991), both originated in Christchurch and featured local themes and settings.

    from te ara the encyclopedia of NZ


    #Timothy H. Glass was a tip of the hat to James K Baxter's fictitious alter ego from Horse - but I believe really the work of another under-exposed Chchch Peter (Pete McLauchlan)
    His 'The Plain & Ordinary Canterbury Sketchbook' is a gem of a record of mid 20th century provincial, suburban and city life and buildings...
    (published by Canterbury University Press)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6813 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The purpose of science and its limits,

    Apocalypses notwithstanding, the alternative may well be the future Walter M Miller Jr creates in A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Set in a Catholic monastery in the desert of the Southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. The monks of the fictional Albertian Order of Leibowitz take up the mission of preserving the surviving remnants of man's scientific knowledge until the day the outside world is again ready for it.

    download audio or ebook here

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6813 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: True love works…,

    Attachment

    shameless self promotion
    Own a piece of NZ Music history…
    … or just enjoy the time travel!
    Dux de Lux New Year’s Eve gig poster – celebrating Flying Nun’s first 10 years…

    …what a line up!

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  • Speaker: The purpose of science and its limits,

    Gene genie…
    Communication and information are at the heart of all processes, whether it is the code of language, or the code of chemistry and physics – we, and all that surrounds us, are byproducts of those interactions, not the other way round, as human hubris often insists.

    You (we) have quite the battle ahead, but don’t ever give it up, even just one changed / illuminated mind is worth it…

    I am currently enjoying reading Philip Ball’s Stories of the invisible a guided tour to molecules – it puts things in perspective…

    9.21, is that the time!?
    I’d best go put some energy into colony that allows ‘me’ to exist…
    aka breakfast!

    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 6813 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: To be expected,

    Jeez, Espiner is being a complete oik this morning

    He seems to think we might care more about what he thinks his interviewees think, than letting them tell us themselves …

    He needs to get out of his own way,
    rather than constantly hunting the ‘soundbite’ he wants…

    …or maybe they need to decide who is the good cop and who is the bad cop – him and Suzie Ferguson seem to be both posturing as the ‘bad ass’ interviewer…

    It is very tiresome…

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  • Hard News: Gower Speaks,

    back to the future...

    ...the recent Simon Bridges and Victoria Forest Park thing,

    Not to mention that apparently Bridges has returned from an alternate reality where Russel Norman has been a Minister in Government!

    Just how much time does he spend there?

    Philip K Dick eat yer heart out...

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  • Capture: Getting closer, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    lousey vampires!

    its antennae and legs look like they’re printed into the concrete

    I imagine that at that scale, the distance between them and the concrete would be negligible and so they are forced into the same focal plane...

    ...but who knew they didn't cast shadows!
    ;- )

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  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to George Darroch,

    And the narrative...

    ...is what you get
    when you put the 'rrat'*
    amongst the 'naive'
    needs, must...
    telling times a'comin'


    *from Southland
    obviously!
    ;- )

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

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