….admire the fact she made it through
the song without freaking out completely.
…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…
...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....
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.
#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)
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.
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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!
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…
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…
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...
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!
And the narrative...
...is what you get
when you put the 'rrat'*
amongst the 'naive'
telling times a'comin'
as above, so below
stepping back apace
for a little perspective
go to Spaceweather.com now...
CORONAL HOLES: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is monitoring a pair of coronal holes straddling the sun's equator. They are the deep-blue wedges in this extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken mid-day on April 9th.
Coronal holes are places in the sun's atmosphere where the ambient magnetic field opens up and allows solar wind to escape. A double-stream of solar wind flowing from these coronal holes could reach Earth on April 13-14. It is possible that neither stream will be geoeffective as they flow north and south of our planet. On the other hand, a "brush pass" might still spark polar auroras.
Oh and by the way now's the time to spy on the neighbours!
- In only 5 days, Mars will make its closest approach to Earth since 2012. Australian astrophotograher Anthony Wesley couldn't wait. Using a 16 inch telescope, he took this picture last night:
His high-resolution image shows the rapidly evaporating north polar cap (summer began there in February), orographic clouds over the Elysium volcanoes near the Martian equator, and an even brighter blue cloud over the Hellas impact basin in the southern hemisphere. Hellas is the lowest point on Mars, and some of the haze evident there could be icy fog.
anything can happen...
everything already is..
energetic beings unite.