I'm not a big film festival goer. Given the general ... ickyness revealed in the past couple of days, I am penning a quiet note to the NZIFF telling them I won't be attending any. They may well be a trying to do good, but they are providing material support for an institution (Sky City) that is attempting to operate in a way that I can not, in good conscience, turn a blind eye to.
Pretty similar to the reasons I won't be going to see Enders Game.
It's not so much the actions themselves that bug me (though they do), it's the general disregard for the rule of law that really gets me - hell, if the law commission are worried ...
The even bigger worry though is the number of people around me in day to day life that don't seem to think that it's relevant to them, or important enough to even be a little outraged by it all.
The Galletly sisters are taking an entertaining stroll through some old cookbooks. hint: they're not all worth reading :)
If you can be arsed rendering it out, the beef fat that you get from roasting marrow bones is quite tasty for the final fry of the ye olde potato chip. Nice high-ish smoke point.
Or alternatively, instead of oil, when roasting, I parboil the taties chuck in a tablespoon or so of semolina, close and hold the lid on, bash them them about a bit then put them into a roasting pan full of very hot duck or goose fat, which you can get at the westmere butchers and probably farrow/nosh etc. Roast away at as hot as possible for a bit. Then wait before eating.
I'd already read most of the Ender series when I found out about Card's attitudes. I still think Enders Game is a good book. It did sort of colour the rest of his writing for me though, I've never been able to get into any of his other writing. I've never been sure though whether it's because they're not as good or because I'm put off by Card himself.
Scott Adams is the other author I've had this happen to me with. I can't read Dilbert any more. Reading stuff that I'm pretty sure I used to find funny begets a deadpan "meah" from me now. With Adams though, I'm pretty sure it is the author putting me off.
There is an element in our media culture (Gordon MacLaughlin may argue it is inherent in kiwi culture) that wants to scour the world looking for negative perceptions to highlight back to ourselves. Our rugby media is a great example.
Whatever the merits of those offshore perceptions, the reality is that they are usually centred on issues all countries are grappling with.
True, but the fact that everyone else is dealing with these issues is no reason not to put our own house in order though. And it's not necessarily a bad thing that we look overseas for someone else to highlight our flaws.
It's like the country has a little voice of in the back of it's head (Joy et. al.) telling us we need to take a bath. The little voice is being steadfastly ignored until someone else actually turns around and tells us we stink.
I just hope someone somewhere has still got the cover your ass email/memo where they pointed this lack of security out years ago but were told the solutions were too expensive.
If I was a sys admin with this, I'd be presenting front and centre about now.
You got a response from WINZ on a Sunday?
That was the 2nd thought that occurred, after the obligatory wtf?
Do the numbers make more sense if you include sickness and/or superannuation?
Actually it is a marketing name.
I stand corrected. But they do ask that people they deal with use their marketing name, believe me.
It's fine to use it. It is one of those little niggly things that's automatically makes me want to point out how silly it is every time I hear it though. Autonomic reflex is not the quite the phrase I'm looking for :)
This ought to be a more productive relationship between the Herald and the University of Auckland's Statistics faculty than the paper having its homework constantly corrected in StatsChat.
Productive yes, more fun though? You have to laugh at some of the abuses statschat finds, though admittedly, not just in the herald. it's laugh or weep quietly into your cornflakes.