April 19, 2005


It is somehow depressing that the Alliance got the same level of election broadcast funding as Destiny Church.

Posted by carla at 05:14 PM

April 17, 2005

give it up

Sure everyone has to move on. This opinion piece, discusses the need to move on in the context of John Tamihere and Israelis.

There are two problems i have when people advise an injured party to "move on".

a) If you are being victimised regularly by a more powerful group and don't fight everything, you are effectively suffering a permanent handicap to any chance you have of getting ahead. If the victimisation is ongoing, so should the fight be (unless you can change the rules by effectively playing another game).

b) Other people can cloak their unwillingness to address an injustice in a feigned desire to see people do the healthy thing and let go of the pain in the past. Or, they haven't figured out that they still don't understand the injustice, and therefore their advice (while well meaning) is based on inaccurate information. If they don't understand the injustice, they may well perpertrate it again (which takes us back to point a).

Posted by carla at 05:34 PM

April 14, 2005

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I thought this post in New Scientist was positively inspiring. So nice to read about someone who loves nature and science using what they know about the environment to inform their aesthetics.

Personally, I don't like the idea of wind farms taking over all our skylines. Particularly the Rimutakas or the Tararuas in the reserve. I love how much of New Zealand feels like it doesn't have people crawling all over it. And it is a shock to come over a ridge in the middle of nowhere and see a big pile of modernity covering a hill top.

One of the peculiar things about England is the way even the forrests have been managed for hundreds of years. Almost nothing has been left quietly minding its own business.

But, I have a powerful antipathy for the Clyde dam. How anyone could drown the meeting of the Clutha and Kawarau rivers is a mystery to me. And consequently I'd rather see intermittant wind farms in the North Island (where the power is used) than another hydro damn down South.

In a world where everything has an ugly side, it seems to make sense to see beauty where we are helping things instead of harming them.

That said, I also think Wellingtonians should have very small wind turbines on their roofs. People say that it would create noise pollution, but I think we live with constant wind noise and car noise and it would reduce my ability to hear the neighbour's bad taste in dance music.

Posted by carla at 04:11 PM

April 10, 2005

growing up

One of the fabulous things about being an adult is the way you don't grow out of things. Well, at least you only grow out of things sideways.

Consequently, my soccer boots still fit and are good for running around in the park making a fool of myself. In a southerly (as is fitting).

At some point I may even feel brave enough to use my Ipswich Blues shirt. Though they do seem to have changed strip since last season, not an improvement.

Posted by carla at 11:40 PM

April 04, 2005


How on earth do you misjudge something quite that badly? There are some merits to what he is saying politically, after all, there are a fair few left voting blokes who would agree wholeheartedly with what he was saying. But why dig yourself in that far? A little lighthearted teasing might have got him just as many points without forcing his colleagues to set themselves in opposition to him.

Interestingly, people keep implying that Clarke decides whether or not he gets back into Cabinet. She doesn't. In the Labour party, caucus votes to decide who will get into Cabinet, and the leader assigns portfolios. Its National who gives cartblanche to their leader (which was part of the problem with Muldoon).

Which reminds me of one of the things which should be part of our constitution, the Prime Minister should never also be Minister of Finance (or Treasurer) nor one of the Justice Ministers (Police, Justice, Corrections, etc.). It centralises too much power in the hands of one person.

Posted by carla at 11:17 PM


Stuff you need:

A very sharp pair of sissors. You can purchase haircutting sissors from chemists. The reason for the sharp is they shear the hair instead of splintering it.

Somewhere you can cut your hair and make a mighty mess. Preferably somewhere warm which you can sweep up afterwards.

A good idea of what you want to do with your hair. This is different from knowing what you want to end up with - but more later.


First: Make sure you have your wits about you. They should be somewhere nearby...

Second: Identify the areas of your head you want to cut. For example, in a short back and sides, you have the top of your head (longer), the back and sides (pretty much uniformly short) and the crown (transitionary).

You can cut the very short stuff with clippers, but be careful not to eat into the transitionary or long stuff.

It is easiest to cut the longer stuff is by running your hands through your hair and shaping your fingers into the shape you want and cutting the hair which sticks out from between your fingers. You'll need to do that a fair bit for each are you cut, as you'll only get some of the hair each time. The longer you go at it, the less chunky the hair will be.

Posted by carla at 10:53 PM