May 26, 2005

suggestions for the leader of the opposition

As Don Brash is embarking on a new, tough, punchy persona, I thought it would only be kind to make some helpful suggestions of words he could use against government MPs:

* bother
* poppycock
* balderdash
* tosh
* fiddle-faddle
* nincompoop
* piffling
* twaddle
* humbug
* tomfoolery
* fisticuffs

That should leave them shaking in their seats.

Additional suggestions welcome.

Posted by carla at 05:16 PM

May 22, 2005

walking towards intimacy

As I have been walking this weekend, I've been pondering why I like my old stamping grounds better than my new ones.

The conclusion I came to (as I walked down to Malo) was I've walked around the old places a lot more. I've walked in all sorts of moods, weathers, times of life, and to a certain degree with all sorts of people.

I'm figuring there are some places where walking makes you hate a place or feel less safe, but my experience of walking involves making me like a place more, to feel more intimate with it and more like I belong there. It makes me feel safer and more concerned with the development of the area. I don't find driving has the same effect.

Posted by carla at 11:11 PM

May 20, 2005

wash it

This article addresses a number of interesting points about washable nappies (cloth ones), including:

* what a routine of washing nappies might look like
* whether it is more damaging to the environment than disposables
* how you might change your nappy washing routine to make using washable nappies less damaging to the environment than using disposables.

Posted by carla at 05:55 PM

May 19, 2005

condoms and abstinance

The really sad thing about a lot of the arguments for abstinence in evangelical christian circles at the moment, is that part of the reason for not having sex is that condoms aren't effective.

Sure condoms have a failure rate, but they are still damn fine protection against a wide range of the negative effects of having sex with someone else.

If you assert condoms they are next to useless, anyone who breaks their vow (and has sex outside marriage) is much more likely to think using a condom is a waste of time.

Thus making the possible effects of the oath breaking much worse.

I have real problems with people who use dodgy data or half truths to try to prop up an ethical position which is actually based on part of the bible. If God said, then God said. Surely you don't need corroborating evidence in order to follow his word? He's ineffable remember?

Posted by carla at 12:20 AM

May 05, 2005

5 kinds of happy

Having all of you be tired at the same time (preferably bedtime).

Food that has been loved.

Running php, mysql and apache on your computer.

Wrting music.


Posted by carla at 12:26 AM

May 04, 2005

some days

you think you've finished with, and then you find out they haven't yet finished with you.

Posted by carla at 01:22 AM

May 03, 2005

well, you may not like it

but I thought the film version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was pretty darn good. Especially the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

And the Vogons.

And the local pub was very local pubish.

And Slarty Bartfast was better than I could have imagined.

And I think I want a scren saver with the scientists who don't get invited to those sorts of parties.

Posted by carla at 11:11 PM

May 01, 2005


First, control all your competitors.

Then, charge like a wounded bull.

I have a bad feeling that Adobe purchasing Macromedia bodes badly for everyone. Convenient perhaps (and a blessed excuse to abort GoLive) but not good to have so many of the main graphics packages controlled by one company.

(Ok, so I'm mostly thinking Freehand and Photoshop).

Posted by carla at 11:20 PM