Inattention

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Inattention

TV3's current affairs/magazine program Story tonight aired yet another piece about pedestrians walking around distracted by mobile phones. Leaving aside the fact that someone walking around in a furry suit is hardly a reason for attention in Wellington, once again, the focus was on the wrong side of the equation.

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Dare to care

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Dare to care

This is a post I've been meaning, wanting, to write for a long time. Years. I've often shied away from it because... well... I think it might be controversial. Maybe controversial is not the right word. Maybe I think people will think I'm nuts. Oh well, here goes...

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Right and wrong

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Right and wrong

No matter what you think, no matter what you believe, no matter your intentions, there will always be someone who disagrees.

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More musical review

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More musical review

I've just had the privilege of another guest post on Subjective Sounds again today. Moving in a completely different direction from Rendez-vous, have a read about Art of Noise's debut album, Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise?

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Rendez-vous

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Rendez-vous

Music was a significant topic on the old Jaded Kiwi site and as the blog content here is pretty light at the moment, I thought I'd include a quick pointer to my guest post over on Subjective Sounds.

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Open mind, open ears

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Open mind, open ears

I’ve often said (if not here, then in real life) that I tend to avoid hype. Mostly that applies to movies but in some measure also to music. The more ‘screamingly popular’ a musical artist is, the less likely I am to check out their work. This is as a result of becoming seriously jaded by “mainstream” music over a lot of years. I still rarely listen to the radio and when I do I am rarely impressed by what I hear.

So imagine my surprise when I began to seriously consider checking out the music of Taylor Swift. The first catalyst was when she appeared in a performance on Australia’s X Factor show final.

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Brick by brick

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Brick by brick

After yet another egregious use of the fictitious word “LEGOs” by a mainstream (American) publication, I sought evidence from the wide world of the Internet.

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PC in a new domain

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PC in a new domain

In New Zealand, any swimming pool must have a fence around it with fairly serious dimensions and locking mechanisms – all because a handful of people weren’t watching the kids in their care. Smacking a child is against the law, too, as a ‘protection’ against the ravages of child abuse. Those same children can’t fail at school either, where everyone succeeds and it is an offence to even touch a student. It’s a mad state of affairs which doesn’t look like turning around any time soon.

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