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October = spring. WHEE! - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 4th, 2010

09:28 am - October = spring. WHEE!

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Billboard spotted this morning on Aotea Quay:

IN A PERFECT WORLD, YOUR SON WOULD GROW UP.. AND YOUR DAUGHTER WOULDN'T.
ANZ - we live in your world

I don't think I really even need to go into the things that are wrong with that statement. Suffice to say that I might not be the "ordinary garden variety Kiwi" that the billboard is designed to bring a wry smile to. And it scares me how many people might turn out to be ordinary garden variety Kiwis, and actually relate to this.

Also, -10 originality to the campaign designers for basically copying the Tui concept.


Hey look! It's sunny! And it's been like that for three countem three whole days! Over the weekend! Extra exclamation marks!!!!

*cough*

This weekend was normal. You wouldn't believe how happy it makes me to be able to say that. I did normal things in a normal way, with no externally imposed extra duties, and it felt good. With the exception of the odd one here and there, this is the first for the last year or so that's felt that way - and the best bit is that it's likely to continue now. There will still be things like essays and whatnot to do, but the lessening of pressure is tangible. I feel rested and I did whatever I wanted and OMG YAY!

Things wot I did:

- The sheep. Happy to report no deaths, they all look good and it was actually pleasant up there. Check this out:



- Helped with Jez and Andrea's house which is almost finished (I can say that because I'm not waiting with bated breath to move in - but srsly folks, it has walls, internal linings, windows and allsorts). This involved some painting, an abortive attempt at gibstopping, oiling some scribers with the stuff that smells like sheep dip, and climbing ladders to hold the spirit level while the builder put the doorframe into the workshop. Plz don't blame me if the door isn't perfect because, umm.. actually I have no excuse. Looks pretty level to me. Also, I learned from Coast FM (on the radio on site) that I should keep away from Runaround Sue, that if I dance to the guy's ten guitars pretty soon I'll know just where I am, and that all the boys pass Georgie Girl by because she just doesn't try. Or it could be the clothes she wears. *cough*

- Came up with the Relativity of Earworms:

E=ta2


Where E = the duration and intensity (energy) of the earworm, t = They Might Be Giants, and a = any song ever made. Also, who the hell let them get a hold of Istanbul Not Constantinople because Holy Fuck that song's earwormy enough without their special talents being added to it.

- Had a friendly dinner with some of my favourite people. Did not automatically turn down the invitiation in order to save energy. It was awesome.

- Lazed around in bed reading Asterix books while Dr Wheel killed zombies by whacking them with chairs. It's been nearly two years and I haven't reached the end of his Asterix collection yet. *beam*

- Washed and polished my car, inside and out. Also, remembered to check the oil. It's a bit low but given I didn't check it when I got the car, I've no idea if it's gone down or not. It'll probably take just under half a litre, and the oil that's in there is still pretty clean. Patted myself on the back for finally cracking my Car Is A Tip habit of not doing motor vehicle maintenance in an ongoing way.

- Watched UTU while knitting. This movie was controversial when it came out but I can't for the life of me remember why. I know there's been a lot of misunderstanding around the concept of utu - it's one of those words that doesn't really have a definitive English translation - but I don't think that was what the controversy was about. Anyway, I thought it was a pretty good movie - a bit disjointed and sometimes hard to follow, but I really liked the way it portrayed the conflicting loyalties faced by individuals when two friendly groups are forced into an enemy situation. And unlike some of the critical reviewers I read, I liked the way the ending was dealt with - without that exploration of ethics it would have been just another Western based in New Zealand. Also, Bruno Lawrence does nuts really well. I had the usual issue I get with Kiwi movies where they kept moving around the country - first they're in Northland bush, then they're on the Central Plateau in tussocks, the papa cliffs of the King Country/Rangitikei are definitely in there, and I'm pretty sure some of it's in the South Island - which creates some cognitive dissonance for me, but I guess you can't have everything, eh? I recommend it, even though it's violent and dated.

- There are only 10 rows left to knit on my blanket. I thought I'd run out of wool before I ran out of pattern but not so. Nearly finished squee!

- Found this:



See anything wrong with that world map? Yeah, that's right, we're not on it. Along with Alaska, part of Russia, all of the South Pacific below Fiji, a lot of South America, and much of Africa. This map is from the Scientific American (which, incidentally, is an interesting read and has some cool articles in it). Yeah, you could say it's the angle of the graphic that makes it impossible to fit the whole world in, but I'd ask why it's necessary to angle it like that. It certainly gives a good graphic display of whose opinions on climate change are considered to be important.

Sorry Happy, your work is invalid. We don't exist.

- Finally, it's been a week since I sent my complaint to the mods of ontd_feminism, and there has been nothing back, not even acknowledgement that a complaint was made - this despite other Kiwis also emailing them, and comments being made in the post itself to show where they misunderstood what was happening and jumped the gun. So that bit where they told us they were approachable and responsive? Seems that only applies if they think you're right, or if you're from somewhere that actually counts. Otherwise, much like the map above, your insignificance means it's ok to ignore you. Which is ironic given the context of the complaint. Oh well, chalk that one up, make a note of who did it, and remember for the future.


Wow, that was a lot in one post.

How was your weekend?

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From:pombagira
Date:October 3rd, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
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utu was controversial because it showed a the cutting the head of the priest, as it was considered to violent, well that is what i remember.. i believe that because of the ambugus lines as to who was on what side etc etc..

hmm.. yup it was a most excellent weekend. *skips*

*smiles*
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From:tatjna
Date:October 3rd, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
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I thought the ambiguousness was one of the best bits. But yeah, I guess back then, cutting the head off a priest would seem a bit O.o
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From:morbid_curious
Date:October 3rd, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Bad ANZ. Bad.
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 3rd, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
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IN A PERFECT WORLD, YOUR SON WOULD GROW UP.. AND YOUR DAUGHTER WOULDN'T.

I guess they're working on the basis that small boys need to grow up to get a grain or two of sense, however it would be nice if your daughter never outgrew that innate sense of wonder and innocence that is so captivating for dads...

Spoken as a dad of a number of lads and lasses...
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From:tatjna
Date:October 3rd, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
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So why do boys need sense and girls need innocence and wonder?
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 3rd, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
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And also boys being boys are nothing but trouble...

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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 3rd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Your weekend sounds wonderful (esp Asterix), here's to many many more=)

Also the ANZ ad is stupid (and predjudiced against both boys and girls)
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From:rivet
Date:October 3rd, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Totally delighted to be part of your return to normal programming :)
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From:pythia
Date:October 4th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
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I'd be really interested in hearing from anyone who's on ontd_f and who agrees with you about that goddamn UScentric post. I think I might clean up and post that rant a wrote a week or so ago. It's been AGES since I've had any real internet drama...:D

Anyway, if there's anything you think I should include, or anyone else who's involved in that discussion who has things they think should be included, lemme know. I'll make the rant I wrote public so people can read it and add anything they thinkis relevant.

There seems to be a lot of people who agreed with the original US-centric post, but of course we all got drowned out by the Americans. Hah.

I wonder how many other people are like me and would love to participate in ontd_f discussion but are worried about getting jumped on...
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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
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I am aware of two Kiwi ontd_f members who are here and in support of how you and I feel about this. In addition there's another ex-member, and a variety of general Kiwis who've dropped into my posts about it to say what they think.

Also, another Kiwi on ontd_f commented on Saturday, and their comment was aimed at exploring the point where nekokonneko got the wrong end of the stick and the discussion started to go off the rails. That person also seems to agree with our viewpoint. Comment from that person here.

Do you think a soundoff would help?
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From:pythia
Date:October 4th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
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Hmm, maybe. I'm off to work, but I shall think on it and reply when I get home tonight.
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 5th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
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HI THAT IS MY BIG SISTER. ^_^
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
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"Hey, are you from New Zealand? Do you know *insert random name here*?"

"Why yes, yes I do."

hehehe
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 5th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
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I've done that. Regarding Papua New Guinea and Canada. It. Was. Awesome.

(working on my comment for TT, it's getting lengthy...)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
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First time I went to the US, I was in the middle of the Blackrock desert in Nevada (at Burning Man) and the first person I ran into there was from my home town.

eek
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 5th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
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lol it's like the street in Wellington where you ALWAYS see someone you know.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
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Cuba St.

It works on anyone, from anywhere in the world*. It's magic!

* the parts of the world excluded from that map, anyway
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 5th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
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That map is the only map anyone would ever need!
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 5th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
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I will go read it now. I'm thinking when TT goes up I will make a comment about how it's really disappointing to find a place I thought I fit and then to have that feeling of being slapped in the face and then also be completely ignored by the mods who claimed they were approachable. and some other stuff that's on a different topic completely.
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From:victoria7
Date:October 4th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)

Bad Billboard! Bad, bad, bad!!!

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A few years ago, a sportsgear company had a billboard in San Francisco that read, "More choices than a Ukranian Mail-Order Bride Catalog."

I was completely outraged! What? In San Francisco??? Aren't we supposed to be *enlightened* and thoughtful, inclusive people here???

As soon as I got home, I emailed the company. I got no reply. Then I wrote email upon letter upon email upon letter to every kind of media and feminist watchdog group that I could think of!!! Surely, there had to be more people than just me who thought this was a travesty! But no... No one replied. Ever. (Ever being a two week period

Then, I was trying to think of *who* in this world could possibly be as outraged as I was. Then I had the moment of genius and thought, "Ukrainians!" So, I emailed the Ukrainian Consulate in San Francisco.

Somewhat late during the very next day I got a phone call(!) from the Ukrainaian Consulate Vice Counsel(!!!) who told me that he had spoken with the owner of the sports gear company right after getting my email and they had taken down the billboard earlier that day.

I was so happy. For just a little over two weeks, every moment that I had any spare thinking time had been taken up by the outrage over that buildboard.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)

Re: Bad Billboard! Bad, bad, bad!!!

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Wow. It's a shame that so many people have so much apathy about such things. Well done on sticking with it and getting a result!
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 5th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
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I think I have Utu because it was cheap but I haven't actually watched it.

I know I emaield the mods like two days ago? I don't know who else has. Concidentally it's Tirade Tuesday like tnigjht or tomorrow so I think I'm going to make a comment because this is really really stupid.

For bonus points I should use that map lol. MY LIFE IN GRAPHICAL FORM. (Also while they have funcky wheels over africa none of them actually point to arica, they're european wheels. FAILL.)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
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There is always the option of posting in their special mod community. I was starting to wonder if anyone actually checked that email address.
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 5th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
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I've always had mod email addresses forward to my own so it would come through when I checked my mail. If they don't, that's pretty shit of them too.
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 5th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
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That billboard sounds like a vieled death threat.
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