Matthew Henry John Bartlett

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Friday 21 December, 02007

As kingfishers catch fire

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:18 pm

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves – goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.

I say more: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is –
Christ. For Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

– Gerard Manley Hopkins

Thursday 20 December, 02007


by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:13 pm

I ought to be writing or at least researching for a sermon I have to deliver in three days. Instead I’m reading an excellent new interview with Kim Stanley Robinson. A quotelet:

… the word sustainability is now code for: let’s make capitalism work over the long haul, without ever getting rid of the hierarchy between rich and poor and without establishing social justice.

Wednesday 19 December, 02007


by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:19 am

John Patterson:

sale sale
your cash buys more
than last year
much much more
save vast sums

will tane come back
will tane want this land
will tane want this
pine tree land

burn your neck ties mike
burn them
free your self
from that hang mans rope

Monday 17 December, 02007


by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:47 pm

Birthday drinks at my place from 8pm tonight.

Docos recommended by Kevin Kelly

Wednesday 12 December, 02007

Good work, AG

by Matthew Bartlett @ 3:49 pm

Al Gore’s speech to the UN 24-08-07

Tuesday 11 December, 02007


by Matthew Bartlett @ 12:32 pm

A cartoon I like

Monday 10 December, 02007

Get to work

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:46 am

The story of stuff: must-see tv [via Rob A]

Saturday 08 December, 02007

War is moral, war is over

by Matthew Bartlett @ 3:50 pm

Stanley Hauerwas: Sacrificing the sacrifices of war, in which he quotes Yoder:

…the gospel [is not] that war is sin. That also is true, but alone it would not be the gospel. The gospel is that the war is over. Not merely that you ought to love your enemy. Not merely that if you have a ‘born again experience’, some of your hateful feelings will go away and you maybe can love. Not merely that if you deal with your enemies lovingly enough, some of them will become friendly. All of that is true, but it is not the gospel. The gospel is that everyone being loved by God must be my beloved too, even if they consider me their enemy, even if their interests clash with mine.

A room is available at our house
The state of scripting languages

Tuesday 04 December, 02007

Eat this bread

by Matthew Bartlett @ 7:22 am

Christians should stop worrying about consumerism
NZ-made shoes, boots & sandals

Monday 03 December, 02007

Münster cars, eating oil

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:50 am

Picture: cars vs. bus vs. bicycle [via Rob]
NZ imports $2b worth of food a year, including 500 tonnes of jam from China

Sunday 02 December, 02007

The life

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:34 pm

Alasdair MacIntyre advised US citizens against voting
Historical death counts

Saturday 01 December, 02007

Fixing HTML, Slow life, HRI

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:00 am

Proposals for HTML 5
Sustainability in Japan
The Humanitarian Response Index (we’re 7th of 23)

Friday 30 November, 02007

Eisenhower speech

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:28 am

DW Eisenhower speech from 1953 (how things have changed) [via D]

Thursday 29 November, 02007

RE<C, bad Kindle, good Garrett, interfaith and me

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:02 am

Google wants to make renewables cheaper than coal
Agin the Kindle [via RF]
Brilliant Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil) is Australia’s new Environment Minister
David Newton on interfaith dialogue, parts one and two
A sermon from me about endurance, or living through an apocalypse [32KB PDF]

Web/print design job going – ask me about it.

Wednesday 28 November, 02007

Subsidising cars

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:21 am

42 Collective: ideas for lower-cost lifestyles
Xero: online accounting package for $50/month
Tom Beard on the stupid DomPost windfarm article

I read in the DomPost today that Transmission Gully is supposed to cost $955m. If my calculations (based on the NLTP) are correct, that’s about eight times more than the entire government spending on public transport planned for Wellington next year. Which is stupid. We could write to Fran Wilde about it.

From a review of The Bourgeois Virtues by Deirdre McCloskey:

For the last generation, we’ve been admonished to lock “utopia” in the attic of historical nightmares and dwell within the cheerfully commercial boundaries of the capitalist imagination. It’s been busy and entertaining and, until recently, it’s been safe. The poor were forgotten or chastised, the critics were stifled or bribed, and the billions in the slums of globalization’s wake were silenced with promises and missiles. But as Mike Davis puts it in Planet of Slums with grim and austere eloquence, “the gods of chaos are on their side.”