Matthew Henry John Bartlett

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Saturday 31 March, 02007

if there were no rewards to reap

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:30 am

homage to Clive James, critic [via fundypost]

(What would I tell you about if I made the time? Maybe about that perhaps-window on what-is-god, maybe the weather washing over the house like we were at the bottom of the sea last night, or the books I’ve read recently and the way they make me feel about being here, or that Inuit word that KSR says means “unusually intense pleasure in being alive”, or having the friends back in town, or a list of reasons to care about a species (maybe a very small bird) we’ve never heard about going extinct (little (genetic, instinctive) library on a locale, red light (we best slow down), precious to god), or good work done now, though apparently defeated, being the seed of the future.)

Thursday 29 March, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:52 am

fun in the House around s.59 yesterday

A meta-project I have started today is to see if I can get my book projects printed on FSC-certified paper.

Tuesday 27 March, 02007

from a good safe distance

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:45 am

Paul Hawken’s diary of the WTO’s big day in Seattle. It’s quite a read:

One by one, our heads were jerked back from the rear, and pepper was sprayed directly into each eye. It was very professional. Like hair spray from a stylist. Sssst. Sssst.

What makes life worthy and allows civilizations to endure are all the things that have “bad” payback under commercial rules: infrastructure, universities, temples, poetry, choirs, literature, language, museums, terraced fields, long marriages, line dancing, and art. Most everything we hold valuable is slow to develop, slow to learn, and slow to change. Commerce requires the governance of politics, art, culture, and nature, to slow it down, to make it heedful, to make it pay attention to people and place. It has never done this on its own. The extirpation of languages, cultures, forests, and fisheries is occurring worldwide in the name of speeding up business.

My notes from tonight’s NZCTU forum with Nicky Hager, Therese Arseneau and Andrew Geddis [small PDF]

Monday 26 March, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:17 am

a sermon from me, for the fifth Sunday in Lent [30K PDF]
Sealord don’t give a shit about sea stewardship [via Joel C]
Judge Cherie Booth (Tony Blair’s wife) on restorative justice [via John S on CD]

Friday 23 March, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:53 am

Good and bad sheet music typography [via 37signals]
open source world: the Open Architecture Network launches

Thursday 22 March, 02007

Cradle of the best and the worst

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:12 am

Bill McKibbon rallies the Christian troops for mass demos April 14 [via w-berry list]

Wednesday 21 March, 02007

The in-between is mine

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:17 pm

Paul Hawken’s list: Adrian Rich, Alice Walker, Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, David James Duncan, Emerson, Thoreau, Pankaj Mishra, Kenny Ausubel, Nina Simons, WS Merwin, Janine Benyus, Gandhi, Van Jones.

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:10 am

Aotearoa Students Environmental Conference 7–8 April

Events today:
  Peter Howland talk on reflexive wine consumption and the metro-rural
  The Roger Award Ceremony
  Blah blah blah (open mic poetry/music)

…which all feature on the brand new domain Email me if you’d like to be able to add events.

Tuesday 20 March, 02007

The dust and the screaming

by Matthew Bartlett @ 12:26 am

Sometimes I get trapped in a flickr slideshow, and tonight I was, looking at billboards, trying to find out what we want, and this is what I found: happiness, independence, speed/freedom, fitness, style, control in a mess, cleanliness in a dump, respect, sex with hot people, self-expression, escape, a peaceful mind, transcendence, simplicity, cool friends, sophistication, understanding of things most don’t get, passive or unconsciously alluring women, confidence, seduction (ours or theirs), amusement, and lots and lots of holy Objects. And then of a sudden I thought about the stars, the saints who most perfectly realise our desires, and I suppose that is why icons of Brangelina are everywhere.

Monday 19 March, 02007

Autumn Equinox BBQ

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:15 pm

From Kathy: It doesn’t seem that long ago it was Summer Solstice but here we go again… we are having a party to celebrate the Autumn Equinox next Wednesday 21st March. It’s a pot luck sort of affair, with some kind of outdoor fire and maybe some mulled wine and magic. It’ll start late afternoon and finish late evening, bring yourselves and some food/drink to share x x

16 Russell Tce Newtown (that’s the #23 bus)

RSVP if you feel like it, otherwise just hope for good weather and show up.

Womad 2007 highlights

by Matthew Bartlett @ 12:49 pm

Mr Scruff. Dancing to Mr Scruff, in the rain, with siblings, friends and ladies. Running into people. Clean toilets. Warm rain. Huun Huur Tu throat singers’ Siberian forest animal noises. Gotan Project’s old and new tango. Staying dry in the station wagon. Don McGlashan’s Miracle Sun.

Wednesday 14 March, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:30 am

Stanley Hauerwas & John Berkman on Christians and the other animals
Geek activism fights EU evil farm subsidies

Tuesday 13 March, 02007

Nailing down sustainability jelly

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:52 pm

According to Paul Hawken, sustainable businesses:

  • replace nationally and internationally produced items with products created locally and regionally
  • take responsibility for the effects they have on the natural world
  • do not require exotic sources of capital in order to develop and grow
  • engage in production processes that are human, worthy, dignified, and intrinsically satisfying
  • create objects of durability and long-term utility whose ultimate use or disposition will not be harmful to future generations
  • change consumer to customers through education

[from Spyglass Green Marketing]

Monday 12 March, 02007

I can’t find the books, they must be in La Hoya

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:20 am

Laziness, environmentalism and a power meter that reads in dollars & cents
A great review of the Mars trilogy

Friday 09 March, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:37 pm

In a recent interview with SCI FI Weekly, Kim Stanley Robinson said:

I wanted to suggest that there is a spiritual aspect to science, that it is a kind of religion in some senses, that the world it investigates is constantly revealed as miraculous through and through, and that the practice of science could be seen as a kind of worship or devotion, and that this is a good thing. I was also interested in the ways Buddhism could be said to be scientific, or science said to be similar to Buddhism, in basic philosophical ways. I wanted the two to collide and illuminate each other, maybe to become one larger thing.