Matthew Henry John Bartlett

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Tuesday 31 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:07 am

Hallelujah because T & M are safe & well again.

Saturday 28 July, 02007

They call them fingers but I never see ’em fing

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:28 am

sextet of dope Simpsons scenes [via Russell B]

So last night I was jaded having had one too many Gamay Noirs after work (it was a good day at work, I finally made a cover for a book I’ve been stalling on for eversolong, we had a class trip to Satay Kampong (recommended) and then to PARAMOVNT for Helvetica. Great film, could have been edited down a bit, was a fun way into thinking about modernism and reactions to it. Made me think about how the big temptation for design is to be about what it is always about: surfaces, surfaces, beautiful lies – but what we are all hanging out for is the truth. Helvetica caught a wave because it pretends to be neutral, an empty vessel, timeless, no history, no attachments; and we all want to forget our pasts.), so though I’d said I’d go to town with Kathy & co., I was very much not in the mood for that. But in this shifty-sand world every kept promise is a good brick, so we went out, found the French man at Hope Bros and it was all go, we were up for it clubbers, I bumped into old friends and we made some new ones, and it was all very good.

Best graph ever, from the Pew Global Attitudes Survey [2.5MB PDF, via D the Great]. It appears the Latinos are doing something right:

Friday 27 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:49 am

The search for God in Chinese history and contemporary culture [240KB PDF]

Thursday 26 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:47 am

personal peak oil response plan

Kathy complains I don’t write here anymore, just post links. That’s fair, that’s fair. But what links! · I like hanging out with open people, it’s demanding, it makes me lift my game, feel awake, up and at them. · More cars were sold in 2006 than in any previous year. · On Friday I skied by myself a lot, sometimes in whiteout, waiting for other skiers and boarders to pass, letting them map for me by their movements the bumps and dips. · That’s all I’ve got.

Monday 23 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:53 am

SilverStripe is hiring

Thursday 19 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:13 am

Happy b-d Nelson Mandela, for yesterday
Kiwisaver & ethical investing (e.g. not funding arms manufacture)

Wednesday 18 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 7:40 am

James Hanson on scientific reticence, sea level rise, urgency and the IPCC [via PB]
EVENT: The Next Wave Conference, August 24 & 25 (climate change & you)

Blah blah blah is on tonight, 8pm at Ramsey House

Monday 16 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 5:32 pm

some photos from RDB which were part of the really good weekend just now

Saturday 14 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:38 pm

In “The Other Enlightenment Project”, Stephen Batchelor says:

Today the force of the term ‘agnosticism’ has been lost. It has come to legitimate an avoidance of the existential questions posed by birth and death. Just as the modern agnostic tradition has tended to lose its confidence and lapse into scepticism, so has Buddhism tended to lose its critical edge and lapse into religiosity. What each has lost, however, the other may be able to help restore. In its encounter with secular culture, the Dharma may recover its agnostic imperative, while agnosticism may be helped to recover its soul.

This is Walsh & Keesmaat’s remix of Colossians 1:15-20:

In an image-saturated world
a world of ubiquitous corporate logos
permeating your consciousness
a world of dehydrated and captive imaginations
in which we are too numbed, satiated and co-opted
to be able to dream of life otherwise
a world in which the empire of global economic affluence
has achieved the monopoly of our imaginations
in this world
Christ is the image of the invisible God (more…)

Friday 13 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:04 am

Funniest, terrifyingist standup ever: Rob Newman’s History of Oil [via me boss]

Thursday 12 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 6:11 pm

design & criticism: the time for being against

Wednesday 11 July, 02007

The grace of an eel, sleek and stark

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:26 am

Wes Jackson of The Land Institute says

Technological fundamentalism is a far greater threat to our species than religious fundamentalism of any stripe.

JHK on Live Earth (which event I didn’t hear about till afterwards, oddly)
TradeAid anti-slavery petition & factsheet

Monday 09 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:33 pm

After sustainability

Saturday 07 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:17 am

Happy 07-07-07

I think shoes and clothes are important to skaters. I think freedom probably is even more so. It’s hard (impossible?) to find e.g. skate shoes not made in China, Korea, Thailand or Vietnam, and no way of knowing what the conditions are like for the people who make them, and good reasons to believe they are having a pretty shitty time. This is the same for all our clothes, but I have this feeling that because skating is about freedom and independence and not being controlled they might be able to be mobilised on fair trade issues. What do you think?

First Things First design manifesto 1964 and 2000

Friday 06 July, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:56 am

Wellington Daytrippers are $3 (down from $6) till the end of July.