Matthew Henry John Bartlett

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Friday 31 August, 02007

For anonymous guests

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:44 am

Hot tip: In Adobe Acrobat Pro 7, I was getting the error message “You do not have permission to write to this file” when enabling commenting in Acrobat Reader. The solution was to rename the original file, removing all punctuation.

Thursday 30 August, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:46 am

Content aware image resizing [YT vid, via SDG]

Tuesday 28 August, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:30 am

Koinonia Fund is an ethically-invested Kiwisaver fund for Christians
Daniel McClelland is playing Friday after next at Sub Nine

Well, I didn’t write any letters yesterday, but I did visit ANZ Lambton Quay today, and I brought along a printout of the Greens’ petition. I said I was considering following the Greens’ advice and quitting ANZ unless they quit investment in evil logging companies. The receptionist didn’t appear at first to have heard about the issue, but when I explained further said “we’ve been told that ANZ don’t have anything to do with them”, but that she didn’t know anything more than that. I asked her if there was anyone around who did know and she went away for ten minutes but couldn’t find anyone. I’m not sure what she was doing for the ten minutes, but I’d like to think that this is at least now on the radar of a bunch of people down there. Someone is going to give me a ring “to answer any further queries you may have”. So that’s nice.

Monday 27 August, 02007

Black flowers blossom

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:16 am
“Discipleship as craft, church as disciplined community” by Stanley Hauerwas

Jonathan Boston showed us this more or less terrifying image during his presentation on Saturday. The white area is the extent of sea ice over the Arctic as at Tuesday last week. The pink line shows where the ice usually is at at this time of year (or more accurately, the median extent for Augusts from 1979–2000):

A poster I designed, in collaboration with Kathy, Esha and Erin:

Friday 24 August, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:49 am

“My footprint is surely too large for me to enter the kingdom of sustainability heaven.”

Tuesday 21 August, 02007

Have you ever seen an idealist with grey hairs on his head?

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:06 pm

EVENT: Jesus wants you to register for the Next Wave conference this Fri/Sat

Monday 20 August, 02007

A million engines in neutral

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:44 pm

Greens protest ANZ (my bank) over its support of rainforest logging
Consider pledging to close accounts with ANZ & National if they don’t quit it

Says Stanley Hauerwas in a recent podcast:

If you want to understand the Scripture, go find your worst enemy, and try and figure out what it would meant to forgive them. then you will be in a position to start reading the New Testament. You won’t get it from ‘the text’, you’ve got to be part of a community of forgiveness to even know what it would mean to understand this text as Scripture.

Friday 17 August, 02007

Stonecutters made them from stones!

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:40 am

RDB take plenty good photo

Said Justin Martyr (100–165):

[The demons] struggle to have you as their slaves and servants … they get hold of all who do not struggle to their utmost for their own salvation—as we do who, after being persuaded by the Word, renounced them. Specifically in the baptismal renunciation of the devil and all his works. and now follow the only unbegotten God through his Son. Those who once rejoiced in fornication now delight in continence alone; those who made use of magic arts have dedicated themselves to the good and unbegotten God; we who once took most pleasure in the means of increasing our wealth and property now bring what we have into a common fund and share with everyone in need; we who hated and killed one another and would not associate with men of different tribes because of [their different] customs, now after the manifestation of Christ live together and pray for our enemies and try to persuade those who unjustly hate us, so that they, living according to the fair commands of Christ, may share with us the good hope of receiving the same things … The teachings of Christ were short and concise, for he was no sophist, but his word was the power of God. [via tSJCotACiANZaP]

2nd-century rabbinic riff on creation feat. speaking letters (“The light of the first day was of a sort that would have enabled man to see the world at a glance from one end to the other … It takes five hundred years to walk from the earth to the heavens. … There are also five different kinds of fire in hell.”)

Thursday 16 August, 02007

In the city of the future it is difficult to concentrate

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:49 am

Alan Watts animation: music/life

Wednesday 15 August, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:29 am

Interview with Norman Mailer (women/power/machine/sex) [via K]
Recent discussion with Wendell Berry & co

Tuesday 14 August, 02007

And I feel fine

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:29 am

Wes Jackson talks about the sins of agriculture
Interview with pin-up legend Bettie Page [via K]

Lately my non-religious friends are getting more apocalyptic than my religious ones.

Monday 13 August, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:01 am

From Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue [via], by which I make sense of my life:

In what does the unity of an individual life consist? The answer is that its unity is the unity of a narrative embodied in a single life. To ask ‘What is the good for me?’ is to ask how best I might live out that unity and bring it to completion. To ask ‘What is the good for man?’ is to ask what all answers to the former question must have in common. But now it is important to emphasize that it is the systematic asking of these two questions and the attempt to answer them in deed as well as in word which provide the moral life with its unity. The unity of a human life is the unity of a narrative quest. Quests sometimes fail, are frustrated, abandoned or dissipated into distractions; and human lives may in all these ways also fail. But the only criteria for success or failure in a human life as a whole are the criteria of success or failure in a narrated or to-be-narrated quest … A quest is always an education both as to the character of that which is sought and in self-knowledge.

It is making decisions with insufficient data and trying not to flee the results. “find a job with a purpose”
Listen to Karl Barth on the powers, freedom, Judaism, etc., etc.

Thursday 09 August, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:43 am

Hone Tuwhare talking about poetry, sex and religion [streaming video]

Wednesday 08 August, 02007

by Matthew Bartlett @ 3:54 pm

A talk from me about how churches should respond to climate change

Tuesday 07 August, 02007

The kingdom of heaven is like

by Matthew Bartlett @ 4:15 pm

All the billboards have come down in São Paulo (see)