Matthew Henry John Bartlett

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Saturday 20 December, 02008

Some things that are happening

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:20 am

We’re moving house this weekend. I’m looking forward to Aro Valley, but I think I’ll miss this house. It’s always warm, our room is very sunny, it has a high stud, nice bricks and an airy feeling. But our new house has a deck, a garden and a compost bin. Lots of kind people have volunteered to help us shift, and we’ve got commercial movers coming for heavy stuff too. I hope once we’ve moved in that we’ll have a chance to chillax a bit for a few weeks, because when the baby comes I imagine things will get hectic for a while. I’m waiting to find out if I’ve been successful getting a three or four month-long design contract. It will be great if I do get it, because it will be lucrative work that is unlikely to require much brain power – both very baby-friendly attributes. When baby busyness settles down I’d like to get more involved with the Aro Transition Towns group. Transition Towns being exactly the most hopeful thing I’ve come across this year.

It’s been a full year. I got married. We got pregnant. I helped make some books, booklets and book covers, magazines, flyers, and posters; delivered some sermons; went to Melbourne to see Steenhofs and Sigur Rós; helped start giveitup.org.nz; procrastinated less than last year; stayed in Central Otago for the first time; remained convinced about pacifism, environmentalism and some sort of Christian socialism; went to weekly workers’ prayers about as often as not; rode two horses and got some of my teeth repaired. I enjoyed Midlake, Gillian Welch, Sigur Rós, Bon Iver and Nina Nistasia (i.e. not much new). But enough about you.

Thursday 04 December, 02008

Sunscreens ranked

by Matthew Bartlett @ 3:11 pm

Sunscreens ranked by Good magazine (best to worst):

Ecostore*
Soléo Organics*
Dr Hauschka
Natural Instinct**
Weleda Edelweiss Sun Lotion**
Sunsense Ultra*
Daffodil Day Cancer Society Sunscreen*
Nivea Sun

*, ** tied

Wednesday 26 November, 02008

Pushing at least two of my buttons

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:50 pm

Friday 21 November, 02008

Diagram from Jan Gehl the Great

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:54 am


[from Treehugger]

Wednesday 19 November, 02008

Viridian ends

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:22 pm

The last Viridian note – tidy up your self space [via BB]
Interestin discussion on Obama on religion on facebook

A green step

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:02 am

We live in an apartment and don’t have our own back yard. We have been putting a lot of organic waste into the ($1.85 each) council rubbish bags. Peelings, coffee grounds, teabags, old flowers, that sort of thing. That’s been grating on me, so now I’ve got a bucket and arranged to empty it every few days into the compost bin of a friend who lives down the road. It took a while to find a suitable bucket. Neither Mitre 10 nor The Warehouse sold plastic buckets with tight-fitting lids. I ended up getting one that used to have yoghurt in it from a cafe that another friend works at. They usually throw them out and gave it to me for free.

Sunday 16 November, 02008

Thanks National + Act voters

by Matthew Bartlett @ 7:28 pm

From the National & Act confidence and supply agreement:

National agrees to a review by a special select committee of Parliament of the current Emissions Trading Scheme legislation and any amendments or alternatives to it, including carbon taxes, in the light of current economic circumstances and steps now being undertaken by similar nations.

National further agrees to pass forthwith an amendment to the ETS legislation delaying its implementation, repealing the thermal generation ban and making any other necessary interim adjustments until the select committee review is completed.

[via NRT]

Friday 14 November, 02008

Majestic

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:46 am

Tom Beard’s Google Map of left/right voting patterns in the Wellington

Free wifi for all of Wellington would be great.

Tuesday 11 November, 02008

He sounds like our Green Party

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:40 pm

Obama! Obama! said:

There is no better potential driver that pervades all aspects of our economy than a new energy economy. I was just reading an article in the New York Times by Michael Pollen about food and the fact that our entire agricultural system is built on cheap oil. As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector. And in the mean time, it’s creating monocultures that are vulnerable to national security threats, are now vulnerable to sky-high food prices or crashes in food prices, huge swings in commodity prices, and are partly responsible for the explosion in our healthcare costs because they’re contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in healthcare costs. That’s just one sector of the economy. You think about the same thing is true on transportation. The same thing is true on how we construct our buildings. The same is true across the board.

[via TreeHugger]

Monday 10 November, 02008

No-reserve auctions

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:01 am

I’ve got a Thompson ST536 ADSL modem and a D-Link DI-704P broadband router for sale on TM at the moment.

Sunday 09 November, 02008

Time for a change

by Eliza @ 6:12 pm

Perhaps unlike many of you who read this blog, I am feeling pretty sad about yesterday’s election results.  However, I believe that by standing aside immediately, Clark and Cullen have given their successors the maximum chance of leading an effective opposition for three years, and preparing successfully for 2011.

I guess this is just another example of the decisive, insightful leadership we needed a change from.

Friday 07 November, 02008

Rankeem 4: Cycling Advocacy Network

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:35 pm

Last minute addition to my table from the Cycling Advocacy Network.

SAFE VftE VfL VYV CAN
Green Green Kiwi NZ First Green
United Future Maori United Future* United Future Labour
Maori NZ First National* National Maori
National Progressive Maori* Maori Alliance
Act* United Future NZ First* Progressive National
Labour* Labour Labour** Act United Future
Progressive* National Act** Green Act
Progressive* Labour NZ First
Green* Progressive

*, ** tied

Party vote Green

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:23 pm

This was Eliza’s idea

Useful graph of emissions per person-mile by transport mode

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:32 pm

Source: Worldchanging

Time for a shuddup

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:07 am

Said Russell Brown:

… I doubt that history will assess the Clark-Cullen Labour governments as dismissively as their critics do now. Labour’s real achievements – net government debt reduced from 20 billion to two billion before the current crisis; unemployment down to levels many people didn’t think possible; a huge drop in the number of welfare beneficiaries, especially per capita; real wage growth; GDP growth that outstripped the OECD for years; a historic turnaround of trends in poverty; the repair of a public sector that was in dire straits by the end of the 90s; a serious attempt to address our savings problem via KiwiSaver and the Superannuation Fund; and a degree of stability that we now all take for granted – outweigh any counterfactual.

In 20 years’ time, those achievements will be regarded as prodigious and defining of an era. The fact that Helen Clark signed a painting for charity, or that her car once went really fast with a police escort on an open road; or the absurd mythology constructed around the departure of an under-performing police commissioner; none of these will be thought of as anything important.