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Saturday 27 June, 02009

Money ritual

by Matthew Bartlett @ 3:06 pm

Charles Eisenstein:

Money is a system of magical talismans that are used ritualistically. A lot of things around money are ritualistic — signing a cheque is a ritual. What makes that slip of paper powerful? You have to use a ritual to make it powerful. Rituals in any society are what a society uses to perpetuate its stories. The story of the people, and many subsidiary stories. And these stories are what assign roles to people, and focus human activity.

A sermon about God from me

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:27 am

21 June 2009
St Michael’s Kelburn

Psalm 107:23-31; Job 38:1-4, 8-11; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41

After some weeks of to-tooing around the other gospels for Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity and Te Pouhere Sundays, today we are back to the Gospel of Mark – back to the ‘ordinary Sundays’. Such a funny Church phrase. We’re in ‘ordinary time’; it’s ordinary Sunday #12, if I’m not mistaken. Be that as it may, today’s readings are about the extraordinary, about disrupted time. (more…)

Wednesday 17 June, 02009

The Matthew’s-interest Times

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:20 pm

This is my syndicated-story-only newspaper. It’s a hell of a lot more interesting than e.g. the Dominion Post. You should read it. I would read yours.

Tuesday 09 June, 02009

Thank you for contacting Hewlett-Packard

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:13 am

Hello Matthew,

Thank you for contacting HP e-Solutions.

Firstly, I would like to appreciate your Social Responsibility. And I thank you for bringing this to our notice. We respect you valuable feedback and would definitely take it to the concerned department.

I once again thank you for being a valuable and an honest customer with HP.

Thank you again for contacting HP e-Solutions.

HP Email Support

Monday 08 June, 02009

Dear HP Compaq Notebook PCs Email Support

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:21 pm

Please provide the exact problem description and any other information that can help HP assist you:

Nothing wrong with the laptop – I’m very happy with it in fact, and I’ve bought HP laptops on behalf of friends & family members as well. I came across this report last week, though, which is concerning me: ‘High Tech Misery in China: The Dehumanization of Young Workers Producing Our Computer Keyboards‘. It alleges that some keyboards used in HP (among many other companies) computers have been produced by people working in very poor conditions for very low pay. Is the report accurate? Am I supporting awful injustice by buying HP computers?

Thanks for your time & consideration.


Sunday 07 June, 02009

Two small good things

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:26 pm

The first is that for the last three or four weeks there has been a notice in the parish newsletter asking people to contribute meals, which would be frozen and distributed as needed to old, sick and or pregnant people. The second is that the freezer is now full.

Monday 01 June, 02009

Mulled wine and expensive racism

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:43 pm

This mulled wine recipe worked well for me. I used two bottles of $8 Timara Cabernet Merlot, lemons rather than oranges, and a bit more sugar than the recipe calls for. The cinnamon quills are pretty expensive – about $6 worth – but apparently reusable.

This Al Jazeera item on anti-Indian racism trouble in Melbourne lists Australia’s top three export earners: coal, iron ore, and international students. Who knew?