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Friday 31 December, 02010

Topics that occupied my mind this year

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:54 am

The months show the approximate first time this year I thought about the topic or person. Perhaps I should mind my own business.

Rob Hopkins / Transition Towns
Bruce Sterling
Dimitry Orlov / pending US collapse
US health care reform

US debt
NZ tax cuts
IPCC report
Climate change
John Robb / Global Guerillas
Peter Leithart

Tuesday 23 November, 02010

Sermon from me about obedience to Jesus

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:07 pm

St Michael’s Anglican Church
Sermon for 21 November 2010 – Christ the King
Psalm 122:1-9; 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:32-43
Today’s theme is ‘Christ the King’. I want to explore this idea with you today in the light of particularly our Gospel and Epistle readings. Kings, queens, monarchies – they’re old fashioned things; they don’t have much currency or relevance for us here now. Well, I say that, but of course this week many New Zealanders, including my own wife, seemed quite excited to learn that Prince William and Kate Middleton are now engaged, and eager to hear the exact circumstances of the proposal, and precisely how everyone felt before and after. But really, even if William at some future date is crowned King, New Zealand’s Head of State, and the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, it seems very unlikely to make a difference to any of our lives. And if the idea of kingship doesn’t really speak to us in our contemporary setting, what does that mean for the idea of the ‘kingdom of God’ that is so often talked about from this lectern by various preachers? (more…)

Wednesday 15 September, 02010

Gonzo electricity usage v. temperature graph

by Matthew Bartlett @ 3:46 pm

Pink is electricity used. Blue is average daily temperature. Thanks PowerShop and WolframAlpha.

It’s a pity our house can’t be insulated.

Tuesday 07 September, 02010

Another DO SOMETHING! event: War, Peace, NZ & Afghanistan

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:24 am

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Monday 09 August, 02010

Yet another apocalyptic sermon from me

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:56 pm

St Michael’s Anglican Church, Kelburn
Sermon for 8 August 2010 – Be ready

Psalm 33; Wisdom 18:6-9; Hebrews 11:1-2; 8-19; Luke 12:32-48

Jesus’ parables invite us to take up residence for a while in their imaginative world, and see things from a different point of view. But the parable in today’s gospel reading is at first glance a fairly unpleasant affair. It asks us to imagine ourselves as slaves. Slaves who are tempted to laziness and who risk a beating if they’re found shirking their tasks. It doesn’t sit comfortably. It’s a jarring metaphor, but I think appropriately so – because the whole thrust of the Gospel reading, and of the Hebrews passage, is to shake us out of our complacency, to literally take us out of our comfort zone. I’m going to return to the parable later, but for now let’s wind back to the start of the passage:

Wednesday 02 June, 02010

Boycott the lot

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:19 pm

Tim Jones has a good if difficult post up today, responding to the idea that we should boycott BP in protest at that big oil spill(ing). He suggests we boycott all the oil companies – Shell for messing up Nigeria, Exxon Mobil for funding climate denial and Chevron (Caltex) for polluting here and there (and he could add funding the Burmese regime).

Thursday 27 May, 02010

Last Do Something! of the trimester likely to be a doozie

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:06 pm

Do Something! Undermining Democracy?

Loom loom loom loom

Friday 30 April, 02010

The Geocities-izer

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:21 pm

my blog is better this way
[via Bruce the Great]

Monday 26 April, 02010

Do Something! 2010 begins with a film about oil, Tues 11 May

by Matthew Bartlett @ 7:45 pm

Free Doco: Crude Impact

Tuesday 20 April, 02010

10:10 arrives in NZ

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:50 am

10:10 means producing 10% lower emissions each year (starting 2010).

Their suggestions for reducing your own emissions:

  • fly less/take local holidays
  • turn down thermostats, insulate house (they obviously don’t rent our house)
  • swap in compact fluorescent for incandescent bulbs
  • walk and bus instead of driving
  • eat in-season fruit & veges and have one no-meat/no-dairy day a week
  • buy less, buy second hand, buy durable/repairable
  • don’t buy packaging-heavy stuff, recycle, compost
  • don’t waste food
  • or water (shower rather than bath), careful about lawn/garden watering, fill your washing machine up
  • feel happier (smugger?) because “It’s Dec 2010… you’re healthier for walking & cycling, you’ve made new friends from swapping stuff & car-pooling, you’ve saved a big chunk of cash… and you know that you’re part of the global effort to prevent castastrophic climate change…”

I wrote about 10:10 a wee while ago.

Sunday 18 April, 02010

Something I found on Google Maps: Manicouagan Reservoir – a ring-shaped lake in Newfoundland

by Matthew Bartlett @ 8:55 pm

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Apparently it’s what’s left of a crater created by an asteroid impact about 214 m.y.a.

Thursday 08 April, 02010

What are exports for?

by Matthew Bartlett @ 5:43 pm

From Herman Daly & John Cobb’s excellent book For the Common Good (1989):

Power criticises the “economic base” models that treat production for export as the “base” or driving force of economic development, and production for the local market as derivative and dependent on export production. … The real economic base of a community is not exports, but rather, “consists of all those things that make it an attractive place to live, work, or to do business. That means the economic base includes the quality of the natural environment, the richness of local culture, the security and stability of the community, the quality of the public services and the public works infrastructure, and the quality of the workforce. None of these things are produced by the commercial economy or produced for export.”

The quote within the quote is from Thomas Power’s The Economic Pursuit of Quality (1988). It’s relevant to the mining question, to the idea of ‘catching up with Australia’, to the Greens’ beyond-GDP approach, and to the Transition movement.

Satellite images of New Zealand’s mines (cont)

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:58 am

Oceana gold mine, near Reefton

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There’s also the Pike River coal mine, which I can’t find. It’s 46k east of Greymouth and mostly underground.

Wednesday 07 April, 02010

Book review: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

by Matthew Bartlett @ 7:48 am

It’s no good; don’t read it. Read The Road by Cormac Mccarthy and Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace instead.

Satellite images of New Zealand’s mines (cont)

by Matthew Bartlett @ 7:04 am

And a reader contribution:

Macraes Flat gold (and tungsten?) mine in Otago, the largest gold mine in New Zealand

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