Matthew Henry John Bartlett

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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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Monday 05 April, 02010

Satellite images of New Zealand’s mines

by Matthew Bartlett @ 6:58 pm

Below are some currently operating mines (mostly coal, with one gold). I’d love to add any others you know of.

Stockton coal mine
Not sure I’ve got this right — is that whole area a mine? South of here there is a large area which might be the old Denniston mine.

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