Archive for May, 2008

Film Review: Prom Night

Film Review: Prom Night

by / 26/05/08 / No Comments

Directed by Nelson McCornick The reaction that I had to this movie was rather like the reaction I have to most movies of this type: If this movie were a comedy I would have loved it. Sadly, laughter doesn’t seem to be the reaction that the director of a slasher-horror is going for. So my [...]

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Nanomachines and glycoproteins

Nanomachines and glycoproteins

by / 26/05/08 / No Comments

Benjamin Matthewson is doing his PhD thesis on the formation of calcium carbonate in kina shells. When calcium carbonate is formed in the lab, it forms a rhomboid, but when formed in the presence of a mixture of glycoproteins (macromolecules with both protein and sugar parts) found in shellfish, it forms intricate patterns of microscopic [...]

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No, Dr Cullen…well, maybe yes

No, Dr Cullen…well, maybe yes

by / 26/05/08 / No Comments

On 16 May, Finance Minister Michael Cullen declared that lower interest rates would be of greater help to families than tax cuts. This column was going to be called “No, Dr Cullen, you’re wrong”. I stand by that; tax cuts mean more cash in pocket than a slight reduction in interest rates. Share on Facebook+1 [...]

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Historical Fightclub

Historical Fightclub

by / 26/05/08 / No Comments

Madeleine Albright Madeleine Albright is the most fucking frightening woman ever to have the nuclear launch codes, which she stole while then-President Clinton was ‘preoccupied’. Her weapon of choice is the flamethrower. She speaks six different languages and is said to have threatened to extricate Ariel Sharon’s balls from his sack using a hunting knife [...]

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Bibliotheque

Bibliotheque

by / 26/05/08 / No Comments

New Fiction Mo Zhi Hong, The Year of the Shanghai Shark (Auckland, Penguin, 2008) Hai Long is an orphaned pickpocket, living with his uncle on the money provided by rich foreigners’ wallets in the North-Eastern Chinese city of Dalian during 2003 – the year of SARS and the invasion of Iraq. Share on Facebook+1 on [...]

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Recreational Drug Use Must Be Legalised

Recreational Drug Use Must Be Legalised

by / 26/05/08 / [ 3 Comments ]

Prohibition laws are fundamentally about preventing people from having fun. Supporters of prohibition argue that restricting access to drugs prevents drug abuse and thus reduces harm. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Thank God For Parking Wardens

Thank God For Parking Wardens

by / 26/05/08 / No Comments

Once upon a time late on a Wednesday afternoon, a girl (me) decided to park her car at the Stadium car park and not pay. Her naughtiness received its just desserts for the parking warden fairy left her a loving gift – a $45.00 ticket. Even with the bountiful supply of parks at that hour, [...]

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An open letter to Victoria University – Please don’t mess with Gender & Women’s Studies

An open letter to Victoria University – Please don’t mess with Gender & Women’s Studies

by / 26/05/08 / 1 Comment

It would appear from my graduation ceremony last week that Victoria University highly values a liberal arts education. The graduation speaker congratulated us on choosing to study the arts as they are the backbone of any critical and creative thinking. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Dude, what’s with Ducks?

Dude, what’s with Ducks?

by / 26/05/08 / No Comments

Ducks are weird. You know the phrase ‘water off a duck’s back’? If you’ve ever seen the water run off a duck’s back, you know that it’s true. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Salient Mix-tape Mayhem #3-Songs to Leave a Party To…

Salient Mix-tape Mayhem #3-Songs to Leave a Party To…

by / 26/05/08 / No Comments

Taking the spirit of New Zealand Music Month by the horns, I bring you the mix-tape of ‘New Zealand songs that, if you are unlucky enough to hear at any raging party, signal that it has reached that fateful point, the time to grab your coat, gloves, hat and scarves (it’s fucking cold at the [...]

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