Archive for August, 2008

11/08/08

Its been a while but I’m (Ryback) back and with a vengeance. The NZ distributor for Nintendo Wii games going under was like a sniper shot to the shoulder. But like any good Seagal movie, it has not got me down but rather made me stronger. Now armed with a Ps3, bought with hard earned [...]

11/08/08

Ratatat’s music has always stood out as the prime example of when the genres of rock and electronica have collided and actually worked. A collaboration between guitarist Mike Stroud and keyboardist/beatmaster/producer Evan Mast, Ratatat’s previous two records skilfully blended great sampling, innovative guitarwork and rock solid beats that made Mast’s drum machine come alive as [...]

11/08/08

Written by Amelia Bullmore Directed by. Susan Wilson At Circa 2 – 30 August Mammals is actress-turned-writer Amelia Bullmore’s first play. A comedy/drama set in London’s stifled suburbia, a land of angst, heartbreak and juice boxes that the play wonderfully termed ‘wheelie bin land’. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

11/08/08

Holiday, released in 1994, shyly sits in the cobwebbed corners of The Magnetic Fields discography. Its importance to the formation of modern-day synth-pop is rarely doted on. Not only is it a blueprint for the structure of modern synthpop, it was recorded during the crossroads of alternative music, when the twin obsessions of the 1980s, [...]

11/08/08

While many of the brewers in the big commercial plants are quite happy to do the same thing over and over again (a bit like maths students), most craft brewers have very short attention spans and are always looking for something new to interest them (just like sociology students). Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to [...]

11/08/08

Bikes are pretty cool things. They allow you to get from one place to another faster than you could by walking! This is cool. And they are all green and friendly and all that. Plus, they are pretty fun to ride. All of this adds up to bikes: positive. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to [...]

11/08/08

Stacey Dravitzki is studying towards a PhD in meteorology looking at predicting short and long term weather patterns in the Waikato. Her research is funded by Mighty River Power Ltd, and predicts rainfall. Her research is teamed with a second researcher, who models how rainfall affects the level of the Waikato River. Share on Facebook+1 [...]

11/08/08

I read a heart touching story the other day in the Taranaki Daily News about a group of hairdressers who had made it their goal to get everyone they knew enrolled and ready to vote come election time. One part of me smiled because democracy is all about getting involved and voting, but the other [...]

11/08/08

If you are experiencing loneliness – you are not alone! A recent survey showed that 25% of all adults experience painful loneliness at least every few weeks. Incidence among secondary and tertiary students is even higher. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this