Archive for September, 2008

29/09/08

Unless you’ve been hanging out with Ariel and Sebastian under the sea for the last few weeks, you would have heard about our impending doom: how we’re all going to get swallowed up by a black hole caused by mad scientists smashing sub-atomic particles together. The internet’s gone a bit mental over the prospect of [...]

29/09/08

Chris Aitken is studying the effects of powerlessness and fatalism in relation to climate change. He seeks to ask whether people will change their actions in an effort to prevent climate change, or whether the enormity of the problem and tragedy of the commons nature of the issue leads to individuals deciding not to make [...]

29/09/08

Written by the Russian Romanticist Alexander Pushkin, The Little Tragedies is a series of three short plays based on various European stories. These classic myths range from a tale about Mozart and Salieri we might recognise from the movie Amadeus, to a story about the infamous Don Juan and a cheeky statue. Share on Facebook+1 [...]

29/09/08

Stethoscope: $200, Gloves: $200, Surgical equipment: $100,000. A patient not noticing you left a rag in their newly sewn up stomach… priceless. Wellington Hospital is becoming renowned for what Dr Liz Hesketh described as “unsafe clinical practice.” Several news media publications have followed what seems to be an increasing number of errors and staff resignations. [...]

29/09/08

Political Editor Jackson Wood wants to hold you in his arms ‘til you can feel his disease. That disease being an affliction of politics. Health is something that I am fond of. Currently as I dictate this to the Salient dictation monkey I am in bed with a case of pneumonia. I like health. I [...]

29/09/08

Ladies and Gentlemen I am so excited that I’m not even going to bother putting a comma after writing Ladies and Gentlemen like they teach me in Writing 101 classes because I am so hyped up and adoring of my manthrax homeboy George Bush who totally rules! Oh Yeah! Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to [...]

29/09/08

Dude, what’s with food? Many times, I have debated with my friends whether all food is gross, or just some. Most people are prepared to concede meat is gross, because noone really wants to think about eating a big mooing cow; it’s a whole lot easier just to think of it as steak. Share on [...]

29/09/08

The sobering tones of Cold War Kids (CWKs) second full-length release Loyalty to Loyalty has received a sound lashing from trendster music sites (yes, yes Pitchfork etc.). Admittedly, this is in part justified as CWKs have followed an astonishing debut (Robbers and Cowards) with a less endearing and accessible album, which makes the listener work [...]

29/09/08

Norma Jean -vs- The Anti Mother opens with a bang. ‘Vipers, Snakes, and Actors’ kicks in with a very heavy riff, traditional death metal vocals, and a bassline for stomping to. It is good stuff. There is a breakdown, back to normalcy, and a delicate fadeout to post-rock influenced ambience. 9 minutes later the track [...]