Archive for May, 2011

30/05/11

If you’ve ever taken pen to paper, you’ll know that writing a good story is extremely hard work. This being true, crafting 13 separate tales with vast stylistic differences and unconnected narratives, and managing to weave them all together into a effective whole—not simply coherent but creating through them a world that’s intricate, vibrantly alive [...]

30/05/11

It was the release last week of Rockstar’s (Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption) new title, L.A. Noire that brought my attention towards what I hope is the cusp of a sudden leap forward for narrative and its relation to gameplay in video games. Narrative I don’t need to explain in great detail, but when [...]

30/05/11

Welcome to the final column of Kate follows Celia. Final because I’m leaving the country, and it just doesn’t feel right to write about Celia when I’m not around to follow her. My idealism of politics has, over the course of a few short years, largely disappeared. I recall revelling in the beauty of democracy. [...]

30/05/11

Recent figures have revealed that 50 New Zealand borrowers owe over $11 million of debt in student loans. This includes eight who each owe more than $280,000. These figures have surfaced with the government’s 2011 Budget, which aims to significantly cut costs of government spending in wake of the Christchurch earthquake recovery. Part of this [...]

30/05/11

Winter in Wellington can be cruel.There’s something about the mild grey skies combined with the bone- cutting southerlies, and the glut of damp, drafty student flats that can make it especially miserable. It’s easy to fall into the shivery clutches of the winter blues, so here are a few tips to chase ‘em away. Join [...]

30/05/11

In a recent 2 month expedition to Papua New Guinea’s Nakanai and Muller Mountain ranges scientists of Conservation International have discovered almost 200 new species of animals. Some of which included a totally adorable feather tailed possum, a frog small enough to sit on the nail of your little finger and a katydid (or a [...]

30/05/11

We receive lots of advice on getting over failed relationships and little on preventing breakups. relationships leave us puzzled as we fail to understand relationship process. Relationships demand balance between individuality and togetherness. Balance begins at birth. Survival requires relationships, but thriving as an individual is essential. We must be in relationships in order to [...]

30/05/11

Despite a lackluster budget, it appears to still be the Labour Party copping it from the various political commentators. There was plenty of ammunition in the Budget, that perhaps should be referred to as ‘bland’, as opposed to its adopted descriptor, ‘zero’. However, Key’s competence for parliamentary theatrics took the wind out of Labour’s sail [...]

30/05/11

The VUWSA exec were in high spirits at their tenth general meeting last week. In particular, Vice-President (Administration) Daniel Wilson and Activities Officer Campbell Herbert appeared to be engaged in a competition “to see who could piss the furtherest” [sic], as one exec member was later heard to comment. The meeting began with the usual [...]