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White Middle Class and Male; a Platonic Dialogue

White Middle Class and Male; a Platonic Dialogue

by / 16/08/10 / [ 2 Comments ]

Uther Dean is a fourth-year theatre student. Josh Cleary studies film. If they were Transformers, they’d combine to form Snoreatorn—which is neither a reference they’d appreciate, or indeed, understand. But what they do understand and appreciate is the sound of each other’s voices, as they exhault their infinite whiteness in some stuff that appears to [...]

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How to Survive a Catastrophic Disaster

How to Survive a Catastrophic Disaster

by / 02/08/10 / 1 Comment

It finally happened. The ‘big one’ hit/there was a huge tidal wave/there was a catastrophic storm. Miraculously, you survived the initial onslaught of God’s vengeance, but running water is going to be out and power will probably be much the same—so no showers and no straightening your hair. What do you do now? Luckily, the [...]

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It’s a hard knock life

It’s a hard knock life

by / 12/07/10 / No Comments

Fiddy once said: “In the hood they say there’s no business like ho business.” So what is the sitch in Wellywood’s hood? What is the morse code thumping of Wellington’s sexy pulse spelling out? What does it take to be the best in a tough game? It’s hard to be a hooker with a heart [...]

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What is the internet?

What is the internet?

by / 24/05/10 / [ 7 Comments ]

The internet is mindbogglingly massive. It literally contains the distilled dearth of information from the top two per cent of the privileged masses worldwide. You could quite easily compare it to the fabled library of Alexandria. You would, of course, be making a fallacious comparison. So what does the internet mean? What does it symbolise? [...]

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New Zealand Sign Language Week

New Zealand Sign Language Week

by / 03/05/10 / No Comments

This week is New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) week. It is also a week for celebrating the New Zealand’s Deaf community. NZSL became one of New Zealand’s official languages in 2006, joining English and Maori. The movement to make NZSL an official New Zealand language started at Victoria University, so it would seem only appropriate [...]

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Making monsters

Making monsters

by / 03/05/10 / 1 Comment

Salient feature writer Josh Cleary talks to Daniel Falconer, a designer at Weta Workshop. Josh: What do you do? Daniel: I was hired back at end of ‘96 as a conceptual artist. I was one of a group of concept artist/designers—a kind of interchangeable term really for us—all hired about the same time when Weta [...]

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Bronson

Bronson

by / 31/03/10 / 1 Comment

Tom Hardy. What a man, what an actor. The man is a god. Honestly. Everything I have seen him in is solid gold. Range, depth, emotion and emotiveness. And Bronson really gets him to stretch through a lot. Because, frankly, a man who is famous for being Britain’s most violent prisoner doesn’t really grab me [...]

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Using the infrastructure

Using the infrastructure

by / 29/03/10 / No Comments

There is an African proverb that says: It takes a village to raise a child. Now the provenance of this proverb is under debate but this isn’t the important thing about it. The important thing is it’s somewhat trite meaning. To digress a little, it takes a wide variety of people and experiences to make [...]

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Schooling the parents

Schooling the parents

by / 15/03/10 / No Comments

What it’s like to juggle parenthood with a tertiary education “Now the thing about having a baby—and I can’t be the first person to have noticed this—is that thereafter you have it.”—Jean Kerr So the bomb has dropped. That which your parents so patiently warned you about has occurred. You’re a student with a sprog. [...]

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How to be a cult author

How to be a cult author

by / 01/03/10 / 1 Comment

or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Literati Cult Author. The words send a frisson of delectable forbidden delight through the core of my geeky soul. The author that you simultaneously want everyone and no one else to read. The person who uncovered the darkest depths of your soul and spilled them [...]

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