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Toyworld’s telling girls what to play with again: update it was all a mistake

Toyworld’s telling girls what to play with again: update it was all a mistake

Last year something very cool happened, at least partly inspired by a Ruminator post. But this year, it appears to have… unhappened. I’m not impressed.

by × April 17, 2014 × 7 comments

International, Rights

Honey, You Can’t Seriously Have Five Children

Honey, You Can’t Seriously Have Five Children

  By Erin Reilly When the lady at the Post Office looked at me a bit funny, it was probably fair enough. I’d just told her I was sending Christmas presents to my five children.

by × April 16, 2014 × 0 comments

Health

Mental health in academia: overworked and stressed

Mental health in academia: overworked and stressed

I first knew that something was wrong when I went from joking with friends that I would rather jump in front of a truck than work on my thesis to genuinely thinking “is that an option here?”

by × April 15, 2014 × 0 comments

International, Politics

Everyone loves a Royal Tour (even if they don’t much like Royalty).

Everyone loves a Royal Tour (even if they don’t much like Royalty).

This Royal tour is a funny thing. Latest polling seems to suggest that as a country, we want to move on from the Monarchy. Republic NZ’s polling shows that only 46% of those polled wanted the Next British monarch to become King of New Zealand.

by × April 14, 2014 × 2 comments

International, Politics

Georgeous baby your highness

Georgeous baby your highness

We are in the midst of a highly publicised visit from the Duke, Duchess and George of Cambridge, and despite the growing number of people joining the camp of “who-gives-a-royal-fuck”, the handsome duke and his gorgeous family are leaving in their wake a herd of screaming fans trying to catch a glimpse of them.

by × April 11, 2014 × 0 comments

Politics

We talked about Kevin

We talked about Kevin

It was a dark and stormy night. The wind was blowing, rain was pouring and I was going to see Kevin Hague.

by × April 11, 2014 × 0 comments

General

Today is our first birthday so there’s nothing serious to say

Today is our first birthday so there’s nothing serious to say

  What you get today is things that amuse me. Because fuck you, it’s our birthday. I mean I love you all

by × April 8, 2014 × 0 comments

Politics

Young people’s Jewish problem

Young people’s Jewish problem

I’m sure there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for this, but crikey. Sort it out young people. This is from the recent Young Nats Ball.

by × April 7, 2014 × 6 comments

Politics, Rights

Hey MSD, stopped being dicks

Hey MSD, stopped being dicks

**UPDATE 2** After my gentle provision of another chance for them to reconsider, MSD has decided that they will play nice.

by × April 2, 2014 × 3 comments

Rights

Guest post: The CTV collapse and inquiry, my personal thoughts from being there

Guest post: The CTV collapse and inquiry, my personal thoughts from being there

This post first appeared on Jarrod Gilbert’s blog, however the New Zealand Fire Service asked him to take it down. We’re trying to track down a statement from them as to why.

by × March 31, 2014 × 0 comments

Humour, Politics

Blog commenters if their world was real

Facts are Sacred. Comment is (of variable quality)

Blogs were supposed to offer new hope for journalism. The days of the churnalists/repeaters/lamestream media were numbered, to be replaced by the purity and investigative depth of citizen-journalists. 

by × March 28, 2014 × 1 comment

Tech

A custodial investor: Rod and me

A custodial investor: Rod and me

Rod Drury is an entrepreneur. Entrepreneur is a funny old word. It gets bandied around a lot. “Oh if only New Zealand had more…entrepreneurs”. I’m not even sure what it really means. 

by × March 26, 2014 × 0 comments

Humour

What’s your name again?

What’s your name again?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;” -William Shakespeare

by × March 24, 2014 × 0 comments

Feminism, Humour

Funny birds and where to find them

Funny birds and where to find them

By Jennifer O’Sullivan As a woman who works in comedy, I am sad that there are not more of us. In fact, I’m sad that 90% of comedy performed this festival comes from one perspective

by × March 21, 2014 × 1 comment

Humour

Why the Jewish God was a dick and yet so much cooler

Why the Jewish God was a dick and yet so much cooler

I’m of Jewish heritage but I’m not a very good Jew. I eat bacon. Never had a bar mitzvah and I’ve got a foreskin. That’s a terrible way to begin a post, with a reference to my genitals.

by × March 21, 2014 × 2 comments

Rights

We don’t need your…

We don’t need your…

So there are times when I look at countries with written constitutions with a wry smile. Look at you United States, with your archaic second amendment, or you Fiji, with your vote-for-your-own-race electoral system.

by × March 18, 2014 × 0 comments

Humour

Watch your f*cking language

Watch your f*cking language

“Shitty bitch fuck, in Jesus’ name, amen.” – Anonymous

by × March 17, 2014 × 0 comments

General

Ruminator Live?

Ruminator Live?

So a friend of mine who’s a bit of a doyen talked to me about an idea he had for a live show.

by × March 16, 2014 × 4 comments