General

General

A question for our readers

A question for our readers

Here at the Ruminator we like a bit of audience interaction, so here’s a question for you:

by × March 4, 2014 × 3 comments

General

Won’t somebody think of the children (for real)?

Won’t somebody think of the children (for real)?

Something is happening in my local community that makes me cringe. Where I live, people drive big shiny black block-of-flats cars. They pull hair-raising u-turns outside busy school zones, mount two wheels on the footpath as five-year olds walk past.

by × March 4, 2014 × 10 comments

General

Why I’m pseudonymous (relatively)

Why I’m pseudonymous (relatively)

So in the course of discussing how I find it appalling that the Prime Minister of our country interacts with – and provides copy to – Cameron Slater given his “hilarious” revelling in the death of children with ethnic names, a few people called me out on my pseudonym.

by × February 14, 2014 × 1 comment

General

An apology

An apology

Over the weekend I was emailed a post entitled “The sisterhood of the travelling racist jacket”. It was an opinion piece on the comments between Anne Tolley and Metiria Turei about who can and can’t wear flash jackets to parliament.

by × February 3, 2014 × 0 comments

General

This place. Not that shit.

It’s an OK world after all

The other night I was watching a discussion between sage-like knicker machinists Sean and Julie of Coronation Street. Julie, who is pregnant, was concerned about the world she was bringing her unborn baby into. This is said often. “What kind of world am I bringing my children into?”

by × January 14, 2014 × 3 comments

General, Health

This is me

I wrote a thing

I have spent most of my life playing down the impact of my disabilities on my identity. This will always be a totally futile and quite ridiculous exercise.

by × January 7, 2014 × 0 comments

General

This post will not restore your faith in humanity

This post will not restore your faith in humanity

We’ve heard a lot of angry rants about click-bait headlines. The sort of headlines that say things like “20 Secret Santa gifts you won’t believe actually exist.

by × January 2, 2014 × 5 comments

General

Repent all ye repenters

Repent all ye repenters

“The first week I lost two pounds. That was easy; just water weight, it’s all just water. Week two I only lost a pound. Week three I lost half an ounce…no, sorry, more like two thirds of an ounce. Week four I regained a pound…”

by × January 2, 2014 × 0 comments

Feminism, General

Ruminator’s 2013 Person of the Year

Ruminator’s 2013 Person of the Year

Every year, Time Magazine gives out its person of the year award (used to be Man of the Year but they had to change that).

by × December 20, 2013 × 5 comments

General

Bitter off without you

Bitter off without you

On Monday, 17 December 2013, I ended a six-year relationship. Well, I say ‘ended’, but we’re probably just going to be on a break for a while – it’s quite likely I’ll turn up on the doorstep, begging for forgiveness and asking to be taken back.

by × December 19, 2013 × 1 comment

General

Talking about my Generation (and failures thereof)

Talking about my Generation (and failures thereof)

This November, in preparation for the return of my lovely wife and her precious cargo, my father very kindly helped me to paint the inside of my house.

by × December 5, 2013 × 2 comments

General

A House of Cards

A House of Cards

Remind me never to play poker. With a face like mine there’s no hope in hell I’d ever win – one glance and you’d know if my hand was a winner or a loser.

by × November 4, 2013 × 39 comments

General

Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah naaah naaah naaah nah-nah!

Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah naaah naaah naaah nah-nah!

It’s the ultimate underdog story – two renovation rookies with no experience at all up against plucky, experienced DIYers Alisa and Koan, first-rate, four-time renovators Alice and Caleb, and of course the boys – Andy the builder/farmer and Pete the plumber/every-kind-of-handyman.

by × October 24, 2013 × 2 comments

General

The Songs That Saved Your Life

The Songs That Saved Your Life

Some time between your first major disappointment and the arrival of a girlfriend – Morrissey gets you.

by × October 18, 2013 × 1 comment

General, Humour

You Don’t Know Me: Heather du Plessis-Allan – 	I will be a rock star yet

You Don’t Know Me: Heather du Plessis-Allan – I will be a rock star yet

We’ve invited a group of well known New Zealanders to submit pieces about subjects that they aren’t well known for.This will be an irregular series so check back often. This is the second such piece and it’s written by Seven Sharp and TVNZ reporter Heather du Plessis-Allan.

by × October 8, 2013 × 0 comments

General, Health

Loz Heaphy – Tears dry on their own

Loz Heaphy – Tears dry on their own

Loren Heaphy of the Block fame has become a little bit well known for having a cry on national TV. She very kindly wrote a post on just that.

by × October 7, 2013 × 9 comments

General

Debauched puritanism

Debauched puritanism

Samsara is the Buddhist concept of impermanence, or the constant flow of existence. Despite being unwittingly immersed in the idea my whole life (and possibly before too) I hadn’t heard the term until I saw the film.

by × September 20, 2013 × 1 comment

General, Humour, Tech

I for one welcome our new robot overlords

Bring it back: Technology

I was born in 1979, during the decline of technology. I’m not saying today’s technology is dead, but it bores me to tears.

by × September 9, 2013 × 0 comments