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Rights, Tech

It’s my privacy and I’ll cry if I want to

It’s my privacy and I’ll cry if I want to

The status quo: We’ve heard a lot in the news lately about spying. Edward Snowden is a name that will be familiar to a lot of people.

by × June 24, 2013 × 6 comments

Feminism, Humour

Bring it back: Daphne Lingerie

Bring it back: Daphne Lingerie

Victoria’s Secret dominates the lingerie market.  They’re a multi-cajillion dollar business that, as far as I can tell, targets its ads primarily at the eyeballs and regular balls of pubescent and post-pubescent men.

by × June 21, 2013 × 7 comments

General

Untitled angry rant

Untitled angry rant

So I guess the goal in life is to have full and satisfying challenges to accomplish, with a minimum of time spent on what we could file approximately under “admin” or “chores” or “tiresome bullshit that sucks the joy out of your life”.

by × June 20, 2013 × 0 comments

International

Tromso Part II: the dawn of light

Tromso Part II: the dawn of light

Sunday night the lights turn up. In all their glory.

by × June 19, 2013 × 5 comments

Feminism

Charles Saatchi: it’s not OK

Charles Saatchi: it’s not OK

Nigella is the Domestic Goddess, I have reviewed a number of her recipes and I’m going to keep reviewing her recipes. She’s also a human being. The abuse she’s suffered at the hands of Charles Saatchi is not OK.

by × June 18, 2013 × 2 comments

Reviews

A tight spot

A tight spot

There are many things to hate about winter.  I won’t bother going into them here, but we can probably all agree that winter, particularly in New Zealand, sucks the farts out of dead seagulls. And the worst thing about the miserable weather is the wardrobe.

by × June 17, 2013 × 8 comments

Reviews

Macaroni Cheese

Macaroni Cheese

What did the cheese say when it looked in the mirror? Hallou-mi!

by × June 15, 2013 × 7 comments

Feminism, Rights

Is it OK?

Is it OK?

This Saturday, the All Blacks play the second test against France in Christchurch. Among the line-up named for this weekend’s much anticipated test match is winger, Julian Savea.

by × June 14, 2013 × 6 comments

Tech

The Console Wars – Sony’s Three Hit Combo That Just Knocked Out Xbox

The Console Wars – Sony’s Three Hit Combo That Just Knocked Out Xbox

A big fat South African taking on a fresh-faced 21 year old wasn’t the only showdown this week.

by × June 13, 2013 × 1 comment

Health

Anti Science brigade, why you so anti science?

Anti Science brigade, why you so anti science?

Hamilton City Council recently made the ill-informed decision to remove fluoride from the city’s drinking water. Now the ill-informed people who blindly pushed for that outcome are saying Wellington is their next target. This worries me.

by × June 12, 2013 × 58 comments

Rights, Tech

All you wanted to know about PRISM but were afraid to ask because someone might be watching (they probably are)

All you wanted to know about PRISM but were afraid to ask because someone might be watching (they probably are)

Much has been made in the last half week of an intensely invasive programme run by America’s National Security Agency (NSA) called PRISM.

by × June 11, 2013 × 3 comments

Humour

Bring it back: Ghost Nannies

Bring it back: Ghost Nannies

Yeesh, things certainly have become rather serious on The Ruminator.  Other writers have been talking about racism, sexism, anxiety disorders, and techno-annoyance (of this and this).  It’s enough to cramp your furrowed brows.

by × June 10, 2013 × 1 comment

Health

Hey, buddy, where you been?

Hey, buddy, where you been?

DID YOU KNOW?  If you drink a bottle of red wine in about 10 minutes it has a similar effect as taking a Xanax.

by × June 8, 2013 × 0 comments

Humour

Everybody Loves Diesel

Everybody Loves Diesel

Last week, I presented my ideas on how we could save television from its seemingly relentless decline – this week, I’m turning my attention to movies.

by × June 7, 2013 × 4 comments

Feminism, Rights

The F-Word

The F-Word

So last time I talked about the f-word I looked at how I think feminism is failing. One way I am measuring this is that the great majority of women don’t want to call themselves feminist any more because it seems unnecessarily difficult – both in reputation and in practise.

by × June 6, 2013 × 2 comments

Feminism, Rights

Pink/Blue

Pink/Blue

Me to my 2-year-old daughter: – Are you a boy or a girl? *pause* – I aren’t.

by × June 5, 2013 × 41 comments

Reviews, Tech

The Last of Us (p)review

The Last of Us (p)review

I had the chance to have a 30 minute play through of the soon-to-be-blockbuster title The Last of Us for Playstation 3 ahead of its world-wide release and I was blown away.

by × June 5, 2013 × 0 comments

Rights

It's so handy when racism wears a uniform.

Been spending most my life living in a bigot’s paradox

There’s that old cliche, where the racist old person starts talking. And they’re usually old. When you get to that old stage you find that the racism permeates both genders

by × June 3, 2013 × 5 comments