tip of the iceberg

When they say something is “the tip of the iceberg”…


global warming ate my cellphone

So last night when I got out of my car my cellphone fell out of its pocket and slid under the car into the gutter where it was swept away by the racing waters of the first real rain in months into the storm drain and out to sea or wherever.

I now have a new phone with the same number, so my contact details are the same; however I have lost the last 6 years random contact numbers. *This means you, too* (D’oh!)

So if I had or should have your number, please take a moment right now to txt (identifying yourself in the txt) or email it to me.

everything is under control

everything is under control


Interesting article on Worldchanging: What Does Climate Change Do to Our Heads?

Solastalgia describes a palpable sense of dislocation and loss that people feel when they perceive changes to their local environment as harmful.

The melancholia of solastalgia is not the same as clinical depression, but it may well be a precursor to serious psychic disturbance.

That said, it’s worth remembering that up until the mid-twentieth century, the medical profession viewed nostalgia as a diagnosable psycho-physiological illness in which, for example, soldiers fighting in foreign lands became so homesick and melancholic it could kill them.

Today psychiatrists would see the condition of rapid and unwelcome severing from home as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an outcome of an acute stressor such as warfare or a Hurricane Katrina.

Solastalgia on the other hand is most often the result of chronic environmental stress; it is the lived experience of gradually losing the solace a once stable home environment provided. It is therefore appropriate to diagnose solastalgia in the face of slow and insidious forces such as climate change or mining.

I’ve definitely been feeling increasingly disconnected from Wellington lately – there’s a multitude of potential reasons for this, of course, but it can be approximately reckoned pre- and post-bypass – and solastalgia is an interesting term to describe it.

I also wonder if it is a general feature of adaptation to an ever changing technological environment. Humanity has never before experienced a pace of change as seen in the past century, and that curve is only accelerating. We learn patterns and habits, but whether those patterns and habits are going to be adaptive (or even relevant) to the very near future is less certain than at any point in human history. More than ever before we are going to need to let go of the familiar and adapt to the new. But we are inextricably bound up with the familiar. Our identity and sense of self is tied to things external to us. This, of course, is identified as a human problem in most spiritual traditions. Interesting that the environment itself can be seen as prompting us to relearn those teachings to adapt to the times by provoking any number of crises… though, in the end, the choice is ours as to how we deal with things.


Gene Simmons waggling tongue and spitting blood? Check.
Alice Cooper in a strait-jacket being hung for murdering a baby? Check.
Monster vocalist with fireworks-enabled battleaxe/microphone stand? Check.
Dragons with lasers coming out of their eyes? Check.
Gratuitous ‘splody things, levitations, and general mayhem? Check.

Ah, rock ‘n’ roll…

How To Use Your Head

Another podcast recommendation, again from the Psychedelic Salon. This time, check out Timothy Leary giving his first large scale public talk in the early/mid 1960’s about psychedelics, after four and a half years of research, before everything went down. It is fascinating both as an historical document and for the simple and clear way he outlines exactly what psychedelics are and aren’t good for. For some reason his discussion of reimprinting and its ramifications came through a lot clearer in this presentation than in any other.

tibet vigil

Tonight from 5:30pm at Parliament there is a vigil supporting the Tibetan people.

Follow this link to sign the Avaaz petition to Chinese President Hu Jintao. They’re aiming for a million names ASAP.

strange times

Apparently the Washington Times was founded by Rev Sun Myung Moon.

This extraordinary little clip is footage from some kind of recent Washington Times anniversary dinner, featuring many famous politicians giving glowing endorsements, followed by Moon’s totally batshit seeming comments, which the guests seem at a loss to know how to respond to.

This is almost so weird that it seems like it must be fake, right? Please? [via disinfo] Well worth two minutes.

In other news, Tibet is going hard for freedom. Guess we should have seen this coming in Chinese gala Olympics year. All power to them, and I hope the “free” world grows the balls to stand behind the principles it claims to and support the Tibetan people.

And meanwhile the US economy (centre of the global economy) continues to unravel. Gee. There is no satisfaction in being right about this kind of thing – I mean the economic system is fucking broken and unsustainable to a cursory examination of its foundations – when no one is prepared for the consequences.

It’s so surreal watching it come down, knowing it is coming down, having known it was coming down. The schizophrenic disjunct of modern living is getting to me. Growing harder to go through the motions and act like any of the sandcastles we obsess about will survive the tsunami rumbling on the horizon.

Maybe this is all projection of my interior state on the universe; a little shaken up and disjointed in my head right now. Maybe I should just get the hell off the web.

partied out

Upon finding oneself homeless and jobless, the obvious course of action is to go on a road trip with ferals and hippies to Waiheke Island for a weekend long party.

(Which is nothing really, compared with, say, The Norml Cannabus tour of NZ. Smoking up 42 towns in 42 days at 4:20 each day. And filming it so you can follow the journey.)

Hard to believe the Auckland burner crew could actually become partied out. I think I am the only one conscious here.

Heading homeward tomorrow, wherever home turns out to be…

[This very special blog was brought to you by wireless interweb on Waiheke island.]

Some positive stuff

That last post was perhaps unnecessarily negative. So here’s some positive stuff:

First up, the 42 collective :

The 42collective is a not-for-profit organisation based in Wellington, New Zealand, which aims to simplify and encourage the shift towards lifestyles that enhance personal wellbeing, maximise resource and energy efficiency and minimise harm to people and the environment – less-cost lifestyles.

You can download their Urban Living Guide for Wellington by clicking on this link.

Then there’s http://permaculture.org.nz/, a central resource for information sharing about permaculture, introductory material about permaculture, and links to communities and courses and whatnot.

And finally, from Abbie Hoffman’s classic Steal This Book, instructions on how to make “Yippie Yoghurt”:

Yogurt is one of the most nutritional foods in the world. The stuff you buy in stores has preservatives added to it reducing its health properties and increasing the cost. Yogurt is a bacteria that spreads throughout a suitable culture at the correct temperature. Begin by going to a Turkish or Syrian restaurant and buying some yogurt to go. Some restaurants boast of yogurt that goes back over a hundred years. Put it in the refrigerator. Now prepare the culture in which the yogurt will multiply. The consistency you want will determine what you use. A milk culture will produce thin yogurt, while sweet cream will make a thicker batch. It’s the butter fat content that determines the consistency and also the number of calories. Half milk and half cream combines the best of both worlds. Heat a quart of half and half on a low flame until just before the boiling point and remove from the stove. This knocks out other bacteria that will compete with the yogurt. Now take a tablespoon of the yogurt you got from the restaurant and place it in the bottom of a bowl (not metal). Now add the warm liquid. Cover the bowl with a lid and wrap tightly with a heavy towel. Place the bowl in a warm spot such as on top of a radiator or in a sunny window. A turned-off oven with a tray of boiling water placed in it will do well. Just let the bowl sit for about 8 hours (overnight). The yogurt simply grows until the whole bowl is yogurt. Yippie! It will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks before turning sour, but even then, the bacteria will produce a fresh batch of top quality. Remember when eating it to leave a little to start the next batch. For a neat treat add some honey and cinnamon and mix into the yogurt before serving. Chopped fruit and nuts are also good.

Which I am definitely going to give a go. 🙂

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