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Combust in Unity – screening 9 April @ Wellington Film Archive

An earlyish showing, 4: 30pm.

This will be the last Wellington screening for the forseeable future.

Tickets only $8/$6!

You can see the trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE9H4wf2Obc

(If you can’t make it, it is now available on DVD, see http://www.combustinunity.com/ for details)

(Kind of awesomely, screening straight after it are a couple of particularly weird looking documentaries by Werner Herzog, which I would recommend sticking around for too ๐Ÿ™‚ )



Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing joke at the characters’ expense. With the last panel omitted, despair pervades all.

This is staggering and inspired. It is as if Louis-Ferdinand Celine wrote 3 panel comics.

Hugely recommended.

It is well worth plugging through the site; it gains power through quantity. (Also, the current landing page has a bunch of april fools tie in strips that are lesser.)

RIP Joe Bageant

Your bitter humourous sanity and willingness to confront what is will be missed.

(For example.)

get your reptilian hot buttons

Way back we commented on the documentary The Persuaders

This is the full interview with Clotaire Rapaille, by far the most interesting person they interviewed, and coiner of the term reptilian hot buttons. It is probably the most interesting thing you will read about human psychology, communication, and influence in a long time; and why we do what we do, and how this can be accessed and utilised; and how different cultures construct meaning.

Hugely recommended.

info dump before breakfast

Short video explaining how corporations got personhood

The project, called the Information Platform of Real-time Citizen Movement, aims to watch over more than 20 million people in Beijing 24 hours a day, local media said yesterday. Wherever you are – whether in the bathroom, on the subway or in Tiananmen Square – the government will know.

Wireless communication experts said the system would be particularly useful not only for following the whereabouts of individuals but also in detecting any unusual gathering of a large number of people.

Documentary on the Kogi: From the Heart of the World


These guys are basically legendary as the coolest tribe ever (also known as the Elder Brothers), and I have been trying to find thiis legendary doco for a while.

How old “old” is depends on where you live.

How bad is bottled water? (link is to giant awesome infographic)

Plus two factoids from Twitter

via @alexsteffen “The worldโ€™s most typical person is a 28-year-old Chinese man, makes less than $12,000 a year, has a cell phone but not a bank account.”

via @brainsturbator”There is more information currently classified by the United States than exists in the Library of Congress. Go play outside.”


Realisations for today:

1) It really has been over a dozen years since I set up a web page, and no, I really don’t know anything anymore.

2) Somewhere in the past year’s random noodling, my guitaring has gotten significantly better.

busy busy

(Thought I had blogged this already, but maybe it got lost in the shuffle when the server changed?)

Have been on the road working 6 days a week for most of this month. It has been a serious blur, with not much time for most other stuff. Though it has been a fascinating learning process in lots of ways, and I have been thinking a lot in the background.

As far as I know my contract ends at the end of this week. No idea what next, but am open to most things, so if anyone hears of anything, do let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I got my first ever passport.

Peruvian shaman discussing communication with other dimensional entities

3 minute video extract of an interview. Interesting.



Fringe Recommendation: Aphelion at Bats. Last night is tonight.

Francesca Mountford on cello, with a puppet show and live video etc. A beautiful and strange sliver of world-class wonder. Saw it last night and it was fantastic.

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