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  • Occasionalities | Page 2
    of the script that is a million miles from the dreamtime experience this film delivers In a feral Mississippi delta island community a six year old girl lends us her eyes Her mind seethes with images provided by drunk and deranged locals an education in primal survival and cave drawings and the fear of hurricanes and melting ice caps Striking imaginative images and a woozy handheld camera give the film many stand out stylistic moments Shot on 16mm film the grainy look fits well with the gritty existence of the protagonists Many technically exceptional camera shots provide wow factor viewing The bold six year old hero Hushpuppy listening to the heartbeats of pigs and standing staunch in the mud reminded me of the older girl in Vincent Ward s early film Vigil The allegorical quest elements reminded me of later Ward films At its symbolic heart the film is an allegory of climate change It uses the fears and symbols of climate change and the setting of the hurricane lashed Gulf of Mexico to create an unsettling modern day fable I see some commentators are already rating lead actor Quvenzhané Wallis chances for an Oscar At the age of nine she would be the youngest ever recipient I would not demur she is exceptional Categories Film Magazine and the correct use of record cleaner 24 Feb The arrival of a convenient vinyl record cleaner has spawned an orgy of long neglected vinyl listening A couple of Magazine records were uninspiring and I began to doubt my attraction to this fashionably fringe late 70s band until I hit their 1980 live LP Play Their early records were at the cerebral and keyboard driven end of the punk explosion The single Shot by Both Sides was a stand out slam rocker from the Virgin Records double LP sampler Virginity that made big waves amongst my senior high school set around 1979 So during this vinyl hygiene phase I started picking out the later records of their splintered career Magic Murder and the Weather and The Correct Use of Soap are titles that titillated me at the time indicate the cerebral intentions of lead singer and lyricist ex Buzzcock Howard Devoto and contain some fine moments but don t hit the sweet spot Live LP Play includes many tracks that appeared on what was their current release on this particular tour The Correct Use of Soap But unlike the latter Play has just earned my 5 star rating Magazine s first two LPs were classics Real Life followed by Secondhand Daylight were clever energetic examples of songcraft and musicianship These studio efforts were the basis on which many hoped that Devoto s career was headed for the motherlode Magic and Soap allowed the strain of personnel changes and poor sales to disrupt the flow But in the middle of that latter phase a slightly rough around the edges recording at Melbourne s Festival Hall in September 1980 revealed what the later studio efforts

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  • June | 2015 | Occasionalities
    Maria Wake SIFT Glenda Martin Volunteering Canterbury It s been a long time between drinks You can expect the usual diverse array of chilled out environmental professionals happy green business people and bopping earth activists Come along and enjoy the friendly informal atmosphere Categories Uncategorized Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011

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  • March | 2015 | Occasionalities
    by the gifted singer Asaf Avidan on Spotify at 320k compression Will make some time in the next couple of months to properly compare with my Sony Walkman NW ZX1 which has been my portable audio champ to date The Surface is obviously not pocketable like the Walkman but an interesting comparison nonetheless My impression so far is that the extra power available in a larger format device is assisting

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  • August | 2014 | Occasionalities
    can be to those who haven t been through it Best avoided Binding Rottefella NTN Freedom Recommended release setting for my weight and boot size 3 Actual setting 2 5 Boot Scarpa TX Comp Rottefella s binding manual makes it clear that the binding is not DIN certified due to the variation in spring tension that occurs with raising and lowering the heel unlike the static heel position in a standard alpine binding It is relevant to note that my injured ankle was on the inside of the telemark turn when the accident occurred i e the heel was raised and the springs were at maximum tension therefore less likely to release The manual also states that release setting should be reduced by 1 for skiers over 50 I am 51 and made the choice to reduce by just 0 5 due to my proximity to the 50 year mark not to mention ego and perception of fitness compared with my peers Less relevant the manual states that settings should be reduced by 1 for powder snow The accident occurred off piste on a patch of heavy shallow powder snow Heavy means high moisture content typical low altitude New Zealand powder that would barely qualify as powder in the US Japan or Europe The fact that my ski seems to have struck major resistance possibly even vegetation or rock means that I do not consider the powder snow setting to be relevant in this situation This was just Day 4 of my 2014 ski season only Day 2 on new skis and I knew I wasn t skiing with good form It wasn t coming together for me I was at high risk of making an error My conclusions are Reduce my Rottefella NTN Freedom binding release setting to at

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  • June | 2014 | Occasionalities
    and then for solving the housing affordability crisis to actually gain traction Tony Alexander has previously listed many ways in which housing affordability could be addressed many radical and most of which I understand he does not personally support The problem could be addressed but we seem to be frozen in the headlights of competing interests Check out http www tonyalexander co nz Categories Finance Archives June 2015 March 2015

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  • April | 2014 | Occasionalities
    a standard Christchurch purchased cord of firewood tossed not stacked equates to approximately 600kg of pellets At 0 58 per kilo you are paying 348 to buy pellets in Christchurch equivalent in heat output to a tossed US cord of wood As of today a cord 3 cubic metres of a mix of dried pine and oregon in Christchurch is 285 Converted to a US cord of 3 6 cubic meters you get a cost of 342 Assuming the above assumption on heat output equivalence is based on a pine oregon firewood mix 348 of pellets 342 of firewood On this basis heat from a pellet stove is equivalent in cost to heat from a firewood stove This ignores the minor electrical cost of running the fan in a pellet stove Sources of assumptions that went into this calculation Relative heat output http www motherearthnews com renewable energy wood pellet stoves zb0z1211zsor aspx axzz2y5Vryxsu Stacked vs loose cords defined in Maine http en wikipedia org wiki Cord unit Cost of pellets in Christchurch http eenergy co nz cart U0EElfmSx8E Cost of firewood in Christchurch http www cityfirewood co nz index php route product product product id 422 Tags pellet fire

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  • February | 2014 | Occasionalities
    pressing was only available second hand at US 80 a piece But recently I discovered it available via GEMM com at a US record store for a realistic price Alone in the world as an M Ward acolyte my communion became communal when three Christchurch friends were a couple of years ago equally blown by the MP3 beamed off my Sony Walkman into their DLNA system We consummated the union at Bodega Wellington in 2013 M Ward did not disappoint as masterful in his live performance as he was on record This evening the stylus hit the groove Fresh off the boat 12 inches of black goodness spun into my life As always going from 320kb MP3 to full frequency spectrum analogue was a revelation The subtlety of every little change in tempo and pitch bend added to the rich gestalt of a complete masterful performance Do a search and you will see some nice writing about this LP M Ward apparently made this record to mark the passing of his friend Vincent O Brien Eulogies come no more heartfelt and virtuoso than this Categories Music Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July

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  • July | 2013 | Occasionalities
    he gave up and accepted that he was stuck with a faulty phone Sadly I only found out it was Fair Buy after I had run into my problems with them I also see that there are numerous poor reviews on PriceSpy that mirror the experience I detail below A Google search led me to on line forums where it is noted that Fair Buy offers incentives to buyers to post glowing reviews on PriceSpy in a successful attempt to out number the poor reviews The problem My new phone did not charge properly To cut a long story short here s how it went from there Fair Buy wasted a week trying to burn me off by responding to my emails with stupid troubleshooting suggestions one by one in individual emails e g Try finding another battery Not only is that their job the battery is not user replaceable on this phone Only my threat of legal action caused them to request that I send them the phone Their warranty policy on fault assessment 72 hours I heard nothing until I followed up with an email 7 days later On Day 8 they told me the phone had to be sent to China and repair would take up to 3 weeks SIX weeks later having heard nothing I again threatened legal action EIGHT weeks after discovering the fault I received the phone back with the fault repaired BUT The phone arrived without the packaging charger or accessories These items finally arrived a few days after I complained again They had managed to scratch the finish on the back of the phone in the process of shipping and repairing At that point I gave up and accepted that no further effort could be justified and settled for a scratched phone

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