Posts Tagged ‘psycho-babble’

Monochrome. I knew it!

From Andrew Sullivan … Yep. Makes perfect sense. – P You might be interested in reading this: Tribalism.

Vi Hart’s Guide to Comments

If you’ve ever felt a sting from someone knocking your creative work (or your expressions of opinion, comments about people you like, or the way you approached a situation*), here’s a wonderful ‘guide’ from Vi Hart. – P *I copped a bit of what she calls ‘disappointed high-horse’ (5:10 in the video) from Ivan the […]


I spotted this poster on a wall near my office in Epsom (John Banks country) and it reminded me of a time long ago in the omigod 1980s when I ran a street theatre company with a group of Christian friends. I wrote our scripts and acted in or narrated many of them. ‘Wholemeal Theatre […]

Sometimes you have to just KEEP GOING until you get good

From Ira Glass. Another angle on the ‘resistance‘ we talk about here from time to time … Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo. Wonderful. – P via Andrew Sullivan

A space for discussion about psycho killer cats

A regular commenter here at, Ivan the Terrible, wants to discuss cats and the ‘sadistic psycho killers’ and ‘Cats to go’ national conversation Gareth Morgan is trying to float. OK. Let’s start with Ivan’s opening comment, relocated from another thread … “After crowing to others that “my cat never kills birds” – the little […]

Interesting human behaviour w.r.t. paying for something you can get for free

From Techdirt People Will Pay To Support Creators, Even When Free Is An Option … The thing we noticed right away was that a lot of people were choosing to pay, even though you can download all the books for free. Almost half of all book downloads were paid, with most people choosing the default […]

The non-sense of political labels and cutting friends because of their conclusions

From a wonderful article on recent US politics (Really. Please read it.) Revenge of the Reality-Based Community: My life on the Republican right—and how I saw it all go wrong by Bruce Bartlett. The final line for me to cross in complete alienation from the right was my recognition that Obama is not a leftist. […]

Cluster WHAT?

This, in my pantry, reminded me of Labour’s internal woes … what a welcome distraction that is for the gummint.

The ancient (and dangerous) model of leadership

Sudden death or death by a thousand cuts? I learned pretty much all I needed to know about political manoeuvring, frustrated ambition and Olympic-level backstabbing when I covered local body politics — the ‘civics’ round — in Wellington for NewstalkZB, before going on to the Parliamentary press gallery. In my experience at that time, the […]

Lying for a living — part of an ugly cosmology

I just had to share this: Delusion? or Audacity? You decide. Breathless irony from Bill O’Reilly Fox News: Meanwhile, Ezra Klein, writing in the Washington Post, reacting to Mitt Romney telling his (disappointed) donors and backers that President Obama beat him in the election because he gave “gifts” to a wide sector of the electorate, […]

Wry. In Nate Silver we trust? via Poynter, who also had the good humour to headline an article about the US election: Voters gather to decide Nate Silver’s fate Wry. – P

Confusing jingoism with patriotism.

From a good profile of actress Claire Danes, currently gripping segments of the intelligentsia/viewing public (including me) with her role in TV drama Homeland, this excellent distinction. “The first time I realised I was patriotic was after September 11,” she says. She was living in Sydney at the time. “I couldn’t have been farther away, […]

Liberal. One definition.

I stumbled across this on Pinterest today … “If by a ‘Liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — […]

Bewildered betrayal

Leo Traynor relates his heartbreaking [true] story about the anguish a troll on the Internet can cause, especially if they ‘reach out’ in the real world. Read it. Please. This is why I left Twitter, why I came back and how I met a Troll. (via @ohsarahrose) — I’m aware of a case years ago […]

Using predator drones for futile vengeance

This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking article by an ex-soldier about the increasing use of unmanned military drones to kill people … Highly recommended. Drone warfare’s deadly civilian toll: a very personal view by James Jeffrey writing in The Guardian. Political theorist Hannah Arendt described the history of warfare in the 20th century as the […]