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This is something I wrote to someone who is finding everything too much at the moment. I have been asked to make it more widely available - if you feel it would help someone please feel free to share it. If that is the post, please use the Dreamwidth version. Link at bottom if you are reading this on LiveJournal.

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I don't know you very well, we've maybe spoken a couple of times at parties and other than that only what I see on FB. But I'd like to share something I've learnt in times like these - we're /taught/ that it's a bad thing to be a "burden" but that's a lie. People will happily carry something (or someone) they see value in. Additionally the context always seems to consider the weight as if it all has to be borne by /one/ person. This is also false.

Sometimes we just have to accept little bits of ourselves being carried by different people as, when and how they can. And life is a complicated beast so sometimes individual people have to set down the responsibility or they (and we) have to let it pass to a different person.

And yes sometimes it feels that we are the only one left to carry our own weight with no hope of respite, and that can be a terrible, crushing, soul destroying feeling. But it is never, ever true. Sometimes we do drop pieces of ourselves along the trail, or cannibalise our ability to care about something to make it through another day. There is always hope. There is always another day. Someone will smile at us, even a stranger in the street, or comment on something we post and the weight will lift a little.

We all become a burden at some point in our lives. I believe it is just part of the human learning experience. When we come out the other side - granted not all do and every one of those is a loss worth grieving - we are better prepared and equipped to carry not only ourselves forward but others as well, strength permitting.

The comments on this post show you have a lot of people who see value in you, even if you don't, can't believe it right now. I certainly do even if all I have to offer are my words. They are willing to lift and carry you for a while. Trust them. Lie back and ride the crowd. Rest. Be well.
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As a bonus here is a something else hopefully uplifting another of my friends shared.

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Embedding is disabled, go here http://youtu.be/79td404Jhh0

The artist's facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rosie-Roulette/122422241198902
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Battle and party in Dunedin
Shield ... wall

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And so it begins....
Gallery

See also: Video of the first meeting
marsden_online: (skull)
I must have invoked one of the "oh gods" of overdoing things slightly yesterday. Today I ache in all-the-muscles and move very slowly :(

I'd quite like to spend the day in bed, but that's boring and depressing and I have these things that need done. So far I've breakfast and putting the laundry on around being distracted by youtube.
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So at the weekend I was introduced to Van Canto, a "Heavy Metal A Capella" / "Hero Metal" group from Germany. Among other stuff they did a cover to a song called Kings of Metal (originally by Manowar). The chorus I initially heard (and still prefer to hear) as
"Some men slay, men of war kill" (Some bands play, Manowar kill)
Which gives me a great idea for the foundation of a Lawful fighter/knight type character's personality and code of conduct. In the business of war and killing, but not indiscriminate slaughter. They type of character that targets the biggest threat on the battlefield or the opposing commander, cutting through the ranks if he has to and preferring to let the enemy flee rather than wipe them out to a man (or goblin, or whatever).

On the flip side, I could run entire campaigns based on some of the other songs/videos in Van Canto's repertoire. Youtube channel
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Kings of Metal


Last Night of the Kings


Speed of Light
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Sir Paul Callaghan (Kiwibank "New Zealander of the Year" 2011) takes on some of the comfortable myths that keep New Zealand a hard-working, low wage, low prosperity country.
Embedding is actually disabled, but here is the link: http://youtu.be/OhCAyIllnXY (20 minutes)

Bullet points (some in my words, some direct quotes):
  • Myth: "NZ is an egalitarian society" - actually we're down with the US in terms of income disparity and prison population - but despite this we do score well in education
  • We like to climb on our clean and green high horse but our history doesn't actually give us a leg to stand on, and our journalism is kind of soft in this area
  • Myth: "We don't need to be rich like Australia" - but if we were we would be able to afford the eg latest Cancer drugs which are available in Australia, infrastructure projects wouldn't need to beg for money. We would be better set up to handle events like the Christchurch quakes.
  • Our wages used to be higher than Australia's (within a lifetime), at that time more Australians came to NZ than NZers went the other way
  • Myth: "We need to work harder" - In the OECD only the Icelanders work harder than us - but we rank the lowest in terms of productivity. The French have it right - they hardly work at all but are the most productive per capita.
  • We "choose to be poor" by encouraging our people to work in low paid, low return industries because "this is what we do in New Zealand"
  • The Prime Ministers pet, Tourism, is great for employing unskilled people but contributes less to the economy (GDP) per-job than the average. So more tourism jobs is not the answer
  • Food manufacturing comes in pretty close to the average but Fonterra is the biggie - $350,000 per job. This is still peanuts on an international scale.
  • Myth: "You can't manufacture in NZ because the Chinese do it better" - is not the case. Manufacturing is our biggest aggregate export earner, especially "Elaborately Transformed Manufacture". High profit margin, high value per weight items.
  • Directing all our (pitiful) R&D investment to the things we already do, which are mostly the sort of industries which don't actually need to do much R&D (explaining the low private spend), gets us nothing. Same for anything which can be classified ans the latest fad.
  • What we're -good- at, is really weird stuff. Like sleep apnea devices / respiratory humidifiers - where F&P has the world market cornered. Like GPS chips (Rakon). Niches that are too small for the big players to care about, but where a little country like NZ can make a relative killing using the 500x multiplier that is the world economy relative to us.
  • We only need need 100-120 companies like our top 10 manufacturing companies, but these companies are invisible within NZ. "They make weird stuff, they only sell abroad, they don't sponsor children's soccer or the ballet". So our kids (who are certainly bright enough), and their parents simply aren't encouraged to think that way for possible careers.
  • If we can have 10, why can't we have 100?
  • An extra 40 billion a year like that, ongoing and sustainable, is far better than the one-off 60 billion we might get from digging up our National parks in the process destroying something we hold dear.
  • Creative/talented people have a choice where they live in the world. The companies we have stay here because their people say "sod it, I want to live in NZ". (See also: Peter Jackson Studios, Weta Workshops)

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I want to toss this "choosing to be poor" concept around a bit more, and I'll be doing that tomorrow.
marsden_online: (Maniac)
Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim feat. Christopher Walken [pesky embed disabling]
marsden_online: (Maniac)

via SciBlogs
marsden_online: (Rage)
Hurts - Wonderful Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIJXqOvXb1A
marsden_online: (globe)
It took tens of thousands of years for writing to emerge after humans spoke their first words. It took thousands more before the printing press and a few hundred again before the telegraph. Today a new medium of communication emerges every time somebody creates a new web application. A Flickr here, a Twitter there, and a new way of relating to others emerges. New types of conversation, argumentation, and collaboration are realized. Using examples from anthropological fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, YouTube, university classrooms, and “the future,” this presentation will demonstrate the profound yet often unnoticed ways in which media “mediate” our culture.

[Edit: Fuck it LiveJournal, why won't you embed the video?]

40min, which is why it has been sitting in my inbox for 2 months.

Two tabs

Dec. 2nd, 2010 10:40 am
marsden_online: (globe)
Mapperiffic visualisation of a day's Twitter traffic, via the Herald and SciBlogs (recommend watching on the Vimeo site in HD, w. scaling off)
[Edit - LJ doesn't want to accept the embedded version, you'll have to follow the link :( [/edit]

Mapping a Day in the Life of Twitter from Chris McDowall on Vimeo.


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Pumpkin Patch wins this year’s NZTE International Business Awards. Idealog has an interview with the CEO which contains this ponderable quote about "Made in New Zealand".
It’s worth noting that if Pumpkin Patch was manufactured in New Zealand we’d be a much smaller company and we’d employ a lot fewer New Zealanders.
marsden_online: (Kea)

via the Friday Spoing
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Via Sciblogs, also spotted on Public Address.
marsden_online: (Default)

(via P.A.)

Wombles!

Oct. 30th, 2010 09:31 am
marsden_online: (Maniac)

(via Public Address)
marsden_online: (Kea)
Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns reaches out to GLBT teens with a personal story and a message of hope.



Winamp is being appropriate
~~~

You are not alone and how long can you run
It's much to late if you dont know what you've got 'til it's gone
Once upon a time you were a child but that was yesterday
Believed that magic in your heart would never fade away

But hold your head up high and let your spirits fly
Keep hope alive yes deep inside and your dreams will never die

We are one
Everywhere I go, everyone I see
And I see my face looking back at me
We are one
Everything I know, what I know is true
Everyone of us is inside of you
We are one
We are one

Oooh take a breath, close your eyes you're on the road again
And then you realize they've brought you back to life again
Something's never change but if you fantasize
You'll feel it deep inside yourself and then you'll realize

When you feel it coming
When you hear the sound
You'll always laugh when you wanna cry
And then you'll know it deep inside

We are one
Everywhere I go, everyone I see
And I see my face looking back at me
We are one
Everything I know, what I know is true
Everyone of us is inside of you
We are one
We are one

You are me, I am you
What you see, is all true
(It's all true)
You are me, I am you
What you see, is all true
(It's all true)

You are me, I am you
(We are one)
What you see, is all true
(I am you) (We are one) (It's all true)
You are me, I am you
(We are one)
What you see, is all true
(We are one)

We are one
Everywhere I go, everyone I see
And I see my face looking back at me
We are one
Everything I know, what I know is true
Everyone of us is inside of you
We are one
We are one

{repeat above}
marsden_online: (Kea)
Watch this video to learn how the fastest bird on the planet, the peregrine falcon, keeps control at mind-numbing speeds, and take a flight with the master of manoeuvrability, the Gos Hawk, as it flies through dense woodland.



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