Today I see that NZ Post has decided to make a series of stamps about RocketLab launching some satellites into Orbit. Which is a form of marketing: NZ Post makes money out of having stamps for collectors rather than the mail (or in is courier service, which is very good). However, the naysayers start out … Continue reading And shun the moaners.
Last night I found out that Brooke Fraser (as part of Hillsong) had won a Grammy, and she was telephoned by the more hip television show, who, instead of celebrating the fact a Kiwi and her Aussie husband had written a wonderful gospel song, decided to make Jesus and Gospel jokes. Then I looked at … Continue reading Shun the mass media.
My Brain was warped young: by Alexandr Solzynitsyn, Francis Schaeffer and J.R.R. Tolkien. Then, in my adult life, the Penguin came along just after word 97 borked a 5000 word thesis. So I added to my fairly bleak Calvinism and mistrust of the zampolits -- whom I met in real life while doing summer jobs … Continue reading Lawyers as Stasi
I have a suggestion. Lot was quite prepared to let his virgin daughters out among the mob who wanted to rape his male house guests. Because he knew the Sodomites preferred men, and despised women. He had taken the role of a host: placing the Angels (who had the appearance of men) under his protection, … Continue reading Lot’s daughters.
Glass Botanical Garden in Germany.#Abandoned? XXXIVThey that have been beside us all the day Rise up ; for they are summoned to the gate. Nor turn the head but take a downward way; Depart, and leave their households desolate. But you shall not depart, although you leave My house for conversation with your peers. Your … Continue reading Sunday Sonnet.
There are many who argue that we need more diversity and equality and we need to aspire to no bad things. Such people set the road toll to zero, the suicide rate to zero, and decide to hold the hospitals and police accountable to such, without lifting a finger to help. In New Zealand, we … Continue reading False idols, false prophets.
The classical reformed position around the civil magistrate or the state is that such a person is appointed by God, has a duty to protect the borders and keep peace within the country, and that we have a duty to obey the laws unless and until they stop us from obeying God. The exception to … Continue reading The apostate state.
One of the joys of this postcolonial time is that we are forced to forget who we are, and beg forgiveness for what we have not done. The ideologues consider the imperial period a disaster: a destruction of societies, and removal of diversity. And they look at the English, who banned the killing of wives, … Continue reading The vinegar in colonial teeth.
The time is one when the narrative is ending, and the those who have got fat by exploiting the neo-liberal degenerate antiphilosophy that has been the mark of three generations are running scared. There are comments about instituting censorship. For the truth is deemed as hate speech, and in the more imperial countries dissedents are … Continue reading Truth is not hate.
Linux and FreeBSD proved an aphorism of Eric Raymond, that paraphrased as if the source code for all Unix kernels and all the tools were destroyed the hacker community would rebuild them from scratch. Because of necessity. Taleb argues that cryptocurrencies may be in this group: if so they could be the true descendant of … Continue reading Bitcoin is like Unix.