June 30, 2005

Twenty-five years ago

Twenty-five years ago, or thereabouts,
a dad from my school (Megan Gordon’s father, in fact!)
brought to school the electric car that he had been working on
over a number of years.
I think he worked for the (then) DSIR.

Also twenty-five years ago, or thereabouts,
we brought home the School Computer for the holidays
from the school where my Dad was headmaster.

I think it was an Amstrad (as opposed to a Commodore 64).

We wrote simple code.
100 Hello
200 GOTO 100
or something like that
(told ya it was simple!)

And we played Frogger.
The software was on a cassette tape drive.

25 years later
hybrid cars are FINALLY becoming a possibility
and there is more computer memory in my washing machine
than there was in that amstrad computer
(actually I made that up, it may not be true).

What a shame we didn’t advance technology around cars
as quickly as we did around computers.

In New Zealand, pollution from vehicle emissions
kills an estimated 399 people aged 30 and over each year.
Overall in NZ, 970 people of the same age group die prematurely each year from air pollution derived from all sources (including fires for home heating).
See more here.

It would be nice to get this sorted!
I want a hybrid car.
A nice second hand one for $5000.
How long will I need to wait?

Toooo long, me thinks!
(How long will our current car last?)

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 11:32 AM

June 29, 2005

No bother

Yay
Another email from colleague:
OK, got it now.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 02:19 PM

Bigger bother

Email from my colleague:
Oh, but it has come to me with no attachment!

Bother bother bother
Don’t ya hate that?

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 01:19 PM

Bother

Having just spent 1.5 hours sending a 13 megabyte file to someone, I was NOT happy when it bounced, and started to come back again.

Fortunately I could intercept it on my webmail and forward it to a colleague (who is on jetstream) who can send it on to the recipient when they have room for it.

Note to self:
Must sort out a broadband connection.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 12:58 PM

June 24, 2005

Not so pomo afterall

… but happily anything(?) with creative in the title 🙂
I am not sure that I am shying away from organised religion (I am in happy marriage and partnership with an organised minister!), perhaps just disorganising it (that’s a joke!)… helping with some reshaping into a form that has more meaning for more people for whom it is not currently having meaning…

You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

Cultural Creative

75%

Fundamentalist

38%

Postmodernist

38%

Romanticist

38%

Idealist

38%

Existentialist

25%

Modernist

19%

Materialist

0%

What is Your World View? (updated)
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Posted by Lynne Taylor at 05:52 PM

a new addiction

I have discovered Su Doku.
I am mildly addicted to these menace-ful wee puzzles.

I am not very good at them.

On a happier note
I completed maybe 2/3 of the
Press cryptic crossword puzzle on Wednesday
which makes me wonder if cryptic puzzle ability kicks in at a particular age.

It is in my genes
but hasn’t til this point been in my pen!

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 05:44 PM

June 22, 2005

Pomo/emergent

Hey (phew?)
I am postmodern/emergent in my theology.
Fun test!
I like tests (ones like that anyway!)

You scored as Emergent/Postmodern. You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don’t think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern

86%

Neo orthodox

79%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

64%

Roman Catholic

50%

Classical Liberal

43%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

36%

Modern Liberal

36%

Reformed Evangelical

29%

Fundamentalist

18%

What's your theological worldview?
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(thanks phil /dan for making me aware of this wonderful assurance, postmodernity is mine!)

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 04:37 PM

Kiwis are NOT good in salad

Or,
On Getting your Kiwis straight.

Tall Skinny Kiwi
writes a helpful explanation of the whos who of kiwis – bloggers especially
(sadly he fails to mention moi, but I will get over that, really I will :))

I do have to point out though
that a kiwi is NOT a fruit formerly known as a Chinese Gooseberry.
That is kiwiFRUIT.

It is therefore a myth (and illegal)
that kiwis are good in salads (as commented by Hope).

Kiwis are flightless birds, or people who call NZ home. Yes, kiwis, NOT kiwibirds.
Kiwifruit are those furry brown things with the green centre.

Further on kiwifruit.
I had a kiwifruit biscuit on the plane yesterday morning (5.50am uggg)
on the way to Auckland for the day.

Curious I read the ingredient list…
it contained kiwifruit SEEDS…
Ummm…. I didn’t know they were especially flavoured.
I would have thought the juice was the best bit.

It tasted rather similar to the macadamia (sp?) cookie I had on the way home…
(except that had larger lumpy bits!)

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 11:32 AM

June 19, 2005

Out of a bucket

Saturday was the day.
We gathered all our water-for-the-house
from outside taps, in buckets.

It made us realise just how much water
the toilet uses.
And how much we take water for granted.

The girls filled two buckets on Friday night
so we wouldn’t have to go out in the frost.

We filled our largest pot to heat some water
that would hopefully stay a little warm
for washing in the morning.

I stuck notices on the taps
turned the toilet cistern tap off
and we headed for bed.

Saturday dawned mild
and Kayli bounced into our room
announcing she needed to go to the loo
and how could she flush…
so began the day.

I planned to blog progress reports
throughout the day.
Confessing to my flushing the loo and washing my hands
before my betball game.

Sadly the day turned to custard
when my lovely friend, Katrina
(Yes, that’s coffee-Katrina, or barista-Katrina)
broke and dislocated her ankle
in the dying minutes of our game.
We were losing, she went for a brilliant intercept
that could have had us within … 20 (?) points (nah, maybe 10).

Anyway. Things got gloomy from there.
Poor woman.
Brief ambulance ride
(the netball courts are sensibly within spitting distance of the hospital)
totally impressed with the emergency staff
who xrayed, pain relieved (some relief anyway),
re-located (if that is the opp of dislocated?)
and whisked off to ward.

POOR Katrina.
She was VERY VERY brave.
And faces surgery, and a hospital stay…

Jan arrived at hospital having picked up and dropped off K’s boys and my girls to various people.
K’s Mum arrived.
I went home for a “wash”
then down to church to Stir the waters discuss my belief
that we should boycott bottled water.

Brief puppet practice.

Back to the hosp with magazines and books, and Eeyore.
K’s Chris had made it back from In’gill. yay.

Home
Dinner

And then we boiled water and washed the dishes.
It was VERY tempting
to leave them for the next day (and the dishwasher)
but we resisted temptation.

Thoughts from the day:
We waste so much water.
(mostly in toilet flushing)
Take it so for granted.
If we ever build a house I would seriously consider a composting toilet.
No water. No smell.
(But I’ll tell that story another day)

And prayers from the day for Katrina
who needs patience and healing and peace.
(and good coffee, delivered).
She is a lovely woman.
Please pray for her, and for Chris and the boys
as they live in this difficult season.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 07:51 PM

June 17, 2005

Bible in Schools

It is an interesting issue.

Should we in secular/post-Christian NZ
allow children in our State schools to be taught
Christian Education/Bible in Schools.

An article from the Press is here.

PJ Woodman says that he was traumatised as a boy
“lying in bed at night being unable to sleep,
being terrified about my spiritual future
and wondering what would ultimately happen to me.”
It sounds terrible, and my heart goes out to PJ.
This was, however, 50 years ago
and i hope and trust that the curriculum has been modified since then(!)

Yes Bible in Schools teachers
have to be enormously careful about how and what they teach.
they are teaching children at a hugely impressionable age.

I do sometimes wonder why Christianity is the only religion
that gets to teach their religion in class.
I guess because we are still holding to the “Christendom” part of “post-Christendom”,
and we are still linked via the monarchy to the Queen of England, and therefore the Anglican Church.

It is an interesting debate tho.

Yes, I think it is great
that our nation’s children get to hear a little
about the Christian story.

I think there is a huge responsibility
on the part of the teachers to teach with wisdom and compassion,
and to celebrate a breadth of Christian expression,
and teach the essential life-affirming basics,
like “God loves you”!
and not get stuck on the forever-debateble side issues.

Interestingly it came up at Espresso on Tuesday night.
One of the women present teaches B in S
and had a discussion with a girl post class,
re the Where did God come from debate.

A realisation that one half hour session a week
isn’t going to answer all the questions
and a need to pray that others will come along side the likes of this girl
with grace, humility and more stories of our loving God
(that’s the God and father of our lord Jesus Christ
– in case there was any question! :))

You can vote here if you wish

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 11:51 AM