Playing for Change: “One Love”

Another favourite from Playing for Change, Songs Around the World:

It all started with vocals and guitar recorded in Santa Monica by a street musician called Roger Ridley. The producers then set off around the world with a laptop and some microphones.

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whatever text scratches your itch

Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music… ….musicians from all over the world are brought together to perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities that are in need of inspiration and hope.

Like it? Here’s another one, “Stand By Me.”

Double-dip recession squared

Professor Steve Keen from the University of Western Sydney poses a convincing argument that not only are we in for the double-dip recession that many have forecast but that it won’t stop there. Prof. Keen is one of the lonely voices in the wilderness who predicted the current financial crisis. His reasoning is solid. Maybe we should be listening.

A quadruple-dip recession is under way and it’ll generate a few quadruple bypasses. The New Zealand Treasury’s economic forecasts upon which John Key & his National Party fellow-dreamers have based their growth predictions are looking doubly suspect and just as criminally negligent as the latest lunatic policies promulgated by Labour’s Phil Goff.

Part One

Part Two

Wellywood the pits

A giant leap for cringe-making

The Wellington International Airport Company’s decision to put up a bogus Hollywood sign is pathetic. They won’t heed the majority public opinion, which is a deafening NO, but perhaps the shareholders can gain their attention and generate some early retirements.

Even more outrageous than the embarrassing concept is the cost: an abominable waste of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Tui got it right:

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Tui billboard Wellywood

Dr Don Brash’s letter to John Key

I don’t know for sure whether or not this letter is genuine. Update: it’s the real deal 🙂

It pretty well sums up the appalling lack of integrity shown by the National Party in squandering a golden opportunity to halt our continuing slide into the Third World. If Don didn’t write it, he should have. With the exception of the bit about abolishing separate Maori representation I strongly agree with every word of it. Anyone who doesn’t is, in my opinion, wrong and does not understand enough basic arithmetic to cast an informed vote.

I’m generally in agreement with Don on race matters but I believe they’re an unnecessary distraction from the desperately urgent economic policy issues and should be left for future attention.

Here’s a transcription. You can download the original in a pdf file from my Dropbox Public folder right here.

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whatever text scratches your itch

Don Brash

Rt Hon John Key

Prime Minister
Parliament Buildings
Wellington

12 May 2011

Dear John

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Taming Ubuntu Unity Sidebar

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal has stirred up boundless controversy. At first I was overwhelmingly underwhelmed but I decided to stick with it and I’m coming around.

My first gripe was the sidebar – I don’t like it at the side, you can’t move it and there didn’t seem to be any way to hide it. It’s too obtrusive for my minimalist tastes but I’ve found that a bit of tinkering will banish it from view. If you feel the same way here’s how to take charge of it:

First install the CompizConfig Settings Manager, either from the Software Center or from a Terminal. I find Terminal easiest for program installation: type or copy this command into a Terminal window:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Bonus tip. You can open a Terminal window using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T

When that’s completed open your newly installed CompizConfig Settings Manager. An easy way to start any application in Unity is to click on the Ubuntu logo at the top left of your screen (or just tap the Super or Windows key) and start typing the name of the application. By the time you’ve typed the first 2 or 3 letters you should see the app’s logo. Continue reading