The Tattooed Baby Kickstarter Castle Whale

If you call yourself Save the Whales, every once in a while you have to save a whale.

~ Tom Ahern

 Once upon a time… if you wanted to go into business you worked a day job, saved up some money. Wrote a business plan and went to the bank and seriously considered giving oral pleasure to the loan officer behind the desk in order to get the funds you needed to maybe get your business off the ground.

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Dying of Exposure

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

~ Groucho Marx

The Universe isn’t sentient.

Readers are sentient (mostly)

Neither the Universe or the reading public owe me a favour or charity.

It is popular to say, There is a remarkable sense of entitlement among writers. We all expect (nay, demand!) overnight success and that every man and his dog (good dog) read our every word and buy our books and leave reviews and so on and so forth.

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A Book Is A Condom.

“I’m sure the only act that sells more books than a good banning is a good burning.”
~ Pansy Schneider-Horst

EBook reading devices are like telephones in call centres. Sometimes you want to throw a book across the room and sometimes you want to slam the phone down in an arseholes ear. With eBook readers, like call centre telephones, you just can’t get that satisfaction.

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Rodeo Brain

I’ve blogged before about my diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

It’s a contentious condition. Some believe it’s nothing more than an excuse for drug companies to medicate children.

I used to think that it wasn’t a real condition aOzymandiasnd the symptoms came on when kids were on lifestyles high in sugar and low in physical activity.

Some research and the risk of losing my job sent me to a specialist who agreed with my doctor’s diagnosis and I’ve been on Ritalin since November 2014.

The difference is remarkable. I can focus now. I can do things. I am no longer like Ozymandias, in Watchmen watching all those televisions at the same time.

Ritalin is a stimulant, it’s an upper. It boosts your brain’s feel-good chemicals – which you would think is the last thing someone with hyperactivity issues would need. Right?

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The Erotica of Agatha Christie

“But surely for everything you have to love you have to pay some price.”

~ Agatha Christie

Debate rages, it’s what debate does. People like nothing more than debating stuff. Debate leads to all kinds of silliness and the only thing I feel we can be sure about is that there is always evidence for both sides of any argument.

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22 Reasons Living in Wellington will Ruin Your Life

Wellington, where I live.

Wizard's Guide to Wellington

Buzzfeed has 53 Reasons Living In New Zealand Will Ruin You For Life here…So in the same spirit, here are 10 reasons Wellington will ruin your life…

Because whatever the weather, or the disaster…blue skies are always just around the corner.WGBuilding

You can ride the cable car to work (or play) every dayIke-riding-Cable-Car.

You never know who you are going to meet…631

…when you’re off to the theatres, the coffee, the waterfront and the…DSCF0046

museum.Museum 220

Everyone gets in on the action…including the suburbs (Upper Hutt’s biannual jousting tournament and medieval fair).IMG_4345

Gollum lives in the airport.Gollum with Ike

Work or play, there’s almost always a view…Wellington Wellington 102

…balls…Wellington 135

…buckets…Wellington 300

sails…WAterfrontSails

…and sunsets.Wellington 140

There’s a little excitement around every corner. IMG_3551

A little more excitement. birdman s 004

…and maybe a little mystery.Perrin Alec 087

It’s gorgeous…At the Bay.2001wharfgood

It’s still the capital city, full of busy bees (and politicians -but we’re a forgiving lot).Wellington 338

Opportunity is always knocking…

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