A week of g.blog

g.blog was busy over the weekend with Ari joining to report on an innovative new solar glass technology that concentrates different colours of light into a focused border around the edge of the glass:

…part of what makes solar power so expensive is that the light that we collect for it is very unfocused, and so you need a very large amount of solar cells in order to collect a modest amount of power. However, with these new materials, we could potentially just line the edges of sun-facing windows with solar cells, while the material concentrates the light directly onto a much smaller amount of solar cells by shining light to its edges.

myflathasmould has a cycling adventure on Dunedin’s Moray Place:

and next thing I know I am being forced against the curb by a taxi. A bang on the window makes him aware that I am there and I narrowly avoid being squashed, We both stop. I enquire (Probably not the most politely given the adrenalin factor) “Didn’t you see me?” or something along this line and he starts getting into me for being in the wrong place on the road? He refuses to tell me exactly where on the road I should be – (Perhaps that’s the problem)

jackhumm asks if rural Southland is changing from family farm to factory farm?

Milk, fertilizer and finance companies are flush with the success of agribusiness in our region, but their gain is in contrast to the fortunes of Southland’s farming families. They’ve had to move on. The ‘economy of scale’ didn’t suit them. Rural townships and communities don’t thrive when families leave for the urban areas. Schools shrink and dry up. Community halls sit unused. Sports clubs and service groups struggle to find members.

He also tells the story whitebait:

…making their way through the murk of our rivers, feeding on particles of whatever floats their way; effluent from cows and the faecal coliform bacteria that go with it…

Toad wants to know why when people talk about beneficiaries they are always blaming the mothers but not the escaping fathers? Xaviergoldie is also talking about social welfare policy and dignity for beneficiaries.

And greenwatching has this hilarious piece of greenwash from the Warehouse:

The Greens are the new black

10 Comments Posted

  1. no no..i am not advocating doing away with all punctuation..

    ..just the surplus stuff..

    ..i mean..!..what’s with the capital letter..?

    ..in personal names it’s just ego/status-driven..

    ..there actually is no reason for the capital letter..

    ..each new sentence is given it’s own line..it’s own ‘space’..

    ..(so your eyes slide naturally to that place..

    ..you aren’t having to search them out..wherever they may fall..

    .. in the sea/forest of words..

    (as insisted on by ‘loving grammer nazis’..)

    ..this way makes reading a far more rythmnic/pleasing experience..

    ..than the disjointed scramble insisted on by..again..

    ..those ‘loving grammer-nazis’..

    the comma is dead..!

    ..long live the ellipses..!

    ..and as for your slander against that most expressive pieces of punctuation..

    ..the exclaimation mark..!

    ..how better to express disbelieving astonishment at the words of another..

    ..that the bracketed exclamation mark..(!)

    ..fitzgerald is wrong on that one..

    ..and anyway..what is attempting to write with any oomph/effect..

    …if not an exercise in/of the ‘self-absorbed’..”

    (tho’ i concede ‘loving grammer nazis’ could have some difficulties ‘grasping’ that..



  2. Phil, I wouldn’t mind if you abandoned punctuation in favour of liberation. In fact I’d celebrate it. But your writing is splattered with exclamation marks, brackets, apostrophes and ellipses. There are hundreds of them in even a short piece of yours, assaulting the reader.

    “using an exclamation mark is like laughing at one of your own jokes” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

    On that measure, your writing is entirely self-absorbed.

    Let your words really breathe, and abandon punctuation altogether. After all, what’s the point of stopping half way? You yourself admit that a part-time abolitionist is worth nothing. And yet that is precisely what you are.

    Your loving grammar-Nazi.

  3. “..Can you please learn to write in sentences and paragraphs just a little?..”

    no..i can’t..

    ..it’d be like being a part-time vegan..!

    ..i can’t be a part-time capital-letter/comma abolitionist..!

    ..it’s all..or nothing..

    ….and why do you trap your words/thoughts in the constraints of the seentence..?

    ..but especially the paragraph..!

    (that prison of words..that came about because of the cost/shortage of paper..)

    ..my eyes water when i see/confront those blocks of words all jammed-up/pushed together..

    ..let your words/thoughts breathe..!

    ..that’s what i am doing..


  4. Thanks for the shout-out, Frog. It just so happened that I got my email from WordPress when I saw that article, and I thought: Perfect! 🙂

    Phil- I dread the day you submit a strategy document anywhere that I’ll be obliged to read it. Can you please learn to write in sentences and paragraphs just a little?

  5. b.t.w..going on past efforts..

    i am steeling myself for the release of the green party election material/ads..etc..

    ..they have always been so ‘lame’..


    b.t.w..laila harreon nat-rad today echoed my call of the weekend..

    ..for an urgent rethink of green party ‘strategy’..(if there is any..?..)


  6. really..!..you don’t like that slogan..?

    i’d think..’green is the new black’ wouldn’t be a bad (urban)-green election slogan..

    simple postcards.in green and black..(they go together so well..!..eh..?)

    ..scattered thru the coffe-shops of the nations..

    ..what’s not to like about it..?


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