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October 29, 2005

Islam feminists urge gender jihad

Here's something hopeful, it appears: Islam feminists urge gender jihad.

Islamic Feminism argues that the inferior legal and social status of women in Muslim countries is a result of misogynistic distortions of the teachings in the Koran.

Organisers say they want more collaboration with western feminists but say non-Muslim feminists need to challenge their anti-Islamic stereotypes.

Sounds like a really useful start for a conference.

October 28, 2005

Where's the weirdest place you have met someone?

One Woman's Words: Where's the weirdest place you have met someone?

Also on the same diary is something on Nike posters aimed at women. The apparent wording on the poster that's linked to has some, uh, rather interesting wording. I get the idea there are several interpretations that could be drawn. I'll have to look at this poster again next week when back in the office/cabin.

October 26, 2005

Things to read later

Note to self -- read these things later, especially the online diaries story...

[Listening to: Sk8er Boi -- Avril Lavigne -- Let Go (03:24)]

Oh yeah, and I got the album Let Go last week. Not bad... maybe I could do research on female artists and singers and implicit messages related to feminism for honours instead. :)

October 19, 2005

False passport used to get $180,000 mortgage

I haven't seen this before: False passport used to get $180,000 mortgage.

And I hadn't heard of something like this before either: a person that watches a staggering 17 hours of television a day.

October 17, 2005

Marmite the 'Marmite-loving cat'

I mean, what else would one name the cat?

October 16, 2005

027 versus 021 voice quality

Is it me or is the voice quality on my 021 GPRS/GSM handset better than the 027 CDMA handset I have been checking out for a couple of days now?

Either way, both of them are working, which is what matters. I hope both of them will, at least until number portability finally comes about -- which I'll believe when I see it happening.

October 15, 2005

Odd free track downloads

Hmmm, there's some weird stuff Amazon have in their free downloads pages:

[Listening to: Shame & Scandal -- Madness -- The Dangermen Sessions, Volume One (02:53)]

What girls really want is a cellphone

From the pages of the NZH: fun things with statistics and kids. Apparently what school-age girls really, really want is a cellphone.

And here's an interesting sort-of one: One in five cellphone owners spent more than $50 a month sending text messages.

I wonder what the heck kids spend $50 of text messages talking about?

October 13, 2005

Permanently misspelt

Car park sign, St Mary of the Angels, Wellington.


October 8, 2005

Keeping New Zealand beautiful...

...by eating sausages. Really, you can do so, too! Or so this advertising billboard might be interpreted as saying.

However, I'm trying to give it a sympathetic interpretation, but it still looks rather odd.

The Max advertising billboard on the corner of Willis and Mercer Streets, Wellington. Another Max advertising billboard, this time near Feltex Lane, Wellington.

My resistant reading asks why there's the need for the cheerio sausages, the way they're held and eaten, and the use of the tomato sauce bottle.

But then, I'm new to this academic discipline, so time will tell. :)

October 3, 2005


From an acquaintance in Auckland:

Jo's cupcake.

Jo's cupcake.

Originally uploaded by starla.

Must... have... cake!


  1. Jo's cupcakes #2.

  2. And the tray was cute too, apparently.

    Jo's cupcakes #3.

Must... have... more... cake!