issue 22 2012
FEATURE: TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL + REFLECTION ON THE GOOD OLD DAYS + FUTURE TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS ARTIST of the week | SPORTS | FASHION | REVIEWS
SPORTS Stars are made not born
AuSM AuSM update Artist of the week Dana Franklin
Music Review Strahan - A soulful presence for a living
Feature Harking back on technology - when life was simple A brave new world - When technology bears our burden The pursuit of Appiness
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Column 22 10 pieces of technology that must exist in the future Article 24 Technological power for the people 25 The world Indigenous Law Conference - 2012 26 The achievement locker
Fashion New Zealand Fashion week
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Technology Issue Ceapum Kaushish
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Article 21 Listening to the sound of extinction
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Technology is moving at such a pace in our modern world that not only will each generation experience the dawn of a revolutionary era or technological advancement, it’s quite possible that we will experience several such events within our life time. Our parents’ generation had the colour TV and the moon landing, we’ve had the birth of the internet and the Higgs boson.
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My earliest memory of using a computerised gadget was playing the electronic game Simon Says – the disc shaped device with coloured lights which challenged you to repeat the pattern in which they lit up. However, my first year of primary school is the first memory I have of using an actual computer. A brand spanking new Apple Macintosh had been placed in the corner of the classroom and two students at a time were allowed a chance to play an educational Muppets game. I waited with eager anticipation, and I vividly recall the novelty and excitement it generated. I waited all day for my turn to hop on that machine and encounter Miss Piggy and Kermit in a world of arithmetic and numbers. By the time Sega and Nintendo started getting quite popular I had a couple of mates around the neighbourhood who were lucky enough to own one of these little consoles of pure joy. I was about 10-years-old when I would get on my bike and peddle through all the alley ways and back streets, which I knew inside out, to get to my friend’s house and lose track of time and space, becoming utterly possessed by his Atari. Of course, everyone remembers the game where you had to get the chicken safely across the road! Eager to have a gaming device, my mum spoilt me – I came home after school to find my very own
Amstrad waiting like a gift from the heavens. This was a momentous occasion and I didn’t care that other kids already had Segas or Nintendos – it was a computer which had all the classic qualities to make for a great “in my day” tale. So here goes: It didn’t use a cartridge or floppy disk – it used a goddamn cassette tape! If I wanted to play an 8-bit version of Robocop or Paperboy (my favourites) I had to insert the tape, press play, go watch some TV, make some noodles and come back 20 minutes later to see if the tape had finished loading. The more intense the game, the more loading time needed. I was in complete awe of those who had Segas and could change games on a whim – I had to persist with a single game or else sacrifice another chunk of my weekend waiting for the thing to load. Jump forward 10 years or so, and there I am – an original online pirate on-board the Napster ship. How technology changed so quickly. Even if I climbed up the crow’s nest to look back with the best telescope, my original port of departure was too far into the distance. How far I’d travelled!
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I can’t even keep up with technology now – it’s too expensive, and it’s updating so fast. The minute I catch onto something it seems the next thing is out already. In fact, I guess I’ve always felt like that. Maybe that’s the curse of technology – we keep reaching out, trying to keep up with it, thinking that it will help improve our lives and fill some empty void. Perhaps it’s too distracting, and removing us from the simple pleasures in life. Speaking to a number of AUT students how they feel about technology, one answer is clear – it’s good but it doesn’t replace real human interaction.
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To hell with these computers and iPhones – I think I’ll go lie down on some grass, in a nice field, under the sun, close my eyes and listen to the rustling leaves and twittering birds.
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ISSUE 22 2012
by Scott Moyes
he search for the next superstar in any given sport is neverending. We’re always on the lookout for American’s new Michael Jordan or Britain’s new Wayne Rooney. They’re the future and franchises know no boundaries to find them. Superstars are identified at an extremely early age. Scouts are always on the prowl and are quick to sign up anything that can side step a barn. It’s usually an offer they can’t refuse either. Entry into elite academies and free tuition fees are usually just the tip of the iceberg. But as the quest for a superstar reaches new heights, the window of opportunity for our less gifted athletes becomes ever slimmer. Those who rely on sheer determination start to slip through the cracks. It’s very easy to be blinded by the individual who scores the solo-try rather than the brave defender who saves one. Many youngsters who are branded the next big thing struggle to deal with that tag anyway. When they finally hit the big-time, they’ve already run their race. They expect to waltz in and have everything they touch turn to magic. It’s often not the case. It’s the hard-working individuals who usually prosper in the end. Natural talent takes you a long way but discipline is the key to success. Look at someone like Conrad Smith; there are plenty more centres running around in New Zealand rugby that are bigger, faster and stronger than him, but I doubt there are any more committed. Conrad epitomizes what pulling
“It’s the hard-working individuals who usually prosper in the end. Natural talent takes you a long way but discipline is the key to success.” on the black jersey is all about. It’s pride, it’s determination and it’s about doing whatever it takes for your team to win. But the best example of a gutsy individual is undoubtedly Andy Murray. Unfortunately for Murray, he just happens to be playing tennis at the same time as three legends of the game. Two of them are probably battling for the ‘greatest of all time’ tag. You can call it bad luck, but it is what it is. You just have to play with the hand you are dealt. Murray isn’t the type of person you’d expect to be a tennis professional. At a glance, he is a pasty ginger-haired Scotsman with average-sized muscles. He doesn’t have the most powerful serve in the game, his forehand isn’t as destructive as others but he finds a way to win. Well, most of the time anyway. He just always seems to stumble at the final hurdle in major tournaments. Before 2012 Murray had featured in three Grand Slam finals and lost all of them. That would be enough to send any man insane. To then lose the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer in front of his home nation is almost a cruel joke. The anguish and pain was there for everyone to see. However, the thing that makes Andy Murray a true star is how he bounced back from all of that. Just weeks later he beat Federer on the same court at the London Olympics to claim the gold medal for Britain. He also beat Novak Djokovic on the way. That takes a lot of guts. You could argue that
an Olympic gold medal may not mean as much to players as a Wimbledon title, but you still have to admire the effort. Even more extraordinary is how he followed that victory up with a win at the US Open just last week; his first career Grand Slam title. For a long time it looked like Andy Murray would be known as the greatest tennis player to never win a major title. I’m glad he got that monkey off his back. I can’t say I’m Andy Murray’s biggest fan, but I admire what he has achieved in tennis. His desire to win has trumped everything else. In the end I think these honest sportspeople are admired more than the freaks of nature who struggle to string a sentence together. You see this in someone like Nathan Hindmarsh, who up until his retirement, was voted the fan’s favourite player just about every year in the NRL. He was just a hard-working back rower who made lots of tackles and showed an appreciation for the game. In the modern era of sports, where our most talented can almost effortlessly jump from code to code, I hope these hard-working athletes don’t get forgotten. Undoubtedly it is those who have the X-factor who put bums on seats but it is the other sorts who give the sport character and dignity. At the end of the day, professional athletes are often the biggest role models children will ever have besides their immediate family. We want these role models to have good moral values and teach our youngsters that hard work will get you just as far as a good side step will.
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ISSUE 22 2012
ARTIST OF THE WEEK
Dana Franklin This is my first year at AUT university; Bachelor of Digital Design-I found the amount of work quite a shock to the system after bumming around for a year after going abroad, but still enjoy classes overall. I work a lot with Paint Tool SAI, and Photoshop with my tablet. Iâ€™m always trying new colouring techniques and have recently been trying out strange landscapes. Very fun. However I do not like lineart, but I guess its like eating your vegetables- Finish it all, and then you can finally start desert! The cake is not a lie. See more of my work on:
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ISSUE 22 2012
a soulful presence for a living room By Erica McQueen
t first glance, Strahan may seem to simply be a singer-songwriter from Auckland. But simple is the last thing you'd describe Strahan as. He and his music are so much more than that; Strahan is a storyteller, a talented musician, who takes you on a journey with his heartfelt, poetic lyrics and soulful melodies. Strahan has recently played alongside Young Lyre, Paper Cranes and Tom Lark, performing also at the Bunker Hill Folk review, Parachute Music Festival and Life FM’s Summer tour. He released his EP Water & Fire in June 2011 - check it out on his bandcamp. NZ Music Month 2012 saw Strahan fundraising via Indiegogo for his feature length album, which he’s currently working on with top producer Nic Manders (Brooke Fraser, Elemeno P) - due for release later this year. Quite frankly, Strahan’s sound is hard to describe. It’s definitely folky and at times refreshingly stripped back, raw and acoustic. But it also has incredible depth. Lyrically and musically, the eclectic mix of acoustic guitar, haunting vocals, harmonica, tambourine (the list goes on) builds to something very stunning and powerful. Being influenced by a wide variety of artists, including the likes of Ryan Adams, Mumford
& Sons, Bon Iver, Bob Dylan, Fleet Foxes and The Killers, Strahan’s authentic sound is honest, diverse and multi-dimensional. There’s always something new to be noticed, more to be gained whether it’s the heartfelt story behind the lyrics or that different element in a song that you didn’t quite notice the first time. With that being said, I can’t do this music justice in these few written words. I can only humbly suggest you take a few moments to listen for yourself. Let his story speak to you, his journey inspire you and his music get your foot tapping and your hands clapping.
A Living Room Tour A few weeks ago Strahan embarked on a solo nationwide ‘living-room’ tour, with his first show in Grey Lynn. The living room tour involves the punters inviting Strahan into their living-rooms for an evening of folk music, storytelling and conversing with the chance of a little mulled wine and baking on the side. Strahan’s vision for the tour grew from a desire to do something a little different. Unlike traditional gigs, in more ways than one Strahan is bringing an experience not to be missed to a living-room near you. No stage, no speaker system even --
just vulnerable, bold and admirable acoustic versions of his striking ballads. Not only is Strahan passionate about his religion, coffee and music, he loves meeting and hanging out with people. The living-room shows are perfect for this and give people who enjoy his music an opportunity to hear him perform and also to hear what’s behind the music: the stories, the inspiration, the journey. Strahan will be playing a show at AUT. In a chilled atmosphere, he will present his music in its purest form. So come and be inspired. Come and be a part of Strahan’s journey. Add to a chapter in the story he continues to tell. He’s playing at the HUB, this Thursday (27th September). $5, 7pm doors.
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ISSUE 22 2012
vs If facebook was a country, its users would rank it third largest in the world with a staggering number of 835,500,000 users In 2010,
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ISSUE 22 2012
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I have moved away from home for the first time and I don't think I'm coping very well. I'm alright looking after myself and have some new friends but I feel so lonely and home sick for my family. I can't seem to get them off my mind and wonder what they are doing, especially my mum. I just want her reassurance all the time, without it I feel hopeless. Please help. Do you think I should quit uni now before I get too far into my degree?
INGREDIENTS: ►4 plain store bought pizza bases ►1 can of herbed tomato pasta sauce ►2-3 cups Edam Cheese or the traditional mozzarella (optional) New York: ►4 slices bacon diced ►2 sausages diced ►1 packet sliced salami ►1 Onion diced Margarita: ►Fresh Basil leaves to garnish when cooked ►Dried basil and oregano
Dear home sick Take heart you will not be the only one feeling this way. Lots of students will be feeling the same and some of them will not have moved away from home. It’s normal to feel home sick, after all this is something new for you. It’s important to try to remind yourself why you decided to come to study at uni in the first place. What is your motivation? Remind yourself of your ambition and aspirations and don’t allow yourself to get carried away. This is an exciting time for you. Your family are still there. You can call, email, txt home regularly to keep in touch. I know it’s not the same as being there in person but it will get easier in time and eventually you will begin to feel more confident on your own. Sometimes people are unable to stop themselves from sliding further and further into a spiral of sadness and isolation. If this is happening to you, don’t hesitate to get help now. Health Counselling and Wellbeing located in WB219 (city campus phone 9219992) and AS104 (North Shore campus phone 9219998).
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ISSUE 22 2012
Harking back on technology when life was simple Where our parents reminisce on their first memories of television - arguably the biggest technology accessory of their time – our generation is spoilt for choice. Some of us cherish the sounds of internet dial tones, the doorbell to another world. Others remember the fierce competitiveness of playing snake on their first cell phone, muttering the worst words they knew (bums! Poos!) when the snake took a bite out of itself. Where our parents get all bright-eyed hearing the rustle and pop of a loved vinyl, we steal and horde our music carelessly in MP3 format. Where older kids remember the anguish of recording over their favourite VCR, our generation hit up pirate bay to pillage and plunder. It’s a different world we live in, shiny and micro, but I think we all remember our first experiences with the revolution of the binary code. We asked debate contributors to reflect on their early computer experiences and we find the memories a varied, funny and vivid – highlighting how quickly time flies in the world of technology.
What is your first memory of using a computer?
What is your first memory of using a computer?
What is your first memory of using a computer?
My family got the internet reasonably late compared to my other friends, so I played a lot of old-school DOS games in my early computing days – Wolfenstein, Sim City 2000, and my personal favourite, The Legend of Kyrandia, which I recently tried to code on my laptop so I could play it again and crashed the hard drive...oops. In my defence, it did work for about a week, so I'm not a complete failure.
Possibly the first time I ever used a computer would be with my dad when I was around five years old. If I remember correctly, we were playing computer games together. Though (and it’s a big distinction) I can’t really remember if we were playing Toy Story or Duke Nukem 3D. Possibly even both. Irrespective of whether or not Buzz and Woody were blowing up pig cops, that’s how nearly all my memories of early computers play out – with someone else and games. Obviously these early experiences had a huge influence on me as even to this day my dad and I play video games together almost all the time. On the flip side, my first memory of using the internet is less pleasant. Somehow in my wisdom as a six year old I managed to open the dial up window to connect the internet and erase all the details for said internet connection (which of course were not written down anywhere). This meant, joyously, that we were without internet for the next week or so due to me actually managing to ‘delete the internet’.
I remember making friends with a boy at primary school just because he had the internet at home. Kind of stink, I know, but I was way too keen for the Cartoon Network official website. We would sneak onto the computer and have to make loud noises to drown out the sound of the dial-up connecting. However, I was the first one in my year to get a cellphone. I was extremely proud of that. My parents bought it for emergencies because we lived a long way from the school. It couldn’t text, had three ringtones and was the size of a brick. I’d always get it out and pretend I was talking on it when really I was just checking how much credit I had.
What is one bit of technology you couldn’t live without? Sad to say it, but my iPhone. And I didn't even want one a year ago. Now I wouldn't be able to function without it telling me what to do. Especially since I crashed my laptop (see above answer), I use it for everything. It's very rare to not be able to contact me, which is good and bad at the same time. I also have a heart attack every time I fumble it, which is a lot. iPhones aren't made for clumsy people, but so far I'm prevailing!
By Alanna Caveney.
What is one bit of technology you couldn’t live without? What is your first memory of using a computer? My earliest memory of using a computer was when I was around four or five years old. I used to spend Friday nights with my uncle and to pass the time I would watch him playing computer games. As I recall, I would plead with him to let me play too. On one occasion, he finally gave in and taught me how to ‘kill the ugly monsters’ in the game Doom. Thus began my transition from a typical play outdoors type of kid to a video game geek. Friday nights became computer game night, which stuck for a very long time.
What is one bit of technology you couldn’t live without? I like to believe that I am able to live without technology but the truth is that I cannot go a day without using my laptop. Everything I do is on my laptop from watching movies to writing
I would like to make this answer super easy and just say my phone as it’s for texting and calling and blah, blah, wank, wank. But no, it’s my laptop. Simply because it has all my university work on it. Don’t fret, it’s backed up externally; but nonetheless if my laptop were to spontaneously be crushed by a 400 pound ox, my life would become incredibly difficult incredibly fast. Mainly due to the fact that my surplus of spare laptops (that still function) is oddly low…..
By Kieran Bennett
blog posts and e-mails. Of course, there’s also studying and university work. I’ve become so used to using my laptop for taking notes that I now struggle to keep up when taking notes on paper. Whilst my typing speed has increased, my writing speed has decreased quite significantly,
What is one bit of technology you couldn’t live without? This is a funny sort of question because most technologies have converged into the same thing. Nobody needs a ghetto blaster on their shoulder anymore because they can just pump out some cool as Nicki Minaj beats on their cellphones. Having said that, my iPod is probably the only thing that keeps me sane on the bus coming into uni. Whenever I forget it at home, I feel lost and confused. It helps pass the time listening to music. The best thing to do is stare out the window and pretend you’re in a music video. Number one song to do this with is Young Blood – Naked and Famous.
By Scott Moyes
which isn’t very helpful come exam time. This attachment is such that if I can’t access my laptop, I’ll use my smartphone instead since it allows me to do the same things while on the go. With such advances in technology these days, and the attachment people have to them, it’s a real wonder how people thirty years ago studied, having to conduct research in libraries using actual books.
By Dhayana Sena
First time computer
What is your first memory of using a computer? The first time I ever used a computer would have been when I was in primary school when I was about 11. My entire class was in this little room full of computers where the screens were fat and box-shaped. I was so confused with how the internet worked back then and had no idea how to get to websites. I’m glad we even had the internet though; my boyfriend says all they had were desktops when he first used the computer.
– by Laurene Jooste
When I was young, I remember we only had one laptop in the house. It was big and black and stored in my parents’ room. No one was allowed to touch it or come near it without dad being around to supervise. It was a box of magic and possibility which I longed to have for myself, but always remained out of reach. To ‘change things up a bit’ in our weekend routines, we sometimes got this magic box out to play the game TIM as a family. Many an hour was spent going from level to level, debating the possibilities of success.
What is one bit of technology you couldn’t live without? I couldn’t live without my cell phone. I would feel so disconnected from everyone. I’m one of those people who don’t have Facebook or anything like that, so my cell phone is how I stay connected with people I don’t see very often. I couldn’t imagine how difficult it would be to try and meet up with people when you don’t have a cell phone.
I still remember the first time I used a computer on my very own. It was as if all my birthdays, Christmases and Easters had come at once. I was 10 and we had just moved to New Zealand from South Africa. We were all downstairs in the kitchen when mum suddenly looked up.
By Brooke Pita
“Laurene, can you quickly go check to see if there are any emails on the computer?” My little face lit up like a Christmas tree.
What is your first memory of using a computer? My first internet memories are associated mainly with the sounds, waiting nearly a minute for the horrid dialup modem to get going, the awful, metallic screech you’d hear if you picked up the phone while the internet was on and of course, my mum screaming out from another room to “get off the bloody internet! I need to make a call!” For this reason, every second online felt like a privileged moment as I knew any second, mum could pick up the telephone and give me a yelling at. Being an internet noob, and a young’un at that, I didn’t understand the concept of a search engine. In order to find whatever I was looking for (say sharks – an early fascination), I would type in the address www.sharks.com and hope I got lucky. I did the same thing for every topic imaginable and the more obscure the topic, the luckier and more creative I would have to be.
“I don’t know how.” I said with my heart sinking. “That’s alright. I can get one of the others to do it.” “NO! I’LL DO IT!” I sprinted out of the kitchen and up those stairs faster than lightening. I poked at the screen, unable to figure out why nothing seemed to be working. I looked for the word ‘email’ as if my life depended on it. Something flashing. Something that looked new. After about 15 minutes I had reluctantly called defeat. “Mum, I don’t know how to do it. Nothing is working.” “Use the mouse.”
What is one bit of technology you couldn’t live without?
Mouse? Now there are animals involved? I searched for a mouse but saw nothing. “There isn’t one.”
My iPod. My first iPod was a silver 4GB mini (none of that nano shit). I spent every cent I had to buy it and treasured it like a child. I distinctly remember my brother got The Killers Hot Fuss for what must have been his 15th birthday. I ripped it onto iTunes, put it on my iPod and listened to it all night, knowing that his precious album was in his room yet here I was listening to it. It was a fantastic moment! I’ve since upgraded to a 160GB classic – the 4GB mini (which I thought I could never fill) turned out to be far less than adequate. I take it everywhere, on walks, on road trips, on the bus, into bed with me, everywhere. It’s not just a simple, replaceable gadget like a phone, it is a suitcase of memories, of experiences, of good times and bad. Ah I love it so…
“Of course there’s one.” And so she marched upstairs to take control of this magical, illusive machine with inhuman ease. I watched her like a hawk watches its prey. Needless to say, once I knew how, my parents were bombarded with offers to check their email for many years after that. And even to this day, I don’t think I can actually live without my computer. It’s a tough tie between phone and computer, but computer wins every time. It replaces phones, TVs, and even radios. As I said, it’s a magic box.
ISSUE 22 2012
A brave new world:
When technology bears our burden by Matthew Cattin
“Ten years ago, robots were knocking on our doorstep. Now they have invaded,” – Professor Mary-Anne Williams.
ne film concept that has stuck with me over the years is that of the Terminator series. And I can’t help but feel that the further we advance towards a brave new world of technological freedom, we are being transported ever closer to our judgement day (the Schwarzenegger kind, not the Jesus kind). Machines are already so capable. In March this year, a robot at a Sicilian transplant centre performed a liver removal operation for the first time. So? Robotics has been used in surgery for a long time. But no, this case was different. This was the first operation of its kind to be done completely by a robot. The only hands inside the man’s body were mechanic. The 10 hour procedure saw the robot make five key-hole incisions and one nine-centimetre incision and remove the liver as part of a transplant procedure. Is this the sign of a new era of medicine? Is the saviour of hospital waiting times and staff shortages a scalpel in a mechanical grip? It seems that humans believe that to advance means to allow technology to bear the burden of daily tasks. We now have cars that drive themselves, dishwashers to give us a break, and now machines that can do precise medical surgery unaided. I can’t help but feel that too much money is being wasted in robotics to help with trivial tasks in which humans are perfectly capable (not the surgery obviously). There are so many worthy avenues in which robotics could make a real difference but here we are getting a hard on over automatic vacuum cleaners. Am I the only one worried that we are placing too much responsibility in the hands of machines? I’m concerned for the state of humanity once we hand over all of our responsibilities to our friends at Silicon Valley.
The world is getting lazy. I think Wall-E depicted that quite well in its portrayal of future humans; fat, soft and stupid, completely dependent on machines. It may be a fairly exaggerated pitch but you can’t deny this newfound dependence is already well underway. According to 2011 figures from the International Federation of Robotics, consumers are likely to buy nearly 10 million domestic robots and 4.6 million entertainment robots before 2014. This means that there will be a world robot population three times the size of New Zealand living in households, silently vacuuming while we sleep, watching our children dream with envious eyes as they plot against us. Can I go on the record saying fuck that! Has nobody seen iRobot? How far will we allow our robot fantasies to unravel? It seems we are on the scientific verge of being able to create human-like androids, but is humanity ready for it? I’m not so sure. Dependence on robots is inevitable. Heck, it’s already upon us. But will comfortable, co-existence ever be possible? A recent study from the University of Canterbury discovered that people would feel uncomfortable undressing in front of a robot because we perceive them as ‘somewhat alive’. It’s odd that they feel this way about undressing but when it comes to being operated on, it’s all good! It also concluded that people would feel bad harming a human-like robot. I don’t think I would. They frighten me. I have seen too many sci-fi films to know that robots with feelings are bad news. So why are scientists obsessed with making robots our equals? Particularly when equality within our own society is yet to be reached. Why not spend more resources building toasters that cook toast evenly? The data is in and humanity just isn’t ready for Pinocchi3PO.
“...there will be a world robot population three times the size of New Zealand living in households, silently vacuuming while we sleep, watching our children dream with envious eyes as they plot against us.”
AUT staff have a sesh on the iPad By Brooke Pita Image by FHKE via flickr.com
eeing our tutor’s techsavvy, armed with iPads and ready to give us new and exciting 21st century presentations may actually be more possible than you think. The Centre For Learning And Teaching (CFLAT) has been providing iPad drop-in sessions for AUT staff. These sessions are run by the Learning And Teaching Technology Enablers (LATTE). LATTE coordinator Christine Probert says the classes are provided to help staff become more comfortable with an iPad. Director of learning and teaching Stanley Frielick says he believes there are different methods for more effective teaching, with technology being one of them. The ipad is currently being integrated as a teaching tool, with Frielick saying there is currently 800 AUT staff purchased iPads. He believes that the use of iPads in the classroom will improve student learning and enable deeper learning. Frielick says it will also allow for a more fun and dynamic classroom. He says the ipad also replaces numerous tools in
the classroom, such as the whiteboard and computer, which will make teaching easier for staff. CFLAT has also scheduled two workshops on using the Prezi application in conjunction with the LATTE programme. Judit Klein, another member of LATTE who runs the Prezi sessions, labels the application as the “PowerPoint killer”. Prezi is a new interactive and collaboration tool. It allows you to showcase your content to create engaging presentations. It lets you zoom into your presentation, embed rich media, present online or offline and work in real time with up to 10 people, no matter where they are. Klein says they teach staff how to use Prezi because of the type of learning it enables. “It fits under the umbrella of using new collaborative learning tools, which is the kind of learning we’re moving towards.” However, Probert says opinions are mixed on whether the use of such technology by staff in the classroom is a good idea. She says it is up to the faculties to decide whether staff members get iPads or not.
ISSUE 22 2012
The Pursuit of Appiness
Can apps really run our lives? by Alanna Caveney
ight now, I’m trying to remember who’s birthday comes next, what I have to get done at work tomorrow, what’s on tonight that I need to record, how long until bed time, etc. All that good stuff that makes your mind go “NOPE!” and black out on you. I just want to throw it out there, I never wanted an iPhone. I was perfectly happy with my little red phone...until it got stolen... along with my iPod touch and various other items in my bag at the time (including a bottle of wine which I’m still bitter about more than anything. It was really nice wine!). So, to save time and money, I decided an iPhone was the best option, rather than buying two separate devices again. Thus, the Apple brainwash began. Now I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it, and most of all without my apps. Apps have become my second brain. Sometimes I wonder if I would remember to breathe on my own if there was an app to tell me when to inhale. So can apps actually run your life like we seem to think they do?
Shazam: Rather than looking like the idiot and asking your friends “what song is this?”, or secretly typing the lyrics you hear into your memos to Google later, use Shazam. Hold your phone as if you’re reading a text or checking Facebook, but close enough to the music source for it to pick up, and the system will identify the song and the artist for you - and even direct you to related artists, songs, YouTube videos, and so on.
Skype for iPhone:
A location based task manager working with a GPS system and Wi-Fi to identify which of your tasks you should be completing in regards to where you are. If you need to pick up milk, this app will alert you of this specific task when passing a dairy or supermarket on the way home.
This works pretty much the same as the computer program. Free Skype-to-Skype calls on iPhone, so as long as you both have the Skype app, international call rates become extremely economical especially if you’re connected to a (free) Wi-Fi source.
This basically turns your phone into a scanner, which is perfect for any university student, or anyone really. You can scan photos, documents and signatures through your iPhone to the computer it is connected to via use of the Cloud. This app enhances the picture and turns it into a document to be emailed from your phone if necessary.
This basically turns your phone into a scanner, which is perfect for any university student, or anyone really. You can scan photos, documents and signatures through your iPhone to the computer it is connected to via use of the Cloud. This app enhances the picture and turns it into a document to be emailed from your phone if necessary.
An app that New Zealand is currently tossing up about using (and I have no idea why), this app brings up the barcode of any and every discount/club card that you own, and you can then scan that image at the checkout rather than carrying around thousands of cards, which if you’re anything like me, you lose almost immediately after you get them.
The app of a website, you can use it to buy tickets to events and gigs (many student-orientated), and you can then use the app as an electronic ticket rather than carrying a piece of paper with you and trying to keep track of it. The scanners recognise the symbol on your screen and can scan you in and out of an event as quickly, if not quicker, than a proper ticket would.
Messagey: Just as Skype offers unlimited calls, this app allows unlimited text messaging. If you’re one of those crazy people who manages to blow through their entire message allowance before the month is up, this app is for you. Split your messages between iPhone and non-iPhone users to even out your usage and get those messages to last the distance.
InClass: This is perfect for students. You program your school schedule in, add assignment/exam deadlines in as you find them out, and the app will remind of when they are due or when you should be heading out the door to make it to class. Never be late again, and have the entire lecture theatre stare at you while you scan the room for a non-existent seat because there’s too many students and not enough desks....
Photoshop.com Mobile: Enough said. Any tech savvy person who says they don’t use Photoshop for whatever reason in their life is LYING.
Listening to the sound of extinction. by Matthew Cattin
he Museum of Endangered Sounds is a website created and maintained by gerbil enthusiast Brendan Chilcutt. In his spare time, Brendan enjoys video games and Thai yoga but his biggest passion is collecting those old sounds that have become endangered nearly to the point of extinction. You see Brendan is afraid for the generation unfamiliar with the elegant warm-up tones of the classic Windows 95, the same way I fear for those who don’t grow up with The Lion King. For this reason, Brendan spends his days hunting for, and recording the sounds that one day might not exist. Did you ever own a Sega? I was never fortunate enough. You see my mum thought if I had one of my own to play with, that would be the end of my outside play time – that I would sit at home with the curtains drawn, getting a television tan as I wore my thumbs out on Sonic the Hedgehog. In hindsight, she probably did me, and my waistline, a great favour but at the time, in my youthful ignorance, I thought she was awful. One day, our neighbours leant us their Sega console because their kids were beginning to just about
breastfeed from the thing. I thought it was Christmas. If you ever had a Sega however, you’ll be familiar with the glitches. The cartridges would always meltdown just after the boss level on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Frustrated, with hot, angry tears streaming down my face, I would hit the console, pluck out the cartridge and blow as hard as I could into the connection dock. Spittle would fly everywhere and feeling a bit better, I’d stuff the cartridge back in and start over. That very sound has been captured by Chilcutt as part of his magical museum. Another featured sound, that has made a bit of resurgence in the computer and cell phone era, is the doieet doieet doieet sound Pac-Man makes as he eats his way around the maze. I spent my first 10 years growing up in Clevedon, a little farming community South of Auckland. We had a lovely family friend who would shout my brothers and me ice cream on every birthday. After we’d had a family lunch, he would come over and we’d walk down to the Clevedon Superette where he would buy us double scoop ice creams. I always chose goody gum drops and gold rush – the
classics. As we slowly and carefully licked our ice creams, we’d stand out on the Superette porch amid the Coca-Cola and Streets ice cream signs, cigarette butts and dropped lolly wrappers. Tucked against the wall was an old Pac-Man arcade machine. As kids we were always told not to waste our hard earned pocket money on such luxuries, so coins in pocket, we would eye up the kids playing Pac-Man with envy. Those boys with their backward caps, chatter rings and bubble gum (another treat we were denied as kids) always seemed like the coolest kids on the block. Listening to the sound on the museum website, this is where I went - back in time, to a misty memory that returned to me clear as day. That’s the thing about sounds – they transport you back to a time and place you thought you had forgotten. It’s as though all of those memories are hidden away deep within your mind and the sounds are the only key to unlocking them. So take a look at the website! See where the sounds take you. It’s quite an experience and for that I thank the gerbil-loving Brendan Chilcutt for possessing the foresight to preserve those precious noises.
EOther sounds featured on the site.D ●The
Encarta MindMaze theme song.
glorious Windows 95 start-up tune.
whirring of a floppy disc drive.
Tetris theme on Gameboy.
clunk of a VCR sucking in a VHS tape.
sound of a cassette tape reaching the end.
noise – the sound of TV static once you went past channel 3.
dial up modem gaining internet access.
beeping of a Tamagotchi – the poor man’s Gameboy.
noise a camera makes when you roll back the film.
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Really isn’t obvious that this is on here? People like sex, people like robots, when the technology exists it's only logical that they be combined. I’m predicting that when sex robots reach a suitable level of intelligence they will begin to develop their own desires and become bored when we don’t listen to them. Eventually they will leave and stop returning our calls. A few days after we’ll find that nice necklace we bought them sent back in the mail. We’ll cry as we wonder where it all went so wrong…
Countless films and books have promised large robots that not only are large robots, but are large robots that people can actually drive. They’ll be like cars eventually; seen as status symbols and an entire industry will compete to develop stronger and more impressive mechs. Of course there will have to be tests about piloting one of these and the tests will contain incredibly elaborate questions that cover situations that a driver will hardly ever encounter. Such as question 132/B.45 (pg 165); when dragging a 45 kilogram load on a wet surface, what is the appropriate air freshener to use?
Eventually someone will realize that bullets just aren’t the way of the future; being far too loud, crude and not-neon. This will result in the invention of laser weaponry. They will instantly become the weapon of choice amongst all people, robots and cats. It will of course cause war to become rather silly as everyone is still filled with the desire to yell ‘pew, pew’ when they fire guns.
Flying Cars After the great mech massacre of 2153, the omnipotent government that we have will commission the invention of flying cars. Or alternatively, roads will become so congested that rather than attempt to solve the traffic problem by building a few extra lanes, we will decide that driving in the sky is the natural solution.
Artificial Intelligence Really isn’t obvious that this is on here? People like sex, people like robots, when the technology exists it's only logical that they be combined. I’m predicting that when sex robots reach a suitable level of intelligence they will begin to develop their own desires and become bored when we don’t listen to them. Eventually they will leave and stop returning our calls. A few days after we’ll find that nice necklace we bought them sent back in the mail. We’ll cry as we wonder where it all went so wrong…
Cybernetic enhancements Really isn’t obvious that this is on here? People like sex, people like robots, when the technology exists it's only logical that they be combined. I’m predicting that when sex robots reach a suitable level of intelligence they will begin to develop their own desires and become bored when we don’t listen to them. Eventually they will leave and stop returning our calls. A few days after we’ll find that nice necklace we bought them sent back in the mail. We’ll cry as we wonder where it all went so wrong…
Omnipotent, bodyscanning Televisions With the inevitable collapse of all civilised government in the future, a new, totalitarian state will arise. For our own protection (of course) they will install Televisions that not only broadcast a constant stream of propaganda but also have the ability to detect treasonous thoughts and behaviours. Of course it will all become redundant when omnipotent My-Sky is developed and everyone just fast forwards the propaganda.
Killer Androids Eventually someone will realize that bullets just aren’t the way of the future; being far too loud, crude and not-neon. This will result in the invention of laser weaponry. They will instantly become the weapon of choice amongst all people, robots and cats. It will of course cause war to become rather silly as everyone is still filled with the desire to yell ‘pew, pew’ when they fire guns.
Teleportation The iPhone 12 Having successfully consumed Samsung in one of the bloodiest and quickest takeovers in history, Apple will be free to do as they please without having to obey pesky ‘patent laws’ or look at what anyone else is doing. The 12th iPhone will be a mere 4 grams, only 3 centimetres thick and feature technology so advanced that it can in fact literally attend meetings for you (it’s PowerPoint’s are much neater anyway). It still can’t obtain more than two bars in a lecture theatre however. This is the future, not some fantasy land.
In the future time is warped, relative and has no meaning. Other than making very little sense, this will mean that everyone is constantly late for everything. We will quickly progress from sending light particles across the room to fully fledged teleportation so as to combat the threat of lateness in the future. Of course there will be absolutely no urgency with regards to this project as time is relative so everyone working on the project will believe that they are the only ones who are on schedule while they grow increasingly frustrated at everyone else.
Image by Poptech via Flickr.com
ISSUE 22 2012
Technological power for the people
A seminar with US Senior Advisor for Innovation By Nigel Moffiet accelerating trend in today’s world and it will only generate more influence in years to come, so he warns governments and any other power brokers to take note: “The twenty-first century is a lousy time to be a control freak,” he says. Ross went on to give an example of how Hilary Clinton had to come to accept the numerous memes that were causing a stir all over the internet.
recent AUT seminar on social media brought US Senior Advisor for Innovation Alec Ross along to talk about technological innovation and how it is shaping our modern day society – particularly the way the development of the internet is giving rise to a revolutionary shift in power. Ross who is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s senior advisor on such matters, spoke of his future predictions and said that there was a major shift in geo-political power taking place in the world right now. Ross said we might have to re-evaluate our notions on how we perceive geopolitical power – power that takes place across continents and geographical lines (i.e. we say power is shifting from the West to the East). Although Ross doesn’t dispute that this might be taking place, he emphasises the role of technology in
shaping power dynamics and shifting hierarchies of power – anything from governments, large corporations or media empires.
One such meme depicts Obama chillaxin’ on a leather sofa as he sends Clinton his text. In the other frame, Clinton is officially perched in the seat of an aircraft, dark shades and piles of documents in front of her.
“There’s a shift in power from hierarchies to citizens and networks of citizens and the shift in power is being facilitated by connection technologies – technologies that connect people to information and to each other,” says Ross.
Obama: “Hey Hil, watchu doing?” Clinton: “Running the world.” The memes were originally set up by a couple of friends with a Tumblr account, thus highlighting the power and influence social media is having upon the political landscape. Ross pointed out, of course, that Clinton took the fad with grace and good humour. He says Clinton is one politician who has come to understand, more than anyone else, how to adapt to the changing technological landscape.
Listing examples such as the Arab spring to the changing information environment in China, Ross says we can see many examples where people are coming together online to build what he calls “networks of citizens” and thereby having the ability to exercise power in a way that was previously reserved for traditional big time hierarchies like government and media corporations.
“As citizens and networks of citizens become more
Ross says this is an
empowered, what happens in organisations like mine – the State Department – is a loss of control,” says Ross. He went on to say that everybody with a mobile phone in their pocket or purse “suddenly has the power of a printing press and global distribution channel”. Ross went on to predict that in the next 10 years we will see revolutionary advancements in life sciences, agriculture, clean
technology and robotics. He then went on to face some more difficult questions in relation to the Kim Dotcom saga. Ross was cautiously diplomatic in his response, saying that he believes the laws in the real world ought to extend in the online world too. “What I believe is all of our freedoms come with a corresponding set of responsibilities,” he says. Another question he faced was one on Wikileaks. When asked what he thought of Wikileaks and whether he thought this was a development that was for the betterment of an open, more transparent society, his answer was stern. “I don’t think we’re in an era of Wikileaks and that bestows on Wikileaks far more credit than history’s going to give them.”
The World Indigenous Law Conference 2012 – ‘A unique and empowering experience’ By Charlie Piho
arly this month, myself and seven other members from the AUT’s Maori and Pacific Law Association (MaPLA) travelled down to Hamilton to attend the first World Indigenous Law Conference held by Te Hunga Roia – the Maori Law Society.
It is the sense of community and inclusiveness facilitated at the World Indigenous conference which makes it one of a kind.
The Conference was host to a wide array of distinguished presenters and other observers, consisting of a mix of two hundred students, practitioners, judges, academics, and parliamentarians from around the globe.
The presentations were held at the University of Waikato with the first keynote speaker, Justice Joseph Williams, opening with an inspirational speech expressing his view on the Conference’s theme “Law as a tool for indigenous peoples’ development: worldwide strategies and international perspectives”.
It was a law conference that I would discover to be an empowering and unique experience unlike any other standard industry gathering. What other law conference will you see a high court judge grab a guitar to lead the audience into a waiata, or see first year law students having conversations over lunch with judges and members of parliament? When do you see traditional rivals – University of Auckland and AUT’s Maori and Pacific law associations – join together as one whanau to practice and perform kapahaka? What other time can you share a yummy puha and roast pork dinner with law students from around New Zealand, Canada, and Australia?
‘Without it, the law will follow us down, it is the most important tool going forward.’ There were a number of speakers from Canada, Australia, and America who talked about the experiences with the law and development of their indigenous people.
All these ingredients were topped off with remarkable speakers that took the stage throughout the four days of the conference.
Paul Chartrand, a Canadian author, and Rebecca Tsosie of Yaqui descent from the United States of America were particularly interesting. Chartrand, who has over 50 publications, spoke of the role of the lawyer being to support political action and that, in time, the law comes to recognise the legal character of this political action.
The Judge highlighted the oxymoronic nature of this theme in likening it to “sex as a tool for population control”.
While Tsosie expressed her concern over the fact that law students seldom question the origins of the unjust laws that are prejudicial to indigenous people.
He then proceeded to deliver his primary message that the law did not lead indigenous peoples’ development but rather, followed it.
The day culminated in dinner and drinks at Hoyts La Premiere, where we observed Judge Coxhead of the Maori Land Court question counsel for the Crown and local iwi around their legal submissions as they advocated for their clients in the national Maori Moot.
‘If our leaders at high level and grass roots fail at the community level, then the law will follow them down but if our leaders have a vision and drive, then the law will follow.’ He also emphasised the essentiality of having a clear vision.
Over the following two days the presentations continued. Maori Party Co-leader Dr Pita
Sharples, spoke about Maori education and the ‘browning of banks’ in regards to the Maori finance market. Just as he had commenced the conference, Justice Williams was given the responsibility of the concluding address relating to the importance of one’s support networks. “You stand or fall from the quality of your support networks” – to illustrate his point he described his establishment of a formal study group whilst he was a law student which increased the pass rate for Maori students from first year into second from 20% to 80%. Thus one must realise just how essential it is to run and grow law student associations who provide support networks for underperforming minorities throughout their law degrees. As co-president of MaPLA in its inaugural year it was a fitting lesson to leave the conference. Bring on the next World Indigenous Law Conference I say!
Nga mihi, Charlie Piho MaPLA Co-president
ISSUE 22 2012
The achievement locker:
Wisdom from times gone by when life is ready to kick you back By Karl Waters
As student’s we're all working hard, but life is always ready to distract you or kick you back, and it’s easy to get pulled down when it happens. The fable The Choice of Hercules by James Baldwin will hopefully help some of you out there keep your heads up high, and keep your work ethic intact. I believe this tale is more relevant to our era than any other, with the endless lures of living beyond our means and indulging in pleasurable but useless distractions. Given many of us are at an age where we're currently making decisions that'll directly affect our future livelihoods, there is certainly some wisdom to gain from this tale.
The Choice of Hercules – James Baldwin When Hercules was a fair-faced youth, and life was all before him, he went out one morning to do an errand for his stepfather. But as he walked his heart was full of bitter thoughts; and he murmured because others no better than himself were living in ease and pleasure, while for him there was naught but a life of labour and pain. As he thought upon these things, he came to a place where two roads met; and he stopped, not certain which one to take. The road on his right was hilly and rough; there was no beauty in it or about it: but he saw that it led straight toward the Blue Mountains in the far distance. The road on his left was broad and smooth, with shade trees on either side, where sang an innumerable choir of birds; and it went winding among green meadows, where bloomed countless flowers: but it ended in fog and mist long before it reached the wonderful blue mountains in the distance. While the lad stood in doubt as to these roads, he saw two fair women coming toward him, each on a different road. The one who came by the flowery way reached him first, and Hercules saw that she was as beautiful as a summer day.
Her cheeks were red, her eyes sparkled; she, spoke warm, persuasive words. "O noble youth," she said, "be no longer bowed down with labour and sore trials, but come and follow me, I will lead you into pleasant paths, where there are no storms to disturb and no troubles to annoy. You shall live in ease, with one unending round of music and mirth; and you shall not want for anything that makes life joyous--sparkling wine, or soft couches, or rich robes, or the loving eyes of beautiful maidens. Come with me, and life shall be to you a daydream of gladness." By this time the other fair woman had drawn near, and she now spoke to the lad. "I have nothing to promise you," said she, "save that which you shall win with your own strength. The road upon which I would lead you is uneven and hard, and climbs many a hill, and descends into many a valley and quagmire. The views which you will sometimes get from the hilltops are grand and glorious, but the deep valleys are dark, and the ascent from them is toilsome. Nevertheless, the road leads to the blue mountains of endless fame, which you see far away on the horizon. They cannot be reached without labour; in fact, there is nothing worth having that must not be won by toil. If you would have fruits and flowers, you must plant them and care for them; if you would gain the love of your fellow men, you must love them and
suffer for them; if you would enjoy the favour of Heaven, you must make yourself worthy of that favour; if you would have eternal fame, you must not scorn the hard road that leads to it." Then Hercules saw that this lady, although she was as beautiful as the other, had a countenance pure and gentle, like the sky on a balmy morning in May. "What is your name?" he asked. "Some call me Labour," she answered, "but others know me as Virtue." Then he turned to the first lady. "And what is your name?" he asked. "Some call me Pleasure," she said, with a bewitching smile, "but I choose to be known as the Joyous and Happy One." "Virtue," said Hercules, "I will take thee as my guide! The road of labour and honest effort shall be mine, and my heart shall no longer cherish bitterness or discontent." And he put his hand into that of Virtue, and entered with her upon the straight and forbidding road which leads to the fair Blue Mountains on the pale and distant horizon.
"Without labour nothing prospers" - Sophocles, Greek playwright (BC. 496 406)
QUIZ ANSWERS: 1. John Lennon | 2. Red and white | 3. Apollo | 4. I would have never had my hair cut | 5. George’s Marvellous Medicine | 6. Hyper Text Mark Up Language | 7. 8 | 8. Charles M. Schulz | 9. Oxford Street | 10. The spiciness of a chilli pepper WORD JUMBLE: technology, ethnology, theology, ethology, cogently, neology, cologne, theolog, lengthy, enology, cholent, ecology, coyote, cygnet, gently, clothe, length, colony, colone,tycoon, cogent, looney, hotly, goony, hoyle, loony, hotel, lynch, longe, notch, holey, honey
10 Things Adverts Have Taught Me: By Robert Vennell
1. My toilet bowl must be clean otherwise my neighbours will judge me. 2. Buying a computer will make me a creative person. 3. Chocolate is naughty, erotic and devilish. I should give in to temptation and indulge myself. 4. Buying jeans will make my bum look nice. After purchasing jeans I will dance enthusiastically with other jean-wearers who have equally nice bums. 5. My butter/cheese/olives are crafted by artisans in old houses in the country. They allow me personal access to their ancient family secrets to share in their true “old style” flavours. 6. My family will never know the difference between an instant packaged dinner and the real thing. They will compliment me on the quality of the meal and the time and effort that must have gone into it. Only I will know the secret. Wink. 7. I am extremely frustrated and worried about how blankets slip off me while I’m watching TV. I need to buy a blanket with arms that I can wear. 8. Cleaning products make household chores fun and improve family relations. 9. The best tasting food is covered in condensation, and dropped from height in slow motion. 10. I can be fulfilled, excited, loved, lusted after, thinner, younger, more intelligent, more worldly, and a more complete human being by spending money.
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Images by Melissa Low, AUT student
Top Model DERYA
Riddle me this
By Daisy Sillis
urning up to the Viaduct Events Centre I had no idea where I was going or what I was doing. Extremely directionally challenged, I blindly wandered around for a bit. This kind of environment can be slightly intimidating. I’d be lying if I said I got my media pass and it was all easy from there. I lost my pass twice, put the wrong invite card in my media necklace and was asked repetitively by security to provide the right information when walking through the revolving door. Useless. Day One: The Liam show had an interesting collection of subtle harness-like chains that hugged waist lines like delicate bondage. These were partnered with tailored pants and shirts. Floor sweeping, high slit skirts were a favorite although nothing new. I guess the major benefit of that particular item is it is the best way to show off bare thigh while not having to shave the backs of your legs. A beautifully made and wearable range but I was left feeling like I didn't see anything unexpected. Ruby is like the daring, risk taking sibling to the Liam range. Sixties prints, baby
blue fur and burgundy cord. It sounds like a bizarre combination but teamed with a beanie, the entire look was wearable and cohesive. I enjoyed the new blue hue.
summed up in one word, Tumblr. Dip dyed pink and blue hair - it looked like the dashboard of my 16-year-old cousin’s blog. Bloggers are taking over the world. Front row was a collection of The Four Eyes clan, Katherine Is Awesome and a particular sour faced blonde. They all looked really unhappy; maybe it’s not cool to be excited at fashion week. Four Eyes looked incredibly well put together. Immaculate. I like them and I think you should too. Check out their blog, eyeseyeseyeseyes.com. In terms of the local celebs, the Ridges were taking pouty selflies religiously before each show.
Cybele would have been a top runner but I couldn't help but feel like many pieces were similar to other brands past season collections. Okay, the word 'copied' shouldn't be thrown around lightly but much of the soft pink leopard patterns were not far from past Karen Walker prints. Coop, a sibling label to Trelise Cooper, was my day one highlight. Kooky prints of sunglasses and hot pink fans were a theme and - when partnered with leather - it was a truly colorful and original show.
Trelise Cooper knows how to put on a show; it’s her 30 years of experience. She is one of our most famous fashion names internationally and she must have spent a small fortune on this show. All the seats were decorated with battery operated, glowing goodie bags as well as first and last name signage - even for my insignificant place in the back row. I'm a sucker for self-importance. For lack of a better word it was pretty fabulous. Trelise loves her layers, frills and florals but the combination was tasteful and a lot more modern than I expected. The second half of
Zambesi was mostly black, moody, baggy and grey. The best part was the hair, a swarm of rat’s tails on each stunning model - which I loved. As a brand they always manage to make clothes that stand the test of time. Investment pieces. But all in all, Zambesi is famous for designing clothes that never date, and that may be because they never change. Day Two: Riddle Me This can be
the show had a 1920's taste with stunning hair pieces and flapper style dresses, but the true magic was when the lights went out and a gaggle of models wearing glowing dresses walked the dark runway. Charlie Brown was the only international designer who featured at fashion week. It was different and unexpected, like trashy westie meets Japanese call girl. After seeing eight shows it was a relief to see something different, matching leopard print jackets with tight-fitting snakeskin dresses and Japanese parasols. It was a delightful change to the continuous floral, tailored ensembles. It wasn't very cohesive, more of a beautiful mess. One green mermaid-like sequin dress looked incredibly sexy. The finale walk was the most talked about part of the show, the last model was a swaying tower and lost all balance just feet from the end of the runway. Mayor Len Brown went to the rescue. I think it was a sweet gesture. Most front rowers may have avoided contact and just made the required owwwwing at a models expense.
ISSUE 22 2012
Cheap eats for students: restaurant review - By India Hendrikse
Happy Krishna Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. Right in the centre of Auckland’s alternative hub, at 268 Karangahape Road, there is a little gem lurking for those who love delicious, cheap, speedy meals. This is not just any fast food joint, as you will receive a meal that will leave your tummy satisfied, while not breaking the poor student bank. The Hare Krishna Food For Life restaurant is dark and dingy, but there are always smiles for all. Students are offered an enormous plate of rice, potato curry, pakoras (fried balls of flour and vegetables), a dal soup, and a scrumptious dessert consisting of halva (a semolina pudding) topped with custard, all for a teensy $5. If you’re not in a good old curry mood, the lasagne is also a must-try. Of course, everything is vegetarian due to the beliefs of the Hare Krishna religion, but I am sure any meat eater would be satisfied with this take on the classic Italian dish. Topped with olives and served in enormous chunks, the lasagne will only set you back $6.50. Followed by a traditional lassi (a sweet yoghurt drink), this is the perfect non-curry-eater alternative. While the food may not be at the health level of a salad joint, it is certainly healthier than the seemingly traditional student diet of Mi goreng and mince pies. A wide range of delicious, filling vegetable dishes are on offer, and you can’t get better when the price and tummy-satisfying value is taken into account too. So, venture into K Road’s depths for a well-deserved uni break and some vegetarian delights!
12 NOON // To be held in WHAREKAI NGA WAI O HOROTIU MARAE (across the carpark from WC202)
All AuSM members are welcome. Please bring student ID. Agenda items include: AuSM 2013 membership fee & budget. Constitutional Changes. Confirmation of 2013 Executive Council members. Election of vacant 2013 Executive Council positions: Design & Creative Technologies Faculty Representative, Maori Affairs Officer, Postgraduate Students Officer 31
Band of Horses
Matchbox Twenty are back with their fourth studio album North. As someone who has all Matchbox Twenty albums in my iTunes library, I had high expectations for North before listening to it. It’s the first album with all new songs since 2002 for the band so I was quite excited for the album to come out, and overall, North gets an above average score for being what Matchbox Twenty does best. My first reaction to North is it combines the mainstream rock sound of Matchbox Twenty, which we’ve heard for the past decade, and Rob Thomas’ softer style from his solo career. I could distinguish between the two following the release of Exile on Mainstream (Matchbox Twenty) and ...Something to Be (Rob Thomas’ solo album) in 2005. However, North brings these two sounds together, and, complete with all new songs, this mash up is what makes the album good. North sounds more mature than Matchbox Twenty’s previous work and there are moments which show the band have definitely learnt a thing or two after being in this business more than 15 years. North starts with Parade, which is classic, radio-friendly Matchbox Twenty. I like that the album starts on such familiar ground as it eases us back into the band following their absence. Overjoyed reminds me more of Rob Thomas’ solo album, as it is slower and more soulful, concentrating on lyrics rather than beat and tempo. Then, the two different sounds are bought together in She’s So Mean, which was also the first single released off the album. It’s that feel good song which they generally release first, you know, like How Far We’ve Come, but this time an upbeat track about a girl who doesn’t quite
return the feelings. Matchbox Twenty do their usual thing on North where all the songs sound a bit different, mostly upbeat and easy to listen to, but they conceal darker lyrics. Put Your Hands and She’s So Mean are good examples here. It’s something we’ve seen throughout all of Matchbox Twenty’s work (think Push off Yourself or Someone Like You). This technique is however nicely combined with the maturity from the band, seen in songs such as Like Sugar and I Will. They show how the band has grown over the years and talk about the cynical nature of love which comes with growing older. I like that these songs have a slightly slower tempo, rather than being completely masqueraded under a pop track. Overall, North is a good album to listen to and it has all the right elements. Matchbox Twenty have never been a band to push boundaries and they don’t here. Apart from sounding a bit more mature, North gives us the Matchbox Twenty we know and love. - Renee Simpson
Band of Horses’ fourth studio album, Mirage Rock, proves that the five-piece have no trouble serving up catchy, well-structured tunes. It’s their weakest album to date but by no means a bad record. Perhaps my expectations are unreasonably high, but I’m still holding out for another Funeral or Great Salt Lake. Where their older material is dark and brooding, heavy like a beastly stallion, their new material feels light and hollow like a gangly fawn. Mirage Rock has its moments of success but for the most part, fails to find its feet. First single and album opener Knock Knock delivers a promise the remainder of the album fails to keep – a rocking crowd-pleaser that doesn’t sacrifice attitude for tempo. Lead vocalist Ben Bridwell spits out the verses in his high clear voice, interspersing moments of catchy falsetto. It succeeds in its simplicity and seeds itself deep in your brain – you’ll be humming it all day. How to Live sounds like a Shins’ B-side which, while it’s not quite BOH, is never a bad thing. After such a cracking start to the record however, it’s a pretty interesting change of pace, a change that is only emphasised when the next track Slow Cruel Hands of Time cranks out the acoustic guitars. It echoes a distinctive Bread vibe and Bridwell’s high voice has traces of Neil Young. After four or five tracks, nothing swept me off my feet. The tracks are strong and catchy, but lack the wow-factor of previous records, making me realise they may just be past their hay day. Dumpster World starts off chirpy like an America track, hoppy harmonies and sliding acoustics - this is horse with no name territory now. An explosion of distortion ignites at the half way point providing more oompf than the previous tracks. The lyrics however sound like an anti-litter campaign, which doesn’t float my boat a whole lot I must say. Everything’s Gonna Be Undone hands the vocals over to guitarist Tyler Ramsay, with Bridwell picking up the harmony line beautifully. It works a treat in this country ballad, making me wish the vocal swap happened more often. Feud is a bit dirtier, showing off Bridwell’s ridiculous vocal range well. The tempo remains upbeat but the tone is dark and it works. Final track Heartbreak 101 deserves a mention for its use of cello and violins. I’m not sure who takes the reins on the gravelly vocals – it could be Bridwell singing uncharacteristically low or it could be another band member – but it’s very cool. The best way to close an album which pulled no surprise punches is, of course, with a surprise punch. Mirage Rock was, at the end of all things, average. I expected more from BOH but with a back catalogue as fine as theirs, I’m still hoping they trot over the Tasman next year after playing Australia’s Big Day Out.
- Matthew Cattin
On The Road
Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley Director: Walter Salles | Run Time: 137 min
Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell Director: David Frankel | Run Time: 100 min
On The Road, a Walter Salles adaptation of Kerouac’s beat generation novel, opens with the boots of Sal Paradise (played by Sam Riley) walking along a dusty track as he sings the song of a lonesome traveller.
characters. However, On The Road failed to grip me. Although the characters, especially Dean Moriarty, were tragic figures, they came across a little more arrogant and selfish than they did in the book.
Sal is a young writer in search of excitement. It doesn’t take long before he utters one of the more well-known lines: “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, …the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
Dean Moriarty is really quite an unlikable character on screen. This comes across strongly by the way he treats his second wife Camille – played by a tired, vulnerable looking Kirsten Dunst. Although she is pregnant with their second child, Dean still refuses to accept any responsibility and is happy to keep playing around (Kristen Stewart’s Marylou is his favourite) and hitting the jazz clubs while she’s at home looking after their child. The fact that Sal finds some romantic mysticism in Moriarty’s restless spirit portrays him, on the other hand, as naïve and lacking compassion.
On the whole, old people sex is not something I am very interested in. I am neither old nor… Ya know what? Let’s just leave it there. The point is, I am in no way the target audience for Hope Springs, a dry comedy about an elderly couple attempting to revitalize their marriage. However, I would have to encourage you to not squirm and shift uncomfortably to the hills just yet. The couple is played by none other than Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones and this alone was enough to get me to go and see the film.
The mad ones here are Dean Moriarty (played by Garrett Hedlund) and Carlo Marx (played by Tom Sturridge) and all the rest of the young post WWII beatniks Sal runs into who are raging against conformity and responsibility. They do this by getting high, getting boozed, listen to jazz and engage in a lot of free spirited sex. Forever restless, they are always travelling, alone or together, in search of new horizons and pretty ladies to jack up with for the night. There are threesomes and confessions of homosexuality. When times are tough and Moriarty finds himself out of a job, or he has to hand over the last of his cash to pay a speeding fine, he commits petty crime to get by. But like President Truman said, “we must cut down on the cost of living,” he says with a smug grin. Salles has explored similar territory before with his 2004 film, The Motorcycle Diaries. A road trip movie where the characters were longing for something more with the hope that revelations might reveal themselves as long as you keep travelling – the road is a revered symbol for these
Yes, the characters in the book all had these elements too, but somehow the rhythmic, carefree beat of Kerouac’s typewriter enabled a few more drops of humanity and empathy to trickle upon the page. This doesn’t come across on the screen, unfortunately. By the end of the movie, when Sal finally sits down to write the famous week long manuscript on one scroll of paper, that was to be the condensed version of his travels and epiphanies, I was left wondering what he could have possibly learnt. Yes, he loved every minute of it, but my heart sank for the characters that were left for dead and suffering which not even the camera lens gave a damn for.
- Nigel Moffiet
Streep and Jones’s marriage has disintegrated to a loveless one and Streep wants change more than anything. What follows is a remarkably compelling character driven film that is both humorous and depressing. Meryl Streep is once again in fine form, bringing a subtly to the role of Kay. Such is her mastery over how she holds herself and speaks that Kay’s frustration at her loveless marriage is conveyed from the very first scene. It’s hardly a career-making performance, but it is further proof (as if it were needed) that Meryl Streep is one of the finest actresses to ever grace our screen. Opposite her is one of the gruffest and oldest (looking) actors in film. I was filled with a small amount of trepidation when I saw that Tommy Lee Jones would be playing a husband rather than ‘Stern General Number One’ but my fears proved to be totally unneeded. Arnold is the kind of husband who feels that all therapists are ‘scam artists’ and that he and Kay are perfectly capable of solving their own problems; not that there are any anyway. Jones plays this role to a T; summoning more macho blustering than I ever thought possible to exist in one man. The fact is that both of these actors
manage to slip fully into their roles and portray them as real people. The way they both tweak and change their performances as the film goes on, Streep holding herself higher and Jones becoming steadily more uncertain is exemplary and there are some real gut clenching moments towards the end. It’s a testament to the chemistry between the actors and the calibre of their performances that you find yourself genuinely caring for them in the closing act. On the flipside sadly, despite the label of ‘comedy’ Hope Springs is not a laugh-out-loud flick, it’s more uncomfortable and dry chuckle humour. So I warn you now that even though Steve Carrel does a fine turn as the therapist, the film just isn’t as funny as you might expect. Hope Springs is still enough of a well-acted character film to get past this though, despite the horrifying visage of Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones ‘rekindling intimacy’. In the end though, if you look past the old-people sex, you have a really quite good character driven film that essentially lets you watch two very good actors do what they do best.
- Kieran Bennett
ISSUE 22 2012
AUT ON Technology Sri Nair
27 - Masters in computer and information science
What do you think of E-books? “They’re actually pretty awesome. In a few years there’s not going to be new texts because E-book readers are always updating. Instead of buying the whole Harry Potter series, you can just get it all at once on a Kindle.” If you could own a robot, what would you like it to do? “Since I’m working at AuSM, loading the truck, putting up the umbrellas, just daily tasks. The AuSM robot.”
19 - Spatial design
Do you miss anything about the old days before cell phones and computers took over? “When I first started uni, my dad would always insist on handwritten letters. I think no matter how personal an email is, it’s just not the same as a letter. I think in the old days, families were a lot closer.”
What do you think of E-books? “Never heard of them.” If you could own a robot, what would you like it to do? “My chores.”
Zak Glander 19 - Business
What do you think of E-books? “I don’t know much about them. I think they’ll probably replace books though.”
18 – Graphic design
without having to walk. Like… Transform.”
If you could own a robot, what would you like it to do? “Oh… Umm. Hard question. Maybe one to take me to uni
What is your most visited website? “Facebook so I can talk to all my friends.”
Do you miss anything about
What is your most visited website? “Google by default. I can’t imagine living a day without Google. After that, Wikipedia. It’s pretty legit, not the pages, but the sources you find at the bottom.”
What do you think of E-books? “I don’t like them. I like turning pages.”
the old days before cell phones and computers took over? “I miss playing around outside, now it’s just technology and all indoors.”
If you could own a robot, what would you like it to do for you?
Do you miss anything about the old days before cell phones and computers took over? “Yep. I miss making an effort and talking to people face to face. Interaction.”
Do you miss anything about the old days before cell phones and computers took over? “I miss the PS1. I love how retro it was back in the day.” What is your most visited website? “Facebook. It’s free communication.”
What is your most visited website? “Not gonna lie… It’s Facebook.”
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What do you think of E-books? “I don’t like them. I prefer magazines and books. They’re more tangible.”
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exam questions.” Do you miss anything about the old days before cell phones and computers took over? “No, life is much better now with technology.”
If you could own a robot, what would you like it to do? “Go and work for me and make my money. A part time job – I think it can take care of that.”
What do you think of E-books? “They’re really helpful. I’m not good at finding books in the library What is your most visited so E-books are much easier to website? find.” “Google, it finds all of the If you could own a robot, answers.” what would you like it to do? “Find all the right answers to past
“I’d like to not have a computer and go back to normal communication.” What is your most visited website? “Probably Tumblr. Because I deactivated my Facebook, I’m addicted to Tumblr now. It’s an outlet though, not consuming me like Facebook was.”
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all day now.”
Do you miss anything about the old days before cell phones and computers took What do you think of over? E-books? “I miss the sound the internet “They’re pretty cool. I hear they made when it connected. It was use actual ink which is pretty really exciting! It was like the amazing. It makes reading things a theme song of the internet.” lot easier. But then you have all the What is your most visited repercussions like book piracy.” website? If you could own a robot, “Probably 9gag. It’s a brilliant way what would you like it to do to kill time. It’s just got heaps of for you? memes and I just keep reading “Probably fly me around, morph them until I’m not bored.” into a car or a jet pack. I’m going to be thinking about this question
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If you could own a robot, what would you like it to do for you?
Do you miss anything about the old days before cell phones and computers took over?
What do you think of E-books? “They’re good I guess if it makes them cheaper. I’d personally rather read a book though.”
Do you miss anything about the old days before cell phones and computers took over? “Yeah I don’t like Facebook. I miss calling people to talk to them.” What is your most visited website? “Probably AUT’s website. But other than that, probably Trade Me or GFT.”
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