Monthly Archives: July 2015

WordPress changes header image #bug

Updated post
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 at 12:59 p.m.

Header image issue RESOLVED.

NOOOooooooo !!!
The site owner did not select the STUFFY header image (books)…..

WordPress developers have allowed/created a bug with site upgrades this evening.

The glitch has been noted to WordPress support forums where other bloggers, globally, are experiencing the same problem.

EXPECT a solution soon.

Cheers, Elizabeth
Site Owner

Bugged….
WordPress header Tue, 28 Jul 2015 at 12:47 p.m. [screenshot]

What if Dunedin [screenshot of WordPress header bug at 12.47pm 28.7.15]

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Leadership woes universal #Minions #DUD

SUNDAY stretches, not mud tanks

Dolifun37 Published on Jan 17, 2015
Uptown funk (Minions Voice)
Music: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (Google Play • iTunes)

Minions are small, yellow, pill-shaped creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from single-celled organisms into beings who exist only to serve history’s most villainous masters. They find great masters—including a T. Rex, a caveman, an Egyptian pharaoh, Dracula, and Napoleon —but after accidentally killing nearly all of them with their incompetence, they decide to isolate themselves from the world and start a new life in Antarctica. By 1968, the lack of a master drives them into depression, so one minion—Kevin—plans to find a new master.

Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated family comedy film, and a prequel/spin-off to the Despicable Me franchise. Produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures, it was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, written by Brian Lynch, and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. The film stars Coffin (as the Minions), Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, and narrated by Geoffrey Rush. It was first foreshadowed in the end credits of Despicable Me 2, where Stuart, Kevin, and Bob, three of the Minions, are seen auditioning for the film.

Minions premiered on June 11, 2015, in London, and was released in the United States on July 10, 2015. Despite mixed reviews, the film has grossed over $655 million worldwide.

[recognise anyone ?]
[repetition of DCC brainstorms and central city project “VIBES”]

#DUD Singalong
Mark Ronson Lyrics: “Uptown Funk” (feat. Bruno Mars)

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh
Doh doh doh, doh duh (Aaaaaaow!)

This hit
That ice cold
Michelle Pfeiffer
That white gold
This one, for them hood girls
Them good girls
Straight masterpieces
Stylin’, while in
Livin’ it up in the city
Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent
Gotta kiss myself I’m so pretty

I’m too hot (hot damn)
Called a police and a fireman
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Make a dragon wanna retire, man
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Say my name you know who I am
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Am I bad ’bout that money
Break it down

Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to you
Saturday night and we’re in the spot
Don’t believe me, just watch (Come on)

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me, just watch

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me, just watch
Don’t believe me, just watch
Don’t believe me, just watch
Don’t believe me, just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh!

Stop
Wait a minute
Fill my cup put some liquor in it
Take a sip, sign a check
Julio! Get the stretch!
Ride to Harlem, Hollywood, Jackson, Mississippi
If we show up, we gonna show out
Smoother than a fresh jar o’ Skippy

I’m too hot (hot damn)
Called a police and a fireman
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Make a dragon wanna retire, man
I’m too hot (hot damn) {hot damn}
Bitch, say my name you know who I am
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Am I bad ’bout that money
Break it down

Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause Uptown Funk gon’ give it to you
Saturday night and we’re in the spot
Don’t believe me, just watch (come on)

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me, just watch

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me, just watch
Don’t believe me, just watch
Don’t believe me, just watch
Don’t believe me, just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh!

Before we leave
Let me tell y’all a lil’ something
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up, uh
I said Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up

Come on, dance
Jump on it
If you sexy then flaunt it
If you freaky then own it
Don’t brag about it, come show me
Come on, dance
Jump on it
If you sexy then flaunt it
Well it’s Saturday night and we’re in the spot
Don’t believe me, just watch (come on)

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me, just watch

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

Don’t believe me, just watch
Don’t believe me, just watch
Don’t believe me, just watch
Don’t believe me, just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh!

Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up
Uptown Funk you up, Uptown Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Uptown Funk you up
Aaaaaaow!

‘Stadium, Cycleways and Ferries’ Cull ?

TheSlowCheese Published on May 2, 2014
Spongebob “Turn down for what”
Music: “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake, Lil Jon (Google Play • iTunes)

Douglas Field Published on Jul 27, 2015
Castle Street spoof 25 7 15
A spoof commenting on some local body political obsession with reducing the use of motor vehicles to ‘save the planet’.

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Len Lye Centre, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery #NewPlymouth

DESTINATION ARCHITECTURE

Len Lye Centre New Plymouth [Govett-Brewster Art Gallery]

“Because of its dairy and gas industries stainless is, in architectural terms, Taranaki’s local stone. The finished building is a showcase for this expertise.” –Andrew Patterson, Len Lye Centre architect

The Len Lye Centre, which opens in New Plymouth today, is a world-class building dedicated to our most innovative, versatile artist.

### NZ Herald Online 11:00 AM Saturday Jul 25, 2015
Len Lye: The father of invention
By Adam Gifford
If Len Lye didn’t exist, you couldn’t have invented him. Born at the dawn of the 20th century, he was the inquisitive kid from the wrong side of the tracks who got thrown out of Samoa for being too friendly, then shovelled coal on a steamer to get to London where he hung out with poets and painters and looked for ways to make art that moved.
In England it was film. In the United States, after he was head-hunted in 1944 to work for the March of Time newsreel service, he made sculpture. He became one of the pioneers of what was dubbed kinetic sculpture, making some works and planning many others beyond the technology of the day.
A visit back to his homeland, New Zealand, brought him into contact with engineers immersed in working steel for the dairy and oil industries, who embraced his vision and set about realising his designs. In the workshops of Taranaki he found not underlings but fellow explorers who strove to understand the properties of the metal.
It was to Taranaki that he left his life’s work on his death in 1980 and it is there, in New Zealand’s first gallery dedicated to the work of a single artist, that the work will continue to cement his position as an artist of influence.
Read more

Because….
He was reluctant to sell beneath his value, a lot of the material stayed with him and ended up with us. So his time as a kinetic sculptor is coming again because the material is well-maintained here.
Because….
Lye expected many of his works could not be made with the technology available to him, he endowed the Len Lye Foundation with a licence to create unrealised work or reconstruct existing work.

25.7.15 @ New Plymouth
The public has had its chance to take a first glimpse inside the new $12 million Len Lye Centre. The building has already earned notoriety for its stunning 32-tonne, 14m-high mirror-grade stainless steel facade.

█ Patterson Associates Ltd | pattersons.com

Len Lye Centre graphic 1bw [screenshot]Len Lye Centre graphic 2 [screenshot]

### radionz.co.nz 25 July 2015
RNZ National – Saturday Morning with Kim Hill
Paul Brobbel, Len Lye
9:40 AM. Paul Brobbel is Len Lye Curator at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, supporting the development and delivery of Len Lye exhibitions and looking after the Len Lye Collection. (slideshow)
Audio | Download: OggMP3 ( 20′ 03″ )

Taranaki Daily News:
New Plymouth welcomes its Len Lye Centre with open arms
Len Lye Centre opening day (photo gallery + related links)
Len Lye’s niece moved to tears by new gallery
Len Lye Centre serves up café

NZH: Shiny new Len Lye Centre opens its doors
NZH: Blind faith in art
RNZ News: Public eyes dazzling Len Lye Centre

ONE News: Opening of Len Lye centre a historic moment for Kiwi art community (7:50 pm)
3NEWS: Len Lye Centre opens its doors (12:00 pm)

Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth - Mirror image [Glenn Jeffrey]Len Lye Centre [Brittany Mackenzie]Len Lye Centre illuminated [Stuff]

LEN LYE CALLED THE GOVETT-BREWSTER THE SWINGINGEST GALLERY IN THE ANTIPODES

█ The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is relaunching with an exhibition entitled Our Hearts of Darkness, which is an examination of violence in New Zealand through the lens of contemporary art from the gallery’s collection
█ The Len Lye Centre’s first ever exhibition is a “best of” called Len Lye’s Jam Session, both shows run until December.

http://govettbrewster.com/Len-Lye/Centre
http://govettbrewster.com/Home

VIDEO

Govett- Brewster Published on Aug 27, 2012
Len Lye Centre
An experimental film-maker, poet, painter, kinetic sculptor, eccentric and ebullient personality, Len Lye is on of New Zealand’s most widely-known modernist artists. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is home to the archives and studio collection of the Len Lye Foundation.
Born in Christchurch in 1901 and largely self-educated, Lye was driven by a life-long passion for motion, energy and the possibility of composing them as a form of art. Lye’s interests took him far from New Zealand; after sojourns in the South Pacific, Lye moved to London and then New York, where he became known as an intensely creative film-maker and kinetic sculptor.
In 1977, Len Lye returned to his homeland to oversee the first New Zealand exhibition of his work at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Shortly before his death in 1980, Lye and his supporters established the Len Lye Foundation, to which he gave his work. The Gallery is the repository for much of this collection, employing a full-time curator to ensure its preservation and appropriate exhibition.
Lye’s sculptures are also held in the collections of several major art museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Whitney Museum in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Major repositories of Lye’s film work include the New Zealand Film Archive, the British Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art.

Govett- Brewster Published on Sep 16, 2013
Len Lye Centre – New Plymouth, Aotearoa New Zealand
Opening 2015. Since 1970, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery has continued to be a beacon for contemporary art. A new phase in the Govett-Brewster’s history begins with the construction of the Len Lye Centre as well as earthquake strengthening, Gallery upgrades and building compliance on the original building. The new combined facility, reopening in 2015, will extend the Govett-Brewster’s ability to offer extraordinary experiences with contemporary art while offering a new permanent home for the art and ideas of Len Lye.

Govett- Brewster Published on Dec 14, 2014
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
It’s been ten years down and just six months to go on the fundraising and building of Aotearoa New Zealand’s newest cultural icon – the Len Lye Centre, combined with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery here in New Plymouth. The Len Lye Centre is the first piece of destination architecture linked to contemporary art in New Zealand, unique for its architecture, vision and the fact that building of this sort hasn’t been done before in our island nation. –Simon Rees, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre Director

Govett- Brewster Published on May 17, 2015
The inspiration behind the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre brand identity
New Zealand’s museum of contemporary art, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery unveils its new brand as it prepares to open its doors with the Len Lye Centre, 25 July 2015.

Len Lye artist [Stuff]

DiabolikDanger Published on Jul 11, 2014
Len Lye – Exact from Free Radicals
Filmed in Tate Liverpool
An example of direct film – making.
Free Radicals is a black-and-white animated film short by avant-garde filmmaker Len Lye. Begun in 1958 and completed in 1979, Lye made the film by directly scratching the film stock. The resulting “figures of motion” are set to music by the Bagirmi tribe of Africa.
In 2008, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images: (from the top) Govett-Brewster Art Gallery – Len Lye Centre; whatifdunedin [BW screenshots] – Len Lye Centre architectural renders; Glenn Jeffrey – Len Lye Centre [via Stuff]; Brittany Mackenzie – Len Lye Centre [via Stuff]; Stuff – Len Lye Centre illuminated; Stuff – Len Lye, artist (archival)

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Stadiums: Auckland works to limits —Dunedin, never

Link received from UpNorth
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 at 8:51 p.m.

█ Message: I see Auckland Town Planners are smart and honest enough to realise that Auckland (population 1.5 million) can’t support 3 outdoor stadiums. Dunedin (population 127k) can’t support one.

Eden Park 02 [rcp.co.nz]

Plans to revamp Auckland’s stadiums are heading nowhere – with a multimillion-dollar price tag – as the Warriors rule out moving to the far end of the North Shore. Steve Deane examines how it came to this.

### NZ Herald Online 7:09 PM Friday Jul 24, 2015
The Big Read: Field of broken dreams
By Steve Deane
Aucklanders are set to spend $27 million upgrading a stadium in Albany so it can host 30,000 spectators. The stadium will host as few as seven matches a year, with attendance for the vast majority expected to be well below 10,000. That’s a good thing, as when crowds get above 20,000, accessing the stadium becomes a nightmare.
At the same time, city officials will shell out another $12 million of ratepayer money building a world class cricket venue which the local association has no plans to call home, meaning it too will host a handful of matches a year. And we’ll evict our NRL franchise, turning its home ground of the last 20 years into a speedway track – a move the Warriors say will force it to take matches out of the city.
This is Auckland’s plan for its sporting stadia for the next 40 years. In just 10 months it will become a reality. Time for some hard questions.

What is the Stadium Strategy?
Auckland’s town planners believe the city cannot financially support three major outdoor sports stadia (Eden Park, Mt Smart and Albany’s QBE Stadium).
Tasked with finding a cheaper solution, the planners have decided to transform Albany into the city’s premier venue for matches that will attract crowds of up to 30,600. Mt Smart Stadium in Penrose is to be converted into a speedway circuit and Western Springs into an international standard cricket venue.
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*Image: rcp.co.nz – Eden Park 02

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Hands off Mosgiel Memorial Gardens

Received from Brian Miller
‎Fri‎, ‎24‎ ‎July ‎2015 at ‎1‎:‎43‎ ‎p.m.

Hands off Mosgiel Memorial Garden 3

█ Trees and green space at Mosgiel Memorial Gardens poised for destruction if DCC develops a community pool on site. Photographs by Brian Miller.

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Related Posts and Comments:
23.7.15 Dunedin ratepayers —Green Island best site for city pool users….
22.7.15 DCC Long Term Plan 2015/16 – 2024/2025
19.5.15 Mosgiel pool trust conflicts of interest #bigfishsmallpond
18.5.15 NEWSFLASH —Mosgiel pool, tracking [PONT] . . . .
20.3.15 DESTROYED, beautification project —Railway corridor, Gladstone Road

█ For more, enter “pool*, *taieri*, *mosgiel*, *secret* or *community board* in the search box at right.

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DCC: DCHL on Waipori Fund

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Positive Result for Waipori Fund

This item was published on 22 Jul 2015

The Waipori Fund performed strongly in the past financial year while meeting key targets. The fund’s capital base for 2014/15 is above its inflation adjusted target for the first time since 2008.

The fund is managed by Dunedin City Treasury Limited, a company owned by Dunedin City Holdings Limited (DCHL). DCHL is in turn is owned by the Dunedin City Council.

DCHL Chair Graham Crombie says this is an important measure because it shows the fund’s capital base is not being eroded. “As well as a good overall return for the year, it’s very pleasing to see the fund achieve this threshold.”

The fact the fund reached the target in the past financial year was mainly due to strong equity in the bond markets and a weakening New Zealand dollar.

The market value of the investment portfolio was $81.6 million at 30 June 2015. This was a 13.1% return for the year. This return also met the income objective of exceeding the official cash rate plus the consumer price index.

The graph below shows the progress of the fund since its establishment. The fund was created from the sale of the Waipori electricity generation scheme. It provides a source of revenue for the Council which can be offset against rates.

Waipori Fund
waipori-fund

Contact Group Chief Financial Officer on 477 4000.
DCC Link

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The distribution to council was budgeted to increase slightly over the period of the council’s 10-year plan.

### ODT Online Fri, 24 Jul 2015
DCC has no plans to spend surplus in Waipori Fund
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council is celebrating a better-than-expected 13.1% jump in the value of its Waipori Fund, but has no plans to spend the bonus. […] Council group chief financial officer Grant McKenzie said the “solid” result reflected strong equity in bond markets and a weakening New Zealand dollar. […] “It’s just a funding stream for council.”
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Dunedin not an IT city, compared

The Creators Project is a global network dedicated to the celebration of creativity, arts and technology: http://thecreatorsproject.com/

The Creators Project Published on Mar 23, 2015
Inside the Volume: Making the 2015 YouTube Music Awards Launch Film
A behind-the-scenes look at how Autofuss made the laser-filled launch film for the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.
Watch the YouTube Music Awards 2015: http://goo.gl/GRsv0H
The YTMA show features 13 brand new, innovative music videos from Action Bronson ft. Chance the Rapper, Cahoots, Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran & Rudimental, FKA twigs, Kygo ft. Parson James, Lindsey Stirling, Martin Garrix ft. Usher, MAX ft. Hoodie Allen, Migos, Megan Nicole, Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, and Shamir.

In ReForm, a new franchise from The Creators Project, we meet the artists creating and re-appropriating the latest technologies in various areas of creative expression.

The Creators Project Published on May 19, 2015
ReForm | Hollywood’s Creating Digital Clones
In the premiere of our ReForm series, we explore the frontier of the 3D face- and body scanning technology used to create digital doubles for films, video games, and holograms. We meet some of the scanned humans, their avatars, and get to understand the challenges the Institute For Creative Technologies has had to overcome in their quest to create a photo-realistic virtual person, including the conquering of the Uncanny Valley.

The Creators Project Published on Jun 25, 2015
ReForm | Data Becomes Art in Immersive Visualizations
In the second episode of ReForm, we look at how big data and art have converged into a new visual culture. Six major data artists (Mark Hansen, R Luke DuBois, Kate Crawford, Jer Thorp, Fernanda Viegas, and Martin Wattenberg) discuss what it means to make art in the 21st century and how quantification and digitisation is completely changing the way we live and create.

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