The leftward and other blatherings of Span (now with Snaps!)

Sunday, August 12, 2007


There is so much I want to write about at the moment, but I'm having some problems finding much time, and then I feel like the moment has passed. I had hoped that the low level of posting of the last few months was over, but it seems that is not the case. Sorry to be slack - and I have no promises I can realistically make about when this might change.

It seems a real shame because Spanblather is now over three years old and this year has been the best so far. I don't want to give the blog away altogether, and I don't want to go on hiatus, but that's what is happening by default really.

I'm not sure why I'm bothering to write this, other than to explain a little to readers - I'm not sick, nothing is wrong, I just simply don't have a lot of time now, or for the forseeable future. And once you stop blogging as part of your everyday life it gets harder to find the time to fit it back in again, in my experience.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Here's one for Apathy Jack

Just like buzz and hum, I am indeed:

Well that's a relief.

Linky Love - Volume 21

Standard intro - Linky Love is basically a cobbling together of posts I've noticed around the traps that have set off little tiny sparkles inside my head, and which I would possibly write about or comment on if I didn't need to sleep, eat, work, that kind of stuff. I usually put Linky Love volumes up weekly. I hope you like it.

As always if you have a post of your own, or some else's, that you'd like to highlight, please feel free to add it in comments, or to discuss the above posts, or indeed most anything else.

Anarchia - A lack of language, an abundance of masks - Asher writes about mental illness and the difficulty of communicating about it with friends to get the support he needs.

Auckland's Burning - Photos from tent embassy - John has pics of the protest aimed at visiting Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, underway in Auckland.

Born on State Highway One - Chomsky Lite, with a Scottish accent - Ryan looks at the background to George Galloway's visit to our little nation, and comments on the Voices of Peace forum Galloway spoke at recently.

Capitalism Bad; Tree Pretty - Stand Down Margaret - Maia writes eloquently about how Margaret Thatcher still influences her nightmares, and the negative effect she had on hundreds of thousands of lives.

Contradiction - Actions and moral concepts - George reflects on how politicians seem to make their moral decisions.

eggs benedict and two flat whites - Reasons why it's good to live in NZ - Sandy asks for your top five reasons.

Feministe - The Disney Princess Industrial Complex is coming for your soul! - Vanessa writes about the heavy gendering of children's toys, from the perspective of a mother with a toddler-age daughter.

The House of Ghetsuhm - In ur internet, bringing u weird shit - Ghet has a truly absurd picture that I heart.

LAANTA - More and Better Aid - Terence provides his speech notes from a debate on whether the 0.7% Overseas Development Aid target will actually help.

The Legal Soapbox - Portrayal of the accused and the law - Legal Eagle writes about newspaper sketches of defendants and how they might influence public opinion of the merits of their case, against the background of the Haneef case in Australia.

Roger Nome's Progressive Politics
- RN has a series of posts on why NZ needs its unions back, 1, 2 and 3.

Women's Space/The Margins - What Have You Done For a Girl, a Woman, a Female Person? - Heart asks her readers to share their stories of what they have done, as radical feminists, for other women. Comment thread at 52 and counting.

Previous volumes of Linky Love (1 - 20) can be found over here.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Bloggage - July 2007

I know, I can't believe I got these up today either.

And in Breaking Blog Stats News - Kiwiblog NOT the most prolific posting blog this month for the first time since records began!

As is now the status quo, those who have nominated a best post have it linked from their blog name, and are denoted by an asterisk. Thanks to everyone who sent their stats in, despite my slackness.

JULY 2007

Fly (1 post)
(no one yet)

Bantam(2 - 9 posts)
Fighting Talk - 3 posts, no comments
Anarchia* - 6 posts, 42 comments
binary_heart* - 7 posts, 12 comments

Feather (10 - 19 posts)
All Embracing* - 10 posts, 14 comments
Deane Jessep* - 14 posts, 0 comments
Put 'em all on an Island* - 16 posts, 14 comments
Spanblather* - 19 posts, 161 comments

Light (20 - 29 posts)
Born on State Highway One - 20 posts, 10 comments
eggs benedict and two flat whites - 20 posts, 75 comments
Put Up Thy Sword! - 22 posts, 81 comments
from the morgue - 22 posts, 94 comments
Just Left - 27 posts, 414 comments
Brain Stab - 28 posts, 91 comments
Long Ago and Not True Anyway* - 29 posts, 16 comments

Welter (30 - 49 posts)
...the gossip* - 33 posts, 4 comments
The Fundy Post* - 34 posts, 112 comments
Red Confectionary* - 42 posts, 98 comments

Middle (50 - 74 posts)
No Minister - 62 posts, 227 comments

Cruiser (75 - 99 posts)
The Briefing Room - 72 posts, 1489 comments
Something should go here, maybe later - 77 posts, 84 comments
Tumeke - 91 posts, 608 comments

Heavy (100 - 199 posts)
No Right Turn* - 115 posts
News24seven - 173 posts, 6 comments
Kiwiblog* - 179 posts, 23,148 comments (and none spam!)
Whaleoil - 185 posts, 218 comments

Super Heavy (200+)
(no one yet!)

If you're not listed then I suggest you add them in comments below, or email them to me spanblather at gmail dot com, making sure to include your blog name, url, number of posts & comments, and if the mood takes you you might also want to nominate your best post of the month.

Thanks everyone!

Past Bloggage:
- February 2007
- March 2007
- April 2007
- May 2007
- June 2007

Updated, 5th August 11.45am, to include 4 new blogs from comments and 8 new blogs from email.

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