Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Another necklace

It does look like I'm on a roll but experience suggests it will come to a screeching halt probably quite soon. In the meantime, here's something to admire.
Some time ago we acquired a carved greenstone pendant from someone's reject bin. It's very dark, almost black, greenstone in the shape of a fish tail. This week we finally decided to do something with it.
First we needed to plait a strand. We used a four-stranded plait again (easy to follow instructions here if you want to try) but this time made from brown linen thread. Finding a bead to match proved slightly difficult and required a trip to the bead shop. It needed to be small, not naff, match the greenstone and have a sufficiently large hole to get two plaited strands through. Finally, we used a coconut button we've put aside for years for the clasp. This button was on a previous necklace and has never been thrown out because I don't think you can buy them any more, and it harks back to a time when we actually made stuff in this country. So it's been recycled here.
Here's the full necklace. Length 54cm. If you ever wonder why necklaces with hand-plaited strand is expensive, it's because plaiting enough strand to make a 50cm necklace is time consuming. Not hard, just time-consuming.

Here's a close-up of the pendant. It's a bit dark to see much but here it is anyway.

Huge thanks to Uncle Ronnie for the thread and the pendant.

Dotcom (briefly)

We're reluctant to add anything to the flood of articles pertaining to Kim Dotcom and his Invisible Government Destrocto-Rays. Bryce Edwards' latest post has listed most of what's worth reading, and Chris Barton's article is good for a chuckle. Barton concludes by making the serious point that the Dotcom affair revolves around the (mis)use of copyright law to trump legal processes designed to protect citizens from the arbitrary actions of the state.
Avoiding such serious stuff, this is a small post mulls the similarity between the great and the good, and characters from popular culture. The Keystone cops reference has been widely used, but we think that's misplaced. Let me explain.
The Prime Minister's stating he had no idea about the GCSB spying on Mr Dotcom coming so soon after his other recent bouts of professed and deliberate ignorance brought to mind Sergeant Schulz from Hogan's Heroes: "I see nothing, I read nothing, I hear nothing, I did not even get up this morning..." How the hell did Key make his millions? Find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?
The other aspect of this debacle that seems to mystify most normal people is the fact that our ace spy agency couldn't quite get its shit together to find out if Mr Dotcom was a New Zealand citizen. They are the SPY AGENCY ferchrissake. They might not be allowed to spy on NZ citizens but it is inconceivable they were unaware of Mr Dotcom's status. But apparently there was a knowledge gap within the agency. So they asked...the police! It's got to the stage I'd be unlikely to ask the local bobby for the time, but our spies were too lazy to do what surely is their basic work. This isn't Keystone cops (too lazy, not even slapstick), this is the Springfield Police Department.
Chief Wiggum:   It's Kim Dotcom. Take him down, boys.
Lou:   But Chief, shouldn't we check if he is a New Zealand citizen first?
Chief Wiggum:   What is it with you Lou? Where on my badge does it say anything about protecting New Zealand citizens?
Lou:   Second word, Chief
In the end, either someone is,er, mis-stating the truth, or the lunatics really have taken over. Welcome to Springfield.