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Monday, May 08, 2006

 

Hiatus

from Latin hiatus, -us, m.: gap; cf. hiare, hio, hiavi (hisco). Much unlike the small difference in pitch between two musical tones in this case.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

 

Goodnight, goodbye, aroha-nui

Called the mother of the nation - Judy Bailey choked back her tears and had her last "about four minutes on air". Appearing in many different forms, for the last 14 years or so she has graced our television screens. Graced hummm 800,000 humm but whatever the hummm her 34year effort to her profession deserves our cheers. Aroha-Nui Judy Bailey.

Friday, December 23, 2005

 

Crash goes the Eftpos

Booya! the eftpos terminals operated by Paymark went down down down at about 12:50pm. Paymark has about an 80% slice of the market so that's quite a big bite. Chaos ensurd all over, especially with the festive season. Spokespeople stated that the problem was in hardware. Where was the redundancy i ask? Were they not prepaired for the surge in use of their systems? Perhaps there was an explosive unexpected growth in the numbers of eftpos use over teh current year? Systems were back up at about 3pm - 2hrs 10min downtime. Calculated losses amounting to how much? Does paymark appriciate their technical staff?

Sunday, December 18, 2005

 

Bad santa, bad bad santa

Seems that "Santa's" have formed a global movement against the commercialisation of Chistmas. About 40 of these Father Christmas' created havoc here in Auckland. "Organised bunch of idiots" they were said to be. OI. Its Father Christmas, no talking like that! Humm how do you describe manyFather Christmasesesss

Thursday, December 15, 2005

 

Blowfly by Ena Macana

Too awesome! This alarm clock flys around forcing one to get out of bed, much like a mosquito. I thought that Clocky was rather cool, but this is wicked, and oh i know i need one!

Read more at www.yankodesign.com/pro...


Monday, November 28, 2005

 

Coach and Carter

Dan Carter - player of the year! Graham Henry - coach of the year! Just the icing needed after Tana's Grand Slam tour.

Award recipients:

Player of the year: Daniel Carter (NZ)
Team of the year: New Zealand
Coach of the year: Graham Henry (NZ)
Under-19 player of the year: Isaia Toeava (NZ)
Under-21 player of the year: Tatafu Polota-Nau (Australia)
Sevens team of the year: Fiji
Sevens player of the year: Orene Ai'i (NZ)
Spirit of rugby award: Jean Pierre Rives (France)
Vernon Pugh award for distinguished service: Peter Crittle (Australia)
Referee award for distinguished service: Paddy O'Brien (NZ)
Women's personality of the year: Farah Palmer (NZ)
Development award: Robert Antonin (France)
Chairman's award: Sir Tasker Watkins (Wales).

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

 

2011

TWO THOUSAND AND ELEVEN
stand in black

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Saturday, November 05, 2005

 

Faukes

!yay its Guy Fawkes night. Do most people even know why its celebrated? Long live the King.

Although we may not know the deeper intentions of the group involved in the Gunpowder Plot, Guido Fawkes certainly has made ripples in culture. Charles Dickens refers to Guido Fawkes often. Albus Dumbledore's pheonix. Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta. Plays by the english playwrights. Current mention in entertainment. The word ‘Guy’. One of the “100 Greatest Britons” they say.

Caught, Fawkes was interrogated under torture. Torture was forbidden, however the words of King James 1 "The gentler tortours are to be first used unto him, et sic per gradus ad maiora tenditur, and so God speed your goode worke." Rebels and revolutionaries. How things would be different without them.
Please to remember
The Fifth of November,
This year a fireworks ban will be in place along Tamaki Drive from 27 October to 30 November, including Mission Bay, due to safety concerns. The ban covers all beaches and parks along Tamaki Drive. Heaps of events happening around however.

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Friday, November 04, 2005

 

Earthly petrol prices

What a spectacle with a petrol station near Nelson incorectly marking the price of their petrol. The staff person messed up and listed the price wrong - mix up of the decimal point!

The petrol station, of the Challenge chain, want to track down and make their customers payup the difference. Apparantly they are "offering these people amnesty until Sunday night" and will be pressing charges come Monday!

Whats interesting are the discussions going on. Most people are questioning if Challenge can even do this. Surely they can only request that their customers volunteer to make the difference. I dont know. But amnesty! amnesty! That makes the whole scene sound harsh doesnt it?

 

Meta Whoop

Seems that the fellows over at Metahelp have revamped themselves. The two guys behind Metahelp took some time off and ventured into individual interests for a while - Medical servicing and Postgraduate works were rumoured to be in the pipeline. Now back and with a nice clean "launching soon" page advertising a bubbly type product. They seem to have taken a tangent by moving away from the strong blue colours that dominated their previous identity, but have maintained tradition by keeping with the straight sharp edges. A service oriented company, wonder what the scope of this 'fizz' that's all boxed up is about.


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Thursday, November 03, 2005

 

Amp It Up

So Lion Red was going to pay the fines imposed by council officers for highly successful loud parties. The radio station ZM was promoting this over air but shucks they have withdrawn after peopled called in ZM and made noise about it.
It's unfortunate. We apologise if we offended anybody. We weren't meaning to offend anybody.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

 

notorious B.G.

MTV presents - notorious B.G. eh? Bill Gates on MTV seems somewhat odd, out of place even. From the thinkMTV website:

"The Notorious B.G." is a special that features the first MTV forum with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and MTV News correspondent Gideon Yago discussing the road ahead with a diverse group of approximately 80 tech-savvy 16- to 24-year-olds.


Well most interesting. A must watch. I would like to see BillG on Cribs! Full tech savvy home or naught?

Monday, October 17, 2005

 

23hq plus

The team at 23 are wonderful folks. They have been kind enough to grant me a two year plus subscription to their service. yay. Did i meantion that they gave it to me free? Wonderful :) This plus subscription coupled with my new Nokia 6680 (cheers to my little brother) should have you folks seeing more picturesque rambles from me.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

 

Baby its cold

A very chic type of glove. Keeps the two digits, thumb and forefinger, you use most often hooded. From the website:
Now you can dial your phone, play your favorite song, apply lipstick, all without having to take off the entire cute glove you're wearing.
And its pictured using an iPod, great product linking. Girl 32 seems to have other products that seem to fill the "practical side of looking cute" (kudos kitkat). Although im not so sure how little dangly things keep up the looking cute!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

 

Down piper

Amidst the heated 2005 political race in New Zealand last night there was a report of a pilot intending to crash his stolen Piper Cherokee into the Sky Tower. 33-year-old David Turnock took the aircraft from the Admore airport in South Auckland on Saturday night. The pilot was in contact with the air traffic controllers and not with the police during his fly time. The Sky Tower was reported to have been evacuated in 10min of being notified. The plane went down in the sea off Kohimarama Beach. The man's motives were not confirmed, and so far political incentives have been ruled out.

Mobile phones were buzzing with rumours and reports using the parlementray election count. One unfounded rumour claimed the plan to crash into the home of National Party leader Don Brash, who lives in the upmarket suburb of St Heliers. Something that several auckland residents thought strange was the lack of coverage of this incident during the night. Both TV1 and TV3 were covering the elections live, however onlyslight mention was given the plane incident. Why? Perhaps authorities wanted to downplay this and not raise public panic. People out and about in the city reported activity and police precense around the Sky Tower and the Mission Bay area out of the ordinary for a typical Saturday night. Those not close to these scenes however did not seem to notice anything out of the ordinary. Folks out clubbing werent aware of this incident. People out and about were pretty much unaware of anything out of the norm. People were out having a great time, as any normal Saturday auckland night. The pilot managed to swim ashore from the aircraft without assitance of anysort. Once on the beach witnesses claim that the police used force, dragging the man by the neck.

If not a political incentive and without grounds of claim for any radical movement, why did this kiwi bloke feel inclined to crash into the Sky Tower, Auckland's mark in the sky line. Did he deliberately plundge into the waters or did technical problems force him down. Did he try avoid causing harm on his decent. How secure were the aircrafts in Admore airport? Will communication recordings be made available to the public? How will New Zealand law handle this case? Why did he not take to the Sky Tower? A minyard of questions. Well one fact we do know is that the pilot and his wife had recently parted.

 

Microsoft Tries to recruit ESR

"The following is, verbatim, a letter I received a few minutes ago from a Microsoft recruiter". ESR the author of 'The Cathedral and the Bazaar'. Here is ESR's blog entry

Aside from this whole ms-wanting-to-hire-esr deal i think im in a bit of a daze to discover that the seminal ESR maintains a blog!!! Right, so not quite sure what to make of the whole incident. A joke? Maybe. Most likely a joke played on the M$ recruiter.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

 

Driving Design

Pictures and thoughts flooded the internet a few hours after a high profile invite only launch of the iPod Nano, i was up late and got to read most of these intial thoughts and have a few chats on forums. Time has an article about the iPod Nano, currently my most favourite piece of eletronic equipment.

Apple stands by its mission to guide and not follow their customer base
It was a gutsy play, and it came from the gut: unlike almost any other high-tech company, Apple refuses to run its decisions by focus groups.
Listening to the customer is imporant. Making real one's vision is however i belive to be more important.

Friday, September 16, 2005

 

Prince

The Prince of Persia movie, is on IMDB now, there are not many details so far, but the movie is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and John August who is the producer of multiple Tim Burton movies. It is also written by Jordan Mechner, the same man who wrote the Prince of Persia video game. Post in the comments if you know any more details.

 

Press your luck

Pure evil since 1996 has a story up of the guy who took Press Your Luck for $110,237. Big Money, No Whammies!
I have never watched 'Press your luck' but the article is certainly interesting. Hacker in essence to study and understand. But that's about it. Too dumb to invest effectively.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

 

Habitat

Figure this may be of interest to some http://ewenbell.com/habitat/

Takes a more human prespective to the rebuilding of houses etc etc after the tsunami in lanka. Plus this guy has some beautiful pictures. I wonder if he will allow royalty free license for non-profit community use.

 

The United Nations World summit

The UN world summit is happening in NY these days. This summmit is a check point to see how the progress of the Millennium Development Goals that were set five years ago are comming along http://www.undp.org/mdg/ At the end of the summit the heads of states (global) will make a declaration on issues that are important. Lets hope that poverty and human rights are top on their lists. If you’ve got a white band wear it benchods.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

 

First Post

It is known that there is an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the product of a deranged imagination.

- Douglas N Adams


and thus it is with a sense of imagination one must read this 'blog' ... warning content has not been checked for sanity or factual accuracy.

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