Wonderful sentences of the interweb, part 24:

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“Word got out I was banged up in hospital and Saul Albert of wirelesslondon.info rocked up with two laptops, a 12V car jumpstart battery, a directional wifi antenna, and reams of various cables.”

Wonderful sentences of the interweb, part 23:

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“Alan Turing famously codified the Turing test which was sort of an early drinking game for in-the-closet British gays, back when homosexuality was illegal in the UK.” A Tough Guide to the Rapture of the Nerds “He used to smear a tree behind his Silver Spring home with a mixture of peanut butter and Valium …

Maui and Sith – together at last

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So Revenge of the Sulky sucked big monkeys. But it looked pretty and stuff blew up. Maui, on the other hand, was most fantastic and spectacular. Go see. Go see now! And compiled on the way home, theatre projects that just wouldn’t work: Computer Programming – The Musical A Civil Engineering Extravaganza! The Tour de …

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Its a little frightening when you’re googling for something utterly random1, something pops up and you think: “hmm… looks interesting” And then you read it and think: “this looks familiar” And then you remember that you wrote it, six months ago. Anyway, have had enough of maintaining a dialoging process to enhance the ongoing strategic …

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David Hasselhoff calls his agent and demands, “I want everyone to call me The Hoff from now on.” His agent replies “Sure! No hassle.” Sorry… Anyway, no aerials practise this saturday, coz most of Wellington’s professional aerialists are performing in Maui. So go see Maui instead! Or do lots of press-ups.

Going native

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You know that you’re going native when you find yourself at a seminar on innovation in electric fencing. And you find it really interesting. *slaps head, goes off to drink warm beer and watch cricket*

Wonking away!

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You know you’re getting old and sad, pipe and slippers styleee, when you’re really pleased to get the Budget. The whole thing, all 3000 plus pages. Its exciting, really, it is. Lots of money for scientists and universities. It is a good budget, with much carrots and satisfaction. Though sadly no special rapid-response fund for …

Pen shops in Wellington

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Both my beloved Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V5 Extra Fine green pens are dying, consumed by my lust, or something dubious like that. But where in town to get new ones? Whitcoulls on Lambton Q has many pens but no green, the Whitcoulls in Reading doesn’t have any Hi-Tecpoints, curse their tinsel-draped souls. The busy magazine shop …

Wire walking workshop

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Coz hard things are fun, though this wasn’t too hard, just a case of get on, fall off, get on again. Strangely, I can balance with arms and legs everywhere but where they’re supposed to be. Anyway, both managed walking backwards and stepping through 180. Pulled off a 180 without stepping my feet, but that …

Best cup of tea ever

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You know those things that you’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t realise that desire until after you’d done it? Well, I’d always wanted to have a cup of tea at a Nick Cave concert. Randomness, as notabouthim hasn’t yet: We need more like John Francis. The no-cars thing, not the silence, that is. *is …

Blame fuvenusrs

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1) True or false: Jez gets all the girls? False. Jez is entirely unaware of the effect he has on people, and is thus desired for that. Were he to become aware, he might try to take advantage of it, and then it would have entirely the opposite effect. Just like Cassandra’s, this is a …

Wire walking workshop

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This weekend, a tightwire walking workshop. Coz doing hard things is fun. In Newtown, 10-4, sat and sun, $20 per day. Email me if you’re interested. You’ll need shoes and stubbornness.

Accents

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The UK election is turning out to be more interesting than expected1, but still pretty dull, the BBC’s UK election coverage is fantastic, and in particular, the news announcer’s2 ability to pronounce the names of constituencies like Caerphilly, Na h-Eilean an Iar, Blaenau Gwent, and Keighley, fills me with joy. And the regional accents from …

My editorial on carbon taxes

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This week the Government gave more details about the planned carbon tax, aimed at putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions. The awareness of climate change in governments across the globe is a clear example of governments responding to rigorous work and solid evidence from the natural sciences. However, will responses like the carbon tax …

Fings wot i earned today

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C20C is a subproject in ACC which is a stream in CLIVAR which is run by the WCRP which is a part of the WMO which is a body of the UN. Damn climatologists, for doing important stuff but making it boring and incomprehensible.

DEPRESSED MAN DIAGNOSED AS “BRITISH”

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George Farthing, an expatriate British man living in America, was recently diagnosed as clinically depressed, tanked up on anti depressants and scheduled for controversial Shock Therapy when doctors realized he wasn’t depressed at all – only British. ‘Not depressed, just British’ Mr Farthing, a British man whose characteristic pessimism and gloomy perspective were interpreted as …