More smugness

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Video from the juggling festival. Includes the twins balancing, me in two shots, and six people passing fire club. Though, it must be said, it all looks very energetic. I was mainly more chilled out than this.

What you can do

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We’ve had a week of debate about climate change and absolute agreement that “something must be done”. So what can be done? Well, here’s my list, off the top of my head, based on what I know from the debate and from being involved in this for a long time, and for a job: Firstly, …

Conference summary

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Tomorrow, what you can do. But now, summary of the conference from my boss that’s just been published in the Royal Society’s weekly newsletter: 1. THE CLIMATE IS RIGHT Comment by Royal Society CEO, Dr Steve.Thompson steve.thompson@rsnz.org Two days of information deluge are difficult to digest. Victoria University’s Climate Change conference held in Wellington on …

Day 2 of climate conference

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Very well attended, an absolutely excellent effort from the Institute of Policy Studies. Very timely as we’re all trying to work out what to do now that we’re not going to have a carbon tax (short answer to what next – hey, how about a carbon tax?)

Day 1 of climate conference

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This is my random scribbles yesturday’s climate conference. Don’t have time to be more coherent, as it starts again very shortly. Its probably best if I just summarise Pete Hodgson, as he seemed to hit the nail on the head: The government can solve this, but only if it takes actions that, right now, are …

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Yes, its climate change week in the policy world, where we talk about climate change till our jaws fall off. I’ll just give you the edited highlights. Yesturday was the NZ Institute of International Affairs, on the current policy around climate change. So notes: Kyoto is the only game in town, its got specific targets …

And that’s why they call it rocket science

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SpaceX has a bold new rocket that promises to revolutionise the cost of getting to space. However, the performance remains entirely traditional – the first one just blew up As did the first Ariane 5, Ariane 2, Black Arrow, Delta III, Europa, several of the Chinese Long March family, the Indian PSLV, the Soviet moon …

You can keep your wowddowh40k thing

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Its study time and we all know what that means. Yes, games! Not fancy immersive shared virtual engaging experience. No. Just psychadelicly coloured objects, moving rapidly, and exploding in rainbows, all over psychadelicly coloured moving backgrounds. Set to repetitive techno. Pure fast-twitch, Defender/Tempest pace. Two of the best, and they’re free: Mono Duo And in …

Bits going everywhere

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In terms of joyfully complicated machinery, the Napier Deltic takes the biscuit. An eighty-eight litre engine, with eighteen cylinders and thirty-six pistons. And its a diesel. All this fantastically byzantine engineering gets you up to four thousand horsepower. Sadly replaced by gas turbines, which have one moving part that just goes round. How dull.

Climate change – its all on

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Next week there are a bunch of talks alongside the big Vic conference. Go think about stuff: Climate Change and Us forum next Monday, 7-9, Te Papa Hear world experts from the conference talk about climate change and NZ. Free, but will pack out so phone 471 1982 or diana.shand@iclei.org for tickets Climate Change night …

On a mission

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That was the most fun I’ve had for far too long. The ingredients being: brightly coloured objects moving rapidly jumping in the sea more jumping in the sea tissu outdoors – ooh, view and a breeze tinfoil hats being north of Tawa for the first time in months f&c shops with fish in tanks, “tropical …

Roadtrip!

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After grumbling about being a stayathome, I’m in Raglan for the juggling festival. Have just been for a swim in the sea as the sunset. Now f&c then wine then more fun.

Free! and informative

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Feed your brain: Tomorrow, “Small Brains, Smart Minds”, honeybee vision and thinking, free, 6 pm, LT1, the lecture theatres in the courtyard at the back of the Government Buildings/Law School Buildings/whatever the official name for them is. “Insects cope remarkably well with their world despite possessing a brain that carries fewer than 0.01% as many …

Ahh, s0d it

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Any of these would help today: All the hammers in the world though there’s at least two kinds that they don’t have: toffee hammers1 and non-sparking beryllium-copper hammers2. Are there any other kinds of hammers that they are missing out on? 1 – These are not made of toffee, but are a specified design, according …

On not being pointlessly rude, for once

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On Sunday, of course, The church rock band were practising in the room next to us in Te Whaea, where we were practising aerials. As I walked out, I saw that they have perspex screens around the drummer, I dunno, maybe he hasn’t learned to play quietly. I wanted to walk in there and say: …

Helen Clark on peak oil, yesturday in Parliament

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“I am of the view that New Zealand needs to think a lot more boldly about issues of moving beyond being an oil-dependent economy. I am aware of other economies, like Sweden, which are looking at how to eliminate the use of oil in their economies within the next 20 years. I think we could …