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Autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity … just sayin. Oh, and Wild Kitten!

They let anyone in. Its a bloody crime, I tell you…

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Woohoo! My citizenship ceremony is on the evening of the 17th. Now I just have to sing the national anthem and learn the Affirmation of Allegiance. It goes like this: I solemnly, and sincerely affirm that I will be faithful and bear true witness against my neighbour’s ox… umm… hang on… I solemnly, and sincerely …

Look Around You

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wins by for ever, although assistance was provided by the speediness of her internet connection.

Swoon!

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Google Earth have updated their Wellington imagery. Round about feb-march this year, judging from the state of assorted construction around about the place. So, its time for another far too hard quiz: Where is this and who lives there? First person to get them all wins the entire contents of my head. But if you’ve …

Randomness

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Coz of today’s dissappointingly slack contribution from and in lieu of any more bombshells from , you get to be treated to what’s on my mind. Strangely, its not Jake Gyllenhaal: New Zealand’s very own Uranium Rush!!!. It wasn’t very big. Why companies do better than governments. Coz companies tackle the easy problems and governments …

Tokyo Drift

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F&FIII – Tokyo Drift should have ended with the bad guy’s Celica falling off the cliff, landing upside down on top of the good guy’s Mustang, then they finish the race together, get out of the cars, make their piece, declare their love for each other and live happily ever after. All to the tunes …

Horsey pics for horsey people

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My, don’t they grow up fast. After two weeks: After one year: And I’m sure the knowledgeable amongst us will tell us what colour that is.

All quotey today

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“Socialism collapsed because it did not allow prices to tell the economic truth. Capitalism may collapse because it does not allow prices to tell the ecological truth.” said by Oystein Dahle, a VP of Esso. A few more businessmen like that and we wouldn’t be in the mess that we’re in.

Nukes too big and expensive for NZ

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Shock horror! Ministry finds its own arse without assistance: MED says “Nuclear power too costly”

And while we’re here

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Minor irritation

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I had yet another really boring dream. This time, the van ran out of diesel in Wiltshire. I got the spare fuel tank and walked to a nearby garage. Came back, filled it up, it worked. wtf? And my citizenship application has been approved, so I am just one singing of the national anthem away …

Erk

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Despite all the snuggling into multiple duvets, there’s one part of me that still gets cold. Not my head, you’d be surprised at how warm two millimetres of hair is. Yup, its the back of my neck. There’s only one solution – I’m going to grow a mullet. yes, this is in direct response to …

Why does the power keep failing?

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The blocks show how much we’ve been spending on the transmission lines. Yup, since privatisation, damn near sold all. There’s good privatisation and there’s bad privatisation. And then there’s the disaster that is NZ’s privatisations. And some lessons from last time (long, detailed).

How to:

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How to lose a war: Rear Adm Harris said: “They are smart. They are creative, they are committed,” “They have no regard for life, either ours or their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us.” You couldn’t make it up, US military considers …

Oh crap

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I have nothing to do. This is a whole new experience for me. I could tidy and clean, but its pretty clean here. I could train more, except hockey this morn and aerials this afternoon, so body is dealt to. I could think, but brain all thinky no argh thinky. I could go see people, …

Fvck Yeah

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Its not often you get to walk out of an exam going “fvck yeah!” So I think I may have crossed the line between annoyingly chipper and utterly insufferable. And then I went and sat in the sun outside Deliaro and enjoyed not having to do anything with my brain at all. Also, a blue …

How to mislead

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Yet another press release slagging off the Green party, from NZ’s climate skeptics claiming that New Zealand has got colder since 1998 and therefore climate change is a myth. Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it, ‘everyone’ knows that global warming is happening, so if its getting colder, then maybe, just maybe, the huge environmentalist conspiracy is wrong …

Science, part 3

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Can you tell the difference between these graphs: and One is a measure of reality and can be explained with one paragraph. This we call science. The other is a random bunch of lines, thrown together with sufficient complication to stop anyone from disagreeing. This we call propaganda, lying, bare-faced cheek, or economics. And it …

How to save (one third of) a MILLION DOLLARS on your mortgage

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(in which our hero realises things about mortgages that they really should teach at school) We’re building a house in Brooklyn, or nearly about to start on the carpad. And the house we want is going to cost something like H!L!F! dollars. We can afford it, but with a twenty-five year mortgage. Kicking the numbers …

On eloquence

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Wot I wrote: “Our national energy security is at growing risk from our total dependence on overseas supplies of oil. Our economy is affected by the rising price of oil and its impact on our current account deficit. The continued use of fossil fuels is accelerating climate change, which will introduce a new layer of …