Okay, Tupelo is the plan

Everyone says nice things about Tupelo, so can I make an Official Decision that that’s where we’ll be this eve?

If the weather remains crap, I shall be there from 5.15, otherwise I’m popping home first, and will be there at 6.


If you include aikido, trapeze and climbing, training this morning makes eight training sessions in six days.

Yay for not spending my days reading textbooks. I’m getting quite tired.

This includes three aikido sessions in the last twenty-five hours. I don’t think this is unreasonable. That’s less than 20% of my life right now.

This is just till grading in December. Then I’ll sit on my arse. Of course, my arse will be on my bike and I’ll be getting some serious miles in.

This is why I don’t bother taking drugs. And hey, protein bars, creatine and BCAAs don’t count.

Anyway, two things:

Firstly, the Return of The Great Wellington Cafe Hunt! I’m sure that I managed to get zoomin.co.nz to give me a map of central Wellington with all the cafes flagged. Can I do it again? Nope. So however can get a map with cafes marked gets a free beer from me tonight. Also, where do people want to try?

Secondly, last of the climate change policy editorials:

Energy-intensive sectors, such as aluminium or cement production, should already be paying close attention to energy prices so a carbon price should cut emissions. There are claims that this will damage competition and drive domestic industries offshore. These claims are probably overstated, the energy price in NZ would have to be much higher than in Australia before it made sense to ship cement across the Tasman, for instance.

That said, there may be little benefit to us from wearing a hair shirt when it’s total global emissions that matter. So one approach might be multinational agreements within energy-intensive industry sectors where, for example, all aluminium producers might commit to a certain level of greenhouse gas reductions for their industry.

However, low-intensity industry, commerce and domestic use make up about half of global emissions. Energy costs might only be a few percent of the running costs of a supermarket, so a carbon price might not give a strong response. More important drivers for these kinds of companies might be establishing a reputation for environmental responsibility with their customers. Drivers for individuals and households might be social responsibility. However, all these voluntary factors may only lead to small reductions, perhaps five or ten percent. That’s not enough. Unless there is a sudden outbreak of altruism, stronger cuts will have to be imposed and that is not politically feasible, yet, as the connection between people’s actions and damage to the climate remains vague and long-term. The science, and the economics, to clarify this connection continues to increase in accuracy and credibility, but we are far from being able to say “if you emit one tonne of greenhouse gases now, it will cost you X dollars in the future.” Our best efforts, right now, say that X is some, possibly lots, with the UK government suggesting figures of NZ$200 to NZ$400. Whatever X is, it is certainly not zero. Without a price, of some kind, on greenhouse gas emissions, we are saying that X is zero. That is clearly wrong.

Phew, that was an epic. Next week, I’m back to talking about kittens, and their role in New Zealand’s economic growth.

Dear Wind

My compliments on your attack this morning. Wrapping a newspaper around my face and suddenly blinding me while I was trying to cycle down Adelaide Road in heavy traffic was quite inspired. I’m impressed by your precision and effectiveness. You also get bonus brownie points for using recycled material.

However, humanity’s not beaten yet. You know why? That’s right, coz we’ve got buildings, and we’re staying in them until you stop throwing a tantie.

Comic with Science!

And science proves that tea is the best thing since salted Jesus scratchings.

And while we’re on the science side of things, for the last two hundred years, there’s been frankly nothing better for kitchen knives than carbon steel. Now there is, phase-toughened zirconia ceramic. I’ve had a Kyocera ceramic for seven years and it has yet to need sharpening. It was also mildly broken by a flatmate. Grr…. Anyway, anyone know where to get one in NZ? I’ve tried the usual places (Moore Wilson, Kirks) but no luck. I’d get one over the magical webosphere, but shops seem flinchy about international orders.

I want another of these:

Looks like nothing at all, is sharper than god.

(That shop also has the longer, black, HIPped (stronger) knives. Only six hundred dollars. Gibber.)

Not sitting on the sofa with a big book of bollocks

So my first weekend without study since forever ran approximately thus, starting friday:

Aikido, work, shop, party with leather!, sleep, hammering, drilling, screwing and glueing in the name of science, party with science!, sleep, wake up far too early, clean stuff, wash stuff, aikido with the blackbelts doing randori and knives in the hottest dojo ever, clean more stuff, aerials training, pizza, death.

And here was me worried I’d get bored.

Grunting and shaking

Dear Kickboxers with whom we share the dojo with,

Early morning training is a great thing, but when you, being all buff and that, hit the punchbag, it feels as if the whole building is shaking. You are seriously harshing my mellow. Kindly chill the f.ck out or, this being aikido, we shall be forced to buy you a cup of warm milk and give you a long lecture on universal peace and harmony.

You know tunes are good

You know tunes are good when you don’t want to stop listening for the ten seconds that it’ll take for you to pause winamp, take off headphones, get up, step to printer, get the doc I’m working on, and return to headphones.

I don’t even like hard house.

Now I can stop

…yeah right.

So today was final exam after three and a half years of hoping economics would get better. It didn’t but its done now. Thus there’s this huge gaping void in my life, currently filled with exuberance (and Polly’s booze), but the question becomes – what next? Currently, the options run:

  1. sex, drugs and rock and roll
  2. have a mid-life crisis
  3. try to remember how to ride a bike
  4. get back to serious training
  5. see people, go places, do stuff
  6. aikido, all the time
  7. become Master of the Universe, by reducing my universe to the couch and the tv
  8. build a house
  9. mend things
  10. learn to knit

So I want your suggestions.

Hurrah! or not…

Got my last ever assignment back, with a big 92 on the front!

“Gosh”, you say, “you’re so clever!”

Yeah, sadly, they didn’t say what 92 is out of. 92%? 92 out of a thousand? Who knows? These are economists, and they can give you very, very precise answers, that are utterly meaningless.

Also, Dannevirke Garden and Craft Expo has a Wikipedia page. And there’s a note at the top of the page that says “An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline”. So get your Dannevirke Garden and Craft Expo Wikipedia page now, before someone notices and it gets deleted by the big meanies.