Sportakrobatik & Wolfgang Bientzle
This is very European, but hardcore. Bad lycra, but ridiculously hard acrobalance. Handstand somersault to handstand? And using a person as a skipping rope?
Whereas this is hard but charming.

Also, I know I’m a wuss, but cloudswing hurts.
And you might think I’m tech, but this is tech. Then again, 7×12 pixels, one valve per pixel => $ouch. As the makers say, “There is no limit, beyond cost”.


I’ll write up today’s biofuels conference at some point, but to be brief, the very interesting, useful and po-faced German presenter put up this slide:

And then said: “I don’t have a data point for the year 2000, but I’m sure you can extrapolate the trend.”

[EDIT – Charlie Stross’s short story “The Missile Gap” is online, for free. Now. Go read. “No smoking in the nuclear bunker!”.]

[EDIT MOAR – “The Missile Gap” just made me laugh out loud and bounce in my seat. I’m not even at Chapter 4 and its already joyously filling my obscure technology place. And that’s a big place, hard to satisfy. A ship called the Korolev and its mission, with Gagarin as the pilot… I recommend this.]

I play attack. I don’t play defense

I don’t usually do the “and today I put my socks on!” posts, but:

This eve at skate hockey, I was finally back on form. And by that, I mean I could skate goals into existance, by going hard and fast. There’s something about being right on the edge of traction, balance, lactic acid and oxygen debt, knowing that after this second, you can collapse in a heap but right now, this moment, you have to hold it all together through the overwhelming intensity to get that touch on the puck to get it into the goal.

I am sweaty Jez. This is sweaty post.

Car Deck Warming Picnic Today

Today, 1 til 3 pm. 56 Clarence Street in Brooklyn.

Phase 1 is done. We have a car deck. At some point after this, we’ll have a house, but best to celebrate before we’re all on zimmer frames, I reckon. So come along, bring food and drink, dogs and sprogs, and bask in the glory that is our cardeck. There is shade and horizontal surfaces.

There may be rockets.

And dare I say it, but the weather is looking good.


Valerie’s 30th, Sandwiches, 9 pm tonight, electro-house.

You’re invited.

(I was tempted to add “… if you think you’re awesome enough.” But this early in the morning, my awesomeometer is still warming up so I can’t tell if that’d be an awesome thing to say or not. Possibly not.)

[EDIT – Though I am going to say: “Every continuous linear endomorphism of the complex space has a proper closed invariant subspace which is either of dimension one, or of codimension one.” Coz that’s an awesome sentence. No, I don’t know what it means either.]

Reasons to be cheerfull, no. 4328780, oh hang on… Franz Josef glacier melting

By the end of the century the glacier will shrink in length by 4km and reduce in size to three-quarters of its current volume, glaciologists say

One of New Zealand’s outstanding tourist attractions is melting away, glaciologists say.

The tongue of the iconic Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast will melt away in the next 100 years, a team of glaciologists from Canterbury and Victoria universities have found.

The researchers used a computer model to test the effect of the predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the glacier.

“Even with the minimum amount of likely warming over the next century, the glacier will shrink in length by 4km, and reduce in size to three-quarters of its current volume,” Brian Anderson from Victoria University said.

While Franz Josef Glacier is currently advancing, that was only because it was unusually responsive to short-term climate cycles such as El Nino, he said.

El Nino causes lower temperatures and greater snowfall in the Southern Alps over three to five-year periods.

Associate Professor Wendy Lawson, head of geography at Canterbury University, said glaciers responded quickly to changes in climate.

“While small glaciers like the Franz Josef contain only a small proportion of the total global ice volume, they are important for sea level change because they respond very quickly to changes in climate,” Dr Lawson said.

The results were important for the New Zealand economy, especially for tourism and water resources.

“The Franz Josef Glacier is one of the high points of the visit of tens of thousands of New Zealanders and overseas visitors to the West Coast each year,” Dr Lawson said.

Dr Anderson and Andrew Mackintosh, who is also at Victoria University, are expanding the work to look at glacier changes over the entire Southern Alps.

A $6.8 million tourist attraction unique to the southern hemisphere opened its doors officially last month at Franz Josef Glacier.

Lonely Planet waxed lyrical about the West Coast glaciers in its latest volume on New Zealand.

“Literally the biggest highlights of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park are the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.

“Nowhere else at this latitude do glaciers come so close to the coast. These two frozen juggernauts are stereotypical cascades of ice, grinding unceasingly down valleys towards the sea.”

Not so unceasingly, it turns out.

Wellington, April 11; NZ Press Association

Urr… umm…

It turns out that I’ve done all the things I needed to do this weekend. I could carry on making stuff for Kiwiburn, but most of that needs me to go shopping, special shopping, and the kinds of shops that sell 3/4-3/4 BSP couplers (and not BSPT, thankyouverymuch) are not the kinds of shops that are open on holiday mondays.

For possibly the first time ever, on Monday I have a whole day free. gets back at 6 pm from Auckland, where she’s been leading alpaca around whilst on stilts, but before that, I, for once in my life, am not booked.

So, what do you think I should do?

Oh, those manly Spartans:

As Plato says:

“If only there were a way to start a city or an army made up of lovers and the boys they love! Theirs would be the best possible system of society, for they would hold back from all that is shameful, and seek honor in each other’s eyes. Even a few of them, in battle side by side, would conquer the world, I’d say. For a man in love would never allow his loved one, of all people, to see him leaving ranks or dropping weapons. He’d rather die a thousand deaths! And as for leaving the boy behind, or not coming to his aid in danger – why, no one is so base that true love could not inspire him with courage, and make him as brave as if he’d been born a hero.”

“Enjoy your breakfast, for tonight we dine in Hell!”

If Leonidas was a Kiwi:

Okay, 300, who’s coming? At the Embassy, either friday or saturday. Let me know your pref. I’m thinking the 6.45 showing, so Rhi can attend, as I’m pretty sure she’ll be up a film that promises to be the gay pron version of Team America.

As someone older and wiser than me once said:
“There’s something about the way these people move that tells you they are a nation at war. Look into their eyes, and you can read the words ‘I have a reservation at the restaurant of death’. It’s a messy bistro, with a bad name for soiling its customers’ clothes. We’ve seen only one napkin in four days.”

Dear Intarwebs, a request for information

This week, I’m on holiday. So far, that consists of getting up far earlier than usual, then spending the day in hard physical labour. With Cliff the builder, we got four post holes dug, one by hand, four posts concreted in and another six metres of retaining wall boarded up. Cliff and Will headed off to beat the 5 o’clock traffic and I finished off concreting in the last post, so tomorrow I can wire it up, tension it and fill behind the boards.

Despite this being a holiday, I’m really tired now. Am I doing it wrong?

[EDIT – The only thing that could improve my life right now would be a floating, waterproof laptop so I could play WoW in the bath. And by “play”, I mean fall asleep.]

Notes for your diary, and bathroom

Car Deck Warming Picnic

1 til 3 pm, Sunday the 15th of April. 56 Clarence Street in Brooklyn.

Phase 1 is done. We have a car deck. At some point after this, we’ll have a house, but best to celebrate before we’re all on zimmer frames, I reckon. So come along, bring food and drink, dogs and sprogs, and bask in the glory that is our cardeck. There is shade and horizontal surfaces.

There may be rockets.