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I have been in NZ for seven years.

Long Weekend

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I had a long weekend of doing stuff.

Thots, not very good ones thou

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Moving a huge pile of fantasy books this weekend led me to consider the ‘wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a magical telepathic pony’ meme. Said pony would most likely say something like: “I’m bored, this grass tastes funny, why am I stuck in this field, where are my horse friends, I’m bored, there’s a …

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ACT I SCENE 2. A road, morning. Enter a carriage, with JULES and VINCENT, murderers. Also, it’s ALIVE! The main brain1 for the Mitochondrion is on and programmable2, after I replaced the blown chip3. 1 – A Picaxe 28X1, surface mount. About as powerful as a ZX81 but around 10,000 times smaller and costing $28. …

Where’s my flying car?

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I’ve just been to a talk by an astronaut-to-be. She’s off to the International Space Station next year. Good for her. Is it really sad that my main response was “two hundred billion dollars, you could have done something really useful with that”?

OMG NO BEER!

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NZ’s own Jim Salinger, of NIWA, achieved global fame last week – he was quoted in The Onion – “Beer production threatened by climate change”. More about the OMG NO BEER! problem, a risk hitherto unconsidered when it comes to dealing with this issue. If this doesn’t convince people to take action, what will? Could …

How to prove anything with economics, part 57 – Cost Benefit Analysis and Discount Rates

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Is it worth doing anything about something? Is it cost-effective to: 1) Invest in reducing smoking now when the benefit won’t be seen for decades? 2) Tax breaks now or putting money in the bank for a rainy day? 3) Build houses that’ll last for fifty years, or require people to spend more money for …

New Zealand, still quite nice

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The news in New Zealand, from the BBC: NZ man ‘used hedgehog as weapon’ (Original story)

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I have the lurgy. This is annoying, I have stuff I want to do. I also have a phone and wireless net, so can moan about it from in bed. I think this counts as progress. This is my view: Tell me things.

Dumping the pile

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Rodeohead – “Copy that, God loves his children” Specially for , Broke Trek Continuing in the grand tradition of informative customer reviews: Bic pen For , Matrix with a staff, sort of Matrix with a hoop, at 3.53. Well, it’s more of an bent arm propellor, but f’it, it’s harder than I can do.