Wanted – John Maynard Keynes, Jr

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is ploughing through “Godel, Escher, Bach”; I’m plouging through Polanyi’s “The Great Transformation”. It about how England became a market economy and a market society, the answers being the creation of markets, and the creation of insitutions and regulations to manage the social effects of those markets. That’s a hot topic right now, what with …

Mitochondrion 3.3 Centre Board Redesign

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And so, the version numbers tick ever upwards… It occurs to me that every part I’ve made for the Mitochondrion has, at that time, been the hardest piece of kit I’ve ever made. Case in point – the new centre board. It’s a double-sided circuit board, 14 cm long, 2 cm wide, so the same …

Morning randoms

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Serato Scratch – made in NZ Sheep, an endless source of fascination – Some sheep are fussier eaters than others Oh, happy days (2005) – BBC Q&A: What does $60 a barrel mean to you?

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Silly me, I’d have thought that a press release mocking the RSNZ as “a harem of whores” and calling the Society “Floozies for Fascism”, “Tarts Against Technology”, and “Doxies for Despotism” was actually an ironic, if slightly unhinged, way of mocking the Climate Science Coalition (our main critics who, truth be told, are much more …

Drugs and rhetoric, together at last

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Drugs, ho noes! Massey’s 2007 Illicit Drug Monitoring System report came out this week: http://www.shore.ac.nz/projects/idms_study.htm And there’s a fundamental problem with it – it’s a survey of people who are identified frequent drug users. People get included in the survey if they respond to flyers and posters about the survey, or if they are suggested …

Word of the week – “pantiwadulous”

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The Royal Society of New Zealand released its statement on climate change last week. No, I didn’t write it, we have real climate scientists for that, but I did comment on the drafts. It says what the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences and all the rest have said, namely that: …

Radiohead – House of Cards

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A while ago, I was waffling on about how the tools we’ve got let us capture 3D info, and very cheaply. Capturing 2D info is easy, it’s called a scanner. I was impressed, coz the 3D scanners can now be got for less than 100 Euros. Yeah, well, that’s the home stuff. The professional kit …

*sigh*

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Since I started on version 3 of the Mitochondrion, they’ve released a new version of the driver chip that I’m using for the outputs. I could fit 126 of them on the same bus, instead of the current maximum of eight. This would give me sixteen over a hundred times the bandwidth and sixteen times …

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The amount we’ve done at the section deserves a proper post. So instead, here’s a pic of a very tiny tatjna and a very large wood pile.

Australia invades NZ

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzaXmHNOydg Bwahahaha! Those ads would definitely convince me to invade New Zealand. Oh, wait, … er …

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House progress

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After three years, we’re finally starting on the house, though by “house” I mean section, and by “starting” I mean moving stuff so that we can start, at some point, in the future. But hey, progress! With gratefully received assistance from Trevor and Daniel, I’ve been sorting out the wood in the gulley, and by …

As there hasn’t been a Mitochondrion progress update for a while:

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