Swoon….. *thud*

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The team that set the land speed record and built the first and only supersonic car have a new project – 1,000 mph. It has an eight hundred horsepower V12 engine, just as a fuel pump for the hybrid rocket. As of now, I am officially drooling. There’s questions as to where they can run …

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Note to self – always remember to include the line of code that makes the Mitochondrion work five times faster. Q: What’s the capital of Iceland? A: About $20 Canada, still nice and boring, thanks to effective financial regulation. Chase me, ladies, I’m in the cavalry – “I had my first jujitsu class today, to …

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Daily Mash, I love you: Government takes 60% stake in Al Qaeda Also, Dim Post on fine form as usual: Business leaders hail Key’s New Economic Policy

Why am I a bureaucrat?

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I broke the double mini-trampoline at gymnastics on saturday. It broke as I was taking off for a front flip, causing some heart-in-mouth action. But this tramp has broken six times, been fixed six, and this was my first bounce on it. So not a good fix, which is a bugger, coz I like flying …

New Zealand, still quite nice – the evidence

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We are forced to pay too much tax! Us poor, oppressed, hard-working businessmen/workers/farmers/housewives/voters have suffered for too long under this tyranny! Actually, no. The OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics reveal that… the OECD is crushingly boring. To save you having to read all that, have a graph instead: So our taxes are pretty slap bang in …

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Psytrance – that’s just repetitive beeping noises, isn’t it? Well, for your education, Dr Science has investigated this empirically. Here’s what psytrance looks like through an osciloscope*: From which we can conclude – psytrance is just repetitive beeping noises (at 155 bpm). Tune in next week, when we’ll be investigating the claim – modern music, …

Adagio

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Everyone should go see Adagio, Deb Pope’s latest production at Downstage. See it coz it is sexy, funny, scattered and intimate. (And the performers are also damn good at making me drink vodka slammers, but that’s another story…)

Pirates, and their inadequacy as a form of long-term investment

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I know that Brooklyn isn’t exactly pirate central, but doesn’t that make it the perfect place to bury pirate treasure? Yet after ten hours of digging this ******* trench, have I found any booty? Old glass bottles, one brush head, many, many two-inch squares of glass, yup. Treasure? No. In other news, trench still not …

The long run

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This is the US’s economic growth, per person, over the past two hundred years. The curves for the rest of the West are similar. They all go up, endlessly, relentlessly up. Yeah, there’s some wiggles. We’re having one right now. It’s just a wiggle. When you’ve got a system with behaviour like this, that’s so …

Putting the jaguar amongst the pidgeons

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James R. Flynn, who manages to offend everybody, has a new book out, “Where Have all the Liberals Gone?“. He tends to get people’s backs up for pointing out that, for example, blacks in America have lower IQs than whites. This finding has been used by the right wing to point to genetic inferiority (“The …

Swinging my manly grubber

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Building a house involves a whole new level of screw-ups. We’ve just received a quote for installing the electricity from up the pole to by the road, where our sparkie can hook in. Price? Forty-one thousand dollars. I think they got that wrong. And we’ve also just received an invoice for a “panting survey”. I …

Can I have C back now please?

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I’ve a nagging feeling that the answer to this will either be bleedin obvious, or impossible. How do I implement a logical operation with the truth table: p q = r 0 0 = 0 0 1 = 1 1 0 = 0 1 1 = 0 Context: There’s lots of low-level bit banging in …