Kiwiversary!

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As of today, I’ve been in New Zealand for eight years. I quite like it.

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For those not utterly obsessed by the saga of climate change advice in Wellington, in brief: Jim Salinger was a climate scientist at NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere and a lead author with the IPCC He was their public face, running contracts to talk to Television NZ and Radio New Zealand NIWA …

The cost of drinking tea

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71 cents. Least, that’s what I just got a leccy bill for, and I think the only appliance that’s been plugged in at the section has been the kettle. Man, building a house is expensive.

Epic delays

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M3.4 -> M3.5 Power regulator for the microcontroller is currently on test, hope to put it all back together this weekend, once I’ve dug a trench for the water main and compacted the path. All the problems I had with the MAX756/710 have yet to reappear, the only differences being I’m not using a surface …

T-Nation order

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I’ll be putting an order into T-Nation this week. That’s where a bunch of different things come from, including spike and power drive. Coz: 1 bottle of 50 spike from the NZ distributor – NZD 100 1 bottle of 50 spike from the US – NZD 44 2 bottles from the US – NZD 71 …

Upgrade weekend

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This weekend was planned in for upgrading the Mitochondrion from version 3.4 (frequently crashing, really shagged batteries, broken bits) to 3.5 (made entirely of happy kittens). Umm… So I did some of that and some relaxing, for once in my life.

Obligatory whining LJ post

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I’m stripping the Mitochondrion down, fixing the broken parts, and adding in anti-crash stuff. Why the hell did it take four hours to make what is essentially a washer? Ok, it’s a thich washer with three holes in it, a step at the edge, and one of the holes is counter-bored and reinforced, but ffs! …

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I bitched last week about physics, and how it takes all the fun out of life (where life involves stories about travelling between planets.) For the second half of last century, getting out into space involved big, expensive machines that frequently blew up. So let’s try something different this time: Space-craft as fairy dust, 10 …

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You know it’s been a good weekend when you have to clean the van out with a shovel. Thanks to Joel, Wendy, Polly, Tommy, Thomas, Jodi, Will, Mike, Johanna, Walter, and Annabel. And thanks especially to Cliff and Mighty Mouse the tractor. And as well as wood hauling, there was laying of dance floors, rigging …

Wood Hauling, Part 2

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Okay, this Sunday, 10 am up at the section. We’ll be splitting, hauling and loading up wood. There will be tea. There may be tunes. We will also be doing drop-offs of wood throughout the day, with trailer and/or van, so if you want a delivery, can you arrange your end so that the van/trailer …

Firefly, slashdong and doom

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I don’t want to suspend my disbelief, the universe is interesting enough without waving one’s hands and writing fantasy. So I get very grumpy when Firefly uses spaceships to move cattle. It’s just lazy. Anyway, here’s the two canonical references to the science that you need to think about it you’re going to write science …

Wood hauling day on the 12th

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Okay, as everyone seemed to a) get plenty of wood, and b) enjoy themselves, there’ll be another wood hauling day planned in for Sunday, the 12th of this month. Now that we’ve got a system sorted, I think we can get even more wood out of the gulley. Cliff the builder will be bringing the …