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It appears that ACT has been infiltrated by a fifth-column of those god-less liberals make up Al Gore’s huge left-wing conspiracy to make us all insulate our houses. Or maybe Trotskyites. Whoever it is, they’re intent on dragging ACT’s good and rationalist reputation into the mud. That’s the only possible explanation for this press release, …

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Which I found at Brad Delong’s, proving that there is hope.

Ignoring the Budget completely here

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Half of the biggest change in policy thinking this decade is the idea that people are rational, but that rationality is limited. I’ll explain. Ministers tell civil servants to go and design a policy that achieves X, whatever X might be. You might think that X is a good thing or a bad thing, but …

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Close to a billion dollars is to be spent on insulating and heating homes with subsidies available to all Kiwis – which I think we can all agree is a downright wonderful idea. Not too shabby on the timing of the announcement either (for those of you not in Wellington, we’ve just had a five …

Random accumulated thots

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On backups Words of wisdom from : “Eventually modern environmental pressure will select for humans with the instinctive fight/flight/make backups response.” Tolkein Further to my bitching about the canon of modern* popular literature, here’s a negative number of Reasons for Liking Tolkien. This terribly erudite essay comes from the London Review of Books and badly …

How long does it take to write only 4 kb of code anyway?

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Netbook + bus ride => more coding! Woo! Especially as I’m rewriting all the Mitochondrion software… Also, you can tell you’re a real geek when you’re finding complier bugs. For the visual design of the Mitochondrion, v3.5, I’m feeling inspired by the epileptic 8-bit design of MIA. For a sample, this is the web page …

Conference blogging

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At climate change adaptation conference. Oh god, it’s depressing.

Media response to the ocean acidification piece

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Southland Times – Global warming may hurt oysters: “Barnes Oysters manager Graeme Wright was not aware of the report when contacted by The Southland Times but said it would likely be raised at the next Bluff oyster fisheries planning group meeting later this year.” Stuff & Otago Daily Times – NZ scientists sound warning on …

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And the blogosphere is the first to respond to what RSNZ put out this morning: What’s a few tears to the ocean – from Hot Topic “New Zealand could amongst the first places in the world to feel the effects of ocean acidification, according to a new “emerging issues” paper released today by the Royal …

Ocean acidification – emerging issues

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This is what I’ve been working on for a little while:

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We moved more concrete blocks, just to make tatjna jealous. Then there was wiring of rebar, so the first foundations are ready to pour, and then assorted other sundry jobs, involving chainsaws and old corrugated iron.

Further holidays – I’m doing it wrong

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Numerous pallets of concrete blocks arrived, so we shifted four hundred and fifty of them. The slight and generally imperceptable slope from the road down to the house is a good thing. It’s intended that you don’t really notice it, just that life gets a lot easier as you walk to the house. It works …

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All of my brain waves seem to occur in the shower. Obviously, correlation is causation, so my current plan for awesome productivity is to stay in the shower all day. I’ll be needing a waterproof laptop and waterproof soldering iron. Also, suggestions for beverages greatly received, as cups of tea in the shower never turn …

What is this ‘weekend’ that you speak of?

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House,

Can’t remember who I was discussing this with last night…

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Lunar Lander, 3D, 5Kb