Sometimes you need the biggest spanner in the toolbox. Sometimes you need a bigger one than that.

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We spent this weekend was planing and sanding. And then more of that, and some extra planing and sanding, just for fun. That’s maybe 15% of what needs doing, but it’s going to look so pretty, when it’s done. Each beam has seven square metres of surface and takes approximately forever. Each one also wears …

This may explain quite a lot

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It turns out that my “I don’t know what you’re asking for” face looks just the same as my “I think you’re an arse” face. Or so I’m told.

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I’ve a nagging feeling my coding skills are getting rusty

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The Mitochondrion coding process seems to run something like this: 7 pm – 9 pm: Work on the 40 Mb spreadsheet that mangles the data from the patterns into the code that loads the data onto the Picaxe. There are four unevenly asynch counters here to do the mangling. Code from spreadsheet not working. 9 …

Bricks are heavy

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It was bloody freezing this weekend, so we decided to spend our time somewhere warm. Yup, outside, up at the section, but sheltered from the wind and in a major suntrap. (Who am I kidding, it was variable, occasionally only two layers were needed, occasionally five.) We’ve had the slab poured for the workshop. Blockie …

How much is doing something about climate change going to cost us?

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(Where “doing something about” means some form of pricing of carbon, whether through the ETS or not) There’s ongoing arguments about this amongst NZ economists and modellers. Most of this depends upon the assumptions you make about policies in the rest of the world, about how rapidly higher prices change what people buy, and how …

On being in a magazine of ladies erotica

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So the pics of me in Filament have been viewed by seemingly half of Wellington. It’s nothing that anyone at Kiwiburn/fire spinning wouldn’t have seen*, but it’s in the context of being explicitly there for to be lusted after. For me that remains a pretty abstract state. Both aesthetics and other people’s opinions remain near …

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Oh Gordon, how did it all go so wrong? Thatcherism, by Gordon Brown, published in the London Review of Books, 2 February 1989: “a naive yearning for the simplicities of an Arcadian marketplace unspoiled even by the sinister insights of the historical Adam Smith. The appeal is broad but superficial: Thatcherism is designed for an …

Slava’s Snowshow

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‘…is to clowning what Cirque du Soleil is to the circus…’ We’re going to see it on Friday, 10th July at the St James. Who else is keen? Let us know by the end of today and we’ll hold tickets for you.

Progress

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We’re ready to pour the floor slab for the workshop. For the Kiwi’s here, the white stuff in the pic is what the rest of the world calls insulation. It’s a good idea. You should get yourself some. That way your house won’t be freezing cold every morning. Much as I’d like to be bolting …

Meow!

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Greenpeace has a push for NZ to sign on to a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Catherine Beard, from the Greenhouse Policy Coalition called this “unrealistic”. The Greenhouse Policy Coalition members include New Zealand Aluminium Smelters, Fonterra, Coal Association, Carter Holt Harvey, and Solid Energy, i.e. the usual suspects bearing some responsibility …

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Also the Apollo Lunar Lander.