Ooo yeah!

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NZ Listener’s 2009 Power & Influence List, environment section, has Brent Clothier new in at number 4, for his research on virtual water. From the write-up: “The Plant & Food Research soil scientist contributed to a paper this year examining the water footprints of various products and identifying some of the criteria that may be …

Energy research geekery – electric cars for NZ

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“The feasibility of long range battery electric cars in New Zealand”, Mike Duke, et al, Energy Policy, 37 (2009), pp 3355-3462 In summary: Ffs, just get on with it.

Energy research geekery – The hydrogen economy

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“System-level energy efficiency is the greatest barrier to development of the hydrogen economy”, Shannon Page, et al, Energy Policy, 37 (2009), pp 3325-3335 “In the wonderful future, all our cars will run on hydrogen” – as said by approximately every futurist for about thirty years. So where is this hydrogen economy then? Hydrogen is an …

Shrapneliferousness – random link pile

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Things I won’t work with, a compendium of truly terrifying chemicals. Sample: “The experimental section of the paper enjoins the reader to wear a face shield, leather suit, and ear plugs, to work behind all sorts of blast shields, and to use Teflon and stainless steel apparatus so as to minimize shrapnel. Hmm. Ranking my …

Energy research geekery – carbon capture and storage

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“Carbon capture and storage: Fundamental thermodynamics and current technology”, Shannon Page, et al, Energy Policy, 37 (2009), pp 3314-3324 New Zealand’s energy system is pretty unique. We’re isolated and can’t trade electricity with anyone else, we’ve got more hydro than nearly anyone else, geothermal’s big here, and we’ve vast amounts of coal that we’ve yet …

Progress

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Blockies have been and blocked the top level. Yay, and also oops as I discovered the blocks that were going to be keyed in, but were too small, so they just went “it’ll be alright”. It was alright, until I leant on them. Now they’re being redone and properly this time. These are looking west …

Progress – now in widescreen

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The last of the foundations and blockwork should be finished off today. There’s three levels to the house, each dug back into the hill. The back half of the house is concrete; the front will be wood. It weirds me out that I’ll never again see the back of these walls, once they’ve been filled …

Dear Lazyweb

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Suggestions on a free dvd ripper? For backup purposes, of course.

The Fuven-meme

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1) Were you always a smarty-pants, or did it happen over time? I knew my brain worked faster than my teachers, I also knew they had a substantial head-start, so I couldn’t just tell them they were wrong and leave it at that. I had some catching up to do first. I did tell them …

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Will offer favours for a Wave invite – delivering messages, sewing on buttons…

Just like last week then…

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For us, this weekend was mainly digging. House pics later, but for now, tieke demonstrating the size of the holes, and the view from the kitchen window, once we’ve got a window and a kitchen”: And progress on the other other project, involving plumbing, tiny, tiny plumbing: Sorting these bits out took about a month …

Oh NZ media, why do you even get out of bed in the mornings?

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DimPost Profile: John Key “It is a typical Saturday morning in Wellington for John Key; like most former merchant bankers who have been elected head of government he wears casual high-threadcount slacks with a shirt that flatters his waist and accentuates his dreamy brown eyes.” Garth George: We should all salute our wonderful PM “But …

Kusama

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Galleries are strangely sterile and passive places. Kusama’s stuff should be at a festival, in a forest, at night, with huge sounds, excessive UV, being jumped on by five thousand ravers, all off their tits. But then again, it was free.