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Is anyone going to Kiwiburn who is not taking their car? really could do with borrowing one till next week.

Weekend planning

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K, we’ll be working away on the house all three days this weekend (excepting gales, thunderstorms, and plagues of frogs). We finished routing the last batch of weatherboards this evening, so main job this weekend is oiling them. Any help will be gratefully received, especially Saturday, as Andrea is off at a gig in the …

Oh ffs, WCC

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I’m (still) sorting out permits and licenses for the house build. According to the permits person at the Council, she can’t tell me what permits I need and I should talk to this other permits person at the Council, coz “he has a university education”. Ffs!

Lots of pics of house and projects

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Big news is that one roof beam has been raised. That’s it hiding away behind all the scaff. There’ll be four, holding that part of the roof in a curved vault. There is lots of scaff. This is the base of the trapeze space: The house now has insides! Sort of. The upper storey floor …

Topics I wish I had the time to dig into, number 723 – The social gradient in health

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The higher you are up the social gradient, the healthier you will be and the longer you will live. This effect goes beyond just financial wealth. Yes, the wealthier you are, the healthier food you eat, the less likely you are to smoke or over-drink, the more leisure time you have, the less obese you …

Engineering geekery

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Rob & Misha dropped by this weekend from Eugene. They’ve been touring around the South Island on a tandem designed to fit into a suitcase. Hopefully, they’ll be moving to NZ in a couple of years or so. In other news, the office has a ceiling: And the deck continues to grow: Tired us are …

Chewing gum art on a tree by Parliament

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Which could possibly be the most Wellington thing ever.

Holy crap it’s Thursday

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Rob and Misha arrive tomorrow for the weekend. We know Rob from Cambridge days, he builds bikes and Misha rescues animals. What should we do with them?

House progress through 2009

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We were feeling like building the house will never end, but looking back over the year, we’ve gone from bare ground to most of the structure. So to cheer ourselves up, I made this: Thanks to all who’ve helped and supported us this year. May 2010 prove at least as full of progress. (I recommend …