The Shattering, or how Gladwell, Shirky & the techno-utopians are full of reassuring bullshit

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Chris Lerman’s piece An Accelerated Grimace: On Cyber-Utopianism sums up much of what I think on the rare occasions when I can bear to read Clay Shirky, Malcolm Gladwell, and any of the other boosterish, visionary, economically illiterate and conveniently unchallenging prophets of our time. You could choose to see the future in the “diverse …

Christchurch earthquake comments from the Royal Society

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The Royal Society and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science advisor got together to answer questions about the Christchurch earthquake and aftershocks. I’ve only been peripherally involved in this briefing, as I’m not an earthquake expert, but see what you can spot that sounds like me: The briefing itself: The Canterbury Earthquakes: Scientific answers to critical …

Guess who’s going to be in the Cirque de Soleil 3D film?

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I’m going to be in the Cirque de Soleil 3D film! Well, sort of. Here’s me, being all famous and stuff, out at Fuse in Miramar: Ok, that’s not a camera. That’s three microphones. For one section of the film they wanted the sound of someone fire spinning. So I span fire while Tim listened …

Random wittering about Ruby and psychometry

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It seems I’m going to be writing some Ruby. I don’t want to go through the whole process of learning it, I just want it written. Maybe there’s some kind of C to Ruby converter? Come to think of it, I’d be better off writing what I want to write in BASIC and then having …

Hedgehogs – you cook them in clay

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In response to a discussion from last night, you cook hedgehogs in clay.

NZ’s greenhouse gas emission target

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Carbon neutral by 2050! The government recently announced that New Zealand would become the first nation in the world to reduce our net carbon emissions to zero… Oh wait, no, that was Helen Clark in 2007. John Key’s government, instead, is thinking about announcing a 50% cut by 2050. They put out a consultation asking …