Thursday, July 22, 2004
Sue Kedgley is pulling the wool
Compare the Sue Kedgely release
With the Official Food Safety Authority release
She is a fruitloop! I'm too busy working to really have a decent go at all of her claims but to take but one:
Even then, mussels and oysters were found to contain elevated levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium and lead.
Seafoods have always and will always have high levels of these metals because the environment in which they live has high levels of those metals as a result of quite natural phenomena. Even the Greenie web sites note this.
Politics|Thursday, July 22, 2004 6:24:09 AM UTC||
Chris Johnson is raving about his Smartphone2 (Qtek 8080).... all I can say is DITTO...
My Pocket PCs stay on my desk these days...
Sometime soon I'll post my grumbles about the Smartphone platform... but, I could NEVER in 1,000,000 years go back to haveing a dumbphone for a mobile....
Mobility|Thursday, July 22, 2004 3:04:02 AM UTC||
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
When pretty much everything sounds fantastic... Trance sounds the most fantastic...
Human Aggregation | Toy Box|Tuesday, July 20, 2004 7:45:45 AM UTC||
We drew the curtains and darkened the room. Justin played for hours. Dreamily I would once in a while say things like, "Could you do the 2nd Area again? That's my favorite."
After many of my langorous gasps and moans, we stopped playing, and tried to analyze the gameplay experience. "I don't know exactly what the game designers intended with that trance vibrator thing - but it had to be this, right?"
Friday, July 16, 2004
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Rod Donald from The Watermelon Party
Seems like most countries have a Watermelon party.... Green on the outside and red in the middle....
Here is former Social Credit pinup boy Rod Donald and Watermelon MP;
Yesterday's announcement that the Electrolux factory in Christchurch is shifting to Australia, with the loss of 150 jobs, is a reminder that our manufacturers need nurturing if they are to survive," said Rod Donald.
'Nurturing' is euphamistic watermelon speak for 'Protected by exhorbitant consumer demand killing tarrifs and taxpayer wallet destroying subsidies and corporate welfare handouts'.
P.S. This post is really just an attempt to see if I can get the #1 page on Google for a loony left wing MP.... I'm already doing pretty well for a Loony Conservative Christian Think Tank
Politics|Tuesday, July 13, 2004 7:23:09 AM UTC||
Monday, July 12, 2004
Friday, July 09, 2004
More bitching on Air New Zealand
I'm trying to book some Air NZ flights at the moment.... I'm waiting in the phone service center queue (about 15 mins long) for the 3rd time today.....!!!!!
So I'm going to write a blog bitching about Air NZ and I'm going to keep bitching for as long as I remain on hold.
So here are the things that piss me off....
.... *and they answer*...
Rants|Friday, July 09, 2004 11:45:31 PM UTC||
We live in an insane country....
Answer to a parliamentary question...
Politics|Friday, July 09, 2004 9:16:48 AM UTC||
For the year ending March 2007, the highest marginal tax rate for a working family with household income of $60,000 will be 95.2%, comprised as follows: income tax 39%, Family Support Tax Credit / Child Tax Credit abatement 30%, Accommodation Supplement abatement 25%, ACC earner premium 1.2%.
Thursday, July 08, 2004
A Question for the Scobleizer
OK so Scoble is a Longhorn Evangelist still (I think) but I've barely heard a peep out of anybody wrt Longhorn recently. It seems that it went whizzzz.... after PDC last year and now it's gone POP! Plenty of time is being spent Channel 9ing but almost all of that seems to be focused on current and early future tech.... though that's not all that bad a thing.
Has Microsoft officially pulled back from evangelizing (hyping) Longhorn? Are we going to see yet more slippage and rearranging of release dates, and particularly features? Might we see some of the cool dev stuff (Indigo etc...) for 2k3 server prior to Longhorn shipping?
C'mon Rob, preach to us brother!
.NET|Thursday, July 08, 2004 8:57:40 AM UTC||
My Media B0x3n is a Go Go
OK so Scoble has been blogging about media center so I thinough I'd post some of my experiences getting my Media box all set up.
He asks what do we think?
Well I think that like him I'll be waiting till the next version which looks REALLY cool. Saw plenty of stuff about it @ The MVP summit... but if I told you I'd have to kill you.
So anyway.. wearing my hat I got the chance to eval Media Center 2004... but living down here in lil old New Zealand we don't have any settings in the MCE program guide for our country which meant I couldn't even get the channels to tune :-( I did spend about 7 hours trying to get it going though!
So... I'm waiting for the next version which should be released here to.
In the mean time I have taken the MCE remote that I was sent and coupled it with a couple of other bits of software to build a TV only solution.
- Snapstream Beyond TV to run the TV side of things and;
- Girder to run the remote control against Snapstream.
I have found a NZ TV listings site that is another 'tell you, kill you' sort of deal... but now I have pretty much everything I want in a Media box for the moment. Namely the ability to reduce the time I have to commit to watching the 6pm News from 1hr to about 20 minutes.
The Snapstream setup is pretty cool. Has a web interface for queuing sngs so all the crew here @ Kognition can queue up programs they want to watch and then pick them up over firewire onto their notebooks on the way home each day. I've got a Hauppauge PVR 250 tuner card which is just great. Snapstream have a MCE version of their application that supports movies and pictures and MP3s coming soon so maybe I'll change to that if MCE is still a wee way off. Snapstream also allows easy downsampling of recorded shows automagically into Pocket PC format! Now if I had to commute to work that would be just WIKKID!
Anyway.... the TV box is great- one of the guys I work with called it 'the coolest tech toy I've seen this year'... I'm inclined to agree.
Toy Box|Thursday, July 08, 2004 8:43:49 AM UTC||
The Progressives Against Progress
LMAO.... check out this stunt pulled by Beureaucrash over the weekend... press release here... video here...
Human Aggregation | Politics|Thursday, July 08, 2004 2:46:54 AM UTC||
For our first act, the Bureaucrash Players infiltrated the Green's convention, renting tabling space under the name, "The Progressives Against Progress."
Our mission for the day was to out progressive the progressives, with outrageous proposals for regulation & redistribution, based firmly in their own socialist philosophy. We would judge our success by seeing how many of the convention attendees we could get to sign our petitions for such measures, even as we explained them into absurdity.
The Progressives...s proposals didnt receive the first hint of disagreement until we decided to step it up a notch, and start distributing our Nominate Castro for President flyers to the crowds of delegates, preparing to cast the first ballot for the partys nomination.
One gentleman, upon seeing the Castro flyers on our table, said that he didnt think nominating him was realistic, but rejoiced in the idea of recognizing his accomplishments. He explained, something truly wonderful is happening here, after which he started doing this little dance thing, and singing Guantanamera.