Tuesday, August 31, 2004
The M82 is a beast of a gun. It fires the same rounds as the .50 cal machine guns that we use. It's heavy and extremely loud. You'll see what I mean in the movie below - it literally causes a shockwave that shakes the ground enough to raise a big cloud of dust for like a 4 or 5 foot radius around the gun. I've used the rifle a lot in computer games like Ghost Recon, so I was eager to see how it handled in real life. It's got quite a bit of kick, and of course the games don't do the noise or shock of firing it any justice whatsoever. I'm sure firing it from anything but prone and braced position would knock me on my butt.
Army Steve gets to play with some cool war toys.
Human Aggregation|Tuesday, August 31, 2004 9:26:36 PM UTC||
Monday, August 30, 2004
Loon of the week.....
OK... so I should have better things to do with my Monday night than read bloody comments on DPFs blog... but... well.... you know.
So anyway... Loony Tune Bigot of the week for me is 'naki-gurl'... with such gems as...
If you got to the Destiny NZ (the political party) website www.destinynz.org.nz there you will see all there awesome policies on how they plan to put a halt to awful things such as abortion, rape, sex before marriage. Even stuff on the treaty, education, health, law enforcement.
Being a Naki Boy of sorts I was curious...
Now the funny thing is that we can find out a bit more about naki-gurl because, although she posted under a pseudonym, she used a variety of extremely non anonymous email addresses.
Now I can hardly start ranting as I NEVER really post anon. But then I'm my own boss so the buck stops with me... But I digress. Let's take a look at Naki Gurl for a bit.
Let's go through some of the email addresses.
Started with a pearler.... nothing like posting with your Govt. employer provided address... hope she wasn't posting on Govt. (read my F%^*&%^ tax dollars) time!
By about the 3rd post she had wised up... Wouldn't you know it, she went to Waikato University. Not an institution renowned for it's academic qualities and the literacy of this graduate (one can but assume graduation in this era of bums on seats) is case in point.
We get a whole heap of posts under the Waikato Uni address until we finally a more anonymous address. This time an address from a leading online community and content site for teenage girls
... founded in 1996 at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and is now published by iVillage Inc... NYU!?! Hardly a bastion of conservative thought is it? Don't know how up with womens lib Destiny Church is... maybe it's me that's out of touch but I don't think Pastor Tamaki is super keen on feminists and their ilk.
She soon dropped back to using the Waikato address.
Lurker posited that this was her http://www.findsomeone.co.nz/chat-rooms/personal-ads-41577.htm but a quick check of ethnicity kinda rules that out.
OK.. so time for a bit more digging... public sources only of course :-( Though I could be tempted for a little subterfuge.... more to follow.
Sacrilegion|Monday, August 30, 2004 9:58:43 AM UTC||
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Thursday, August 26, 2004
The Blue Angel
Lukas is blogging about the new HTC Blue Angel. I played with one of these a couple of months ago in Beijing.... very SEXY... will try and dig out some photos.... pity they didn't stick a nicer processor in it though :-(
Mobility|Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:29:53 AM UTC||
Stephen D Taylor (serial Maxim Institute letter writing guy) wins the cunning linguist of the year award from me for using the term Fundaphobia in his letter in the Chch press today.
I think Fundaphobia must be a 'fear of fundamentalist conservative christitan bigots'.... but I could be wrong. Mr Google tells me is means a paranoia of conservative, biblio-centric Christians. What a cool ^*&%ing word. The next time some stupid #*^*%er down the main street asks me to listen to him ranting on about 'Jeezus' I'm gonna say 'sorry mate, I'm a fundaphobe!'
Sacrilegion|Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:14:05 AM UTC||
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Some Thoughts On Vote Splitting
This post is realy quite NZ centric so all you yanks who peruse these pages might like to switch off now. I may come back and give some context as to our voting system later but no time at the moment.
So anyway... while it's the Local Body elections soon I've been giving the general election some thought and have some ideas on vote splitting. I'm the kind of person that will be VERY inclined to split my vote because being a TRUE classical liberal I tend towards the economic policy of the right and the social policy of the left.
We really have two different types of voting in Parliament. Party Votes and Concience Votes. Under the MMP system, the party votes will be most influenced by your list vote in the election.
Concience votes on the other hand really depend on a much broader set of factors. As a classical liberal- and by this I mean you're likely to support a free market economy in prostitution- I think that vote splitting (in most electorates) is going to be essential. basically what you want to be trying to achieve is to have a right leraning party (ACT is the obvious example) doing well in the list vote. This is because economic policy generally (almost exclusivly) falls under the guise of party voting. Then you want to give your candidate vote to the most socially liberal candidate in your electorate who has a realistic chance of winning. It doesn't matter if they are Labour, National, ACT or even Watermelon (Green)... overhangs are VERY unlikely in all but the Maori seats so realistically you want to use your candidate vote to influence the makeup of the party caucuses such that each caucus (whose total numbers will be determined by the list vote) contains as many socially liberal candidates as possible.
So what does this mean in practical terms?
Well for some people it will be bloody easy. Live in Epsom? Two ticks Rodney Hide as he is liberal on both arms. But say you lived in a hypothetical electorate where the Labour candidate is a good liberal who supports prostitution/abortion/homosexual law reform while the National Candidate is a died in the wool Catholic... You would have to have ROCKS IN YOUR HEAD not to split your vote for Labour. Remember, tha party vote will determine how many Labour MPs et into parliament. The candidate vote importantly helps to determine who those candidates actually are.
Politics|Wednesday, August 25, 2004 3:06:40 AM UTC||
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Damned if you do... Damned if you don't
Scoble posted on the Spyware problem in Windows.
It's a pretty simple problem to solve- build virus and spyware protection.
So... why hasn't MS done this? Simple! Three letters D O J.
The anti trust implications of MS bundling virus protection are huge. The 'new look' Microsoft (of which Scoble is serious flag bearer) will not stand up against the US Anit Trust laws any more- been there, tried that, got bitten in the ass once already. Result- piss poor Virus protection baked into the OS. Who loses... you guessed it... Joe Public.
Me..? I say %%$&^$ 'em.... bundle it anyway- this has to be the most blatant case of Anti Trust hurting the consuming public that I have ever seen.
PoliTechLaw|Tuesday, August 24, 2004 6:43:47 AM UTC||
Monday, August 23, 2004
Test News Item For Kognition Site
I'm about to start aggregating some blog entries from my blog into the website of my company. All apolitical posts of course. This is just a test post.
Kognition|Monday, August 23, 2004 7:39:17 AM UTC||
Sunday, August 22, 2004
Casey and the Toys He Covets
Lot's of peeps (incl Bill and Julia) are having kittens over CC's /tabletWeb article. Doesn't really do it for me to be honest (well not like his other articles do)- been living the smart client dream for too long now. The web is soooo last decade for LOB applications- and I don't see ink as a mass market web thing for a helluva long time yet).
But, Casey also posts on some other gadgets he is looking at playing with and it reads somewhat like my list at the momnt.
Media Center Edition - Tried it (got a nice eval pack from MVP summit) but couldn't get MCE to play nice with NZ TV freqs so moved my box to Beyond TV (www.snapstream.com)/ Love it! Couldn't live without it now. means I can cut the time it takes me to watch the 6pm news down to about 20 minutes... AND... I am no longer bound by the TV to be home @ 6pm. It is the complete shiznit!
Personal Media Center- Much like casey I don't want one till I can write code for it. I was kinda pissy when I found out from the PMC team that they were keeping it closed :-( Had visions of writing a cute little video editor to work with my Mini DV cam- pity they don't have firewire too...
SPOT - No SPOT coverage here in NZ (yet!?!) but that ain't gonna stop me getting one as soon as the SDK ships. What I really want is for the Suunto N6 to allow me to code against the HRM and Altimieter in managed code... man I could have some serious fun working something up with those and some mappoint foo.... *salivates* There is defn. an SDK coming though Casey! You should email me and I'll tell you who to talk to to make sure you get a copy!
Telematics- Computer in car... erm... I've ummed and ahhed about a computer MP3 plyer etc... for some time but haven't got the $$$ to justify it atm. Currently I just take my Tablet PC (Toughbook CF18) in and use that with my GPS.
.NET | Mobility | Toy Box|Sunday, August 22, 2004 5:18:46 AM UTC||
Dunedin Mayoral Race
OK.. listened to just a wee bit of the conversation on Nat Radio this morning re: the Dunedin mayoralty. Is Teresa Stevenson on DRUGS!?!
The question was asked what would should be done as far as rates holiday type incentives.
She rambled on someting about there were many dark ally ways in Dunedin that could be turned into Cafe's. We should 'use the internet to contact investors in these venutures' she said. What a ^*&^&^%ing fruitloop! Does she really believe that this will help economic development in the city. I mean even if it were not prima facie daft (which it is) it would still be down right stupid as I doubt we would see a great number of the organic double shot espresso servings being exported out of the Otago region.
Too much under the counter 'special' Chai @ Arc for Miss S I'm afraid.
The smart money (well my money) is on Peter Chin. But in the end I think that anyone but the 'hippy' (above) and the ex con invalid beneficiary will be a darn sight better than the Roger Award judging greenie we've got at the moment!
Politics|Sunday, August 22, 2004 4:55:56 AM UTC||