Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Organic Stuff That's Really Bad For You
My gastronomics section was looking a little tired... so here's another hot tip for young players needing some extra cholestorol in their diet.
Cyclops Organic Sour Cream from Serra Foods. This IS THE BEST SOUR CREAM IN THE WORLD.
Now I usually keep away from organic stuff at the supermarket- it often has bugs and creepy crawlies on it- either from the natural environment or from being fondled by unwahsed dole bludging hippies while on the shelves. But, this sour cream is the business.....
Gastronomics|Tuesday, February 15, 2005 8:36:42 PM UTC||
Te Wananga o Aotearoa - Fast 50 Material
DPF notes the amazing increase in funding for TWOA.
$8 million to $239 million over 5 years. Now my maths is a bit average... but I reckon that's about a compound 'revenue' growth rate of 234% per annum. That would be enough to put TWOA into the Deloitte Fast 50 every year since it started....
2001 - Rank 12=
2002 - Rank 12
2003 - Rank 30
2004 - Rank 24
I wonder if they'll be entering next year?
Politics | Taxpayer Ripoffs|Tuesday, February 15, 2005 8:30:45 PM UTC||
Monday, February 14, 2005
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Another Online .NET Course?
Sean has a post about someone looking for 'beginner' level content.
Last year we ran an introductory ASP.NET course via Live Meeting that went really well.... It was about 14 lectures delivered by speakers from around NZ and Australia... maybe we could do another one of those?
We did ASP.NET last year.... anyone got a prefered *broad* topic for this year? Post in the comments...
.NET|Sunday, February 13, 2005 8:36:54 PM UTC||
Mrs Macs Pies
Why is it that so many NZ dairies and service stations sell Mrs Macs Pies. If you've not had one yet they are nasty watery things made in Western Australia. In a country like NZ where we have small manufacturers making great meat pies we shouldn't have to be eating imported pies.
Those Goodman Fielder 'Irvines' Pies aren't much better.
Methinks that some of the fantastic 'small' bakeries around the place need to do a better job of marketing and distribution...
Gastronomics|Sunday, February 13, 2005 8:30:56 PM UTC||
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Enquiry into NCEA Question
“The Education and Science select committee this morning voted to hold an inquiry following an NCEA Level 1 History question which asked students to choose two of three people from whose perspective they were to write: two prominent Maori leaders – Dame Whina Cooper and Eva Rickard - and ‘A National Party Member of Parliament not sympathetic to Maori concerns’. “
Politics|Wednesday, February 09, 2005 3:49:41 AM UTC||
Monday, February 07, 2005
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Monday, January 31, 2005
More Alumni News....
It don't just rain... it pours....
Bob McNeill, who did some contracting for us at the end of last year has (once again) won the New Zealand Music award in the folk music section.... well done Bob!
RIANZ web site is STUFFED at the moment- some one please fix it for them!... So can't post a link to the award details....
Kognition | Rambles|Monday, January 31, 2005 8:59:00 PM UTC||
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Orewa Mark II
You've got to hand it to the Orewa Rotary Club.... one would guess they'll need a bigger room for this event next year.
The full text speech is here...
Now I can't say I'm inclined (or have ever been inclined) to vote National. Too many biggots and law and order crusaders (yes Mr Ryall and Mr Smith!) for me. But, I think in Don Brash they have a leader who might just be able to keep those elements in check... a man with at least liberal (classical) leanings...
But, a few quick notes to Mr Brash...
“National will fix the disincentives in the tax system by giving tax cuts to all working New Zealanders. We are now focusing on correcting the incentives in the welfare system”
The only way to really fix the disincentives in the tax system is to flatten it.
“It should go without saying that that group includes those 65 years of age and over who are in receipt of New Zealand Superannuation – superannuation is not part of the welfare system. The next National Government will maintain Superannuation unchanged.”
Like hell it's not! We need to encourage savings- people shoould not be sponging off the taxpayer because they haven't saved. We need to create a taxation system that encourages saving, phase out national super over time and leave a basic safety net for 65+ers....
“Since 1975, a period over which New Zealand’s population has increased by some 32%, those on the Sickness Benefit have increased by almost 500%, while those on the Invalids’ Benefit have increased by almost 700%.
Since 1999, New Zealand’s population has increased by 6%, while those on both the Sickness Benefit and the Invalids’ Benefit have increased by 40%.”
And I would guess that our per capita spending on health care is going up too..... it's as though we've been beset by some invisible plague... If I could ask one question of the Minister of Social Welfare it would be this above question.... it SURELY needs and answer and the ACT and National should ask it from the rooftops until they are blue in the face.
Politics|Tuesday, January 25, 2005 8:30:28 PM UTC||
More Cool Code Rush Stuff
Developer Express is happy to announce that Mark Miller, chief architect of our IDE Tools division, will be presenting a live MSDN Webcast on Tuesday at 12:00 PST (GMT-08:00). The online course will demonstrate how to extend Visual Studio with DXCore* plug-ins.
The session will start with an overview of the architecture, followed by three live coding demos showing:
* How to paint on the VS editor.
* How to replace the VS clipboard ring with a really cool one.
* How to build a custom code metrics analysis tool.
The first demo will be in VB and the last two in C#.
Mark will be using both CodeRush & Refactor! to write code, so this will also be an opportunity for non users to see the kind of programming speed that is possible with CodeRush & Refactor! combined.
To register for the class (or to view the session later after it's been recorded), click this link:
Then click the "Register for event" button in the column.”
.NET|Tuesday, January 25, 2005 1:31:40 AM UTC||