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 Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Biggot Benedict XVI

So the Catholic Church elected well known Vatican hard ass Ratzinger as the next Pope. The chances for liberal reform are now probably much lower than with John Paul.... oh well.... at least he's 78 already.

Sacrilegion|Wednesday, April 20, 2005 9:48:22 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Tuesday, April 19, 2005
ACT Move Website to .NET

THe ACT Party have moved their website from JSP to .NET.

Gavin has the details here, here and here.

Sounds like they are doing lots of REALLY cool shit such as dynaimically generated RSS feeds- i.e. do a search and then save the search as an RSS feed.....

“Making the switch to a Microsoft product isn't an issue of ideology, it's just that .Net is a great platform for doing the stuff we want to do. Rodney loves the Open Source, but our existing platform had a couple of really frustrating bugs. So we rebuilt it.”

Amen Brother!

Could have given the UI a bit more of a makeover though....It's not immediatly obvious how I use all the whiz bang features.

 

.NET | PoliTechLaw | Politics|Tuesday, April 19, 2005 1:35:42 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Darryl Burling Takes the Red Pill

Darryl is joining Microsoft in Wellington as a Developer Evangelist.... good stuff mate! You'll have a blast!

.NET|Tuesday, April 19, 2005 12:17:30 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Toy Review - Grateful Heads Bird Helmet

I've only ever had one composite lay up helmet and that was a home made glass/carbon jobbie I built away back in about 97. But when I found that Grateful Heads were flicking seconds stock on EBay for 1/2 price I snapped one up. I'm not sure what denotes a cosmetic second but I couldn't for the life of me find anything whatsoever wrong with it. Arguably there may, just may, possibly, if examined with a magnifying glass, be sme dry spots on one side... but they took several minutes of finding. The helmet is Red/Black marbled color- it looks cool. Feels really stabe on my head, the fitting system is good, nothing fancy, but good. The layup seems pretty strng but I still reckong I'd go for the heavier layup in a creeking helmet. I got the bird shape which is a Snyder design with a slight peak at the front. Looks cool even on my fat head. THe helmet has not drainage holes but the liner pretty well seals off when on your head- still wouldn't want to be in a foot pin swimmer situation wearing it though. A nice thing about the lack of drainage holes is you can use the helmet a as adrinking vessel!

Shipping to NZ was reasonable and Julie from Rain and Snow was really helpful in that she transshipped my IR Shorty Cag with the helmet to save $$$. Next time I think I'd buy a few and bring em over for frinds. All in all a great lid- it's got a few scratches already.

Adventure Sports | Toy Box|Tuesday, April 19, 2005 12:13:02 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

As Seen On TV - My George Foreman Grill

I'm not sure about others but those 'As Seen On TV' products scare me. ANything that requires resort to those sorts of markting tactics can't be any good... right? WRONG! My lovely wife and I received a George Foreman Grill as a wedding present. At first we were like what do we want with yet another electric powere kitchen appliance. The funny thing is that we've yet to actually take it off the bench and put it away in the cupboard. It is literally used for almost every single meal.

So why is it so good?  Obviously the fact that all the fat runs off is a great thing for weight and health but for me the biggest thing is the speed I can cook at on it. Because both the top and bottom plate are heated you can cook in under 1/2 the time you would usually. The non stick surface is flawless and cleans easily- I've done about 30 meals on it an no signs of peeling or bubbling.

Not sure how much it cost but I honestly think it's the best investment a busy health concious person could make.

 

Toy Box|Tuesday, April 19, 2005 12:11:45 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Toy Review - Kokatat Goretex Wave Drytop

So my getting back into whitewater kayaking has meant some serious splurging on new gear. Back when I was relativly good I was but a poor student I had to rely on the generosity of others for nice gear. Now I've got a little more of the disposable folding stuff so I can afford to get a few nice bits of kit. So herewith my run down of the Kokatat Gore Tex Drytop- picked it up @ www.nrsweb.com for US$279 which I thought was pretty good.

As a general rule I don't like wearing a drytop- I'm somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to outdoor body adornment and I'd generally much rather just wear a shorty cag or a rashtop. So this was a bit of an adventurous purchase for me. But, my intention is to paddle all winter this year and that'll mean paddling in snowy weather- a bit much for a 3 season top even with my hi tech sub dermal insulating keg pack midrift.

I've paddled the drytop for a few sessions now- all runs down rivers but with a bit of park n' playboating along the way. It is the first drytop I have owned that is actually dry. I suffered no leakage through the seals whatsoever. The Gore Tex really does work- I think that far more than say with a moutaineering jacket you really notice the breathable fabric- when you are hermtically sealed in latex you can't healp but sweat your ass off. The workmanship and materials on the Wave are top notch certainly up there in terms of paddling gear companies and equipment vendors in general. Seam sealing done well, no lose threads. Can't speak to the durability of the fabric and jacket yet but everything indicates that it will be durable.

So what are the downsides. I think that the design is a little long in the tooth. In particular the inner tube in the double tunnel is only a draw string. This means that even though the seals keep the jacket dry you end up with any water in ya boat running up through the inner tunnel and then wicking it's way through your polyprop undies. Others have commented on the outer seal on neck being somewhat tight- I have a BIG neck (like had to trip about 5 rings off the latex) But I didn't find it too bad- smaller than might be desirable but not the end of the world.

So would I get another one? Well, I think they may have discontinued this model, replacing it with the Rogue. But, next time around I think I'll probably look at an Immersion Research Entrant Competition LX. I have the Competition short sleeve and it's not too bad. I'm also dead keen to have a look at the 2005 Bomber Gear models as they too look pretty sweet. ALl in all a good bargain was had and I'll be happy t wear the Wave all winter long. I got some Polyester base layer stuff from Krapmandthu which is great as well. I've always been a fan of Polyester garments- never been sure what drives kiwi paddlers to keep wearing filthy smelly polyprop- and then leaving it in their wet gear box in my car!

Oh... only other downside was I couldn't get red- only mango yellow.

Adventure Sports|Tuesday, April 19, 2005 12:02:38 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Plane Blogging

SO I knocked up a few blog entries on the plane on the way over... I'll post them now. Might fill in some links on em later on as the internet here is BORKED.

First post is a bit of a rant... oh welll I'll post it anyway.

So the Sunday Start Times has engaged Mr Mike Hosking (yes that breakfast show guy) to do wine reviews of all things. But the guy is a fruitloop....

He's there talking about stuff that arrived in his in tray this week. The new Moby CD he says. Moby is a wierdo says Mr Hosking (his A list status means he's met him), but a brilliant musician... like he'd know. Third CD's no good though he says. Is Mike talking about the latest CD? Can't be the same Moby I'm thinking about. I couldn't/shouldn't/wouldn't like to guess from my armchair (OK, shitty Air NZ coach seat) as to how many Albums Moby has produced but it sure as hell ain't three- I've got at least that many of his on the rack at home that well and truely predate 'Play', his 'first' album? I'll tell you what though- they'd be well wasted on the Mike Hoskings of the world- not brilliant wine snob music that's for sure- really 'wierd' stuff.

Rants|Tuesday, April 19, 2005 11:57:54 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

If I Were A Packet.....

of IP data... and I wanted to travel from Hangzhou China to Wellington, NZ I'd try to take a nice direcdt route.

But OH NO. Just did a trace route from here to TRademe.

We went through 30 hops to get there. But get this. We went

China (China Telecom)->Japan (Sprint) -> USA (Sprint) -> Australia (AT&T) -> F'ing Japan Again (AT&T) -> NZ

Would the telcos in this world PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE sort your shit out. You are f'ing up the internet for the rest of us.

FWIW a trace to Telecom.co.nz looks to come directly through a Telecdom Global Gateway router here in China in 20 hops.....

PoliTechLaw|Tuesday, April 19, 2005 11:52:48 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Friday, April 08, 2005
From the Unix haters Handbook

"I liken starting one’s computing career with Unix, say as an undergraduate, to being born in East Africa. It is intolerably hot, your body is covered with lice and flies, you are malnourished and you suffer from numerous curable diseases. But, as far as young East Africans can tell, this is simply the natural condition and they live within it. By the time they find out differently, it is too late. They already think that the writing of shell scripts is a natural act."

Ken Pier, Xerox PARC

PoliTechLaw|Friday, April 08, 2005 1:54:39 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

The Universal Packing List

OK. So I'm getting set for a decent chunk of overseas travel over the next month (DUD-CHC-AKL-HKG-PDY-HGH-PDY-HKG-AKL-SIN-AKL-CHC-DUD-AKL-PER-AKL-DUD)... and I ask around the office if anyone has anyting on their list of 'never forget stuff'... and Nick comes back with a link to The Universal Packing List. VERY VERY cool- you just punch in where/when you are going and what you are doing and it builds an instruction list for ya.

1t | Human Aggregation|Friday, April 08, 2005 12:06:42 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Thursday, April 07, 2005
River Surfing.... with Surf Boards

Check out this INSANE video of some river surfing in Montreal....

Includes obligatory half naked surfer babes.....

http://www.2imagine.net/blogger2005/endless.html

Note: it turns into a somewhat lame Drago Rossi Squashtail add halfway through :-( Still they throw the odd flip turn and helix.... but I reckon the Orbit Fish looks like a nicer boat- yet to try it on a big wave though and it's a bit small for me anyway.

Adventure Sports|Thursday, April 07, 2005 8:28:09 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

The Mistress SOOOOOOOO needs to play this tommorow!

Tamihere McClairy

http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/sounds/Tamihere%20McClairy.mp3

Politics|Thursday, April 07, 2005 3:01:38 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Sean Posts on VSTS

Sean has posted a BIG post on VSTS and how it's going to fit into the NZ dev market.

http://blogs.msdn.com/smcbreen/archive/2005/04/05/405711.aspx

.NET|Tuesday, April 05, 2005 11:53:40 PM UTC|Comments [2]|    

 Monday, April 04, 2005
The Cool Things Blogs Have Done To Politics

We've now got Rodney Hide asking for suggestions for Parliamentary Question time on his blog.... really a rather funny situation.

Rambles|Monday, April 04, 2005 8:28:24 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Quote Of The Day

When you are a red blooded bloke like John T you need to speak your mind every now and then.....for example....

"Men's [health] problems are traditionally dealt with by the criminal justice system. Women, on the other hand, get a bloody Cartwright Inquiry and get millions of dollars thrown at their breasts and cervixes. Men get nothing."

I'll tell ya what... a few more breasts like the Mistress had on her blog (semi work safe- no full frontal nudity) this morning and I'll be happy to throw dollers at em!

Roll on Question Time tommorow I say! It should be a BLAST.

Politics|Monday, April 04, 2005 6:48:14 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Good Bit Torrent Site for TV Shows

Tucking this away in my blog for future reference

http://btefnet.net/

Human Aggregation|Monday, April 04, 2005 4:52:58 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Building Alert - Someone has lost a mug.....

Now there is SPAM... and then there is the building manager sending you shit  like the fact that someone has lost a mug......

It is a particularly big mug with Yellow on the inside and kind of Bluewith a Daisy on the outside. It is my favourite mug and I would very much like it back. If you have seen it, borrowed it, or are otherwise in possession of it could you please return it to the Kitchen.”

..... I think Jacek snuck in and took it!

1t|Monday, April 04, 2005 4:24:23 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Sunday, April 03, 2005
THe Irony of John Cambell

There is a decent chunk of irony in John Cambell discussing 'proper language' on Monday night. This being the very John Cambell that opened his new show by greeting viewers - “Hey yous Guys!”

Rants|Sunday, April 03, 2005 7:46:57 AM UTC|Comments [25]|    

 Friday, April 01, 2005
The Power Question

Over on rivers.org.nz there is a discussion about power stations- we kayaker care very much about power stations.

here is my response...

I always get my ass kicked for this answer. But IMHO Nuclear is not a bad option. Only problem with it is it is BLOODY expensive.
But, for a clean green country like ours it is ideal.

Minimal emissions (Coal/Gas to some degree), just Nuke waste which is pretty manageable or at the very least exportable. Minimal visual polution (wind farms), no damming rivers (hydro), small in size (solar), reliable (all of the above save for Coal/Gas).

The other good thing we could do is stop selling Comalco electricity at below market rates. Comalco is basically just an electricity exporting mechanism. Ship the bauxite in, use the cheap power, ship the aluminium out. Export electricity.

Adventure Sports | Rambles|Friday, April 01, 2005 4:52:16 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Spokey Dokeys

Remember Spokey Dokeys? The little plastic beads you put on ya bike spokes- I used to have some on my downhill bike (and my toddler trike when I was 3)...

Anyway. Gizmodo has the latest in Spokey technology- LED Spokey Dokes! How cool is that. You can program them with your Palm- now if they would only choose a decent mobile computing platform I could be tempted to splurge on some- write them off as a company marketing expense!

Adventure Sports | Mobility|Friday, April 01, 2005 4:32:16 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Bravo to the National Party

On a day when our slimeball money grubbing govt. put the gas tax up 5c (plus Govt. Slavery Tax) the National Party (opposition) has announced that they we reallocate all of the money that is collected in gas tax and currently siphons off to the govt. consolidated coffers to the Land Transport Fund.

If there is one single policay that can reduce our road toll significantly this is it!

Bravo!

Politics|Friday, April 01, 2005 2:46:13 AM UTC|Comments [0]|