Saturday, December 03, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Don't Use DHL to Ship to Dunedin, New Zealand
OK. So I had something really important shipped SEA to DUD recently. Shipped out by DHL, took no time to get from the US to AKL but then took a bloody age to get from AKL to DUD. Reasn being was that DHL send things for Dunedin to Christchurch first and then on to Dunedin by road.
The reason is pretty obvious. They probably have their own air service AKL-CHC and then they use a 3rd party for the rest of the journey. This has hapened to me several times before.
Frankly this PISSES ME OFF.
It would be faster for me to terminate the DHL service in Auckland and send my normal Domestic and International Express company, TNT, around to pick it up and overnight it down to me.
So.If you are shipping to DUD, avoid DHL. I've had pretty good results from TNT and also UPS.
Oh, and one other thing. DHL don't do Saturday delivery in DUD. So your essential shipment that cost over $100 to send (for a DVD) spends the weekend sitting in their store room- kinda makes a mockery of all of their super expeditious logistics up o that point really.
Rants|Tuesday, November 22, 2005 8:11:19 PM UTC||
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Angus Takes The Red Pill
All around good bastard Ocker and MS Enterprise Server guru Angus Logan has decided to drink the kool-aid.
He's off to be a Tech Specialist with MSFT.
Well done bud!
.NET|Thursday, November 17, 2005 7:32:40 PM UTC||
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Stick This Up Your Barista
I'm am ^&%&*%ing sick of the Latte Revolution.
These days when I go to a restaurant or cafe it seems that rather than being served I must hang around twidling my thumbs while the swarms of staff, you know the type that such places tend to employ, swoon around the La Cimbali or Astoria doing everything BUT being useful and of service to me. Is it too much to ask for some god damn service! I know that coffee is cool and trendy. I know that there are a good group of slutty little souls who will shag a Barista, self styled or otherwise, on sight. Hell I even know that people regard coffee making as a 'profession' now. But if you ask me, professionals see that their customers are served and happy and frankly this ain't happening.
Rants|Monday, November 14, 2005 2:29:51 AM UTC||
It's the Econonmy, Stupid!
Craig Ebert of the BNZ takes the Govt. to task over the real root causes of inflation. Well worth a read.
What’s most annoying, though, is that the policy
makers, government included, have been quick to blame
others for the sticky situation. They should instead take
a look in the mirror. To be fair, they haven’t been helped
by the many Chicken Little commentators saying the
sky-high excess demand was falling, when it wasn’t
really. Yet the excesses that have built up over recent
years are a textbook example of over-easy money and a
burgeoning government sector. In this sense, the boom
has simply reflected excess demand and the hoovering
up of every possible spare resource rather than anything
laudable in terms of productivity growth.”
Politics|Monday, November 14, 2005 2:21:18 AM UTC||
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Progress for my intensity phase...
So a wee while back I posted about moving into an Intensity phase.
Here is an update to that.
1. I've not managed to nail the 2 a day exercise. But, I have significantly increased my total exercise time. Mainly by getting to the gym early in the morning for an hour. I've been pushing my legs quite hard on Monday mornings which means by Wed morning I need to aquajog for some active recovery.
2. So that carries on to the more weights. I'm lifting much bigger weights and slightly lower reps. Have dropped back from hitting 20 reps in the 1st set to more like a 15,12,8 set pattern.
3. Supplementing is going well. The Thermogenics took a bit of getting used to again and the creatine has wacked on some serious water weight (like 4 kilos). But, I'm pleased with the supplementing regime. I fell like a million bucks most days and I'm nialing some hard morning gym sessions.
4. My eating has not changed a great deal. Slightly better at making my own lunches (generally Chicken breast and salad sammies). Have been MUCH better at eating fruit. Doing at least 2 pieces a day which is a major change for me- loving apples at the moment. Mmmmm... big juicy apples.
Weight this morning 104.2. Now this is up on pre creatine levels but given that when I started the loading phase I bounced up to almost 106kgs I think I'm still well on target for sub 100kg by Xmas. I really have been stripping it off over the past few weeks.
So, all in all good progress.
My recent training calendar.
My intensity grah showing much more time being spent in the yellow and red zones and less 'junk miles' in the grey zone.
Gettin Fit|Wednesday, November 09, 2005 9:22:11 PM UTC||
More On Tagging
O)K... so Phil came back and commented on my post from yesterday....
One suggestion was to support mapping between tags. I still have issues with ontological mapping like this as I think that it remains both error prone and a time consuming PITA. But, I did some thinking while abluting this morning (the little boys room is a great cognative stimulant) and I reckon that we must be getting close to being able to draw inference mappings from real world data.
What do I mean from this. Well. Google has a whole schwag of information on various sites around the world that would, IMHO, cover pretty much every conceivable topic. One would think that they should be able to use their Googlebase to build some sort of inference engine that would give a ranked inference between potential tag terms. So, from my example yesterday, Canoeing and Kayaking would sit very close together on the inference list. Thus tag ontologies and the mappings between them could become a fuzzy concept and we could use fuzzy algebra to help us build systems around them.
I played around with this sort of autmatic inferencing in music files in my final year AI paper @ varsity. Used Self Organising Maps to cluster similar music. Google could use some sort of Neural Net to cluster key words out of their database. Then this cluster map could be used to help map between concepts in a fuzzy fashion.
The advantage of this approach is that these maps could then be represented to the user in 2D or 3D space and coupled with some funky zooming could be used to help solve the UI problem that Phil talks about.
Rambles|Wednesday, November 09, 2005 8:18:27 PM UTC||
Phil Cockfield has been writing quite a bit on tagging recently.
He's currently talking about tagging emails at source rather than destination.
This is all well and good except that to work really well we need to either
a) Share the same set of tags
b) Alow the sender to 'pollute' the receivers tag list
And of course the whole semantics issue comes up....
For example if someone from the UK tags an email with 'Canoeing' I might miss it because I'm only interested in Kayaking.
Rambles|Wednesday, November 09, 2005 3:45:31 AM UTC||
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Perigo On 'Young' Rod Donald
I heard about the death of Rod Donald as I drove down the Clyde hill on the way back from Queenstown.
As a libertarian I have a great deal of respect for many green policies and, of course, a great deal of disdain for others. The thing about Rod Donald though was that he wasn't a typical politician- he had principles and he genuinely stood up for them. I think of all the politicians in the house left or right, up or down, his Green collegues included, Rod Donald had to be about the most uncompromising of these principles.
Anyway. Linz has written a bit on his passing and it sums up my fealings fairly well. http://solohq.com/Articles/Perigo/Daily_Linz_18_-_Rod_Donald,_Green_Convertible.shtml
Politics|Tuesday, November 08, 2005 10:53:20 PM UTC||
I Have Found The Solution To My Long Distnace Relationship
OK.... so wiffle has ben living in Wellywood for the past six months. Of course I am lonely... and of course we text each other a lot.
I hope her new phone supports Blouetooth becase I might buy here 'The Toy'...
“The Toy is a hi-tech vibrating bullet. Connected to a mobile phone with Bluetooth it becomes an intimate, silent connection between two lovers, regardless of distance. Custom designed for your pleasure, it is intelligent, sophisticated and invented for bliss.
The Toy is worn internally, linked to a mobile phone and controlled by sms text messages sent to the phone. Once read, the message is transported automatically to The Toy, which turns it into vibrations - with a huge range of movements, depending on what you have written. Just say what you feel, The Toy will do the rest.”
Toy Box|Tuesday, November 08, 2005 4:16:31 AM UTC||