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September 30, 2007

Melling Bridge photos

Filed in: Tetrap.Local.

It was a criminally nice day on Friday, after weeks of dreary weather. I therefore walked to the middle of Melling Bridge and took some pictures of the Hutt River.

[Looking North]
[Looking South]

In the one looking south (on the bottom) you can see Wellington on the hills in the distance. I also tried using my camera's stitch feature to do 180° views, but this met with limited success. Here's the stitched together view from the north side of the bridge anyway:

[Wraparound looking North]

Posted at 1:20 PM | Comments (0)

Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

Filed in: Links.

Via blinovitch it's... Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day! Mark your calendar - December 8th!

I would be from the Global Warming future, and be wearing water-wings and a flutterboard strapped to my back. Constantly falling over because I never learned to walk, and periodically splashing myself with water to keep my skin moist. Fake gills also a possibility. Yes.

Posted at 12:03 AM | Comments (0)

September 28, 2007

Monday the 23rd

Filed in: Internet.

I got an email from Whitcoulls this week with the following graphic in it:
PLUS: Double Points on every purchase you make between Monday 23rd - Sunday 30th September 2007!

Pop quiz: do they mean Sunday the 23rd or Monday the 24th?

Also, why does Amazon send me emails advertising the specials in their toys and games section when they know my delivery address is outside the US, and they only ship toys nationally? It's not nice to taunt.

Posted at 8:24 PM | Comments (2)

September 26, 2007

Volta's over-artsy packaging

Filed in: Music.

A while ago I got hold of Björk's latest album, Volta. Volta is very good, however its packaging is not. Maybe I'm traditional, but I prefer my CDs to come in a standard jewel case and not some overblown artsy packaging. Volta has the silliest packaging I've seen so far on an album.

Once you get the shrink wrap off, you have a bright-red cardboard box with two flaps on the front. The flaps are held together with a metallic sticker of Björk dressed as a multicoloured vegetable with blue feet. Assuming that, like me, you don't want to tear the sticker, you have to gentle peeeeeel it off on one side in order to open the box. Personally, I peeled it off completely and stuck it onto one of the flaps to stop it from getting torn.

Inside the box is another series of cardboard boxes in a sort of Russian doll effect. On one side of each box is a picture of Björk in a crochet wearable art outfit, and on fire. Yes, someone's also photoshopped the pictures to make it look like she's on fire. At least I hope it's a photoshop. "OK, we've painted her face and put her in the wool outfit. Is it artsy enough yet?" "No. SET HER ON FIRE!"

Inside the Russian doll boxes are a booklet and the Volta CD in a plain white paper sleeve (and the DVD version, if you got that version). I have yet to determine how to store all this. I'll probably simply stick the CD and booklet into a jewel case and put the rest of the packaging away somewhere. Meh.

Posted at 9:25 PM | Comments (1)

September 25, 2007

Casino vs boobies

Filed in: Misc.

It amused me this morning that, of all the stories the Dominion Post could have picked to headline their front page, they picked the story about a British tourist being kicked out of Christchurch Casino because her breasts were too big. Will Christchurch Casino hire someone to stand at the door with a tape measure?

Or instead of discriminating against random people, they could maybe handle their loan shark problem.

Also spotted in the news today, hidden in this item on vote-rigging in an email poll for a show TVNZ are doing:

Details of the false emails have been referred to the police.

Exactly what cybercrime would the perps be charged with, I wonder.

Posted at 6:42 PM | Comments (1)

September 21, 2007

Energy Drink Review: Demon Energy

Filed in: Energy Drinks.

[Demon Energy]Supplied in a generous 440ml can (I paid $3 for a can, which is about the same price as a 250ml can of Red Bull or a 350ml bottle of V), this energy drink looks like it should be being sold at Hell Pizza, and is manufactured by Energy Products Ltd in Takapuna, Auckland. Their website has soft porn and a naked man hanging upside-down by his penis. This makes it 100% awesome.

It contains, according to the can, 141mg of caffeine (which would be about right given the same proportions as the usual 250ml can energy drinks). Disclaimer says "Not recommended for children, pussys, lactating women, or individuals sensitive to caffeine." and there's various other text obviously designed to appeal to a demographic approximately half my terrestrial age. Or possibly Satanists.

The energy drink itself, disappointingly, is just another Red Bull clone. I was expecting a tinge of brimstone or the blood of virgins or something. Man, all that build up.

To sum up: generic, but has amusing packaging.

Posted at 7:00 PM | Comments (1)

September 18, 2007

Series 3 end - 2 parter or 3 parter?

Filed in: Doctor Who.

Does Doctor Who series 3 end with a two-part story or a three-part story? The remainder of the post is cut to avoid spoiling people who haven't seen the end of the series yet - Utopia screens in the US this Friday.

Continue reading "Series 3 end - 2 parter or 3 parter?"

Posted at 7:07 PM | Comments (5)

September 13, 2007

Here's TSV 50!

Filed in: Doctor Who, TSV Online.

We've come a long way since TSV 1 went online in September 2002. Now, five years later to the month, TSV 50 is online!

TSV 50 is dominated by Tom Baker, starting with this sterling cover artwork, as he'd recently come to New Zealand to make some commercials for NZ Superannuation, and also made a public appearance. Unfortunately I didn't make it to his Mission bay appearance, but TSV contained transcripts of his ramblings and of a TVNZ interview.

On the non-Tom front, there's also The Wilderness Years, detailing the absense of new Doctor Who between Survival (in 1989) and the TV movie (in 1996), and The Darkest Path, an article by David Ronayne responding to last issue's Time's Chump.

This issue saw the last appearances of Tardis Tales and Oswald the Cat. Tardis Tales, as previously noted is making a welcome return to the fanzine. Making his first appearance this issue is the Karkus, a character from the 1968 story The Mind Robber, co-opted here as the hero of the first Erato strip.

I also feel that I should mention the artwork, since any issue that has a picture of Mel dressed as a dominatrix *cough* I mean, dressed as a Dominator, gets a thumbs up in my book. Precisely why she's dressed like one of the villains from The Dominators will become clear in a few issues time...

See also: write-ups by Paul and Jamas.
Previously: TSV 49

Posted at 7:39 PM | Comments (0)

September 10, 2007

Ninja Builders

Filed in: Tetrap.Local.

These chaps, last week, started setting up scaffolding down the side of our driveway at work, telling us that they would try to do as much work as possible on that side of the building, so that they could get the scaffolding down in a week or so. See if you can spot them:
[Scaffolding with no builders on it]

Evidently I was wrong - they're not cowboy builders; They're ninja stealth builders! Seriously, I haven't seen that scaffolding used once since it was put up.

Posted at 6:22 PM | Comments (0)

September 9, 2007

Doctor Who/Red Dwarf photoshop

Filed in: Doctor Who.

While I'm waiting to get the urge to write... anything (It'll probably be the "Here's TSV 50!" entry), here's a neat Doctor Who/Red Dwarf photoshop! Which contains spoilers for the end of Series 3.

Posted at 10:37 PM | Comments (0)

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