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December 21, 2005

Pass it on

When you see this, post it.

"Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so."

-- President Bush, April 2004, nearly three years after he authorized secret domestic surveillance by the NSA without court orders or warrants.

Quote courtesy the transcript of Bush's speech, taken off the official White House site:

Posted at 11:45 PM | Comments (1)

December 19, 2005

Quotes of the day

50 cents"WOOHOO! A scale model of a sailing ship"
-- fellow behind the counter at Caltex as he handed me 50 cents change.

"...but the judge set the Tribbles free"
-- TV3 news reporter reporting on this case.

Posted at 6:10 PM | Comments (0)

December 14, 2005

My brain doesn't work in the mornings


Yesterday: I awoke, looked at my clock, realised I was late, jumped out of bed and got half dressed before realising I'd just gotten up half an hour earlier than normal. I could have really used that half hour's sleep.

This morning: Hopped in my car, drove to work, stopped in the carpark... and realised I'd left my briefcase at home. With my wallet and everything in it.

Maybe I need to get up a half-hour earlier just to let my brain boot up. Tsk!

Posted at 10:18 PM | Comments (0)

October 3, 2005

Freeform poetry, courtesy my Yahoo Mail spam box subjects


Need medicine? All here!
Gain up to 3+ full inches in length
The Jack Rabbit
The Jack Rabbit
Home delivery cialis tabs
Don't expose your intimate life!


Posted at 9:16 PM | Comments (1)

September 18, 2005


I share my birthday with Adam West, David McCallum, one of my bosses, and, apparently, Hermione Granger of Harry Potter fame. It's also the anniversary of Women's Sufferage in New Zealand, and International Talk Like a Pirate day. Arrrr.

Posted at 9:15 PM | Comments (4)

September 12, 2005

OB New Orleans post

I haven't posted on this before, 'cause everyone else was talking about it enough, really...

Last week I found an album of music from New Orleans and almost bought it, because there's not likely to be any music coming out of New Orleans for a while now.

I'm also still partly in denial. It's hard to believe that the pictures on the evening news of a flooded city, corpses floating in the water, are from a city which once housed half a million people, in the most powerful country in the world. The place is currently in a state where it is uninhabitable, and the former population are scattered in temporary shelter, including sports stadiums. Just about everything that could have gone wrong did. The mind boggles as to how America is going to house these people, many of whom have lost everything, and how long it will take to clean up and rebuild New Orleans, if that's indeed what they do...

Score one for global warming.

If even the US can't weather a disaster like this without thousands of casualties, what chance do the rest of us have when Mother Nature throws us a curve ball? If a comparable disaster hit Wellington or Auckland, I doubt the New Zealand would be able to recover (though in our case it's more likely to be an earthquake. Wellington has few routes in and could be easily cut off). But I digress.

We're less than five years into this century, and life has not been kind to the US. Here's hoping the next five are better. It's difficult to conceive of them being worse...

Posted at 8:40 PM | Comments (0)

August 29, 2005

Previous Entry followups

  • MT 3.2 seems to have solved my problem with new entries showing entry #1 as the next link.
  • Since the R4 run of Justice League: Starcrossed was frelled, I ordered the R1 version from Amazon - this turned out to be in the original movie format and have both widescreen and full screen versions. Much better than the R4 Justice League DVDs.
  • As a side note to the whole Hotel experience, I saw the other week that Geri Halliwell's latest album has come out here, but I didn't buy it, because it had the same copy protection on it. Sorry, but I'm not paying $30 for a CD which may or may not work.
  • Yahoo fixed the login issues with Yahoo mail not long after I complained about it. Both Briefcase issues are still there.
  • LiveJournal still doesn't have trackback support, 8 months later.

Posted at 7:40 PM | Comments (1)

August 1, 2005

My prediction about the upcoming NZ election

My prediction: Labour will get back in government, mainly because national can't get organised enough to get their policies out. I'm sure they'll continue their partnership with the Greens.

Not that it really matter in the end, since I trust the lot of 'em about as far as I can throw 'em.

In off-topicness for this post: So not upgrading to Movable Type 3.2 until it's out of beta...

Posted at 7:02 PM | Comments (0)

July 17, 2005

Science should have cured the flu by now

But no, I'm been laid up with it for the last four days. I'm pretty much unable to eat much, so I'm mostly drinking and napping a lot.

I wonder how many working hours a year are lost to the flu.

Posted at 3:43 PM | Comments (0)

July 12, 2005

My current pet driving peeve

People who drive slowly in the fast lane. Here's a clue: if people are changing into the slow lane to overtake you, you're in the wrong lane.

The ultimate form of this is, of course, to drive alongside a vehicle in the other lane, matching its speed, so that the cars behind you are unable to pass. I saw a wee red car doing exactly this on the way home today...

Posted at 5:56 PM | Comments (2)

June 24, 2005

New Zealand Cricket vs Zimbabwe

I don't write about politics much, but here's the situation:
The NZ cricket team is going to tour Zimbabwe in August. Prevailing feeling is that they shouldn't be going because of the ongoing human rights abuses there and the possibilty they might be in danger.

This makes me wonder: (a) why book a tour in a country you know is having human rights issues anyway, (b) why call off the cricket tour while the Prime Minister is trying to negotiate a trade agreement with notorious human rights abuser China?

Posted at 7:52 PM | Comments (0)

June 17, 2005

You know it's getting late when...

You think "Hmmm, WordPress... TypePad... WordPad! That'd make a great name for a blogging servi- oh, wait."

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June 1, 2005

Raspberry Coke: the Verdict

Eh, not as good as I thought it'd be. Better than diet with lime, but not as good as vanilla or regular Coke... (and I'm usually biased against diet drinks because the artifical sweetener they use tastes odd to me, and is a bit cloying).

It tastes vaguely like you're drinking a raspberry tart. My rating: 7/10

Incidentally, while I'm on the subject of Coke, they cheat horribly on the "Nutrition information" on the bottle. At a glance, it has a table which shows energy, protein, sodium, etc "per serving" and "per 100mL". At first glance, I'd expect the "per serving" figures to be the total for the bottle, but at the top it says "Servings per Package: 3" and "Serving Size: 200 mL", so to get the total for the bottle you have to multiply by 3. How many people buy a 600 mL bottle of Coke and drink a 3rd of it at a time?

I presume also they're required by law to state the protein and fat content, otherwise they're just wasting three lines, since the content for both is 0g.

Posted at 12:18 AM | Comments (0)

May 31, 2005

Vodafone overloading makes newspaper

I noticed this morning that the Dominion Post had an item about how Vodafone's free TXT offer was overloading their cell network on the weekend. Messages came in twice sometimes, or hugely delayed. At one point I got a collection of 7 messages at once.

But rather than cancelling the offer, they threatened to suspend the service of anyone abusing the free weekend TXT offer, without really defining how many TXT messages constitutes abuse. I'm still mostly in awe of anyone who can type proficiently enough on those damn keyboards to send more than a half dozen messages.

Of course some phones have "predictive" TXTing, where you press buttons and it tries to guess what you're trying to type. I had a go of this recently and wasn't impressed - typing 2663 (COME) resulted in it predicting I was typing "BOND" (At least it got one letter right!). There ensued much cursing and backspacing.

Posted at 1:08 AM | Comments (0)

May 16, 2005

Anyone lost a concert pianist?

Silent "Piano Man" poses British beach riddle

LONDON (Reuters) - A smartly dressed man found wandering in a soaking wet suit near an English beach has baffled police and care workers after he refused to say a word and then gave a virtuoso piano performance.

Ever helpfully, Yahoo! News doesn't provide a photo or even a link to the site they mention, so here's the item on the NMPH site. Meg thinks he may be some sort of promotion or some such.

Posted at 7:50 PM | Comments (3)

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