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May 12, 2005

Raspberry Coke

Apparently Coca Cola is launching Raspberry Coke in New Zealand. There's even an auction on TradeMe to win the first bottle. Ooookay...

See also: The Verdict.

Posted at 8:32 PM | Comments (0)

May 9, 2005

Vodafone's "free TXT weekend"

Vodafone here announced last week that SMS text messaging would be free on their cell network on weekends until March next year. I won't be surprised at all if they announce they're cancelling it next week, as this evening their network seems to be heavily overloaded. Ten minutes of typing on the gad-awful cellphone keyboard, and then I get an "SMS is not sent!" error.

It somewhat does demonstrate why TXT messages cost as much as they do (20 cents currently)...

Posted at 1:19 AM | Comments (0)

March 4, 2005

What's on my desk

Pinched from Lyssie:

List everything that's on your computer desk! I know we all have messy desks, but try to get everything. You can tell a lot about a person from their clutter.

This also gives me an excuse to clean it a bit. :P

Continue reading "What's on my desk"

Posted at 8:49 PM | Comments (3)

March 1, 2005

Dear World

Australia != New Zealand.

And furthermore New Zealand != Australia.

I can't stress enough how important this fact is.

Thank you.

Posted at 1:19 PM | Comments (0)

January 16, 2005

That's Not Milk

Meg was telling me about a skyscraper advert which was appearing on a certain free email service in the States. Here in NZ I get the Xtra-branded version, so I didn't see the advert. What you see at right is a cropped version of the advert (which is actually created in Shockwave flash, so what you see is a lower-quality recreation).

Exactly what is the gingerbread man doing to the side of the glass?

And what does that have to do with mortgages (which the advert was for)?

Current theories (other than the obvious):
He's doing pushups.
He's raging mad at the mortgage prices.
He's trying to get out of the glass so he can buy a house.

Meg also says they've changed the advert now so that there are cookies in the glass as well...

Posted at 12:04 PM | Comments (0)

January 9, 2005

Hi ho, Hi ho

Tomorrow is Back To Work Day. This means:

  1. Attempting to overcome the insomnia I've developed by sleeping in the last two weeks.
  2. Mailing a pile of stuff which I've finished watching back to Jeff (Mainly Star Trek DVDs).
  3. Taking my computer in to the shop to get fixed.
  4. Oh, yeah, getting back into doing work.

Still, here's to having a job to go to. :)

Posted at 3:47 PM | Comments (1)

January 1, 2005

Happy New Year!

Here's hoping the 21st century improves from now on!

Posted at 12:04 AM | Comments (0)

December 13, 2004

Cryptic Number Plate

As I was driving home, I noticed the car in front of me had the number plate "SUPOOH". I can't work out what it's supposed to mean. Could mean Winnie the Pooh is now a sysadmin (Super User Pooh) or possibly it's some sort of slang (S'up Ooh. Who's Ooh?)...

Why get a personalised plate and put something that cryptic on it??

Posted at 5:40 PM | Comments (4)

November 1, 2004

Daylight Savings

The main thing that annoys me about the daylight savings change-over is that, during the New Zealand summer, all the web comics I read update two hours later. E.G. SinFest updates at 10pm instead of 8pm.

That's when I can persuade Paradise's proxy server to actually give me an updated page, of course.

Posted at 9:16 PM | Comments (0)

October 30, 2004

Most stressful US election EVER

Polls swinging this way and that! Accusation! Counter-accusation! Claim! Count-claim! He flip-flops! He lies! He's dull! He's an idiot! Bill Clinton! Mass hysteria! Cats and dogs living together!

The election is only a few days away and it's still anybody's guess who's going to win. Personally I passed the point of getting the urge to scream whenever the issue is raised about a week or so back.

And I'm not even in America.

Posted at 11:13 PM | Comments (1)

October 13, 2004

Random News

New Zealand can no longer feel superior to the US regarding the bungling of elections. The recent local body elections here have been well and truly screwed because the computers counting the votes somehow "lost" a good portion of them, throwing the results into doubt.

Florida, eat your heart out.

On BlogShares, this weblog got voted into the sarcasm industry. I was surprised and mystified - I didn't think any of my previous entries had been significantly sarcastic.

I ordered a couple of copies of the DVD of Greg the Bunny from Amazon a couple of days ago. GtB is a brilliant series which was cancelled after only a handful of episodes. It's currently screening here on TV3 late on Monday night.

Although Amazon says the DVD is supposed to be released on the 19th, I got an email today saying it had been shipped. It must have come out early or something. Cool, anyway. When it gets here, I intend to make some GtB LiveJournal icons.

I also bought the two Matrix sequels on DVD today (for $20 a piece. Niiiiice) bringing my total DVD count to Too Damn Many.

Posted at 5:27 PM | Comments (0)

October 3, 2004

New Zealand's lax airport security

The Sunday Star Times reported this morning on how they had reporters sneak box cutters onto domestic flights. The result: an indication of a worrying lack of security.

I wish I was surprised, but I've noticed before that there is very little security on domestic flights.

Take Wellington airport. Last time I took a flight to Rotorua, the routine was as follows: Check main baggage during check in (cabin baggage wasn't inspected), wait at gate for boarding call, let staff check ticket, proceed through door directly onto the taxiing area, board plane from ground. Pretty much the same level of security was in force at Rotorua when I took the plane back (i.e. none whatsoever).

That there hasn't been a terrorist attack here involving an aeroplane is nothing short of a miracle.

Posted at 10:02 PM | Comments (0)

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