DaiKiwi

DaiKiwi

  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I'm sorry, I didn't mean it as a personal dig, and I know you've had shitty real life stuff to deal with over the past two years. I like what goes on here and would hate to see it go...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Ask me anything: Is there anything that would make it more likely to get more female commentators to the blog? Or commentators under the age of 50?...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Greg Tingey @ 567: Breach of the OSA? Sure. Who what and how, beyond the media publications? We'll have to wait and see. But as always 'cui bono'? Treason? "or if a Man do levy War against our Lord the...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    2119ad - Let us remember the starting point of this 'What If': What is the home of 2119 going to look like? (Assuming no collapse of technological civilization, and an orderly--and complete by 2119--migration to renewable energy sources. Also assume...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    I took a visit back to NZ for the Millennium while I was living overseas, did a bus tour around the bottom half of the South Island. That thing about seeing your own country - especially since so many people...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    PS, If you don't want to drive, then Intercity Bus might be more to your liking - something like this: https://www.intercity.co.nz/bus-pass/travelpass/new-zealand-itineraries/north-island-adventure-travelpass/...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    If you're taking the train from Auckland then you'll have no chance for stop-offs in the North Island, since it only runs 3 times a week - jump on jump off doesn't work if you have to wait three days...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    My go-to on Hubbard for a long time has been Russell Miller's 'Bare Faced Messiah', of which I have a HB copy and has been available as a free download for the past 20 years....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Congratulations on the nomination. There's only one in the 'Series' I'm not familiar with at all. There's some interesting competition. As for the rest of the list, my first thoughts are: Oh boy, 'Novel' is going to be interesting(!), and...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I like what you've said about the NZ polling places in Aus, since I've never seen anyone ever mention that before. Lots of similarities between the two countries - Saturday voting, compulsory enrolment (tho' not voting in NZ), sausage sizzles....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    The UK as 51st state, or 51-54 or whatever, is fun to play with just to see how it effs up the US house/senate. Nobody with the sense of a hyperactive kitten should consider it seriously. Certainly, nobody south of...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I missed seeing this entry posted, so have ~300 comments to catch up on... getting there... I went to dig out my copy of Heinlein's "Take Back Your Government" - non-fiction written in 1946 but not published until 1992. Unfortunately...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Off topic, but we're past #300... Charlie, any intent to head to the antipodies in July/Aug 2020 for CoNZealand?...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    JBS @ 736 "How do you get 1,350 to 3,600 cards" I was thinking of what a CD could hold as pure plain text data versus what it or the fiche can hold as page images. A CD can hold...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    A standard 'fiche card is A6 & commonly holds 98 to 160 images, depending on the reduction, though they can go up to 270 images. My copy of Asimov's Fantastic Voyage II is 392 pages in hardback so would take...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Absolutely and completely off topic... Could anyone advise if there is a reputable NZ/AUS/ZA shop in York? Asking because a sib is moving there......
  • Commented on Test Case
    A question, since I don't know enough about the difference between the Scots & English legal & police systems: Assume in the scenario: Scotland is part of the UK, both outside the EU. The accident is in England. The dispatchers...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I'm only about a third of the way through the comments at this point, many of which are interesting and are causing me to pop up a few search windows and dive around Court judgments etc. In NZ there are...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    But neither of those links support being one of 10% of those unwilling to contribute to an unspecified database....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Moz: I'm one of less than 10% of kiwis who have opted out of the national DNA database, for example Just wondering, which NZ database you're talking about? e.g. the Police one apparently has about 160k samples (mix of evidence,...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    A late comment: Until the 1931 Statute of Westminster was passed (and then assented to be each state/nation), the UK still had certain reserved powers over the various Colonies/Dominions, and could veto or refuse to assent to some legislation. There's...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Off topic (this did become a general thread for a while...) I was pleasantly surprised twice last week. Firstly to see Charlie retweet a comment from @e_pe_me_ri , a Wellington based Linear B scholar (I like both ancient and future...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Whether or not they're called 'mass market', I still like small format paperbacks if I'm not buying the hardcover of a book - they fit my bookshelves better. Nice to see this out....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I believe a recently re-discovered 'Linear B' tablet has some disturbing implications... https://enijote.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/a-new-linear-b-tablet-in-wellington...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    *sigh* Derek Lowe, not David Lloyd. I dunno, maybe I had V for Vendetta on my mind....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Chemist David Lloyd's occasional blog on things he won't work with (because they will poison you, dissolve you, blow you up, or some combination of the three) - including the aptly named FOOF - has been mentioned here before http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/category/things-i-wont-work-with...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    He's switched to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgDhlWxHOow (had to change phones) When asked why he's stayed on Islamorada he replied along the lines of "We spent all yesterday refilling police & EMT vehicles as they worked. When the storm lets up we'll start...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    A newer livestream is under the same user, but this may be better: http://southernmostpointwebcam.com The marker is about 8ft high. The road looks to be about 2m above MHW? Picture of the area from the sea for context: https://cdn.shutterstock.com/shutterstock/videos/5722616/thumb/1.jpg...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    For me, it riffed on Denis Glover: "And Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle/The magpies said". That and Mr D Duck's "Waauggh!" of frustration....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Adding to that, nothing happened in 1951? A fun bit of time digging around suggests possibly a mistake by the writer or reviewer. Laws against slavery were passed in 1874, again in 1909 to include more forms of 'involuntary servitude',...
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