(not the internet but the real world)
I've had an interesting journey in the past year going through a small injury to something more major, a couple of months on my back, crutches, stumbling around, and now a slow recovery to normality (I'm lucky, I'm someone for whom ACC has largely worked well).
What really interested me was how, without really trying, I somehow joined the disabled community as my mobility decreased, I started to exchange smiles with other people having trouble getting around, conversations in the physio pool, people helped me with the vagaries of parking permits so I could actually park close enough to do stuff (Dunedin's largely dismantled disabled parking system really sucks), etc I somehow slowly engaged with a community I hadn't really seen before, and I somehow seem to be slowly disengaging from some of that as I no longer look like I belong.
I just spent a week in Shenzhen - the first thing you notice is all the electric bikes , they keep sneaking up on you- I don't think I saw a single petrol powered motor bike - compare this with Taipei or Saigon and their 2-stroke fumes. maybe 10% off the taxis were electric too - there's an extra 3RMB tax if you get into a petrol powered one.
For all its problems China seems to be doing stuff while we just argue
They have far more polite drivers too
Yeah teenagers are trying, part of it I think is because there's a moment when that little kid you've been hugging for 12-13 years starts to push you away - you're just not ready for, but they are, it feels like they're tearing your heart out, they're starting to become independent.
Of course the whole point of kids is that you're trying to raise functional independent adults, you have to let them go, all that strife, really you're just negotiating about the timing.
Ours are gone, out flatting, that's hard too (that whole empty nest thing, it's real), but they come home (we do Sunday dinner together as a family) and now they're adults, and they relate like adults, it's great
I'm kind of gob smacked by today's Key announcement that he's wangled NZ products (in particular mussels) to appear on Alibaba .... does he not understand that ANYONE can sell stuff there (it's sort of a B2B China focused trademe that has a bit of a reputation for, um, occasional shadiness) it's possibly the last place on the planet one might choose to purchase shellfish.
I can't decide who's being played here, Key or us
I do the occasional amount of business in China - remember that dinner and socialising with business partners is a cultural must - visiting with her husband's business partners while in the country is likely something that would give offense if avoided
That doesn't mean she shouldn't have found some way to avoid the position she put herself in, just that it would have been difficult
I got my domain in mid-1995 so my email address is 18 and a half.
I registered taniwha.com back in 1993 so my email address is ~21 years old - but I used uucp before that the same machine had served me as ..!taniwha!paul since about 1989
Sure, we need a lot more than 30MW to close the gap and get us to 100% renewables, but it's a start. And with Europe feeling the ompact of climate change, it's unlikely that National's fuck-the-planet energy policy will be without cost in terms of exports for much longer.
ahem, cough, Tiwai Point should just about do it .... so, on to cow farts ....
I wish I could go to Kiwiburn again .... but sadly anything on grass in the middle of hayfever season is just out ... but still we're going back to that other burn again this year .....
It's a nice laid back combination of country field day and music, kids, families, I got sun burned ......
Best thing I saw on the day was one time as a band started up a gaggle of teenage boys jumped in and started dancing together, eventually being joined by some girls - the world is changing in a good way and our kids have it in hand
My 21yr old told me the other day that she was going to the 7's next year, apparently it just the best party ever .... she was surprised that there might be rugby