Posts by Ian Dalziel

  • Up Front: Mind Your Language, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    I have a Catalan comic somewhere,

    Perhaps it was one of the one's you were in, Joe?
    ;- )
    El Vibora...
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150403433445652.606883.436424315651&type=1
    A Classic Joe Wylie work in colour!
    (- I first saw it in Black and white in Strips )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5486 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Mind Your Language, in reply to Miche Campbell,

    Quim” is an ancient and venerable word.
    Go and read some Victorian porn...

    Steamypunk?
    For Quim and Country!

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  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping, in reply to James Green,

    Schindler's Lift...

    ...full of electromagnetic switches. Every time something happens with the lift, one or more opens or closes. So in the background the entire time was this pattern of clicking. ...
    It also rather resembled the inside of my old pinball machine

    I had an old pinball machine, pre-flippers, more of a Bagatelle machine really, but that reassuring 'clatter' of activated solenoids was a magical sound - state-of-the-art for its time...
    so so modern...

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  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping,

    dial elated...
    I love the way vestigial concepts remain in the telephonic universe - I still hear messages that say 'dial again' or 'dial this number' or similar - most kids today would never have even seen a dial phone...

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  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping,

    raising the tone…
    ‘Life’s rich tap history!’

    The Atlantic had this story…
    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/02/the-definitive-story-of-steve-wozniak-steve-jobs-and-phone-phreaking/273331/
    and Phil Lapsley’s book:
    http://explodingthephone.com/

    and more on the 2600hz whistlers and Captain Crunch
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Draper

    here is the story in comic form by Ed Piskor:
    http://boingboing.net/2009/12/20/phreakhacker-history.html

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5486 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Aurora Australis,

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    Incoming!!

    SOLAR WIND STREAMS--HITS AND MISSES: A solar wind stream expected to hit Earth on March 29-30 has apparently missed. It likely sailed south of our planet. The good news for sky watchers is, another one is on the way. It is flowing from this gaping coronal hole on the sun.
    ...
    Because this coronal hole crosses the sun's equator, the solar wind it spews is likely to hit Earth squarely--no misses, this time. ETA: April 2nd or 3rd.

    see:
    http://www.spaceweather.com/

    Plus

    TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON: On Saturday morning, April 4th, sky watchers in the USA can see a brief but beautiful total eclipse of the Moon. The event will also be visible from Mexico, western Canada, across the entire Pacific Ocean, Australia, Indonesia, and elsewhere.

    Elsewhere includes NZ smack dab in the middle:
    see:
    http://shadowandsubstance.com/

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5486 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Power of N – Nutrient Caps…,

    a country cowed...
    and no place to go it seems: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/67570837/the-calls-just-keep-rolling-in

    Fallout from Fonterra's latest pay cheque announcement has seen at least one of its competitors inundated with calls.
    Open Country Dairy chairman, Laurie Margrain, confirmed farmer interest in switching companies. He said OCD had received "quite a substantial number of phone calls", but had not had time to respond to any inquiries yet.
    He also confirmed the company was "substantially full," and not looking for more suppliers.
    It is understood to have a waiting list of more than 500 farmers between Waikato, Southland and Taranaki.

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  • Legal Beagle: What next for Winston?, in reply to tussock,

    (dude desperately needs a successor)

    ..an 'hair apparent' perhaps?

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  • Speaker: The Power of N – Nutrient Caps…,

    praise the lard...

    And that’s the damage already done: future generations will grapple for decades with the insidious, lasting legacy of what we enjoyed as a dairy boom.

    Don't forget the mountains of unsold butter we had to eat back last century... it could happen again, perhaps they could be used for adventure tourism, milk powder snow, taking in the dairy airs among the bovineyards, oxendising the nitro gene could be a barrel of laughs, a gas... anything to stave off the inevitable!

    ;- (

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5486 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Compensation for Teina Pora?,

    Court napping...

    ...if the conviction is quashed in the High Court, Court of Appeal, or Courts Martial Appeal Court.

    if the Supreme Court and the Privy Council can overturn any ruling from the above three august bodies, then they must be tacitly included in the ambit of the guidelines.
    Surely, or am I missing something?

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