Posts by steven crawford

  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to James Green,

    And, the system looks elegant enough. It's going to take sting out of the cold, that's for real.

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  • Hard News: Going solar?,

    After rereading what I wrote, I see it's badly written:(

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  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    So looks like I might be in the market for a locally produced funky model too. In some places, where open fires are still allowed, you could avoid the whole testing regime by doing open fires (like some of those uber-cool focus ones).

    Another thing I have been thinking about, is dressing existing burners in new cloths. When I brought the Wagner wood stove, I didn’t buy the accessory parts because they where overpriced and under funky. It’s just a matter of doing the checks and calculations make sure any additions are safe and compliant. That Dovre style, could be replicated to some extent by cladding the outside of a New Zealand made firebox, maybe.

    I am also working in partnership with Andrew, to build top of the line funky coffee machines for home use. Andrew is a precision engineer who went and did a design course at Massy, and like I said before, I am a fabricator. Between us we could build espresso machines from the ground up, between getting wives/ kids off to school/work, vacuuming, hanging out the washing and collecting wives/kids from work/school and the dinner sorted. And we both chivalrous;/)

    Right, so, It’s not difficult to weld pressure boiler and test it, but like getting making wood burners compliant, it’s difficult. There are espresso machine parts that are cheaper to buy of the shelf than to fabricate, so what we are discussing, when we are at the barbers shop, is to concentrate on the exterior design, and shopping for all of the essential parts that require certification. The same concept could be applied to the wood burner. I could make enamel glassed panels to retro clip onto a permitted basic fire box such as this.

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  • Up Front: Tomorrow Lives Forever,

    Clint didn’t respond. He figured by writing under the sudonym “Normon de plom” He could maintain the anonymity he desperately needed. Clint had turned feral after being booted out of the house. He was eating pavlover, he’d been making from pigeons eggs.

    Athena, at Tatiana’s insistence, Put Clint in the outside wash house. They found him sleeping outside the collective at around eleven o’ clock. The wash house was the best place at this time. Clint had difficulty with his aim, and Athena, being y’know, was not going to handle the toilet seat. He had been given a copy of Hemingway, The old man and the sea, one night at the homeless shelter, some time several mounths ago, at around eleven o’ clock. He hadn’t read it, but know it was classic, and written in style that he might get his head around.

    The wash house had one power point. Tatiana ran the phone cable out. Clint still had his double adapter with surge protection…

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  • Capture: See Into the Trees, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    I am impressed by there seemingly lightly constructed legs. Is there much wind in the area?

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  • Feed: Fulminating and fermenting, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Professional brewers use heat exchangers, I learned last week.

    The penny dropped when I discovered that commercial breweries add the co2, after filtering the sediment out. They can also control Alcohol content, which is of interest to me, because I am an alcoholic, but I like to drink beer. I drank a lot of tasty alcohol free beer when I traveled around the United States recently. The good stuff comes from Europe. If one of the local craft brewers could get their beer under 1.5 percent (legally, not an alcohol drink) I would be happy to support their label.

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  • Capture: See Into the Trees,

    That’s a really big problem with genetic engineering. Cinema had a similar problem when they started introducing computer generated dinosaurs into films such as Jurassic park. Merging the real film footage with the computer generated was difficult, because the geometry in the computer models, contrasted with the traditional footage. That problem was solved, by making story boards with plenty of foggy, steamy scenes, to help blend the two. We could do the same thing, on the dinner plate.

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  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…,

    But is there stuff like this with Maori?

    Mr Edd the talking horse is pretty funny now that it has been voiced over in Maori.

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  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Yes I know that’s unfair but it really is the language of science at this time.

    I tend to agree, with a caveat, I only know five noble gases on the periodic table. I suppose that English being what is, can acquire from Te Reo, words such as Pukateine--which is a chemical compound from the Pukatea tree. English is already a hybrid language. Hybridizing Te reo in order to use it in contemporary science, might be missing the point. Which is to save an endanger language from extinction.

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely,

    Labour Party leader David Cunliffe has praised the Government’s responses to the MH17 tragedy and Israel’s incursion into the Gaza Strip.

    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key said New Zealand was donating an additional $250,000 towards humanitarian efforts in Gaza, where nearly 700 people have been killed in the past few weeks at the hands of the Israeli Defence Force, around two-thirds of them civilians.

    From the TV3 online report. It reaffirms Geovanni’s suggestion, that, and I paraphrase: Labour, a small bit better than National, would make an appropriate campaign slogan.

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