Hey - did anybody else go to the Waterboy's at the Civic on Monday?
I've been wanting to talk about it's awesomeness all week..
Electric fiddles are so cool!
I for one find it hard to believe that it’s less safe to drink from or swim in the rivers of New Zealand (or some other named environmental disaster areas like Iceland) than it is in most of the countries named as top environmental performers – Central African Republic? Mali? Eritrea? Really?
I imagine's there's not a lot of fertiliser runoff in those rivers....
The experience of watching Star Wars (new hope) at the movies had a huge impact on me. We got one of the last seats at the old cinerama and sat right in the front row. I remember being stunned by the impact of the first spaceship flying over me and then to have it followed by a HUGE spaceship was awesome.
Episode 1 certainly had it's bad points but I like the bits and the beginning where the two Jedi just take over a massive star ship by themselves. It's the first (and really only time) you get to see what a Jedi is really capable of.
And there's a line from probably Episode 2 'Target the Federation starship!' And I immediately think of the Enterprise!
I wasn't that strck by Empire Strikes Back - maybe because then I was at varsity and I had seen a few more films by then.
Re the distinction between Hacker and Cracker.
I heard this argument from an esteemed blogger from the states a few years ago and I disputed it with him then.
The group of expert programmers may wish to use the jargon term cracker for bad guys and hacker for good guys - but they don't get to decide the meaning of words out in the real world of english speakers.
For better or worse hacker means someone who attacks systems - in its initial meaning for bad purposes. It does not mean expert programmer. That was the first meaning it had when it was first used in normal english and subsequent uses have solified that meaning. Expert programmers can try and reclaim the word but I suggest that the battle is lost.
Cracker has no real meaning in general english that relates to IT.
On a personal note - when customs ask me for my profession - I don't put hacker - I put computer programmer.
I also like that they decided to honour the National Health Service. That seemed to me like an addition to the American healthcare conversation - we've got socialised medicine!
Almost since I first heard it I've thought that I'd like Simple Minds 'Someone, Somewhere in Summertime' at my funeral. Listened to the album recently and thought that 'Big Sleep' might be even better..
But why stop at one!
My gripe with apple? That I had to install iTunes on my home PC in order to load music onto my daughter's iPod. Every other music player I have acquired over the years has happily accepted files from the original music management software I set up when I first moved into mp3.
Well argued. Halfway through your post I was thinking that 3 was a good minimum number of MPs and I'm happy to see you came to the same conclusion.
And now the only competition that means anything is the RWC. And if we didn't/don't win it we're failures!