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  • Paul Campbell,

    It's friday some interesting links (vi boing-boing):

    Mow the lawn (possible NSFW)

    The EFF opines Is the Queen now a copyright criminal?

    Talking about iPods and the Queen - who on earth thought this would be a good idea - she will not be amused - they should have got her a "wiiPod" ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2031 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Leo has provided us with some Friday clips ...

    nintoaster

    Nintendo in a toaster.

    gunpowder microwave

    Oh, so THAT'S what happens when you put gunpowder in a microwave.

    grigori grimoire

    A hilarious gmod video of a magician somewhat messing up.

    cat with bag on his head

    That cat made my day.

    hk-47 unhinged

    HK-47 starts quoting stuff. A lot of stuff.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18508 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    The cat with the bag on its head is gold. I like that after a while the cat seems to have decided that since the bag isn't coming off, he's just going to enjoy having on for a while.

    Hey, here's something fun and new to watch! Charlie Brooker, of Screenwipe and general awesomeness fame, has a new series, Newswipe. It's like Screenwipe but focuses on news media.

    Episode 2 had a brilliant look at the Jade Goody cancer debacle, reckoning that the media had turned her into Schroedinger's cat - both dead and alive; neither dead nor alive.

    Start with episode one, part one here:

    And there's a playlist for the series here with the rest so far.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1841 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Yes last nights Media 7 was a very good show. I missed the first part unfortunately.
    The OIA discussion was excellent and the Dick-o-meter worked a treat. I hope PH saw it and was suitably unimpressed.
    Hey P (I like calling him that) GFY.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1155 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Hey, here's something fun and new to watch! Charlie Brooker, of Screenwipe and general awesomeness fame, has a new series, Newswipe. It's like Screenwipe but focuses on news media.

    I have to say, it's got a way to go before it's as good as Screenwipe, but maybe it'll get there.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18508 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    That cat made my day.

    For some reason when it's walking in and out "of shot" in that corridor is one of the funnier things I've seen for some time. As Robyn said, totally nonchalant about it...

    Brian Edwards approach is an interesting one that I'm surprised we don't see more of - interesting-owner-as-blogger-for-traffic

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1717 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    You mean like Paul Reynolds?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16270 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    For some reason when it's walking in and out "of shot" in that corridor is one of the funnier things I've seen for some time.

    Yes, for some reason, that's the funniest part of the whole thing.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18508 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Cats, Hmm Dont like 'em much.
    If you do follow ups I'd like to know how the PSA & Brenda Pilot get on with their OIA request.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1155 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Good discussion on the OIA.

    Occasionally, I'll blame the public servant, if I think they're being deliberately obstructive, but generally Nicky and the others are correct - they're just trying to do their job.

    One thing that was missed is that any inquiry, verbal or written or email, is an OIA request. As you pointed out, writing it down gets better precision (and trackability) but they can't require you to write it down (AFAIK). That's a delaying tactic that you can challenge them on.

    The obstructionist spin doctors aren't only in the Beehive, also. There's plenty in Government agencies.

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Oh, and the folks who upload stuff have kindly done me a separate edit of the Newsmash:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18508 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    "Dickpot" - rofflenui

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16270 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I feel both my vocabulary and indeed life has been enhance by the new word "dickpot".

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1841 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    "Ladies and gentlemen, we have a weiner!"

    You had to do that voice over at least three times before you could stop giggling right?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6147 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    Newsmash

    Jake, your accent has really been affected by the Yanks.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1717 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,

    Infant mortality does make for good sport, doesn't it?

    He would have been in the Bob Clarkson league of MPs if Georgina Beyer hadn't kicked his arse.

    BTW, any wagers on David Garrett being this term's Bob Clarkson?

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    You had to do that voice over at least three times before you could stop giggling right?

    Nah. Pretty much nailed first take. I'm a pro.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18508 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Speaking of Weiner, any thoughts on Mad Men ?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16270 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    One of the oldest ;-p

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Bugger Sacha getting in the way - that was to Russell

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    Jake, your accent has really been affected by the Yanks.

    Yes, that's Pittsburgh English for you.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    BTW, any wagers on David Garrett being this term's Bob Clarkson?

    As asked in another thread ... What is it about Bob Clarkson that makes you think he should be and David Garrett belong in the same category?

    Bob found out early on that Parliament really wasn't the place for him, he had a colourful vernacular, but in short he was a good honest kiwi bloke (but one who was a teetotaller). He had political disagreements with others in the House, but had a good relationship with Nándor Tánczos etc. etc.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2988 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    My daughter would like to thank Leo for the cat clip, which she loved. She's now gone off to find our cat...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    Thanks for those Leo, especially the cat clip. Your eye for good cat comedy is deeply appreciated.

    The cat with the bag on its head is gold. I like that after a while the cat seems to have decided that since the bag isn't coming off, he's just going to enjoy having on for a while.

    I love how the cat gets the bag off and then decides to put it back on.

    We used to have a cat named Chimo who would have fights with his own back paws, around the posts of the chair-back. He often lost, and would fall right off the chair after kicking himself in the face with his back paws.

    Another game could only be played between 3:00 and 4:00am. He would start running upside down under your bed clinging to the mattress from the underside, running in crazy circles. When you'd reach under the bed to pull him out, he'd rip your hand to shreds. Ah, cat humour.

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    We used to have a cat named Chimo who would have fights with his own back paws, around the posts of the chair-back. He often lost, and would fall right off the chair after kicking himself in the face with his back paws.

    Dyan, like this?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

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