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  • Moz, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    Not easy coming up with unique name

    There are quite a few band name generators online... "Chicks Dig Tomatoes" works...

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1223 posts Report Reply

  • Neil,

    Meth prices have skyrocketed.

    Since Nov 2016 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Had a conversation with my neighbour (from a safe distance and over a fence). He operates heavy vehicles and he’s now found himself landed in the ‘essential service’ sector. He’s been contracted to help keep the Whitakers Chocolates pumping:-)

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4356 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Went out for a walk today, more people walking in the neighbourhood than usual, people carefully keeping distance, walking into the street - but absolutely everyone said "hi!" and smiled

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2615 posts Report Reply

  • Moz,

    Neil, I was thinking of all the burglars who are now faced with most houses being occupied all the time. And they can't exactly drive round looking for targets if the streets are empty. What are they supposed to do?

    A quick snap of rush hour in Wiley Park, Sydney. I think the traffic is lighter than usual but it's definitely not Auckland's empty streets.

    https://i.imgur.com/ZLtq4sb.png

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1223 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Moz,

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    What are they supposed to do?

    At the intersection of the cash economy and neutralising surface borne pathogens, there must literally be a place for Money Laundering...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7902 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That made me laugh. Thankfully we have plastic money that’s designed to be laundered… the government was even more prepared than we knew!

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1223 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    #saferCommunitiesApart

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 316 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5428 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Hi dude, looks like you have that 3d rendering pretty sussed out now. What's the software you're using?

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4356 posts Report Reply

  • Neil, in reply to Moz,

    Yes, some unexpected consequences. Less meth consumption will free up resources in EDs and acute mental health units. As people high on meth pose significant risk to health professionals that’s one safety issue that should reduce dramatically.

    Since Nov 2016 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • WaynePhillips, in reply to Moz,

    Walking around leafy suburbs of Christchurch earlier in the week pre lockdown there were loads of people obviously packing up and leaving for their bolthole (on the peninusula? castle hill?). Burglars on bikes

    United Kingdom • Since Sep 2014 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Urquhart, in reply to Moz,

    @Moz - A client in admin at a significant business association told me at the beginning of the week that their (mostly closed up of course) members had already seen a significant spike in break-ins and they were working hard to help increase security for their member's premises over the pending shut down; so there's your answer. Whole high-density burglarising fields have effectively opened up :(

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Robert Urquhart,

    I work for a company that manufactures burglar alarms, and we are seeing a slight increase in installs, but I expect our actual installers are going to start copping it if Australia follows Aotearoa down that path. Lots of burglaries normally means lots of alarm system responses and repairs.

    Our Italian customers are already grumpy because air freight is “we’ll see what we can do” right now so their just-in-time ordering habits are not working well for them. But we don’t exactly have a paratroop wing of the company so there’s not much we can do for them.

    The good news is that I write software so I've been working from home for the last two weeks. I visited the office once, on Saturday, to enable remote desktop on my work PC (and turn it on, normally I turn if off when not in the office since I can work from home without it).

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1223 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Urquhart, in reply to Moz,

    I'm a web-dev, our whole company including reception/phones has been working from home since Monday (and preparing to work from home for the previous two weeks). I visited the office on Monday to pick up an extra monitor and am remoting to my office PC as needed for various things, but most staff ended up taking their entire computer setups home.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Owen Foster,

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    Hi Russell and other PAS people! First time caller here but Russell you’ve been a big influence on my life since a friend introduced me to your Friday emailer in the mid 90’s. I’ve always found your intelligent and nuanced views on a whole variety of topics really interesting.

    I am (was?) a commercial airline pilot in Papua New Guinea so my income prospects have inverted in a small space amount of time. I fear aviation won’t ever recover from this so I have to consider the prospect of never flying an aircraft again. It’s pretty scary trying to think about how to make a living in the future for me.

    Isolation is going well so far, in fact I feel very guilty about the beauty of my surroundings. I live on my boat, an 86 year old cutter built in Port Chalmers. She was the Lyttleton Harbour Board Pilot Boat for nearly 50 years. We are anchored near Man O War bay at the eastern end of Waiheke. There are about a dozen other live aboard sailing vessels in the bay. Saw a beautiful sunrise over Coromandel this morning. Exercise will be walks on the shore and swimming off the boat while the water is still warm enough.

    We will stay put as far as practicable but will eventually have to move to better shelter if the wind changes and possibly a trip to oneroa or coromandel for supplies in a few weeks.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2020 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

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    Got my LPG tanks filled. (Essential Service)

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4356 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Neil,

    Yes, some unexpected consequences. Less meth consumption will free up resources in EDs and acute mental health units. As people high on meth pose significant risk to health professionals that’s one safety issue that should reduce dramatically.

    I think there's also the prospect of restricted access to drugs (including the legal ones) driving drug-seeking behaviour that increases transmission risks. We want to keep people stable, not throw them into withdrawal.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Owen Foster,

    I live on my boat

    I have a few friends and follow some youtubers on boats, and you lot who are already in place are in many ways lucky. The poor sods who were mid-ocean are finding it tricky to get into port if they’re not arriving in their country-of-citizenship. Most lockdown laws don’t account for the literally ones of people so affected.

    Sailing Zatara crew just got back into Aotearoa before the lockdown but now they can’t get into most places if they leave, and even sailing within the country is a bit tricky. So they might be spending the lockdown in Auckland.

    Which beats one couple I know who were on a two day mooring on an island in Italy when the lockdown hit. They legally couldn’t stay there, but also couldn’t leave. And they didn’t have provisions for more than a few days anyway. They got out of it, but because they’re a mixed-citizenship couple they don’t have a home country to go to – wherever they go one of them will probably be rejected (and is that a bet you’d take… sail for a week, get told “you can come in, the other can’t”). So now they’re in a marina in Italy for as long as it takes. Well, until their money runs out and then who knows what will happen. Marinas are expensive!

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1223 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Went out for a walk today, more people walking in the neighbourhood than usual, people carefully keeping distance, walking into the street – but absolutely everyone said “hi!” and smiled

    It's the same in our neighbourhood. And the really cool part of the daily bike-ride is that it's not only possible to ride down the middle of the damn road – it's the responsible thing to do!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22763 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I was struggling a bit with the shared path. Fewer pedestrians but it's hard to leave a decent distance when there's more than one of them.

    I felt that as well as ringing my bell I should be crying "unclean, unclean"

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1223 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Moz,

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    The poor sods who were mid-ocean are finding it tricky to get into port if they’re not arriving in their country-of-citizenship.

    This poor bugger seems to have run aground.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4356 posts Report Reply

  • Gabor Toth, in reply to Neil,

    Meth prices have skyrocketed.

    What about meths? There may still be some for sale in certain supermarkets and grocery stores (of course all the hardware shops are closed).
    Take 7 parts of methylated spirits, add 3 parts clean water and (ta dah!) you now have a 70% ethanol solution which is the same concentration as standard hand sanitiser. Apart from the gelling agents and the purple colour, it’s essentially the same stuff. Stick it in a small atomising spray bottle and you can also squirt it over supermarket trolley handles, ATM buttons etc. Methanol (which was used as a toxic ‘denaturing’ agent) hasn’t been used in NZ meths for about 20 years after the government took the sensible approach that if some alcoholics were going to drink the stuff, it wasn’t in society’s best interest to poison them. Methanol was replaced with c. 0.01% denatonium benzoate (aka “Bitrex”) which isn’t toxic but is bitter enough to ruin any attempt to turn a slug of meths into a base for a vodka and tonic.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2006 • 137 posts Report Reply

  • Walter Nicholls, in reply to Gabor Toth,

    Methanol ... hasn’t been used in NZ meths for about 20 years

    Now that's useful information I'd forgotten - not that we have a lot of meths (unlike turps!) but at least supermarkets sell it. Although at home, soap is pretty good, given we're not going out anywhere. (I'm working on various video & audio footage from the times when we could go to venues, planning a virtual choir, and things like that to support our communities via online methods. Could be fun).

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 42 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to steven crawford,

    Hi dude, looks like you have that 3d rendering pretty sussed out now. What’s the software you’re using?

    Mainly DAZ Studio 4.12, with occasional touch ups in Blender & GIMP.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5428 posts Report Reply

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