How much coffee do you drink?

Sep 13th, 2011

How much coffee do you drink?

I read with suprise (and I’ll admit, a little disappointment) that New Zealand (at 3.4KG per person) ranks only 26th in the world for average per-capita coffee consumption. As a nation we normally take such pride in both our coffee consumption and manipulation of per capita statistics. What is apparent, however, is that Scandinavians take [...]

Has Google finally got social right?

Jul 6th, 2011

Has Google finally got social right?

The web this week is (ahem) buzzing about Google+, the new social product from Google. The ‘limited’ invitation preview (limited to 500 invites per person.. so very exclusive) is already oversubscribed. Even Mark Zuckerberg has a profile. Techcrunch is reporting¬†traffic from the preview network already ranking in their top 10¬†referral¬†sources. There’s already plenty of analysis [...]

How to check for winter sun at an open home using Google Sky Map

Mar 9th, 2011

How to check for winter sun at an open home using Google Sky Map

I bought a new house recently. A nice old villa facing, if not quite at the sun, then near enough to it to afford a peep of Winter sunshine. Old villas are notoriously cold, so this is very important. It occurred to me, while falling in love with the place during an open home, that [...]

Mar 9th, 2011

Easy WordPress Downgrade

How to downgrade WordPress but keep any content created since last upgrade. I recently upgraded www.hrc.co.nz from 3.05 to 3.1. All seemed well, and the upgrade was a sweet new version. Unfortunately, 2 weeks later, I discovered it had made subtle, but important changes to my carefully crafted permalink and category structure. There’s a lot [...]

A mathematical curiosity

Jan 11th, 2011

A mathematical curiosity

This is probably an internet meme as old as AOL, but I only just discovered it today. And it’s truly remarkable. Or maybe it isn’t? Feel free to comment, if you know the short explanation.

Facebook Launches The Social Inbox

Nov 16th, 2010

Facebook Launches The Social Inbox

Mark Zuckerberg, the 26 year old billionaire founder of Facebook, says that talking to high school kids makes him feel old. We really feel for you, mate. Perhaps a dip in your swimming pool filled with hundred dollar bills will make you feel better? More specifically, Zuckerberg says that talking to high school kids about [...]

Nov 3rd, 2010

The revolution will, or will not, be Tweeted

A heated debate is brewing online, following an essay written in the (tellingly offline) New Yorker magazine by Malcolm Gladwell titled “The revolution will not be tweeted.” You can read the full text on the New Yorker site, but the thrust of his argument is that real social revolution (as evidenced by numerous examples, particularly [...]

What the hell happened to my handwriting?

Oct 12th, 2010

What the hell happened to my handwriting?

I used to have beautiful handwriting. When I was a kid. Primary school teachers used to hold my essays up at the front of class and tell other students what precise, neat handwriting I had. People used to stop me in the street and ask me to write important letters for them. OK, so that [...]

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