Hamish MacEwan

The Curse of Xanadu

Finally, we made it to the end of the tale. There was only one remaining question, and it seemed both obvious and cruel. His project had promised an end to forgetting, but in the end, only Gregory had been unable to forget. The deluge of information had arrived. The other programmers had drifted away. Only Gregory remained with his fingers on the broken Xanadu machine.

"Why?" I asked.

"Total insanity," Gregory answered, both hands squeezing his face.

Apropos of.

La plus belle poule de France

Angelle, hen Beijing, blue mottled, owned by Laurence (Pas de Calais).

Please, stop giggling, the subject is more serious. 

And no gritty reflection, we are here in the heart of the French farmyard among its most glorious specimens. The second edition of the highly anticipated contest Miss Hen has just ended, with a striking new this year is the election of Mister Rooster. Miss Hen, it now forms the most glamorous fowls couple, known to happen (and why not again?) In various high-end events.

The creator of 'Minecraft' is leaving the studio he created; read his goodbye letter

There can be enough.

Why wasn't John Key upfront with us?

Rhetorical much?

Paying the price of online policing

[W]e’re more interested in addressing the reasons Australians infringe copyright, rather than applying a band aid to a broken leg.

The short-term approach described in the government’s discussion paper, fails to offer anything by way of long term solutions to reducing online infringements.

Experience in other countries demonstrates that targeting BitTorrent file sharing simply causes infringers to change tactics. Dr Rebecca Giblin’s comprehensive and peer-reviewed research demonstrates that there’s very little to suggest that ISP policing or ‘graduated responses’ help achieve any of copyright’s aims.

We agree with the observation of Spotify’s Kate Vale that “access, availability and price does contribute and is the answer” to reducing infringement.

We’d like to think that those selling content wouldn’t cling to antiquated models that clearly alienate their customers. The music industry, for example, has moved on with many great services such as Spotify and iTunes. Kate Vale has highlighted that, across the world, the average conversion rate from free listeners to paid subscribers of Spotify, is 25 per cent, and Australia sat above that, at 31 per cent.

Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2012 | Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project

$2,540,000,000 in remittances were sent from New Zealand to other countries in 2012

Patterns of global migration have shifted in recent decades and those changes, along with the ups-and-downs of the economy, have also resulted in changes in the flow of remittances —the money that many migrants send back to families in their countries of origin.

International migrants sent $529 billion in remittances back to their home countries in 2012, according to the World Bank. The United States is the number one sender of international remittances, accounting for nearly a quarter of them (23.3%). India ranks at the top of all countries that receive remittances, with $69 billion in 2012.

Jennifer Lawrence Is Not a Thing To Be Passed Around