Hamish MacEwan

Heard it in a cafe, Google searched it, identified and offered for immediate purchase.  It’s not until you experience something like that, that it really becomes clear just how things have changed.

Heard it in a cafe, Google searched it, identified and offered for immediate purchase.  It’s not until you experience something like that, that it really becomes clear just how things have changed.

Two Issues that people want to talk about

I think the answer for rural NZ is also fibre, but probably community owned (& built) networks, run as co-operatives (the farmers favourite business model) and run on open access principles.

It is.

Everything Old Is Old Again

And like other threatened incumbents from taxis to Hollywood, the first port of call is the State.  Banks, oligopolitical of late, will emphasise their value in maintaining economic stability (Jesus wept, the State will believe this) but even more appealing is the degree of surveillance AML, KYC, CFT etc et al offers to the State.  Protect us cry the banks, and we will let you spy on anyone…

Nevertheless the games are afoot, wallets everywhere, in Amazon’s case, nothing but loyalty cards in them… iBeacon, Square… 

Love the headline too.

Wellington wins a victory for great cities

The main reasons NZTA got this so wrong are: it has an intensely narrow fixation on roads; it is deeply reluctant to concede that per capita road use is dwindling in New Zealand and other developed countries; and it understands little about the urban development imperatives that make great cities.

Moreover, it is a bully. It threatened to withdraw other transport funding if the city council didn’t drop its opposition to the flyover. With Councillor Andy Foster playing the pivotal role, the council ended up backing the flyover.

- Rod Oram’s Sunday Star-Times column for July 27th, 2014

Changing the world, 1 billion sensors at a time

The Numinous Veil Of Ignorance

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"a fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun" for 4 June 2001.

For their part, the girls I grew up with whom I once so admired, seem to think it’s their right — ney, their political duty — to fashion their innumerable dissatisfactions into novel complaints designed to shame, humiliate, and blame these sorry-ass losers for everything, while at the same time blindly investing them with qualities (ambition, purpose, and fidelity to name just a few) that the guys themselves would be ashamed to lay claim to. Ten years ago these tendencies seemed sexy and strong. These days they just seem vain and ugly.

What I've Learned as an Internet Drug Dealer

Prohibition has never worked. It didn’t work with alcohol and it doesn’t work with drugs. People should make their own choices. I’m not here to judge people for what they do, I just want to make sure that if they make that choice, they get it safely, at a fair price, and that they know what’s in it rather than buying cocaine from some random guy that turns out to be laundry detergent. There’s no doubt that drugs can be dangerous, but sometimes the lengths that people are forced to go through to get their drugs are more dangerous than the drugs themselves.