Joseph Herscher spent 6 months creating his "Monster Marble Machine
," an entrant in Cadbury's "Unleash The Goo
. While just a runner-up, he's gaining attention
for his Rube Goldberg inspired solution.
, a bit of an introduction
to the game of Cricket (youtube)
for those of us who may not be familiar
with the sport
. Next, a few clips (1, 2, 3, 4)
on how awesome
the Gentleman's Game
can be (and you thought we didn't do anything but roam around in our white pants and cotton shirts...). But, if that wasn't enough for you, then here's a taste of Twenty20
Cricket (the fast
paced version of the game), and the new DLF Indian (pdf) Premier League
. (This is in addition to the One Day Matches
, which were instituted to bring in a bit more excitement into the game during the 1970's, prior to which the match only consisted of Tests
. However, some purists still maintain that the game would've been better served had it not been commercalized
to the extent that it has, and still prefer the leisurely pace of the original format to its current incarnation.) [more inside]
Sir Edmund Hillary died today, aged 88.
Best known as the man who "knocked the bastard off", by scaling Mt Everest, Hillary was an adventurer
, and all round kiwi bloke
. We will miss you.
Tame Iti, Maori activist
, is no stranger to controversy
- with his full facial moko
he has a face you won't soon forget. But is he a terrorist?
Recently, the New Zealand Police force carried out a series of "raids"
against a "training camp" in the north island, in the first use of the Terrorism Suppression Act
, legislated in 2002. The act itself is not without it's critics
but the country seems divided
about the raids. Deluded extremists? Harmless Activist? or Real Threat? Some have claimed the raids are politically motivated
, enacted by a police force with a declining public image.
The whole case is racially loaded [more inside]
The organisers of New Zealand hacking convention Kiwicon
have created some PR the only way they know how, l33t h4x0ring. Using a XSS
bug in NZ's largest newspaper the NZ Herald
there. The URL got passed around and soon ended up with genuine media coverage
in NZ Herald's biggest competitor Stuff
. An earlier effort on the NZ Computerworld site was quickly fixed and got no media coverage.
The New Zealand media knows when something is funny
[youtube], but seems parliament lacks a sense of humor. Parliament is moving to restrict publication
of footage of MPs misbehaving. Oh well. No more
of this then
. Censorship of satire? What Next?
Back in the day when... Mens fashion wasn't cutting it, modern Kiwi males welcomed in Stubbies
... Depth charges
were the best because you always soaked Teresa McKee...You were there, and so was L & P
. World famous in new Zealand since ages ago.
The Narrow Road
: in which a professional mathematician guides you through pure mathematics (and touches on tangential issues
They use complicated words here. I will look those up in the dictionary later on...
A New Zealand filmmaker responds
to the fakeness of the Poor Pluto
episode in the lonelygirl15 saga by filming a ten-year-old girl let loose with a microphone in the Govett-Brewster
art gallery. Her spontaneous reactions
to the Wind Wand
and other kinetic sculptures by Len Lye
("sounds like my old Barbie car") and Tony Nicholls
("It's connected to those little hinge-y thingies") manage to take the piss out of both modern art and the lonelygirl15 phenomenon
Welcome to the Rashtrapati Bhavan
Bloodthirsty, murderous sheep are on the loose in a small farming village. Keep your fingers crossed, this upcoming horror movie from New Zealand just might be Snakes on a Plane 2!
The Seventh State.
An Australian federal parliamentary committee
with looking into the harmonisation of the Australian and New Zealand legal systems, has concluded
that the two countries
should work towards a full union, or at least have a single currency and common markets.
NZ's Minister for Foreign Affairs
has rubbished the idea
as "parliamentary adventurism", but the Australian constitution provides
for just such an eventuality.
One of the key hurdles
for any union would
Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document. Misinterpreted, misunderstood, and hotly debated
Tiriti has long been one of the reasons put for the difficult road facing New Zealand in becoming a republic
. Having abolished appeals to the Privy Council
adopted a new electoral system
, declared itself nuclear free
(.pdf), taken France to court
and opposed the war in Iraq
, New Zealand has
certainly embraced it's 'independence'. But a contracting sharemarket
, muddled coalition building
in government, and an increased
focus on trans-Tasman alignment
has lead some to
support the idea of a less formal separation between the two countries. However a common currency has already been
by New Zealand's Finance Minister.
What hope then
, for ANZAC
union? And does it matter, when the rest of the world can't tell us apart
New Zealand may soon implement legislation very similar to the DMCA
, if the latest draft of the Copyright Amendment Bill is passed. It would appear that the New Zealand government is about to make the same mistake made by the USA several years ago. Most specifically, they propose:
[To] introduce an offence (carrying a sentence of a fine not exceeding $150,000 or a term of imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both) for commercial dealing in devices, services, or information designed to circumvent technological protection measures
Her contact details
are available online. We have a small window of opportunity to point out the problems and unintended consequences
with similar legislation in other countries, and hopefully circumvent the same problems in New Zealand.
A giant flotilla of 100 icebergs is passing just 260km off the coast of the South Island (of New Zealand) - the closest the glacial masses have been to this country for 70 years.
Maybe all that water
could be used for something else
mother takes him to see a pakeha township for the first time. One of many
books available from the International Children's Digital Library.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find the article about the flatworm with 230 penises and one vagina referenced (but unfortunately not linked) in this article
about the in the amazing Earth, Sea and Sky exhibit
which opened today as part of New Zealand's beautiful Te Ara Encyclopedia
Power is out for around half the people in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.
At around 8:30 this morning, high winds blew a grounding cable onto high-voltage cables in the Otahuhu substation, causing about 1/3 of the load to fail, including all buildings and traffic control in the central city. I guess no one has heard of redundancy, nor learnt from prior mistakes
New Zealand All Blacks
and Hurricanes Captain Tana Umaga
has been quite the news maker lately. Umaga, a hard nosed rugby player known for his fierce tackling
, equipped himself with a women's handbag to beat his drunken teammate to tears while breaking up a late night fight in a Christchurch bar
. Umaga then followed up the weekend be being honored by the Queen for his services to New Zealand Rugby
. While it is well known that the Queen favors carrying a handbag, it was not revealed if that weighed into her decision to give Umaga the honor.
Trying to cash in on Umaga mania, the young lady who owned the bag sold it on trademe.co.nz for $22,000 NZ
. While the bar owner launched a failed attempt at selling the security video of the incident
. Not wanting to be left out Chris Masoe, who was hit with the bag is rumored to be considering selling the napkins he used to whip the tears from his eyes in order to raise funds to pay off the fine he received for the incident.
There is still no word yet from the NZRFU as to whether or not the All Blacks will incorporate overhead handbag smashing motion into the newest version of the Haka
[Telecom] has used confusion as its chief marketing tool
from New Zealand's Telecom's CEO is used to set up this mashup
of one of their advertisements. The original had kids praising the company; in this version they're saying they've been shafted. Telecom, naturally, has been trying ever since
to get it off the internet - crying "Copyright!" (mirrors in the comments
free but a second
in jail for having a "very informed conscience
". Interesting views on motivations later in the interview.
Togs or Undies
Not the 100%
typical or untypical
view of New Zealand. (Previously Discussed
) Trumpet isn't the only product to depict Aotearoa in advertising.
Choices are a theme. As are blokes & beer
. Sweet as bro. Politically correct not an issue !
Newsfilter: $1000 fine for linking?
The law vs. vigilante justice vs. inadvertent legal ramifications of vigilante justice. [MI]
He would have been okay in New Zealand
, where prostitution is legal
. But when James Bond director Lee Tamahori
dressed up in women's clothes, and approached an undercover Hollywood police officer with an offer of oral sex, he was arrested and charged with soliciting an act of prostitution and loitering with the intent to commit prostitution
. Hugh Grant's career didn't seem too badly affected by his indiscretions
with Divine Brown
, but some might argue they were more palatable to the general public. (Other Tamahori films include, xXx: State of the Union
and New Zealand movie Once Were Warriors
The Rugby World Cup
probably doesn't matter a lot to most, but today's announcement
that New Zealand will be hosting the 2011 event is enough to send the local media
. Not wanting to be outdone on Olympic-scale scandal, you can bet that neighbours of the biggest Rugby Stadium
in New Zealand will not be happy
Early New Zealand Books Online
Keyword searchable texts, all illustrations, and links to images of original pages. The collection currently comprises 20 books (23 volumes) including the majority of those published in the first half of the 19th century.
It is hoped to expand the collection over the next few years to cover more significant nineteenth century books
Former New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange died over the weekend
. His loss will impact our country considerably – he championed our anti-nuclear policy which led to the end of Anzus
and a falling out with the US that continues to this day
, he spoke at the Oxford Union
defending our stance on nuclear weapons and power and he was Prime Minister presiding over the far reaching economic reform
that has arguably led to the economic prosperity Kiwi’s are enjoying right now
. He was a man larger than life, funny, friendly and caring and his passing is being felt all over Godzone
Right now, a roll downhill in a giant inflatable ball sounds like just the thing
(Flash). A wander through Flickr
led to a photo of a Zorb
. A what
!?! A Zorb
, in fact
. It turns out that Zorbing
has been around for some years now. It started in New Zealand
and is catching on in the UK
. It's not widely known in the US, and as a US person I've been un-blissfully unaware.
No Hubba Hubba
and with this
in the campaign too ... Is the New Zealand government trying to be "too down" with the "kids" bro?
Or do they have it just right ? Morningside 4 Life!
The British and Irish Lions
tour the remote South Pacific nation of New Zealand
once every 12 years.
is like a religion on these islands and the rich history
and intense rivalry between the Lions
the All Blacks
will combine to make this the single biggest event in New Zealand’s history.
New Zealand will be bursting at the seems during the tour and the economy, already buoyant
will get another boost
Biggest Hair in Sports. Ever.
Australia and New Zealand recently played a Twenty20 cricket match in Auckland
- the first time this shortened version of the game (it only
take four hours to play) has been played in New Zealand.
To celebrate the occasion, the New Zealand team (for some unknown reason) spent the weeks before the game going retro: growing 70s style moustaches and sideburns, and wore their much-maligned beige uniforms that the one day team used to wear in the 80s. When the team took to the pitch
in front of a capacity stadium, the crowd was suitably rapturous in their appreciation of the efforts made
Has a bigger mop of hair
ever taken to a field or court in a professional sport, anywhere, ever?
Net label postmoderncore
is based in and documents the fringe music scene of Wellington, New Zealand. It celebrates it's fifth birthday this year as a netlabel. Good noise.
Photos of Christchurch NZ.
Walk the High Street,
stop at the corner chemist,
or catch the Gaieties.
Contains more than a thousand historic pictures, some of startling clarity
A glimpse through the Wardrobe
(25meg Quicktime file) at WETA Digital
's amazing work on The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Seems another one of my childhood favorites is being brought to life by those Kiwi wizards. The minotaurs look simply amazing!
dolphins protect human swimmers
"A pod of dolphins circled protectively round a group of New Zealand swimmers to fend off an attack by a great white shark, media reported on Tuesday."
Hobbits found near New Zealand!
A new species of human, only 4 feet tall and dating to only 18,000 years ago, has been discovered in Indonesia. It's important enough that Nature has a special issue
. Even better? The tiny people hunted tiny elephants.
(Journal article here
, for those of you with access.)
It's our language, not yours.
So, you were born in an English-speaking country founded by the English, speak English, have a degree in English, write and publish in English, have lived in England for years, and would like to become an English citizen? Sorry, you failed our English test to determine whether you have workable English, so you can't be English.
Capital of the Minimal
is a new feature at the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre
. It contains poetry, photography, and art work by 24 Dunedin writers, as well as some previously unreleased recordings by Flying Nun legends The Clean
, The Verlaines
, and The Chills
(as well as some considerably more obscure
the New Zealand version of The 48 Hour Film Project
was recently completed in Auckland and Wellington, and attracted over 130 teams. 116 teams managed to complete their films in the timeframe. Now the Auckland winners finalists
and many other entrants
are online for all to see. With more, including the Wellington entries to come soon!
Lucire the fashion website becomes the next website to go real world with a magazine in newsagents.
It's not the first (see Chud
which publishes Movie Insider
) but they've taken the step of putting the prototype May issue online in .pdf format and are asking readers for their input. How well can they do in an already crowded market place and is it significantly different for us to care?
will be a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge
, New Zealand, intended to inspire interest in ancient technologies and basic astronomy
New Zealand critic blasts LOTR
. Big budget movie special effects have overshadowed the timeless are of storytelling and character development. "..The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy is, as a work of cinematic art, ham-fisted, shallow, bombastic and laughably overrated.." [More Quotes inside]
, New Zealand writer, is dead at 79. More information about her life, here
, and obituary notice here.
Nominated for the Nobel Prize for Fiction last year, I had hoped she might yet win. RIP.
is an amazing
zero-budget amateur MATRIX film made by some great folks in Auckland, NZ. Finally, somebody gets it - The Matrix is an action film
Did the earth
move for you as well? The biggest earthquake to hit the "Shaky Isles" since 1968 rocked the southern South Island of New Zealand earlier today, with the tremor being felt as far away as Sydney
. Did you realise that recorded earthquakes are an almost daily occurrence
around the world? In fact, earthquakes with a magnitude of 1 or over happen at an alarming rate
While California is often thought of as earthquake central and New Zealand carries the "Shaky Isles" crown with justification (and not a little pride), Australia
is not generally considered to be a country prone to earthquakes. Surprisingly, there have been 15 earthquakes in Australia in the past month alone, ranging from 2 to 6 in intensity.
New Zealand legalises prostitution
...which means frustrated Kiwi's can now pay a woman for sex, as opposed to chasing sheep....(j/k)
This is so good: "Hi, I am Wing! I immigrated to New Zealand with my family about ten years ago from Hong Kong. I have been learning singing in New Zealand and I do performances in Rest Homes and Hospitals.
Don't miss her, eh, "treatment" of the Carpenters, and Summertime
New Zealand: The New Threat A New Zealand handyman with a passion for jet engines says he is building a cruise missile in his backyard using parts and technology freely available over the Internet.
The 'handyman' is a part-time new economy pundit
and his methodology isn't documented yet, but he does have a rather interesting page about the idea