Teh Sevens!

The Seven’s is one of the biggest events of the year for Wellington. There are some amazing costumes. A few years ago it used to be about the rugby, but now it’s about the costumes (and who can be the drunkest slut this side of the Beehive). There are some totally outrageous costumes! A group of people went past my work today dressed in banana suits. There are oompa-loompa’s, drag queens, giant babies, all kinds of things.

I even saw in the paper a man who was dressed in a big cardboard transformer suit. And when he lay down it looked like a car and when he stood up it looked like a robot. He wasn’t allowed into the stadium. 10 points for trying mate.

On the Thursday before the Seven’s weekend there is a big parade down Lambton Quay. Here are some photos for those who work at the other end of town (or the world):





And there are more photos over in my Out and About picasa photo album.

I’ve killed the twins… twice!

Freaky. This photo was taken during a cooking session on the 21st Jan 08:

This was taken during a shortbread backing session on the 27th Jan 08:

How freaky is that? The odds of getting one egg with two yolks is probably pretty rare. But the odds of getting TWO within a week? O_O WOW!

The shortbread was yummy too ;)

Website first casualty of controversial election law

The Electoral Finance Act has claimed its first scalp after a 21-year-old was obliged to take down his website when the Electoral Commission said it breached election rules by not including his name and address.

The Electoral Finance Act is dangerous! It is a breach of democracy and free speech for all New Zealand. We cannot publish anything anywhere (web, leaflets, newspapers) without express written permission by certain people, and we have to publish our names, addresses, all contact details. We have lost our ability to support our candidates. We can’t donate money, we can’t do anything!

The worst this is not being able to say what we want. We can’t even stand on the corner and tell people who to vote for. It’s dangerous and it’s the beginning of a slippery slope…

So much for free speech for all of New Zealand. Democracy. My. Fucking. Arse!

MMP, Labour, Greens and these laws are damaging this country. It’s a bloody dictatorship merged with a communist regime mashed up into some sort of inbred nasty dictatornist regime. I would set up a dontvotelabour.org.nz website too if it didn’t breach my Code of Conduct because I work for the public service. I should do it anyway.

Last election the Labour government used $800,000 of taxpayers fund illegaly to get pamphlets printed and sent to every single house in the country. And the Bretheren Church did the same thing for the National party. When they discovered the parties were stealing taxpayers money they made them all pay it back, and Labour didn’t want to so they passed a bill making it LEGAL. A nasty bill which would cover all that had happened to date. Now this new law has been passed saying that nobody is allowed to have pamphlets or publications made for them. Do you see how dangerous the Labour government is? First they make their illegal things legal, now they take away everyones right to vocally support their candidates.

We also have this horrible system called MMP. Where a party can still govern even if it didnt get enough votes. All it has to do is get a few of the minor parties on board and form a coalition which is bigger than the votes the opposition got. Labour have been teaming up with the Greens and some other stoopid parties in the last elections to get them more collective votes than the National party. The thing is, to get the coalitions they draw up “agreements” (yes, contracts) with the other parties saying “we promise to put forward these policies of yours”. So a party like the Greens gets their bills put forward to parliament and Labour supports them, cos otherwise they violate the agreement and lose the coalition and lose their power. So we end up with MP’s from the Greens which NOBODY EVEN VOTED FOR pushing through bills that NOBODY WANTS like the “Anti-smacking Law” and other assorted bollocks nobody wants.

This government is so dangerous it’s not even funny. I dread to think what they will do next.

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ttoktv.com – The Home of Kids’ TV Torrents

I have found the most amazing tracker.  It’s like an abandontoon tracker ;)  Only toons/kids shows which are no longer available to purchase are allowed.  So it’s full of old ones from the past, plus recent shows which you cannot get your hands on anywhere.

ttoktv.com – The Home of Kids’ TV Torrents

They have Sheep in the Big City!  Only one seeder, and they aren’t online, so it’s not going anywhere, but hopefully one day I’ll have it all completed and can seed away.  Plus In the Night Garden, which is very, very popular at my house.

Definitely join up and download some of those old favourites, plus help seed them around.

I’ve made a new word -_- Abandontoon!

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Police chase villains who stapled keas to road sign

Police and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are appealing for information that will help them catch the sadists who stapled two Kea to a road sign in Arthur’s Pass.

Members of the public spotted the birds about 10km outside of Arthur’s Pass National Park three days ago.

This is totally awful, who would do that to two lovely parrot like birds? :(

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Draft HTML 5 released!

Wow, what a day in the web world huh?

Well, I had seen previews already, but I’m still very excited to see the draft of HTML 5 officially released by the W3C Working Group! Note that this is a “working” draft meaning that you can provide feedback :)

The W3C have written a publication outlining the differences between HTML 4 and HTML 5 (so far). There is a substantial difference, this is no minor version change.

There’s an informative article at Wired.com which explains it “plain English”.

Interesting article from last year about web standards too!

Here’s hoping that the browser developers will come through and support this new version. The only barrier to proper standards development is these unhinged bloody browsers.

I’m very excited, as this is right up my alley. I have been sending feedback to them through-out this process and it’s nice to see something come out.

I’m in heaven! :D

Wow, amazing stuff. Yesterday at home the weather was over 36°C. Yes, OVER. That temperature was taken from on the hill, imagine how hot it was down on the valley floor, especially in the little nook in Naenae that I live in. It was an apparent temperature of about 38°C, so it would easily have been over 40 degrees at my house. My house faces North so you are protected from any wind and get extra sun. I can’t remember the last time it was cooler in the house than outside! I was going to for a run but it was like UGH, I couldn’t even move. I had sweat running down my arms and legs and was watching it dripping off my heel onto the concrete.

It was brilliant! ^_^

Today in the office is another story. I’m on the East side of the floor, and the sun rises on the East here. There is no air circulating here, there is no breeze, there are no windows to open, cos the walls are all glass. It’s SO hot. The temperature gauge says it’s 26.7°C. That’s way too hot to work in >_< I'm drinking lots of water, which means I get to go into the cooler concrete stairwell often as I keep needing to go to the bathroom. With all the computers being turned on and more people coming in, the temperature is rising. Plus, the day is getting warmer. It's going to get unbearable here at work. I wish we had air-conditioning that worked, it is supposed to keep the room at a flat 18°C all the time, but it doesn't seem to be even turned on. It was already 25°C outside this morning at 7:30am, it's 8:30am now, and it's 28°C. I love this weather!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EDIT: I don’t love the weather inside my office….