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President Abbott goes viral

Written By: - Date published: 12:19 pm, June 6th, 2014 - 7 comments

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Meet Australia’s President of the United States, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the instigator of a wink-related scandal. He sometimes puts his foot in his mouth and other times chooses to say nothing at all. 665,777 page views.

So smart. Green senator Ludlam ‘welcomes’ Abbott to WA

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 pm, March 6th, 2014 - 29 comments

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One of the most effective political videos that I have seen from a country that is coming to specialise in them. I’m unsurprised that it went completely viral. It was a great description of all of the ways that Tony Abbott is beholden to the interests of those made insane by idiotic greed – and welcoming him to Western Australia. All expressed in a polite quiet voice enumerating exactly how much of a arsehole Abbott is. He even makes John Key look sort of rational - in a traditional junior partner kind of way

How the Sex Pistols saved Christmas …

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, December 25th, 2013 - 13 comments

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In 1977 at the height of their notoriety the Sex Pistols put on a Christmas party for the families of striking Huttersfield fire fighters.  Even now that act of kindness by one of the most reviled groups in the history of UK music is remembered fondly.

Chilled out entertainer

Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, November 7th, 2012 - 21 comments

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John Key and David Brent. Both chilled out entertainers. The resemblance is uncanny.

Rant: Why reconnect to broadcast?

Written By: - Date published: 3:40 pm, October 21st, 2012 - 59 comments

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We moved out of the rental back into my old apartment in a flurry of concrete dust from polishing concrete and cursing from fitting storage two months ago. But I still haven’t bothered with connecting up broadcast TV. Why would I want to bother? Broadcast TV is largely mindless and endlessly frustrating. These days there are better alternatives than video stores.

I want one

Written By: - Date published: 2:55 pm, October 12th, 2012 - 21 comments

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I think you will want one too…

Tony Abbot: misogynist and hypocrite

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, October 10th, 2012 - 159 comments

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It really was a pleasure last night watching the most obnoxious weasel in aussie politics, Tony Abbott, getting done over by a fired up Julia Gillard. She was pointing out that his sudden calls against sexism and misogyny could be better applied to himself. Then she spent glorious minutes detailing exactly why Tony Abbott was the last politician in Austrailia who could throw dirt using these charges.

Lying over Key handshake fail clip?

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, October 27th, 2011 - 22 comments

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John Key’s try-hard failed handshake at the RWC has gone viral. What looked like a minor footnote to the affair came out last night, when it was reported that YouTube had taken down the clip at the request of the IRB.  But today the IRB denied it.

Unfortunate names for bands

Written By: - Date published: 6:43 am, October 9th, 2011 - 6 comments

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The music for the morning….

Where the fuck is Webb Ellis

Written By: - Date published: 12:36 pm, September 21st, 2011 - 3 comments

http://youtu.be/WazeyJtY7UQ Very, very funny. Where the fuck is Webb Ellis? hat tip: Trevor Mallard at Red Alert

For the Minister of Silly Ideas

Written By: - Date published: 3:10 pm, August 26th, 2011 - 7 comments

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As we all know, John Key is the most effective Minister of Silly Ideas that the country has had since Robert Muldoon. Of course no-one can follow that closely in the great chuckler’s footsteps – John Key hasn’t even got close to bankrupting the country yet. He has been trying though. But here is another silly idea for him to look at. It is a developing industry that should be as effective as the cycleway or youth benefit cards!

Try hard Key’s audition tape

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, August 6th, 2011 - 37 comments

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January 2009. Jobs are being lost at 4,000 per week. Key and his government have just come back from a month long holiday. First thing he does: makes an audition tape for Letterman. Notice how all the jokes are taking the mickey out of our country. Makes you real proud.

Godwin the EQC

Written By: - Date published: 4:43 pm, June 24th, 2011 - 12 comments

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Sometimes you have to simply start from 1.0 for Godwin’s Law. This pretty much applies to anything re-subtitled from the movie “Der Untergang”. The latest one that I have seen is this side splitting rendition of exactly what has been going on inside the EQC operation in Christchurch.

Plain news from Canterbury TV

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 pm, June 17th, 2011 - 7 comments

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From Canterbury TV (good to see they are still serving Canterbury) the first news report is better than most of the other stuff I see in the TV news about Christchurch. This is what people are telling us (one sent this clip through) in e-mails and comments. Now you can see them. It is a […]

When I fall

Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, June 17th, 2011 - 4 comments

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One of my favorite bands and one of my favourite of their tracks. Barenaked Ladies playing “When I fall”. Great lyrics for the ongoing GFC. You have to love satirical songs…. Songwriters: PAGE, STEVEN / ROBERTSON, ED I look straight in the window, try not to look below Pretend I’m not up here, try counting […]

Quick friday funnies

Written By: - Date published: 4:16 pm, June 10th, 2011 - 3 comments

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A few overlooked videos from plumedekiwi. The short and potty history of the pavlova going to its awful conclusion and a similar look at the Wellywood sign.

On supporting the Rugby World Cup

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, June 2nd, 2011 - 112 comments

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In my sleep deprived state I have to confess that I don’t like rugby supporters, especially drunken ones who argue about teams at 2am in the morning on the street. I suspect that will be the enduring memory I will carry away from this years Rugby World Cup. But I do like Dead Cat Bounce’s video about rugby.

I know it is picky – but it is Friday..

Written By: - Date published: 11:29 am, May 20th, 2011 - 26 comments

John Key - what is he really saying

I was listening to John Key on Parliament TV last night on the budget and he is bloody lazy when speaking. I had to watch his lips before I could figure out what he was saying. This morning there is a video of his remedial vocal work that illustrates this problem..

Cheer up, it’s Friday

Written By: - Date published: 3:08 pm, May 6th, 2011 - 6 comments

Economists line up on “Robin Hood” tax

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 pm, April 15th, 2011 - 30 comments

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1000 economists have written to the G20, about to meet in Washington, and to Bill Gates, asking for a tax on financial transactions known as a Tobin tax after its originator, or a Robin Hood tax as it is known in the US. 4 New Zealanders are among the 1000; Prue Hyman, Stefan Kesting, Peter Conway, and Petrus Simons. Good on them.

The smiling assassin

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, April 10th, 2011 - 21 comments

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Two good vids. Seeing the history of Key’s ‘forgotten’ or ‘blind’ shareholdings laid out compared to how sharp he supposedly was as a money-trader is edifying. And the song is actually pretty good. Well done, NZtrillion.

New uses for iPads

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, December 18th, 2010 - 11 comments

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Ok this is seriously weird, too cool, and as bad as the elevator music is. But at least it is not John Key mangling songs with syncophantic radio announcers declaring it to be music.

The band running on iPad’s and iPhone – North Point’s iBand

WikiRebels

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, December 12th, 2010 - 16 comments

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A documentary that aired in Sweden last night. Fascinating. The origional can be viewed here. The following is from YouTube as it is more likely to handle the load.

Tougher than the rest.

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, November 27th, 2010 - 1 comment

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One of my favorite Bruce Springsteen tracks from when I was somewhat younger is “Tougher than the rest”. As heresy I’d have to say that I like the version by Everything But The Girl somewhat better. It has been coming up a lot on my playlist while pushing through the last month of coding. It was also the track that was playing when I heard the news about the second explosion at Pike River earlier in the week. I’d guess that will stay embedded as an association for a while.

Best. campaign. ad. ever.

Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, September 30th, 2010 - 19 comments

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Do you watch 5 second films?

If not, you’re wasting your life.

Now, waste some more. In five second increments.

Newspapers had their uses

Written By: - Date published: 2:54 pm, September 13th, 2010 - 11 comments

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Reading the New York Times this weekend, I found this wee gem.

Compared to my iPad, I’d have to say (sadly) there  is at least one thing that newspapers are better at. However I don’t think that this will prevent me from avoiding bloating landfills.

RSA Animate – Crises of Capitalism

Written By: - Date published: 2:24 pm, July 11th, 2010 - 20 comments

The Queen asking about Economics

This is based on a lecture at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

It is a hell of an effective way to present an economic argument.

Enigma: Gravity of Love

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 pm, July 2nd, 2010 - 2 comments

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Enigma have for a long time one of my favorite sounds to listen to while programming from the early 90′s onwards. There have been bug-hunting exercises where Enigma has literally been on my playlist all day. You can just queue all of their albums, knuckle down, and kill those tiresome and frustrating bugs. Since it is going to be a programming weekend, including some site tweaking….

Lazy Sunday viewing: viral video chart

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, June 6th, 2010 - 2 comments

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Fancy wasting a little time on a slow Sunday? Some viral video, courtesy of Guardian blogger, Jemima Kiss.

The Bechdel Test

Written By: - Date published: 6:59 pm, May 23rd, 2010 - 44 comments

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“The Bechdel test” requires a movie to pass three questions:

1) Does it have two or more women in it (who have names)?

2) Do they talk to one another?

3) Do they talk to one another about something other than a man?

This two minute video explains…

World Bank opens up its data

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, May 17th, 2010 - 1 comment

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As well as releasing its yearly report on World Development Indicators last month, the World Bank opened up its data. It has included a public API and access to over a thousand indicators. In the video below, World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick speaks about the Bank’s open data initiative.

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