Friday, 30 April 2010
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
I used the rest of the day to get the 500GB drive installed in my ex work PC, and then partition/format/copy data from the already-chokka C drive. Now (thanks to TweakUI) my documents all live on drive D: - with lots of room to expand.
Next step in the new PC's life is a bunch of data shares, and a shared printer that my Mac can use. Hmmm...
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Republicans block debate on a bill to reform the banking system.
Well that's OK, after all the banks have promised not to do those terrible things again.
Big Oil Fought Off New Safety Rules Before Rig Explosion.
We can't have details like spill protection interfering with our right to maximise shareholder value, now, can we. So now there's an oil well valve 5000ft under water, spewing raw crude into the Gulf of Mexico.
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Rocky Athas (guitar), Mayall, Greg Rzab (bass).
The last time I saw him was also in Christchurch, in the old Civic Theatre in Manchester St, in either 1974 or 1975. The band were all smoking, as true blues men did in those days, and the audience were definitely setting fire to substances as well, and bouncing big balloons around the theatre. The concert came to an end after a tune was interrupted by theatre staff who said the smoking was a fire risk. Mayall came to the microsphone and said, "The little man in the brown coat says I can't smoke. I say fuck'im!" They launched into their next number, and the little man in the brown coat cut the mains power to the stage, and turned up the house lights. So we all went home.
With Ry Cooder's excellent concert a couple of months ago, it's been a good year for funky middle aged music. It also proves that Christchurch will turn out a good crowd of fifty-plus music fans, who are prepared to get stuck in and groove along with quality blues and rock.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Given the dearth of material on TV, I've been playing old CDs. Like The Rolling Stones' 12x5, their second UK album. I have a US version via Amazon, so it has a few track changes, but still it's a wonderful record of a young UK blues band with attitude.
Even more than The Animals, the Stones tried to show the world what the blues could offer, and nearly got there. And their big-venue extravaganzas have been brilliant. One day I'll write my memoir of the time the Stones played Invercargill in 1966 or thereabouts.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Monday, 19 April 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Saturday, 10 April 2010
I agree, Apple are as fascist as Microsoft ever was when it comes to consumer freedom. But their gear is nice, I must admit...
When Joel Johnson wrote that Apple was trying to turn computers into appliances, like a dishwasher, he sounded like he was making sense. Nothing wrong with a dishwasher.
But the company that sells you your dishwasher doesn't get to tell you which dishes you're allowed to use. They don't get to sue companies that make dishes that might possibly be loaded into the dishwasher. They don't get to sue you for figuring out how to cook salmon in your dishwasher. They don't get to sue O'Reilly if it publishes a recipe for dishwasher salmon.
Update - next thing I know, here's the issue again. "Is Steve Jobs Ignoring History, Or Trying To Rewrite It?" Watch out for Android!
Sunday, 4 April 2010
In the morning I start my bike trip. I've re-packed my panniers, throwing out a kilo or so of extra food and a bit of clothing. Tomorrow I want to be on the road by 10am, on the 61km ride to Makarora. The forecast for the next three days is for southerlies, meaning fine weather west of the divide and even better, a tail wind. If I get to Franz Josef I'll be happy, and as the forecast for Friday is for rain we may well head for Christchurch after the glaciers. From Franz to Hokitika over the plains is pretty tedious travelling anyway.
Sideline: Cory Doctorow won't buy an iPad, and thinks you shouldn't buy one either.
Friday, 2 April 2010
We've arrived at our friends Eddie & Kristine's place in Wanaka, and have had a lovely dinner (well, Eddie is a chef) and are now arguing about who does the dishes. Eddie has been voted out, as a recent hip operation means he should spend less time on his feet for a while.
Lots more tomorrow.