Today’s Trivia

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Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Certain rare brain tumors can grow teeth. (source)   Read more »

Two MENSA candidates play Tic Tac Toe

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How to git yurself a gopher

The proud sport of hunting.  This time, with that lethal Dihydrogen Monoxide

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Daily Roundup

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The science is settled.

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Hey John

Click play, then continue

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Uh oh…there goes the Herald’s new revenue stream

The NZ Herald and Fairfax went all in on native advertising, hoodwinking readers into thinking that paid for articles were news.

But all that is about to come to a crashing halt. Software engineers have worked out how to block native advertising.

For publishers, ad blockers are the elephant in the room: Everybody sees them, no one talks about them. The common understanding is that the first to speak up will be dead—it will acknowledge that the volume of ads actually delivered can in fact be 30% to 50% smaller than claimed—and invoiced. Publishers fear retaliation from media buying agencies—even though the ad community is quick to forget that it dug its own grave by flooding the web with intolerable amounts of promotional formats.

A week ago, I was in Finland for the Google-sponsored conference Newsgeist. The gathering was setup by Richard Gingras and his Google News team, and by Google’s media team in London. Up there, in a  high-tech campus nested in a birch forest outside Helsinki, about 150 internet people from Europe and the United States were setting the  agenda for what is called an un-conference—as opposed to the usual PowerPoint-saturated format delivered in one-way mode. As expected, one session was devoted to the ad blocking issue. (I can’t quote anyone since discussions took place under the Chatham House Rule). Read more »

Does he refuse to fly also? And what about his expenses?

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James Shaw, one of the candidates for the Greens leadership is a bit strange.

And as for the criticism that he did not drive, “that is simply a statement of fact.”

Aged 16, Mr Shaw decided he would not learn to drive for environmental reasons. He has maintained that stance while living in Wellington, Brussels, and London.

Now that electric cars are more readily available, the 42 year-old is planning to change his policy, and has gained his learner licence.

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The “Decade of Whaleoil” series: Phil Goff the everlasting

Decade of Whaleoil

Decade of Whaleoil

June 10 2015 marks the day Whaleoil has been publishing for ten years.   I can’t account for the earlier weeks and months, but there haven’t been any days without content for close to a decade, that’s for sure.  I thought it might be fun to go back through the videos and relive some interesting moments in politics.

With Goff wanting the Auckland mayoralty, this video will become relevant again.  Here’s Whaleoil’s push for Phil Goff to replace Helen Clark.
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About time, Key fires warning shot at Auckland Council

My good friend John Key has fired a warning shot across the bows of Auckland Council.

NBR reports:

Prime Minister John Key says Auckland Council needs to take a step back from its ambitious Long Term Plan and look at what its primary responsibilities really are.

Mr Key told a Property Council breakfast the government is not happy with the council’s plan to spend half of the billions of dollars proposed for public transport over the next 20 years on heavy rail and a direct train between the city and the airport.

“The city rail link, although expensive, needs to go ahead, but outside of that the council needs to concentrate on spending money on building more local roads to provide infrastructure to greenfields housing areas where people will actually live.”

He says on the analysis the government has done, the council claims it will spend $2.4 billion on roading and public transport over the next three years. “Even with the $2-3 a week levy on ratepayers and businesses, which is a fancy name for a rates increase, the council will only spend $1.9 billion. Auckland is growing at boom levels and the council cannot afford to be spending less on transport.”

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