Why do TVNZ insist on keeping the manchild employed?

If Jack Tame caters for a demographic that does not overlap Whaleoil commenters, then that would go some way to explaining his continued existence at TVNZ.  The man is an embarrassment to the profession, unless his job is to just look good, in some twisted “the women have made it” fashion where they keep some eye candy on the screen.

This isn’t just a random hit-out at the poor boy.  There is some evidence to back it up.

Yesterday Hillary Clinton had her big speech at the Democratic Convention, and apart from you agreeing or disagreeing with her policies, she had a few good one liners in there.   One of them was directed at Trump, and it was a doozy.


Agree or not, that was a great line.  And our own politicians reacted to it.  Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.

Face of the Day


He’s one of ours, he’s Tapeboy, and he’s through to the semi finals in America’s Got Talent one the strength of this performance.  Meet comedian Sam Wills. Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

allotrope (noun) – A structurally differentiated form of an element that exhibits allotropy. Graphite, charcoal, diamond, bucky-balls and graphene are all allotropes of carbon.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1847, back-formation from allotropy “variation of physical properties without change of substance,” from allo- + -tropy

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 29

2When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.

Friday nightCap

If Neo Nazis were doing this in Germany the world would know.


Today’s Trivia



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?

Dogs have been trained to pick up the scent of hidden laptops, digital cameras and USB drives. (Source)

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Making a kitchen knife

Be amazed…

…when you discover this video is already four years old.