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This medical doctor has been to heaven, and he’s now back to tell you about it

He asks you not to scoff until you hear him out

When I was a small boy, I was adopted. I grew up remembering nothing of my birth family and unaware that I had a biological sister, named Betsy. Many years later, I went in search of my biological family, but for Betsy it was too late: she had died.

This is the story of how I was reunited with her — in Heaven.

Before I start, I should explain that I am a scientist, who has spent a lifetime studying the workings of the brain.

My adoptive father was a neurosurgeon and I followed his path, becoming an neurosurgeon myself and an academic who taught brain science at Harvard Medical School.

Although nominally a Christian, I was sceptical when patients described spiritual experiences to me.

My knowledge of the brain made me quite sure that out-of-body experiences, angelic encounters and the like were hallucinations, brought on when the brain suffered a trauma.

And then, in the most dramatic circumstances possible, I discovered proof that I was wrong. Six years ago, I woke up one morning with a searing headache. Within a few hours, I went into a coma: my neocortex, the part of the brain that handles all the thought processes making us human, had shut down completely.

Your quintessential brain surgeon having a brain experience…  or was it? Read more »

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More pimping of #dirtypolitics

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Shaun Hendy writes today on stuff.co.nz saying Dirty Politics damages science.

While it’s a bit of a whaa whaaa whaaaa piece, it did make me wonder who Shaun Hendy is, particularly seeing that he’s now an expert in dirty politics and seems happy to enter the fray.

So for our WOBH readers, here’s a bit on who Shaun Hendy is.

Sean is a researcher with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and nanotechnology at The University of Auckland. He’s a smart cookie and has done well. Good for him.

He also blogs at Sciblogs where he attracts a monthly audience of more than 1000 readers, many of them policy makers in NZ’s innovation sector.  It’s here that he starts crossing over from being a theoretical physicist and expert in nanotechnology, to playing in the political environment.

In his post ‘Scientists need to hold policy-makers to account’ he pimps Nicky Hager’s stolen emails, and clearly is very supportive of a bunch of troughers who don’t like the Health Promotion Agency having industry representative Katherine Rich on its board.   Read more »

Uh oh, all those people sending dick pics via Snapchat will now be nervous [POLL]

Got a sneaky girlfriend or boyfriend?

Sent them dick shots on Snapchat…because you know it can’t be forwarded on and so is safe?

Think again.

Tens of thousands of intercepted Snapchat images, many explicit, have reportedly been leaked online.

A 13GB library of pictures is believed to have been posted on the notorious online forum 4chan.

Users of the website have downloaded the pictures and claim they are now creating a database to allow people to search through them by Snapchat username, according to reports.   Read more »

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Forget 3d printing, how about a desktop CNC mill?

The same guy who brought you 3d printed AR15 parts has now moved to the next step.

He has developed a desktop CNC mill for under $1000.

You just download the open source design files, load them up in the appropriate software, attach the plug and play CNC mill and insert your receiver blank and voila…a brand new precision engineered lower receiver without a serial number.

Cody Wilson, the fast-talking techno-libertarian famous for unapologetically championing the 3D-printed gun movement, just announced what’s perhaps his boldest move yet. His company, Defense Distributed, is taking pre-orders for a tiny mill that can machine metal guns automatically. It’s called Ghost Gunner, and it’ll ship in time for the holidays.

Ghost Gunner, named for the colloquial term for unserialized firearms, “ghost guns,” is a desktop-sized, computer-guided mill much like the kind you’d find in any high school shop classroom. The 13×11 inch box is designed to fit an 80 percent lower receiver, a firearm component that can be bought legally but needs some specialized milling to fire a bullet. This is where Ghost Gunner comes in.

CAD files can be loaded into Ghost Gunner, and after a little automatic machining and manual screw turning (screws come in the box), Defense Distributed claims that you’ll have your very own functional and untraceable gun. They plan on releasing open source design files for AR-15 and AR-10 assault rifles, as well as the M1911 pistol, before its release.

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He’s back, but he’s tainted

Vikram Kumar has announced he is back…after his Internet Party gig bombed at the election.

The nine month career hiatus is over. I’m back on the road again.

It’s been “interesting”, as in “May you live in interesting times” interesting.  Definitely recommend people take on a fixed-time commitment outside their usual life paths. If nothing else, it will likely confirm your original life path is in fact right for you.

 

In other words he made a BIIIIIG mistake hooking up with a fat German crook.

Certainly, there are lots of lessons and insights for the learning. Many of them are domain-specific but here are three lessons that I learned again, from a different perspective:

1. Timing is everything

A wise person once told me that if you have medicine but the patient feels no pain, you will be unwanted. When the patient is pain, you’ll be loved. Timing is everything.

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Len Brown brings spying to Auckland and Fairfax shills for HP

Auckland is about to get super snooping capabilities with a multi-million dollar deal with Hewlett Packard that include Automatic Number Plate Recognition, Facial Recognition and video analytics.

Michael Field has taken a break from writing lies about Fiji and has turned his expert journalistic skills to touting for Hewlett Packard in what can really only be described as a native advertisement for them.

He has regurgitated large amounts of their press release in order to write his “story”.

To cap off the news article that is really an advertisement for Hewlett Packard they have even used HP’s own marketing video from Youtube.

Surveillance technology that uses high definition cameras and software that puts names to faces and owners to cars is coming to Auckland.

Surveillance will also include scanning social media and news websites.

Auckland Transport, the regional transport provider, has yet to announce the multi-million dollar deal, but California’s Hewlett-Packard Development Company said today it has the contract.

No dollar sum is given.   Read more »

Dunne falls for Twitter prank, joins Trump having egg on face

It has been deleted now, but this morning Peter Dunne retweeted a picture of one of the most prolific serial killers in history, Harold Shipman.

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What is it with politicians and celebrities with big hair?    Read more »

What a time to be alive

To think one day we’ll look back at our “smart phones” we have today and think them to be laughably simple…

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Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia have discovered that mantis shrimphave an incredibly useful ability – the marine creatures are able to see a variety of cancers inside our bodies. And they’ve now replicated that ability in a camera that could eventually be put into a smartphone.

Mantis shrimp can see cancer, and the activity of our neurons, because they have unique eyes, known as compound eyes. This type of eye is superbly tuned to detect polarised light – a type of light that reflects differently off different types of tissue, including cancerous or healthy tissue. Read more »

Major changes to New Zealand domain names – .nz is coming!

 

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Major changes to New Zealand domain names – .nz is coming!

unnamed-1There have been some pretty big changes to the world of Internet addresses this year. New domains such as .xyz, .club, and .sex have now been released, meaning that people don’t have to worry so much if they missed out on their dream .com domain. Some of the biggest changes for Kiwi internet users have been the introduction of .Kiwi, and the even more important .nz. And OnlyDomains.com is here to help guide you through what this means both for people looking to register a new domain, and the 200,000 Kiwis who have already registered a New Zealand country code domain.

Up until now, kiwi websites had to have two levels, or two parts between the first dot and the end of the address – like whaleoil.CO.nz, or whaleoil.NET.nz. Now website owners have a choice and can skip the second level and go straight to the .nz – whaleoil.nz for example.

This new top-level country code for New Zealand is being released on September 30th and OnlyDomains.com has all of the answers for those affected. For people who have already registered a second-level domain such as .net.nz or .co.nz, your existing domain will put you in one of two categories:

Preferential Registration or Reservation (PRR)

This gives existing second-level domain registrants the right to register or reserve the matching top-level domain. For example, as the registrant of whaleoil.co.nz I can now go and register or reserve whaleoil.nz. Read more »

Update on my cellphone coverage, solution found

On Saturday I wrote about the non-existent cellphone coverage I am experiencing and explored with my readers possible solutions.

My choices were:

  • Stay with Spark and get some sort of expensive booster thingy
  • Move to Vodafone, a company that I used to be with for 15 years and left because of poor service.
  • Move to 2Degrees that appeared on the surface to have better coverage, but using a company who had blacklisted me with their advertising.

The second and third options were as unpalatable as coughing a large amount of money for a repeater/booster thingy.

Still with 285,000 plus readers there was a marketing opportunity for an astute and fast moving company.

One company was fast moving.

Can you guess which?   Read more »