April 2014

Wednesday nightCap

Teaching Google self-drive cars to self-drive

Daily Trivia

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Homosexuality was still classified as an illness in Sweden in 1979. Swedes protested by calling in sick to work, claiming they felt gay. (source)   Read more »

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Now, that’s well done

Jet Ski 360s… in the air

Manned capsize trial with self righting boat

Whaleoil Backchat

Welcome to the daily Whaleoil Backchat – posted at 6:30 pm every day.

This post is like an end-of-day General Debate post.

Not to worry, the camera is just fine

Post of the Day – Judith Collins

Judith Collins posted to Facebook this photo of herself in 1978…the last time that crime rates were as low as they are now.

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More good news

Another crisis that Labour has been campaigning on has had a shot in the arm, simply from Labour declaring that there was a crisis in the first place.

Residential building consents continued to rise in March, which was the best month for house approvals in more than six years.

Some 1999 new dwellings were consented, 186 apartments which were largely rest-home units, and 1813 houses – the highest number since November 2007, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Business indications manager Neil Kelly said the trend for new dwellings had almost doubled since March 2011, but was still 28 per cent below the peak in January 2004.   Read more »