August 2015

Monday nightCap

Caution:  language.    A bit nerdy, but the schadenfreude is worth it

Simple, fun, do-at-home science. Can you name the principles being demoed?


Today’s Trivia

ER -- NBC Series -- TELECAST: Thursdays (10-11 p.m. ET) -- Pictured: (clockwise from left) Alex Kingston as Dr. Elizabeth Corday, Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton, Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene, Gloria Reuben as Physician Assistant Jeanie Boulet, Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter, Maria Bello as Dr. Anna Del Amico, Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway, George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross, Laura Innes as Dr. Kerry Weaver -- NBC Photo: Sven Arnstein


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?

There’s an island off the coast of Brazil nicknamed “Snake Island”, that is completely overrun with extremely venomous Golden Lancehead Vipers. It is said to have the world’s highest concentration of venomous snakes, with some parts of the island estimated to have over 1 snake per square metre. (Source)

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Steve Jobs was wrong. It isn’t at all intuitive


If you didn’t laugh, you need to lighten up

Ok, how about in reverse?    Read more »


How easily would you be fooled by this fake $50?


Daily Roundup


Professional, decent and skilled media are onto it.

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It’s the lack of enforcement, dumb ass. It always is.

Prime Minister John Key says he’s not sure why more mobile truck shop operators aren’t being prosecuted.

A year-long Commerce Commission investigation into 32 traders found 31 of them were in breach of the Fair Trading Act, Consumer Finance Act and the Credit Contracts Act, but only a couple are being investigated further.

“Why they’re not prosecuting all of them, I don’t know,” Mr Key said on the Paul Henry programme this morning.

“But ultimately… people need to be held to account.”

Labour has called for truck shop operators to be licensed, so their right to do business can be simply revoked.

“One of the easiest things to do is get in a truck and go around and sell goods – you don’t have to be licensed, there’s no checks on you, you’re preying on the vulnerable,” he said last week.

Mr Key says the Government will look into why the Commerce Commission isn’t taking a harder line. Read more »

Losers to go for a walk, sorry… hikoi, to highlight state housing sale


Stop selling our state houses protest hikoi to parliament – John Minto

SHAN (State Housing Action Network) is organising a protest hikoi to parliament to demand National MPs and their allies stop the sale of state houses.

Groups of state house tenants and supporters will come from all over the country to converge on parliament on Tuesday 13th October (the first sitting day of parliament after the holiday recess)

“We are appalled that in the middle of a housing crisis for low-income tenants and families the government is trying to sell state houses to the private sector.” Read more »