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I trust that you have enjoyed the alphabetical journey through the catalogue of fantastic old white men that New Zealand has contributed to the betterment of man (and woman) kind.

I wonder if Julie Anne Genter can find it in her heart to be a little less “judgy” of us old white guys?  We may not all make it to the august company of our subjects to date but, as Dr Seuss said, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” and we should not be denigrated and pushed to the side on the basis of our age, colour or sex. Quote:

Victor Dmitrievich Zotov (Zotoff) was born in Vladivostok, Russia, on 16 September 1908. Little is known of his early life, but in 1924 he emigrated to New Zealand with his parents.[…]

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Old white man of the day

We have arrived at X in our alphabetical review of old white men.  We should, therefore, talk about Mr X; possibly the first person in the world to be interviewed by himself with the interview subject being a different himself. Although he ultimately assisted in the demise of his alter ego, none of his three personas are worth a mention in the august company of old white men of the day, so we will proceed to Y.

From small and humble beginnings, great things can grow. Quote:

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Here’s something to drop into a dinner party conversation

What if there is no atmospheric greenhouse effect?

If this were true there would be no atmospheric ‘greenhouse gases’. If there are no greenhouse gases then carbon dioxide, methane and water vapour etc in the atmosphere are completely benign.

And if this were true then there is absolutely zero human effect on the atmosphere and thus on the non-existent greenhouse effect and thus on the climate, regardless of what it is called, global warming, climate change, climate disruption, climate weirding, climate cancer, ad nauseum.

We could, then, put all of this climate research, carbon taxes and climate policies in a box labelled “Huge Mistake” and carry on with solving real problems like food and clean fresh water for all.

So where is all this coming from?  From NASA data, actually.

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Old white man of the day

I don’t imagine there is a single reader of this blog who has not read a book, written in an exercise book, diary etc or bought an item from the publishing chain associated with today’s old white man. Quote:

For more than 70 years Bertie Ernest Hawkes Whitcombe was associated with Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, which for most of that time dominated bookselling, printing and publishing in New Zealand. He was born in Christchurch on 6 October 1875[…] After becoming involved in a series of unsuccessful bookselling partnerships, in 1882 his father joined with a printer, George Tombs, to open a business in Cashel Street. The next year Whitcombe and Tombs was one of the earliest limited liability companies registered under the Companies Act 1882. By the late 1880s the firm was on its way to its later pre-eminence.
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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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It must have been a slow news day …

The wedding was done and dusted, Trump wasn’t tweeting, parliament is still boringly full of election slogans, so various media outlets ran an article from Sweden.

Headlines included: Quote:
New Zealand one of the hardest countries to invade – report

NZ’s isolation the greatest deterrent to invasion – military analysts
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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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If only we could build roads from acronyms and buzzwords

TAIP Cover

The NZTA has released the Draft TAIP and the introduction reads as follows: Quote:

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Old white man of the day

Long before there was satellite imagery, long before there was drone photography, there was the art/science of aerial mapping.  Today’s old white man was a pioneer in this field. Quote:

 

Piet van Asch’s lifelong passion for photography and flying made him one of New Zealand’s foremost aviation pioneers, though in person he was modest about his achievements. He was born Henry Piet Drury van Asch on 4 May 1911 at Waitotara, and brought up on his parents’ Craggy Range sheep farm near Havelock North. […]

Van Asch developed his interest in photography and flying while at Christ’s College, Christchurch, between 1925 and 1929. Back in Hawke’s Bay in 1931 he took an oblique aerial photograph of the Whakatu freezing works, and another of Iona College near Havelock North. Both sold, pointing to the commercial potential of aerial photography. By December 1934 he had his ‘A’ pilot’s licence and had made a name for himself with oblique aerial photographs, as well as photographs of livestock for farming journals. The following year he declared his intentions to establish a company that would master the then relatively unknown specialty of aerial mapping.
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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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‘Report links health to climate change’

Under the “Science” category, RadioNZ publishes the usual obligatory photo of backlit harmless water vapour and then waffles on:  Quote:

(Their picture is actually titled “eight_col_smoke”!)

The report by the Environment and Science Research Institute (ESR) outlined the possible effects on human health, as a result of extreme weather, air pollution and UV radiation. End of quote.

Extreme weather – the clue is in the name: it is weather, not climate. Air pollution is caused by humans and is not climate. UV radiation is caused by the sun and affected by the ozone hole, which appears to not be affected by CFC reductions etc. There may be some climatic effect on UV but one paper on the subject had this to say, “Aerosols are possibly the most important factor for future UV levels over heavily populated areas, but their projected effects are the most uncertain.” So, possibly nothing to do with climate change here either? Quote:

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Old white man of the day

It’s time for a romp down reminiscent road for the old white male (sexist assumption, but it was the 50s and 60s) readers of this series.  Who did not play with Fun Ho! Toys in their sandpit? And, at their current collectors’ prices, who wishes that they had kept them? Quote:

Royal Oak Primary School

Harold Jack Underwood, known as Jack, was born in Wellington on 24 January 1908. […] After attending St Mark’s Church School and Wellington College, he transferred to Wellington Technical College to take an engineering course. In 1925 he won a gold medal in the college’s annual hobbies competition for a working model of an aeroplane. The aeroplane had a four-foot six-inch wingspread. On leaving school he worked as a land agent, and was later a sub-agent for an importing agency and a sales representative.

[…] Concerned about the economic and social problems of the day, [early 1930s] he read extensively, especially socialist literature. As a result he joined the New Zealand Labour Party and remained a staunch supporter for the rest of his life. During the 1938 election campaign Underwood was chairman of the electoral committee for Catherine Stewart, the Labour Party candidate for Wellington West. […]
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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Since Cook was our very able ‘C’ man, it is only right that Abel should be invited to join us for ‘T’.  Quote:

Abel Janszoon Tasman was born, probably in 1602 or 1603, at Lutjegast, Netherlands. […] Tasman, in service with the Dutch East India Company, was first mate of the Weesp in 1634 and later that year skipper of the Mocha.

The [Dutch East India] Company was enjoying great prosperity, and from 1639 to 1642 Tasman sought cargo and booty in the north-west Pacific and along the coast of Asia, including Japan, Formosa (Taiwan), Cambodia and Sumatra. A high death toll through disease was common, and the Dutch vessels were sometimes sunk. On one voyage, commanding a fleet of three ships, Tasman’s considerable skill as a navigator allowed him to return safely to Batavia after the other two ships were lost in a storm. Isaac Gilsemans, a Dutch cartographer and illustrator, sailed with Tasman in 1642-3 and drew the coastal profiles of lands visited during the voyages.

On 1 August 1642 the governor general and councillors of the company resolved to send an expedition to the ‘still unexplored South- and East-land [Australia and South America]’, which had been partly discovered by Dutch mariners. They wished to ascertain if exploitable southern lands, or a sea passage across the Pacific to Staten Landt (Chile), existed. With the experienced hydrographer Franz Jacobszoon Visscher as chief pilot, Tasman commanded a convoy of two small ships: his flagship, the yacht Heemskerck, and an armed transport ship, Zeehaen. Read more »

In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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