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Lighten Up 15 September 2000 Edition
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4 My Homepage Funny Warning, may offend
I this page isn't half as funny if you've got your images turned off -- in fact when I first took a look I thought "yeah.. amusing.. but.." -- and then I loaded the images and fell off my chair with laughter.

It's almost believable until you get further down the page.

4 Christianity and carburetors Oddball
It's strange isn't it -- how God seems to single out some people and give them a unique insight into some piece of technology or some part of science. Of course some of those gifted with such holy insights often feel compelled to write a book about it and sell that book through the Internet -- in the name of all humankind. This lucky fellow credits God with helping him to develop a new carburetor system that will "increase efficiency 4-5 times."

4 The Searl Effect Oddball
Professor Searl is a brilliant guy. He has invented a magnetic motor "producing electric energy and, under certain conditions, an anti-gravity effect that can be used for propulsion."

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This genius has built and flown something called a "levity disk" (is that's because it's so laughable I wonder?) and now he's prepared to share all his wealth of information with YOU -- oh... for a price of course.

But don't think this man of science is without an artful side -- check out his site and you'll find that he even gives us a poem (and he doesn't charge for that little freebie!).

Also check out pictures of his anti-gravity disks hovering over such familiar landmarks as London, Buckingham Palace, the White House lawn and others.

Now where did I put my credit-card. It must be true -- I saw it on the Net!

10 Things You Can Do With A Kiwi Dollar
Okay, here's a challenge for readers. Given the NZ dollar's recent death-defying plunge, I'd like to build a list of new, novel and decidedly funny uses for the newly deflated Kiwi dollar.

Please send me your suggestions and I'll publish them in next week's Lighten Up section.

A New Section
I've had so much feedback on the Kiwi brain drain issue that next week I'll be adding a new section to this site in which readers will be able to post comments describing why they have decided to leave, stay or return to NZ.

While the majority of comments received to date really do support the stats which suggest we're losing people at an increasing rate, there have been a few who have said that they're prepared to stick it out in the hope that things must get better (eventually).

If we can keep this area of the site ticking over with discussion and opinions "direct from the shop floor" so to speak, perhaps it will allow our politicians to gauge the effectiveness (or otherwise) of their proposed remedial policies.

Got a Job? Looking For Work?
When I redesigned this site a few months back, I added a number of links to the top of the page which I said would be activated over a period of time. Well good news -- the "Job Centre" link should be active as of Monday.

This will allow employers to post vacancies and workers to post notice of their availability free of charge.

This isn't a commercial operation -- the idea is simply to try and ensure that Aardvark's readers are able to find the workers they need -- or find the jobs they're seeking.

You'd better get those job descriptions and CVs ready.

As always, your feedback is welcomed.

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4  Polling company drops spam suit against ISPs
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4  Technology pins Web sites to the map
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4  Linux users say SDMI contest a trick
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4  Courtney Love demands some MP3.com cash
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