Time to scrape up a little more road-kill from the Information Superhighway and
marvel at the silly, sublime, wierd and downright sad stuff that people put
on the Web.
Moms Insisting on Licensed Tools
While governments continue to try and clamp down on the rights of gun-owners,
one enterprising group has discovered that other evil devices threaten the
lives of our children!
The Ice Cube Phenomenon
Here's a rather strange phenomenon -- but check out the hypothesis as to exactly
why it happens -- they're even stranger!
last week's lighten-up section got you worried about
alien abductions then relief is at hand -- you can fight back by joining the Alien
Resistance at this site.
Is The IRD Watching YOU?
A local auction site has reported to me that their server logs show an
entry for a webcrawler identifying itself as:
I haven't had a chance to contact the IRD and ask whether they are perhaps
attempting to crawl local auction sites in the hope of identifying people
who are regularly trading through such services but who aren't registered
for GST or might not be declaring the income.
If this is the IRD at work then, given that they have grabbed a full list
of all locally registered domains in the .nz namespace, I suspect we'll
see a lot more web-scanning by those who are charged with the job of
filling the politician's trough.
I'd actually advise everyone who has a webserver with a .nz domain name to
check their logs regularly -- it could be that the IRD is going to use that
list of domain names and a web-crawler to automatically identify those
which are e-commerce enabled or which are engaged in trading products or
If anyone else encounters evidence of this webcrawler's visits then please
let me know.
Now, given that (in the name of the mighty dollar) the government has already
vested the IRD with more power to ride rough-shod over the rights of
citizens than do the Police, the SIS, Customs, the Army, Navy or the Air Force
-- who's to say they aren't already gearing up to take full advantage of the
proposed crimes ammendment bill.
Still Chasing That R&D Grant
As I've mentioned previously, I'm applying for one of those great
government R&D grants to further my research into the application
of modern materials and fabrication techniques to the design of
low-cost jet engines.
I have now completed the paper-work and this should be submitted for
The total time spent to date is somewhere in the vicinity of 20 hours -- and
I'm sure I'm not done yet.
Meanwhile, the existing designs are selling like hotcakes and I currently
have over 50 orders to fill.
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