Tagged: Fun

Which is really the best performed Olympic country? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 03, 2012

Over at Statistics New Zealand the folks have done a great job in producing an alternative medals table for the London Olympics.  They are showing the number of medals won per million population.  They have kindly shared some of the data with me (thanks people) so that I can produce a few graphs and tables … Continue reading » … Read More

Glenn urinates in space - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Feb 23, 2012

Well, it could have been the headline around the world 50 years ago.  One of my prized possessions is a copy of NASA’s report on the “First United States Manned Orbital Space Flight” which John Glenn flew 50 years ago this week.  The flight lasted about 5 hours, but that was plenty long enough for … Continue reading … Read More

International Year of Chemistry Events in Christchurch - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Aug 03, 2011

This month is a busy one for organisers of events in Canterbury to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry. We have two events rapidly approaching. A Soupçon of Science: Creativity at the Interface of Chemistry and Cuisine Thursday August 18th , 5.30 pm, D-Lecture theatre, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology This is a free public lecture which explores the of … Read More

Rex and The Wrong Trousers – uncanny resemblance? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 29, 2010

Rex: (Source: Rex Bionics publicity material.) The Wrong Trousers: (© Aardman / Wallace & Gromit Ltd 1993. Used with permission.)Now, imagine if someone fiddled with Rex, added wireless remote control and …* Footnotes * For the confused Rex is a recently-announced assistive device for paraplegics and The Wrong Trousers is a Aardman / Wallace and Gromit … Read More

REALLY Big Toys - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 25, 2009

I see they’ve finally got the Large Hadron Collider to work at last. And the universe did not disappear into a giant black hole. Kind of a pity, really. I was looking forward to the shorter drive to work. Apparently, the Collider is going to unlock the “secrets of the universe”. Of course, we know that [...] Related posts: … Read More

Restraining Health Costs - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 05, 2009

Brian Fallow provides an excellent look at the urgent need for cost containment in health and the problems this involves. He points out that rising health costs is a far bigger potential problem than superannuation. It is also far more difficult to solve as a simple shift in age eligibility would sort out most superannuation [...] Related posts: … Read More

Water cycle, meet media cycle - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Sep 28, 2009

Hydrologists and journalists have a lot in common*. They both deal with highly polarising material. They are both drawn to watershed events. And their best stories are never dry. If you have any doubts, just look at the media cycle outlined here: transpiration, condensation, precipitation, infiltration. This coupled cycle could even be seen in real time, as played out in … Read More