Launched this week: Scaffolding, a quality arts magazine by a US-based publisher. I’m excited. I hope you are too. I’ve got an article in the very first issue, exploring my writing life as seen through my typewriters. My piece begins: In April 1951, Jack Kerouac fed one end of a very long piece of paper … More My article in the very first issue of Scaffolding
I took a few photos of central Wellington after the magnitude 7.8 quake that struck near Culverden on Monday. The energy of the quake was directed north, which is why Wellington was far harder hit than Christchurch, although Culverden is mid-way between the two cities. The plus-side, as far as I could see, was that … More A walk through Wellington after the 2016 quake
It’s been a rough week so far in New Zealand. How rough? Well, most of us were woken in the first minutes of Monday by the biggest onshore quake since 2009, and – at a magnitude of 7.5 – the largest to occur near any main population centres since 1931. [Update: figure officially revised to … More Earthquake, tsunami and floods…
It seems this week that Russia’s ‘Investigating Committee’ wants an investigation into the US moon landings of 1969-72 – not so much to reveal them as fake, but to find out where missing moon rocks have gone. I know where one is – a scrap weighing less than 1 gm, which is in the Carter … More Is Russia stirring up the moon landing loon conspiracies?
I started writing this post after the Orbital Sciences rocket explosion earlier this week. Unmanned, nothing hurt except pride and stock price. I was going to begin with a joke about how the sound of a rocket blowing up is spelt. Then news came of the Virgin Galactic tragedy during test flight on Friday, and … More Putting this week’s space tragedies into perspective. It’s ROCKET science, folks
I spend quite a bit of time wondering about the zombie apocalypse. Like why I and a few drinking buddies will be sole humans out of 7 billion who aren’t turned into zombies? If I put gym treadmills outside every window on my house, will that be enough to stop the zombies coming in, and … More Why ebola puts the zombie apocalypse into proper perspective
Apple’s theatricals this week haven’t convinced me to buy an iPhone 6 – which, as Ron Amadeo pointed out, has the same screen size and features as a 2012 Nexus 4. George Takei got it right when he tweeted that he couldn’t remember the last time so many got so excited about 4.7 inches. Not that this an … More Why I run an Apple-free household but am still cool