I’ve had some ideas lately for some really great inventions… The Pinwheel. Applies to any modern twin-jet. Instead of hanging the two engines as close to the fuselage as possible, why not stick them on the wingtips? It’ll be quieter for passengers and – even better – the engines can act as an anti-flutter weight. … More My latest inventions – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?
I’ve found a way to save hours on housework. These methods are so good I don’t know why everybody doesn’t just use them. Microwave oven. Surprisingly, these need cleaning. The best way to do it is by chucking a bar of tallow-based soap into the unit and turning it on for three minutes. The soap … More Handy household cleaning hacks, part 892
Being summer and all that in the southern hemisphere I figured I should finish up the year with a small homage to summer clothes, Kiwi bloke style. Disclaimer: I have none of these in my own wardrobe. 1. Walk shorts. Style: Short trousers for men, same style as a business suit but stopping mid-thigh. Accompanied … More Summer sartorialism, Kiwi style
Has anybody read Bored of the Rings? Yes, I typed that right. It’s the Harvard Lampoon parody of the well known fantasy trilogy by a certain Oxford Professor. One of the funniest scenes – for me, anyway – is where the adventurers are attacked by a Thesaurus, a monster with a pronounced gazetteer and large … More Bored of the Rings versus Bill the Galactic Hero
Fantastic Pasts – Sci-Fi adventures in alternate New Zealand history is out now! It’s my stupidest book – a wild sci-fi comedy romp through an alternate Kiwi history that never happened. Thrill to the French as they turn New Zealand’s rare Pliestocene fauna into pate! Laugh as Sir Francis Drake accidentally obeys orders and ends … More “Fantastic Pasts” – out today! Buy now before the llamas get to it.
Fantastic Pasts – Sci-Fi adventures in alternate New Zealand history is being released by Intruder Books on 2 April. It’s available now for pre-order in the Kindle store. Fantastic pasts! A wild sci-fi comedy romp through an alternate Kiwi history that never happened. Thrill to the French gastronomic crusade through New Zealand’s Pleistocene fauna. Laugh … More “Fantastic Pasts” now available for Kindle pre-order
Anybody who’s watched Blackadder Goes Forth (‘Private Plane’) knows that German operas last three days and that they have no word for ‘fluffy’. The thing is, it’s not quite true. I must admit that an ordinary sentence such as ‘It’s a lovely day, don’t you think?’ does sound more like a barked order than anything … More What is the German word for ‘fluffy’?