My latest inventions – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

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?

Human creativity always wins – for now

New Zealand’s ingenuity seems limitless these days. Back in 2012 a graduate student at Victoria University, in my own city of Wellington, invented a robot bass guitar. Awesome or what? Here’s the instrument – MechBass – playing ‘Hysteria’: Soon, the same machine is going to perform as part of an ensemble: http://www.qtheatre.co.nz/plot-twist-bass-guitarist-robot That’s extremely geeky … More Human creativity always wins – for now

Mindless parking warden droogery in a quake-hit city

I posted last week about the way central Wellington had quietened after the July earthquake. I think it was largely because the two largest central city parking buildings had been shut down – and parking in the streets is a lottery in the face of the Wellington City Council’s parking enforcers –  whose mind set, … More Mindless parking warden droogery in a quake-hit city

A tribute to New Zealand’s clean, green and mighty engineering

New Zealand has a repute for being clean and green. It isn’t entirely; no twenty-first country can be completely so. But a good deal of it is – including our power, much of which comes from hydro schemes. The bulk of those are in the South Island, where the terrain is well suited to such … More A tribute to New Zealand’s clean, green and mighty engineering