I tried to buy a piece of tech gear the other day. I didn’t know whether it would do one or two things that I needed – the online documentation wasn’t clear. But I was sure the tech shop I went to could help. The discussion (with a certain amount of hyperbole) went something like … More How to buy technological gadgets, Part 486
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?
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
I figured I should do another Q&A or something, what with my latest history book being out this week . So here are a few things people might not know about me. I’ve had formal training in music, writing, martial arts, anthropology, history, various sciences and some other stuff. Some of it got me university … More Ten things people might not know about me
A while back I got a letter – a real letter, on paper, in my PO Box – addressed to: “M J Wright c/- M Wright”. The usual outcome of over-zealous database entry adventures, but it begs a conversation: M: You’re me, aren’t you? MJ: Sure am. M: Then why do they think there are … More A letter addressed to both of me!
One thing we know about dragons is that they tend to have the kind of breath that makes a furnace in a steel-works look cool. Which is fine and dandy – but how does that actually work? I’ve got a few theories. Hotter on the inside. If we assume dragons to be endothermic, they’re going … More Five ways dragons can breathe fire
The other week the streets around Wellington began filling up with people wandering about staring at their phones. It turned out they were playing PokemonGo, which hadn’t existed the week before but by about Wednesday was being played by at least 29.6 billion people worldwide (I know what I said). I haven’t leaped on the band-wagon … More What I’ve learned about human imagination from PokemonGo