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
Places I haven’t found Pokemon 1. The middle of the road. 2. Behind locked gates 3. The toilet. 4. Anywhere at all because I have to get the app first. Places where people have found Pokemon 1. The middle of the road. 2. Wind turbines. 3. Under a fountain in the middle of the harbour. … More The ultimate Pokémon Go list of facts
La Ferassie cave, 46,000 years before the present. About lunch time. Krogg: [using foot to push bellows fanning the camp-fire] Krogg see funny thin people with big foreheads yesterday. Thog: Thog see them too. Krogg: Krogg think they not human. Face too small. Weak. We better. Thog: Hargh hargh hargh. Stupid funny people. Grorg: Grorg … More Neanderthal cave talk on any day in the Dordogne, 46,000 years ago
My home town of Napier, New Zealand, has a new beach-front feature. A drain. Over which the city council has built what looks like a pier for quiet promenading. Except it doesn’t reach the sea. As I understand it, the decision was one of those opportunity things – you know, ‘we’ve got a new drain pipe, … More A challenge – why was this pier cut short?
It’s Christmas again, and that means another zombie shopping frenzy at the local mall. It’s the same every year (just like my posts whinging about them). As far as I am concerned even at the best of times malls are vampires that suck money and will-to-live. Shopping in the mall for me consists of hurtling into … More And here we go with another zombie Christmas shopping frenzy
I’ve long held that coffee is an essential writing fuel. Of course, it’s not what it used to be. Luckily. When I was a kid in 1970s New Zealand, ‘bought coffee’ came in pyrex containers that had been left on the edge of restaurant buffet tables to stew through the day and turn into a kind … More Pondering the mysteries of essential writing fuel – coffee