Saturday, September 29, 2012

key bullshit: "more is less"

"The number of pokie machines in Auckland will continue to drop even if Sky City casino is allowed to have more of them, Prime Minister John Key says."

steve robs from beyond the grave

The new iphone 5 proudly brought to you by Apple - now available in white!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

chinese big brother

What most of us internet users don't realize or fully appreciate is the extent to which our on-line activities are being monitored, recorded, stored, bundled and sold to advertisers (& other interested, and even more sinister, parties).
We may be vaguely aware that "cookies" (activity trackers) are stored on our computers (which can & should be deleted in your browser's daily.
I have recently enabled which, in real time, notifies you of other "trackers" of your activity & data -& will block such moles on request.
For example, I searched for this evening. 
Ghostery informed me that it had blocked nine (yes 9) trackers on the page I found.
Among them was this entity:
How's that for jargon??
They are saying that they are tracking visitors to sites and selling the ISP addresses as well as other relevant information ( ie our other web searches, physical address, contacts age, sex, sexual preferences. income, race, location, sites, criminal convictions, tax details, employment details, credit information, bank account details, citizenship & residency info, hobbies, interests, car rego, photos, emails, power usage, water consumption, insurance details, children & pets' names, favourite foods, drugs of choice....etc....etc.....)
I assume from their name that this entity is Chinese.
We all know that all activity, whether private, business, or corporate, in China is strictly controlled and monitored by the Chinese government...ergo: the Chinese government is collecting our personal data.
For what ends?
I guess so that they have a handle on each and every one of us when they take over, so that they can take out or lean on any of us they deem to be "subversive" - and bear in mind that "subversive" activity in China is called "free speech" in the West.
Am I paranoid with this reasoning & deduction?
But as good friend of mine constantly reminds me: "just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean that they won't get you"!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

crispy-skin duck

My buddy Laurie & I enjoyed a meal of crispy-skin duck on a bed of rice at Tai Ping Supermarket last week - this Saturday 22 Sept Tai Ping is holding an Asian Food Festival - stalls, classes, good food!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

another roast pig's head

The New World supermarket here in Brown's Bay is now selling 1/2 pig's heads for $3.
Roasted (unbasted) for an hour and a half @ 180C makes for delicious crackling!
I have been looking at some brawn recipies which use boiled pig's heads - coming up folks.
 See my youtube video on how to make this roast:
.....and my food blog for further cooking adventures:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

foraging in browns bay

Today Laurie & I went foraging in our local neighbourhood & found some wild edibles.
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Thursday, September 06, 2012

road trip

I took a brief roadtrip to Hamilton with my friend Laurie Santell.
We took a walk around the botanical gardens. There three loungers were in the American Garden...