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February
2012

Protecting your Web

What a mad day.  I’ve been happily tweeting/Facebooking/Google Plussing these links today, and figured I should just get it over and point to them in a brief blog post. This post will cover protecting your web browsing habits, tracking who’s tracking you, and how to better encrypt your traffic. So, yes.  First things first. Your web history and Google On March 1st 2012, Google’s new privacy policies kick in. One of the ramifications/impacts of said [...]

TOSP Episode 22: February 27th 2012

Hello, and welcome to a very watery TOSP :) [Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] This week, Elf and aimee talk of things watery – watery planets, flying squid and plankton blooms – as well as new FTL neutrino info (what may have gone wrong), genius computer software, bioscience’s contribution to NZ’s economy, plus a new brilliant site for science-based ebooks and apps, and the tree of diversification! PODCAST HERE [Did [...]

Infographic: Buying an iPad 3

A fascinating infographic from research firm AYTM Research (Ask Your Target Market) looks at who is likely to buy the soon-to-be-released iPad 3, and why they might do so. Some of my favourite stats? Far more people are likely to buy this as their first iPad, than as their next one [herroooo market penetration!]. Also, people like apps and, hilariously (but it makes sense!), iPads are used most lying on the couch :) Or in [...]

TOSP Episode 21: February 21st 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] We’re back!  And with a minimum of difficulties this week :) This week, Elf and aimee talk of a new soft motor, ROBOBEES, a teeeeeensy chameleon (squee!), hacking yoghurt, some very ancient art, ROBOBEES, investing in yourself, knitting needles and water bubbles and space, quantum computing for beginners, sequencing genomes on a USB stick-sized device (!!!!) and ROBOBEES. PODCAST HERE [Did you know you can [...]

#webstock tweetage

Hooray for the internets! Most appropriately, during Jeremy Keith (@adactio)’s talk about, amongst other things, trying to keep and store as much data/information as we can, and not letting the internet forget as easily as it might, I’ve set up an archive of #webstock (webstock conference) tweets. It’s being updated every five minutes, and is running off a Google spreadsheet macro-type thingummy.  It’s also publicly available here. The ‘Dashboard‘ tab (bottom of the spreadsheet/workbook) gives [...]

Fireflies, luuurve and NASA

In this newest animated video from fellow Sciblogger Siouxsie Wiles (Infectious Thoughts) explains how fireflies* use bioluminescence to find love (or the firefly equivalent), and, well, food. And it then goes on to explain how the chemical reaction used to produce that light, can be exploited to help us test for bacterial presence.  In your kitchen.  On your mobile phone.  In your food. And in spacecraft assembly.  Watch the video to figure out why that’s [...]

TOSP Episode 20: February 14th 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, TOSP listeners! This week’s podcast is a teensy bit late (heh), and a little different to usual as it was the first we’ve done and edited ‘On the Road’. We (well, Elf – aimee was driving like a loon between Auckland and Wellington as practice for the Rally) travelled to Christchurch to chat to some of New Zealand’s young emerging scientists from both MESA [...]

The mechanics of love

Today is Valentines Day. Apparently, this is the cause for a great deal of consternation.  I know that it has, over the years, occasioned horror for me, too*. So, I thought I’d just share something a bit fun and whimsical.  Those of you who are American will no doubt know the name Rube Goldberg. I grew up with the English equivalent – Heath Robinson. Both were famous for their incredible machines*, in which a seemingly [...]

I fink u freeky…

AND, talking of the expression ‘But is it art?’, freak-rap/industrial rave/genre-defying/confusing to non-South Africans group Die Antwoord has brought out its newest single/music vid. And it’s NOM. It’s off their new album TEN$ION, which, it is claimed, delivers “some apocalyptic fuckin’ industrial rave.” Makes me very proud to be of South African extraction, and miss a whole bunch about my culture. Including the dance moves :) But: is it art?