Friday, March 30, 2007

Gardening from indoors

I just saw a Flymo type lawnmower being dangled from a crane.

That looks a great way to cut the grass. You could swing it back and forth over the lawn from inside the crane cab. Or, if it was a remote control crane, from your sofa..

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Hot Fusion

Went to an interesting gig last night - The Rapture / Gnarls Barkley at the St James.

Not sure why they put them on together - they are quite different although both are a fusion of styles.

The Rapture were my main reason for forking out for a ticket, and they were pretty good. I'd call them indie rock/dance music fusion (ok, if any genre fascists are reading this they will no doubt tell me the correct name). The style is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike the Prodigy. None of the showmanship of Keith though - four New York collegey looking kids.. I'm going to start looking out some remixes of their stuff - I think that's a gap in my collection and would go down well on the dancefloor - I think their songs would work better for dancing at 8min length..

Gnarls Barkley combined being slick and enthusiastic. They started with the Pink Floyd song "We don't need no Education" - I assume they were at Bliss incognito and pinched the idea from Helix! Generally, they aren't my #1 choice of stuff, but pretty slick and entertaining.

Early (7:45) start was wierd though - I'm kinda used to gigs as being a late evening thing - I suppose they're doing it cos it's a schoolnight. Not sure how many tickets they sold, but the place didn't look full. It's an interesting experiment promoting three midweek gigs by majorish international bands on weeknights. In Auckland.

Monday, March 26, 2007


Went to Bliss at Space on Friday night. It was awesome!

Then crawled to Hammy and played some tunes for my mate's party - also very cool.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Hubbard's 500 million

Old Mother Hubbard (aka the mayor of Auckland) "guessed" that his trip to Hamburg generated $500mln in trade.

Stats NZ give annual exports to Germany at $894 million. Hamburg represents 3.6% of the German economy, so according to my calculator you could (reasonably) guess our trade with that city at around $32mln.

Does Hubbard really think that his visit will boost exports more than ten-fold?

I really think he should go back to cereal making at the first opportunity - then he can make dumb decisions in his private business with his own cash. Or at least pay for his own jollies and junkets out of his personal fortune, not hit the ratepayers up for business class air travel.

(Told-you-so section: see