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Jul. 12th, 2013

09:56 am - Well golly

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So thanks to all the various economic and accountancy approaches put forward yesterday, it is now clear that Dr Wheel owes me $40. No, he insisted that this is the correct way of seeing it. Because he got his $100 back so I'm out $100, then we shared the $80 for cleaning, so I'm now out $140 and he's out $40. We split the rug money $80 for him, $100 for me, and voila!

Oddly enough, he agrees we should just spend it on dinner. And no, we are not going into rug futures and I suspect the opportunity benefits outweigh the opportunity cost to having sold this rug - the carpet is just as rollable-aroundable-on, and takes less cleaning and clothes brushing.

Win!


The @dragonage account on Twitter got in touch with me, which is the Bioware social media folks. They want me to write a blog for them about my staffs, to go on their site, sort of like this one:

Fan makes a remote control Mako that probably handles better than the real one.

So there's that. Obviously I can't redo the making photos, but I need better pics of the finished article. *looks pointedly at polly*

Hey pombagira, whatcha doin on the next sunny day?

*ahem*

Also, laughingmagpie, if you read this, I think they’d probably be interested in your Tali. Because that is awesome.


Today it is Really Cold. I can already hear you folks in countries with snow and negative temperatures rolling your eyes and going “Sure, feels like 4 degrees, whatever, harden up!” But a) it’s all relative to the temperatures you’re accustomed to, and b) in Wellington, 4 degrees comes with a miserable wet southerly and wind that blows right through you. Also, I’ve heard folks from Sweden and Canada say they’ve never been as cold as they have in Wellington, because in those countries they have sensible things like double glazing and insulation and central heating. Because they are sensible.

NZ is a South Pacific Island, and apparently we don’t need no stinking insulation. So that 4 degrees outside? It’s 6 or 7 degrees indoors. Our house is slightly better because it’s insulated and has some double glazing, but I’m still in a hat and woolly socks and layers of fluff. And Ugg boots. And if I’m wearing Ugg boots, you know it’s cold.

Plz be being summer soon..

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From:anna_en_route
Date:July 11th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on the dragon age thing (and comiserations on the temperature....I walked to work this morning and it was decidedly *not* fun).
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From:crsg
Date:July 11th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
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It's the same deal in Japan - very few houses have insulation of any kind, or double glazing or anything like that. I have no idea why, but it's understandably one of the most common complaints I hear over winter time from the other ALTs (whereas I tend to shrug and say I'm used to it since I come from Hamilton, New Zealand, where the winters are perpetually damp and disgusting).
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From:richaarde
Date:July 12th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
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I live near New York City, which has weather that is comparable to Tokyo's. Summers here are hot and humid, but winters can be cold. It's not at all unusual for the temperature to dip to -10*C, and we usually have one or two nights a year when it dips down to -20*C. An uninsulated building would cost a fortune to heat and would be miserably drafty in the winter.

If a space is air conditioned, the same insulation that keeps you warm in the winter would keep you cool in the summer. If the building is not air conditioned, it wouldn't make a difference. </p>

Buildings around here have been insulated for at least the past 50 years, and double paned glass has been commonly used for the past 25 years. Nowadays, our building codes require both. I'm really surprised to hear that buildings are typically not insulated in NZ or Japan.

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From:richaarde
Date:July 12th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
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You can see my full response to Alphamatrix below. I'm actually very surprised to hear that buildings in NZ and Japan are often not insulated. Around me (New York City), people who own old uninsulated buildings commonly get insulation blown into wall cavities. In new buildings, our building codes require insulation and double pane windows.
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From:pombagira
Date:July 11th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
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yay.. photoshoot i'm all in.. *excite*

*skips about*..

yay biowear..

and yes brrrr fecken brrrr this cold.. and i am going to levin..where it is said it is fecken colder.. O.O but there will be much warm tea and some shopping for lady office clothing.. well gosh



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From:richaarde
Date:July 12th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
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Come to New York. It's been 30*C + and ridiculously humid here for the past two or three weeks now.
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From:t_c_da
Date:July 12th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC)
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I suspect that Edinburgh would give Wellington a good run for it's money, weatherwise. Try standing in a Force 9 gale off the North Sea (with Siberia not all that far behind it) for effect...

I recall clearly walking down a street in Edinburgh and feeling at least uncomfortably warm, if not downright hot, in the sun until I turned a corner into the prevailing wind where the wind cut right through all my clothing and just about froze me. And it wasn't a particularly windy day, either...
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From:meathiel
Date:July 12th, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Sends 10° your way ... haha ...
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From:kehleyr
Date:July 12th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
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We've had very warm weather today... I'd rather have rain actually :-)... I hope the weather heats up for you soon!!
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From:downwardlashes
Date:July 14th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
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Ha, I know what you mean with living in an area where they don't make houses suited to the weather, it's ridiculous here. Most of the year it's fine, but you know, it does get cold or hot now and then, and our lack of heat (one room has a heater, one!) and our screenless hundred year old windows get kind of frustrating.
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