Gathan Beaga

some other stuff

So in between iPods and Snappers I have been thinking of the occasional other thing. Just occasionally, like.

  • it’s Māori language week. And just coincidentally (not) this week Google unveiled its Māori language version. Ka pai!
  • Speaking of Google. They’re just getting spookily good, now. I did a search for “Imagelab Wellington” to find out the location of the place where Becky got my rutting flies enlarged, as I need to do a reprint. So Google comes back with a map of the location as the top hit and, clicking on the “reviews and more” link gives me other stuff, plus a list of the bus numbers that pass by. Amazing. And an easy job for my Snapper card, tomorrow.
  • Browsing, as one does, I came across Neon Neon, a side project of fave band Super Furry Animal‘s singer Gruff Rhys. So I immediately downloaded it (from iTunes Plus) – to find an album of perfectly formed 80’s tribute music, in fact a concept album based on the life of 80’s icon John DeLorean. Fucking brilliant, and so typical of Mr Rhys’s offbeat genius.
  • My pleasure at winning in Mario Kart, while not diminished, is tempered by the fact that Bella (aged 7) now beats me three times out of four at the game. In the online game, she holds her own, whereas I have lost so many points I’m wondering how I can wipe the slate clean and start again. This proves I will never be more than a crap gamer, with the all-but-unstarted Metroid Prime and unfinished-after-100-hours Zelda getting dusty in the cupboard and further proving the point. But Bella now: she just gets better and better.
  • Trism = iP(hone|od) crack. And only $6.49 of those increasingly flaccid New Zealand dollars, too.

Sorry, I just had to mention both iPods and Snappers. I have a two-track mind.