Mother knew best

January 27, 2010

Donna Reed would have been 89 today.

A show where mother knew best – were these the good old days?

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

January 27, 2010

Happy birthday Nick Mason – 66 today.

Did you see the one about . . .

January 27, 2010

Productivity and wages –  Antidismal follows up his earlier post – Econ 101 and the minimum wage.

The average worker should not be paying even 33% – Kiwiblog on tax creep

A Little Bit of Fun – how to Mathematically park your car. Aimee Whitcroft at Sciblogs on how much space you need to parallel park.

Why the public should not be so worried about asset sales – John Carran at the Rates Blog.

Economic weather report – 24.2% of NZ born graduates live overseas – highest in OECD – Bernard Hickey at Rates Blog.

Comic game theory and living arrangements – the Visible Hand shows sharing a house doesn’t mean sharing standards.

Inadequate – Kismet farm finds bra manufacturers have boobed.

You should see the pot selection – Something Should Go Here finds something unexpected at the supermarket.


January 27, 2010

NZ History Online has a weekly quiz – refreshed each Monday.

I got 6/10 this week and a couple of those answers were due in part to luck not knowledge.

Must do better next week.

From cattle class to cuddle class

January 27, 2010

The lie-flat cuddle class seats which Air New Zealand is introducing for long-haul flights are definitely an improvement on the sit-up cattle class ones.

But as Cactus Kate pointed out  they’re very cosy and that level of cosiness isn’t necessarily conducive to sleep if one or both travellers are of a bigger build.

I told my farmer the first time we flew Business Class, once you’ve been exposed to a greater level of comfort it’s very difficult to go back.

We flew Singapore Airlines to Spain last year and the Singapore-Europe, Europe-Singapore legs of the trip had lie-flat beds in Business Class which has spoiled me for anything less.

A wee bit shy of more shares

January 27, 2010

Fonterra put a rosy glow on its announcement that 3,461 of its 10.500 farmer shareholders had subscribed for 60 million shares worth $270.7 million.

But when you take into account that at least some of those were required purchases to cover extra production I think you can conclude that most farmers are a wee bit shy of buying more shares than they need.

This season’s forecast payout is better than the long term average but the big fall last season is still fresh in most minds.

It reinforced the need to be cautious. This season most farmers are doing their best to keep to a low cost system, reducing their mortgages and few have an appetite for increased debt.

Is it ever okay to speed?

January 27, 2010

He’d been following a large, slow truck for several kilometres with no opportunity to pass.

They got to a straight stretch of road with no on-coming traffic. He put his foot down, passed, began pulling in and was slowing down when a police car came round the corner. Seconds later the red and blue lights went on.

When the policeman approached the car he told the driver he’d been going 119 kph.

The driver said, it’s impossible to pass another vehicle at 100 kph unless it’s very small, going very slowly and you’ve got a very long stretch of road in which to do it.

The policeman said that was irrelevant, the law’s the law and the driver had broken it.

The driver argued. The policeman stuck to his guns. Finally the driver said, “If you write the ticket, I’ll take it to court.”

The policeman backed down.

Shortly after this a letter to the editor of the ODT told a similar story and pointed out it was better to pass as quickly as it was safe to do so than to spend any longer than necessary on the wrong side of the road.

A police officer responded saying the law was the law and it didn’t hurt anyone to have to stay behind another vehicle and travel a little bit under the speed limit.

That ignores the reality that the vehicle that travels a little bit under the limit on a reasonable stretch of road travels much more slowly when the road gets windy or steep. And it’s not just one vehicle which is following, it’s all the others which catch up and want to pass too.

My phsyics isn’t up to calculating the time and distance needed to pass a vheicle going at varying speeds but I know that the faster you go the less time it takes and the shorter the distance needed.

The law is the law but, as Gravedodger and PDM pointed out on Monday’s post on the flasher who saved me  from a ticket, it’s often the car being passed rather than the one passing that’s at fault.

I don’t expect the police to say it’s okay to speed, but if a vehicle is taking the opportunity to pass where and when  it’s safe to do so, they ought to turn a blind eye if the passer exceeds the limit by a little bit and briefly.

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