Flag of the day

June 19, 2015

The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.

There are more than 3000 in the gallery already.

Another website, Flagpost, has been set up by a Massey University design student, Thomas Le Bas,  to encourage people to explore, collaborate and vote on flag designs.

Simon Mercep interviewed him yesterday.

The most voted flag when I checked last was Leading Together by Sam Stradwick:

Leading Together

Greenwash, exercise and soup

May 26, 2015

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* Envormation – a New Zealand-based website which aims to help consumers cut through the greenwash by understanding key environmental information about products and services. (hat tip Idealog).

*  How to fall in love with exercise.


* The Soup Chick

From whence came that phrase?

March 31, 2015

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by a post at Grammarly Blog: 14 Expressions with Crazy Origins that You Would Never Have Guessed

If you’re interested in language Grammarly is a source of education and entertainment. You’ll also find it on Facebook.

Grocery store commandments

March 17, 2015

Last month discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass was sparked by the 10 commandments of the grocery store by Abbey Harris at Scary Mommy:

1. Thou shall not leave your cart in an empty parking spot. . .

2. Thou shall not walk down the center aisle of the parking lot. . .

3. Thou shall travel up and down the aisle like a civilized person. . . .

4. Thou shall obey the express line rules. . . .

5. Thou shalt not decide against the frozen pizza you picked up in the frozen foods section and then place it on the shelf next to the shampoo. . . .

6. Thou shall respect the invisible checkout line bubble of personal space. . . .

7. Thou shall treat the cashier with respect. . . .

8. Thou shall not stop at the exit to go over your receipt. . . .

9. Thou shall reconsider the self-checkout.  . .

10. Thou shall not stalk for a parking spot. . .

To which I would add:

11. Thou shalt ensure you and your trolley are not in the way of others, especially if you’ve stopped for a conversation.

12. Thou shalt move forward to allow the person behind you to start emptying her/his trolley as soon as you’ve emptied yours.

All of which comes down to minding your manners and being considerate of others.

If we all did that the supermarket and the world beyond it would be much better places.

Password tips, job loss and questions for kids

March 10, 2015

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* 6 tips for creating an unbreakable password that you’ll remember.

* A New Definition on losing a job at Abbey Has Issues


* 11 questions that will make your child happier.

Packing tips and new inventions

January 20, 2015

Discussion with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* The 15 best luggage hacks ever – not all of which I consider good advice and prompted me to ask when did the word hack replace tip?


* 26 clever inventions we need to add to our everyday lives.

Writers on writing and science on science

November 11, 2014

Discussion on Critical Mass with Simon Mercep today was sparked by:


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