Dan’s Online Diary 

# 25.8.05 by Dan

Just the other day a young driver was killed instantly by a 8kg chunk of concrete dropped through the windscreen of his car by a 14-year-old kid from a motorway overbridge.

And then today I read this article that tells of a passenger knocked unconscious by a rock hurled through the window of her bus. The thrower in this case must either not keep up with the news, or be incredibly stupid.

Bus drivers report that they are getting more and more objects thrown at them. I used to commute to work by train and I recall having the odd object thrown at our carriage.

It's a tricky one. I'd guarantee that most of these people would have no idea of the physics involved in their act of stone/rock throwing, or I'm sure they would think twice.

I remember being told off for throwing stones (little ones of the size used in chip-seal road surfacing) at passing trucks on my way home from primary school. I think to some degree, it's in a boy's nature to throw stuff, not maliciously, but just for fun, and largely without thinking. But I've since completed a fair amount of physics education, and realise that it doesn't take great speed or mass for an object to be potentially fatal, or at the very least cause damage to others' property.

But to deliberately carry - with some difficulty, according to a witness - an 8kg chunk of concrete from a construction site onto an overpass with the express purpose of dropping it on a car is not at all within the realms of the unthinking little boy.

What is going wrong here?


# 25.8.05 by Dan

Google Talk. Google's answer to MSN Messenger. It also has IP telephony capability. Requires a gmail account; let me know if you want one, I have 49 invites left.

This Spartan Life. An online talk-show with a difference. The difference being it is filmed entirely within a Halo2 multiplayer game. Interviews, dancing, current issue debates, you name it.

WebOS. Jason Kottke takes a good look at the web as an application platform. A good read if you're a bit of a geek.


# 24.8.05 by Michelle

Just wanted to let you guys know that sending in a complaint letter does pay off... sometimes (thought you might be interested Alex after your encounters with insulting billboards).

Dan and I have decided to be really careful what we watch on TV, movies etc, even more now with a curious little toddler - only watching G's and PG's. So after not having been to the movies for a very long time we decided to treat ourselves. So we went to see the movies and decided to watch 'Wedding Crashers' with some friends. We read the rating at the movies which was 'M' - medium level violence and decided that wouldn't offend us or our friends too much. We found out though, after just a few minutes of watching,that it contained a lot of swearing, some nudity and only a little violence.

We were very disappointed and decided to write a letter of complaint to the censorship fellas. Here is their reply:

Dear Daniel,

Following complaints, the Labelling Body have issued a new descriptive note for The Wedding Crashers. The film is now rated as M Suitable for Mature Audiences 16 years and over with the descriptive note 'contains violence, offensive language and sex scenes'. This new descriptive note has been distributed to all New Zealand cinemas.

If this had been the rating at the time we would have not chosen to see this movie. Oh well. I am so very glad they chose to change the rating. So go Alex, get those billboard baddies.


# 24.8.05 by Dan

... one by name, the other by nature.

Read this article on tvnz.co.nz and this article on stuff.co.nz.

Dr Brash feels it is wrong to yell at and behave aggressively toward people in general, and women in particular. So we do have some politeness and respect in the upper echelons of NZ politics.

Ms Clark, on the other hand, considered Dr Brash's chivalry to be insulting and "patronising", scoffing at his weakness.

So we have Prime Minister who thinks that politeness, courtesy and respect are signs of weakness - no wonder our society is becoming such a shambles.

Valued readers, I'd been keen to hear your thoughts on this matter.


# 20.8.05 by Dan

I just had a thought while I was watching Helen Clark's interview on agenda this morning. It's merely a refinement of what I've been thinking all along.

In this election, we have more chance of getting a Christian MP into parliament than we do of voting out all, or even any, of the immoral, anti-Christian influences in parliament.

In this election, we're not out to change the world, or even NZ, politically. That is nigh impossible in just this one election. What we can do, however, is vote a strong Christian voice into parliament; a voice that is founded on strong biblical policy, and cannot be silenced or stifled by other elements in its party (unlike UF, or Christian MPs in other parties, for example).

That leaves CHNZ or Destiny.

And of course I'm biased, but even the difference between CHNZ and Destiny on the issue of abortion (there are other issues, don't worry), as Scott has drawn out, should make the choice pretty easy for any Christian.

Christians, this is a test of our faith. If we are faithful to God, He will be faithful to us, and as a nation, we will reap the blessings of having a clear Christian voice in parliament.


# 19.8.05 by Dan

I don't want to go into the up and coming election in too much detail - much is covered in the following articles and their ensuing comments:

It is hard, as a Christian, to read this and then consider voting Labour, National, or any of the parties that aren't founded on Biblical principles.

It's not necessarily about making your vote count. It's about voting right.


# 18.8.05 by Dan

"Why in heaven's name would I need a device which has the capacity to store half a billion songs when The Doobie Brothers have only produced 68?"
- Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear NZ magazine.


# 12.8.05 by Dan

Once upon a time, one could buy a cheap product that perhaps didn't look as flash as the more expensive ones, it had fewer features, but it was built just as well as the more expensive ones, and was just as reliable.

Today if one buys a cheap product, it will generally have just as many features as an expensive one, but instead it is poorly assembled, made of cheap inapproriate materials, and is practically unsable. It either falls apart or just doesn't do what it supposed to do.

Where is the manufacturers' pride?

Where is respect and care for the customer?

Where is the good, cheap, simple stuff?


# 9.8.05 by Dan
# 8.8.05 by Dan

It's no fun being ill.

Michelle was stricken with a stomach bug last week, and I thought "...how bad can it be? Get over it!"

... until I contracted the same bug on Saturday night.

So now I'm home from work. That will teach me for being unsympathetic.