@nzzp Looks good. We ended our day at Smoke N Cole in Grey Lynn with a nice platter of meats and an array of sides. The brisket and short ribs were awesome, as were the sausages and pork ribs. CF Jr had chicken wings for dessert!!
The Matrix is a boring, shit & pseudointellectual movie
Squid Game was a bad & predictable TV show
Dredd (2012) is brilliant
Queen is an extremely overrated band
Ace Ventura 1 & 2 are very underrated
Cats are annoying
Dogs are even more annoying
I'd agree people look too much into Matrix these days, but at the time I thought it was excellent and original.
Haven't watched them.
I got snapped by Auckland Transport driving in a bus lane.
Ironically I am usually very dutiful about not transgressing priority lanes but I wasn't even aware that I was in one
However I did challenge the fine on their website on the basis that you can clearly see from the photos that they provided that I was unable to merge into the other lane so what was I supposed to do stop at the entrance to the bus lane and completely block all traffic but more importantly legally you have 50 metres to exit a priority lane and given that the supporting photos they have supplied are taken less than one second apart I would have had to be travelling at 180kph to exceed 50 metres in that time.
I heard nothing for two months. Then I got a phone call from Baycorp who Council has passed the infringement to. I explained I had appealed. Baycorp got me to put it in writing as they had no record.
I've come back from holiday to a letter from Akl Transport saying I didn't appeal and I have driven in a bus lane.
I am considering going to court. Not so much for the fine but just the arrogance.
I think I still preferred The Alpinist, but agree, those guys are just different...I mean lets take 3 hours climbing a rock, with your life based on a tiny little ledge of a few MM that your foot is on or hand is holding.
Dude had ape-like feet though, wonder if what he does has made them slightly different.
But that whole last 20 mins or so as he was climbing that rock, gave me butterflies.
@booboo I thought Kuranda was massively over-hyped.
Do agree about the Tablelands and Daintree though. Cape Trib is awesome
Do not under any circumstances think a day trip to Undarra lava tubes from Port Douglas is a good idea. In particular do not leave at dawn, drive for bloody hours only to arrive and find out there are only two tours a day, you've missed the first one by 15 minutes and the next one isn't for another 5 hours.
The town itself was a waste, as was the Butterfly house, but the train trip up was good, as was @mariner4life 's Rainforestation and the gondola back down.
Worst NZ TV I have ever seen was the last few minutes of the Covid fundraiser where they made a train and did the "Thank you very much" dance.
So contrived, so awful.
But, luckily, I can't find it on YouTube,
Fantastic scripting, acting, direction, filming etc. Interesting characters. I am enjoying it but in all of its search for authenticity every now and then it does something really jarring on the food front.
an example would be the pastry chef dude, after all of his dedication and study toward making a perfect donut gets a 'revelation' to use a yeasted dough rather than a cake one. WTF? Donuts are a yeasted dough. That's your start point.
I've never worked in a US kitchen or for a US chef but I think the obsession levels and toxic environments are actually realistic over there. The kitchen talk and constant 'yes chef' stuff is well overdone from my experience but I do understand that's how they have taken something and become over-serious with it.
I will disagree with the notion the he worked like that at Noma though. Noma is well known as a very quiet zen like kitchen and not a place of high stress
Cracks me up that you considered that worthy of a spoiler hidey-thingee 😁. Kudos for your concern for us!
Great fucking series, huge Shameless fan of Lip, but reallt loved the girl in this.
couldn't help think I was watching Lip for a couple of episodes.. great series this one though
Me too, thought they should have set it in a different city than Chicago to help remove some of that similarity.
one thing i forgot about the jabra's (maybe common now) is they have "hear through" so the opposite of ANC, turns them into effectively a hearing aid, quite handy when on the bike for things like traffic and on the rare occurrence when im in the office and dont want people sneaking up on me
Jabra Elite 5. Have ANC and hear-through which were the main things. Kind of hard to get used to if I'm honest, in terms of them just sitting in my lugs but the sound is good and they were $199, which I can live with (having been paid my annual bonus yesterday 😀 )
Just trying to figure out how to remove Google Assistant so I can go back to using left/right for volume up/down.
EDIT: Ah I see - need to hold it down for longer....
Liu Cixin - The Three-Body Problem
... and then the rest of the trilogy
It seems I'm a bit late to the party - I thought it was a fairly recent thing, but apparently not.
Anyway... interesting in a few ways...
First book - not really sure what's going on until nearly the end. Just... so many cryptic storylines going on. Which made it kinda hard going at first, then intriguing, then confusing, then... good.
Also... the relatively unique viewpoint of a Chinese writer...
Especially in the scenes set during the Cultural Revolution.. a Chinese person writing about that was... interesting.
But also... I think in one of the later books, some chat about the academic culture under a leader rather reminiscent of the current... and... rather critical
And also - just having a non-seppo-centric view of the future... a future where the culture is actually reasonably well represented by the major entities
But then... eventually - just high-concept Sci-Fi. But reasonably well thought through.
Oh, and little ol' NZ, the Tangata Whenua, the Haka, and what-not - make an appearance at some point.