Saturday, 16 May 2015

The Interview

Good to see "The Interview" movie available on YouTube. Can't see what all the fuss was about. There ain't nothing sensitive about this feather-weight movie. If you can stomach the "America-The-Great" under current, then its an entertaining movie.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Why Formula 1 is Dead in my Mind

I vaguely recall when I was a kid seeing briefly on New Zealand's black and white TV service, this view of a Can Am car rocketing away from a corner. Needless to say I was captivated, and naturally excited to know a fellow New Zealander was shaking things up in North America.

Since then I've briefly participated, and mostly watched motor racing. The reason I was so drawn to this odd ball sport was the sounds, the sleek looking cars and the drama of the sport. Bruce McLaren seemed to have for me the ideal approach to the sport. He tested, developed and figured things out for himself. Success followed and the luck followed his hard work.

Fast forward to 2015, and whilst the sport continues, its been heavily anesthetized with rules, regulations and transformed into a high speed economy drive. What happened to the gladiators of old who knew how to work the crowd?

For me the cars now, particularly Formula 1, sounds more like a vacuum cleaner conference, or maybe a sewing machine rodeo. The central reason I first got involved all those years ago, is now gone. I find myself drawn more to the FIA World Endurance Championship.

I doubt sincerely the FIA and our Bernie can see beyond the profit motive and actually what's good for the sport. If they want loyal me back, then they need to listen.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Salute to The Greatest Generation

I used to listen to war stories when I was a kid. My Dad would tell me all sorts of stories about the war days. Sometimes Id listen, sometimes Id tune out. In hindsight I so regret the latter. The stories were wonderful and interesting, and I couldn't appreciate the magnitude of what he was involved in. He was most moved by witnessing the 1000 plane formations as they delivered their message and payload to Nazi Germany.

Now that he's gone, Id give anything to sit down with him again and hear the stories over. Only once or twice did I bother to record them. I'm so glad I did. My Dad was Churchillian to the core and couldn't wait to stick it to the Nazis. He did finally get his chance, just at the end of the war when he was old enough, and took great relish in his small involvement in The Channel Islands.

The photo below was my Dad just after the end of the war. I salute you John Dobson.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Loving the Netflix

I decided I had nothing to lose in trying out Netflix on the one month free trial. In Australia, on average there are at least 22 minutes worth of ads for every hour of viewing. We have become so conditioned to it one sort of expects the ads to always be there. 

But I'm not like that. Why put up with annoyances when they can be gotten rid of. And so it is with Netflix. One hits the Go button and whatever is being viewed runs without interruption. Subconsciously I'm waiting for the ads, but they never come. The selection of movies, documentaries and so forth is good and growing. 

Suffice to say I'm happy and haven't watched any TV for some weeks now. Its just not worth it. My viewing habits are: Main Course: Netflix with a desert of YouTube. Forget TV. Its well down the food chain. Iview and iPlayer get the occasional airing.

Personally I don't care if the TV channels fold and disappear. They have had plenty of free time to adapt to the rise and pervasiveness of the internet. Their protection of revenue streams has come at a price. Their failure to adapt is underwhelming and who cares? 

Finally, I haven't decided whether I'll continue with the paid product yet. But I must admit I'm scratching for reasons not to. At $12 a month, it seems good value.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Bye Bye Fossil Fuels

Its exciting that Elon Musk has presented a clear pathway allowing us to transition from old school fossil fuels to 100% renewable. This great presentation he gave seems to provide all the tools and steps we need to at least begin the transition. Whilst our Australian Government has set this wonderful country of ours in the opposite direction, I suspect that again they will switch directions as the Tesla Power Walls and Power Packs enjoy uptake and ultimately freedom from the grid. Here it comes.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Proton Mail now has Encrypted Attachments

Whilst waiting for Google to get its End-to-End encrypted Gmail sorted, I've signed up and begun using Protonmail. Encrypted end-to-end email. So far so good. 

Last night they did an upgrade, and now all attachments are encrypted. Fantastic. All good news. Now all my emails are E2E encrypted as are the attachments. Maybe now law enforcement agencies will have to do some proper police work, rather than munching doughnuts and clicking on things to get answers. Go Protonmail.