0ff1c3 0wn4g3!

Glutnix: back
vic: Welcome.
Glutnix: heh yday in the work kitchen i totally 0wn3d some anonymous person…
Glutnix: for a few weeks now we’ve had this note stuck above the light switch telling us not to turn off the fluroscent lights because turning them on uses too much electricity.
Glutnix: and finally i thought — how many minutes of normal lighting juice does it take to turn the thing on?
vic: Wouldn’t it use less juice to stay off all night?
Glutnix: cos i’m thinking its like 1 minute max, but they make out it’s something like 3 hours or something
Glutnix: (we turned it off at night — it’s just the on and off and on and off of the day they’re concerned about)
vic: That’s ridiculous.
vic: Oh, I see. Maybe they should get one of those key switches.
Glutnix: which it turned out to be — turning on a fluro uses the same power as about 5 seconds of normal lighting
Glutnix: Should I Turn Off Fluorescent Lighting When Leaving A Room?
Short Answer: Turn them off if you will be gone for more than about 15-20 minutes (for details keep reading).
Glutnix: so we found a web page that basically blew that myth out of the water, turned it into a fact sheet and put it above the switch instead ๐Ÿ˜€
vic: Your writing an article about it?
Glutnix: Article at LightingDesignLab.com
Glutnix: 0wn4g3!
vic: Lol! That’s hillarious. You should blog some of this stuff.

So I did…

And remember: always, always fact-check!

Things I’m Loving Right Now!

This isn’t your standard link dump… I’m gonna talk about things both online and offline that I’m loving…

  • GodCast.org — Creative Commons licenced podcasts with christian content, especially The Living Word and Rev Tim’s Podcast
  • Flickr — Finding cool photos that get your creative juices flowing has never been so easy, and never so fun!
  • Picasa — Makes performing simple photo improvements fast and easy… if only it would integrate with Flickr…
  • Walking around Wellington — especially to places I’ve never walked, such as the Interisland Ferry Terminal. I’m doing the 10,000 step program, so reaching 10,000 steps before I go to bed is a real motivator… and taking the new camera makes it fun too ๐Ÿ™‚ … walking to the ferry terminal that day got me up above 20,000 steps for the first time!
  • Getting Things Done — or more specifically the methodology outlined in the book Getting Things Done (slashdot review)… being organised and completing tasks is a motivator!

Ninja Vs Pirate: Milk Menace

Frame 5 of 'Ninja vs Pirate'Inspired by Kepple‘s A Weapon of X-Mass Destruction, I decided to make my own 24-Minute comic.

I present to you:

Ninja vs Pirate: Milk Menace!

Yeah, this actually took me more than 24 minutes to complete. So what, sue me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t get analog very often, so pencil work doesn’t come naturally. After completing the pencil work, I showed the comic to my flatmates who liked it, and to my cartoonist friend Matix who said I should ink it. So I did. Then I scanned it and put it here for your benefit. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Yay! Filing Cabinet!

Yay! My filing cabinet arrived today! It’s a Precision Classic 2-drawer in Kashmir Blue, with lock. It’s part of my whole Getting Things Done regime that I hope to kick off when I get a free day to just get onto sorting all my loose crap sitting in my new In-tray ๐Ÿ™‚

You gotta focus on the positive sides of things. My Podcast on Webfroot is going really well. You should tune in, listen to it, and send me your feedback! If you send in a recording of your comments on the show, I’ll play it on the next episode! If you’ve got content and/or music that you think I should play, send that in to me too! Come party together on the show ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s all about having fun!

Oh, and don’t forget the Wellington Firefox Party!

Factchecking is Important

After an e-mail was forwarded to me containing a copy paste of an earlier revision of USA average IQ’s by state, the results were too good to be true. So I fact-checked the email’s ass. Here’s my reply. Names were removed to protect the guilty.

States and their average IQ and who they voted for.

The IQ numbers were originally attributed to the book “IQ and the Wealth of Nations”, though they do not appear in the current edition. The tests and data were administered via the Raven’s APT, and the The Test Agency, one of the UK’s leading publishers and distributors of psychometric tests. This data has been published in the Economist and the St. Petersburg Times

(name removed) wrote:

This is so funny and indeed REAL

While indeed funny and a somewhat uplifting prospect, I wanted to be sure…

I couldn’t find any validating proof on www.economist.com or www.sptimes.com for this years election.

However, I did find a similar study done in May 2004 for the 2000 election, here:

After that, I googled for ‘IQ election‘ (sans quotes) and found the original source of the email you posted.


It turns out the reason I couldn’t find anything on economist.com is because they retracted the article on the basis of it was ‘unable to be verified and possibly a hoax’.


In the future, I ask that if anyone want to send stuff they percieve as true, that they *provide links to trustworthy sources that back it up*.

Linking to the page that provided the article is also a smart idea, because it could be updated with newer, more enlightening information…

This is so funny and indeed REAL

…Especially before claiming it’s REAL. Proof makes it real ๐Ÿ˜‰ Do your part to keep it real ๐Ÿ™‚ Be responsible. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚