Cyber-Safety

Technological Failure

Recently, my computer decided that it didn’t like me anymore. On a machine that was less than 6 months old, I got a keyboard initialization failure. I don’t care how technological you are, when that happens, it’s not a good sign. Two days later, my daughter’s laptop decided that the camera would just up and disappear, and the USB bus ceased to recognize anything, although you could still power a USB desktop fan.

Two machines within a span of 48 hours: one now repaired and the other is still in the hands of warranty repairmen.

At the time of writing this post, I was forced to go back to the methods of writing blogs that I employed two years ago when I first started this blog: a Netbook with 1Gb of RAM and a tablet. Shall we say that I was going a little coo-coo? While the tablet is nice and speedy, it doesn’t have anywhere near the computing power needed to cope with what I need to do, and the Netbook… IT’S SO SLOW!

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Artist's rendering of the Earth's magnetosphere

Pole to Pole to Pole

When my family and friends heard the special Christmas edition of Conversations in Science, many of them asked the same question: had I been drinking too much eggnog? In listening to the episode myself, I must admit, I did sound a little crazy, but I'm not. The ideas that I mentioned in that episode really do have a scientific basis.

So in my defense, I decided to elaborate on the scientific principles mentioned in that Christmas edition for this month's episode of Conversations in Science.


Pole to Pole to Pole
(First aired on KLRNRadio, Monday, January 9, 2017)

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Creating Holograms

With the holiday season upon us, many of us have our children sitting at home getting bored. Well, in my house, when the kids say they're bored, out comes the science experiments.

Over the years, I've managed to accumulate a variety of different experiments that you can do using common household items. I thought that it would be fun to get my children to help me share them with you, so you can share them with your children. To my surprise, the station owners of KLRNRadio were happy to support the idea and have given me their full backing. So here we go...

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Celebrate

Out with the old and in with the new…

Out with the old and in with the new. It’s a saying that so many will say when it’s time for a change. Well… I think many people will agree with me. 2016 was the year from hell on multiple levels.

C'est la vie, 2016!

C’est la vie, 2016! 2017, come in & wipe away the misery.

Let’s for a moment completely ignore the world political stage and just imagine that Brexit never happened and that Trump is still just a TV host of some bizarre show about making money. (BTW, I’ve never watched that show and never will.)

Within my home country of New Zealand, 2016 saw multiple earthquakes, massive ones that have changed the landscape of the country forever. Just when we thought that it was all over, it would start up again. Six years of quakes… And the scary thing about all of it is that we’ve become desensitized to them. Now we need to experience big ones before anyone actually react; we get a 5.0 and we just carry on with our coffee and conversations. It’s odd how it happens, but you can honestly tell who the locals are and who is from out of town — just look for the ones diving under the tables.Read More

The North Pole is in Antarctica…

There is a reason that no one has ever been able to find Santa's workshop. It's because everyone has been looking in the wrong place all this time. The North Pole is really in Antarctica. I have many good reasons for my conclusions, all of which I explained in a special episode of Conversations in Science.


I figured out where Santa's Workshop is located.
(First aired live on KLRNRadio, Saturday, December 23, 2016)

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