Who the hell moves into a house thats within kilometers of a speedway and then has the cheek to bitch about it?

The Herald covers a series of articles about the Speedway. Neighbours are pissed that its too noisy.

Like, WTF? You live in that neighbourhood, you expect it to be noisy. Thats what Speedway Stadiums are, right?

Not only that, its only for something like 18 nights a year. !@#!@#

When you move near an Airport you expect to get noise, right?

Why not a race track?

Western Springs Speedway may have to close entirely if a long term solution is not found. Meanwhile this years season - including events that were going to bring world champion speedsters into NZ - is essentially down the tubes.

Political Correctness is going waaaaaaaaaaaaaay overboard. :-(

He was particularly concerned about the 50 per cent of southbound Harbour Bridge traffic joining the Northern Motorway at Onewa Rd or Esmonde Rd.

I'm one of that 50% :/

From the Herald of course. This is a part of the discussion on using traffic lights to meter cars onto the motorway...

What happens when kids home-alone play with Fireworks?. Kids who were too young to be home alone, I might add. The photo that goes with this article is impressive.

(And the traffic queues created by this incident weren't insignificant either, apparently)

The NZ Herald reports that the Government has opted 'not to support the commercialisation of Whenuapai Airforce Base as an Airport'. The headline of that article is however misleading.

Whenuapai - The homebase for the RNZAF's Transport and Maritime Patrol aircraft and one of the Airforces biggest and longest standing establishments - is to be closed down, with RNZAF activites to be based out of Ohakea (West of New Plymouth). Although a 5 year timeframe had been set down, the above article references at least 6 to 10 years would be required.

The Governments point of view on the future of the airfield is 'to remain neutral' (this is quoted in the article) because 'other users may come up between now and then'.

Waitakere City Council is pushing hard to see the airfield retained as a commercial entity, to service ~500,000 odd people from West and North Auckland in a domestic (and perhaps short hop international) service. Currently Auckland is served for air transport out of Mangere, which is in the South Auckland area (You need to cater for ~1hr to get there from the North Shore on an average trip - traffic can make it worse).

I personally see the value in keeping it as an airfield. It has a strategic location from the RNZAF Point of View (not that i've seen the RNZAF admitt that - this is my personal opinion) and the Airforce has had an input into that community for many, many years. The Airforce contributes to the community and coexists with them already.

On top of this there are civilian light aircraft already using the airfield. Its well charted, documented, catered for in terms of facilities, and in my opinion the desire to turn the land into a moneyspinner needs to be weighed against the practicality of the situation. Theres no more room for any other air facilities - theres a couple of other minor facilities in Auckland (Ardmore, home of the Warbirds as well as some flying schools) and Dairy Flat (Also a flying school and private airfield) - but these don't have anywhere near the development that Whenuapai already features.

From the Herald. I had an article on here (See Node 26) about this issue when it first came up - the guy does a U-Turn (illegally) and manages to kill a motorcyclist.

Not only has he failed to make the repayments required of him by the court, but he may simply be able to go back home to China without having completed most of his community service.

Wheres the justice there? The comments about seizure of Assets is the only good thing in that article.
Meanwhile I think if he doesn't pay up / do his community service, he should be in prison untill his time is served. Its far too easy to get away with far too much....

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=9002922 is an article referring to a house fire on Dominion Rd yesterday. If you look at the picture its not easy to tell, but the fire was primarily in the Garage. The house, while largely untouched (except for the roofspace upstairs) still took a hell of a lot of damage. Firefighters were on the scene for quite some time, i'd estimate at least 4 hours or more.

This sort of thing really serves as a reminder of the power of Fire, and the need to have insurance, smoke detectors and sprinklers where available.

Due to the high volume of 'anonymous' signups (and signups from people who don't seem to understand how to follow instructions) I have disabled the user signup process.
I can create accounts manually for those who would like them. Fill in the form at http://services.blakjak.net/members.html and let me know - and i'll create an account for you.

But if your reasons aren't genuine - dont bother.

NZ Herald carries a followup to an earlier article I read on the levels of literacy at Canterbury University.

To get into University you're supposed to have 3 C passes in Bursary - Minimum. You'd think it'd be safe to assume that they can read and write in english !! (its an english language institution, after all...)

I don't get it..

From time to time I come across people - from all aspects of my life - who seem to be just impossible to get on with.

I don't know why. I certainly don't go out of my way to create enemies out of people. Even if I disagree with them on some point or the other, this is not going to effect my ability to deal with them in a civil manner - or simply, by choice, avoid interacting with them at all, in order to mitigate the risk of conflict. (Its a more modern version of the 'just walk away' concept, I guess).

It seems, however, that I might have idealistic views.
Theres a few people out there from both IRL and Online forums that seem to love to find reasons to be intensely irritating.

These are people whos attitudes are arrogant in the extreme, at least in their dealings with me. They will take opportunity to create conflict whenever they can, whether its appropriate or not. And they don't seem to know when it is best to simply ignore, bow out, disregard or 'walk away' from a situation.

I know there are a few people that I deliberately avoid or ignore. I'm not interested in getting into a pissing contest with someone over a relatively miniscule point, just because the guy feels the need to disagree with me. Having tried to 'make friends' - and fail, typically - i'm more than happy to 'live and let live'. I don't understand why this isn't reciprocated.

I can cite examples from all over the place. At this stage i'm not going to name specifics as this might risk making this blog too personal, and create further aggrivation. I just want to move on. It seems, however, that my efforts to be the 'bigger man' are falling on deaf ears.

Why can't we all just get along?

[edit: updated 16 Dec with some new info... see comments]

I dunno what it is but sms.ac seems to be making the rounds in NZ all over again.

Its a subject of discussion on NZGames.com as well as on Toyspeed.

Then tonight I get spam...

Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 00:09:51 -0800

From: Michael Wells

To: toyspeed@

Subject: Michael Wells's invitation


I have created an account for myself and another one for you -- to send free text (SMS) messages to mobile phones. Can you
please click on the link below to complete your sign-up. Don't worry it is quick. Smile.


If you're already a member of SMS.ac, click here:




Now, I presume that Michael is someone that knows me from Toyspeed... as thats the address I use for that role only.

I assume therefore that Michael, has gone through and submitted the email addresses of people he knows as potential users. Probably based on a profit motive.

Note the message doesn't supply any header information that could be used to trace the origins of the actual referral outside of the name, which in this case, I dont recognise.

So notwithstanding the fact that someone who knows me has obviously decided its appropriate to use one of these systems - and try to recruit other members in a way which obviously offers some benefit to them (profit?? free SMS credit likely in this case) - sms.ac are obviously out to get attention again.

Unimpressed. I just added the sms.ac MTA range into my droplist, noting that it is a quite different IP to that which spammed me recently. See...

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