Thursday, 29 September 2011

'We're Off to See the Wizard'

Remember in the Wizard of Oz when Toto pulls away the curtain to reveal the salesman who was pretending he was the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz? This TED video on Bubble Filters takes a look at the man behind the curtain on sites like Facebook and Google that is really a set of algorithms. These sites are using tools to narrow down your web experience so that it's more about you. They do this by collecting data about your online behaviour and manipulating your experience on the web to 'suit you'. The video shows there is a lot hidden filtering going on that is the antithesis of the great democratic experiment that we thought the web exemplified. So is the wizard a wizard who can serve or is he bluffing us all?

Mobile Phone Fraud

Received this message from the police: If you receive a phone call on your mobile from any person, saying that he or she is a company engineer, or telling you that they're checking your mobile line, and you have to  press #90 or #09 or any other number, end this call  immediately without pressing any numbers. There is a fraud company using a device that once you press #90 or #09 they can access your 'SIM' card and make calls at your expense. Forward this message to as many colleagues, relatives and friends as you can, to stop it.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Spring Weather

Two days ago the bees were soaking up the nectar from the blossoms on Main Street. 

Today, it snowed.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Kapa haka performance

Tomorrow night, the young people from Te Wharekura o Arowhenua will be performing a free concert at Riverton. This is a great chance for local students to experience kapa haka and waiata by people their own age. I heard a few of their songs today and was more than impressed. This would be a good family night out - great entertainment for all. They will be at the Aparima College School Hall, Thursday, 22 September at 6pm.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Market Day Photos

I was part of the set-up crew for the book sale a few weeks ago. We had loads of boxes to unpack and put onto tables. In one box, I found these three photographs of Market Day on Main Street. Not sure of the date, but the old post office is still standing, and Wesney's Jewellers is still in business. If the owner would like them back, please contact me, otherwise I will donate them to the museum.

Election 2017

Election season has swung into gear with the next General Election on Saturday, September 23rd - 7 1/2 weeks away. Not much has changed with...