Getting ahead in life

Daniel Hutchinson
From The Hutch

The human race is constantly evolving and nothing gets me  more excited than a good technological advancement.

In fact, I hadn’t even sat down at my desk first the morning this week when a colleague beckoned me over to his computer. “Look at this, look at this!”

It was a self-filling beer glass given to beer swilling punters at a Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

I kid you not. One simply places their plastic glass over an outlet on the bar – a bit like a cordless kettle – and it fills up through a one-way valve. It takes a few seconds, no big frothy head, pure genius.

And you heard it here folks. Our mission is to keep you up to date on the latest developments happening around the world, and beyond if it comes to that.

A royal pardon

Of course not all developments are technological – some are societal changes – like Meghan and Harry.

Now I’m a bloke from New Zealand so what do I care about the royals? In fact these discussions always start with ‘Who gives a flying… about the royals’ and ends about 20 minutes later after everyone has shared their well-considered opinions and analysis.

Philosophers and political analysts must roll their eyes over these kinds of things. Why can’t people talk about real things that matter to the human race like war and poverty?

I’m not sure, but I now know for a fact that Meghan and Harry are trying to forge a more progressive approach to the business of being royal, probably in Canada, even though I’m not at all sure what that means.

Neither of them are Canadian so it’s unclear why they are picking on that country but I’m guessing castle prices are way more affordable there. This is an important consideration when young  royals leave home for the first time and become independent.

Stars in their eyes

Some technological advancements are a little stomach churning – like private companies operating in space.

Gone are the days when only the governments of large companies could venture out beyond the pull of Earth’s gravitational field.

Nowadays, billionaires like Elon Musk and Richard Branson are dabbling in space exploration, space projects and space travel.

Elon’s company Space X is hoping to launch more than 40,000 satellites into orbit to provide cheap internet to the world’s population. This satellite constellation project is called StarLink.

It has so far launched 60, so there is still a wee way to go.

Star gazers the world over, including New Zealand, are outraged at this visual pollution of our starscapes.

Those gorgeous, time lapse photos of the Milky Way will look like a laser light show at a rock concert.

Astronomers and observers whose job it is to look out for asteroids on a collision course with Earth say the space clutter will make their job more difficult.

Elon’s guys are trying different paint to make them less reflective.

But when it comes down to an existential threat to mankind, versus cheap internet, I’m pretty sure I know which one will win that popularity contest.

Out of left field

One technological advancement I am turning my back on is the gas strut that holds the bonnet up on some cars.

As a driver who does a lot of kilometres each year, I take a few precautions with my driving. I take steps to identify and eliminate risk factors, thus increasing the likelihood of arriving safely at my destination. I’ve often thought my impatience with all the slow bro’s and feckless idiots on the road would be my downfall so I’ve even introduced a deep breathing routine to counter  those encounters.

So, imagine my surprise, while conducting my Monday morning ritual of checking the tyre pressure and oil and water etcetera, the bonnet suddenly collapses and gobbles my head like an angry hippopotamus. Not cool man, not cool. It just goes to show, it doesn’t matter how careful you are, something is going to smack you in the face sooner or later.

The only positive I can take out  of this episode is that at least I  didn’t waste hundreds of dollars and countless hours on self-defence lessons only to be attacked in the driveway by my own vehicle.

Keep squawking

And finally, while we are talking about progress, let’s talk about the lack of progress on the Greerton Hall debacle. Our previous stories about users of the hall being told to leave because of a whole bunch of complaints from one neighbour seem to have fallen on deaf ears. This story has attracted hundreds of comments from the community and now some sympathy from local politicians (page 6 today). However groups are still being told to leave because their activities are too loud. If you can’t make a bit of noise in a community hall on a busy road like Cameron Rd, then where can you?

daniel@thesun.co.nz

The human race is constantly evolving and nothing gets me  more excited than a good technological advancement.

In fact, I hadn’t even sat down at my desk first the morning this week when a colleague beckoned me over to his computer. “Look at this, look at this!”

It was a self-filling beer glass given to beer swilling punters at a Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

I kid you not. One simply places their plastic glass over an outlet on the bar – a bit like a cordless kettle – and it fills up through a one-way valve. It takes a few seconds, no big frothy head, pure genius.

And you heard it here folks. Our mission is to keep you up to date on the latest developments happening around the world, and beyond if it comes to that.

A royal pardon

Of course not all developments are technological – some are societal changes – like Meghan and Harry.

Now I’m a bloke from New Zealand so what do I care about the royals? In fact these discussions always start with ‘Who gives a flying… about the royals’ and ends about 20 minutes later after everyone has shared their well-considered opinions and analysis.

Philosophers and political analysts must roll their eyes over these kinds of things. Why can’t people talk about real things that matter to the human race like war and poverty?

I’m not sure, but I now know for a fact that Meghan and Harry are trying to forge a more progressive approach to the business of being royal, probably in Canada, even though I’m not at all sure what that means.

Neither of them are Canadian so it’s unclear why they are picking on that country but I’m guessing castle prices are way more affordable there. This is an important consideration when young  royals leave home for the first time and become independent.

Stars in their eyes

Some technological advancements are a little stomach churning – like private companies operating in space.

Gone are the days when only the governments of large companies could venture out beyond the pull of Earth’s gravitational field.

Nowadays, billionaires like Elon Musk and Richard Branson are dabbling in space exploration, space projects and space travel.

Elon’s company Space X is hoping to launch more than 40,000 satellites into orbit to provide cheap internet to the world’s population. This satellite constellation project is called StarLink.

It has so far launched 60, so there is still a wee way to go.

Star gazers the world over, including New Zealand, are outraged at this visual pollution of our starscapes.

Those gorgeous, time lapse photos of the Milky Way will look like a laser light show at a rock concert.

Astronomers and observers whose job it is to look out for asteroids on a collision course with Earth say the space clutter will make their job more difficult.

Elon’s guys are trying different paint to make them less reflective.

But when it comes down to an existential threat to mankind, versus cheap internet, I’m pretty sure I know which one will win that popularity contest.

Out of left field

One technological advancement I am turning my back on is the gas strut that holds the bonnet up on some cars.

As a driver who does a lot of kilometres each year, I take a few precautions with my driving. I take steps to identify and eliminate risk factors, thus increasing the likelihood of arriving safely at my destination. I’ve often thought my impatience with all the slow bro’s and feckless idiots on the road would be my downfall so I’ve even introduced a deep breathing routine to counter  those encounters.

So, imagine my surprise, while conducting my Monday morning ritual of checking the tyre pressure and oil and water etcetera, the bonnet suddenly collapses and gobbles my head like an angry hippopotamus. Not cool man, not cool. It just goes to show, it doesn’t matter how careful you are, something is going to smack you in the face sooner or later.

The only positive I can take out  of this episode is that at least I  didn’t waste hundreds of dollars and countless hours on self-defence lessons only to be attacked in the driveway by my own vehicle.

Keep squawking

And finally, while we are talking about progress, let’s talk about the lack of progress on the Greerton Hall debacle. Our previous stories about users of the hall being told to leave because of a whole bunch of complaints from one neighbour seem to have fallen on deaf ears. This story has attracted hundreds of comments from the community and now some sympathy from local politicians (page 6 today). However groups are still being told to leave because their activities are too loud. If you can’t make a bit of noise in a community hall on a busy road like Cameron Rd, then where can you?

daniel@thesun.co.nz



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