Stephen Butcher believes driver licence photos are the "mark of the beast" - so he's taken NZTA to court in a big to get his licence without one.
Stephen Butcher believes driver's licence photos are the "mark of the beast".
Butcher argued that the way a computer digitises photographs, signatures and barcodes on a driver's licence into binary code creates a pattern that can be added together to make 666, aka "the mark of the beast".
Re Plant as a singer. I love him in the studio but I find his vocals cringeworthy live, to the point where I just can't listen to them live. Bowie is the same. Maybe they fuck with the melodies too much for me to enjoy?
With Plant there was definitely a bit of over the top 70s wank whenever he performed live ( from footage I’ve seen ) but that’s how they rolled back then I guess.
Vince is stepping down. He just did a short appearance to introduce Smackdown, didn’t say much (maybe later in the show?), but he looked and sounded awful, looking very old, the bags under his eyes are startling. Been a very tough week doubtlessly, I wonder if he’s had any sleep. He looks defeated tbh.
“The most important thing is that we are in this together.”
Cryptic. What does this mean? Are Steph & Trips pushing Vince out of his own creation? Is Vince going to go scorched earth and risk burning it all down??
It's all a work - Vince has 83% of voting shares in the company. He will not be stepping down. He is even still working there as head writer for Raw and Smackdown
Not much advice I can give, but those that do go through tough things in life I know find a lot of solace in the company of others experiencing the same thing. Although I'm sure TSF will be a support network, a closer one of people with the same issue will do you wonders.
All the best mate, thoughts are with. Might go and chat to the wife again now after our stupid argument the other day ....
@smudge that would work, would have been happy with 2-4 bottles each
....now thinking about a "fern" whiskey barrel
Update on this. We've paid for the barrel and have the filling ceremony in June.
Further update: filling ceremony was yesterday. Gorgeous day at Cardrona, with plenty of snow around, but with a clear blue sky above. They look after you very well - we were drinking Veuve Clicquot as we chatted and caught up with people, and had a quick rundown on the distillery's history. We then wandered through the distillery on a tour, before getting to the filling bit. As I was the one who corralled my mates into doing it, they decided I was the one who was filling the cask. Took about 2 minutes to fill the 230L barrel and luckily I wasn't one of the people who kept the tap on for too long and sprayed the fresh product everywhere, which has happened in the past apparently.
After that, we rolled the barrel out through to their storage hall, then went back into the main restaurant/bar where they take you to a separate room for a a rolling hour or so of food, some of their products (whisky, vodka, gin and liqueurs) and more wine. All up about 3 hours, and nice to have some pomp and ceremony above just buying into the cask.
Just for the hell of it I opened a bottle of Alluviale 2006 Cab Merlot Franc.
Touted as a cut price challenger to Coleraine, the grapes were sourced from the old Irongate vineyard. Dry but still with plenty of fruit, the wine still has legs. Which is fortunate because I have a few bottles salted away
@Kirwan MSFS? Pretty good, some of the flight models feel very accurate. I've spent a fair bit of timme flying around in a (paid for) RAF Hawk, pretty good. The guy in the vid is ex RAF pilot, Hawk instructor, so much more stick time than me! He is praises the accuracy. The Hawk is cool, cos it's old fashioned, dials and stuff, and very little to learn. But still a 500 knot jet, fun to blast around the southern alps etc
Awesome. I’ve played these since 1990ish, when the buildings were yellow blocks.
Have no idea how realistic the flying is.
It's a pretty amazing game, and the mods you can get are increasing. Real time weather pretty special too
A common mondegreen in the song is the perception that, following the title line, Lynne shouts "Bruce!" In the liner notes of the ELO compilation Flashback and elsewhere, Lynne has explained that he is singing a made-up word, "Groos", which some have suggested sounds like the German expression "Gruß," meaning "greeting." Lynne has explained that originally he did not realize the meaning of the syllable, and he just used it as a temporary placekeeper to fill a gap in the lyrics, but upon learning the German meaning he decided to leave it in. After the song's release, so many people had misinterpreted the word as "Bruce" that Lynne actually began to sing the word as "Bruce" for fun at live shows.
ELO engineer Mack remembers the genesis of the term differently, stating that Lynne was actually singing "Bruce" as a joke in advance of an Australian tour "referring to how many Australian guys are called Bruce."
Had to look up what it is he actually says after hearing said song today.
Saw one of these yesterday at my Honda dealer - actually sat on the thing. 218 HP but easy to ride due to the electronics (apparently). £24,000 of hand-made, blueprinted engine, titanium exhaust worth about £3k, 14,000 RPM redline, DLC (diamond-like carbon) layer friction-coated mechanics and just jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
@Kruse I read the first six books when they first came out but didn't even realise that he hadn't written another four.
Fantasy in the 70's didn't have a history of anti-hero's and he did sort of try and address adult themes. My recollection is the first trilogy is a redemption arc and the second one inverts it. He comes back aeons later and is the true believer in a land that is the anti-thesis of everything he 'fought' for in the first three books.
I think I was probably too young to recognise it for the bs it was. I certainly couldn't stomach any of Donaldson's other books that I later tried to read
@canefan Yeah, Clone of Silence is another ripper ! ...from a show that started in the 60's the phone & weapon gadgets were brilliant... as you say had plenty of good gags as well, same goes for Hogan's Heroes.
Cricket’s changing for many reasons. One of those is artificial intelligence. From finding the sweet spot of the bat to transforming the viewer experience, the machines are hard at work — A story from Paradigm / Shift, a series of stories in collaboration with Microsoft India.
Dr Strange....JESUS...we are a long way from a billionaire in a metal suit just trying to stop another bloke in a bigger metal suit taking over his company
Was fun but thought it was super dark...and not DC moody "dark"...actual jump scare and almost graphic violence
The director was Sam Raimi. Although I didn't find it too horror like, as I'm not a horror fan. Only the second best multiverse movie out at the moment though.
Are you meaning the Michelle Yeoh one? Cant think of the name.. both are on my watch list
Yep, Everything, Everywhere all at once (I think).
I really want to watch that... but I'm stuck travelling around, ah... "provincial" New Zealand... where the only screen-times are an hour travel away, and at night... and fuck riding a motorcycle home in the cold dark probably-wet.
And it looks like it's about to drop out of screenings at most cinemas in a couple of days.
I had talked the wife into seeing this and it was only showing in Queen Street. Super annoying.
You've heard of the definition of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?
So the Mary River has just had it's third flood in 2022. That's 3 floods in 4 months.
Thankfully this last one is nowhere near as as bad January and March.
Nor has Maryborough been hit at all this time (stayed below "minor" flood level).
But Gympie town centre has gone under again (at least parts of it).
FYI - cutting Gympie and Maryborough off may threaten toilet paper and alcohol supplies to Hervey Bay ...
... so potential catastrophic disaster
How often do you allow your business to flood and try and rebuild/re-establish in the same place?
Since we moved to Qld they've flooded AT LEAST in 2011, 2013, 3x this year ... and I'm pretty sure a few other times that I cant get results from google. (Pretty sure at least 2x additional floods ... ).
So why do you try and build back in the same place? It's just going to flood again!?!? And then expect is to feel sorry for you?