Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


Most free press outside Europe!

The Third Annual Press Freedom Index from Reporters Without Borders ranks NZ 9th, with a note that only four of the top 20 "freest presses" - NZ at #9, Trinidad and Tobago at #11, and Canada at #18 - are outside northern Europe.

Christchurch weather

This morning, driving to work, I saw beautiful blue sky out the left side of the car, and dark clouds on the right. What's it going to be?

At 1pm, the sky still sort of looks like that. Nasty-looking clouds, with perfect blue sky behind them. It's warmed up a little, but is still a little windy outside.

New Zealand weather is really unpredictable. If you come here, you have to be prepared to temperatures between 0 and 40 deg C, extreme dry heat or total pouring rain, and everything in between. If you're really lucky, you might get all of those in one day! (In summer[1], at least...)

[1] It's summer now, down here in the Southern Hemisphere. The last few days have been great - around 30 deg C, and hot enough to set my car alarm off!