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Mark, did you intend or idly think of getting into animation when you were studying fine arts or when you first started out working? Or was it all a sequence of happy events leading to your current career in animation? Thanks. More about Bionicle: The Legend Reborn
Any average pickled person would think any inane conversation is scintillating. I used to hear a lot of the dumbest earnest conversations on utter rubbish when ever I walked thru Aro St Park before they banned drinking 24x7 in the inner city. Phew! More about How to Talk to Anyone in a Bar
I definitely support boutique and microbreweries not having to pay more tax. They're more interested in producing great brews for people that appreciate great tasting beer.
They're not have the marketing budget like the big beer brewers who promote drinking as some ultra cool activity for young people, or that drinking beer is an activity that all good blokes will go to any expense for - like Tui advertises.
Boutique breweries don't encourage drinking to excess, it's all about the brews. Where will it stop? I brew beer at home. I made real apple cider last year too. This year I've got a syrah & voignier wine mellowing at home. Will they start deciding to charge me more tax too if home brewing takes off in the economic downturn?
Target the big guys for taxes, it's their beer people are getting sloshed on, or cheap & nasty crap from overseas. Leave the little guys alone. More about Save New Zealand's Craft Breweries
Yes, if the wine's been stored in good conditions it should be fine. The Husband extracted a 1992 bottle of cabernet sauvignon from Chile from the "wine cellar" for dinner last night. It was smooth and simply lovely.
Now, I should explain, when I said "wine cellar", I actually meant basement. We live in Aro Valley - Wellingtonians will understand that reference. Our basement is cold and dry. It's a refreshing 5 degrees in winter and a balmy 8 degrees all summer. Great for storing wine. We don't even have to chill the whites we get out of the basement, they're at drinking temperature! We have to warm up the reds!
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The article's a smidge irresponsible humourous or not. I appreciate some must drink to catatonic levels to blot out their miserable lives but honestly surely most people don't need to imitite those sad whinos in the parks?
There are other ways to enjoy drinking in the recession:
1) Buy some decent wine or beer and really taste it and enjoy it. What's the point of buying cheap crap that will make you feel like you were run over by a bus and were nibbling on polyester carpet the night before?
2) Keep an eye out for nice wine that supermarkets occasionally sell at a good price. Not true that you can't get nice stuff at a decent price.
3) Brew your own beer, wine & cider. We brew our own beer, cider and currently have a syrah & voignier blend burbling away in the kitchen. Our beer is just as good as any artisian beer we've had from a microbrewery. Our cider batches turned out amazingly well last year. High alcohol content too at about 10 and 15%! I appreciate it's not instant gratification, but like the cheese ad says - good things take time.
4)Keep an eye and ear out for competions to win drinks, dinners, invitations to parties. Yeah, just like the ones here. Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch.
5) Lastly, drink in moderation, it will cost less. It's just plain & simple maths. More about Drinking in a Recession
Asia is fantastic for it's sights, culture and food. Having lived in NZ since 1982 I still find it a bit flat culturally. Like does anyone even know it's Ramadan now? Exactly, no one even notices.
And then again, there's tonnes of vicious insects, snakes and other creepy crawlies over there. Some places are disparingly poor with scrawnny animals. The traffic can be mad.
But still it's good to get away and experience how other people live. It's definitely enriching.
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I'm not sold on the idea of web cams. I had a cartoon on my cube wall in the 90s with one dog at a computer saying to another, "On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog." It wouldn't be funny with a web cam. I once got The Husband a Dilbert tee with Dilbert at his pc - naked. The reason was obvious. I'd caught The Husband in this "get up" a few times at his pc.
Imagine having to tidy oneself up after a hard long day at work just to talk to someone. It's not like they'd doing a wardrobe change every few minutes. Well perhaps they might be - depending on who you're communicating with! Nudge nudge wink wink.
At the moment The Husband's working in Auckland. Do we web cam each other? Nope, just a cellphone call. Leave it to the imagination I say. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Plus he doesn't have to know my roots could do with a retouch does he? ;-) And I really don't need to know he's sitting there in the altogether with just his socks on.
The only time I'd definitely get a web cam and insist on using it? If I was ever internet dating. Apparently everyone lies with their photos and descriptions. Why waste time on a real meeting, check them out on the web cam and screen them that way. And be vewy vewy suspicious if you only see their head in the view!
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Well that gives a whole new meaning to, "Feed me Seymour!" More about Top Five Bedroom Foods
I was listening to Bill Reichert at an Unlimited Potential session a few weeks ago. He was an interesting chap. He presented the old rules of innovation vs the new rules.
One of the points was the same as these guys here have done. You don't come up with an idea and then try and get capital for it. That was the old rule. Now, you have to get a group of people together, work on the idea, and get it going as a viable product before anyone will even think about giving you big money to take it further. More about Three Guys at the Edge of the World
That's some great advice. A number one mistake is assuming that "build it and they will come".
I still remember that american company "Cost U Less" setting up a couple of huge warehouse shops in Porirua and Rotorua. They didn't advertise one bit and folded after just about 6 months or so. They didn't have smaller packages or sample packs for people who weren't familiar with some of their american products. Who'd be mad enough to buy an unfamillar product in a bulk pack?
People flocked to the place when the papers reported they were shutting down and had a sale. Obviously nothing wrong with their stock. Just a huge failing in the marketing and research depts.
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