Friday, January 29, 2010

ZenTiger Friday Night Free for All


And contoured for a more comfortable fit?


It's Friday. Time to fess up. Do you have a Mac product in the house or at least on the wish list? Windows 7 seems to have launched with a big enough splash that upgrade trade is brisk. Could be the year that corporates move off the XP platform and further boost the Microsoft coffers. Any predictions?

59 comment(s):

Andrei said...

Evening all - I'll go first tonite.

Whoo hoo summer is here at last arriving just in time for the kids to go back to school.

Have you figured the inline comments problem Zen - A firefox plugin is the culprit would be my guess

Oswald Bastable said...

Yes, I'm a recent mac convert. Brought a cheap on on trade me and have been most impressed with my $55 computer.

I will be upgrading the desktop to a mini later this year and I have one of the new tablets on the Christmas wish-list.

ZenTiger said...

Howdy Andrei. Yes, it was a hot day today, and still is. Had a few cracker days kicking off the week - I suspect Feb and March might deliver the summer a little late.

Haven't had a chance to look at the inline comments problem, but will do so this weekend.

Right now, sorting out the dinner tonight. Kids want pizza, parents are heading towards a prawn stir fry from the local Cantonese Tar-key-ar-way. Probably get both and keep everyone happy.

ZenTiger said...

Remember Oswald, whatever you get, make sure the wife has one too. Otherwise you will not get near it.

ZenTiger said...

Just noticed - 100th post for us this month with a couple of days to go. This will be a new record in terms of number of posts. I think we also set new records for traffic. I think a few people spent their holidays with a little more surfing time.

Oswald Bastable said...

Yes, never mind the THREE other computers- it has to be THIS one that is in demand...

Ciaron said...

Zen,

I need some clarification or an opinion.....


Matthew 1-16, gives the genealogy of Joseph, ending in the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus.

my question is: Jesus was conceived by God, through Mary who remained a virgin, Why is Josephs line given prime billing, seeing as he has no biological connection to Jesus? surely Marys line, and her descent from David is the important one?

Andrei said...

Ciaron here is a homily that answers the very question you ask

I.M Fletcher said...

Re: Apple products, yes I have a 5th Generation iPod and a 3G iPhone. As far as computers though, I still prefer a PC over a Mac (and this despite having had to use a Mac everyday in design course). They say "once you use a Mac you never go back" but this isn't true in my case. I MUCH prefer a PC.

As far as the new iPad which is slated to come to NZ in March, I think it is more for entertainment than anything else. I can't see anyone doing some serious typing on the thing or using Photoshop. I have seen the demo video and it does look awesome but I still reckon it's mainly a device for entertainment which isn't very portable.

homepaddock said...

We're enjoying our third hot day in a row.

As for Mac gadgets - don't have any.

Do have a Telecom XT connection for laptop though, fortunately didn't need to use it in the last couple of days.

Oswald Bastable said...

Today it got hot enough for me to head to the pool.

This happens when the tar on the roads starts to melt!

KG said...

It was hot today? I musta missed that. ;)

ZenTiger said...

Hi Ciaron. I saw your comment earlier today and thought "wow" that could be a long discussion!

Luckily Andrei found a document to review.

Without reading it fully, I'll throw in my (limited) understanding.

Firstly, Joseph took on Jesus to love and raise as if his own son, and even adopted sons would be treated "of his family".

Secondly, it is theorized that both Joseph and Mary had connections up the family tree to the house of David, and beyond.

Matthew speaks of the genealogy through Joseph, which was a customary way of viewing lineage in his community, and it was presumably important to stress that Joseph, although a carpenter, was of noble stock, and this information provided his suitability to raise Jesus (as did his actions).

Luke shows that Mary was also had lineage tracking back to David - indeed, both genealogies are identical from Abraham to David and then Matthew follows Solomon's branch and Luke follows Nathan's.

It was also significant that Jesus was the son of Mary for several reasons, just as it was significant that Mary was married to Joseph as that fulfilled a prophecy in a perfect way.

Does that answer your question?

ZenTiger said...

Hi KG. Still nowhere near as hot as a cool day 500 kay out of Darwin I suppose?

Here I Stand said...

Just home with the family and it's 40C inside so we are staying outside while the hot air escapes... must be what it is like in the Beehive at times..

All the iMac's at work are now running Windows 7 - they make great hardware, a pity their software doesn't keep up.

KG said...

Um...no. Which is why the whole AGW thing leaves me cold. ;)

Barnsley Bill said...

Hi everybody, hot. We have had no rain since the end of October! Stinking hot.

dad4justice said...

Evening all.I hope that big bruv is not put off or just maybe he might be nice.Who cares about a non identity blogger with serious pathalogical problems. Anybody who doubts the existance of evil should have seen double murderer Somerville at sentencing today.
Evil will be smashed in due time!
Rock on the light of the Lord.

Madeleine said...

I haven't found it as hot today but then I've been downstairs all day where it the house doesn't pick up the heat typing and reading and not really moving much at all (major summer school piece of assessment in progress). Maybe it was hot but I didn't notice?

ZenTiger said...

My understanding is the planet (or the sun) might well be in a warming cycle, with small increases every couple of decades. Or, it might not be.

Certainly though, GW, AGW or faked data - the political response to "climate" has been nothing short of insane.

The scientists who have been caught out performing politics rather than actually doing the science have probably ruined any chances for sensible discussions on looking at resource and sustainability issues in the short term.

Then again, I think if all those people just go away we might get back to sorting things out anyway - although no doubt the usual suspects will lick their wounds and come back with a bigger, badder and more audacious plan.

People might be so impressed with an even more insane pitch, it might actually work. I'd be more optimistic, but I keep glancing through the UK news feeds, and they've all gone mad over there. Totally barking.

No wonder so many Brits are leaving for better climes. Why, rumour has it even Prince William would like to escape the insanity and come live in New Zealand where he will be welcomed with open arms.

Once we explain that it's on the basis we swap him for the Green Party and Minto, and send them over there where they may well fit in.

Oswald Bastable said...

Looks like a weekend off with fine weather.

And no kids tomorrow!

Oswald Bastable said...

Looks like a weekend off with fine weather.

And no kids tomorrow!

KG said...

"Once we explain that it's on the basis we swap him for the Green Party and Minto, and send them over there where they may well fit in."

They haven't gone that insane.
Have they?

KG said...

I thought Sunday was rain Os?

Madeleine said...

Aren't the royals all mad greenies who just happen to possess better dress sense than our lot?

Oswald Bastable said...

Sunday will be recovery day and the weather can do as it pleases!

Oswald Bastable said...

mad, certainly!

Madeleine said...

I'm going to be glued to the computer all weekend so the weather can do what it likes *sigh*.

KG said...

Acetone dissolves superglue Madeleine. :)

ZenTiger said...

Well then, the weather might taunt you :-)

Although I heard on the grapevine that Sunday was looking dodgy weather-wise. I was of course, planning a BBQ.

I shall continue with the expectation that the sausages must be chargrilled.

Did one last week, and it was a near disaster. Managed to pull everything together at the end though, and I have decided that chicken tenderloins soaked in a sweet chilli marinade, heated in tinfoil to get the marinade right in and then finished off being seared on the BBQ are a must have addition to my staple of sausages, lamb loin chops and a bit of steak or salmon (scallops go well too)

Madeleine said...

Ciaron my husband Matt (who holds a PhD in Theology) says:

You are missing the purpose of the genealogy of Matthew. The genealogy of Matthew differs from the genealogy of Like therefore they cannot both be literally correct genealogies in terms of biological lines. The genealogy in Matthew appears to be dynastic, it shows the lineage of Davidic kings leading up to Christ, it has been carefully constructed in terms of genealogy so that Christ becomes the 7th x 7th generation of dynastic kings. Seven is a symbol of perfection in Biblical numerology so what the text is saying is that Christ is the final and complete and perfect king in the Davidic line, Isreal's history of kings finds its completion. The text is not necessarily giving a biological genealogy.

Madeleine said...

Zen you are cruel talking about BBQ'd food like that. Tonight we dined on 2 minute noodles (which I HATE) such is the joy of the study deadline menu.

ZenTiger said...

Thanks Matt (and Madeline)

ZenTiger said...

Sorry Madeline, but those chicken tenderloins were just too yummy not to mention.

You certainly cannot BBQ 2 minute noodles in the same way. However, maybe the memory of them will make your next BBQ all the better!

Madeleine said...

Our BBQ is broken. And now that Matt just today got turned down for the only vacancy in NZ in his field (he was down to the final two) we won't be buying another one anytime soon.

(Sorry have had a really lousy couple of weeks - like seriously lousy and I am on my third rum and coke.)

mojo said...

& on top of 2 min noodles ... really risky.

ZenTiger said...

Sorry to hear that guys. Maybe NZ is just too small? Might have to move across the ditch, or even consider USA!

Here's a joke you can try on the Embassy staff when applying for a green card:

A quote attributed to Founding Father John Adams in the play “1776”: “I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, two men are called a law firm, and three or more become a Congress.”

Barnsley Bill said...

I often bbq two minute noodles. boil them up and then chuck them on with some chopped up peppers, onions, tomoatoes and a home made sauce. yummy.

Madeleine said...

Funny you mention that because the US is precisely the direction we are talking about heading in on Facebook. (Your really should get on Facebook then you'd know all about my grandmother status)

The joke is very good! BTW

Don't worry Mojo, Matt just grabbed some chips so I'm munching on them now.

Madeleine said...

2 Min noodles sounds good your way BB!

mojo said...

So when does the study finish madeleine?
These days it can be continued anywhere there be an internet connection ... especially if one has close relations with PN.

& Barnsley ... are you still beating to a regular rythm?

Oh, and evening all.

ZenTiger said...

I take it back then - you can BBQ anything. I like your recipe BB. Actually, I like most BBQ recipes that involve minimal effort and lots of fire or hot coals.

ZenTiger said...

Evening Mojo. Good to see you popping up around the traps.

Just in case Scrubone turns up, here's the Friday night pun:

A wealthy lawyer had a summer house in the backwoods of Maine. One weekend he invited a Czech friend to stay with him. The pair were out picking berries for breakfast when they were approached by two huge bears - one male, one female. the lawyer managed to escape but his friend was swallowed whole by the male bear.

The lawyer drove to the sheriff's and begged him to come and help his friend before it was too late. The sheriff grabbed his shotgun and the two men drove back to the place of the attack. The bears were still there.

"He's in that one, " cried the lawyer, pointing to the male bear, but the sheriff shot the female instead.

"What did you do that for?" screamed the lawyer. "I said that he was in the other one."

"Exactly," said the sheriff. "Would you believe a lawyer who told you the Czech was in the male?"

Madeleine said...

The study finishes rather soon thankfully. I'm in Summer School mode at the moment with 2 weeks, 1 opinion and an exam to go. Then it is my very last paper, which entails both an opinion paper and the dreaded moot (mock trial). From there I have to do a brief stint of community law service for the final credit - I think one full time week is all - which will conclude the degree.

[June 2010 approx]

Then it is the 18 week profs certificate.

Then I need the character affirmation.

Then I get the completion certificate.

[We'll be at the close of 2010 at this point]

Then I rock up to the high court wearing the wig and gown and swear some sort of oath to the state. Hopefully about this time next year.

From there the current plan is to leave NZ and look to do a masters in the US or work in the US.

mojo said...

sounds nice ... & end in sight is always a plus.

Sad the wigs have disappeared too ... high court cases in full regalia had a certain 'feel' to them ... akin to the formailty and gravity of the cases ... pomp & ceremony can be good.

Barnsley Bill said...

Ticker is tickety boo thanks Mojo. Have had no problems for over a year.
Even got the prostate drilled out and now back to racehorse performance levels.
Life is picking up quite nicely.

mojo said...

Nice ... I haven't had good sinus for a number of years now, so hopefully a change in scenery shall see me as happy as yourself

Madeleine said...

Yeah I don't know about the wigs... what about nits and the need to keep hair styling products on hand in the office to fix your wig hair after removing it between court appearances.

ZenTiger said...

So I should lay off the lawyer jokes then Madeline?? :-)

I keep meaning to dabble with Twitter, but the whole face book thing seems too much trouble. I already blog...surely the internet doesn't need to suck more life out of me???

Actually, good point I've just made. I'm off to get some kip, it's been a long week.

See you around folks. Hope the scenery improves for all this year!

2010 - year of the Tiger. Now why does that sound so good?

Madeleine said...

The grandmother status was not a euphamism btw.

Insane as it may seem Matt and I expect our first grandchild on 7 Sept or thereabouts

mojo said...

& you so young!

Madeleine said...

Facebook is seriously awesome Zen. You do not know what you are missing. Twitter sucks but facebook seriously rocks, you can not only promote your blog (which is just so fulfilling for me LOL) but you can really get to know people, other bloggers, other people... you have to try it!

Madeleine said...

You think we're young. Check the age of the mother to be and the father. 17 and 15.

Like I said earlier, it has been a rough few weeks and that is an understatement.

mojo said...

yep ... 'tis an early start.

Madeleine said...

Yes but not the end of the world. If she'd come home with a P habit I'd be more worried.

Despite the circumstances, I am proud of my daughter. She is under enormous pressure to abort, she's even been threatened with a statutory rape charge if she did not but she refused saying that she would face the consequences of her actions, come what may, but she would not commit homicide.

As Matt has put it, she got unlucky. Plenty of teens take the same risk but don't land the same consequence. She did but she is facing up to it. She is a smart girl, she will survive and she has our support so the the child will do fine.

It is just not what I expected to face or what I wanted for my daughter.

mojo said...

Yep .. & you are right, simply have to focus on making it all work.

Incidentally I don't share your fear/dread of 'P.' It has been rather badly hyped by addiction centres/police/media & Paul Holmes ... i.e monies or mitigation (lawyers have a need for something now that alcohol is not a credible one).

Madeleine said...

Making it work is about where we're at.

Given the father is 15 and in no position to offer our daughter anything we are stepping up. We & she are determined that welfare is not necessary. We will support her and the child, she will continue in her university education. When the father is old enough and has means, they will marry if he bails then she will have means and will meet someone else.

Despite what you say I'd still rather this than P!

mojo said...

aha ... so she's doing a 'good functional' degree then. It helps.
Anyway, 'tis late & a need for recharge is becoming a tad overwhelming. Nite.

Ciaron said...

Thanks for all the input guys, much appreciated.

To Madeleine & Matt, wow. I hope your daughter realizes how blessed she is.

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