Nice to see Brian Boyer and co at NPR have won Knight Foundation funding to build Carebot, a tool that aims to improve the nature of news analytics. Writing on poynter.org, Benjamin Mullin says Carebot will try to determine how valuable stories are to readers, rather than just counting pageviews and unique browsers. “The stated mission of the project, […]
Happy to report that there’s going to be there was a mini-conference on investigative journalism in Auckland in November, 2015. The inaugural Auckland gathering of the New Zealand Centre for Investigative Journalism built on the success of two fantastic annual conferences run by Nicky Hager, Keith Ng and Dr James Hollings. Those conferences were so good that […]
NZ’s first ever Manufacturing Accelerator opens for business | Lightning Lab Organic surfboards, wireless outdoor motion capture among NZ’s first hardware startups in Manufacturing Accelerator http://evlvgn.ws/1iiWCha Dear John | Rowan Simpson Dear John: an open letter to John Key from Rowan Simpson asking for Red Peak to be included in the top four. http://evlvgn.ws/1NbjE6t Obama […]
A Japanese supply craft successfully docked with the International Space Station this week to deliver around 5 tons of supplies. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) “Kounotori” H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5) arrived at the International Space Station Aug. 24 to deliver almost five tons of supplies and scientific experiments to the Expedition 44 crew. The cargo vehicle […]
The Big Read: Downfall of a drug smuggler – National – NZ Herald News Downfall of a drug smuggler. @jaredsavageNZH does a nice job on this story about pseudoephedrine supplier. http://evlvgn.ws/1EytZky Adorable Puppies Become Wise Adult Dogs in Heartwarming Side-By-Side Portraits – My Modern Met Photographer Amanda Jones beautifully documents the lives of dogs […]
Visitor arrivals to New Zealand surpassed 3 million for the first time in the July 2015 year, Statistics New Zealand said in a media release. The record-breaking 3,002,982 visitors this year was 7 per cent higher than the July 2014 year. “The expanding market of Chinese holiday visitors, and steady growth of visitors from Australia, helped […]
I came across this Steve Jobs quote in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s tremendously entertaining book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, and it struck a chord. I notice it’s a fairly popular quote on Goodreads too, as are quite a few from Taleb’s book.
Reddit Bans CoonTown, Quarantines Offensive Subreddits | Variety Reddit took a first step toward more hands-on content policing Wednesday by unveiling a new content policy that bans illegal speech, harassment and bullying. The company also started to instate war… Further changes to suicide reporting proposed | Radio New Zealand News MPs have backed a significant […]
I was mystified by the vein-like red line on the Google Earth image below until I checked it out and found it was a main road heading into Timbuktu. Mali really looks extraordinary. The image appeared in a new tab in my browser courtesy of a fabulous Chrome extension called Earth View From Google Earth.
A brief but interesting TED talk by policy analyst Benedetta Berti about when and why armed groups (insurgents, militias, terrorists) get involved in politics and start providing social services. The slide below illustrates her point that war has changed; it less often involves a state fighting a state. “Of the 216 peace agreements signed between 1975 and 2011, […]