Spring has sprung (for those of us in the southern hemisphere)!
Winter gets harder every year, I swear. With the the advent of brighter, longer days, I’ve come to realise just how damp this house is and how much mould there is to clean up. Let’s get on with this warmer homes thing, NZ.
In other listy updates:
- The winner of the RelayRides credit is Michael – I’ve passed your info on to the company to get that $50 credit underway.
- Two Woody Allen films are enough to convince me to never watch another Woody Allen film again. Hateful people, dysfunctional relationships, his irritating, nasal voice.
- I am completely mystified by the American degree system. Bachelor of Science in journalism? Bachelor of Arts in management? Where is the logic? *head explodes*
- I feel like I’ve accomplished absolutely nothing outside of work lately. I haven’t been cooking or baking anything interesting. I haven’t been reading. I haven’t been running. I haven’t been taking pictures. I haven’t even been watching TV – New Girl, Game of Thrones, Glee and Desperate Housewives are all over, and while I enjoyed the pilot of The Newsroom as a not wholly inaccurate glimpse into a real newsroom, it wasn’t enough to convince me to keep paying for SoHo.
- This makes me happy. Go New Zealand – champion of human rights.
- I don’t know if LinkedIn has rolled out its new ‘endorsement’ feature to the rest of the world yet, but I’m a little sceptical about it. My feed is clogged with people endorsing one another for various skills – from web design to copywriting – and while I think it’s a nice way to get some kind of kudos from others that’s not as much effort as writing out a full recommendation, that’s also precisely why I have my doubts as to just how valuable it will be and how seriously people will take it.
- I was briefly at Project Revolution this week and now have the business cards of Alec Ross and Emily Banks. Craziness.
- Lately I’ve been frustrated at the lack of knowledge demonstrated by uni-level students in regard to certain techy basics. Fair enough that terms like data visualisation and micro tasking are beyond, but surely in this day and age familiarity with basic blogging platforms or major sites like Mashable and TechCrunch are de rigeur even if you’re not a tech head? Or am I expecting too much? Times have changed since my day (yes, I did just type that, and a tiny corner of my heart blackened and withered), when we still used Bebo and Twitter was an unknown – but then again, in fairness, I imagine factors like not having a smartphone and barely having enough time to do assignments, work to earn a crust and sneak in enough sleep to function haven’t.
- Just in the nick of time, cover has been arranged for my holiday – so hopefully I won’t have to work at all while I’m away. Then again, technical hitches do have the meddlesome habit of rearing their head when least welcome.
A short and sweet roundup of reads today:
Be wholly, unapologetically you, always. From Amber Rae
You should definitely read this post on life changing advice from First Gen American
Oil and Garlic on why she stopped reading personal finance blogs
Alexis Grant puts paid to 10 common grammar mistakes at Copyblogger
Everyday Minimalist ponders exactly what it means to be an ethical consumer
And 27 and Frugal has the ultimate guide to making perfect chocolate chip cookies.
Just how cold does it get in Auckland during the winter? Here in Chicago we can get some pretty cold winters and many of our oldest buildings have no insulation. (Energy was cheap in the early 20th century when much of this city was built.) Yet I have never been miserably cold in a rental or in the house I now own (which has no insulation in the walls since it was built in 1950.) Landlords are required to heat apartments to a minimum of 68F (20C) during the day and 65F during the nights. Anyone not meeting that standard faces heavy fines. My heating bill in this older, uninsulated house may not be small, but it’s not too cost prohibitive to keep the house at 68F day or night.
Our winters tend to be very dry so perhaps that’s the difference. Many people actually add moisture to the air inside their houses and apartments because it gets so dry inside that it’s possible to get nose bleeds.
No such requirements here. Temperature-wise it really is not too bad – it doesn’t snow here and doesn’t get to 0. But it’s definitely not dry here – it rains ALL. THE. TIME. and winters are damp and soggy.