[footage: a retro live performance of Shaki in action].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.1.13~
who leads registered patents for graphene? China (2,204). US (1,754). South Korea (1,160). UK (54).
One question: where are NZ’s?
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for my own reference – to read more when needing wanting to geek it, a reading list of jottings, thoughts follows.
on a basic level graphene is useful for nanoplatelets (gnp’s) energy storage facilities. (more…)
A new breed of teens are arising. At 16, Yaya Lu has designed a voice-activated wheel chair. So clever. A true artist.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.1.13~
STARBUCKS CEO, HOWARD SCHULTZ MILK, COFFEE BEANS, FREE WIFI CAFES BRAND EXPANDS BY UPPING PREMIUM PRICED COFFEE PRODUCTS
Hobbit filmmaking factory facts 2012: New Zealand’s Wendy Petrie revealed on NZ Television that during the making of the latest hobbit movie in New Zealand (Unexpected Journey) that NZ$380,000 was sploshed on coffee for the cast and crew alone.
It’s true that coffee fuels the world. Here’s a story via The Washington Post USA reprinted Bloomberg market research news story, into how American coffee peeps will pay top dollar for hot milk with a bit of coffee in it.
Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) — Howard Schultz‘ Starbucks Corp. has moved into specialty coffee sales that can cost US$7 for a 16-ounce “grande” cup. Apparently, in a mov to up the rest of its products, the value put on the new grande serving makes it the company’s priciest brew. The company hopes to steer its customer base into buying premium products with a higher mark up by the move. The price hike maintains an illusion of advancement and quality in the competitive US coffee obsessed market.
The Costa Rica Finca Palmilera coffee costs $40 for a half- pound bag and $6 for a 12-ounce “tall” cup. U.S. Northwest is the trial market in select Starbucks cafes.
BOOK SALES NEWS: SASHA AND MALIA OBAMA HIT UP AN ARLINGTON BOOK STORE, SATURDAY SHOPPING RETAIL BOOSTS
Photographer Scott Applewhite shares this photo of Sasha and Malia Obama shopping at an Arlington bookstore in Va. They were kind enough to take the famous tall dude with them on their family shopping expedition–New York Daily News headlining family of the day.
Always so well grounded are Sasha and Malia. (more…)
“80 tough” says Kieran Read of what to expect in the upcoming rugby test match between New Zealand and Wales at Cardiff.
Whatever works I guess. Exciting rugby. :) (more…)
adjective – 1 (of light or colour) very bright: brilliant sunshine illuminated the scene.
2. exceptionally clever or talented: he was quite brilliant and was promoted almost at once the germ of a brilliant idea hit her. outstanding; impressive: his brilliant career at Harvard.
3. British informal excellent; marvellous: we had a brilliant time.
noun: a diamond of brilliant cut: an elegant necklace with four rows of brilliants.
origins: late 17th century: from French brillant ‘shining’, present participle of briller, from Italian brillare, probably from Latin beryllus (see beryl)
The word determination means: dnoun [mass noun]. 1.the quality of being determined; firmness of purpose: those who succeed because of sheer grit and determination. 2. the process of establishing something exactly by calculation or research: determination of molecular structures. Law the settlement of a dispute by the authoritative decision of a judge or arbitrator: expert determination. [count noun] Law a judicial decision or sentence. 3. the controlling or deciding of the nature or outcome of something: genetic sex determination. 4. Law the cessation of an estate or interest. 5. archaic a tendency to move in a fixed direction.
origins: late Middle English (in the senses ’settlement of a controversy by a judge or by reasoning’ and ‘authoritative opinion’): via Old French from Latin determinatio(n-), from the verb determinare (see determine).
–Source: Oxford English Dictionary Online. (more…)
I AM DETERMINED – FOMA’S 25th ANNIVERSARY, TAUPO – TAKING $10b MAORI ASSETS TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF GROWTH
FOMA has been working to expand the Māori economy for 25 years. It’s members have a $10b asset base. Here’s a quote from the Chair: “It is essential the Maori business network actively participates in the fundamental development of New Zealand’s economy. Maori economic development and its contribution to the growth of this country must continue to be realised and I am determined to facilitate this growth through the provision of a robust networking capability within our membership.” –Tangata Whenua news.
Their anniversary was celebrated at Rauhoto Marae in Taupo today.
Young Hinerangi Goodman was there to showcase the hope Maori entrepreneurs have as corporate entities in the collective of community thinkers.
Some facts: Forestry and fishing are two industries that Maori could develop quite well into more innovative ways. Maori could also diversify capital from these too – into new arenas of business expansion.
Watch Traci Houpapa in the clip who makes it all sound so exciting. So beautiful with a refreshing spirit too. Inspiring stuff.
Press Release of The Hui follows: (more…)
~Posted by horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.10.12~
Sports News: The All Whites soccer team are successful in a bid to entertain Chinese audiences with an upcoming game. Smart.
Read more @TheHeader.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.10.12~
YOUNG NEW ZEALAND MILLIONAIRES CLUB – HOME GROWN SELF-MADE MILLIONAIRES RISING UP WITH CAUSITIVE & AUTHENTIC TEAMWORK SPIRIT OF CHANGE
One thing I am adjusting to in New Zealand is how few young millionaires there are. Like new ones, that have risen above the ranks of society in the last ten years. I wonder why that is.
As a solution to perhaps a situation where perhaps we haven’t valued young adults potential enough in New Zealand, here’s a recipe that could help create the missing layers of the New Zealand economies (plural), economic robustness. We need to bolster that. The link can be read right here.
Photo: Daniel Carter‘s sporting career shows a self-made milllionaire in the sports world. With his team the AB’s signing with AIG as a sponsor, rugby may yield a new crop of millionaires in the future too. The signing could be exciting news for sporting families.
Outside of sports though, we need to see young adults in New Zealand really rise up and own a strong economic future as New Zealand citizens. The entrepreneur spirit is what built New Zealand. Highly adventurous innovation of new discovery and across new horizons. (more…)
Not everyone in New Zealand has had it sweet on arrival. Some of our best peoples endured hardship on arrival in New Zealand. As immigrants they rose above the ranks to be stellar New Zealanders.
America with a population of 310 million people (US Census data 2010), is a nation founded on immigrants largely. It is a melting pot.
When people succeed their stories in the USA is one of great strength in a land of huge opportunity too. With that thought in mind, I was thinking of Eli Broad today. His star template as an American provides a lesson (or several) in attainment.
He was an immigrant: Eli was born in the Bronx, raised in Detroit. His folks Lithuanian immigrants. He learned from their lives, That at the end of the day, that’s how it is. Life getting better is about an individual choice. He chose to improve his family’s lot.
Property was how he started: At 20, Eli was able to buy his first patch of land.
He started his own building business: By 1957, Eli was already married to Edythe. He co-founded Kaufman & Broad in 1957. Eli took a loan of $25k from his wife’s folks and became one of USA’s biggest home builders in the affordable housing market. His passion for business was an ability to grow a good team. (more…)
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced work on quantum optics won the physics Nobel prize.
Some reaction to physicists David Wineland and Serge Haroche winning the Nobel from British scientists came via the Science Media Centre in London.
Haroche and Wineland have made tremendous advances in our understanding of quantum entanglement, with beautiful experiments to show how atomic systems can be manipulated to exhibit the most extraordinary coherence properties; Haroche working with cavity quantum electrodynamics and Wineland with trapped ions. (more…)
3D CHAORI ACTION MOVIE CINEMA – GETTING A $1 BILLION A YEAR EARNING, MAORI & CHINESE ACTION FUSION INDUSTRY MOVING
He was a Maori Prince, a Viking of The Sun. She, a Chinese Princess from the Ming Dynasty. In a new horizon, in a mythical land on a new frontier, they were cast in an epic war to fight for their love.
What the world needs to see is 3D mythological cinema of this nature in New Zealand.
3D Chaori Cinema (Asian-friendly Maori action movie cinema) is a $1 billion a year generating industry waiting to happen in NZ. In my mind’s eye I see it growing in New Zealand. It supports the already well established 3D cinema of NZ. It just makes movies a lot quicker for the growing Asian movie market of the world.
It needs a development fund to get started. Russell Crowe the first person in the world of Maori descent to win an Oscar and Hollywood’s Lucy Liu are giving a similar concept a go in the film, Man with Iron Fists. We need to move more into 3D with Chaori cinema texts in and from New Zealand. Cliff Curtis, a Maori actor has also been a success starring in Asian nations in an Asian action star mythological film.
We have enough trial models on display in aspects of this genre to really go for it and develop it further. Chaori cinema is another strand of cinema to be developed in New Zealand to sit alongside what Sir Peter Jackson, John Barnett and newcomers like James Cameron have already achieved from New Zealand.
It is a brand new cinema strand though, that can only make the overall package more attractive when perceiving New Zealand as a stand out filmmaking nation location. It makes sense to develop Chaori cinema and Maori cinema that is Asian-markets friendly, more.
It’s an authentic visual expression of New Zealand for the wider world’s markets.
[Photos: Spin Off and Business Insider online].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific 8.10.12~
Having travelled a lot, you realise (after the fact) that sometimes showing evidence of being “brainy” and “smart” is to actually stay put, be content with that… and put down roots.
Here’s Six60 with that thought again.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to trade some of what I now know from garnering knowledge abroad and being in contact with different cultures way of being, yet there is that part of me, that missed out on so much in being words like ”brave,” ”stupid” and “adventurous” too, while living away from NZ in the most rotten conditions you could never have dreamed of or imagined that would hit the world!
Alright, Six60 as the reminder that we live on and have THE DREAM the world can only dream of and now wants, in the years ahead above wonderful Aotearoa New Zealand.
There are times though when we do need to get away. Acknowledging that is half the battle before returning to rock NZ some more.
Alright, Let’s rock a Kiwi Sunday show. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific