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The longest place-name in the world belongs to a hill in New Zealand:
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuaitanataha. It means: "the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed, and swallowed mountains, known as land eater, played his flute to his loved one."
residence of Jaz Coleman - vocalist/keyboardist for Killing Joke - he is also on the Board of Education in Auckland. "the island at the end of the world..."
"New Zealand is a holy place. Oh yes, there are many mysteries about New Zealand. From New Zealand man will learn to farm the sea beds again, and to heal the land--permanent agriculture, and agrarian-based economy. These are the politics that I believe in. That's why I live there." - Jaz Coleman
- 12:40 p.m. 8.Dec.98.PST
In March 1998, a power outage left the central business district of Auckland, New Zealand, without electricity for weeks, showing both the fragility of critical services infrastructure and the endurance of information-based commerce. Thanks to the decentralization of businesses using computer networks, much of New Zealand's business kept humming. Institutions with more centralized systems, like the New Zealand Stock Exchange, and some of the country's banks, insurance companies, and accounting firms, fell victim to the long outage. Many smaller businesses were relocated to offices in Auckland's suburbs, or buildings in other cities. In some cases, workers were sent home with laptop computers. Neumann sees no simple fixes for the United States, a society that has become dependent on telecommunications and power.
Outages like Tuesday's (in San Francisco) are yet another warning that everyone -- from governments down to businesses and individuals -- needs to be more prepared. "What's needed is more long-term planning and thinking," Neumann said. The lesson of such incidents is fundamentally greater awareness of what could happen, and to be as prepared as possible. "No one knows what will happen. Technology is not perfect." Neumann noted that despite the fears, incidents like this are rarely due to hacking or break-ins, despite a San Francisco outage attributed to that very cause. The FBI investigated an October 1997 outage at an electrical substation in San Francisco that affected 126,000 customers. Pacific Gas and Electric said at the time that someone may have deliberately manipulated equipment at the substation to break circuits. "We've had relatively few cases of sabotage."
caught _Snakeskin_ at the Arc Light in the back of the Cineramadome in Hollywood - talk about a theater full of pretentious film wankers (complete with sponsorship from Dell & IMDB Pro). the film itself was what _Doom Generation_ (vhs/ntsc) should have been. almost a blatant memetic rip off - the tension between the adventure seeking girl, the archetypical james dean road warrior, the ambiguously sexual & devoted male weakling, the kitch car, the road and acid trips, and throw in some nazi skinheads who are in the closet to boot. pretty much the same storyline - but executed better. Lynskey makes a much better club wannabe than Rose McGowan, but the other two actors are too mild for their roles - the american versions of the two are better. lots of shots of electrical transmission towers for some reason - i'm telling you, those things mean something. fantastic scenery - i can't wait to call it home. it's the director's first feature, and there's definitely a self-reflecting thread running through the plot, as well as her life. she seems to really want to play the hollywood game, but the storyline seems to hint at "not playing the game" - the snakeskin cowboy disappears, and she becomes whatever anyone else wants her to be, realizing that what really matters is what's right in front of you.