‘I’ll have a dozen if they come with Rose’

Four-port Dr Who Tardis USB has got the geek community very excited

‘I’ll have a dozen if they come with Rose’

’ELLO, ’ELLO, WHAT’S ALL this then? It’s obviously police week, judging by the number of police-oriented stories we have this week. Anyway, this one is just for fun. Our Boing Boing specialist found this cute little device on the aforementioned website. It’s a four-port Dr Who Tardis USB, which, as you know, is the Doctor’s vehicle of choice.

It comes with a flashing blue light and makes “vorp vorp” sounds but, sadly, doesn’t then dematerialise as it does on TV. Still, it’s got the geek community very excited. The Gizmodo website featured it recently and got 18 comments — not bad considering you can’t buy the thing in the United States.

One guy wrote, “Okay, I must be a geek because I desperately want one.” Another said, “If they come with Rose I’ll take a dozen”. Another thought it would be the perfect match for his Dalek toy. The limited four ports were not viewed as a problem either, with a couple of commentators saying this was okay as there are obviously more on the inside, the Tardis being bigger inside than out.

We don’t think it’s on sale here either, but visiting rellies from Blighty or homeward-bound OE friends might oblige.

Aussie misspells it out

Prolific Australian telco analyst Paul Budde recently wrote a nice analysis of the landscape for Telecom in the wake of Theresa Gattung’s departure. However, in amongst all the predictions about Telecom’s future direction, there was one little error — he spelt Gattung’s first name as “Teresa” right the way through. (As anyone who has followed Telecom’s fortunes over the past seven years would know, it’s Theresa). A simple way to avoid making such an error would be to refer to Gattung by the moniker she was often given at Telecom: TG.

Wii shoulders the blame

One of our E-talers came into the office the other morning complaining she had a sore shoulder. What could have caused it? She hadn’t been to the gym or typing up stories all night — not just that night, anyway (yeah, right) — nor had she been playing tennis. Or had she?

Come to think of it, she had played tennis, quite intensively in fact, for a couple of hours the night before — on her Nintendo Wii. She had also gone a few pretty rough rounds of boxing.

So now, in addition to tennis elbow and mouse arm, we have Wii shoulder.

Who says we’re low-wage?

A job vacancy notified to the Seek website was worded thus:

“Listed 30 Jan 2007

Work Type: Full Time

Sub-Classification: Engineer: Software

Location: Auckland

Advertiser: Audax Ltd

Salary: $40,000 - $60,000/hr.

We don’t suppose a candidate could hold them to that offer under the law. They’d probably claim it was just an “invitation to discuss” appropriate remuneration.

Shoot ’em ups on the beat

Now, we know that population demographics mean that some professions are having to exercise their long-neglected imagination muscles in an effort to dream up new ways of attracting recruits.

We also know that a touch of the bully can be part of the make-up of the British bobby, but out-and-out psychopathy used to be a no-no. No more it seems, if a recruitment campaign by the Boys in Blue is anything to go by.

The gimmicky campaign involves getting potential recruits to use laser guns in a video simulation that asks them to decide whether or not to shoot an armed suspect.

And, just in case you thought hesitating to take such grave action might be a good idea, the video sometimes shows the suspect going on to shoot innocent bystanders if left unmolested.

Gives one a whole new perspective on shoot-’em-ups, eh? Of course, here in NZ, we’ve already gone some way down this road with our Lara Croft-style television ads, but at least these are for the army not the police.

Kiwi bobbies do it better

This E-taler couldn’t help but be impressed by the brand-new local approach to recruiting more bobbies — a tongue-in-cheek television advert for the police’s recruitment website, which has a novel name: betterworkstories.co.nz.

Yeah, that’s the pitch: no more boring work stories.

Instead, regale the chaps and chapesses at the local watering hole with tales of derring-do and on-the-edge experiences — chasing crims in cars, catching crims and the odd rather grim accident.

But, hey, there’s no such thing as a free lunch — unless you have a particularly exciting tale to tell, that is.

Maybe the contrast between the two approaches explains why New Zealand is once again a popular choice for UK emigrants, who include a fair number of British bobbies these days.

Nowhere to hide on YouTube

There truly is nowhere to hide these days, with Web 2.0 busily recreating the village on a global scale.

The truth of this was proved recently when Canadian police posted two pictures of “people of interest” in a murder inquiry on YouTube.

According to news agency AFP, a staggering 16,000 people responded and a man subsequently gave himself up to the police. He was caught in the net, you might say.

It’s almost enough to restore one’s faith in the kiddie-porn tarnished worldwide web.

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