Jurassic Park: Where the Plot Holes are Mightier than the Dinosaurs

As a child, Jurassic Park was my favourite movie – I was hell-bent on becoming a palaeontologist (until I was exposed to Ross Geller from Friends). Jurassic Park was also everything I needed in my adolescence – a Michael Crichton plot, scientific progress versus ethics, and some goddamn excellent dinosaur CGI. In my youth, I was able to suspend disbelief and fall head over biscuit into the film, ensuring a lifelong lust for Jeff...

The French Did It By 1799, Surely 218 Years Later We Should Join Them?

The British Royal Family, and monarchies generally, have a lot to answer for; they manage to sponge millions off the state each year and have an unnerving amount to do with politics and legislature. If you were to describe the system outside of the context of the Western monarchical tradition, most sane members of society would surely dismiss it as ridiculous. Yet monarchical apologists often reply with that tradition as an answer for why that...

Historical Reasons People Believed in Ghosts (That Donít Make Sense Anymore)

Ghosts could be real, but it is interesting that the more advanced science and technology has become, the less likely it seems that they are. Now that everybody has a video camera on them at all times, we should be getting some sweet ghosty footage. But we are also getting better at spotting bullshit when we see it. Here are some reasons some old-timey people could have had to believe their dead grandma was watching them...

Life in Antarctica

What’s double the size of Australia, covered by 98% ice, and has no permanent human residents? Antarctica.   Antarctica is a desert of snow and ice surrounded by freezing ocean at the bottom of the Southern Hemisphere. It has an average temperature of -49°C, katabatic winds of hurricane speeds (you know the kind that slope down hills and look like clouds), and a temporary human population that varies from 1,000 to 5,000 a...

Twelve Hours on Hyde Street

6:00 AM The persistent throb of bass can be heard from three blocks away; a siren call reaching out to the slumbering residents of North Dunedin, calling them to their most hallowed street. Today is the day of the Hyde Street Party. On the street itself the music pumps like a busy nightclub, but the pavement is bare. The residents have been awake for a couple hours now, starting their mornings with a hearty breakfast, beer pong and a few Irish...