The Epidemic of Virus Video Games
Video games are a lovely form of escapism. You can forget about the worldwide pandemic and disappear into a virtual world for a few hours, before waking up pizza-stained and bleary-eyed in your mum’s basement again.
It’s an odd phenomenon, in that sense, to see how pandemic-themed video games have exploded in popularity since Covid-19 decided to piss in our collective cereal. Pandemic Inc., a game where players evolve a pathogen to...
Te Reo Māori: Tōku Hononga Ki Te Whaiao, Ki Te Ao Marama
Kei āku whetū, kei āku manu taki, kei āku hunga tiaki, ko koutou ngā pou, ngā kaitohutohu o tōku ao. Kei āku toka tū i te moana, tē mutu te aroha i a koutou rā.
Nei rā āku mihi.
Ko te reo Māori, koinei te reo e tāpiripiri mai i te rongo reka ki ōku taringa.
Mōku ake, ko te reo Māori me te reo Pākehā ōku reo tuatahi. Heoi, i...
Kūmara: How One Word Crossed the Pacific
About 1,000 years ago, a Polynesian navigator made a historic trade. Goods from the Pacific were exchanged for a stubby, brownish root vegetable from the foothills of Peru. There, on a presumably sunny day on the South American coast, kūmara was introduced to Polynesia.
It’s called ‘umala in Samoa. ‘Uala in Hawaii. Kuma’a in Nuku Hiva. In te reo Māori, it’s called kūmara. The word changed as...