Recommended

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Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards by Jim Ottaviani and [Big Time Attic](http://www.gt-labs.com), a graphic novel about the Marsh/Cope Bone Wars
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Flight of the Conchords, the best New Zealand comedy ever made (not that that’s saying much); adored by American critics, about to screen in its homeland, and you can catch most of it on YouTube already
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Finally, [someone](http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Unicode.html) explains Unicode, ANSI, and the difference between UTF-8 and UTF-16, which may seem trivial but is vitally important if you want to spell Māori correctly.
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Endless Things, the final and long-awaited book in [John Crowley](http://crowleycrow.livejournal.com/)’s Aegypt quartet (but newcomers should read Little, Big instead)
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Don McGlashan’s post-Muttonbirds solo album Warm Handgapminder.gif•
Hans Rosling previewed the amazing global statistical visualisation tool GapMinder at TED, and [Google bought it](http://tools.google.com/gapminder/) in a fit of non-evilness so we can all have a play
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Getting Eastern editions of overpriced textbooks [direct from India](http://www.indianbooks.co.in), dirt cheap
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Watching the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra play over a fine breakfast at the Maranui Surf Lifesaving Club in Lyall Bay epitomises all that is good about Wellington
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The groovy Flickr toys at [Big Huge Labs](http://bighugelabs.com)
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Taking down your profile on the Face Book and complaining how it’s not cool any more now the Man is there

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