This Way Up
Saturday 14 December 2013, with Simon Morton
NZ Radio Awards 2012 winner: Best Daily or Weekly Series (one hour or more duration)
12:40 Tech news
12:50 Epidermal tech
13:10 Handwriting's future
13:40 Nepali cooking: Yomari
The small print
First up this week we're shopping with bitcoins; it's the peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that's been grabbing lots of column inches this year, largely due to its huge price fluctuations. Good news for speculators but could bitcoins really emerge as a cheap global payment system? We see what you can buy with your bitcoins in New Zealand.
At around 12:40pm, technology news with Charles Arthur. The US Supreme Court decides when computer software can be protected by a patented in a case with major ramifications for the big tech companies. Also big colourful fashion headphones are the new trainers.
Then before the 1pm news, epidermal tech. Flexible computers that are worn on the skin and measure how your body's performing in real time; everything from your temperature to how your heart's working, and how much you're sweating. And future applications in fields like medicine and cosmetics could be huge.
After the 1pm news, 'The Golden Thread' a new book by calligrapher and design professor Ewan Clayton traces the story of writing and the written word. Ewan's an interesting guy who joined a monastery and practised calligraphy before going to work for Xerox's Palo Alto research centre where they invented laser printing and ethernet networking. So he's pretty well placed to talk about the role of handwriting in the digital age.
And before we go, we're cooking a sweet dumpling called yomari, it's a festive Nepali treat to celebrate the rice harvest. Recipes below.
We're playing these tracks too...
Artist: Tony Allen, M1, Baloji
Track: Afrodisco Beat 2013
Composers: Tony Allen, M1, Baloji
Album: Red, Hot + Fela Kuti
Label: KNITTINGFACTORY 141131
Artist: The Delegators
Album: All Aboard
And our theme is:
Artist: Jefferson Belt
Track: The Green Termite
Composer: Jefferson Belt
Album: Table Manners
Label: Round Trip Mars