Sunday, November 11, 2018

A lesson in technology



I'm giving a weekly lesson at my son's school. The teacher asked me to deal with technology, which is a term theme, so today I discussed the Moriori waka korari, or wash-through raft. 

The Moriori were Polynesian, but the bleak Chatham Islands that they discovered & settled lacked the tall trees that could be made into ocean-going vaka. Moriori improvised, & made the waka korari from from kelp & reeds. 

The boat appeared flimsy, but early European visitors noticed the way that it remained stable, in the cold swells of the Southern Ocean, because it floated slightly under the water. Moriori could steer the waka korari to isolated, bird-rich rocks dozens of kilometres from their main islands; Europeans who tried to follow them in whaleboats and skiffs often found themselves capsized. 

As far as I'm concerned, Bill Gates & Steve Jobs had nothing on the Moriori.

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such a luddite. what a joke. asked to talk on technology. ask his wife and Skyler. he barely knows where the button on the kettle is. His kids know way more than him. get him in a car and hes dangerous. This alt leftie will always claim the past was betterthat why he knows what the word luddite means. get a real job man and quit fooling the folks. most of us know you are a big fraud.

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