How to Google efficiently

Scratching the surface on how to use the generic search engine more competently.

As an institution so deeply ingrained in our everyday lives, we may as well learn to use it wisely. Here are some tips to make the most out of the perpetual quest in becoming well-informed.

Identify Something
Have a picture of a chair or a handbag and don’t know its name or who designed it? The answer is a simple drag and drop. Drag the image from your desktop or website into your Google image search bar, click ‘search’ and voila, the name and provenance will be revealed.

Quotation Marks
If searching for a specific quote or song lyric then use quotation marks around the words. Google will find the results containing the exact set of words without any change in order.

Get Specific
When you’re searching for later date Jaguar models, having the car’s animal namesake pop up in your image search is just plain irritating. Put a minus sign before the word you’d like to exclude (jaguar–animal) to keep it out of your search.

Find free downloads
Ever wanted an MP3 track but can’t find the right one to download? Google has several search tools that, when used together, can open the doors for you: ‘inurl’, ‘intitle’, and ‘filetype’.

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Deluxe Coffee Bar

We've stumbled across a bona fide coffee bar that will likely see your morning commute take an unforeseen detour.

In an ode to the fringes of suburbia, a characterful new coffee bar has set up shop in the industrial sector of Mt Roskill, luring in surrounding inhabitants of the en route during their daily commute. Deluxe Coffee Bar, a gritty little no-frills pit stop, serves its primary purpose of providing a decently roasted steaming cup of joe to the area’s otherwise devoid workers and Carr Road passers-by. Occupying an unassuming lot within the area’s industrial surrounds, upon discovery that this is the contrivance of two smokin’ ex-Atomic baristas, Adam Jennett and Fraser Hanson, one would correctly assume that these boys certainly know what they’re doing.

With the modest little nook of space subject to a combination of industrial materials – the application of wooden bench tops, concrete block walls, copper and steel light fittings sourced from Loft Motif; within the space you’ll find little more than the coffee machine taking pride of place, leaving no room for doubt over what this pit stop is all about. Open bright and early from six in the morning, you’ll be able to smell the home roasted coffee from a mile away, while the filled rolls, sandwiches and home made pies serve well in warding off the hunger pangs.

For now, the duo have made it their duty to provide the abundance of surrounding tradespeople and hurried commuters with a premium roast, many of whom had become accustomed to the instant variety as a quick fix come morning teatime. There’s no doubt that Deluxe’s neighbours will be much better off for their presence and it’s with little surprise this bona fide caffeine pit stop has already garnered a loyal fleet of daily visitors.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 6am till 3pm

Deluxe Coffee Bar

57 Carr Rd
Mount Roskill
Auckland

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Barking Mad

Technology that promises to interpret your four-legged friend’s barks into human speech.

Welcome to the future. A place where, using the wizard technology of No More Woof, canines can woof, growl and whine and you can listen in, translating their doggy brainwaves into proper human speech.

The ambitious project, kickstarted by the Scandinavian Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery, aims to reveal what dogs are thinking. Using a headset powered by Raspberry Pi sensors, brainwave patterns are detected and niftily translated into the human speech equivalents, then made audible through a speaker.

By no means a finished product, the pioneering gadget is currently in fundraising stage in order to carry out further development, and there are plans to emit your pup’s thoughts via a variety of different voices, translating into English as well as French, Mandarin and even Spanish. Fido better have nice things to say, or he’s in the dog box.

Visit the No More Woof website here.

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Pen to Paper: CJ Hendry

This gifted artist is renowned for immortalising luxury objects in ink.

You only need to steal a glance at 26-year-old Queensland native CJ Hendry’s work to spot her infatuation with detail. Hendry’s painstaking creations have garnered her over 53,000 Instagram followers, attracted worldwide attention and secured private commissions from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow.

Armed with nothing more than a black UniPin pen and velveteen sheets of Arches paper – a stock known for its soft, feathery texture that is notoriously difficult to work with – Hendry gets to work. First selecting her subject; or rather letting her subject select her, lured to it through ‘obsession’, what follows is nothing short of methodical. After propping up the subject matter – a luxury handbag or waxy Saint Laurent dress shoe, a crumpled Hermès paper shopping bag, vintage saddle, pistol or a longhorn head – using whatever she has on hand (more often than not weathered university textbooks and several strips of masking tape) Hendry photographs her inspiration. She brands her subjects ‘trophies’, designer pieces she’s collected and treasured over the years.

Hendry shoots her subject, angle after angle with manic repetition, like a paparazzo chasing a victim, until something eventually jumps out at her. She makes it clear however that she is no photographer. “I believe people use the word too interchangeably; taking photos does not mean you’re a photographer. I have a great camera but honestly it sits on the auto setting. I wouldn’t have the faintest idea how to run the thing. Having said that though, my sketches are only as good as the quality of the photograph, just imagine if I learnt how to use a camera”.

What she renders is an almost mirror image photorealism. The tender curving of Gucci buttons and soles of shoes remind us there is penmanship at work here, in which case we can only sit back, catch our breath and submit to the spellbinding talent Hendry so clearly possesses.

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Snap happy: Annie’s big book

A testament to Annie Leibovitz's glittering career in fashion, photography and beyond.

It’s little wonder the most prolific portrait photographer working today took several years to compile her latest masterpiece. Annie’s Big Book is nothing short of SUMO in stature, documenting some of Annie Leibovitz’s favourite photographs handpicked from her eclectic 40-year career. Featuring iconic imagery seen throughout the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair and beyond, including never before seen snaps of John Lennon and Yoko Ono; Leibovitz’s latest labor of love is accompanied by telling details written by Steve Martin and Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter.

A limited edition signed copy of Annie’s big book is available locally from Timeout Bookstore.

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Organic on the Go

Our healthy living endeavour continues with the help of an honest to goodness new juice.

As time goes on, we’re granted yet more reason to go organic. Unpleasant realities continue to crop up, and we can’t help but feel the encroaching need for healthier living whether we like it or not. In light of as much, we’re pleased to have found a thirst quenching juice that fits the organic bill.

Enter Most Juice – an enticingly tasty range of still and sparkling fruit beverages that are set to satiate your taste buds while providing honest and organic flavour. Quenching your thirst for something a little sweet, this is a juice with only the best intentions, endowed with certified organic BioGro credence that makes it all the more guilt-free and delicious.

Made in New Zealand using only the highest quality ingredients, Most Juice is your solution to a delicious organic beverage on the go. Already available at some of our favourite food establishments including Ponsonby Central’s Foxtrot Parlour, Bird on a Wire and Richmond Road’s Jafa Café, this lovingly crafted refreshment makes other varieties pale by comparison. Devoid of preservatives, artificial flavours and colours, Most Juice allows the goodness of New Zealand’s finest apples to shine through with a crisp taste that is bound to appeal to all.

As the perfect complement to your considered dietary choices, we suggest you enjoy this specialty crafted beverage with a wholesome bite to eat. Our favourite flavour combination, Apple and Peach, serves as the perfect side to a lunch on the run – one such as Jafa’s renowned teriyaki noodle salad served on a bed of baby spinach with toasted sesame seeds and pickled ginger, if not an equally delicious organic chicken salad from the ever-popular Bird on a Wire.

So with the promise of juiced organic goodness only a bottle away, we suggest you round off your efforts to live a healthier lifestyle with the delightfully organic help of Most Juice.

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Mr Bones’ Bangers

Bangers so good you'll be longing for seconds.

Mr. Bones is putting the artistry back into the creation of sensational bangers. Crafted using ethically farmed meat and boasting unique flavours such as beef empanada, Pork and Sambucca and Sunday Roast, these new and niche underground producers are well worth seeking out. Our personal favourite? The Pork Siu Mai banger, bursting with flavour and comprising of shiitake mushrooms, water chestnuts and a string of other delicious secret ingredients adapted from an old family recipe. Taking orders via their facebook page, sausages don’t come much tastier than this. Trust us, we wouldn’t dare tell porkies.

For more, see Mr Bones’ Bangers on Facebook here.

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Ebisu restaurant — the allure of the orient

Our favourite Japanese eatery is luring our tastebuds with some inspired new eastern delights.

As long term fans of Britomart’s ode to Japan, Ebisu, we are continually drawn to their consistently ambrosial food. Never mind the inviting and comfortable interior that has been known to lure us unwittingly for lengthy afternoons of eastern indulgence. Given that the existing menu comprised so many cult offerings, it would be forgivable for Ebisu to rest on their laurels. This is not the case however – just as soon as we ascertain our favourite dishes and develop a relentless obsession with their new style sashimi, the kitchen launches a new and inspired menu of delectable oriental fare.

We’ve recently discovered a plethora of new offerings and can’t help but be impressed by the considered and tactful rejuvenation of the menu. Shedding new light on some titillated old favourites and introducing new flavours that take one’s perceptions of Japanese cuisine to bold new heights, Ebisu continues to cement itself as one of the finest Japanese eateries in town.

Featuring alongside the eatery’s steadfast signature dishes, the new crispy skin snapper is gaining traction as a firm favourite, laudably prepared with baby fennel and yuzu-saikyo miso served on a bed of sake braised endive. The simply ‘must-try’ seared Hokkido scallops, paired with a gingered kumara puree, shiitake mushrooms and caramelised black vinegar provide next level indulgence while the broken chicken salad, also a newcomer, is served with pickled jellyfish, mint, basil and sesame dressing for a fresh take on things.

Ideal for those who intend on dining as a larger group, the mixed meat platter boasting juicy Wakanui scotch, succulent seared duck breast, the ever essential teriyaki chicken, beef tataki and Wagyu dumplings is enough to make even the most zealous carnivore’s eyes pop. Furthermore, the impressively generous dish makes the perfect selection of tasty tidbits for those who suffer from chronic indecision.

With flavoursome new horizons ready to explore, we suggest you hightail to this destination of gastronomic delights for a taste of what’s new.

Ebisu

116-118 Quay St
Britomart
Auckland CBD

(09) 300 5271

www.ebisu.co.nz

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Prepare to dazzle

Keep it striking with the stunning Hortensia ring by Chaumet.

A striking statement for the tickled pink, the tourmaline Hortensia ring by Chaumet is adornment at its very finest. This jewel-like ring comprises rubies, pink sapphires and drops of red tourmaline that are set in pink gold and finished with diamonds. The three shades of precious gems create a beautiful depth that adds to the appealing and natural asymmetry of the signature bijoux. With tapered petals that characterise its bloom-like form, the Hortensia is typical of Chaumet’s complex and exquisitely delicate adornments. This precious piece is sure to set hearts a flutter.

Hartfield

327 Parnell Rd
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(09) 373 2472

www.hartfield.co.nz

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How to: be the perfect house guest

Ensure you get the invite second time around with these handy tips.

With friends in great places, you’re sure to have a myriad of invitations to join one party or another for a weekend getaway to the proverbial ‘beach house’. And who doesn’t love a good dose of that pure provincial air? Filling one’s lungs with the good stuff and making it that much easier to come down from the double-shot fueled work week that leaves us so highly strung come Friday.

Given our appreciation for the prospect of a weekend escape, we can only hope you’d be on your best behaviour lest you be denied a second cordial invitation. As host, there are some particularly tiresome traits that make the weekend drag; after 48 hours with a nightmarish house guest, the mere sight of them is enough to make you implode – their giggle soon makes your skin crawl and their jokes no longer worth a fraction of the ear time. So, in a bid to keep on the guest list take heed of a few golden pointers…

1. When the invitation is extended to yours truly, don’t take liberties and extend this even further. Unless you are on very familiar terms, you shouldn’t feel it appropriate to invite your old school friends, offspring or even Fido for that matter. If you wanted to hold a mixer, do it on your own time. As for entertaining your teething two year-old, well that definitely wasn’t part of the plan.

2. Unless you’re going to stay with Gatsby, don’t expect it to be a fully catered affair. Turning up empty handed is never acceptable, especially if your a picky eater or enthusiastic imbiber. For someone who’s not used to cooking quinoa twice a day, a certain gracious host will soon be cursing your name, while an avid appreciation for top shelf spirits is a revered quality so long as you know to B.Y.O.

3. So, you love taking long walks along the beach followed by a long hot shower? We suggest you rethink your romantic baths this time around and cast a thought on the (most likely) lacklustre capacity of the hot water cylinder. In the same vein, it’s best not to approach towels as though they’re tissues and attempt to use only one for the duration of your stay.

4. The beach house is often a place where people relegate some of their favourite hardbacks, so upon the discovery of a book you’ve been meaning to read only forever, we suggest you resist the urge to ‘accidentally’ smuggle one home as though there was some sort of implicit one-way book swap agreement.

5. Your phone is constantly attached to your hand thus your one in perpetual pursuit of good reception and the wifi code. Interestingly enough, we didn’t invite you along to observe your social media addiction. Prove you worth in terms of scintillating company, we beg.

6. Sundays, though restful, are not a day to loiter. Respect the sanctity of the weekend’s last precious moments and don’t overstay your welcome.

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