Friday, 17 December 2004

Friday is Photo Day

I've been debating about what photo to put up and that's pushed the time into Saturday. I finally decided on a photo taken back in March at the Red Bull Flugtag in Wellington.

Red Bull Flugtag in Wellington

The original version of this image was an excessive 10 megapixel photo. I've reduced the size down to 1.7 megapixel. This should have the effect of only requiring horizontal scrolling.

There was much debate about putting up this image mainly because the photo is stitched rather poorly. There were a number of issues with composing it and there are two areas that stand out the most, but if you look closely you'll notice more. (another reason why I shrunk the photo)

The photo is made from 5 different images. There were a lot of people there, and I didn't manage to get them to stay still for the 5 shots. Plus, there's a funky green mist in the Wellington Sky. I used a foreign camera without adjustments, so I'm not sure who's to blame.

The seam searchers out there will have a field day with this one.

Communicating With Large Groups of People

While my boss is away I've been given the task of recruiting leaders for the upcoming school holidays.

There's about 120 of them. That's a pretty tiny amount considering I used to disseminate information to around eighty thousand young girls. However, the method of communication is different and it makes a huge difference.

I'm currently using "telephone" technology and, despite what telemarketing companies would like to believe, it's a really bad way of communicating with masses of people. I guess that's why spamvertising got so big so quickly.

Friday, 10 December 2004

dhabih & anry

While I was catching up on my reading I came across a link pointing to an "painting" by a chap named Anry. Though the style is different, after browsing the gallery I was reminded of Dhabih Eng's work. (of which I'm quite fond)

So if you care to have a quick look I'd suggest these as good samples:


Friday is Photo Day

Now, normally you'd have a single, new, extra large photo waiting for you. Today is a little different. Today you get a retort to BeckChi's comment. So here are three photos taken from the end of 2002 in the Australian Outback.

Olgas from a distance Uluru Olgas with sprial lens flare

I'm quite fond of these photos, especially the middle one. So, what could have motivated Beck's comment? Could it have been the subject matter and accompanied stories, lah? How about the quality of the camera, which made most of the photos look vintage 1970's? Or could it have actually been those 3 photos taken in Adelaide proper during the nighttime self-guided over-the-phone tour of the city? (which actually are some pretty horrendous photos)

Decide for yourself.

Missing in Action

As you may have noticed, I have been away since the end of last month. Well, away in the sense of not being online.

I've moved to the fancy world of broadband Internet. I was supposed to return a few days ago, but have been debating with Telecom about my non-functioning connection. Today they finally went down to the exchange and had a gander at the wires that they had plugged into the wrong port. Good on ya, Telecom.

But, I'm back and it's Friday, so expect a "Photo Day" today.

Friday, 26 November 2004

Friday is Photo Day

Just the photo today. This was taken a few weeks back after the trip to the beach that took us into Lyttelton. That's Erin standing in the shot and a hidden Kirsten causing the waves.

Friday, 19 November 2004

Friday is Photo Day

Here's this weeks photo. This is overlooking Christchurch from Cracroft Hill, which is situated in front of the Sign of the Takahe. This photograph was inspired after a conversation with a friend about the lack of highrises in the first photo. This proves that we do have them, even if it is fewer than a dozen and none higher than fifteen floors.

Cracroft Hill overlooking Christchurch 2004-10-22

This image started off as a 9.6 megapixel beast. I've cropped it down to a more reasonable 5.6 megapixel. Standard comment about scrolling applies.

Some movie/Peter Jackson trivia for you, the Sign of the Takahe was featured in the movie that was mentioned in the third photo and the adjacent Victoria Park played itself in the movie Heavenly Creatures.

NASA World Wind

I've been playing around with World Wind a lot recently. Playing in the sense of using it to explore the world.

So I've been looking at my old neighborhoods, my new ones, places I've been, places I don't want to go, etc. In my quest to find the beach village of Praia do Ervino I did a little Google which brought back the name of the town near there, São Francisco do Sul. I had never seen this written and had never questioned it before but discovered today it's "San Francisco of the South" in English. Very cool.
lat: -26.2355
lon: -48.6461
if you're playing along at home.

One of the many oddities I've discovered in the Nevada desert can be found at:
lat: 37.6494
lon: -115.8086
This had me puzzled all day, but it turns out it's alfalfa. Alfalfa?! The circles are substantially larger than the largest of the aeroplane hangers of Area 51 just to the South of those coordinates. There are twenty-one circles in that one spot alone, with copious amounts spread all over the desert and even Barstow makes claim to many.

Ah, the things your don't notice until your fifty thousand metres above the earths surface...

That Day Already

It seems this blog lives for Friday. I guess it's a good thing that I've committed myself to Photo Day, else I suspect there would huge gaps between updates.

I was considering going into a spiel about how Mozilla is so much better than its child Firefox, but I decided not to confuse the matter of simply moving away from that other browser. However, for the record, there are really only two things I see that Firefox has over Mozilla, but there's a lot the other way around.

It's almost 05:00:00. I think I'll have one more post before the photo...

Friday, 12 November 2004

Friday is Photo Day

We're heading into summer, and over the weekend I got called out for a day at the beach with a couple friends. We spent the day in Sumner and then headed over to Lyttelton as the traffic back into the city was silly slow. This photo was taken from the first lookout on the way into Lyttelton. (where the three yellow roads meet)

Looking out over the water, you can see a bay with some boats. That is Purau Bay. I was over there this week with work. We had 60 kids over two days doing kayaking, climbing and team initiatives. Two full days in the sun has darkened my skin a fair whack.

Firefox 1.0

As reported elsewhere, Firefox 1.0 has been released unto the world.

Simply put, Firefox is a web browser like Internet Explorer. Here are 10 reasons why you should switch to Firefox. And some info on how to switch to Firefox.

If the ten reasons that make your life easier and more productive aren't enough then how about an eleventh related to your privacy and security. Or rather eleven more reasons. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team a sub department of the United States Department of Homeland Security currently has eleven vulnerability notes that say you should switch from Internet Explorer do to "significant vulnerabilities in technologies relating to" the way IE works.

I got thrown this link last night and started sifting through the gallery. It's really touching to see the expressions and comments from the people that have submitted photos. It's good to see that my dismay isn't solitary.

Since yesterday the site has gone from displaying the full images to displaying thumbnails. To make life easier you should try the "linked images" bookmarklet and/or tabbed browsing.

Updated: Looks like they've switched back to full sized images.

Thursday, 11 November 2004

Show Day

Well, apparently, it's a public holiday today here in Canterbury. It's Show Day. I say apparently because every day is a public holiday for me. Even when I'm working it's like a holiday.

I hadn't thought of the consequences of it being Show Day until this morning. I flagged going to the Hog last night because of a mild headache. However, given the rare nature of the three day weekend, I should have gone.

Saturday, 6 November 2004

Friday is Photo Day

Today's photo is of Lyttelton Harbour. It's a quick trip through, or over, the hill from the first photo. You may have seen Lyttelton before as the town "Fairweather" in the movie The Frighteners.

2004-10-24 Lyttleton Harbour

With each of the three photos so far the size of the images has doubled and this one works out to about 6 megapixel. So, if you don't have to scroll then you're missing the details.

Four More Years

As you should all be aware, the US public had a vote the other day and decided that I won't be making any visits within the next four years without serious coercion.

So those of you who keep asking me "when" can save your breath until 2008. Though I do encourage you to take the trip down to a saner part of the world at your leisure.

Guy Fawkes Day

Yesterday was Guy Fawkes Day, a day of fireworks among commonwealth countries. I made the traditional trip down to New Brighton to have a bbq with some mates and watch the fireworks.

I decided to delay "Photo Day" and took my camera down to the beach in anticipation of some decent photos. Unfortunately, the view of the hills at dusk didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. So the delay was for naught and I'll be throwing up a photo from a few weeks ago.

Friday, 29 October 2004

Canterbury NPC Champs

I wanted to mention this back when it happened last week, but keep finding myself without that spare moment. Such as it is anyone who cares about the result should already know, but I'll post it anyway.

Canterbury didn't have too much trouble with Wellington to win the first division NPC championship. The game ended at 40 to 27. Despite the spread this game was a lot more entertaining than the semi game the week before.

Now it's time to gear up for the end of year All Blacks tour.

Atom Feed

I've changed the option to enable the Atom Feed for this site.

If you read a lot of blogs, I've found using a program like FeedDemon makes life a whole lot easier. The only downside is that you don't get the style of the blog.

Anyway, now you've got a choice.

Friday is Photo Day

Well, it's Friday and I've decided to post another photo. I'm thinking about making this a regular thing. That way I should be getting out of the house a bit to take the photos.

This photo was taken in Mount Vernon Park on Sunday. It was taken on the longer walking track that meets up with Rapaki Track.

As it's currently Spring you'll notice two things about this photo; the hills are green and the mountains are snow white. If you don't know what mountains I'm talking about then you need to view the image at its full size. (Hint: if you don't need to scroll to see it all, then it's not full size)

The buildings you see in the photo are in the Western part of the "Four Ave's." (city centre) The green stuff beyond that is Hagley Park / Botanic Gardens.

Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Port Hills Clouds

While on my way home this morning I noticed that the Port Hills were in mighty form. In an effort to bring that glory to this blog I hunted down the camera, hunted down a good photo spot and took the photo. Unfortunately, during that time the full glory of the hills had dissipated. While I'm not completely happy with the semi-glory, I'm still bringing the photo to this blog. Enjoy...

Port Hills on the morning of 2004-10-21

NPC Semi-Final

Though it's a bit late, thought I would mention that I went to the NPC rugby semi on the weekend. Canterbury didn't have any challenge from Bay of Plenty winning 44-12. The two tries from BoP were scored in the first and last minutes of the second half, the rest of the match was all Canterbury. The second half was also very wet, but we managed to find some shelter after getting semi-soaked.

I doubt Wellington will be as easy to walk over. Saturday will tell.

Monday, 18 October 2004

MSN Messenger Theme for Guifications v0.04

Guifications has been bumped up a version, so there's a new version of the MSN Messenger Theme.

Guifications has gone back to using ft2, so it's reintroduced a font size bug. This release of the theme changes the font size back to the visually correct (tho, technically incorrect) size.

If you're using something other than Windows you'll probably need to change the font size to some other incorrect value.

Tuesday, 12 October 2004

MSN Messenger Theme for Guifications v0.03

I updated the MSN theme for guifications last night/this morning.

Added in the two new events and changed the font size to respect Guifications 2.3.

I'm not overly happy with the changes in the latest Guifications. I'm trying to convince grim that the throttle should be optional and the removal of the offsets wasn't a good idea. He's not showing any sign of giving in, tho. *sigh*

Monday, 4 October 2004

The Passing of the Storm

So, school holidays are over, I've moved into my house and I've appeased the tax office.

Week one of the school holidays was a success. We managed to get golf in four of the five days. On that one day we went to the movies instead. Most of the courses we a little apprehensive at having the kids on the course, but all allowed it to go forward. Eleven of the eighteen kids were Korean with nine of them having a decent understanding of English, so no major hassles there. Though only two of the kids played golf regularly everyone managed to come out of the week still enjoying golf.

The second week I was running the Innov-8 programme. First half of the day was spent on computer lessons and the second half random activities. The random activities consisted of indoor rock climbing, Laser Strike x 2, movies, and orienteering at Victoria Park. I just got word today that positive feedback has come in from the training centre about the computer related activities.

As for the house. Well, everything is here, it's just a matter of finding it. Can't find my phone charger, which is a bit of a problem...

Hopefully things will be sorted quickly...

Thursday, 16 September 2004

Action Adventure Man

So, I'm an outdoor instructor. I take people rock climbing, kayaking, abseiling, etc. Well, my assignment for next week is... golf. Yep, I'm running a golf programme. One week, twenty kids, five golf courses and plenty of smaller activities.

Most days will start off with a bit of mini golf and then the afternoon is 18 hole glory. There are two exceptions to this plan, both involve water. The day at the QEII course will involve swimming at their pool. And Friday we take a trip to Hanmer. And what would a trip to Hanmer be without hot pools.

Let's just hope the weather clears up.

Sunday, 12 September 2004

10 Year Reunion

Thought I should mention that October 16 is my high school 10 year reunion. The web site with all the detail can be found at I won't be attending, as I'm on the other side of the world. Should be interesting to see the photos from the event, tho.

Thursday, 9 September 2004

MSN Messenger Theme for Guifications v0.02

Last week I updated the MSN theme for guifications.

Just added in message preview and bound it to the inside of the display. I also changed the naming scheme of the file to differentiate it from Colin's theme.

Wednesday, 8 September 2004

House Ownership

Well, it's official, I own a house. Move in on the 24th.

Sunday, 5 September 2004

Shake Shake

We just had an earthquake. Nothing major, tho.

The Shield Returns

The Ranfurly Shield is back in Canterybury. Reading about the game doesn't give the game justice. Was a good way to get it back after losing it to Auckland last year in the final. Might go and watch the (first?) defense live. Haven't been to a game this year.

Sunday, 29 August 2004

Sunday Is Snow Day?

Well, it's Sunday and the ski fields are open (last 2 weekends that's not been the case) and there's snow and there's sun . . . but no people. Once again I'm not having a snow filled Sunday. Seems people would rather study for test/exams, etc than to ski. Bah!

Thursday, 26 August 2004

House Hunting No More

Oh yeah, I bought a house. Doing the lawyer thing at the moment, but it all looks good. Possession is in a month. Yeah for no more house hunting.

Early Hour Snow

Well, apparently the weather reports were correct, it snowed again in Chch. I say apparently beccause when I awoke there wasn't any snow on the ground. So I missed it. There's plenty of snow on the Alps and even yesterday there was snow on the Port Hills.

Not sure of the state of the hills today. There's been a decent amount on rain in the last 24 hours, so I'd say even that's gone.

I should be getting to the snow this weekend, tho. Porter Heights has opened again, so here's hoping they don't blow more stuff up.

Saturday, 21 August 2004

Guifications 2.0 Theme

I've written a theme for Guifications 2.0. It's based off an existing theme based on MSN Messenger. I've broken from straight emulation of the Messenger functionality and added the buddy icon to the pop-up. If you're a fan of the messenger style of pop-up then check out this theme.

No Skiing This Weekend

Well, the fine people of Porter Heights decided to clear away some dodgy snow and ended up "damaging the concrete foundation of one lift tower on T-Bar 1." So I won't be up at the snow tomorrow. They expected to have it sorted by mid-week, but we'll see.

Have the option to go up to Castle Hill tomorrow for the night. Not sure who's going so I think it'll be safer to pass on that option.

Didn't get that snow in Chch as they predicted. They've taken another guess and said Monday is a day for snow here on the coast. Again, we'll wait and see.

Tuesday, 17 August 2004

More Snow

They're expecting more snow in Chch tomorrow. There's still limited amounts of snow on the ground from the last downing 2 days ago. That's not such a big deal for mountain people, but here in Christchurch we're a sea level.

Thought pops into head.... I want to see the snow falling into the ocean. That's got to be rare sight. Considering the ocean is in view from the park at the end of my street it shouldn't pose too much of a problem.

I didn't end up taking any photos of the last batch of snow, which is rather unfortunate. I went out at about 11pm on Sunday and the city was looking quite beautiful. I guess the snow reminds me of my youth, spending time in Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and Mammoth.

Now my snow activities are pretty much limited to Hanmer visits. Though for the next two weeks I'll be running ski trips up to Porter Heights. Should prove to be interesting considering I haven't been skiing in more than a decade.

First Post!

Well, here's my first entry. Nothing to see here, move along.