Sunday, 18 December 2005

i aint feelin it

I'm sure everyone knows about Hot or Not, where you rate people on their looks. Well, today I discovered Street Style.

What gets me more than the outfits is the language in the comments. Sometimes I act it up, but this is their reality. Yet another reason for 2008.

My apologies to JD, ET and JW who will actually find value in this site.

peace out

Friday, 16 December 2005

Photo of the Week

This photo was also taken in Lyttelton Harbour, but looking in the other direction. The great expanse of the Pacific Ocean is seen beyond the heads.

This was taken from a moving ferry and the results aren't as good as I had hoped. There is a bit of ghosting where the heads meet the water.

Saturday, 10 December 2005


Tonight I discovered a game called reflections and I'm on level 18. I'm going to blame the fact that it's past 5am for my slow progress on level 17.

Friday, 9 December 2005

Photo of the Week

This photo was taken in Lyttelton Harbour. In the center of the shot is Quail Island which was once used for quarantine and a leper colony.

This image is delayed because I've been quite busy. I almost posted it last week a but I feel asleep, and then the same thing happened a couple days ago.

Last week I was on Quail Island 3 days in a row. We'd head over in the morning, run around the Island, loaded up like a donkey, dropping off raft parts. Then we'd head back to base and run around the Island again with the kids while they collected the raft parts. Then after lunch would be the raft building and a tyrolean traverse.

Then I was in Purau for 3 days and 2 nights with my Youth Leadership Training group. The first morning was a 5am start, but luckily they were convinced that sleeping in was a good thing for the second morning. Still, lots of running around, swimming, etc.

Sunday, 27 November 2005

Photo of the Week

This is the last of the sunset set. This was taken at 7:34pm, 11 minutes after the last photo.

This is just further round the dirt road. You can still see cattle and there's some sheep thrown in for good measure.

Monday, 21 November 2005

Photo of the Week

Here is the second stage of sunset. This was take at 7:23pm, 27 minutes after the last photo.

The first stage was taken in the rocky outcrop on the right side of the waters edge. VPM and I had walked there along the water, then walked up to the bottom of the crag. When we left we walked the rest of the way up the rock.

Once at the top we were greeted by a heard of cattle. It was no big deal to walk around them, but then they started following us. VMP got a little freaked and asked if they were bulls. Having only given them a quick look over I had determined they were cows, and we continued to walk around them. And they still followed. Then we both noticed that one cow was a bit different from the rest. VPM got a little more freaked, but the bull was too busy keeping the cows from us to show us any attention.

We snuck our way around going back down to the beach and then followed the path up to the road. It's from that dirt road that this photo was taken. You can see the cattle on the top of the rocky bit.

Tuesday, 15 November 2005

So You Think You Can Dance

If you've dreamed of showing off your dancing skills to the New Zealand tv watching population, you now have the chance. TV3 has a new dance show coming in 2006, "So You Think You Can Dance." Apply now!

I found this while looking at the TV3 website. Not only did they uglify their site, they also broke my personal tv listings.

Saturday, 12 November 2005

Photo of the Week

Well, I've taken some more photos and over the next three weeks I'll be showing "stages of sunset." All three photos were taken from the same bay as the last photo, Purau Bay.

This first photo was taken at second belay spot of the crag we use for climbing in Purau. (visible in the last photo in the center of the image) This was taken at 6:56pm.

Thursday, 3 November 2005

Cheaper Petrol

Quick fact: With regard to petrol prices, Christchurch suffers from price fixing.

There is one exception to this rule: Shell Linwood, located on the corner of Linwood Avenue & Cashel Street.

This single station has been playing the capitalist game a little different. You'll usually find the price about 2 cents cheaper there than the fixed price. While 2 cents isn't a huge savings, for me it equates to almost a free tank of petrol after a year.

214 Linwood Ave, Linwood, Christchurch 8001

Phone: (3) 389-8115
Map location

Monday, 31 October 2005


During my feed reading this morning I came across a post in Google Blog talking about videos to watch on Google Video. The first video link is pretty funny (in a BCK Films kind of way), the second one evokes a "damn, that boy has skillz!"

I haven't checked out the rest, so there may be some more interesting videos in there.

Sunday, 30 October 2005

Photo of the Week

This photo was taken in Purau Bay, which is seen from afar in this previous post.

This photo was taken almost a year ago. I'll hopefully have some recent photos to put up in the weeks to come. (as soon as I take them)

$10 Weekend

Telecom is having another $10 Talkathon weekend. Unlike my previous effort I've failed to even inform people that it's on, so I don't expect to be making any huge savings.

If you're a friend and you're in one of the eligible countries, give me a shout and you'll get a call. You've got 11 hours 58 minutes.

Tuesday, 25 October 2005


I've been slient for a while. I've thought of some things to write, but you'll have to wait until I remember what they are.

More photos are in the works, please be patient. :-)

Wednesday, 12 October 2005

Photo of the Week

This is the view from Conical Hill overlooking Hanmer Springs.

The main centre of the village is off the left of the image, including the thermal pools, bars and bakery's. In this image you can see the golf course and the surrounding farm land.

Saturday, 1 October 2005

Photo of the Week

This is a rainy day at Lake Tekapo.

On a sunny day the lake has quit a spectacular colour; the link above has a photo taken on such a day.

Saturday, 24 September 2005

Photo of the Week

This is a view of the Tasman Glacier. There's a couple meters of dirt and rock on top of the ice, but the white of the ice is clearly visible throughout the image.

As you might have noticed I've renamed "Friday is Photo Day" to "Photo of the Week." I've been a bit tardy with the images, so this is a bit more truthful now.

I've also changed servers holding the images. The geocities account was approaching its limit. I've also added a thumbnail page with all the 'photo day' images.

Friday, 16 September 2005

Friday is Photo Day

This is a rainy view overlooking the Mt Cook village.

There's nothing wrong with this photo, this is how it actually looked. SM and I decided to go for a walk in the rain and this was the resulting view.

Sunday, 11 September 2005

Friday is Photo Day

This is a frosted view of Mt Cook.

I was rushing against the weather and grabbed the camera from my car. I hadn't considered the fact that it had been below zero overnight. The clouds were moving closer by the second so I found my position and took the shots. Happy that I was faster than the clouds, I packed the camera away.

Note to self: Let the lens warm up before taking photos.

Saturday, 3 September 2005

Friday is Photo Day

This photo was taken at Castle Rock, mentioned two weeks ago.

This is a view of the eastern part of Christchurch. Castle Rock is in the foreground with Ferrymead at the base of the hill. You can see the motorway that leads to the Lyttleton tunnel.

Thursday, 1 September 2005


You left out the part where you just wanna see if I'm gonna be eaten by something.

Saturday, 27 August 2005

Friday is Photo Day

This photo was taken in Boulder Bay, on the walk from Taylors Mistake to Godley Head, looking at Sumner Head.

Although there is a street sign in this photo, there are no streets here. There are a number of signs that have made their way to this bay, such as bus stops, Mrs Mac's Pies, etc.

If you view this photo at its full size you may notice the snow on the Southern Alps in the distance.

Sunday, 21 August 2005

Friday is Photo Day

This photo was taken on Thursday from the top of the Port Hills in Christchurch. I was up there with a group bouldering at Castle Rock.

The bottom of the hill is the location of a previous photo day.

Sorry about the delay.

Friday, 12 August 2005

Friday is Photo Day

This is the most recent of all the photos that I've taken. This was taken at the Queenstown end of the Crown Range.

Here is the view from within World Wind. You must have World Wind installed for that link to work.

Friday, 5 August 2005

Friday is Photo Day

This is a rainbow that was filling the sky near my house.

This is the same rainbow from a previous entry but I used autostitch this time. This is the only image so far that has turned out better than when I've done it by hand, and it's turned out a lot better.

The original image is very small in order to hide the major flaws in my handiwork. Though autostitch appears to have compressed the image vertically, it has automatically joined the rainbow segments, which I was not able to do by hand.

Go autostitch!

Monday, 1 August 2005

NASA World Wind Credits

I suppose it's about time that I mention something that has taken up a fair bit of my time over the last few months. I've been volunteering my time to the NASA World Wind project.

I've received credit on the site, I'm listed on the World Wind Central People page, and have a user page of my exploits.

And yes, I'm aware of Google Maps, Virtual Earth, Google Earth, osgPlanet, etc.

The Missing Fridays

You may have noticed that there haven't been any photos for the past two weeks. This isn't because I've run out of photos, or because I've cancelled the routine. Instead it's because I've been out and about with a mate from Sydney.

Good news is that there's a bunch more photos in the lineup, so stay tuned.

Sunday, 17 July 2005

Friday is Photo Day

Taken from Moncks Bay, Christchurch, this shot looks out the Estuary to the ocean.

This shot was taken on the second day of this year. There are a few other photos from this day, and one from a different part of this bay. I chose this one because the only flaw in it isn't noticeable unless you've seen the original photos. The flaw is much more pronounced in the other shot.

Friday, 8 July 2005

Friday is Photo Day

This image was taken in early January 2004 from the front yard of my former residence.

This one has been sitting on my harddrive for a while, so I figured I would get this one out early.

Friday, 1 July 2005

Friday is Photo Day

After a 5+ month break "Friday is Photo Day" will return for a while. The reason being is because of a program called AutoStitch and JR's suggestion that I try it out.

This image is from from my Playing Along at Home post. The processed image still has a lot of issues with AutoStitch, but it doesn't involve any work on my part. I just point it at the images and it does everything itself. So I've used it to process some other images that aren't so flawed to begin with and there are some minor ghostings, etc but I'm happy enough with the results (and saved time) that I'll post them anyway.

There were a lot of images that I just didn't bother processing the old way and these have turned out quite nice. So expect some more photos in the weeks to come.

Thursday, 16 June 2005

Welcome to Hell

So I had some Hell pizza last night. I went for a creator and it worked. I'm not sure that they included all that I ordered, but whatever it was that ended up on the pizza was quite tasty. Might skip the spinach pesto next time; it was really good on the first couple pieces, but after that it was a bit much.

Also had the Unearthly Desert Pizza, which consists of berries, banana, 3 types of chocolate and custard. Very tasty, but again, not in mass quantity.

The creator ingredients:

  • avocado
  • blackpepper
  • caramelised onions
  • oreganum
  • spring onions
  • sundried tomatoes
  • Spinach pesto&c cheese
  • camembert
  • cheese
  • feta
  • smoked cheddar
  • chicken
  • bacon
  • cabanossi
  • ham
  • pepperoni
  • salami
  • garlic mayo sauce

Monday, 30 May 2005

Israeli Latin Dancing

A friend of mine in Israel sent me a link to a video of him Latin dancing. There's some group dancing and then the video switches to him at 4:38.

It would be good to have Rami back here showing us how it's done. (except that move at 5:48, I'm happy not knowing that one) Maybe I'll just put some effort into improving and head out there. It looks like there's some, erm, talented dancers there.

Crusaders win the Super 12

For the fifth time the Crusaders have won the Super 12 rugby union competition. This is the last year of the competition which means that the Crusaders won it 50% of the time, were in the finals 70% of time and are the last team to be etched on the trophy. Gotta love that!

Today I went to the honoring ceremony in the Square, I got some autographs and held the trophy. It's lighter than I thought it would be and it hadn't had the 5th win etched yet.

Next year is the start of the Super 14. Lets hope they can keep it going!

Tuesday, 24 May 2005

Cheap Phone Calls

On the weekend of 1 May I made a bunch of phone calls. I called the US and AU and spoke for over 7.5 hours. Everyone kept asking how cheap the calls were, well...

Under normal charging conditions I made $238.04 worth of calls. Under the current weekend promotion it would have cost me $71.30. But that weekend was special and those calls cost me a total of $5.

Over the entire bill I saved $315.38. Fairly impressive, but still not as good as my May 2004 savings of $7,075.84.

Saturday, 21 May 2005

The Wil to Read

A while ago I decided that I would have to give up WIL WHEATON dot NET for very similar reasons why I gave up Slashdot. I enjoyed the content of Wil's blog but found myself taking too much time reading it. It's still a Channel in FeedDemon, but currently sits with 94 unread items.

A small update to the slashdot thing. I've managed to stay away from slashdot as a daily routine. I've maybe visited the site 10 times since dropping it, but now even Google wants to tempt me.

Thursday, 12 May 2005

Playboy Mansion West - Update

In a previous post I mentioned that I was trying to get onto the Top 10 Hotspots list with the Playboy Mansion.

There was a mysterious (*cough* *cough*), never to be repeated, surge in views. When the surge in traffic stopped it had entered the Top 10 at #9 by 16 views or so. That went down to about 2 before it started going up again.

Today it has moved into spot #8, surpassing Microsoft HQ. Next step is 209 views away. It'll be interesting to see how long it takes before the sex palace can trounce the mouse.

Tuesday, 10 May 2005

10 Days of Music

Well, 9 days 6 hours 26 minutes and 45 seconds of music, to be exact. (3222 songs)

Back in September last year I resolved to listen to every bit of music that I had on my computer and as of yesterday, I'm done.

Why did it take me 234 days to listen to 10 days of music? Well, I had to listen to each song in it's entirety. I couldn't skip a song if I wasn't in the mood for it. Some days I didn't listen to any music. Some days I didn't feel like random music and listened to songs I'd already heard. And I kept adding more and more songs to the computer.

Unfortunately, there's still a bunch of CD's that I haven't put on the computer. But at least the "Not Played Songs" list is empty for now.

Monday, 9 May 2005

Annoying MSN Messenger Features

For those of you that think Winks are cute or cool, have a free one.

Spice up your MSN Messenger online conversations with great MSN Messenger content from Blue Mountain. Choose from thousands of emoticons, backgrounds, winks and more. You can also create your own unique display picture with our brand new Muggins. To download your free wink:
1. Sign in to MSN Messenger 7.0
2. Click Here to go to Blue Mountain
3. Choose your favorite wink
4. Click Already Have a Pin?
5. Enter this pin code: bluemountain
6. Wink will automatically download to your MSN Messenger client
7. Send the wink to all your friends

This was from a "monthly update" from Hotmail. Since I use gaim I haven't tried this, but it should work.

Sunday, 17 April 2005

MetService Surprise

I'm not sure when it happened, but sometime in the last year (I suspect September) MetService started using their website the way I wanted it to work eons ago.

This means that I can finally replace my homebrew page that amalgamated info from several sites and just visit the Christchurch weather page instead.

Saturday, 9 April 2005

MSN Messenger 7 Theme for Guifications - v0.1

With the release of MSN Messenger 7, I guess it's about time that I mentioned my MSN Messenger 7 Theme for Guifications.

I made this two months back and I released it late last month, I just didn't get around to mentioning it until now. Enjoy.

Monday, 4 April 2005

Graffiti, Vandalism and Humor

Every so often I'm reminded of some humorous vandalism on the Sydney trains.

There are some signs in the trains giving travelers varied information. One of these signs gives safety instructions for those traveling at night and reads:

At night, travel near the guards compartment marked with a blue light

With a simple scratching of 3.5 letters the message takes on a whole new meaning.

At night, rave near the guards compartment naked with a blue light

Even after reading it twice a day, every day, for two years I still get a smile reading it.

Monday, 28 March 2005


One of New Zealand's secret talents has just gotten less secret.

The latest episode of South Park is titled "Wing" and stars the New Zealand singing sensation Wing.

Wing has been going for a few years here in NZ and in 2003 made it on the radio in both the UK and the US. Last year she made it on Australian TV show Rove Live! singing several songs. That's some pretty good coverage for someone who's main stage is rest home halls.

However, 2005 sees Wing getting an entire episode dedicated to her on a highly rated US TV show. Sites are buzzing.

Saturday, 26 March 2005

New Zealand Commercials

I was browsing the Tui website looking to see if they had their TV commercials online. They didn't, but they did have a link to Found one Tui ad there and found some other NZ commercials as well. Here's some top picks, all but the last one are humorous. Updated 7pm

There are quite a few other ads for companies in NZ but because I don't watch too much TV I'm uncertain as to whether they are NZ or AU commercials. Anyway, have fun browsing through the archive.

Thursday, 10 March 2005

Playboy Mansion West

I've been visiting the WorldWind Central website since its first days of existence and have submitted a handful of locations, including theme parks, stadiums, military bases, etc. None of these locations have come even close to getting onto the Top 10 list.

In a quest to get on the Top 10 I was inspired by some late night tv which was a doco on Hugh Hefner. So I hunted down the address of the Playboy Mansion, used Geocoder to get the rough location of the Playboy Mansion then submitted the Playboy Mansion to the site.

In the few days that it was on the front page the Playboy Mansion has generated 959 views, the next closest on the frontpage has 198 views. Oh the draw of looking at a building that contains loads of fit women.

I've got a problem now, tho. The Playboy Mansion is no longer new enough to be on the front page and I'm still 254 views away from getting 10th place. This is not good!

So, I leave it to you, the readers of this blog, to view the Playboy Mansion whenever you can so that I, nay we, can achieve the goal of getting on the Top 10 list.

Wednesday, 2 March 2005

Lost Minithon

Last Saturday I got together with some friends and watched the tv show Lost. I'm keeping up with the US and so have watched the 17 episodes that have aired so far. Those who watch broadcast tv here in NZ saw the 6th episode tonight. Most of those who attended on Saturday have watched the first 8.

Episode 7 deals with Charlie and his band Driveshaft, and since most people I know have either recently seen 7, or will next week, I thought I'd throw in some 'goodies' for you hobbit lovers out there.

Here's the official unofficial Driveshaft website and the "You All Everybody" video.

Tuesday, 22 February 2005


... are the reason why toasters have a setting that will turn mere bread to ash.

Granted, toasters should not be labeled the way they are. Having numbers from 1 to 5, or any such ordering is useless. I propose a new dial label that goes something like:
|-Toast-|-------Burnt Toast-------|-Crumpets-|

Here's a discussion about the importance of a good crumpet by some, unknown to me, gamers here in NZ.

Friday, 18 February 2005

Friday is Photo Day

At least, for special reason, this Friday is. Today is TG's birthday (as well as MR and BA). TG was the author of the not-so-polite message from the Playing Along At Home entry. To try and appease him I present the following, formally rejected, photo.

South Brighton at night

This photo was taken back in November and described in the Guy Fawkes Day entry. This is looking at the port hills from the sand dunes of South Brighton.

Monday, 14 February 2005

RPS - The Update

First match went as follows:
Me: S, Machine: R - I Lose
Me: S, Machine: R - I Lose

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, I'm out. So much for that experience.

I've still got a chance to win in the prize pool, tho. I'll let you know if I win anything.

Wednesday, 2 February 2005

Rock Paper Scissors

rps027 is the latest promotion from Telecom.
Are you the one? There'll be only one. One 027 user who makes the TV final, then survives for the final confrontation against The Machine. This is rps027 - the world's first mass TXT Rock Paper Scissors Knock-out. See how fame and fortune could be yours - free!

Though the whole rps thru txt has been done before, it's never been at this scale, or free.

They're drowning the tv ad spaces with this thing, so I thought I would check it out. I txt 'demo' to 2005 and got a nasty response. I'm not a fan of txt talk, especially when giving instructions.

U wnt 2 regista 4 Rock Paper Scissors? Giz yr usr nme. Mst B less thn 12 characters. It's free 2 play & u cn win big!

Why not take the 5 extra chars from characters and make Giz yr usr nme. legible? And with predictive text who actually sends messages like this? Actually, I know a lot of silly people that do and they say it's quicker; until they're proven wrong. Maybe it was the 37,117 text messages I sent in a month that gives me the speed advantage.

I'm going to register for the game (on the readable web site) and see how I go. I'll keep you all posted.

Monday, 31 January 2005

A Festival of FREE Outdoor Entertainment

From my experience youth are never happy with the range of activities available to them. I've heard it here in Christchurch, in the mid-west of the US and even in Los Angeles. "There's nothing to do" is a common proclamation.

Well, aside from the usual activities happening in Christchurch, there's a range of special events that feature especially in Summer. There's the Buskers Festival and there's also the SummerTimes Festival. For the last 22 years the Christchurch City Council has been running the Festival and it's safe to say that it's an iconic part of Summer here in Christchurch.

Before I hop on the plane to Japan I will be going to these events. Not all of them, of course, as some days there are four things happening at once, but certainly the key events will be attended.

These events are one of the major draws of Christchurch for me. These events foster romance, family and friendship. They encourage physical activity, relaxation, artistic expression, cultural diversity and a range of other experiences.

Even if I stopped attending I would see the discontinuation of the SummerTimes festival as a major loss to the Christchurch community. Thank you Christchurch City Council for continuing the tradition.

One last thing: Since I'm still buzzing about the whole remote calendar thing I've whipped up the SummerTimes schedule as an ics Calendar.

Please note that geocities doesn't allow .ics so I've named it .ics.txt. This functions in Sunbird, but I'm not sure about iCal. Also, with Sunbird you can't just click on the link above, you must File->"Subscribe to a new Calendar" and paste the link into that dialog. If you find any errors in the .ics, please let me know.

World Buskers Festival

It's Summer here in New Zealand, and that means outdoor entertainment. The World Buskers Festival finished on Sunday, and I'm sad to say that I didn't see a single event. This is especially unfortunate since last year I participated.

Being a supervisor on the holiday programmes meant that I was busy during the daytime shows and too tired for the evening shows. And despite the fact that the I saw the Buskers every day (since they slept in my "office") most of the time I forgot that it was even an option.

Friday, 28 January 2005

Playing Along at Home

Apparently not everyone is happy with the canning, as demonstrated by the following email.

you suck! no more photo day. i look forward to the pretty pictures. i like pretty pictures. i dont care for your excuses either. it takes too long. my system is too slow. i dont have the right equipment. blah blah blah. i say good day to you sir. good day!

So I've decided to let you all play along at home. Here are some photos that were going to be used but got rejected. Two issues with the photos, incorrect spacing of the images and the two young lads walking at the same pace I was taking photos.

The linked images are 12.5% of their original size, but you can still get an idea for it. If you have any success with them, let me know.

Saturday, 22 January 2005

Why the canning?

Simple answer: I'm frustrated.

Longer answer: I'm really frustrated.

Verbose answer:

I'm lacking three things, hardware, software and time.

I really need a tripod in order to make the photos stitch better. I've been able to get away with hand holding for the most part, but I've had to reject a bunch of photos because of parallax errors.

Two things that would make life easier would be a telephoto lens and a higher resolution camera. No, these don't prevent me from making the images, but there'd be less work involved for the desired result with these. Actually, make that three. Owning a camera would also help.

Software is also an issue. The program that I've used for these is PTAssember. Another program that I've played around with is PTGui. I wish these guys would work together. PTGui's Panorama Editor is an excellent feature, however it's colour correction is useless. And since I've never made a successful multirow image with PTAssembler, there's no winner. (correction 2005-01-24) I have made multirow images with PTAssembler, but it's much easier with PTGui.

I even went to the extent of trying to hand polish the images. I wanted to get a photo of a rainbow, it took 11 shots and ended up being 16 megapixel uncropped. So, I've got an 11 layer image with 60+ megs of RAM being used per layer. My computer was not happy with me.

And lastly comes time. There are a lot of things that I could do to try and rectify the above, but they all take time. I started photo day as a fun way to get myself to use the blog instead of just thinking about using it. (OT: I never get around to posting most of the stuff that I think about posting.) However, it's more of a chore now.

If I have to give up slashdot then I can give up photo day.

Friday is (no longer) Photo Day

I have decided to can photo day. Here's the last entry in the series.

This was taken the same day the last weeks photo, this time at the far end of Akaroa.

Here are all the previous photo day entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Friday, 14 January 2005

Friday is Photo Day

Today's photo was taken from the Hilltop lookout going down into Akaroa Harbour. The clouds might remind you of the first photo day. As with the last photo, there's plenty of sheep to count.

Summer Delayed 1.5 Months

So I'm doing the holiday programme thing at the moment and the weather is finally starting to pick up. Wednesday we had the national high of 29° Celsius. And though that's less than 85° Fahrenheit it was still an inferno! Alas, even though the day heat felt extreme, the night heat wasn't as near comfortably warm as it was in Los Angeles growing up. There's nothing quite like shorts and tee at 3am.

I've got two more weeks of programmes that are scheduled for bulk outdoor time. Hopefully this weather can last that long.

Cage & Aquarium

I was thinking about adding zodiac information to my contact manager, but over the years I've heard many a confused person discussing different dates for different signs. So I looked up Zodiac on Wikipedia to try and figure out what was going on.

Turns out there's three separate ways to determine your sign. In two I'm Cancer and in the most accurate, but least common, I'm Gemini. Since the most basic of information is ambiguous I've decided to flag the idea of zodiac information.

And yes, the title is a reference to They Might Be Giants.

Saturday, 8 January 2005

Friday is (sometimes) Photo Day

This photo is taken from the top of Rapaki track at Witch Hill. If you're having trouble sleeping, zoom in and count the sheep.

I Think I'm Turning Japanese

No, this weeks photo is not "from inside."

The reference is more to the point that I've decided that I'll be moving to Japan to teach English. I'm currently looking at Nova and have had a few good resources for teachers pointed out.

I'm hoping for Tokyo or somewhere on Kyushu.

I need to put in my application, but I'm expecting to be out of New Zealand by March. Not sure what's going to happen with Photo day. Stay tuned.


Sunbird is a calendar application built by the Mozilla people. I tried it out today and quite like it. I've been using Outlook for my calendar needs and because of the "experimental stage" of Sunbird, have stayed away from it.

Today I found a reason to try it out. Sunbird is compatible with iCal from Apple and therefore can use iCal's remote calendars. If you follow that link you'll see that you can share calendars for a bunch of different things. Public holidays, sporting event schedules, etc. Sounded pretty cool, so I gave it a go. I added a few in, and then got an idea.

I've been writing my own web based contact manager. Not for any great reason except that I hate Hotmail's. During the process I wrote a page that displays when people are having their birthday, how old they are, etc. Well, it wasn't a big stretch from there to setting up my own remote calendar that contained all my contacts birthday information.

A quick browse of rfc 2445 (or "Internet Calendaring and Scheduling Core Object Specification" for those of you who don't like numbers) and a tweak here and there and I had my very own .ics.

I did say I was being more productive.

New Years Resolutions

I've never been a fan of New Years resolutions. I've figured if you want to do something then do it. Waiting around is just an excuse not to do the thing you're resolving to do. However, this year I can make claim to having a New Years resolution, with procrastination and all!

I decided a week or two ago that I really wasn't being too productive and I needed to do something about it. There's one thing in my life that takes up more time than can be justified and that thing is slashdot.

I'm not sure how long I've been reading it. It's either the end of 1998 or the start of 1999. The only two things I have to go by are my userid (29257) and my first post (8 May 1999). During that time Slashdot has become a large part of my life. It's my main connection to what's happening in geekdom. The amount of things that it exposes me to is enormous. Despite the changes that Slashdot has gone through from it's 50k readers to it's 850k readers I still like it. I still want it. I still need it!

But, it does take up a huge chunk of my time. I used to read almost everything. And up until very recently I used to read every blurb. Now I skim the blurbs and try not to click on too many comment pages. But, alas, this still isn't enough.

Action Plan 1... Go cold turkey. Give it up. Don't gaze upon the /.. Could I do it? I doubt it. Why? Because this is named Action Plan 1, so obviously I wasn't satisfied with it. Without slashdot I would be ignorant to so much, I must keep my slashdot. It's my precious.

Action Plan 2... Only read the blurbs. No comments at all! That would save bulk time! Yeah! I can still read slashdot! wOOt! ... However, it's the comments where the value lies. *grumble*

Action Plan 3... Some other compromise. This is my current plan. I've only read slashdot once this year. Which means there's 7 days that I haven't read it. Have I been more productive? Yes, I have. Have I craved slashdot. Yes, I have.

So I guess like most real New Years Resolutions this one is bound to fail. But, we'll see how long it can last for.

Absence of Posts

Yes, it's been more than half a month since my last post. I could claim it was because of the holiday season, but that would be a lie. I simple didn't get around to it.

A few things have happened since then, so lets get posting.