October 2008

Spring arrives in New Zealand

Spring has arrived properly in New Zealand bringing sun, grass, and baby cows, and I took advantage of the Labour Day public holiday weekend to take my partner down to the top of the South Island for kayaking, relaxing, and family visiting.

Posted Tue 28 October 2008 21:15 (+1300)

David Blume on alcohol production as fuel

This interview with David Blume on Kim Hill's Saturday morning show about farming for alcohol as a cheaper and more ecologically-productive fuel is well worth a listen, including some interesting views about how the current oil industry developed and how he thinks an ethanol-based fuel production can be used to support economically & ecologically sound high-productivity permaculture farming.

Posted Tue 21 October 2008 11:23 (+1300)

Awesome Lyrebird camera noises

I'd heard that Australia's Lyrebirds are good mimics of the other birdcalls and sounds in their environment, but you really have to hear their impersonation of camera shutters (and car alarms, chainsaws…) to believe them:

Posted Wed 15 October 2008 22:07 (+1300)

Foreclosure waste

Turns out the well-appointed contents of all those homes foreclosed due to the American subprime greed crash, where the owners don't have the money or energy to move their old stuff out (or anywhere to move it to)? Yeah, it's all getting taken to the dump.

Posted Wed 15 October 2008 21:52 (+1300)

Recent photos

Hong Kong at night, from Victoria Peak
An IFC monolith
Lucky Dessert neon
Hong Kong sign overload near Mong Kok
Sunset from Hong Kong Island
One of the stalls making Mong Kok overpoweringly smelly
Making the most of the land you've got
Cool arch up Nong Ping

About me

I'm a Wellington, New Zealand-based software consultant. In my spare time I enjoying cooking, traveling, geocaching, progressive house, and fixin stuff.

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