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'ere 'e is! You come up and see me? Come up and see me ain't ya? I noticed that!

Nan is one of the all time classic British comedy characters. Seeing Catherine Tate bring her to life on stage was an absolute joy, and fucking funny as hell! I'm obliged to you, darling, really I am! ... .... ...  What a fucking liberty!"

Leaving Is Cool

The finest of leaving stairs from the Te Papa marae down to the exit, it's so Hollywood-ish, a swish and a done.

Standing Alone

No matter what you may think of the many "tech accelerators" out there one has to admire that person that puts them self forward to explain their team and their dream. To each and everyone that has ever been there, well done.

Kids Sports, Please Remember

Please Remember: 1. These Are Kids 2. This Is A Game 3. The Coaches Are Volunteers 4. The Referees Are Human 5. This Is Not The World Cup

Upper Hutt CEO Parking

Either the Upper Hutt Council CEO has a kick ass car* or someone else has a kick ass car and they just don't care for such signage. * "kick ass", is it? I'm sure this is the sort of car people usually tell me is "cool".

Diversity In Tech

At Access Granted NZ we tried our hardest to ensure we were better than the industry state in regards to diversity. We initially focussed on the male / female disparity in tech, working our way towards 50:50 guests. We wanted to the up our non-white guest ratio as well but, tbh, we never really managed that during the 6 years we ran the show. Bugger. At the #WellyTech 2018 event the Awards section was hosted by #WomenInTech and a number of women won awards themselves - all based on listener and community voting. You are what you measure. We measured and published quarterly stats about our guest diversity. Why don't you do the same in your organisation?

Head Back And Laugh

When I truly find something funny I let go a laugh to the universe by throwing back the head and unleashing the noise.

Trying Before The Masses Arrive

One of the joys of being the organisers of an event such as #WellyTech was being able to walk around the venue giving all the fun things a go before all the punters arrived. I believe this is Raj getting his animated GIF using The Amazing Travelling Photo Booth . Maybe. That's definitely Raj doing something.

Pink Is For Girls

Just in case you weren't sure who is meant to do the housework they've coloured it pink for everyone. Indoctrinate young, get them for ever.

Ollie Made A Difference

Ollie  ( @thathumbleman ) camped outside Parliament for months quietly advocating the Aotearoa New Zealand Parliament declare a climate emergency. After 100 days, and setting a record as the longest running protest outside Parliament in New Zealand's history, he moved to Fridays only coz, family! CHLÖE SWARBRICK (Green) : I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek leave to move a motion without notice and without debate to acknowledge 100 days of Ollie Langridge standing on Parliament's lawn, calling on this House to declare a climate emergency. source: Points of Order — Ollie Langridge—Climate Emergency Protest, 100 Days [Hansard (Debates)] On the 23rd of August School Strike NZ will join Ollie Langridge in his 100th day of sitting outside of New Zealand Parliament calling for the government to declare a climate emergency. source: Scoop - School Strike 4 Climate NZ stands with Ollie By: School Strike 4 Climate It was an honour to stand alongside him on the very few lunchtime

Inky Hunting

Who knows what Inky was hunting but he was definitely hunting something.

Ārepa

A slightly left field daily photo, Ārepa is a drink created in AoNZ that claims to clear the mind etc. It reminds me of an MCing gig I did at a tech conference and one of the co-founders was on the panel.  I wonder how Ārepa is going. They've got a website and it looks like it's available in stores so going well I'd say, nice. Anyone drink it? What do you think?

On Being An Official Reference In The Shelley Bay Shenanigans

Back in August 2014 I popped up an article titles,  When Miramar Was A Lake , all based on a photo from the NZ National Library they had shared on Flickr . It was, when I lived on the 6022 Peninsula a fascinating read and I was chuffed to have found it. You'll notice that in 2017 an unknown user left a comment Hey Mike, just saw that this page is linked in the Shelly Bay Cultural Assessment document. :-) Ok, so I may not be the quickest off the mark with seeing that, but here we are. Um, linked in the what now? This is a job for Google ... and I found it https://wellington.govt.nz/-/media/property-rates-and-building/resource-consents/files/hashaa-applications/shelly-bay/shelly-bay-2019/appendix-13-shelly-bay-cultural-impact-statementa13-cultural-impact-statement.pdf And there I am, at the very end, page 25 ... a reference to my post . Funny old world eh ...

Suspended Fern Orb

I love the silver ball, I always have. The installation, called Ferns suspended over the center of Wellingtons Te Ngākau Civic Square, is by Neil Dawson and was ' installated ' in 1998 Neil cut out 11 large fronds from aluminium plates and welded them into one form over a wooden mould. He then painted the form gold on the interior and silver on the exterior.  

Ember Effect

Using the Ember suggestion in Google Photos I'm very happy with how this came out. Aren't they clever wee machines doing their thing to the blue Michael Fowler Centre as seen from the City To Sea Bridge one evening.

The Bugle podcast

Good lordy lord, I have NOT told you all about the grandaddy podcast of them all, the one that has been going since 2007 ... 2000 and SEVEN, that's the year the iPhone appeared, so they were doing "podcasts" before the word "podcasts" had entered our ears. What can I say, if you ever seen / heard John Oliver and/or Andy Zaltzman then you know exactly what you're gonna get with The Bugle . Of course John Oliver has moved to the US and become mildly successful having to leave the podcast in 2016 ... just after I had ordered a t-shirt, I shall never forgive him. Andy now has a regular set of co-hosts  alongside Producer Chris , and it has regained its footing and been a stalwart of Mike listening since forever. If you're very lucky you'll get a pun run from Andy as well ... no-one can beat this man on a pun run. Nowadays The Bugle is not just a podcast but a "stable of podcasts" with The Gargle , The Last Post , Bush's Board Game Thing

What The F*** Is Going On? podcast

Another new podcast to me (and the world tbf) but one I knew I would love as it's from the wicked English comedian Mark Steel who has done 10 series of Mark Steel's In Town , listen to a cracker episode close to my home heart. What The F*** Is Going On podcast is Mark having glorious rant about UK politics and then chatting about the madness of it all with a weekly guest before asking, "What do the yoof think about it?" to his son who is very fucking funny as well.

Monotype

A Wellington tech company mid-week evening event. Count the people that aren't white and male. And I can tell you the photographer is me, fully fitting into the white male category.

Cloud Diving

One of those photos that takes very little touching up, and no cropping. He went kasplooosh.

Cars On The Roof

When you drive into the carpark you never think, "This is the roof". When you're inside the building you never think, "There are cars parked on the roof".

British Scandal podcast

A recent addition to the podcast listening and I wasn't really thinking the British Scandal podcast would be my cup of tea coz, well, it had the whiff of "true life crime podcast" and there are too many of them but none on my subscription list. But Alice Levine is very engaging. Matt Forde I've listened to for a long time and have always have had a good time. Oh, go on then, just one story and then I'll be done ... I think I'll start with The Profumo Affair as I think I know what that was all about, but maybe not really. OMG. How cool is this podcast ... very! So the British Scandal podcast deal: choose a British scandal, one of our two hosts becomes the narrator of the story over 4 or 5 episodes, the other asks all the questions YOU would want to ask and gasps alongside you at the latest story twist. It's like a very engaging documentary for your ears with the final episode an interview with someone deeply connected to the whole shenanigans. My brothe

Film Arrival

Raj and Jono arrive at Momentum to start the filming of the #WellyTech 2018 WTAF winners. Yup, it takes work to put on an event to remember. And sponsors such as the good people inside Momentum.

Friday Night Takeaways

It can't be fancy restaurant food every damn night, sometimes you just wanna have a simple takeaway and slob in front of the TV.

Art Admiring, The Officially Santioned Way

The officially sanctioned stance to take when admiring art. Note the cocked head, the distance from the actual art, and of course the hushed admiration combined with a slightly quizzical, "So, what the fuck is it?" (and yes, Nat knew exactly what she was doing, she posed on purpose for the photo)

My First Colour Image File

I can't remember the year I saw my first colour image, but I totally remember where it was. IBM at a PC expo in London and they had a their new desktop machine showing off graphic capabilities. Line by line this thing would draw a full colour image on the larger than normal monitor. "Wow, that's like a photo!", I remember thinking as an image of a demure woman in summer sports gear was slowly revealed. Late 1980s was it, before that maybe. This however is not that image. This is the first colour image I ever 'owned' and, like the Peanuts cartoon , has travelled with me via many tech places over the years. Doing a Google Lens search resulted in this awesome,  [ Retro GIF of the Week ] Twin Chinese Dragons ,  with everything that's likely to be found about DRAGON6.GIF

Mike, In From The Heat

Sitting on the deck in my undies, music or comedy going, a beer to hand, and soaking up the sun was one of my favourite things to do. Sometimes though, I had to come in to either get another beer or just to cool down.

The Curved Side

Yesterday it was all sharp sides and cut corners , today it's curved sides.

The Cut Side

As part of the land reclamation and sea barrier for Wellington Airport there are a shit tonne of concrete blocks, these are the regular, cut side with the square edges etc

Vint Cerf

If I was one of the "fathers of the Internet" then I'd want a cool as 70s SciFi name like " Vint Cerf " as well. But I didn't, he did, and he has the name. InternetNZ , an organisation that "manages .nz domains on behalf of all New Zealanders and works to build a better online Aotearoa" held  An evening with Vint Cerf, Jefferson Bailey, Dr Rachael Ka'ai-Mahuta, and Wendy Seltzer event back in November 2018 at which Vint Cerf, VINT CERF!! was a speaker. I no longer feel embarrassed to ask for a selfie* from anyone, people are just people. And this is VINT CERF, he invented the Internet and therefore my whole career, well THE tool that my career is built upon. btw: Vint Cerf created the Internet, he DID NOT create the Web. The World Wide Web was created by Tim Berners-Lee, who did not create the Internet. * Whilst I will bowl up to anyone and ask for a selfie I will also graciously go away when told, "No, not now". I will also not ask

I Will !!

I've had this Peanuts cartoon with me for years and years and years. It's navigated its way off PCs, into the cloud, into photo albums, and like 3 other graphic files will be with me forever. Why this one? Her response is the best, and I still use it when someone just has to make a damn call!

WTAF 3D Printed Trophys

The inaugural (and only) WellyTech Awards Finale (WTAF) had 3D printed trophys to give out, how cool were we. I know that one of the awards was broken on the night, within minutes of it being accepted, ha ha ha. See all #WellyTech 2018 photos

Cocktail Recipe Books

Whilst cocktails have been around since the mid-1880s (probably) I've always associate them with flappers from the American 1920s, or a touch of Noel Coward upper-snootiness of the 1930s. A Brief Compendium of Vintage Cocktail Recipe Books is a tantalising display of those wild and wonderful times that only really existed for a select wealthy few and those that went to the movies. Don't just look lovingly at the covers, beneath each is a "Browse inside this book here" link ... get your flapper gear on, pop on the penguin suit, and Charleston the evening away with a Naughty Nellie in your hand. Browse inside this book here.

KiwiWalk

I've never heard of this but there it is in glorious technicolour so I assume it is real. Anyone go on a KiwiWalk, and/or know what happened to this initiative?

Sunset Of The Heart

Golden spring sunset, lovely eh.

"I Love Houses"

Graffiti is getting very specific and probably even helpful. ✅ Monobrow ✅ Moustache ✅ Appropriate speech bubble

Lick Ya Lips

A mates dog I looked after in late 2018 was such a cutey, and this photo is wicked.

Time Team Is Back

There were many shows that helped me through the trials of 2020 and the old shows that Time Team put up on YouTube was very much amongst them. Time Team (v1) finished in 2014 after a massively successful 20 years on UK TV. They then popped up their official YouTube channel and started uploading old episodes every week - was such a warm and duvet moment to snuggle in and watch the latest release, especially those with Mick and Phil. I was obviously not the only one doing this as quite quickly the creator of Time Team started popping in talking about how they were thinking of reviving the show. And then there was a Patreon page . And then there were announcements of targets being met. And then it was all on. Old faces signed back up, new faces were introduced, and suddenly Time Team is back! They are digging and if you're a Patreon person you get to see it live, vote on where to put a trench, and much more. I'm not a Patreon peron so imagine my surprise to see the following po

Climate Change, What Can I Do

Rain And Wind At The Football

 Strong wind pushing the rain up and out of the Wellington Stadium during a weekend Phoenix game.

That's A Camera

Show off.

Who Loses One Shoe?

As I wander through life I often see one lost shoe, a scarf wrapped around a bin, or a glove up a tree. Who loses one shoe?

Something Rhymes with Purple podcast

If the English language, the words therein, and the stories behind them are your thing then Something Rhymes with Purple is for you. Mind you if you're into name dropping, some slightly 'naughty' comments, and a voice that oozes syrup then this is also the podcast for you. Susie Dent , the queen of Dictionary Corner in both Countdown (legit version), and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (dodgy funny version), is a delight to listen to. Of course she knows the history and origins of all the words but she also has a lovely calm and clear way about her. And she knows where all the best swear words come from. Gyles Brandreth is quite the force and there's no-one he doesn't know or at least have a story about. I love his curiosity and how he asks, "Where did that come from?" for every word, even the ones that are "boring" / "everyday" before they whizz on by. I'd be very happy to say I use the 3 words of the week from Susie. I don

The Pirate Place

For many years I would tell the kids that this was where the pirates would come and stay when they were waiting for their ship to be made for further ventures. After a while they started to believe me. Isn't that so cute and gorgeous, to believe in actual pirates that no doubt looked like Disney pirates. They obviously thought about, had a chat with their mates, and decided I was full of shit as it didn't last long.

Fantabulosa Pink Boatshed Door

I wonder what the notice taped on the boatshed door says, "Warning! This boatshed has been deemed as FANTABULOSA in accordance with local BONA SHEDS Act 1982 sections 1 through to 8 covering Naff Entrances and Cod Exits."

Getting Nails Painted

Painted nails are cool as fuck and anyone who's sense of masculinity is challenged by colour on keratin is likely to struggle being a friend of mine. Read the 2018 Twitter thread that inspired me to get my nails painted:  Sam is my middle child & he’s a terror. A “boy’s boy” as so many (not me) would say. He’s rough and tumble, he’s loud, he’s always dirty, loves trucks, plays sports and knee drops me from the couch. But he also loves a lot of “girl” things. — Get the shot. Wear the mask. (@DaddyFiles) October 23, 2018

Guiding Light

We all need a guiding light. It still amazes me ever so slightly how close one can get to the capitals international airport.