WordCamp Auckland 2017

WordCamp Auckland 2017

This weekend I went along to WordCamp Auckland which was a gathering of 70 or so WordPress users, developers, bloggers and designers. I’ve been to quite a few wordcamps* before myself and it is often a surprise where the greatest insights come from. Below here...
Monkeys and organ grinders

Monkeys and organ grinders

The first 4 weeks of the Trump presidency have been more than enough to confirm that the U.S has a serious problem with it’s President being unfit for the job. A 77min press conference this week confirmed that Trump is in the words of many “batshit...
Older and Wiser

Older and Wiser

Last Wednesday was the 1st anniversary of my fathers death. Due to the vagaries of timezones he died on the same day as David Bowie last year. (11th of Jan in NZ was 10th of Jan in U.S). Of course Bowie’s passing was big news unlike my Dad. At the funeral I made...
Danger Will Robinson 2017 Tyranny Alert

Danger Will Robinson 2017 Tyranny Alert

I’m looking forward to a great 2017 however for the next few years it may be that the U.S has become a “no-fly zone” due to the election of a demagogue as incoming President. I am still in shock at this. Here are a few of the back ground research...
Songwriting as a NZ sport

Songwriting as a NZ sport

Imagine if we lived in a country where 160,000 kids learned songwriting each week and a few hundred of them even got paid and made a living at it? Sounds far fetched? Apparently around 160,000 New Zealanders play rugby every weekend. I’m guessing most of them...
Not the Brown Girl

Not the Brown Girl

I went to the New Zealand music awards a couple of weeks ago. There were some surprising performances from Shapeshifter and Tami Neilson who were both stunning but not exactly popular music I would have thought. Most of the music was from mainstream popular “not...
Thankful for the lions

Thankful for the lions

This week is election week in that big noisy neighbours place. You know the one. I’m seeing a lot of uncertainty around my media streams and in New Zealand we get a somewhat filtered view but it is noisy out there. This ‘post’ is not directly about...
Alternate echo chambers & political filters

Alternate echo chambers & political filters

Last week I came across two people who seemed to genuinely believe that Hillary Clinton was a terrible choice for U.S President and despite them not liking Trump they seemed to be supporting him. And this makes me think that the U.S election result will be much closer...