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A bad photo of Moonrise in Wellington

I’ve been using Picasa of late, you get a gig for free. Sweeeeeeeet.

It looked great when I took it, somehow I just couldn’t capture the ambiance…

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Countdown

Weeeee! Only a coupla weeks until the big trip to the US, Mexico and Cuba. Hopefully we’ll get to see Cuba, and there won’t be some awful breakdown or coup or revolution or something. But still, weeeeeee!

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Nice change to Ubuntu 8.10

Linux.com reports that “Brasero will replace Serpentine as the CD-writing utility in the upcoming April release of Ubuntu 8.10″. That’s a good thing, although I’ll still keep the totally awesome K3b

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I happen to like Wellington

Moon rise over Wellington

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Great addition to Welington Airport

Sweeeeeeet! The proposed addition to Wellington’s International Airport. There’s the usual round of “it’s ugly” from people who feel safer with mediocre architecture. I’ll admit it’s on the quirky side and not really worthy of the ‘iconic’ label (which conjures up the Sydney Opera House, Bilbao’s Guggenheim, etc), and “The Rock” is a camp name, but I love that the Airport’s Management are open to building an interesting structure instead of sticking to the norms. The main terminal is one of my favourite buildings in Wellington, and I’m glad that it is about to be joined by what could be another.

Wellington Airport’s proposed extention to the International Terminal, (image stolen from Stuff.)

Although Stuff doesn’t say who the architects are, a Google reveals that it is probably Studio Pacific Architects (although as of writing this there is no word on their website, which is weird). But good work all around for this.

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Bush in Tanzania

This really is one of those classic ‘caption contest’ photos:

Bush in Tanzania

(Image courtesy of the fabulous redesign of the ‘The Independent’ newspaper’s website.)

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Goodbye WellUrban, hello Eye of the Fish

I had recently taken to reading Tom Beard’s WellUrban. Due to a new job he has stopped posting, which is a shame. WellUrban’s place has been filled by Eye of the Fish, which has also proved to be good reading, and I hope its authors continue to post regularly.

Roseneath, Wellington, Monday, February 4th, 2008

People’s Palace, Cuba Street

I had to drop the beautiful VR6 off at the panelbeaters. While in Golden Bay an [idiot] left his handbrake off while he was at the pub, and his 4*4 instead used the back of our car to stop itself from rolling into a ditch. However, the upside of this was a pleasant walk down Cuba Street.

Peoples Palace

Roseneath, Wellington, Monday, February 4th, 2008

Weather

Brrr, southerly in Wellie. Still not too cold, but a bit of a shock to the system after the great weather of the last few weeks. I snapped this front coming across the harbour at the weekend.

Front sweeps across the harbour

Roseneath, Wellington, Monday, February 4th, 2008

Meraki Mini fun

So some fellows are keen to set up a Meraki network here in Wellington. Great idea!

Meraki mini box, hmmmm

I had a very brief play with one of the units on the weekend and it indeed is childishly simple to set up.

One of these things is not like the other, one of these things is plastic and has blinky lights.

The signal wasn’t really strong enough for my wild garden and hillside terrain, but in an area that’s a little more densely populated this is going to rock. My plan had been to see if I’d be able to access my Meraki unit at the beach. I was dreaming, as the units only have a range of 50 metres (not 250 metres, about the distance to the beach). No great loss, what kind of nerd goes to the beach to access a wireless network?

The beach from my place. A long way for a Meraki mini!

The idea behind the “TheFreeNet – Aotearoa” is to provide free wireless broadband via a mesh network. This is a group of generous folks who share some of their bandwidth through a series of Meraki minis.

Roseneath, Wellington, Monday, February 4th, 2008

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