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A Lesson In Online Workshops

[cross posted from @OneTeamGovNZ news, “Connecting Should Always Be This Simple”]The OneTeamGov movement (for want of a better word) is one connecting those working within governments across...

Books giveaway: Dreamweavers #1 and #2

Te Rā Aroha Press are about to launch Isa Pearl Ritchie’s Into the Labyrinth, the second of her Wellington-based YA Dreamweavers fantasy series (following on from Awa and the Dreamweavers,...

Voice, It’s The Way Computing Will Be

I have a prediction, voice is the next wave of ‘consumer’ computing and this will, much like cloud computing, have a subsequent pressure onto the internal workings of companies and...

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the perfect pick for Summer Shakespeare, traditionally held in the Dell in Wellington’s Botanical Gardens at night in the middle of summer, but then the...

Review: Dance me to the end

Director Carrie Thiel is seeking to “create connectivity using multimedia, motion capture and virtual reality technologies in a theatre setting.” Working with professional dancer Laura...

Review: STUPID BITCH wants a puppy

This is a ‘tune up’ of 2018’s STUPID BITCH which played in a dance studio above Cuba Street in the Fringe Festival. As a work in development it garnered actor/writer Claire Waldron...

Review: The Human Voice (La voix humaine)

TW: Suicide Jean Cocteau wrote La Voix Humaine in 1928 as a one-act play.  Francis Poulenc set it to music 30 years later, despite having already known Cocteau well for years, and gave the...

Chrome’s "Send to device", What It Doesn’t Do

I’ll tell you what it doesn’t do, it doesn’t do anything.It’s been a released ‘feature’ since Chrome 77 (September 2019), and whilst the options are there and I can indeed choose to ‘send to’...

Festival time!

Late January 2020 and the summery weather is here. I finally feel like I’m waking up in 2020  – which is a bit awkward given I’ve been back at work for a few weeks…but enough about work! ...

VR Tackling Online Hate Speech

Everyone thinks of games when the letters “VR” are bandied around and with Wellington-based company Beyond giving people such an incredibly fun experience in their VR product is it any...

Bring Back The TEAL Tail

Air New Zealand’s predecessor Tasman Empire Airways (TEAL) was formed in 1940 to join the dots across the Pacific Islands and Tasman Sea in order to keep regional lines of communication and...

Redeployment Of Capital Needed For A Greener Future

This year has seen extreme heatwaves in Europe, numerous and more frequent devastating tropical storms across all of the world’s oceans and a record number of destructive bush fires in both...

[Video] Why Electronic Voting Is STILL A Bad Idea

When those that are thinking about #online #voting in #NewZealand can answer these simple and well articulated points made by @tomscott then we can talk about it, until then let’s not kid...

Finnotec Triumphs Again

After missing the previous two events due to timetable clashes, the planets aligned and I finally made it to this year’s Finnotec event. With some important partnerships now sorted and a bunch...

Passwords and NOT Being Hacked

Over the past few weeks I have taken the time (and you do need to take time) to spring clean my online footprint as far as I can - here’s what I did.First of all I changed my main Google...

Review: Alice in Wonderland

Circa’s panto this year is Alice in Wonderland, and it is a mystical journey down the rabbit hole (Mt Vic tunnel), to discover fun, some quality Kiwi bangers, and utter manicism (in a good...

Four Nights In the Green Barrow Pub – Review

Four Nights In the Green Barrow Pub is the third of Cassandra Tse’s shows I’ve seen, and each one was wildly different from the others.  M’Lady had me in stitches, The Aliens, in tears. ...

Rules Are Made To Be Broken

If you know any the following hashtags (I’ll link to Twitter use) #rulesascode, #betterrules, or #legislationascode then you’ll have a rough idea as to what I’m going to write about. Let’s...

What Is It To Be A Technology Optimist

Not so long ago I was thrown the line, “Ah, but you’re for ever the tech optimist Mike”, and I believe is was meant as a put down, or at least a means of trying to keep me quiet. It failed.It...

Big Expensive Brains Going Nowhere

I’ve been asked to attend a number of city council* run workshops over the year’s I’ve been a grey haired fella. Each one has had great intentions, a myriad of agendas, and an attendance by the...

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