I couldn't resist making note of the rare time and date combination today.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Funnily enough as we were wandering around we both thought of the poem by William Wordsworth. Mum could remember 'I wandered lonely as a cloud' and I remembered 'A host of golden daffodils' but that's all we could remember. Google made it easy to find the whole poem simply by searching the first line. So here is the poem along with a few photos I took of the daffodils.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The white notice says the following "This is a unique and well used facility but to operate efficiently, an exchange of books is essential. If you take a book, please leave one in its place for the continuing success of the book exchange and the enjoyment of all its users. Thank You."
It reminds me of tourist fales in Samoa and backpackers in different parts of the world where there is a bookshelf for travellers to leave a book they finish reading and swap it for one left by a previous traveller. If e-readers take over there won't be a need to exchange bag and beach battered books. That would be a shame because it's interesting to see what other travellers have been reading.
Monday, August 15, 2011
I was excited to see the white stuff this morning and rushed to the phone to urge my Mum to look out the window before it stopped. She talked about sleet but I'm sure there were genuine snowflakes landing on the glass. Later on there was a lovely flurry with snowflakes like white polka dots decorating the deck chairs. My sister phoned from the Kapiti Coast to share her delight about snow falling there.
The South Islanders are probably scoffing at the North Islanders as we get all excited over an itty bitty amount of snow. They are blanketed in snow for the second time this winter and of course the Southern Alps are majestic white mountains every winter. But it is so unusual to have snow in northern, low altitude areas of the country that we are enjoying the unique experience.
The woman recording the video below captured the rare event and her commentary says it all really.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
An excerpt from his article is below or click on the title to view the full article.
Debt Madness Demands An Explanation
What I would very much like is to have someone explain to those of us who are fiscal ignoramuses what these incomprehensible figures mean.
For instance, where does all this unbelievable amount of borrowed money come from and why do governments allow themselves to get into such a situation?
How come the US$5 trillion surplus that Democrat Bill Clinton bequeathed to the US in 2001 has in a decade, most of it under Republican George W Bush, been turned into a $15 trillion deficit? How does the US Government manage to pay the interest, let alone any principal? What is the money spent on? What are the chances of such a debt ever being repaid and, if so, with what?
What happens if a major creditor suddenly calls in loans? What is the security offered on such loans?
Where does the IMF get the money to lend to nearly bankrupt nations? Is that also borrowed and if so where from? If all the borrowed money was repaid today, where would it end up?
Friday, July 22, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Read some chapters of Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein. It’s centred around murder and mystery at the New York Public Library. I seem to be finding library connections everywhere this year. It’s the 10th book in the Alex Cooper series I’ve read. All have settings in and about significant New York landmarks so I’ve learnt a fair bit about New York history.
Write an article for the new blog I set up on WordPress yesterday. See libstech.wordpress.com. It’s a blog for and about my university studies. More of a professional blog than this one and will include some posts that are required for my digital technologies paper. I decided to use WordPress because I wanted to try a different blogging platform and see how it compares to Blogger.
Start roaming around the WordPress blogs to see what other people are doing and how they've set their blogs up. I spent ages looking through a blog by Bridget Schaumann, who has a really good school library blog as well as an interesting personal blog. Get distracted by some entertaining YouTube videos – there goes half an hour. Check my e-mail. There's already a comment to approve on my first WordPress article!
The sun is coming out. Time to go outside and soak up a few rays.
Here is one of the entertaining YouTube videos I watched - the best of Funny Talking Animals by the BBC.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Info521 Management in Information Services
Info525 Digital Technologies for Information Professionals
Info528 Research Methods
Each paper has a weekly online class. It's good to be able to hear and speak to the course coordinators and other students although it is a little odd to be in a class full of people you can't see. One advantage is that I don't have to worry if I'm having a bad hair day and no one would know if I attended class in my pyjamas! As these will be my 5th, 6th and 7th papers I'm used to the system now. I feel more comfortable about speaking using the microphone and can focus on getting the most out of the sessions. I'm looking forward to learning more about the subjects of management, digital technologies and research, and I hope the assignments will be as interesting as they were last semester.
The photo is of Rutherford House in Wellington. That's where the School of Information Management is situated apparently. I must visit my university one day!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Images of the Clea Salavert Library by the Library Association of Samoa
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
I loved this book, it is an inspiration. Although parts of it are horrific throughout the story you can feel the strength of spirit, creativity and determination of William. As a library studies student I was fascinated by the role the tiny library of donated books played in William's life. William's story has spread around the world and he has spoken at TED conferences about his life (see the video below).
Friday, July 1, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A taniwha appears to be in the way of Auckland's planned $2.5 billion CBD rail link project.
The revelation has been made by Maori Statutory Board member Glenn Wilcox at an Auckland Council Transport Committee.
Councillor Cameron Brewer says the issue should've been put to bed with Ngati Whatua by now.
"The fact that the 'T bomb' was let off by an independent Maori Statutory Board member yesterday without anyone aware of the taniwha was disappointing."
Mr Brewer says Mayor Len Brown has been let down by his advisors.
Yahoo really knows how to stir up their readers with some of their 'news' stories. In the four hours since the news item was published on Yahoo NZ there have been 230 comments posted. Such as this one from Lorna:
'The French have trains that can run at 575km/hr and we have taniwha.'
And there are quite a few people who think a Waikato taniwha has just moved north.
According to stuff.co.nz: 'Politically taniwha are not to be treated lightly.
In 2002 Transit New Zealand moved part of State Highway 1 after Ngati Naho of Meremere claimed it was cutting through the domain of one eyed taniwha Karu Tahi.'
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
About Sarah-Kate Lynch: "She usually lives in a cliff top house on the wild west coast of New Zealand but likes to escape whenever possible for "research" purposes to far-flung spots in pretty parts of the world where she enjoys the local cuisine and the odd glass of wine."
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Meanwhile I've got two assigments
left to finish my first semester as a
Victoria University student.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The fascinating fact (i.e. piece of trivia) I learned was this. When the film Ulysses was released in 1967 it was controversial, partly because of its sexual references but mostly because it contained one use of the word 'f**k'. So according to the website this is what happened when it reached New Zealand.
"The Chief Film Censor, screened it to two test audiences, one made up of church representatives (all men) and the other made up of married couples. While the first group recommended an R18 or Restricted to Film Societies classification, the second felt it could only be shown to segregated (split) audiences aged 18 years and over.
The Film Censor followed the second group's recommendation and men and women were separated during screenings. He stated that some of the dialogue in the film would cause embarrassment in 'mixed company'. In smaller theatres this meant a rope was put down the middle of the cinema. In larger theatres the aisle separated men and women, or one group sat upstairs and the other downstairs.
In 1972 the classification was changed to R18. Today the DVD of Ulysses is rated 'M: contains sex scenes'."
Attitudes have certainly changed since then. I wonder what affect this sort of publicity had on box office takings at the time.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
1) There are over 200 varieties.
2) Monavale Blueberries have over 26 varieties on their property, both high bush and rabbiteye varieties. Apparently the rabbiteye varieties go pink (similar to the eye colour of a white rabbit) before they turn blue.
3) And the best part - one serving of blueberries provides as many antioxidants as five servings of broccoli. In with blueberries, out with broccoli I say!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Te Awamutu today. I arrived at the squash club at about 11:30am and there were huge gusts of wind blasting through town. As I got inside I heard a crash as a window blew out upstairs. Some of the glass was blown onto Court 1 where a couple of young lads were playing. Luckily they weren't injured. It was also fortunate that the cleaner had forgotten to lock the cleaning cupboard. We were able to clean up the glass and get on court to play. There were sirens wailing frequently over the few next hours as the emergency services dealt with trees down and roofing materials blown off. Then the sound of chainsaws as trees were cut and cleared.
Waikato Times photos.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Image by Alexandru Savu