Half researchers, half adrenaline junkies

😀 via xkcd

Picasa photo move complete!

Last night I finally finished moving all my photos over to Google’s Picasa Web Albums service,


The photo upload was actually quick via the Picasa desktop application. The time consuming part was all the link fixing for photos already embedded in this blog and other pages on my site.

Besides reasons I’ve already outlined for choosing Picasa (here and here), there are a few other reasons I moved all my photos relating to personal web hosting. In particular, I’ve decided I no longer want to put time and effort into maintaining and updating my “Gallery” install (still a most excellent, free and open source solution via gallery.menalto.com). Not only does any software you install on your own website need to be updated (eg security patches), but there’s inevitably a certain amount of effort needed to customise the look and functionality to fit your site. Personally I can’t be bothered any more, especially since my personal site is non-profit and funded 100% by me!

Furthermore, host space and bandwidth needs to be paid for – both of which Google now handles for me. Picasa Web Albums are free for anyone with a Google account (who hasn’t got one these days?!) providing 1GB of storage. By moving my photos there I now have more free disk space at noble.gen.nz, and have greatly reduced my monthly bandwidth usage from my web host. Nice. Thanks Google!

So, all my photos and albums are still available, just at a different address. And with lots more available space to fill up, I now plan on getting more of my snaps online. Watch this space…

Porsche 914

Had a ride in this little beauty last weekend…

A very cool sports car, and no slug either being powered by a mid-engined 2.0L flat 4.

The Porsche 914 was a mid-engined sports car built and sold collaboratively by Volkswagen and Porsche from 1969 through 1976.” – read more at Wikipedia.


Matt has got it.

In my opinion it’s good that he’s getting it over and done with at a young age, but as I’m sure any parent will understand, it’s not nice seeing your child sick. Matt is normally a very busy little boy, so to see him so lethargic, sleepy and easily upset is sad. Still, his fever is subsiding, his appetite has returned and now that the spots are coming out (just 2 so far) it probably means he’s on the rapid improve.

If you’re pregnant or don’t want the pox, steer clear for a while. On the other hand, if you missed out and want some, or want your kids to get it, come on over and cuddle the wee guy! He’ll love it.

New Caledonia

Had a quick trip to New Caledonia last week on business, seriously it was for work (honest!). Here’s the local met office in Noumea to prove it,

The hotel we stayed in shared a nice big pool with a somewhat flasher hotel right next door, but the accommodation was comfortable and air conditioned. Just two nights in Noumea with a full day in the office didn’t leave much time for sightseeing. We did manage a couple of good meals however, including a nice crab curry and Italian pizza for me.

Tip for travelling in foreign countries: figure out the currency first! Turns out our first meal was rather pricey at 10,000 XPF for two, or around NZ$166. The bottled beer at NZ$13 a pop probably didn’t help!

For a few more photos, head over to my albums at Picasa.

Solution to smelly dog in a car


From Popular Mechanics, June 1936, via Modern Mechanix.