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August 17th, 2017

09:32 am: Pseudo-public accessways in the Auckland CBD: A map.
This is wonderful.

"Did you know there are more than 60 public access routes through private buildings in central Auckland?

The routes exist to allow for private development in areas where public access may otherwise be restricted. They are known as ‘through links’, and they include public viewing decks, plazas and access to privately owned artworks."

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August 16th, 2017

09:34 am: Life on crutches
This is the view from our local dairy. I normally walk there in just under five minutes. Today, on crutches, it took me 21. Knackered now.

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August 13th, 2017

08:49 am: Song for the day


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August 12th, 2017

09:18 am: Congratulations to the 2017 Hugo Award winners!
Great set of finalists & winners this year.

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August 10th, 2017

04:24 pm: “If you think of it as work, I recommend you don’t become a chef.”
Those are the words of Makoto Tokuyama the chef at Cocoro, the place for Japanese food in Auckland. It's from a Metro article where writer Courteney Peters followed the life at Cocoro for a week. It's a superb read.

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August 9th, 2017

06:17 pm: Bucketloads of 78rpm discs digitized & downloadable
Guys, there are over 25,000 you can browse & download from this collection!

"Through the Great 78 Project the Internet Archive has begun to digitize 78rpm discs for preservation, research, and discovery with the help of George Blood, L.P."

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06:05 pm: One Rule
"There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind."
----"God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" by Kurt Vonnegut

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August 8th, 2017

07:24 am: Cuisine awards 2017
Pacifica is Cuisine's restaurant of the year. Been lucky to have eaten there. It's up there as the cheapest (chef Jeremy forages, and showcases cheap overlooked kai moana like mussels in his cooking) fine dining experience in New Zealand. Highly recommended.

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August 7th, 2017

07:06 pm: We now have fibre!
(Fibre install person called wondering if there was someone going to be at home today. Duh. And they stayed longer & managed to complete installation instead of having to come back next week.)

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August 6th, 2017

10:34 am: Have you heard of Betteridge's law of headlines?
Allow me to introduce you to "Betteridge's law of headlines" (if you haven't already seen it before).



"Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."

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August 4th, 2017

06:26 pm: Dinner at home
First attempt at cooking since coming home. Kept it to a simple udon noodles with chicken in miso broth. But it still took a long time.

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August 3rd, 2017

08:40 pm: Home at last
https://twitter.com/SoonLeeNZ/status/892988731182923780

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01:22 pm: Last meal
And surprise, surprise, I didn't request potato bake and mystery soup...
And definitely not margarine.

Looks like I get to go home this afternoon.

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12:12 pm: Looks like I get to go home this afternoon.
The logistics of looking after myself and doing everyday stuff, the sort of stuff we take for granted, will be an interesting challenge.

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08:49 am: More hospital food
So it's not just me. My wardmates' aren't getting their food choices either. Breakfast: Porridge(gluey), toast, yoghurt.

But the milk was trim instead of normal, the toast came with margarine and strawberry jam, not butter and marmite.

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August 2nd, 2017

09:11 am: The hospital meal request lucky dip
You can request meal options by tickybox. But the meals that turn up won't necessarily be those.

For breakfast:
Wanted porridge, got congee.
Wanted brown toast and vegemite, got white bread and peanut butter.

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August 1st, 2017

09:02 pm: IT'S ALIVE!!!
Back in ward after knee surgery. Am told it went well. Ate cottage pie for my first meal in over 24 hours, and very much appreciated it was too.

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12:11 pm: The fraternity of the ward.
One of us, John, just got discharged. Meanwhile I still haven't had surgery.

There's Doreen from other room with dementia. Her language gets salty! And loud!

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July 31st, 2017

02:30 pm: And yet...
I was not planning to be in hospital waiting for surgery to fix a busted patella. And yet, here we are....

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July 28th, 2017

12:46 pm: Sigh.
Today is a firefighting sort of day.

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July 19th, 2017

06:20 pm: Awwwww
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July 17th, 2017

07:01 pm: Cooking diary
Monday: Spaghetti wth leftover smoked chicken, mushroom, salad leaves.
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Tuesday:Hokkien Char
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Wednesday: Warm salad of beetroot, mushroom fennel sausage, leaves.
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July 14th, 2017

09:02 pm: Pokemon anniversary
One year after starting playing:
Experience points: 21,145,618
Achieved Level 40 during Solstice event (the triple XP for catches coupled with lucky eggs made a massive difference).
Generation 1: complete
Generation 2: still looking for Ampharos & Unown
Regional Pokemon collected: Kangaskhan only.


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July 11th, 2017

07:03 pm: This was entirely unexpected
After seeing excitement on Twitter, I clicked on this article, "What football will look like in the future" out of curiosity. It is kind of what the label says on the tin (spoilers, yes there is football, in the future), but also completely unexpected in an awesome gripping way.

Even if you are not a fan of football (I'm not as I don't really understand the rules of the American version), do take the time to check it out. I didn't regret it, and I don't think you will either.

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July 9th, 2017

05:21 pm: What have immigrants ever done for us?


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04:45 pm: Spontaneous Rhapsody
Crowd waiting for Green Day to take the stage erupt into a spontaneous singing of "Bohemian Rhapsody".


(I found myself grinning & singing along too.)

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July 6th, 2017

07:36 pm: Best Auckland Restaurant of 2017?
It's Venn diagram time again.


Link to jpg: http://goo.gl/MZexNY
Link to pdf: http://goo.gl/pGKLWX

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July 4th, 2017

07:42 pm: Wellington Lux Light Festival 2017
While in Wellington for a visit recently, we saw some of the Wellington Lux Light Festival installations. It was a happy coincidence that it started the night we arrived.

Light installation in an alley. "Stretching Light" Joshua Lewis & Sam Lewis
(It would have been a better visual experience if the normal alleyway lighting had been switched off for this, but I can see that keeping ambient lighting on makes the alley safer overall.)
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Wellington Lux Light Festival
Close-up.
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Building used as a screen for a projected Monty-Pythonesque short "Circus of Light" Ocubo
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"Passing Me By" Christopher Welch & Makers Fabrication
I was fascinated by the black light effect on colour.
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"Into the Underscore" Anita Dykes (ECC Lighting)
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"Control No Control" Studio Iregular
It's an interactive sound & light one, which responds to touch. Very cool.
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July 3rd, 2017

07:40 pm: Cooking diary
Monday: Cassoulet (made on Sunday), and a green salad
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Tuesday: Okonomiyaki. Supplemented with pork & vegetable soup
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Wednesday: Pork & shiitake dumplings in a cabbage & mushroom broth.
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June 22nd, 2017

06:13 pm: Lorem error
I have to say that this is the least informative error message.
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(Haven't posted for a while. Lots of life getting in the way, but I hope to be more regular.)

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May 26th, 2017

08:42 pm: Cooking diary
Monday: Spaghetti aglio e olio with rocket & prawn.
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Tuesday: Mee hoon kueh (hand-torn noodles soup with pork mince, shiitake, cabbage, crispy ikan bilis & shallots)
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Wednesday: Mushroom & lemon risotto #vegetarian
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Thursday: Grilled chicken breast, mash potato, on a bed of sauteed cabbage.
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08:19 pm: Cooking diary
Monday: Beetroot salad with feta & seared beef
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Tuesday: Bobotie with herbed couscous
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Wednesday: Fried rice with chicken & Chinese sausage, with sauteed cabbage.
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Thursday: Panfried salmon with couscous & slaw of cabbage & onion.
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08:05 pm: May 25 may be Star Wars Day...
...(no not May the 4th), as May 25 was the date of the first screening of Star Wars. But not in New Zealand.

It wasn't until Christmas Eve 1977 Aucklanders got the chance to see Star Wars. In this age of (near) simultaneous worldwide release of movies, it's easy to forget that there was a time when you had to wait months to see a movie after its initial release in America.

(It was worse for TV. Babylon 5 showed on NZ TV up to two years after US showing. It was nigh impossible to avoid spoilers online.)

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May 25th, 2017

07:45 am: Rather foggy this morning.
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May 21st, 2017

03:29 pm: Autumn afternoon
Lots of people taking advantage of the glorious autumn weather at Takapuna Beach today.
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May 17th, 2017

06:58 pm: Today I was disappointed to learn that...
There isn't an ancient Chinese curse that goes, "May you live in interesting times".


Today I was disappointed to learn that...
The Chinese character for "crisis" does not consist of the characters "danger" & "opportunity".


Today I was disappointed to learn that...
The Chinese character for "strife" isn't composed of the characters of two women under one roof.


It's like I've been lied to all these years, and ancient Chinese wisdom... isn't.

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May 16th, 2017

07:08 pm: Cooking diary
Monday: Fennel sausages, roasted taro, kale with yeast.
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Tuesday: Kon loh mee (egg noodles in thick sweet soy) with shredded chicken
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Wednesday: Vegetable (pumpkin, carrot, onion) bake with mince beef topped with cheese
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Thursday: Stir fry frenzy: Chicken with salted soybeans & chilli. Egg foo young. Choysum with garlic. Rice
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May 12th, 2017

01:24 pm: Kia Ora Wellington!
In Wellington to celebrate a friend's 50th.
Feels like I should be way too young to be doing this sort of thing.

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May 8th, 2017

07:38 pm: Cooking diary
Monday: Cajun salmon, tangy 'slaw
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Tuesday: Wat tan hor (fried rice noodles with eggy sauce)
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Wednesday: Cheese grillers, carrot mash, Brussels sprouts
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Thursday: Gran's chicken stew, sauteed cabbage
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May 4th, 2017

06:25 pm: Cooking diary
Monday: Chicken curry laksa
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Wednesday: Char kway teow
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Thursday: Sambal squid, vege stirfry, leftover chicken curry, rice.
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07:57 am: Happy Star Wars Day.
Happy Star Wars Day.
#MayThe4thBeWithYou

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April 30th, 2017

10:57 am: Cooking diary
Tuesday: Chicken & Chorizo Paella
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Wednesday: Leek & potato frittata
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Thursday: Panfried hoki on leek, roasted potatoes, honeyed carrots.
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April 23rd, 2017

06:11 pm: Autumn sunset.
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05:24 pm: "Differences of Opinion" - Wendy Cope


"Differences of Opinion" - Wendy Cope

(My current favourite poem.)

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04:40 pm: Cooking diary
Monday: Pork mince, rice vermicelli soup with choy sum & sprouts.
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Tuesday: Cajun chicken breast, colourful salad.
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Thursday: Grilled chicked with Morrocan spice rub, sauteed vegetables, hummus.
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April 15th, 2017

05:17 pm: So I've been reading the comments in the "LiveJournal is 18!" post...
Rich veins of snark therein.

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04:17 pm: Cooking diary
Monday: Rice with mixed vegetables (cabbage, carrot, shiitake, woodear, fired tofu, ginger) & black bean sauce. #vegan
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Tuesday: Bacon & egg pie with salad.
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Wednesday: Beef rendang, cabbage sauteed in curry powder & poppy seed. Rice.
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Thursday: Chicken & vegetable soup.
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03:14 pm: Alien vs Pooh
I failed to find the creator of this:


But stumbled upon this instead:
"Alien vs Pooh".

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April 14th, 2017

05:56 pm: I thought. Rejoiced. That those days were over.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood "Two Tribes".
A revival of 80s music feels timely.
Sadly.

https://youtu.be/K2QAMqTgPKI

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04:06 pm: "Rufus Marigold" has Social Anxiety.
A terrific (funny & at times painful) webcomic.
It's complete & stand-alone



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