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The first thing to go…..

The first thing to go when our son was born in December was not sleep,  but writing posts for this blog. No matter how much I’ve willed myself to jump online and blog, the ink has’t flowed.

Today, the hiatus is officially over. For good reason – I’m at the webstock 09 conference at Wellington Town Hall.  Floating around are provocative new ideas and old ones rehashed. Conversation between real people and 140 character bon mots sound bites on the webstock twitter feed. A  sense of urgency about the state of the world outside cyberspace is pretty evident along with a question about how web designers, et al can lend a helping hand.

I’m going to let things sink in before I write about webstock. Before then I’ve a little catching up to do. Here are some bullet points about a couple of things I meant to write about last year.

  • Wellington ICT helped fundraise for and set up a computer suite at the Secret Level youth centre in Lower Hutt. The suite was officially launched in late November. See “Technology space on secret
  • A poll about how to green your summer features on the Forest & Bird website. Since being relaunched F&B are using lots of online tools to inspire people to get active.
  • The Waikato Management School are again conducting a major national survey of ICT use in not-for-profits. I’m not sure if the survey is still open but find out more about the survey here.
  • Among the Guardian’s top 100 websites from 18 December are a few gems. The list, published every two years, includes new and old. I recommend checkin Zamzar if you can’t read a file and want to convert it.

Okay enough looking back to 2008. From here on in, it’s new stuff.

PS. Rufus is now eight weeks old and growing well. The rest of are adjusting to life with a wee bairn.

479 nz blogs and counting

I’ve just been added to a website listing blogs about New Zealand and by New Zealanders. When I checked today (4 April 2008) there were 479 blogs on Kiwiology.

I’m sure in time they’ll have loads of advertising, but at the moment the site is uncluttered. And even though the people behind Kiwiology are a bit shy about saying who they are, they seem a nice bunch.

They want to hear from the NZ blogosphere. As they say, “We’d love to get the low down on what you think about Kiwiology and look forward to your suggestions.”

“Nice one, stu”, I’d say. Great to have a place to visit to find bloggers under the long white cloud.

Take a look, and if you blog or know of a good one, hit the submit a blog button.

50 powerful blogs?

I was going to start this post by making a note of how many blogs there out there in the ether, and finish with an updated figure.

Guess what? There are no accurate figures for the number of blogs being published, and certainly no data on how up-to-date they are nor the quality of content.

Left with machines (such as ranking tool Technocrati) or humans to help find good blogs, I’ll stick with the latter.

Yesterday a bunch of journalists from the UK’s Observer newspaper published a list of the 50 best reasons to log on. What a powerful collection of blogs there are.

People are writing about technology (surprise), gossip, personal tirades and their own lives. I’ve just signed up to keep an eye on bean sprouts, all about one family’s search for the good life.

The list of blogs and news feeds I watch is already too many, and I scarcely keep up with these (except in the most quick, superficial way). Talking last night I realised I only actually keep a regular eye on just 3 or 4 blogs.

And what about finding time to comment and enter into dialogue. Probably below the margin of error.

Although I feel no need to expand my horizons, I can’t resist an entertaining, well written blogs, accompanied with catchy graphics. I’m in no rush to find more to read, but thanks to Observer I’ve got a list to dive into when I want something fresh.

Organic gardening in Ngaio and Hampstead

Over the last few weeks I’ve been enjoying a new blog on the Guardian website about an organic allotment a group of Observer Magazine staff have started working on. They’re starting from scratch at a negelected allotment in Hampstead, London. As photos and videos on the blog show, they started with a pretty messy site but they’re slowly transforming it.

In the latest entry we hear about delivery of “perfectly rotted down two-year-old cow manure loaded with biodynamic preparations and thrumming with life to pass onto our soil and crops”. And there are pictures too (see below).

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Considering the state of my so-called compost heap I’m suffering from humus envy big time. The Observer crew seem to be racing ahead at a fast rate.

The pace of growth seems is something of a contrast to approach to organic gardening espoused by local seed raiser and man of the land Dave Treadwell. Earlier today Dave shared his knowledge and philosophy through an organic gardening course I went on (thanks to Mandy for a very thoughtful christmas present).

A big lesson I picked up was on the need to spend time observing your garden. Sit back and notice what is going on. When removing the vermicast when worms have finished their munching, Dave said go and have a cuppa to allow the worms to flee. He said it takes about seven years to really understand the microclimates and ecological niches in a garden.

Dave sells his organic seeds by mail order. As a source of seeds selected to thrive in local conditions and having visisted where the crops are grown in Ngaio, I’m pretty keen to buy seeds from him in the future. The seed catalogue along with some tips can be found on the ecoseeds website.

It was good to get practical experience in my own backyard because I can’t see myself visiting the Observer Magazine allotment in the next wee while. I’ll still be checking the blog regularly though.

Bolshie at TypePad is now deceased

Pounding in the background is Talking Heads from on their “Stop Making Sense” live concert, now on dvd. It’s an astoundingly good concert, with a real spark over 20 years after its first release.

Using the concert name for my repackaged blog is not a homage to Talking Heads, though I’m fond of their quirky, edgy, funky tunes. Its the catchy title that grabbed my attention. The message is stick your neck out and keep your writing about ideas from outside the square. “Go on, stop making so much bloody good sense.”

The entire archive from http://bolshie.typepad.com/ – now deceased – has been imported here.

For the record, I was formerly hosting my blog at TypePad for about $12 a month. Althought Typepad was very easy to use and reliable, when AJ set up a server at home and offered to host my blog I jumped at the chance. There’s a photo album too, see blythopic.

Update Due to a few technical hassles I decided to shift my blog to Blogger.com in January 2007. Lets hope I can be more active.


My very own, personal online diary. I’ll add stuff I’ve written and photographed, and anything else under the sun which suits.

I thought it would be a good idea to ‘play’ with this form of publishing to see what it’s like. So far, so good. It’s been pretty easy to set-up. I’ll have to see if people are able to navigate around the site.

BTW: The title is inspired by a column by NZ Herald music critic Graham Reid whose reviews come under this title.

I want to add a photo album, so I had better stop rambling on.

Back soon.