Attack of the really quite pleasant bees

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We’ve had a bee swarm come past once before, but this one settled. So we rang Tricia and Martin from the Wellington Beekeepers Assocation and set about collecting the swarm. Andrea in a borrowed suit: Terrorist? Or Burning Man? Or makeshift bee photographer? Of course, the swarm was up a tree on the steepest and …

2016 so far

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Nominal.

Mitochondrion Mark 5.3 further progress

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My new countersinking technique is unstoppable.

Mitochondrion 5.3 progress

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Hmm… twenty one boards into a twenty five mm tube, with quarter mm clearances? I think I might mock that up with paper and cardboard, just to check nothing clashes. So old school. And then I’ll get all the circuit boards made and bits 3D printed and it’ll all just fit together, right? RIGHT? [EDIT, …

Mitochondrion M5.2 pictures

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I finally got together with Grist for some pictures of the Mitochondrion Mark 5.2, my 800 LED glowstaff. After mending it after Burning Man, that is. Images from the NZ flag competition. And of course, had to do Laser Kiwi – it’s the people’s choice!

New job

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I was helping someone to unload the dishwasher at work… Her: “Thanks for helping.” Me: “No problem, I like easily achieved tasks with clear outcomes.” Her: “So why do you work in policy then?” Me: “umm… I’ll get my coat.” Which is a long-winded way of saying, for those who don’t know yet, I’ve left …

Topp Country

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Andrea’s sister & niece, Johanna’s book on foraging, and the flowers in our garden were featured in this week’s episode of Topp Country, streamable from the TVNZ site (ours is the middle section, not the lavender or the roses). For those of you outside of NZ, the Topp twins are country singers, activists, and comedians. They’re NZ …

Bombproof battery-powered LED strip drivers (but not playa-proof)

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Goal I wanted to give my Burning Man camp-mates LED strips for their bikes/clothes, running unique patterns, so I could find them in the dark. I wanted these to be bomb-proof and to last all night. Results They were bomb-proof. You could kick these across the room and you’re more likely to hurt your foot …

What we did on our holiday, now in pictures

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Burning Man panoramas

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Deep playa, one morning before it got too hot and dusty: Burn night, just inside the circle of art cars: Sunrise the morning after, from the top of a Robot Heart art car in a heap of blankets and warm people: Ambling home, complete with bonus Temple. They burned that one too though:

Burning Man: we survived

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In short, coz back in Vegas: Burning Man – I was aiming to survive and I succeeded. I’m told this year was particularly hard. There was lots of this: Highlights being camp mates, surprise tackle-hugging Kiwi, the Temple of Mazu burn, the deep playa, and all the pretties. Low points being the brutal dust storms, …

Further into the heart of the American dream…

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…or something like that. I got bad culture shock in SF (and still have more to write about that). Then we went to Vegas. Oh Jesus. So now we’re going to Burning Man… Best part of Vegas was chilling with an old friend who works here. In her pool, in the ‘burbs. Totally chilled. Oh, …

Birthday thoughts

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…after a Vegas birthday that took in two circus shows, one training session, and one visit to Walmart – it is connection that I value, not spectacle. Also warmth. Hence I am delighted by this present from Andrea, helped by Shyamtara, from a photo of me spinning the Mitochondrion Mark 4 at Kiwiburn in 2013 …

Random SF thoughts while I try to clarify how I feel about this place.

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We caught up with a wonderful surfer/aerial friend at some cafe down by Ocean Beach. They had toast, apparently causing

Achievements unlocked!

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✔ Drive in the USA ✔ Get cut up by a BMW ✔ Get cut up by a Lexus ✔ Get cut up by a white van ✔ Get cut up by a pickup with a bed full of rusty engine parts ✔ Catch a bus in the USA ✔ Catch a bus going in …

Last minute Burner soldering

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With Kellective. SF looks like it does in the movies. The cultural presence is such that, even from far away as NZ, you kind of know what to expect, or at least there’s a pre-existing set of stereotypes that mediate your experience here. For example, the vegan cafe in Berkeley that’s full of hippy attitudes, …

San Fran

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Incoherent jetlagged thoughts from Oakland: SF is biz jets and crappy public transport. Time from getting off a plane to seeing a hand gun: less than two minutes. Hipster mac and cheese? Sunny parks as lounges. Lots of homeless people, mostly black, mostly not begging but just hanging around. Drivers stopping for pedestrians and lots …

Namespace clash, or why these jumping Germans are using #happyinmotion?

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My alert for “happyinmotion” has been going nuts, with numerous German women jumping up and down: A photo posted by Carolin (@caroli_in) on Aug 11, 2015 at 10:46am PDT A photo posted by @thats.the.secret on Aug 11, 2015 at 3:43am PDT Seems a deodourant company in Germany is running a competition called Die Rexona motion …

How much Weston?

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This much.

Mitochondrion Mark 5.2 first spin

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Of course, a whole bunch more to do, but it goes.