I started this blog at the beginning of the 2019 New Zealand COVID pandemic lockdown because I wished I had recorded what life was like through the civil emergency of the Canterbury earthquakes. When I started I had no idea how long the pandemic might last, or how long I might keep writing. In 2022, the pandemic is loosening its hold on the world but there are so many other pressing issues on the horizon and interesting aspects of life to ponder that I am not stopping yet…

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Democratisation or Theft?

We were discussing developments in Artificial Intelligence with our neighbours over dinner this week. The development of Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is progressing at extreme speed. AI refers to the development of computer systems that perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, e.g. visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, or translation between languages. Many of theContinue reading “Democratisation or Theft?”

Missiles and Assumptions

The news of the this week had to be the missile strike in Poland on 15 November, hitting a grain dryer and killing two people. It feels like the world could be hovering on the edge of a much larger conflict than Russia vs Ukraine. Thank goodness the NATO forces took a bite of theirContinue reading “Missiles and Assumptions”

Buying Values

There are many things for sale in today’s world. Here’s one of the best displays of available toilet seats I have seen – in a Slovenian hardware store. This week I have been considering buying and selling of values. What set me off on this train of thought was negotiating a contract with a potentialContinue reading “Buying Values”

Solar power

Solar power – it sounds great having panels sitting quietly on your roof generating electricity, doesn’t it? You don’t have to do anything other than maybe clean them once in a while (I figure rain mostly does that for us). Having written a blog where I pointed out that installing solar power is not theContinue reading “Solar power”

Where’s COVID at?

Back in New Zealand from South Korea, the almost complete lack of masks is really evident. What’s funny is how one’s norm shifts. We went to South Korea and felt like wearing masks was something of an imposition because we didn’t have to any more in New Zealand. We return to New Zealand and IContinue reading “Where’s COVID at?”


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