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Archive for August, 2008

Unleash your browser on Pictures with CoolIris Aug 31

I’m totally blown away about how cool this plugin is.

Piclens, or CoolIris as it is now known allows you to view enable pictures sites in cool 3D like Apples cover flow, but useful.

Whats ever cooler is that the lastest version of Menalto Gallery is fully enabled for it and that the new gallery I’ve installed.  Its adds a whole new dimension to browsing picturs online.  Seriously take a few minutes and install the plug in.

It works for IE, Firefox and Safari.

Thailand Wedding Pictures Aug 30

I’ve had time now to clean up the photo’s from Thailand, and I’ve also started using the new Gallery from Menalto.

the gallery is above as per normal.  For best results you should load PicLens/CoolIris for 3d browsing.

Feet back on the ground Aug 29

Wow, the end of August is here, and well, I’ve not been!  Left for NZ at the end of July for fathers 70th birthday, then in Hong Kong, and now just back from Thailand.  3 countries in one month, not bad.

I’ll try and post as I can.  I never quite got the email blog stuff working so couldn’t send updates on the road.  Pics are processing now and will be up soon.

I wonder why they wanted me to come home! Aug 02

Today has been all about the 70th birthday for Dad.  This time no
surprise party as the last one we pulled for him, he ended up out on in
the boat catching crayfish and snapper (like the snapper were jumping
into the boat – I know I was there trying to convice him along with my
brother that perhaps he should go home!).

It was great to be back home for it and I’m so glad that I had the time available to do it.  However

didn’t quite realise that my invitation was based on something else
other than being um family.  I guess over the years my mum learnt a few
tricks from my dad and I ended up helping her do the catering! By the
way, my mother is amazing a cooking for 2 to 30 people without
thinking!  But this time for 100 I suspect she pulled in some extra

I only figured this out when trying to turn a huge pot of
potatoes into smashed warm potatoe salid and wondering where everyone
was when I needed help draining those puppies and trying to turn 8kilos
of potatoes into a salid!

I got in trouble with the Chicken
Salad thou.  Not totally my fault I asked people to help me schred 10
chickens into something.  Apparently however my dressing didn’t quite
cut it with mum.  Others seemed to think it was amazing.  It was so

Lemon Juice, Mint and plum sauce.  I was going for a
whole middle eastern feel to it.  Taste wish it was fantastic and there
was very little left, but I will concede visually that given the way
the chicken was it did look alittle odd. 

New Zealand Coast Guard Aug 02

They tried very hard to keep it secret, but things happen and he
found out.  It would have helped if Dad wasn’t quite so determined to
be where he wants to be, rather than were we ask him to be.  Kerry and
Andrew tried really had to have him attend the Northen Region Coast
Guard meeting, but well Dad is Dad and wanted to be somewhere else.

then they tried to keep it quiet, but that didn’t work either.  He was
supposed to be at that meeting for the presentation of an award.  But
you know what in many ways, it was better that he did now (after
reading the minutes of the meeting) that he was officially presented
with the award at his birthday.

Many members of Coast Guard past
and present were there and his 70th birthday and as mentioned that was
best as the ones who where there are the ones he respects and they were
there as friends along with the family.  So what was it all about. 
Well the award is given very rarely and only to the most deserving of

My father was given Life Time Membership to coastguard
for services rendered.  It might now sound very much, but as mentioned
this is not an award the dish out at the end of each year.  The last
one was given many years ago. 

Both my mother and father have
served in coast guard for 20 years + and have been recognised for
such.  What is now recognised is the work they and the community who
help them on the boat, have done to save lives on the eastern side of
the Hauraki Gulf. 

I have served with them as part of my life
and are so pleased to know that now all that time and effort Dad has
done is recognised.  Not that he would want it to be.  But then, thats
just him.  And I never want him to change.

Oh my speech for that occasion after all the excellant ones.  "Dessert is served".


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