ZKARJ dot ME

ZKARJ dot ME

I’m a 50-something geek with a long history of mucking around with computers and the internet, both as a hobby and as a profession.

I also take an interest in aviation, photography, New Zealand railways, and New Zealand birds.

I’ve lived in Wellington, New Zealand for all but 8 years of my life – home to New Zealand’s parliament, Weta Workshop, Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa, and much, much more. That’s Wellington you can see above.

You can find me on the services listed here, or scroll down for a little more info about some of my more significant projects and pastimes.

Writing

Writing

I’ve been writing my thoughts on the Internet since about 1999. I've had numerous sites over the intervening years, but now you can find almost everything over at andnow.me. This covers a wide range of subjects from technical topics, like programming and the web, to photography and occasionally 'softer' topics of life, the universe, and everything. I keep my aviation stuff — mostly my own photographs with some commentary — over at my ZK-ARJ web site.

Photography

Photography

I’m a keen amateur photographer with my most frequent subjects being aviation, New Zealand birds, and my beloved Wellington. Every heading photo on this page was taken by me. My best results go on Flickr and below you can see a representative sample of my work. If you want to see more, head right on over to my Flickr page. For my aviation photos (which is most of them) I usually make a post over at ZK-ARJ when I upload new photos to Flickr.

Below are some fairly recent samples of my work. Clicking on any image will take you to the Flickr page to view it larger.

Lake Rotokakahi
Wellington Civic Square walkway
Tugboat Koraki
Ormondville Station
Snickers the Maine Coon cat
Wellington Railway Station
White faced heron wading
Singapore night time cityscape
West Gate Bridge Melbourne
Mount Taranaki
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777
Kapiti Island from Paraparaumu Beach

Podcasting

Podcasting

I started podcasting in 2006 but fell off the wagon after about four years. From time to time I would get back in front of the microphone with a reboot of The Sitting Duck Podcast but at the end of 2018 I retired the site.

I do occasionally make guest appearances on other people's podcasts. Some of the ones I have appeared on more than once are shown below.

NosillaCast Podcast art
Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite Podcast art
Let's Talk Apple Podcast art
Let's Talk Photography Podcast art

Software

Software

Since late 2013 I have been hacking away at developing software for Apple iOS/iPadOS devices and am now producing these under the Orange Moth brand. You can check out my current progress over on the Orange Moth Apps.

Orange Moth apps

Orange Moth Apps

As part of my journey as a developer, I've been (slowly) learning Swift, and Swift has been on a bit of a journey at the same time. I've been capturing some key reusable concepts in blog posts, which were originally on a separate site but now form part of my main blog site.

Commercial

Commercial

I have had a hand in the inception, implementation, and running of a number of commercial websites. Below you can read a little about each of the sites that remain in operation.

Elli Jenks.com web site thumbnail

ElliJenks.com

Delightful cross-stitch designs. There are carpets intended for 1/12 scale dollhouses (which also make nice standalone displays), a miniature village (3D models), and more.

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HiJinx.co.nz

Cross stitch designs for 1/12 scale dollhouses along with a range of other furnishings to match, plus cross-stitch samplers.