I’m a 40-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, World of Wearable Arts show, 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.
I’ve been writing my thoughts on the Internet since about 1999 and lately that had been across three different blogs, which are now included in this site. Tech is based on the old macthoughts site and is where I write about all things tech, especially Apple. Aviation is based on the old ZK-ARJ site and is for aviation topics and mostly where I’ll introduce new aviation photos. Finally, the generic Blog is based on the old Jaded Kiwi site and is for just about anything else.
I also occasionally contribute to friends' productions, both written and recorded voice. Below you can find my latest contributions, or click on Contributions in the navigation bar at the bottom of any page.
I’m a keen amateur photographer with my most frequent subjects being aviation, New Zealand birds and my beloved Wellington. Every large photo on this page is taken by me. My best results go up on Flickr and below are some of my latest, or you can check out the Galleries page on this site for the best of the best.
As of late 2017, I have once again started posting some images to Instagram. In many cases these may be duplicates of those on Flickr, but a lot more iPhone pictures will appear on Instagram than Flickr. Below are my latest posts.
I started podcasting in 2006 but fell off the wagon after about four years. From time to time I get back in front of the microphone with a reboot of The Sitting Duck Podcast which, as the tag line says, is all about the music.
The podcast is still (re-)finding its feet and likely to remain occasional for now. It will usually be 20–40 minutes long and feature 4–6 songs along with a bit of info and maybe the odd bit of unrelated banter.
Click on the logo at the right or "SDP" in the main navigation to go to the podcast page where you can listen right from your browser, or choose from the most recent episodes below. If you'd like to get every episode, just search in iTunes or your favourite podcast software for "Sitting Duck Podcast."
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 a Swift Tips blog, which was originally run separately from this one.