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It’s been a while. Much too long I know. I just haven’t had much to share here to interest others, and been busy elsewhere. Our travel plans took over somewhat and then some unscheduled occurrences changed our plans further – and this brings me to this post.

Since I’m no longer residing in Aotearoa, I feel like it might be time to move on and create something different now. I just don’t know what it is yet. Most of my energy will be going into our travel blog for the rest of 2010. What follows will be an exciting new adventure and maybe, just maybe, I’ll think of something to make here when the time comes.

…in the mean time, settle for

arohanui ❤


Thanks to globetrotting friends, I will in less than two weeks hold one of these little beauties in my hands:

Holga Black

And I didn’t have to pay the whopping NZ$213 (or more on…) asking price here, thanks to this exellent ebay shop.


This is just beautiful! (found on the blog)

Ramit Sethi, author of I will teach you to be rich had his friend Cal Newport share his knowledge and he wrote  a very good article about time management (via BoingBoing).

Enlightening and ecucational. I think this would be a really useful tool for many people working from home.

After some busy days of visitors and visiting which is the essential part of Christmas, I am finalyl posting what I planned to post on the 23 Dec.. I wish everyone a peaceful and relaxing last few days of Christmas and hope you have a hoot of a New Year’s celebration. There is plenty of excitement for 2010 in the Steiro Kelly camp, with all the plans of travel and new experiences in the pipeline. I am thinking of revealing more of our preparation, either in this blog or start a new one in connection with the Big Trip, but we’ll see what we end up doing.

In the mean time, here is a video from when we went for  a drive down Franklin Road in Auckland – a tradition for many Aucklanders, because the residents of this street take Christmas decorations very seriously!

I found this link via Beattie’s Book Blog (yet again!) about the Knowledge Without Borders project in the UAE emirate of Sharjah. The project aims to get the population back into reading. Very cool! They have given ten reasons why you should read – here are the first three, then go to the site and read the rest. No big surprises at all, but reminding me of even more reasons to use on my students!

1: Reading is an active mental process. Unlike sitting in front of the TV, reading makes you use your brain. While reading, you will be forced to reason out many things which are unfamiliar to you. Through this process, the brain is exercised.

2: Improve your vocabulary. Remember in primary school when you learned how to infer the meaning of one word by reading the context of the other words in the sentence? You get the same benefit from reading. While reading books—especially challenging ones—you will find yourself exposed to many new words that you wouldn’t be otherwise in daily life.

3: Get a glimpse into other cultures and countries. How would you know about the lives of people in remote parts of Mexico if you don’t read about them? Reading gives you a unique insight into the diversity of different people, cultures, religions and societies around the globe—without actually having to step foot outside of your house.

One of many interesting recommendations found on the fabulous Neil Gaiman’s blog: The short story Eric by Shaun Tan.

I finally read Shaun Tan’s Arrival earlier this year and was moved by the strange and beautiful illustrations and how it communicated without words. Turns out he’s just as good using words too in his stories.

The other day on my way to work I saw a Google Maps car (for the second time in NZ I might add), and it reminded me of this post I’ve been meaning to write for a while now.

I have mentioned my love for Google toys before and now there’s another one! Old news for some I’m sure, but in general such good news/olds that it cannot be repeated too much. Google Wave is here, and apparently it will revolutionise the way we email. My friend sent me an invite s0 I’ve been playing around with it a little over the last week or so. It’s pretty cool, but I’m not sure – it will take a bit to get used to it. As it’s still being developed it’s not perfect, but as soon as more people start using it I’m sure I get a better picture. I’m still really impressed with its potential and love the way your conversations can be played back for you.

You can have a look at Google’s  (very long) presentation here:


From Eddi Campbell’s blog:

Very moving. This is probably old news for most but I thought it deserved another mention…

I’m not the most frequent of bloggers. In fact, I think the rare people that might have stopped by occasionally would have taken me off their RSS feed by now for lack of posts to while away the hours with.

However, recently I found an idea spreading across the interweb. Not just as a (very good!) excuse to explain my lack of discipline on the blogging front, but also an idea I can very easily grow fond of. In line with the idea of slow food, making/craft and the slow movement, which you can read more about here, Canadian Todd Sieling is writing a blog about slow blogging, with the tagline “it happens when it happens”. His point is that because of all the technology readily available to us all at any given time has made not only talk, but also writing, cheap. Anyone can blog or comment in whatever medium they choose… but should we?

The erudite and always oh so fabulously articulate Stephen Fry mentions similar issues on his blog today, bringing the attention to the way technology has taken over our time and made everything possible but made us all impossibly busy.

I often find myself wondering if this busy-ness is really the life I want to live, and most times reach the conclusion that no, it is not. I don’t think I will be doing what I’m doing now in a few years’ time, but then again, I was raised to work hard, so I’d probably feel guilty if I didn’tdo the standard work horse thing… Although, I guess the issue is more how and where we spend our energy and how we choose to prioritise.

If anyone is reading this, I’d welcome any input and opinions. 🙂 The Slow Blog Manifesto can be read – and enjoyed, slowly  – here.

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