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July 2016

Donald Trump

“Change” vs “improvement.” Is different always better?

Putting aside (with some difficulty) how we feel about people like Donald Trump personally, I want to talk about the way the restlessness of the masses has resulted in a culture of “it’s a bit broke, let’s throw it away and try something unknown.” We’ve seen this happen recently with Brexit, and now it looks like it’s going to happen again in the United States with the possible election of business tycoon Donald Trump as president. People are equating change with improvement, and different is not always better.

The Poi-E 3D Team: Lucas, Daniel and Dalvanius

Poi-E: The Myths and Legends – Dalvanius Prime

Recently the movie “Poi E: The Story of Our Song” was released as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival, and the song Poi-E has become popular again. I thought you might be interested in an untold story relating to Dalvanius and Poi-E.

Stranger Things

Rediscovering the 80s with Stranger Things

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to binge a show and thoroughly enjoy it as much as I have done the new Netflix series Stranger Things. Created by the Duffer brothers, the tagline is “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.”

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss and life after bariatric surgery

3 months ago, in April 2016, I had bariatric weight loss surgery. Specifically, I had a procedure known as an “Omega Loop” or “Mini Bypass”. Or, if you’re of a medical bent, it’s called a Single Anastomosis Gastric Bypass. Terminology aside, the original plan was for me to have a full gastric bypass, but once the surgeon got in there he had to make an on-the-fly decision to alter the op.

Leaving for England soon!

So much is happening right now it’s hard to keep up!

I’m frantically selling up everything on TradeMe, and getting ready to depart for the UK on August 3. I have to say goodbye to my beautiful iMac and “downgrade” to a Windows 10 Gaming PC (17″, so I can edit video…). I don’t think Apple will release their new MacBook Pros before I depart.

I’ve recovered well from my weight loss surgery, down to 140kgs now (from a  start last year of 210kg!). I will vlog about this as well 🙂


My First YouTube Channel Video – How to Remove Background Noise in Adobe Audition CC

Note: Updated the video after, ironically, the first version had audio issues!

After battling neighbors with cherry pickers and a huge lack of time, I have uploaded the first of many YouTube videos – How to Remove Background Noise in Adobe Audition CC.