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Nostalgia: TV shows from the 70s and 80s

If you’re a child of the 70s and 80s, like me, then television was probably a huge part of your life. New Zealand wasn’t known for its drama, comedy or sci-fi back then, so we were forced to watch whatever was popular in the US and UK at the time. We only had two channels in 1975 when I was very young – TV3 only came along in 1989.

Everyone’s TV experience as a child was unique, and we all had our favourite shows. There were also shows for adults that, while we didn’t understand or necessarily enjoy them, we had no other viewing choices.

So, here are some shows that hit the nostalgia button for me. I’ve tried to dig up clips that represent the show’s heyday, or particular episodes that were favorites. Where possible I’ve linked to a whole episode, but often it’s just the intro you need 😉

Is it time for Police Drones?

It must be nearly time for police drones, right? OK, we’re limited by their air time (come on guys, invent a better battery already!). But think about this: drones that are preprogrammed to fly routes around crime hotspots.

I am a Rubber Duck

You know when you have a tricky technical problem you can’t solve?

Even sitting in the shower or cleaning your house doesnt put your mind in a state to solve it?

That’s when you need a rubber duck!

Aotearoa Now is like a Kiwi Koyaanisqatsi

If you loved Koyaanisqatsi (I saw it on acid years ago and it still blows my mind) you’ll love this Vimeo short. You’d have to be a child of the 80s to really appreciate it…

“In the spaces in between, in the regional qualities of silence, something was missing. Even in the age of infill housing and noise control officers, much of New Zealand seemed to be on close terms with abstraction.”
Steve Braunias (2012). Civilisation: Twenty Places on the Edge of the World.

Aotearoa Now is a meditative journey into the New Zealand landscape. An experimental mosaic of image and sound. A really bad tourism campaign.

It’s Windows 10 time baby

So I got sick of waiting for Windows 10 to download, I saw it had appeared in a hidden folder, but was waiting on Microsoft to flip the switch for New Zealand. A bit of googling revealed that you could download the installer from Microsoft’s site (if you already had your computer approved). The trick is that you have to make sure your locale/region/language etc is set to English (US).
Once that was done, the install went well. We can’t use Cortana in New Zealand, which sucks, but then I have gone off Windows over the years, I’m happy with my Mac. My PC is for gaming, so the next step is to test all those games out! If only I had time… :/


This post comes from a series I wrote as part of a private Tumblr account, way back in 2012. I thought it would be cool to reproduce some of my amateur psychology here 🙂

Over the years I’ve been involved in many friendships and noticed they generally follow a pattern, or life-cycle, that can be separated into “phases”. I expect this is a similar progression to that experienced by couples in romantic relationships. By analysing friendships in terms of these phases it becomes easier to see where things are going and improve your approach and attitude and make the relationship better and more valuable for both parties.