That’s right! I’m starting a YouTube Channel. I’ve wanted to for a while – I think I have a lot to share, and I have lots of ideas for videos. I’ve been gearing up for it – developing a channel trailer, setting up social media accounts, and getting hardware. I have a Canon 70D, so I’ve equipped this with a Rode VideoMic Pro (no, I’m not trying to copy Casey Neistat – it’s a coincidence!). I picked up on the sweet little GoPro Hero 4 Session cameras, and luckily I have a lot of experience with the whole Adobe suite.
So now and again I decide I am tired of standard Hollywood fare, and decide to watch a movie from another stable. I’ll follow a director (I’m a big fan of auteur theory), or a genre, and I’ma fan of coming-of-age films, but often I’ll check out a foreign film. I don’t mind subtitles. It’s a small price to pay to see something completely different on screen. I like movies that are almost tone poems, that lose you in their imagery, and last night I checked out Concrete Night (Betoniyö) from 2013.
Well, I survived! The surgery went very well and I’m at home recovering – in fact, I enjoyed the entire time I was in hospital. I decided to see it as an adventure. Most people look at hospitals with dread, I was fascinated by the processes, the other patients, the staff.
Tomorrow’s a big day for me, literally and figuratively. It could be a new beginning… or the end of everything. You see, I’m checking into Auckland Hospital for bariatric surgery – a gastric bypass, to be exact. Despite the complexity of the procedure, my surgeon promises me that he’s “never lost anyone,” but had to advise me of the 1-in-1000 risk of complications. There’s a lot for him to do – staple off a section of stomach here, remove a section of intestine there, connect the remaining shorter intestine to a 1cm hole he’s creating in the remaining stomach pouch, and reconnect the original stomach further on down the intestinal tract. And he’s doing this all laparoscopically, via 4 small holes. I should be out by Sunday. Or… I’ll know what’s really on the other side – most likely nothing. But I won’t be around to care.
I took some photos in Taranaki over the Christmas period – I grew up in South Taranaki, and headed down there to be with family.
These were taken on a Canon 70D. I’m new to this camera, so many of the settings were left at defaults. I will learn and improve!
Among other things, I’m the CTO of a little website called The Stoner’s Cookbook. This month we released the first major site rebuild in years, and I wanted to post about the experience of building a WordPress theme from scratch. It’s a bit of a cathartic review of the process and illustrates the sort of issues you might deal with as a developer. I’m no expert, and might be (and am quite frequently) wrong, but it’s better to be wrong and learn something than think you’re right all the time.
This is nonsense, really, and the semi-medical, research-paper-esque title is just there to annoy Google.
The last couple of days were hectic for me as I responded to media requests for copies of the Ashley Madison data (they couldn’t or wouldn’t download the torrent themselves). It cost me a few USB sticks! Thereafter I was chased to explain how the files worked and take reporters etc through the data.
So the hacking group Impact Team lived up to their threat and released 9.7GB of Ashley Madison (ashleymadison.com) website data to the Dark Web. Ashley Madison is a dating site geared towards people in relationships who want to have an affair – their motto is “Life is short. Have an affair.”