Author: Pete

  • I read the news today, oh boy

    Today’s announcement of the forthcoming demise of Newshub, TV3s news division, is a shock for all those who care about New Zealand’s media environment. Even those who have moved on to online platforms know that the loss of a fully funded newsroom with journalists researching and presenting stories across the country will be a heavy…

  • Tinkering

    For some reason YouTube’s algorithm has in its infinite wisdom started to serve me videos about some interesting uni-tasking devices. The Freewrite range of “smart typewriters”. They’re designed for a single purpose in order to provide an environment free of distractions so concentration and a flow state could come easier. The trouble is they’re horrendously…

  • I didn’t sign up for this

    Do you ever get the feeling we’re rushing headlong into a cyberpunk dystopia? With the added disadvantage of fewer shiny bodysuits. I really have come to dislike the subscription economy. I don’t mean traditional subscriptions. Certainly not something tangible, something material. Like the newspaper. I happily read mine on a daily basis and a subscription…

  • Decolonisation

    In 1860 my great, great grandfather on my mother’s side of the family, James Fitzgibbons embarked from Cork in Ireland with the 14th (Buckhinghamshire) Regiment of Foot and arrived in Auckland to fight in the New Zealand Wars. He was by every definition a colonist even though as an Irishman he himself came from a…

  • Why am I doing this?

    There’s something that I’ve been missing from the internet for a while now, and that’s the personal blogs of Web 1.0. You might remember the “under construction” gifs, the lack of a coherent theme. People weren’t in an active pursuit of clicks and clout. Sure, seeing what you done gain a following would be a…