Faster Horses

Thanks Curtis – such a great tune!
That awesome rhythm section could rock on for another half hour
If in doubt skip straight past the 23 million listens & multitude of hooks
& drop the virtual stylus @3.58 #oh #yes!! #OMG_that_break!!!



So whats 2017 hold for you? Whats 2017 hold for me?

We simply do not know – we all have aspirations
but no doubt each of our goals will find themselves infinitely tweaked
as reality has its say…

Some changes are incremental – they take their time
they arrive at their own pace, often in the form of slow evolution.
And due to that slow rate of change, it can be hard to see *any* change
until we look back further and see how far we’ve come….





Profound change arrives at all speeds,
but I suspect rarely as single moments of insight.

“The electric light did not come from
the continuous improvement of candles”

Oren Harari

I’m mixing my metaphors, but while sudden insight – ‘light bulb moments’
might appear as so in hindsight, it was all that time thinking and researching
that made a unique new solution – a paradigm shift – possible.

No doubt its source originates in need, want, and desire for change…
followed by thorough research, development and evolution…
which equates to a million insights and a million incremental changes



“If I had asked people what they wanted,
they would have said faster horses.

Henry Ford



So here’s to a 2017 full of hope & wonder, insight & hard work,
incremental AND & r/evolutionary change
fast & slow, slow & fast

Happy New Year!





Vector masks 2

shot with Canon 5D3 and EF100L macro lens

Detritus 409

update: for a great summary of 2016 with some hilarial British humour, the whole show is on youtube here


▶ Celebrity isn’t just harmless fun – it’s the smiling face of the corporate machine


▶ I know of a local muso who put on a hi viz jacket & went into a bar during the day (with a friend & a trolley) and ‘rescued’ an unloved piano… turns out you can do almost anything if you’re wearing hi viz


▶ tiny artworks in a test tube


▶ 100 metronomes…


▶ Cooking with sound


▶ Great interview with the creator of that brilliant sheep/Trump cartoon in the New Yorker


▶ I loathe xmas music – thank jah for online shopping! But these almost make those dreadfully saccharine tunes bearable… almost…


▶ save your money, just take a fake vacation (Chinese bridezilla: “For our wedding photos I want the pyramids, with the eiffel tower” um…. sure)


▶ air gap as a verb? Such is the vulnerable internet of things….


Holiday reading

I have a dodgy PDF of this somewhere, but so much better to have a real book – thanks to Daphne, buy a copy via Kickstarter

Vector masks











shot with Canon 5D3 and EF100L macro lens

you should see them animated!!


A passenger train passing through a railway crossing at Plimmerton. Raine, William Hall, 1892-1955 :Negatives of New Zealand towns and scenery, and Fiji. Ref: 1/4-019687-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22652415


Swimmers at Plimmerton beach, Porirua. Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1957/0027-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22728205


New pedestrian subway under the railway being built at Plimmerton, Porirua. Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1958/1226-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22595973

Late Xmas Presents

Worst time of year to be receiving mail but having seen the tracking stall I was very happy to see two boxes appear at my front door!

Managed to find these in Japan & buy them – shipping was surprisingly not so bad… The two VTE-2000 I got for 36,500yen (US$310) and 35,500yen (US$302) – one has rack ears, both came with power suppleis although one is 110-240v and the other is 110v only…. freight via EMS Japan > NZ cost me 7,423 yen (US$63)

FWIW the new price of the VTE2000 when it was available was ¥59,800

I got inspired to find one of these weird MC09 after seeing a live set by Kyoka

2015 01 20 Kyoka Live from studio r° on Vimeo.

New Year might get a little loud!