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Thu, 21 Jan 2010
Midnight Espresso is awesome - 17:39
Tony had been telling me
for a while that he was really looking forward to returning to Wellington to
go to Midnight Espresso, his favourite cafe in a town which is famous for a
good cafe culture, he also hinted I may like it a lot. There does not appear
to be a website, however details are on a few
I am impressed, though not vegetarian only they do have an extensive
Vegetarian (and Vegan friendly) menu with some great food. All the cakes they
have for sale are Vegan and their coffee is indeed excellent. This cafe is
almost worth the trip to Wellington alone. If you are anywhere near Cuba
street, or really I think if you are any where near New Zealand pop on over
and visit this cafe. Maybe it is because I do not have the variety of Veggie
friendly places to eat that is found in Melbourne, or maybe it is because this
is a great place to hang out. Anyway with the fun mountain biking and
linux.conf.au here this week it would be silly not to come and now I know of
another good reason to visit Wellington. Thanks Tony.
Wed, 20 Jan 2010
My notes from the first day of lca (Miniconf day 1) - 22:22
I have written 34 pages of notes (in the a5 conference notebook) in the three
days (2 days miniconfs, 1 day main conference) so far, however as my hand
writing closely resembles and encryption standard I had better get them
transcribed into the computer reasonably soon (before I completely forget how
to decipher what I scrawled on paper). So I have just typed up the notes I
took (9 a5 pages worth of my hand writing) from the first day of lca (miniconf
day 1) and put it
in plain text.
I probably should put them directly up here but am not in the mood to add html
formatting to the notes at the moment. Great stuff so far, I will see if I can
find time to transcribe another day or two tomorrow.
Day two lca finishing off with a great ride - 06:57
Skyline ride (fullsize)
I noticed yesterday at the finish of the miniconfs I already have 19 pages of
notes written in the a5 conference notebook. I now need to find the time to
put some of the notes into the computer I think.
Another great miniconf day, I really enjoyed the Weta digital high density
computer room design talk. I have uploaded the photos from the ride I did
around Skyline (awesome ride around the ridgelines and hills surrounding
Wellington) on a Skyline MTB
Ride photos page.
Oops, an update, I mentioned to a few people the gps map of the ride would be
online, it is
if you wish to see it.
Mon, 18 Jan 2010
Awesome New Zealand Food - 15:31
Penguino Ice Cream Cafe (fullsize)
The friend I did my Abel Tasman kayaking trip with has said a few times he
could eat himself to death here in New Zealand. I tend to agree the food here
is pretty good. Today I had lunch with Stewart, Bdale, Edale, TonyB and others
at Midnight Espresso, a cafe recommended by Tony, who went to high school
here, he said we would like it. I did it was excellent, lots of great Vegan
options including all their cakes. I will be back tomorrow (possibly missing
out on variety but OMG it was good.
The photo to the left is from a Penguin themed ice cream cafe in Nelson, they
had some excellent Sorbet (an award winning boysenberry and a great apple and
berry for example) that I was able to eat too. I thought I should put
something penguin themed in a post to the lca tag here. (they have a
Crossing sign too). I hope I can find a few more really good examples of
local veggie friendly food before I have to head home on Saturday morning.
Abel Tasman Kayaking - 15:28
Camping Observation Beach, Abel Tasman NP (fullsize)
Keith and I met up for a kayaking trip in Abel Tasman National Park when we
were both in New Zealand. The photos are all up on my
Abel Tasman Kayaking January
As Keith said this is something that should be on everyone's bucket list. An
incredible area and some wonderful kayaking. We were thinking about it a fair
bit and we both think there are other ways you can approach this trip that
would be fun. Heidi told me there is an Abel Tasman marathon sometime in
September, I am thinking that it would be a lot of fun to run up the track to
the end in one day, get your gear dropped up there for camping along with a
fast AR double kayak. The next day leave your gear there to be picked up and
Otherwise we both think doing the track walk to the end and then kayaking
back, or maybe walking in from the other end of the track and doing a remote
park start for your kayak trip at Tonga Beach (this is the farthest north the
rented kayaks will be dropped off) and paddle back to Marahau.
I had a lot of fun on the trip and the fact we did not have a nice fast kayak
such as Matilda was not really a problem as we are on holiday and not trying
to go fast or anything. I did miss Matilda a bit at times but I got over it.
Sun, 17 Jan 2010
In Wellington hanging out for lca. - 16:07
Makara Summit Weather (fullsize)
I am in Wellington, lca is starting tomorrow, I arrived yesterday however the
weather was horrible so a hung out with a friend, Bec, who is living here for
a few years. We saw the Sherlock Holmes movie which was awesome. Today when I
went looking for coffee I ran across Jon Oxer so we headed in for some
conference supplies, breakfast, coffee etc (along with Thomas). Then I went to
the rego area and
found MRD, AJ and
others. After registering for the conference we headed out for some lunch.
Then as the weather was better today than yesterday (no heavy horizontal rain)
Bec and I went for a mountain bike ride (in the photo above I am somewhat
muddy but enjoying the summit of Makara Peak mtb park). Now I am about to go
find some lca ghosts, what fun.
Sun, 10 Jan 2010
Rotorua Summer MTB Series - Bike Vegas - 23:28
Green Lake near Rotorua (fullsize)
Much to my delight I found out when I arrived in Rotorua that there was a
mountain bike race on this Sunday. The Bike Vegas Summer MTB Series, this is a
series of 45km point to point races through the Whakarewarewa Forest where the
legendary redwoods single track are.
The rest of the series are 24th Jan and 14th Feb so I will obviously miss
these events, I headed out to race today though and had a great time. I got to
catch up with Gaz from NZO Clothing
which was good as he was there racing. (and he beat my by a few minutes, way
to go Gaz)
Map for the race shows where the race went, starting going the wrong way
up the rock drop track and then onto many others, I can not work out the order
exactly (writing this without the GPS trace in front of me right now) but
remember it included Pigeon Run, Pig Track Link, Mad If You Dont, Mossy Track,
around next to Green Lake (gorgeous/spectacular scenery there), No Brains, the
end of Old Chevy (with the fun gap jump), Spring Roll, Sweet & Sour, Be Rude
Not To, Lion Trail, Turkish Delight, Soakhole, Grinder, The Dipper, and Tahi.
I had not ridden some of the green tracks since the 2005 Moonride 12 Hour,
others I probably would not have ridden if it were not for the race today and
some of the tracks are the classics that should be ridden every time you come
here. I had a great time and think it was an excellent race format (they had a
25 KM option also for people who did not want quite such a long race).
Sat, 09 Jan 2010
Rotorua mountain biking - 07:47
I know we have it good in Canberra for mountain bike trails, there are many
times I think people who live in Rotorua are even better off though. In the
lead up to linux.conf.au this year I am having a week and a half of play time
in New Zealand before the conference. At the moment I am staying with a friend
in Rotorua for a few days and we have been doing some rides the last two days.
For example I put this status update onto Facebook on Thursday night. "a-trail,
tickler, frontal lobotomy, billy t, split enz, pondy downhill, pondy new, roller
coaster, chop suey, corners, be rude not to, exit trail" which were the tracks
I rode in this
km ride on Thursday. Oh so much fun to be had on the mountain bike here.
You can see the
trail map online now days at the Rotorua NZ website which is handy. I
bought a copy at a bike shop the other day to get around with too. Yesterday
one of the highlights was the track Old Chevy which just goes on seemingly for
ever and is as awesome as any of the great tracks here.
Yesterday morning we rode into town for some shopping and on the way back my
last time it was
the left crank, this time the right crank. So I rode one legged back to
the house and we then took the bike into a shop and they are putting some XT
cranks on. Jen got a bunch of photos of me riding one legged as she thought it
I thought my riding for the day was over as the bike would take until the next
morning to get fixed up (and without all my bike tools I could not just buy
the part and do it myself), however the completely awesome guys at
KiwiBikes next to Zippys Cafe in
town just happened to have an awesome Titus hardtail demo bike they loaned me
overnight so I could keep on riding. Awesome guys, great shop, and they hand
build some pretty nifty bikes. Anyway some more fun to be had coming up soon.
Sydney Christmas - 07:09
Looking back toward Coogee, Bronte, Bondi, etc (fullsize)
I spent Christmas in Sydney with Jane and other extended family (Grandma,
Nick, Ashlie, Jude, Chris, Stu, Karin) at a place in Coogee. Though I had
a bike with me (single speed) that was for a potential boxing day mtb ride
(which I piked on due to rain). As I was so close to the coastal walking path
I headed out for a run on it on Christmas morning. South from Coogee until I
ran out of obvious walking path (around 4 km I think) and then back up to the
other end of Bondi and back down to Coogee. No idea how far it was (maybe
16km) as my Garmin stopped working and I had sent it in for a replacement.
One of the nice things about being there over Christmas was I managed to go
for a swim in the ocean every day while there. No serious swim training but it
was nice to get into the salt water and do some swimming none the less.
Lots of fun was had with the family, thanks for an awesome time to all of them
Bracelet fade - 07:01
Bracelet fade evidence (fullsize)
I commented a
while ago that the new NBCF bracelets should last longer as they have a
design that is less likely to break. Looks like I was right, the faded almost
white bracelet in the photo has been on my wrist for most of 2009, I finally
noticed a little before Christmas when I gave a new one to a friend that mine
was no longer a good NBCF pink, time to put a new one on, I am not sure I can
retire the faded one to my notice board at work as it is not broken.