I’m John MacGibbon and this blog is my own fault. It started as a temporary demonstration site for a couple of other people who were interested in starting their own blogs. It hasn’t died yet, so it’s time to say a few words about myself. I live in New Zealand, partly in our capital city, Wellington, and partly in Martinborough, a village 80 kilometres away in wine growing and sheep country. I live with my wife Liz and have a grown-up family. I’m a words and pictures man who has authored historical books and worked as a journalist and editor. In more recent years I’ve also been a book publisher with my own micro imprint, Ngaio Press.
I’m keen on photography and have taken many photos for publication over the years. Music is definitely my thing. I play the piano, and although now retired from commercial playing, I was once active in jazz and rock groups. I’ve been interested in computers since buying an Apple II+ in 1982. My latest toy is a Google Nexus 7 tablet, which has pretty well supplanted an iPad. Other home machines include full size Acer and Dell laptops, an Asus Eee netbook and an old dunger HP desktop. My commercial work is done on a big boring but [once was] fast desktop clone, using Windows 7, Photoshop, InDesign, MS Office etc.