Author Archives: jmacg

An Alaskan cruise

It was our first cruise and to be honest, we joined it because it was the only remotely affordable way of seeing Alaskan coastal scenery. We’d scoffed at the cruise scene in the past – we weren’t going to share … Continue reading

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Getting closer to the big pick

Yesterday I took some vineyard photos for a book I’m working on for the Wairarapa Archive, called The Look of Martinborough. The book will show how Martinborough has looked, from the earliest times to the present day. I’m writing some … Continue reading

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Microsoft bad, good then bad again

For several years I’ve made effective professional use of cloud storage on Microsoft’s SkyDrive, now known as OneDrive. I’d managed to accumulate about 25Gb of free storage on OneDrive and was using it to automatically back up files associated with … Continue reading

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Heaven forbid that I get seduced by an Internet craze

I’ve been fascinated by the speed at which Pokémon GO has seduced news media and co-opted them as as free advertising shills, in the few days since the Android and iOS app was launched. Being curious, and given that the … Continue reading

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Cemeteries here and abroad

Yesterday I was asked about a photo I might have taken at a cemetery. I couldn’t remember when I took it, or its likely filename. No problem for my Google Photos app. Searching for ‘cemetery’ found it easily. Nearly every … Continue reading

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Call me a curmudgeon, but…

There’s been a huge media wailfest about Prince Rogers Nelson since he died last week. The man is supposed to have been a total musical genius who changed music — if not mankind itself! Let’s get some perspective. Sorry you … Continue reading

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Spinning wool and World War I

Recently I created a new display on the history of spinning at The Wool Shed museum in Masterton. I got very interested in the subject during the development process, which included consulting with a local – and world-renowned – spinning … Continue reading

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