Sunday, January 05, 2014
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Last month me, Andrew, and dad decided that we wanted to go to Wellington to watch the New Zealand soccer team take on Mexico in a world cup qualifying match. We went with a couple of friends, Gavin and Jackson, for the day. I had to fly over in the afternoon because I had a school exam in the morning while dad and Andrew took the ferry in the morning. Luckily I knew a couple of people on the plane so I was able to get a ride with them in to town. At around 4 that day we all met up for some late lunch and then proceeded on to the game.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
It's Labor Day in NZ, and folks at the port were working hard. The rest of us got to wander down to the water's edge and spectate.
According to news reports this was the biggest ship ever to come in for a refit. I knew things were unusual when I woke up, checked out the window and saw one of the tugs shooting spectacular sprays from its firehoses - no pic sorry. This was all a bit of show, but it was enough to make us hop on our bikes and head down for a better look. This first one is the lead tug entering what is known locally as "the cut":
There is an equally large tug at the back, facing the other way, which perhaps gave the Boatshed and other restaurants at water's edge a bit more piece of mind should the wind kick up. You can see some tight navigation as the Raroa passes just above one of the principal channel markers.
So this is what we got up to this morning. We've had high wind for a few days - glad it came right on the holiday.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Pop up fences
OK. What do all these have in common? Well... they are all possible solutions that Andrew's Future Problem Solving group has come up with in order to increase the safety of the current future scene they are working on, in which cars are driven by ADS (Automated Driving System) and all cars are made and governed by an international consortium managed by the U.N. Here this team worked on the problem of the system's difficulty in detecting small objects.
Underground tunnels, while perhaps excellent at keeping pedestrians out of the roadway, rated poorly in terms of cost/efficiency, environment and health effects. Lots of pent up exhaust fumes.
Red lines, Software, and heat sensors were the top rated solutions according to criteria chosen by the students. Red lines being the most cost effective but least aesthetically pleasing. Software is a game-based solution designed to educate young children in road safety.
We have been having fun with this, and as Dean has been participating in FPS for several years now, he has been mentoring this younger team. More on the class blog here: http://gatebroadgreen.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/future-problem-solving.html
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Recently my family and I went on a trip to Auckland . We did many interesting things but by far the funnest was on the first day when we went to the sky tower. It was dizzying to look up at let alone look down from epecially for mum who was very tentative...