Sunday, May 31, 2009

  • 11:07 Visiting my bro's church - there's this Maori guy up front who sings a bit like Elvis. Wonderful voice. #
  • 18:47 Oropi hot pools = legendary! Getting fish & chips now after a good long soak. mmm #
  • 19:52 RT @michaelpokocky Gretchen Rubin: 13 Tips For Actually Getting Some Writing Done #
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Saturday, May 30, 2009

  • 10:30 I'm off to Tauranga now - not taking a laptop, but will tweet via txt. Do I get all DM/@'s or just those from tweeps with device updates on? #
  • 11:49 Just realised that "apple of my eye" means if you hurt that person, you're poking me in the eyeball! Interesting phrase huh. #
  • 14:04 Passed through Paeroa - pretty little town, saw the giant L&P bottle plus a not so giant newer one. Fun place! L&P flags all down main st. #
  • 19:06 Bureta Park in Tauranga is a great place to eat if you're in the area - huge 3 course buffet. Wow. I might yet become an ex-Aucklander! #
  • 21:05 waylaid by my brother's gorgeous black cat Samson. I miss the cats I left in Germany - Sissi who loved mirrors, and shy skinny Julio. Sigh. #
  • 21:10 @terrimain @lifeledlearning it seems you are both in SF this weekend - I smell a LGG gathering! #
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Friday, May 29, 2009

  • 08:46 Ow! Muscles still cramping after 2 whole days - maybe I better stick to walking. It was only 25mins jogging! #
  • 09:00 @vodafoneNZ I can send tweets all right but am not receiving any - I didn't specify a PIN, could that be it? Would appreciate any tips. Thx! #
  • 09:31 RT: @cjdarlington: New reader poll: "What do you call your mother?" All votes needed! #
  • 09:31 @simon_w yes I have - but good point. Maybe they just didn't tweet yet. #
  • 09:38 Everyone please welcome my good friend @josephbeggs from the North of Ireland, just arrived in the twitterverse! #
  • 10:16 Reading some great Star Trek quotes at #
  • 10:35 RT: @nzwebz Buy A Mitsubishi Triton in NZ, Get a Free Goat: Mitsubishi's general manager of sales & marketing. / a GOAT? #
  • 10:41 I have booked a room in Tauranga for the weekend and I think I'd like to go for a walk now, if my legs would only cooperate! #
  • 12:19 @lucianop They don't allow gif pics any more. I've tried loading one. Only those loaded before the cutoff date are still there. How sad... #
  • 12:35 Wow, some really interesting (and huge) art depicting quantities of stuff America uses: #
  • 14:52 RT: @frankcreed: What tricks did Mr. Copple use to make each book in his series a free standing novel? snarkdogg live #
  • 17:16 RT: @garrymunro: "In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia" Author Unknown #
  • 17:41 It's #FollowFriday !! Coming up, a list of great people who've tweeted with me this week. It's all about the interaction, folks! #
  • 17:43 #followfriday @lifeledlearning @toxaq @yomcat @natobasso @dubh @vavroom @kalena @justinekoenders @simon_w @cjdarlington @dwnz @garrymunro #
  • 17:45 #followfriday @KleinerWalter @amiemccarron @nightshowdan @duncn @LynetteSowell @JanetUrsel @valeriecomer @frederation @tonylavoie #
  • 19:44 @scifilaura it is not 3am here! #
  • 20:25 @josephbeggs Hey it's great to see you here! I look forward to your tweets :) #
  • 22:25 Heading for Tauranga in the morning. Better get ready... and hope my legs are working again by then. Hot pools might help! #
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

  • 11:44 @raphaelschory I do German to English, and have also done French, but not so much. What about you? #
  • 12:05 So I did some jogging yesterday and can barely walk today. I'll have to study up on stretching techniques, apparently I was doing it wrong. #
  • 12:13 @vavroom yeah that's what i did, I'm just saying it must have been wrong cause it sure hurts today! 20min jog, 5min stretch, not enough. #
  • 13:53 RT: @the_gman: The 32 Most Commonly Misused Words and Phrases #
  • 17:40 @raphaelschory I'm jack of all trades, done lots of technical, business, legal, commercial, also literary, journalistic, websites, speeches. #
  • 18:37 @kalena my favourite animator is this one: #
  • 20:12 RT @EntirelyKiwi: Desperately seeking someone to have 3 months of fun for FREE in New Zealand #
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

  • 13:13 RT: @jcdelatorre: Jeremy Robinson's Pulse is here - if you love thrillers - pick up this bad boy! #
  • 16:39 Wow, right now all the hills from the Coromandel to the Karangahake Gorge are drenched in evening sunlight - I never saw it like this before #
  • 17:13 Today's translation means I'm very dangerous as I now know how to manipulate buyers of expensive handbags! Just as well I don't want to :) #
  • 17:20 @ClaireDel wow yeah just look at that sky! #
  • 17:52 I am chronically unable to discover what the VFA Method might be. Has to do with sales talk. Could be purely German & need translation. Ack! #
  • 18:11 Well, since I can't find any sensible solution to the VFA problem I'm going to leave as is and hope it's an English acronym in the 1st place #
  • 18:12 RT: @natobasso: - Sunset in Auckland over One Tree Hill tonight (via @epicbeer) #
  • 18:34 @yomcat thanks but those don't fit the context either... #
  • 18:35 @natobasso nope, none of the above! But thanks for trying! #
  • 18:36 @raphaelschory I don't think so - from the context it's a psychological method to convince customers to buy. Seriously manipulative. #
  • 19:27 Thanks @raphaelschory @natobasso but all of the context is in German! & only mentioned as something already learned. Will have to leave it. #
  • 19:28 @Courageous_one well gee, that book sure costs a bit more than the smell of an oily rag! Online for free, now that would make sense :P #
  • 20:08 Reading a lot of funny perspectives on Kiwi culture at - Slight language warning btw. Very interesting stuff! #
  • 20:55 @natobasso I appreciate your effort! But it's only mentioned as a system already learned in the context of sales pitches for handbags. #
  • 20:56 @dubh I think you can get around that using - at least it should let you buy from Amazon US. Haven't tried it myself yet. #
  • 21:52 Yay I finished my translation and sent it off. Too late to watch any Trek now, sigh. Well, tomorrow's another day, and no deadlines! #
  • 22:16 @raphaelschory well I never did find out. I had to leave it and hope it's known jargon to the store's internal employees. #
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

  • 11:28 Pet peeve: Websites that resize my browser window. They sometimes put the window controls off the screen. #
  • 12:36 Nice editing! @tonylavoie Did you tell the LGG about this? If so I missed it - I'm sorry! Gotta get this on the blog. #
  • 12:37 So I have two websites to build from scratch incl all graphics; 3000 words to translate by Thurs; and still unmotivated? must be the PJs #
  • 12:47 RT: @terrimain: Spec Fiction meeting @ Second Life Tomorrow 7 pm PDT at Discussing inworld Spec Fic convention #
  • 13:29 Fave dessert Self-saucing chocolate pudding, hot from the oven! And ice cream on top. #damgoodtweet thx to @jane_l #
  • 13:53 Motivational tip: If in doubt, accomplish something that's not even on your priority list. Makes you feel better to do something you want! #
  • 14:14 @LynetteSowell wow, sounds like being on holiday! can I have some? :) #
  • 14:47 Hah! I'm a positive word! RT: @the_gman: RT @Jenocide312: How many times have you been mentioned on The Internet? #
  • 15:21 Recently met a person who actually uses "Lol" as a word. It weirded me out. What's wrong with actually laughing? #
  • 15:45 @KleinerWalter It wasn't an email! It was a real life conversation and she kept on saying "Lawl" in the seriousest of tones... #
  • 16:26 wow my tweet on LOL garnered a dozen replies, must be a popular topic. I just think it's weird! #
  • 16:52 I'm going to draw some Koru for the background part of my current website project. Should be fun! #
  • 17:29 NZ in winter: wet before cold. Awesome video here! via @Te_Ara #
  • 22:09 @dragonsinger57 try this: #
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Monday, May 25, 2009

  • 10:54 @yomcat no I never heard that one, but I bet it's hilarious! The high level of words the Germans use in kids TV is just unbelievable. #
  • 11:00 So I saw water dripping down an inside wall last night. Climbed into incredibly dusty roofspace & set a bucket on the rafters. Still raining #
  • 11:42 Just looked up recipes for self saucing chocolate pudding. Nearly all results from NZ or Oz. Does no one else know this marvellous hot cake? #
  • 13:52 Hey everyone my friend @JRobinsonAuthor needs a hand with a vote right now! Go here! #
  • 15:18 I think it's cool that New Zealand is the largest Geographic Area group on Twibes! #
  • 16:42 @valeriecomer yeah that could be true. Puddings are generally a very British matter, is it not so? #
  • 16:43 By jingoes it's cold! Well, today's my turn to cook and I think I want a recipe requiring oven baking. And the chocolate pud of course. #
  • 17:42 @lifeledlearning oh, okay :) I hadn't thought of videoing it but now that you mention it...sure, why not? I'll give it a go. It's real easy. #
  • 18:53 This is the pudding I have just made: Photos to follow! #
  • 19:05 I suppose I should really climb up in the roof again and check how full my bucket is. Wouldn't want it to overflow now. Fix-it is requested. #
  • 19:09 @dosankodebbie Yes, my Japanese flatmate enjoyed it very much. I'll have to ask her about it. She was purely enamoured with the chocolate! #
  • 19:22 @yomcat hah! the voice is all wrong eh! And the translation Squeak Duckling doesn't quite do it. Sounds more like dinner. Crazy! #
  • 19:23 @yomcat True, but it will have to stop raining for a while before duct tape would stick to the roof. Several metres of gap, too. #
  • 19:24 @serendipitynz no, in fact when I see that o_O pop up I want to unfollow that person right away! #
  • 19:33 @yomcat there's a different voice in the middle that comes on and says "This is the craziest thing you've ever heard." #
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

  • 09:55 @dosankodebbie I loved the Mexican quesadillas, the Canadian buttermilk pancakes, and the Italian stuffed tomatoes! ate way too much, sadly. #
  • 10:12 Woke late after Star Trek dreams lovely morning for walking to church and later on down the bush where I hope 2 dry days have vanquished mud #
  • 19:44 I asked a question and got it answered by the real Star Trek screenwriter! and search for my nick DaggerScribe! #
  • 19:46 Due to advice from critiquers I'm delaying the publication of my novel Legendary Space Pilgrims. It may still be out by the end of the year. #
  • 21:37 Donald Duck in German: Not what you'd expect. Who knew? #
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Saturday, May 23, 2009

  • 11:09 wow this is seriously freaky! Holographic Enterprise! Now to figure out how to do it myself! #
  • 11:33 @dragonsinger57 right I am going to give it a go now...wish I had some better paper to print on! #
  • 16:14 I keep getting random irrelevant mail from the tax department. They've now sent me five forms and four guidebooks, only needed one of each. #
  • 22:42 went to an international food tasting night up the road with new flatmate Ellie; funnily enough met one of my online fans for real 1st time! #
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Friday, May 22, 2009

  • 10:13 Lovely morning in Auckland. I have to write a book review and some more articles for @marketurwriting then make tomato soup from scratch. #
  • 10:14 Enjoying the Star Trek soundtrack - I tweeted the link yesterday if you want it too. Quite awesome. #
  • 11:20 Is Star Trek a type of religion?? Hah! #
  • 11:43 @bluebirdson yeah I really liked Star Trek (and everyone's going DUH right about now, lol) #
  • 13:51 Hey @colleencoble I wrote a Star Trek review (spoiler free!) check my earlier tweet for the link. You are going to love this movie! #
  • 16:09 Ha! game show Who Wants to be a New Zealander? to be broadcast in every country except Australia #
  • 16:27 hi to @bluebirdson @ErinZILLA @valeriecomer @aloox2 @icarusforde @dosankodebbie @JanetUrsel @audaciousgloop @Thomas_J @kenarmstrong1 #ff #
  • 16:30 hi also to @spacegirlnz @sarahprout @colleencoble @jo9ty @toxaq @dragonsinger57 @charlief @LauraJeanDavis #ff Star Trek forever! #
  • 16:39 @rowsell Did I read you wrong? The site says they don't open till 8pm on Sat. #
  • 17:14 rain is obscuring the city as it gets dark but I can still see where the clouds are hugging the Coromandel beyond the dusk-toned water #
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

  • 11:02 Anyone want to relive the new Star Trek soundtrack? You can find it all right here: #
  • 13:47 Hey everyone - my in-depth review of Star Trek at long last! with thx to @trekmovie #
  • 14:27 @audaciousgloop Well it wasn't actually me that said that. A family member would have been embarrassed if named. But a great quote huh? :P #
  • 15:24 @audaciousgloop thanks! so how many times have you seen it? It's finished in the imax but still going elsewhere I think. #
  • 15:31 @audaciousgloop yeah that imax thing is seriously big. The seats in there are too tight though! #
  • 15:43 @audaciousgloop It's a sad state of affairs when any other cinema in town has bigger seats than the Imax. And better padded, too! #
  • 16:00 I got a response to my NZ tax return in record time with a sticker saying there is an error on page 42. How odd! I'll have to call 'em, ugh! #
  • 18:08 If Dr. Seuss wrote Star Trek...very funny! #
  • 19:51 @icarusforde good thanks! wrote a Star Trek review, downloaded the soundtrack, wrote a couple of other articles. How's yerself? #
  • 20:02 @aloox2 thanks for following! the trek connection lives! Did you check out my Star Trek review? No spoilers! See earlier tweet. Cheers! #
  • 20:04 Here's the link to my Star Trek review again in case anyone missed it. No spoilers! #
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

  • 11:05 I'm about to head for Queen Street Imax to see Star Trek for the fourth time. Showing's at 12.50 if anyone wants to join me there. #
  • 18:10 RT: @fredinchina: a square 200 x 200 miles collects enough solar energy to power ALL humanity #
  • 18:11 Fourth time at Star Trek: Still great even though I knew nearly every line! I'll have to write a proper review now for sure. #
  • 18:23 Rectifying my lack of link yesterday, brilliant story by @kenarmstrong1 at - go read it! #
  • 18:26 After Star Trek I went down to Esquires Coffee on the corner of Albert and Quay, watched the boats, and worked on a future novel. Lovely! #
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

  • 11:36 A truly brilliant almost-true story by @kenarmstrong1 so funny I just have to share it! "Colossal wave of post-prandial torpor," indeed! #
  • 17:31 I have switched my tweet-batch blogs to because they were messing up my other blog. Yay for spare blog! #
  • 18:44 New blog post: Visit My Volcano - a day on Auckland's Rangitoto Island #
  • 18:49 Oh yeah and the new blog post also has a video journal of my day at Rangitoto. Awe-inspiring forces of nature! #
  • 19:07 Hey @sarahprout ! Pumpkin? Soup, of course! Boil, mash, salt 'n' herb it. Yum! (easier to remove skin after boiling!) #
  • 19:08 Hey @Spacegirlnz that's cool! Have you been to Rangitoto? Or some other volcano? We have plenty, that's for sure! #
  • 22:45 @kenarmstrong1 whoops did I get it wrong? will retweet properly in the morning as it's getting on for pumpkin time downunder...yawn... #
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Friday, May 15, 2009

The Ark, the Reed, and the Firecloud by Jenny L. Cote

About the book:

Wit, Whimsy, Heartache, Tragedy, Triumph and Biblical Truth. A magical adventure of animals traveling worldwide to Noah's ark. Max, a Scottish terrier, takes his usual morning trot down to the loch where he hears a mysterious Voice humming in the reeds saying, "COME TO ME...FOLLOW THE FIRE CLOUD." He embarks on an unknown journey from Scotland, meeting other animals along the way including Liz, a brilliant, petite black cat from France. Max and Liz become the brave leaders for their group, and eventually, for the entire ark. The mysterious journey, filled with danger, humor, trials, and triumphs, leads them across Europe to the Middle East. The moment of arrival for these animals is spectacular as the ark is miraculously transformed into the animals' natural habitats.

Throughout the prior one hundred years, Noah and family have to endure ridicule from villagers while building the ark. Now this family must painfully witness the loss of lives and total destruction of the earth through the mighty flood. After the journey to the ark, the voyage in the ark begins. Liz finds ways to keep the animals occupied, including daily exercise led by the flamingos and talent night where the animals entertain each other with their natural abilities. BUT a sinister plot develops. Someone is out to kill Noah and his family. Liz follows clues that lead her to discover a stowaway who has deceived them all. Max and Liz foil the plot, but at a high price. The end climaxes with unexpected twists and turns, taking the reader from despair to hope.

About the Author:

Jenny Cote developed a early passion for history and the sea. Her first book, Now I Sea! (2003) is an inspirational book of sea stories and spiritual reflections. Jenny's education and career have focused on strategic planning and marketing in healthcare and church work. She now writes full time and lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband Casey, and son Alex. She is active in student ministry at Dunwoody Baptist Church.

The Ark, the Reed, and the Firecloud is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Welcome to the Land of Random

Here we all are then... I have created this blog to publish various pieces of randomness that don't fit well on my other blogs. Posting is likely to be at random times, covering random topics, at random lengths. Wow! This is the randomest blog I've ever had! I hope you enjoy it.

For today, here's a pretty cool clip I came across earlier.