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This is a personal blog to compliment (go with) my primary personal homepage and personal photo gallery NUI.NZ.

This site, KAHA, was originally a Forum for family / friends to act as an alternative to using Facebook, however never achieved adoption and was subsequently repurposed into a personal general blog that it is today.

KAHA is where I occasionally post various items, including general thoughts, opinions, observations, notifications and what not.  It is in effect my Social Media Profile surrogate. As explained in my Facebook Notice, have elected to instead go down the route of building my own personal web presence as a key means of keeping in contact with friends and family both at home and abroad as opposed to relying on commercialized and centralized proprietary social media platforms.

If you need to get a hold of me urgently or at short notice, please either call me or text me. Other contact details are available on my about page.

“Kaha” is a Te Reo Māori word for “Strength”

Kia kaha!


Fergus Young
www.nui.nz

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Te Mata Papakai AHG Timing estimates

Timings Estimates for Te Mata – Papakai Track, Auckland Hiking Group.

  • On the trail by 10:25 a.m. (One or two car load of passengers get slightly lost)
  • Reach first major junction at 11:35 a.m. (Just before the next set of hill climbs)
  • Reach next major junction at 1:30 p.m. (after the last significant hill climb)
  • Reach Hut at 2:45 p.m. Fast group already departed 10-15 minutes earlier to explore further down the track. (That’s if some of us haven’t been told to wait because we’re too slow at the earlier junction)
  • Depart Lunch Spot at 2:55 p.m. (Returning back) Give my car key to the fastest passenger.
  • Reach first Junction at 4:20 p.m. Concerned about day light, some of us start slow jogging parts of the section.
  • Reach second major junction at 5:50 p.m. Starting to get dark. Stragglers (probably me included) get told to hurry up if we haven’t already earlier on.
  • Reach cars around 6:40 p.m. In Darkness. (Jogged part way)

Drive home, drop people off and arrive home on or just before 10:00 p.m. Shower, sleep and snore.

More pessimistic than ‘Official’ timings, But I feel is not without merit and will be interesting to see how close I was.  Even then, I think the above timings are a little bit optimistic. Finishing time I believe will actually be closer to 7:00 p.m. or a touch past that.

Te Mata Papakai AHG Timing estimates

Flu session really took me out

I’m still recovering from this dry cough / chest infection from a full blown flu earlier last month. Tried to go for a walk today primarily to start the process of getting my fitness back, but my lungs wouldn’t have a bar of it. Coughing fits like crazy as soon as an step up the intensity beyond a flat walk in the park.

Looks like I may have had a relapse last week, which hasn’t helped matters.

Estimate time of recovery is next coming weekend. Then I need to blooming get my fitness back and see how much of it I loss over the month that I have been unwell.

Immune system wise, I seem to able be bash through bushes, get cut up everywhere, be leaking blood out from my limbs without knowing it and never have a problem. But in terms of respiratory ailments, my immune system is rather weak in that regard.

Flu session really took me out

Influenza shot efficacy questioned.

After receiving the flu shot for as long as I remember, the episode last weekend represents perhaps the 4th year in a row that I’ve come down with “Flu like” symptoms. The distinguishing symptoms of Influenza (vs the common cold) as advised my by GP would be Fever (in my case, 39.1°C at the armpit, normally 36.8°C), Chills, Body ache, headaches and stomach upset which I all experienced over a week.

  • The GP mentioned The Flu Vaccine was perhaps not the best match for the current circulating strains this season.
  • The manufacture by way of Fresh eggs have been implicated as a potential issue possibly causing the Vaccine to mutate too much from the targeted strains. (Link)
  • For some certain strains in any given Flu Season, the Vaccine may only be minimally effective. (Link)
  • In terms of efficacy of the Influenza Vaccine in general season by season, the average success rate of clinically confirmed influenza would appear has been placed at roughly 40-50%.
  • There is also the odd paper from studies suggesting that getting the Vaccine every year could blunt immune response for subsequent seasons. (Link)
  • Having said that, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there is a section of unspecified “colds” and other respiratory ailments that very closely mimic the flu medical research has yet to uncover.

While I still support the idea of as many people getting the flu shot as possible, (if not for the benefit of one self, but the protection of the collective so to speak), it would behoove manufacturers to actually drastically improve on this vaccine… Admittedly, after 4 years of Flu shot failures, it does get tiring.

This is not a shot against vaccines in general at all, and is specifically about the flu shot only. People who misconstrue this as an Anti Vax article ought to have a clip around the ear

 

Influenza shot efficacy questioned.

Swazi Apparel to move part of their manufacturing to Thailand

Swazi NZ, Davey Hughes in a YouTube clip has announce they are moving production of their Fleece and Base layer clothing lines from their Levin Factory (here in New Zealand) to Thailand. The technical garments such as raincoats and jackets will still be made in New Zealand.

This in my view represents a not so insignificant change of direction from their original brand values and which they built the brand on.

Swazi Apparel to move part of their manufacturing to Thailand

Not that anyone really cares

The Matrix Synapse server will be left running and maintained, but not going invest too much of my time in the Fediverse. There is simply not enough uptake of Matrix to really warrant the expenditure of my time.

I probably won’t be following up on suggestions for any other collaboration systems unless a very good case can be made to do so. I’ve determined there’s really nothing out there that will ever compete with Faceborg at this rate, given the network effects and the widespread level of (dopamine driven) dependence on Facebook is out there.

For anyone bored enough, the manifest of my failed attempts can be read here. Anyway… Resuming my virtual digital hermit hood.

Not that anyone really cares

Brynderwyn Ridge Walkway

…Is closed (according to the DoC Website). Recommend not undertaking this walk as the route is no longer well marked or sign posted. The Topomaps for the area are also no longer relevant as we discovered when we tried to do the track. (Ended up at a dodgy looking hunter’s hut)

The DoC Webpage says “This track is permanently closed due to kauri dieback”, but never saw any Kauri on the track.

Brynderwyn Ridge Walkway

The domain “instagarams.com” is not mine.

I have been doing some work on my site (moving my websites off of old Stablehost account) and noticed multiple hits for some site called “instagarams.com” (a typo play on Instagram??). When I copy and paste that domain into my browser it immediately redirects to my domain, nui.nz. The WHOIS registration info for that other domain appears to point to a registrant in Cambodia.

Update: The domain had an ‘A’ Record pointed to the IP address of this server. Have spun up another (Empty) application container to handle requests for that domain.

The domain “instagarams.com” is not mine.

Carefully packaged and shipped – License code for Office 365 Online

Well packaged for Delivery. Box containing a Microsoft Office 365 box wrapped in Air Pillows. The only important bit was a line of code to activate your Office 365 subscription online.

May be a just a little bit excessive in the packaging…

Of course an argument could most certainly be made that it would have been cheaper and easier to simply E-mail me the code… though obviously packaged like this as a “matter of process” / “Matter of course” and to their credit, it did showed that Noel Leeming takes the effort to ensure goods are packed in a way to minimize the chance of damage during transit.

Carefully packaged and shipped – License code for Office 365 Online

So much Facebook hating but no one wants to do anything tangible about it

I noticed an inundation of Facebook hate articles, posts and general commentary across the wider general internet again. It seems to come in cycles. The most infuriating thing about this, is that few people seem to want to do anything about the state of affairs despite expressing their own disdain for Facebook. Almost everyone is waiting for their friends to move off before they do… this situation presents a sure fire way for Facebook keeping it’s dominance and dare I say, for us to encourage Facebook’s ongoing track record of behaviour.

All I can say is, at least I’ve tried… One sets up alternative services for people to elevate at their request, after setting it up, people find excuses (Some Valid, some perhaps less valid) to not even look at it. As each service fell into disuse, I ended up eventually re-purposing these sites along with the domains they were on for personal use… Continue reading “So much Facebook hating but no one wants to do anything tangible about it”

So much Facebook hating but no one wants to do anything tangible about it