COVID Odyssey by Alan Grace: New Year Fare ~ Contents

COVID Odyssey Contents (see below for Contents) You can come back to this page from the HOME/ CONTENTS menu from: COVID Odyssey by Alan Grace: New Year Fare ~ Contents (Hover over the HOME/ CONTENTS menu at the top of the screen) COVID Odyssey by Alan Grace Alan Grace’s journey exploring COVID-19. Findings (See #6 below)….

COVID Odyssey: Summer Daze ~ Introduction

Summer Daze Foreign virus exchange Our new normal is strange The halcyon Days don’t begin COVID’s made a great change Alan Grace 29 May 2020 COVID-19 has changed the world. This site documents my journey and my attempts to use simple mathematics (that hopefully a good high school student may be able to follow) to…

COVID Odyssey: Autumn Leaves ~ Quest complete?

Autumn Leaves Fall leaves in Autumn May peace and rest come Soon in June Cries to moon Spoiled soiled world numb Alan Grace 30 May 2020 New Zealand has not had any new cases of COVID-19 for the last six days. We have a total of 1504 cases and 22 deaths. 1500 cases was the…

Web page and WordPress workshop

Today (Wednesday) I went to a free 4-hour workshop (1-5pm) at Ames in Auckland. Thank you Ames for offering this workshop. I booked for this workshop on the Eventbrite website. Look on this site for all sorts of events. I like to look at the free events 🙂 The workshop covered html (language that web pages…

Exploring WordPress

On Thursday I spent a little time exploring WordPress. In particular since this blog is my journey, I wanted to have an option (preferred) to see the posts in chronological order (from oldest to newest) rather than seeing the usual revere chronological order (most recent first). I also wanted my first post to be always…

Getting Started in WordPress

My second and third posts were just put in to see how a few themes worked for me in WordPress. I had a few things on my wishlist. I wanted to be able to: Have a menu that only had the first letter of each word in Capitals. I hate seeing menu items with all…

Workshop: Building a PC

Today (Friday) I am going to a workshop at Ames in Auckland to build a PC. I am not a hardware person, so today should be interesting. I note that Dates in these posts appear to be related to a US time zone so the date may sometimes be a day early in some of my posts (NZ…

Neighbourly and social media

I do not have a great deal of interest in social media. My Facebook page is seldom updated and neither is my LinkedIn page. I have no interest in tweeting (Twitter) or most other social media websites. The exceptions are Neighbourly (see below under ‘Continue Reading’), and recently WordPress (here!). Why I do not recommend Neighbourly Update about…

Thought for Today

Some years ago while teaching at AUT (hard to believe I taught there for over 21 years back to when it was known as ATI), I created a random ‘Thought for Today’ page. You can access your random ‘Thought for Today’ here. Enjoy 🙂

I built a PC!

I have just got home from building a PC! First in the class we stripped down a PC until only the case was left. We then separated the fan from the CPU, cleaned off the old and applied new thermal paste, then rebuilt the PC again. Fortunately it still worked 🙂 Only 3 people turned up…

I got my first comment!

The tutor teaching the Building a computer workshop left my first comment on my previous post. Thank you for leaving me my first comment in my blog Alex. I told Alex that I had never even taken the cover off a computer before the workshop today. Oops, update Sunday: early this morning I remembered that last…

Hopefully I'll now have the day right for my posts!

My posts appeared to have a day (timezone) outside NZ. Consequently the day was not always right for my posts. Under Settings (bottom left), in the Site Timezone (bottom of the image below), you can choose the city you live in. Remember Auckland comes under Pacific! You may need to scroll up. Remember to save…

Ode to Frosty

The Ode to Frosty is at the bottom of this post. Frosty is a girl toddler fridge, less than three years old. Look here for the Final Chapter. A Neighbourly member posted in Neighbourly (see a previous post of mine about Neighbourly in this blog) about the issues she as having with the repair of her fridge. A…

Competition (#1)- starts midday Friday 23 June

How well can you answer these question? Remember to include the question with each answer when you email your answer to Alan. Don’t post any answers here. Link to the puzzle questions Rules Email your answers one at a time (anytime after the questions have a link above) to me using my Contact page. You must start with question…

Slow start to the competition

What sort of race is this? Over twenty hours from the start and no one has so far got the first question right. New competitors are still welcome. See the competition here. The clock has had twenty occasions to strike the hour. No one has worked out how long it took to strike nine. Sadly…

A New Competition (#2)

Sadly after 25 hours no one has got the first question right in my previous competition. You can still enter the original competition it if you like. The four questions in my new completion are below the rules (at the bottom of this post). The questions for my new competition are easy to answer … but…

Clues for Q1 (Original Competition)

Please try the Competition before you look below! Finding Q1 (Lizard) hard? Need a hint? Look below …. Remember to scroll down. Please try the Competition before you look below!

Clues for Q2 (New Competition)

Please try the new competition first! Finding Q2 hard? Look below …. Remember to scroll down. Please try the new competition first!

Newsflash

Newsflash. A new competitor has only one question to go in the original competition and might have got almost every question correct on the first try!

Competition #3

The usual rules apply for this competition. See the previous competition for the rules. Question 2 (below) was originally posted as a “Gotcha” question for the winner of the previous competitions- it turned out to be only a minor challenge ;). How well can you do?   Starting question (easy). A man goes 10 km due south and…

Comparison of the first two Competitions

Please make sure you try the (original) Competition and the (second) New Competition before you read this post. A person has stated on Neighbourly (referring to me) that “Now you have dumbed your quiz down to treat everyone as they are in fact lacking the required skills to participate.” How dumb it that? I’ll let you…

Competition #4

The usual rules apply for this competition. See the previous competition for the rules. Don’t post any answers here. Email your answers to Alan one question at a time. Q1. Without taking your pen off the paper, draw four straight  lines going through all the nine dots below:     Q2. A farmer has 10 trees…

Competition #5: Magic Squares

In Competition #1 the last question has a magic square. Please read the rules in Competition #1 or in the New Competition  (#2) before you answer the questions below. Q1. Below is a 3 x 3 magic square. Please put the numbers 1, 2, …, 9 (once only) in the cells below so that each row, column, and diagonal adds up…

Competition #6: Moving counters

Please read the rules in Competition #1 or in the New Competition  (#2) before you answer the questions below. Q1. In the board below place two coins (or counters) on the black circles and two different coins of counters on the white squares. The object is to change around the coins on the black and white circles by moving…

Competition #7

Q1. Who can find the best picture for the top of my blog? Note: Pictures must be at least 2500 wide by 413 pixels wide. I prefer something related to Titirangi or Auckland or puzzles or even Neighbourly but will consider anything you like.   Q2. Consider the presentation and functionality of my blog. i.e. How…

Competition #8: Sudoku (Internet searches)

Today’s competition is all about searching the Internet. You do not need to know how to solve Sudoku for this competition. Sudoku uses a 9×9 grid with 81 cells. Starting with a grid with some cells already filled in with numbers, you have to complete the grid according to the rules using only the numbers…

My Competitions (Index)

This page lists my current competitions and also what type of puzzles each competition mainly focuses on. No competitions are “dumbed down” as someone has claimed. They are simply of different types. Enjoy 🙂 Competitions: #1. Arithmetical #2. Logical #3. Lateral thinking (thinking outside the square) #4. Lateral thinking #5. Magic squares #6. Counters and coins #7. Feedback…

Farewell Robyn (Neighbourly, Titirangi)

Robyn has been sacked as a Titirangi Lead and is no longer on Neighbourly 😦 Robyn, it is sad to see you go. We will miss you. Or rather almost all of us will. Your departure from Neighbourly saddens most of us.   Update: Robyn is a member again but is not a Lead … more…

Withdrawal Symptoms

Question:  How would we feel if we no longer belonged to Neighbourly? Withdrawal Symptoms (Apologies to the Beatles) Neighbourly, I’m double the man I used to be There’s Neighbourly hanging over me. Oh, I do grieve for Neighbourly

Robyn is back- but is not a Lead

Please see Farewell Robyn for the backstory. Robyn is once again a member of Neighbourly, in Titirangi. Sadly she is no longer a Lead. She cannot reapply to be a Lead for a month, and even then no guarantee.   Below are one member’s thoughts (posted with permission): Thank you Marion for openly expressing your point of view…

Pingbacks to Facebook

This was really cool! My brother told me he had seen my posts on Facebook. I replied that I had not posted on Facebook for years. In fact I had last posted (directly) on Facebook in 2015 before the flag referendum. What had happened was posts that I had written in WordPress had automatically been added to my…

Neighbourly: What should I talk about next?

I would like to know what Neighbourly members would like me to talk about next in my blog. Why I do not recommend Neighbourly If you have any thoughts or information to share please comment on this post, email me (look at the bottom of my Competitions page for my email address) look at my Contact page, or post on Neighbourly. Some possible topics of conversation: We believe…

We survived the Waterview Tunnel yesterday

On the way back home yesterday, we went through the new Waterview Tunnel (this was the first day it was opened for cars). It took longer to drive through the tunnel than we expected. Not a great deal of traffic. Spot the black car (three in front) changing lanes. Don’t they know it’s illegal 😦…

Freebies I hope to attend this week

A busy Wednesday afternoon for me this week. On Wednesday afternoon, in Auckland, I have a free four-hour computer workshop to attend. I am also going to look at Sir Peter Blake’s vessel, Tara, and going to the talk below. Read more about Auckland Conversations and Tara. The last of the free four-hour computer workshops is below:…

The First day's "Digest" for the new "K-Plus" private Google+ group

The K-Plus group started yesterday and now has four members- a great start. Sadly none of the 3 K’s have managed to join yet. You can only join this group by invitation Why was this group formed? Sadly my computer took hours to upload software updates yesterday morning and in the afternoon I had three…

Guidelines for joining the Cat's PAJAMAS (aka the K-Plus group)

Are you interested in PAJAMAS (Pets, Animals, Jokes, Anecdotes, Musings, Amusements, & Sayings)? The K-Plus group is a private Google+ Group that is free to join for anyone in New Zealand. You may also like to read this page. There is no membership fee. Please read the Guidelines at the bottom of this page. Please…

Why was the K-Plus group started?

Currently all K-Plus members belong to Neighbourly. All members of the K-PLus group support the concept of Neighbourly. Sadly the concept and the reality are not the same. Where is our “freedom of expression”? A number of Neighbourly members in West Auckland found that Neighbourly was too restrictive about posting humorous posts and posts about…

First-day Certificates for the K-Plus group

The K-Plus group is proud to award the following certificates to its members after its first day. One member even asked for a pdf version of their certificate. Enjoy your awards 🙂 All the awards are well-deserved. Well done!

The K-Plus screen

The basic set-up for the K-Plus (Google+) group is now complete. We will still be using Neighbourly, although we may become “lurkers” like 99% of the members. At least most of the time. Below is part of the screen(s) this evening for the K-Plus group (in two halves). This should give you an idea of…

The Cat's PAJAMAS

The “K-Plus” group has now been renamed “The Cat’s PAJAMAS” to better reflect the group’s interests. See: https://aaamazingsite.wordpress.com/ PAJAMAS = Pets, Animals, Jokes, Anecdotes, Musings, Amusements, & Sayings. Should the name be “The Cat’s PYJAMAS“? The guidelines remain the same. You may like to read my poem. Enjoy 🙂

We’re the Cat’s Pajamas

See: The Cat’s PAJAMAS We’re the Cat’s Pajamas We’re the cat’s pajamas We talk of many things Of dramas of lamas Of cat cages and kings. We’re the cat’s pajamas Not tied to apron strings Of Neighbully’s brahmas We enjoy our playthings. We’re the cat’s pajamas We fly like birds with wings Many NT dramas…

Should the name be "The Cat's Pajamas" or "The Cat's Pyjamas"?

From the start there has been discussion whether the name of the (Google+) group should be “The Cat’s Pajamas” or “The Cat’s Pyjamas”- what do you think? The phrase “The Cat’s Pajamas” began in the 1920s in the U.S. In UK English the word is almost always spelled “pyjamas”.   We used PAJAMAS: Pets, Animals,…

Gifting Circles- Stay away from these!

Yes, stay away from these. They are pyramid schemes. See: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/94740146/commerce-commission-warns-against-gifting-circle-pyramid-scheme See: lightworkersworld.com – The Top 10 Reasons NOT to Join a Women’s Gifting Circle | Lightworkersworld and http://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=11468106 Also see: http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/Crimes/InPerson/MajorPerson/pyramid_clubs.htm   The scheme may not work exactly as I have described below but the info should show why you should not “invest” in…

More about joining The Cat’s PAJAMAS (aka the K-Plus group)

Are you interested in joining The Cat’s PAJAMAS (Pets, Animals, Jokes, Anecdotes, Musings, Amusements, & Sayings)? This group is a private Google+ Group that is free to join (and has no membership fee) for anyone in New Zealand. Please use your real name (not a pseudonym) when joining the group. To join the group, see…

Certificate for Frosty

You may like to look at the backstory about Frosty. An update about Frosty should be coming soon. Usually my certificates are reserved for members of The Cat’s PAJAMAS. However there are exceptions … Enjoy 🙂 Recursion (or infinite regression?): see the certificate (on Frosty) …

Frosty update … Watch this space

An update about Frosty is coming next week. Frosty will not be back 😦 In the meantime, you may like to read this poem (rumour has it that Frosty edited this poem): When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

Johny Andersen lost his hand after accident late last year

Johny Andersen is my niece’s partner. They have recently had a new baby (last month). His accident late last year will be featured on Code: 1 on TV1 at 8.00pm this Monday (31 July). There is also an article about Johny and Wendy in the Woman’s Day July 24 2017 pp 36-37. Also see: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/national-news/88140243/Sawmill-workers-hand-amputated-after-planer-incident-in-Thames

Frosty: The final Chapter (and Verse)

Below is the final chapter in the saga of Frosty. Look here for the backstory. Frosty is gone. Long live Frostette! You may also like to read When tomorrow starts without me.

Poem for when someone special is no longer here

When someone special is no longer here, regardless whether the someone special is a person, a cat, or even a fridge, this poem may bring some relief (a couple of words have been edited). Enjoy 🙂

Evaluation of the WordPress Highwind Theme

This hosted WordPress blog aaamazingsite.wordpress.com uses the free Highwind theme (sadly now retired I see; this probably means you cannot use this theme now). View the Demo. On this page we will evaluate this theme according to my criteria (also at the bottom of this page). I have been using WordPress with this theme for almost…

Boycott Real Estate Agents advertising on Neighbourly!

I see a real estate salesperson has started advertising houses on Neighbourly (at least 5 ads so far). How long is it until every house for sale, open home, … is clogging up the noticeboard? No folks, I’m not going to link to the ad from here 😦 Last week we had a real estate…

ACC Payments if you have an accident

Some people are not clear on what they are entitled to if they have an accident. In different years my partner and one her sons (very recently) had accidents. My partner, her HR Manager, her son, and even his ACC Case Manager were not initially aware of the information below. Make sure you are aware…

Crime and Punishment- I've been kicked out of a group I joined last night :(

The ‘Crime and Punishment’ in the heading for this post comes from an email I received today regarding the mystery below. Great heading R 🙂 I don’t know what crime I’ve committed but the punishment seems very harsh 😦 I joined ‘Brian’s Crime & Safety Tips’ (a Neighbourly group) last night and discovered this morning…

Where have all the good posts gone?

Remember the song: ‘Where have all the Flowers gone?’ Like my new version? Perhaps make your own? The original version is below. Enjoy 🙂

Neighbully hijacks "hijacked" post

Frosty will not be back. Frosty is gone. Many people supported ‘K’ (Frosty’s owner) at this sad time. Even the Neighbourly Team (NT) said it was “so great to see you have the support of your neighbourhood during this time.” So what did NT do to support K? The NT cyber police  gave/ emailed K…

Another puzzle

Email me your answer to the puzzle below. Perhaps try some of my other puzzles.

Neighbourly Lost

The concept of Neighbourly that we loved is being lost forever 😦 Waddya think?

Where's NT?

Nope … I can’t see the Neighbourly Team (NT) here 😦

Yesterday

To the old Neighbourly of “yesterday”!

Why I do not recommend Neighbourly

I’ve now been kicked out of Neighbourly 😦 I’ll let you read the ticket. The “Neighbourly Team” (NT) has never been interested in listening to me or anyone else (including Leads). NT says in the email “We’ve encouraged you many times to come directly to the Neighbourly Team if you do have problems or concerns…

You are welcome to join The Cat's PAJAMAS

You are welcome to join The Cat’s PAJAMAS (aka K-Plus). PAJAMAS = Pets, Animals, Jokes, Anecdotes, Musings, Amusements, & Satire Look here (after reading this page) if you think you may like to join. This is a Google+ Group. You may post about anything you like. Many posts include cat pictures (but your posts do…

Is my aversion for real estate ads the main reason I was kicked off Neighbourly?

Are house for sale ads (and other commercial posts) on the Neighbourly Noticeboards the main reason I was kicked off Neighbourly? See: Is “Neighbourly” just a “TradeMe Wannabe”? No members I contacted yesterday were aware that Neighbourly is advertising houses for sale. This seems to be a well kept secret. Sad of course for the home owners…

Are you afraid to express your point of view on Neighbourly?

Are you afraid to express your point of view on Neighbourly in case your post will be deleted/ put “on hold” or you may (like me) be kicked off Neighbourly? It is sad that Fairfax Media (producers of most of the local rags in NZ) now owns at least 45% of Neighbourly yet there is…

Is "Neighbourly" just a "TradeMe Wannabe"?

In this post I pose the question “Is “Neighbourly” just a “TradeMe Wannabe”? Is this the real reason Neighbourly was set up? There are indicators that Neighbourly is developing into a “TradeMe” style site.