Archive for the 'Personal' Category

Fukushima: What Happened?

Posted by Luke H on March 26th, 2011

A speech I gave at Toastmasters recently.  This was Speech 7, ‘Research your speech’, and my goal was to explain the basics of how nuclear power plants work to a lay audience, using the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant as the prime example.  Also the word of the day was’perturbed’.  :-) Note: My aim here [...]

Wellington Earthquake-Prone Buildings

Posted by Luke H on March 4th, 2011

Wellington City Council has released a list of Wellington buildings considered to be at risk in a major earthquake. I’ve made a simple webpage which uses the data in that list to build a map of the earthquake-prone buildings in Wellington. Check it out at

Matiu/Somes Island Panoramas

Posted by Luke H on February 21st, 2011

A while ago we (Phil, Leanne, Jess and I) went on a great trip to Matiu/Somes Island with our sister, making it a four-Howison outing! I took a few panoramas.  What can I say, it’s just kind of my thing I guess!  :-) View over Wellington overlooking the lighthouse View of Petone from the WWII [...]

Chromium OS Speed Test

Posted by Luke H on February 19th, 2011

I don’t post much technical stuff here, but I’ve been into Linux (specifically Ubuntu) for a long time. I’ve been geeking it up tonight installing Chromium OS on my netbook, and decided a head-to-head boot-up speed test was in order. I measured how long it took for each OS from pressing the ‘on’ button to [...]

Camborne Panorama

Posted by Luke H on November 27th, 2010

A quick little panorama (stitched together from 3 photos using Hugin) taken today on my way down Pope St to the Plimmerton train station. We’ve had beautiful weather for several days in a row … it’s getting dangerously hot and sunny, time to start wearing sunscreen and silly hats I think.

Clutter, Junk, Stuff (Toastmasters Speech)

Posted by Luke H on November 2nd, 2010

Another speech which I gave at my Toastmasters club. This is for Speech 6: Vocal Variety.  In retrospect the topic didn’t really suit the vocal variety goals I was meant to aim for, but I think I did succeed in slowing down, speaking louder, two things I have been trying to improve on. Clutter.  Mess.  [...]

Waitewaewae Hut Trip

Posted by Luke H on October 14th, 2010

I went on my first tramping trip in the Tararuas last weekend (8 – 10 October) with my friend David who I met through iPredict. I hadn’t gone into the wild since our Orongorongo Valley trip in January 2009, so I jumped at the chance when David mentioned he was going bush. I told my [...]

Latest Projects

Posted by Luke H on September 3rd, 2010

Now that I have a proper garage, I am getting back into my woodworking. Here are my latest projects. Vodka Bottle Coffee Table – More DIY How To Projects Folding Wooden Stepladder – More DIY How To Projects

Buy Low, Sell High

Posted by Luke H on August 27th, 2010

Last night I gave this speech at my Toastmasters club about iPredict, and thought I’d share it here. I had a slightly more involved ending where I reviewed what I had said in the body of the speech, but had to cut it short as I was running out of time. “Buy low, sell high.” [...]

Yet more Panoramas!

Posted by Luke H on June 23rd, 2010

More panoramas made using my cheap point-and-shoot and the wonderful, free Hugin software (click to enbiggen, as always). I took the first two panoramas when I went to Matiu/Somes Island in April to see the ex_isle of the Strangers performance. View of Wellington, Wellington Harbour and Mokopuna Island from Matiu/Somes Island. View of Wellington Harbour, [...]