Mike Crowl

Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND


Joined December 25th 2006

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About Me
I've been a journal writer and a blogger for several years - on and off. I've also published articles in 'real' newspapers and magazines, and am working on doing more publishing in the e world.

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Twibes updated

November 14th 2014 02:58
Back in 2009 I came across a site called Twibes. I wrote at the time, in explanation of the site, Twibes is yet another development of the twitter phenomenon. To quote the site: A twibe is a group of Twitter users interested in a common topic who would like to be able to communicate with each other. On each twibe's page, there is a list of twibe members.There is also a tweet stream that lists tweets from twibe members which contain key word tags.Tags are set by the twibe founder and are listed just above the tweet stream.

At the time I wasn't all that involved in Twitter, though that changed considerably over the next few years, and in particular this year, when the gigatown competition has been running here in New Zealand. In fact gigatown almost swamped the Twitter system with the endless tweets relating to it. On the last day there were so many - some 120,000 - that Twitter threatened to break more than once.

Twitter is a great place to keep up with news about different topics that just don't quite hit places like Facebook or even Google . And there's an immediacy about it that I enjoy too.

When the gigatown comp was running, I introduced the word 'twibe' to other people involved, and it took off as a word to cover those Tweeters who were competing day in and day out. Members of the twibe often met each other face to face as well.

I've just been investigating the twibe site again. It's still functioning after all these years, though not seemingly in any huge way, as some Twitter things do. Perhaps it's been replaced in part by the hashtag process.

Checking out the different twibes is a bit disconcerting: almost all the tweets that come up are at least a year old. I only saw one younger than that, and it was nine months ago. Perhaps twibes has died a death but the memory is lingering on...?
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#gigatowndun

October 10th 2014 07:02
Here in New Zealand there's been an online competition running for most of the year in which the town or city that wins will receive ultra fast broadband. Here's what they say on the website about this aspect of the prize: the winning ‘Gigatown‘ will receive access to a 1 Gigabit per second (1Gbps) internet connection at the price you’d expect to pay for entry level broadband at 100Mbps.

Then there are two major cash prizes for the winning town: firstly: a Gigatown development fund - a $200,000 fund provided by Chorus and Alcatel Lucent’s ng Connect to support entrepreneurs and innovators taking new services to market over the gigabit fibre connection in Gigatown.

Secondly, there is the Gigatown community fund – this is a $500,000 fund provided by Chorus that organisations in the winning Gigatown community can apply to kick start community related developments that showcase how gigabit infrastructure and UFB can be activated for social good.

Fifty towns were chosen initially, including Dunedin, where I live. It used to be one of the major cities in the country but has been outstripped population-wise by some bigger places up north. Nevertheless it's still a major centre for learning, with the country's first University going strong, and it's also a major innovation centre in terms of the digital world, as well as being a vibrant creative city.

The hashtags, #gigatowndun and #gigatowndunedin, have been appearing on countless tweets for the last year, and also on certain Facebook pages. In both cases they earn points for the town. It's been hard yakker, and there are a number of people who've kept FBooking and twittering constantly for all the period of the competition.

Since we made it into the final five towns we have a good chance of winning the competition. As of tonight we have the top percentage figure in terms of points, but need to catch up on the points for the quiz aspect of the competition.

You can join in if you want and support us. You don't have to live in Dunedin; as long as you use one of the two hashtags in your tweets or on the FB page and write a comment or tweet of at least five words besides the hashtag, you'll help us. For every new tweet you write, as well, you can retweet two other tweets from other participants who are using the hashtag.

The full rules are here.
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Missing blog

October 10th 2014 06:49
I'm not sure how this is going to be published on Work Report, because it appears that Work Report no longer exists. But we'll give it a try.
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WorkReport gone AWOL

August 31st 2014 20:04
I've had this blog and another, WorkReport.net, on Orble, since late 2006. However, WorkReport.net has suddenly vanished off the Net, and has been replaced by a site called GoDaddy which claims that the WorkReport.net domain name expired on 21/08/2014 and is pending renewal or deletion.

I don't have any information from Orble about this, which is puzzling, and they haven't responded to my query by email about it either. I presume that there's been a hitch on the Orble system and that things will come right again, but I'm curious as to why a longstanding blog should suddenly vanish. What would cause it to expire, and for whom is it pending renewal? What happens to the innumerable posts that have been written on WorkReport.net? Are they sitting somewhere biding their time, or have they gone for good? And how come there's no way to find them on Google: go there and there's not even a cached version of them


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Updating, and rethinking

August 20th 2014 01:48
When I started this blog, some years ago, it was related to the fact that I was searching for work. Then, when I finally got a job, it occasionally commented on the job itself. Later it had a patch when it focused on the problems I was having with my prostate, and eventually a book came out of that: Diary of a Prostate Wimp, which is available on Kindle and Smashwords.
After I retired, this blog tended to focus on quotations I'd collected over the years, and that's still pretty much what it deals with. I use Evernote to store quotations; it's great for finding random quotes about any subject that happens to be mentioned amongst the notes, or for pulling together quotes in general.

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George MacDonald

July 20th 2014 23:41
Last year I read Greville MacDonald's biography George MacDonald and his Wife. Greville was MacDonald's eldest son, and wrote a solid biography of some 600 pages, which, to my surprise, our local library had on its shelves. It should be noted that even though MacDonald's wife is not named in the title of the biography, she plays an enormous part in it, and there are many quotations from her writings as well. She was just as extraordinary a woman as MacDonald was a man.

I kept a note of some extracts from the book, which not only quotes MacDonald himself extensively, but also gives many of Greville's own views on growing up in what must have been a most unusual household. Here are a few of these extracts.

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Isaac Bashevis Singer

July 16th 2014 20:08
A few quotes from the famous Jewish writer, Isaac Bashevis Singer. I'm indebted to Dr Mardy, that great collector of quotes, for the following which appeared in one of his recent columns.

Singer was pithy, and witty, as the following quotes show, and he has a good deal to say about the writer, and the art of writing. Here are a few quotes:

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Locking in that face

July 7th 2014 21:27
Facelock is the new approach to security on the Net. There is an app available already under this name which uses this approach in part, but it relies on the device recognising your face, and seemingly there have been some difficulties for users.
Facelock as a security system, an alternative to passwords, is something new.
It relies on the fact that we recognise familiar faces with ease, even though they may be in profile, or at an unusual angle. Less familiar, or unfamiliar faces, can confuse us if a hairstyle is changed or some feature altered in any way (even by a shadow or makeup - we didn't recognise Nicole Kidman in the film, The Hours, at all, because of a the 'reshaped' nose


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It's all on the Internet

May 25th 2014 03:05
Over the last couple of days I've been having a little trouble with my Brother HL-2130 printer, a fast-speed worker which can churn out pages (in black and white only) at a rate of knots. It's almost like having one of those old dot matrix printers again!

I've had the machine for perhaps a couple of years and it's worked well, and doesn't go through the cartridges very fast either, even though I've done a heck of an amount of printing on it. When I was printing out scores and instrument parts and scripts for Grimhilda! I used the printer endlessly


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Outliving the writer

May 22nd 2014 04:04
I've now been writing blog posts on on blog for around nine years, and for eight years on the two that I have on Orble. I can remember back in the days when I had a geocities site that someone else who wrote on geocities one day announced she was giving up on geocities and moving over to writing a blog. I'd never heard of a blog, but it wasn't long after that that I followed her example. And I've never looked back.

Some of the posts over the years have been picked up over and over by readers; others have died a death within moments of being posted. Ce la vie, that's the way it is in the blogosphere


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Recent Comments

Comment by Mike Crowl
on Catching up

August 20th 2014 01:28
Interesting to see the reference to Boise here. In 2012 I visited the city, along with my wife and older son, because my younger son was getting married to a girl who came from there!

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Comment by Mike Crowl
on A working face

April 24th 2014 07:18
It looks as though the Otago Actors and Talent Agency site has gone off the boil...nothing has happened on there since 2007!

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Comment by Mike Crowl
on Got the blues...

April 19th 2014 02:39
Looking back at this post now, I have to say that this job turned out to be very good, even though it was only part time and not highly paid. The staff, once I got to know them, were almost universally friendly, and I was sorry to leave the place behind a few months later.

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Comment by Mike Crowl
on Got the blues...

April 19th 2014 02:39
Looking back at this post now, I have to say that this job turned out to be very good, even though it was only part time and not highly paid. The staff, once I got to know them, were almost universally friendly, and I was sorry to leave the place behind a few months later.

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Comment by Mike Crowl
on Writing up the past

February 21st 2014 03:05
2014: The children's 'opera' became a musical in 2012, and was presented in the Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin. The script had been completely rewritten and most of the music was new too. Since then I've written an e-book version of the musical which is currently available on Kindle.


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Comment by Mike Crowl
on Taking photos

December 16th 2013 02:22
These days the computer's screen saver acts as a rolling and random recollection of all the photos we've taken over the years. We have a game in which we either remember or guess where such and such a place was, or who the people are that we don't immediately recognise.

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Comment by Mike Crowl
on Advertising the musical

November 19th 2013 08:15
More than 18 months later and the e-book is finally getting close!

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Comment by Mike Crowl
on Thoof

November 8th 2013 01:44
Looks like Thoof is gone the way of the dodo.

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Comment by Mike Crowl
on In the art world

November 2nd 2013 03:37
There are now several of these animations on the site. Still very clever!

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Comment by Mike Crowl
on Backing Up

October 31st 2013 04:16
Ultimately I went for JustCloud, which I didn't even mention here...

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