Optimus Prime says…

Optimus Prime says… Uploaded to Flickr by Glutnix.

I found this on Manners Mall. It’s part of a display called Sugarcube, which consists of a wooden cube with sugar sachets stapled to it. Each sugar sachet was drawn on by someone in a Cuba St cafe. The cube is locked in a transparent perspex display, protected from the elements.

I saw this photo, immediately thought of my friend Matt, snapped it, uploaded it to Flickr, then sent the url to Tuatha who confirmed that it was indeed doodled by Matt because Tuatha was there when Matt drew it.

Update: Taniwha took more photos of Sugarcube

Feed the Firefoxes!

On Saturday my friend Matthew and I trapsed down to Wellington Zoo and got to feed the Red Pandas. The chinese name for the red panda literally translates to “Firefox”, which co-incidently happens to be the name of our favorite web browser. Yes, we’re geeks and proud — get the heck over it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Red Panda Encounter at Wellington Zoo cost us NZD$60 each, and was worth every cent ๐Ÿ™‚ We spent what seemed like ages in the enclosure with the red pandas, along with the really helpful keeper who was telling us nearly everything there is to know about these cute critters. They’re an endangered species, and there is an international breeding program going on. What was really interesting was that the breeding program is administrated, and the decisions for which animals get to breed together is influenced heavily by DNA sampling and trying to keep genetic variance in the population… wow…

It was quite strange, as the first red panda that came up to us would come and eat some food, then climb back into the tree and then climb back down and eat some more. And it was eating the food right out of our hands!

Wellington Zoo has (I believe) five Red Pandas, all of which are extremely cute and cuddly. That said, we didn’t get to cuddle them ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually, towards the end, Matthew asked if we could pet them, and the keeper said sure, if they’ll let you. I tried, but they kinda shy away a little. They are quite timid and secretive creatures. Apparently they don’t have much of a personality, when compared to other mammals like cats, dogs or chimps.

Anyway, a stackload of photos were taken. Check them out, and feel free to leave comments ๐Ÿ™‚

Things I’m Loving Right Now!

This isn’t your standard link dump… I’m gonna talk about things both online and offline that I’m loving…

  • GodCast.org — Creative Commons licenced podcasts with christian content, especially The Living Word and Rev Tim’s Podcast
  • Flickr — Finding cool photos that get your creative juices flowing has never been so easy, and never so fun!
  • Picasa — Makes performing simple photo improvements fast and easy… if only it would integrate with Flickr…
  • Walking around Wellington — especially to places I’ve never walked, such as the Interisland Ferry Terminal. I’m doing the 10,000 step program, so reaching 10,000 steps before I go to bed is a real motivator… and taking the new camera makes it fun too ๐Ÿ™‚ … walking to the ferry terminal that day got me up above 20,000 steps for the first time!
  • Getting Things Done — or more specifically the methodology outlined in the book Getting Things Done (slashdot review)… being organised and completing tasks is a motivator!