On using technology during meetings

Should I be able to use my laptop during a meeting? I think yes.

Some of us use our smartphones, tablet, and laptops to take notes and make memos to ourselves.

I can understand not using them in some sessions. You know, like, if it’s a one on one, or you’ve got some high flyer coming to talk to you. Continue reading →

San Fran Snaps

Spontaneous Saddleback Sonnet Sessions

To commemorate the Tieke’s imminent glorious victory in Bird of the Year 2012, I have self-published a book celebrating the Saddleback.

Read it. It’s free. If you like it then please donate. I will give 50% of all koha to Forest and Bird and, if I y’all keep donating past my print run costs, everything else will go to them. I have a limited number of print copies, if you want one please email Me .

Spontaneous Saddleback Sonnet Sessions by Jackson James Wood

Did you like this? Probably not. But if you appreciate the time and effort that went into making it then koha would be greatly appreciated.

Links 23/11/2012

Callaeidae Cousins’ Misfortune, walkerillo.com

This amazing water colour was done by Rachel Walker. Check out her site. It is full of amazing paintings. Continue reading →


I got a tattoo of a Tieke! Tieke-ke-ke-ke-ke! Continue reading →

Alcohol milestones in New Zealand

Timeline of Alcohol by Jackson James Wood


My About a Drug column in Matters of Substance. Read the online version here.

Mdma by Jackson James Wood

Saddleback Haiku

If you vote Saddleback in Bird of the Year and tell me you have (no real proof needed, I am rather trusting). I will write you a Haiku.

Here are some I have done already. Will update this post whenever a new one comes along.

For @hatepash

Like a Saddleback
Billie jumps boisterously
caffeine overload

For Tim

Tim Cochrane is cool
Saddleback across New Zealand
really like his face

For Monika Lewis

Monika likes birds
I have heard she also likes
to tweet all day long.

For Simon

One day Simon saw
a saddleback on the shore.
“Amazing” he thought

For Nat

Nat had a pet bird
a Saddleback I have heard
It loved her knitting

Vote Saddleback, Beautiful

Click to download and use as your Facebook cover image or some such social media tomfoolery.

Suicide, Alcohol, 18

Last week at the Cutting Edge conference the Ministry of Health’s new Director of Mental Health, Dr John Cranshaw, spoke about the Government and ministry priorities in the addiction sector. It was an interesting talk.

Dr Cranshaw pointed out that New Zealand has the second highest rate of youth suicide in the OECD and that alcohol is the major factor in youth suicide.

Recently we have been having a nation-wide debate about alcohol. For the most part the brouhaha around purchase age has been a smoke screen for the alcohol industry to hide behind, diverting attention from the quantifiably more important issues around alcohol price, marketing, and availability.
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