Did you know they have a bunch of puzzles on the wall at Auckland Airport.
I’m writing this blog post sitting on the ground at SFO airport while stuff recharges
To all 7 of my blog readers, this is just a warning that over the next couple of weeks I plan to be doing daily blog posts adding some photos for Kahurangi and Te Po Atarau to see.
I’ll probably do a bunch of posts about the various presentations at Kohacon13 as well, so feel free to tune out 🙂
So last week I had the pleasure of attending a hui organised by the Auckland Libraries. The full title is ‘New Rules of Engagement: Future Directions for Children’s and Youth Services at Auckland Libraries’, subtitled ‘A hui of awesome awesomeness’. It certainly was awesome, unfortunately I could only stay for 1 day of the 2 day hui, but I did get to hang out with some librarians and some of other speakers the day before it.
I was on a panel about digital spaces for children and youth, I talked mainly about the OS Academy we run here at Catalyst, and how successful that is in engaging youth. There were quite a few questions during that panel discussion and during lots of other ones, and it sparked some ideas, so I am going to write them down here before I forget them.
That’s about all I can remember, it was a great conference, one I would be keen to attend again. Much thanks to all the organisers and attendees
I’m doing the solo dad thing for the next few weeks, so will be much less productive on Koha. But there is plenty happening that it most likely won’t even be noticed. Both 3.6.4 and 3.4.9 will be released in the next week. 3.6.4 is in string freeze now for the translators to work on.
This past week I had the privilege of attending my first ever Access conference. I had a great time and thought I should do a bit of a write up.
Access was held in Vancouver this year, which is an absolutely beautiful city. I spent most of Monday exploring Stanley Park. I got to see otters eating what looked to me like a flounder, and an eagle catch a fish too. it is a really neat place here are a couple of the photos I took on my crappy phone camera.
Tuesday started with Dim Sum, great food and great company, which I think was the theme of the entire trip. Following that I got to have a look around Tara’s library and then spent a few hours on Granville Island.
The conference proper was awesome, there was really only one talk that I wasn’t interested in and lots that were great. The ones I enjoyed the most were:
Kahurangi borrowed my phone to take some photos at Te Papa on Saturday, not too bad for a 4 year old.
And it’s not just about the rugby, although for the most part it was a weekend of excellent games, a lot of which were tense and undecided for the best part of the game.
But for me, it’s also all the other things going on, highlights of this weekend include
I reckon it was a great opening weekend, I wish Wales and Argentina had won, but you can’t have everything. Fiji day at Te Papa on Saturday, you’ll find me and the kids there, bring it on.
So this is going to be a blogpost a bit different from what I normally post about.
This morning I was waiting for the bus on the parade in Island Bay in Wellington. A mother was walking her kids to St Francis De Sales school (the local catholic primary school). The kids were riding bikes, an older boy and a girl I’d say was bout 6 or 7. The boy rode up to the corner and waited, but for some reason the girl was crying and not going very fast. The mother was clearly frustrated (and believe me Ive only been a parent for just over 2 years but I can totally understand that happening).What I didn’t expect to happen was the mother to haul off and slap the kid in the face and yell ‘shut up’
It made me feel physically ill, and all I could think of to do was to yell from the other side of the road “I saw that, you need to cut that out”.
I honestly didn’t and I still don’t know what to do in that situation. I still feel bad about not doing something more.