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Eliot Drake
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NASA SPB Launch
Hey, good news! This isn't from the time machine! Even though it's about to sound like it is. About this time last year, I was sitting on an Air New Zealand flight from ZQN to AKL when the pilot crackled on and said "Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Thi...

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Southland Romp
This past autumn, Murphy and I leave the house one day without a specific destination in mind. We pile some stuff into the van and just, well, start driving. Fortunately, New Zealand isn't that big, so we'd eventually have had to stop, but we also aren't in...

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Crepuscular Rays
...aka god rays... Back in now-ancient history when we lived in Queenstown, we got treated to this display one evening. Thanks, low-angle sun plus stratocumulus clouds plus atmospheric particulate plus Rayleigh scattering! Also, crepuscular is a cool word. -

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Crown Range Road
I've got an interesting relationship with the carpark at the summit of the Crown Range Road. It's a popular tourist stop, which is just fine, but it's interesting to me because it falls into a special category of roadside attractions. These are attractions ...

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Bali Finale
Right, so I've dragged this out as long as possible, but it's finally time to button up this Bali trip and get on to other stuff. Sunrise Thirsty What I've got for you today is a collection of photos that, for better or worse, make up my lasting impression ...

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Island Life
Life for the Balinese largely revolves around the sea. In my more cynical days, I'd have suggested that it's difficult for islands to avoid this, but I'd never think of such a thing now. Minimum wage in Bali is ~150USD/month, and word on the street is that ...

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Lembongan Touristing
With our remaining couple of days in Bali, and in the relative sanctuary of Nusa Lembongan, we strive to do as little as possible while doing as much as possible. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but it mostly makes sense. Our routine is beyond bland ...

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Traffic, Bali-style
This post makes unapologetic use of bullet points. If this somehow offends you, stop reading now. I've hinted before at the madness that is traffic in Bali, and I think it's finally time to give it the attention it deserves. All of this blather will be inte...

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Blue Lagoon and Hamburger Rock
That's "hamburger rock," not "Hamburger Rock." It's not a place, you see, it's just the volcanic muck that used to be liquid and is now a solid version of Satan's Meringue, and hamburger is what it'll turn your flesh into if you slip up. Hamburger rock As w...

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Escape to Lembongan
Again from the infinite backlog... The madness and mayhem associated with The Hustle in Seminyak finally boileth over, and it's time for us to escape to some quieter shores. We've poked around and discovered a nearby and tiny island, Nusa Lembongan, that mi...
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