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Sunday, August 10th, 2008
6:15 pm
Guide to a half dozen....
posted on 19-4-2004 at 17:23 by phobo on http://old.UP.org.nz/community

Half a dozen minutes - a guide

- Introduce yourself and your topic fairly quickly... wit is not essential but funkiness can help. Some of our speakers have used interesting images, sound (which can be hard to hear) and short movies. Try to get the intros out within the first 90 seconds to 2 minutes. What seems to work is... who you are, what you're going to speak about, an anecdote about why you should be speaking about the topic.

- The business end... You've been invited because you know about the topic so tell us about it. There are a few ways to go at this stage.
- cover one issue very specifically.
- cover the generalities of the topic alluding to ways people can find out more
What has worked for our speakers in the past is presenting interesting stories and examples (particularly where things have gone wrong, where something is leading edge or where violence was involved). Speakers with interesting power points, demos or gadgets can also speak to these.

- The closing bit... Use the last minute or so to close the cans you've opened. Closing can include finishing the story, explaining how to do something, suggesting what the audience can do to find out more, offering last minute advice, drinking beer.

- can I plug my brand? Sure you've been asked to speak because you know about a topic, chances are your brand is tied up with that knowledge. We'd prefer it wasn't an out and out product placement but understand that your brands approach could be what you talk about.
-can I be saucy? Definitely, for us PC means Personal Computer not Politically Correct. We like to push at accepted norms BUT there usually needs to be a purpose to the sauciness. Walk the fine line of humour and acceptability.
- Six minutes doesn't seem like long, can I cover something in that time? Six minutes is ages, try not to cover too much and you'll be able to present something that stays interesting and leads the audience onto more. There is a question time after the talks and time to network after the event if people want to find out more.
- So in a nutshell what format should I follow? What seems to work is that old third form (or is that called year 8 now?) standard Introduction... Body... Conclusion. Although maybe Conclusion... Introduction... Body could work too.
- Swearing? yes; but we do speak the Queens English.
- Nudity? prefer not
- Off topic talks? at your own risk, most of the audience is there to hear about the topic, though a few (mostly programmers and entrepreneurs) are there for the food and beer.

Current Mood: artistic
Thursday, May 15th, 2008
11:44 pm
Transcribing: UP Expat 08 Networking event with the Wellies
Been transcribing the AV from the recent "Tale of Four Cities" expat panel discussion tonight. About 1/4 of the way there. It's got timecode for subtitling the video, but has the first part of speaker intros.

As below the cut

read on...Collapse )

Sore fingers from trying to keep up with the speech rate in there. even with it on 0.5 x it's to quick for my tired fingers.

For some reason the video uploader failed last try, and the newer version won't let me login. I have the audio, so might mp3 that and put it up too.

Watch this space.

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
10:42 pm
Walking and Talking Latent Potential.
Rambling on on the walk home I postulate on my latent potential, and whats happening.

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
9:31 pm
The Unlimited Potential inter-Network Über Christmas Party 2007
Lets get together in mid December for one last UP event - an inter-Network Christmas Party. Meet people from other networking groups in Wellington, and enjoy an evening of food and celebration.

The Unlimited Potential inter-Network Über Christmas Party

So the plan is to set a date, and find a couple of venues - a pub for pre-event drinks and warm-up, then a resturant meal and table-talk, followed by another bar or coffee house. 

Theres is some discussion over in the forums - so get involved.  UP will be helping with RSVPs, and chipping in for the bar tab, and stirring UP the local networking scene - but the rest is up to you.

up.org.nz isn't working for me this evening. AJAX errors saving event pages. so here you go for now
Thinking of hijacking 13th December, and filling Daawat.

Current Mood: aggravated
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
11:21 pm
Unlimited Potential - Survey

Please give us feedback on UP.org.nz

Poll #1057137 Unlimited Potential Website - up.org.nz

Can you login to forums/preferences ok?

I think so

How do you find the website functionality (5 is perfect)

Mean: 3.00 Median: 3 Std. Dev 0.00

Pick some features for us to implement...

RSS feeds of news and events
Email updates when content changes
Forum post notifications (email)
An up.org.nz email alias/forward
Invite a friend functionality
SMS notifications of events
Regular newsletter via email (1/mo + events)
Online member profiles/bio
Your blog/feed syndicated on our site
News submission/link submission
Login with username instead of email
Links/URLs and images in Forums
Full width page style (currently fixed width)
Printable event posters.
Leave the site how it is.

Any other functionality you think the website needs?

Do we keep you UPdated enough?

Only tell me about upcoming events (~1/mo)
Tell me the news and events (~2/mo)
Let me know forums, news and events (1/wk)
I prefer no contact
I have good filters, let me know everything

Which event/how long since you last attended an UP event

Do you have any event suggestions?

Beer or Wine?


Whats do you enjoy most about your membership?



Any other comments?

Current Mood: indescribable
Monday, May 14th, 2007
11:40 pm
OMG! NMG! 2007! first meeting... and Wednesday is a busy evening.

NMG: WelMac New Media Group

I've been promising people I won't use the tag line Meet and Geek much.. but i'm excited to get NMG back into meeting again. This Wednesday in the SX at 18:15. I'm going to the UP Angels and Daemons event first though, so see you there after 18:30 - complete with Laptop and wifi, ready to Talk WelMac website and meet and geek, or just greet.
Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
6:55 am
Last year 280 people attended. This year I intend to attend:

Virtually all prisoners return to their homes. About two thirds re-offend within two years. Around 51% are back in prison within five years.

When the prisoners come home, that experience touches the lives of their families, their victims, their neighbours, and the wider community. One in every 47 Maori men between the ages of 18 and 30 is in prison. Networks of children, families and neighbours in high crime areas are feeling the harmful effects when offenders are imprisoned and returned to their homes, worse for the experience.

The government’s policy on prisoner reintegration is in its infancy, and impact on the community, community response and community responsibility are yet to be fully considered. There has never been a public conference which addresses this serious social issue in detail.

When the Prisoners Come Home - A Community Response to Prisoner Reintegration

Prison Fellowship National Conference,
Silverstream Christian Retreat, Upper Hutt,
11–13th May 2007

More information

Current Mood: thoughtful
Monday, January 8th, 2007
6:00 pm
Unlimited Potential New Year Party + Bloggers Predictions.
The UP new Years Party is coming UP on the 24th Jan... Since the UP website is a little sluggish at the moment:Collapse )

Current Mood: artistic
Monday, October 9th, 2006
7:46 am
NZMac.org - forming a community of Mac Users in NZ
On 9/10/2006, at 05:23 , David Feng wrote:

Instead of doing a Mac user union for all of China, we planned on one for all of Asia-Pacific. Spanning three full RL chunks -- my bit (Asia), Chise's bit (Japan) and Graeme's bit (Oceania) -- the idea here is to create a new home that all Mac users feel at home with (pardon the pun). The idea would be to tie groups, Mac shops, and other Mac resources together -- in a way that was never done before. Ideas floating around: an even bigger content sharing sphere, a common periodical, "home shops", "home MUGs" and all that.

Asia-Pacific is huge, but Mac-wise, is nothing like the US or Western Europe (regionally, though, Japan and Australia/NZ could be a bit more closer to the US or Europe). We're a huge landmass, but we're not really a Mac continent yet. That's soon to change, though, as I spread the faith throughout all of China and into the rest of my Asia.

Writing this at 00:18 -- I feel I don't want to fall asleep. This could be the start of something huge. It has a name -- MacAsia.org, the Asia-Pacific Macintosh User Union. And its launch will be heralded shortly after 3 PM on October 21, 2006, with direct iChat AV links to Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taipei and other places around China and Asia.

Link to AUGD archive

I for one wholeheartedly support this action, and would like to get things moving in NZ. Maybe it's time I popped up to Palmy again :)

Current Mood: inspired
Thursday, October 5th, 2006
1:08 am
HIT Lab NZ to be at Unlimited Potential AGM!
It's time for the UP AGM again, and we've managed to get HIT Lab NZ along!!

Annual General Meeting 2006 + Special Guest Hit Lab NZ 

When:    Wednesday 18 October 2006
Time:      5.30 for 6pm start
Where:   Renoulf Foyer, Wellington Convention Centre,
              111 Wakefield St, Wellington

RSVP Now at up.org.nz

"This year we are pleased to bring you a special insight into the cutting edge projects coming from NZ’s own HIT Lab (The Human Interface Technology Laboratory New Zealand). The Hit Lab is a leading-edge human-computer interface research centre hosted at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. The lab is a partner of the world-leading HIT Lab US based at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr Raphael Grasset (who’s research focuses on augmented and virtual reality) has agreed to front up to talk (and if we’re lucky, demonstrate) some of the incredibly diverse range of technology projects currently on the go. These include 3D panoramic displays, virtual and augmented reality, voice and behavior recognition and intuitive aural and tactile feedback. Check out what they have been up to at www.hitlabnz.org and make the most of the opportunity to engage with the future."

Should be a great one! I tried to get HitLab up for the Gadgets Games and Geeks - but we defered till the AGM - for a special show! Come along!

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
12:45 am
Unlimited Beer. Gadgets and Games.
It's soon...

Quoting Unlimited Potential...
"The 5th July is shaping up to be one whopping great big geeky networking fest and the Unlimited Potential committee is very excited to be bringing some awesome speakers and exhibitors who are passionate about their technology for your networking pleasure.

When: Wednesday 5th July, 2006
Time: 4.30 for 5.30 start
Where: Renoulf Foyer,Wellington Convention Centre

We’ve brought back the Half Dozen speaker session and invited inventors, suppliers and commentators to give us the skinny on what’s up, what’s breaking internationally and in our own back yard in just six minutes. "

"Apple are also giving away an iPod Nano!"

If you're interested.. rsvp now. they even have a free bar tab... :)
See you there.

Current Music: Heroes - David Bowie - Changesbowie
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
5:37 am
It's 3am... [moviefest stuff]
.. or at least it was when lilblip woke me. He'd apparently been grizzling for 20 minutes, so you get an idea of how well I sleep, and how well I was trained by my 6 younger brothers to ignore baby cries.

I hate waking at 3am.. let alone still being awake at 4am. I tend to get a million brilliant ideas... that i have to do something about - 'cause God only knows I won't have a spare moment when the rest of the world is awake (well half my of it)...

so ideas:

MovieFest "Flybuys". A link is worth say $1. A click is worth, say $0.05c... referrer bliss, and freebies for referrers - free entry (or say knock $5 off for 5 links?). If it works for the porn industry and MacZOT....
In 2004 we had Bronze sponsorship.. lets improve on that.
(I'm asleep:
[Error: Irreparable invalid markup ('<a http://welmac.org.nz/moviefest/sdponsors#bronze">') 
in entry. Owner must fix manually. Raw contents below.]

MovieFest also needs a bunch of code backend. i'd prefer OSS stuff like PHP and MySQL, as I understand that - but we've had offers from Nitro to do our application development in DotNetNuke for 'free', and host it on a Windows based server. Is this a good move, or should I put a cry out to the local (and national) OSS / PHP people and see if they are willing to donate a bit of time to a CHaritble Trust in need of good code. I can promise satisfying rewards.. and free MovieFest tickets, and possibly life membership of the MovieFest club..
Theres fair bit of code that was me learning PHP.. and i'd prefer something modular and flexible and transparent. OSS.
However i'm told DNN is brilliant and for real men, and PHP is for baby hackers. I know the real meaning of hacking.. so this argument didn't stick with me - but free development is tempting. Sell your soul and get free stuff

That was just idea number 1. If you're interested in helping out with MovieFest - then theres a meeting on Tuesday the 11th at 7pm at Turnbull House - 11 Bowen Street(We're having a Trustees meeting prior...) you can mail me via http://welmac.org.nz/emailform?To=MovieFest if you're wanting more info.

Yay for MovieFest

Current Mood: awake
Monday, April 3rd, 2006
1:35 am
WelMac Workshop!

WelMac will be running a tutorial workshop on Saturday 29th April at Turnbull House (map), from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be a half hour lunch break, and a light lunch is provided. The fee to attend is $30 per person.

See the workshop page for more info.

Reason for posting here is that I spent a few hours coding and playing with html, javascript and php, and it feels good. Fixed the emailform and made this form, and did a few tweaks to the validation scripts.


See you at the workshop.

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, March 21st, 2006
11:07 pm
Switch to Mac?
What: Switching to Macintosh and Mac basics.
When: Monday 27 March 2006 from 7pm to 9.30pm.
Where: Turnbull House, 11 Bowen Street, Wellington

WelMacs' main meeting this month will cover the first things you'll come across when using a Mac - whether you've just switched from using Windows or Linux, are a beginner Mac user - or just want to learning more about the Apple operating system before you take the plunge.

Featured in the meeting will be snippets of Terry White's "Mac OS X Training for Windows Users" DVD, and a review of the Apple "Switch" campaign... as well as an opportunity to relate your switching experience. There will be a few spot prizes as well.

Every Welmac meeting provides a chance for you to interact with other Mac users.. have a light supper.. or ask a few tricky questions of those in the know..

Meetings are free and open to members and non-members of WelMac alike - so bring your friends. We welcome a gold coin donation to cover room hireage and supper costs.

More info on WelMac and our weekly meetings is available at http://welmac.org.nz

Feel free to pass this message along to your contacts who may be considering "Thinking Different"

Current Mood: artistic
Friday, March 17th, 2006
12:05 pm
UP for it?
I've updated my profile on UP. For reference it's at:


Enjoy. I will one day get round to expanding my bio. I tend to do a lot of things that are interesting...

Unleash The Dragon - Sisqo - Now That's What I Call Music 47 (Disc 2)

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
11:06 pm
Monday, November 7th, 2005
11:21 pm
Beer, Pizza and Women? Bankrupcy UPstart... Wednesday 9th. 5:30 pm.
Bankruptcy UPStart
When: Wednesday 9th November 2005
Time: 5.30 for a 6pm start
Where: Creative HQ, Level 4, 25a Marion Street, Wellington
RSVP: http://www.up.org.nz/

Bankruptcy UPStart - An Oxymoron?

Protection yourself, your company, your ideas.

So you've been in business for a year or two, the idea seems to be
working out, you have an office and an address, the clients are starting
to knock at the door. and then the bubble bursts.. Or maybe it's someone
else's bubble and you've got splattered. This Start UP is going to touch
on a few of the less seemly sides of being in business. Insolvency, Bad
Debts, scams... How do you know you are dealing with legitimate
businesses.how can you protect your Intellectual Property rights...

We have had some great speakers over the last year who have touched on
venture capital, enterprise fund raising, competing in an international
market place.. But we have also had requests from our membership for
some insight into the 'what if's'.

The Ministry of Economic Development provides a broad range of low cost
efficient business services to you, the New Zealand public which is
based on:

a.. Providing easy to access information needed to make informed
b.. Minimising compliance costs for business
c.. Building stakeholder confidence in the integrity and effectiveness
of the business market.

>From the Ministry of Economic Development we have invited Cristian
Pardo, the Insolvency Manager from the Insolvency and Trustee Services
(ITS) to come along and give us some insight into the unspoken.. One
of the many services provided by the Ministry is information and online
services on personal bankruptcies, and company liquidations which are
also administered by ITS. Now is an opportunity to find out how this
can help you.

We have also invited Kirri Lynn, from the Ministry of Economic
Development's e-Business Services Unit to give you a bit of background
on a range of other services which the Ministry provides including:

a.. The Companies Office - how do you start a company, run a company,
close a company.. do business overseas?
b.. Intellectual Property of NZ (IPONZ) - how do you register that
great idea or product so the big bucks roll in when someone recognises
your genius?
c.. Personal Properties Securities Register - got a great deal on the
latest technology from Apple from a 'less fortunate' business associate
going out of town - but who really owns it?

The Ministry has loads of useful information and websites which provide
all the necessary. you just need to know where to go and Cristian and
Kirri have offered their time and expertise to at least point you in the
right direction.

And then of course there's the networking, beer and pizza!

RSVP at http://www.up.org.nz/ See you there.

Current Music: Flurry - ApologetiX - Grace Period

Current Mood: awake
Friday, October 28th, 2005
2:16 am
IT CAREERS FAIR - 17th November....
Should be good....


On 17th November from 2:30 pm onwards at the Wellington Convention Centre MIS Magazine in partnership with Unlimited Potential will be hosting the 2005 IT Careers Fair - and registration is free!

For the first time, leading IT figures from around New Zealand will be coming together to speak to current IT workers on how they can become the CIOs of the future. It will be a great afternoon providing a unique learning and networking opportunity for IT workers from the Wellington region and beyond. With presentations and a panel Q&A session everyone has the chance to hear from those at the top of their profession, to network with your peers and of course to have a beer on us!

Registration is simple, simply either email with your contact details or for more details have a look at the website. The more people who can come the better, so please also make sure that you pass this on to any colleagues or friends in the industry so they can register too. And our main sponsor Absolute IT are kindly putting up a free PSP for someone to win, so make sure you enter the draw!

In 2 separate research projects conducted this year by MIS NZ, staffing has been nominated as the most serious management challenge facing New Zealand’s IT leaders today. So we are hosting an event to bring IT workers from the Wellington region together to hear from a number of the key figures in IT speak on a number of topics but all based on the skills required to develop your career and prehaps ultimately become a CIO. Speakers include:

Marcel van den Assum, former CIO, Fonterra
Mark Ratcliffe, CIO, Telecom NZ
Glenn Patrick, GM Business & Technology Solutions, Westpac Bank
Ross Hughson, CIO, Inland Revenue Department
Garry Collings, GM NetApp (previously Toll NZ CIO)
Pat O'Connell, CIO Carter Holt Harvey
Scott Houston, Supercomputer Centre (previously Weta CIO)
Garth Biggs, project executive director, HiGrowth Project (previously Gen-i)
Stephen Whiteside, ITSS Director, University of Auckland
Nigel Prince, CIO, NZ Post
Commander Carina Bruce, NZ Defence Force
Peter Revell, GM Solutions Delivery, Gen-i

There is only a limited amount of space available and we expect this event to be extremely popular so for more information please contact us ASAP on 04 474 0056 or forsyth.thompson@fairfaxnz.co.nz. We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind Regards,
Forsyth Thompson
MIS New Zealand
Best Trade/Professional Magazine Qantas Media Awards 2005

Yes.. it's an UP event, you too could enjoy a PSP and free beer...

Current Mood: awake
Monday, October 10th, 2005
11:52 pm
Theres a Reason you Shouldn't Give Unrealised Potential a Loaded Gun
Thats this:

From: Jo
Subject: [UP Committee] Uhm. Crap. I pulled the Trigger.... Sorry
Date: 10 October 2005 23:46:02.0
To: Up Committee

I pulled the trigger. Didn't I?

My humble apologies. Don't give me a loaded gun again.

I hit reply all to my last email post - which posted it to the
UPdates list. which wouldn't matter - except i'd turned off the
safety for ME only during testing. Stupid. Dumb. Bugger.

This meant a just sent that last email to everyone at up - all 632 of them.

I've hit "emergency moderation" and "moderate all". Nothing is
getting through for now.

I suppose the membership can always vote against me being accepted
into the committee at the AGM.
Night all.


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Current Mood: anxious
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