Groundhog Day in New Zealand

Literal Groundhog Day in New Zealand.

Fly to Auckland on 6.30pm flight Monday evening. Arrive at hotel at 12:45am. Up and awake at 6:00am for a 12 hour day of Acrobat 7.0 Roadshow. Mid-afternoon, the Skycity Convention Centre is evacuated after our room starts to fill with water and the fire alarms sound.

To the airport, and attempt to be smart by catching a 6:00pm flight to Wellington. Take off OK, and almost arrive on Wellington airport. About 50m from the ground, landing is aborted due to weather and we’re off back to Auckland.

Arrive Auckland 8:15pm, and placed on a rescheduled flight to Wellington. Within 10 minutes, this flight is cancelled too. We’re grounded in Auckland until the morning.

After some scrambling, we find a hotel (of sorts) and check in at 10:30pm. After 2.5 hours of email and reports, sleep for 4 hours and awake at 5:30am for an 8:00am flight to Wellington.

At the airport, and the 7:00am flight to Wellington is still waiting for weather clearance in Wellington. By 8:00am, we find out Wellington airport is closed until at least 4:00pm. Wellington this New Zealand trip is cancelled.

Three days, about 9 hours sleep.

Oh the glamorous life in the Jet-set.

Nick in Seoul

Nick and Sherman, Korean War Memorial in Seoul. December 2003

Hello from cold Korea. Well, only about 0 degrees C. Not too cold yet. This picture is from the Korean War Memorial. The tank, for those interested, is an early Korean War era Sherman outside the memorial in Seoul.

Getting around Seoul is easy: just use the subway. Don’t feel embarrased using a subway map, trying to determine where you are. Even the locals get lost. I had two kind people ask me if I needed help. Very friendly people. Also very polite: whilst there is a small communications gap, you can get your message across. Pronunciations of some words still escape me! Visited TechnoMall: its a 10 story building full of stores selling electronic stuff. Didn’t spend too much.

A big thanks to Lonely Planet for a great Seoul guide.

Creative Suite Roadshows

Wow! We’ve just been through the Creative Suite Roadshow demos. There’s going to be a little bit of fun sprinkled into a whole lotta content. Each application has so much new “stuff” it is becoming difficult to filter out what we are going to show. Roll on Canberra on Thursday.

A great article on removing digital noise in digital camera images. For some Photoshop plugins Noise Reduction Tools Comparison.