Testing other uses for my GoPro HD

I’ve recently been testing some other uses for the GoPro HD Hero other than filming footage from onboard my motorcycle or luging down a hill in Rotorua.

Normally when you search for GoPro on YouTube you’ll be presented with videos of Skydiving, Base jumping, Motorsports, Watersports and many other adventurous, adrenaline seeking activities. Continue reading Testing other uses for my GoPro HD

My 2 year old son’s first Voice Memo’s on my iPhone 3GS

Feeling quite at home on the iPhone’s unique touch-screen interface after having owned a iPod Touch for well over a year, Joshua, my almost three year old son quickly wanted to get his hands on my new iPhone 3GS. Once I showed him once how to record audio in the new Voice Memo app, he quickly got the hang of it and started recording some clips.

These are two of my favourites from the past week.


Joshua Medley

Learn Joshua’s Lingo

As of right now, as Joshua is approaching 2 years and 5 months old on March 26, we thought we’d put together a chart of his special lingo

Pupaise: Helicopter
Nou Nous: Motocycle
Bus: Plane/Bus
Weeol Weeol: Fire Engine

Mote: Remote
Pia: Panda/Penquin
Nia: Lightning McQueen (from the movie Cars)
Boo car: Sally (from the movie Cars)
Tia: Television
Moowee: Movie/DVD
Dockee: Day care

Peeze: Please
Pum: Come
Moo: Move

Nilk: Milk
Mooze: Muesli
Chocia: Chocolate
Mudda: Marmite
Bam: Jam (added April 10, 2009)

Boo: Blue
Adowl: Orange

Daddy: W
Sick: X

Joshua’s first Helicopter ride

Well, after my workmate Craig Hammond went up on a floatplane ride over Mt Tarawera with Volcanic Air Safaris’ (VAS) last week, I was pretty envious. But fear not, Ann Parker from VAS said I could come down when ever I liked to have a free transfer back to the airport, as they store the helicopters there every night. Continue reading Joshua’s first Helicopter ride

Joshua’s bedroom in 360° with Photosynth™

A cool way to virtually explore Joshua’s new ‘Elmo’ themed bedroom using Microsoft’s new Photosynth technology.

To view the following you will be required the install the free Photosynth software. I would seriously recommend it, it’s really quite an amazing way to explore environments in 3D using nothing other than two dimensional photos.

Or view it on the Photosynth website here.

Joshua snoring loudly

This is an audio clip I extracted from some video Kim took of Joshua today while he was having his daytime sleep.

It definitely seams like a few of his grand parents traits are well ingrained into Joshua now.


Reminds me of my parents snoring chorus they once performed…

Joshua Hodge gets his own domains

Well, many months ago after Joshua was born I searched for joshuahodge domains and to my disappointment joshuahodge.com was gone, but upon re-searching tonight, I’ve discovered that joshuahodge.com was available again, so I quickly snapped it up along with joshuahodge.co.nz.

So stay tuned for Joshua’s own blend of website, of course I’ll get him to help with the design and development of it.

Hopefully Joshua will find a use for it one day, might put up all the video and photos of him on there.
Let me know your thoughts on what I should put on the site.

Joshua’s 1st Birthday Bash Photos

Well, Joshua’s birthday went really well.

After a year of thrills, chills and spills, Joshua has hit the big 1.0
He has had a pretty enjoyable first year with Kim being at home with him in a full time position, which she has enjoyed.

As our guests turned up, we enjoyed some icy beverages outside and once everyone had turned up, had lunch which comprised of Bacon & egg pie, Buttered chicken with rice, Ham off the bone, Cold chicken, Potato salad, Green salad and Fresh bread rolls. Thank you to my wife and my mother for getting the lunch together as it was an awesome feed. The weather was pretty good, sunny with patches of cloud. It was nice and warm and we pretty much all hung outside on the patio. Joshua enjoyed having “Happy Birthday” sung to him for the first time, and then he proceeded to eat the first pineapple lump off the carefully crafted birthday cake that mum made. We then sat down and Joshua with the help from his dad and friends, opened his gifts from everyone. He had an awesome and and it was great having everyone together for the special occasion.

Later on, we broke out the animal balloon set and started inflating those long skinny balloons that clowns make animals and things out of for kids. It was a bit of a conversational piece as everyone tried twisting and turning the balloons to try and create their own personal masterpiece. There was however very little masterpieces created, but plenty of fun and laughter.

It’s a shame Tim, Pam, Sophie and Lachlan couldn’t make it as Lachlan was sick, but we will all be getting together soon up in Auckland. Jason also couldn’t make it as he had won a fishing trip up north for the weekend.

Have a look at some photos from Joshua’s Birthday below.
NOTE: Sorry about the smudge on the photos, Joshua touched the lens of the camera and I didn’t notice it until tonight.

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Joshua turns One today!

Well, it’s been one of the quickest years of my life!

Our little boy, Joshua Ethan Hodge, is celebrating his first birthday today, with a party to follow tomorrow.
Should be great celebration with family coming from Auckland, Wellington, and as far away as Punakaiki to celebrate with Joshua.
What a milestone, the big 1.0, Joshua has been such an awesome addition to our life, he is a real joy to interact with, brings a smile to our face anytime we play with him and melts our heart everytime we check on him in bed.

If you’re interested, you can follow Joshua’s life in the photo gallery from day one to the current day. As I’ve uploaded over 120 photos of Joshua from the past year, on average 2 or 3 each week. So sit back, relax and watch Joshua grow before your eyes. Watch Joshua Grow.

Joshua shares his birthday with Hillary Clinton, born in 1947.
Also happening today, Apple is releasing it’s new OS – Mac OS X Leopard.

Read all about the birthday party and see photos here