Engaging in interesting and creative projects, writing about these experiences and sharing with the world. Some say that this site is eclectic - don't worry, that's just me cool emoticon

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“E” refers to the electronic medium that permeates our world today.

“Phi” (pronounced “fi,” and rhymes with fly) refers to the golden ratio. This mathematical ratio is reflected in nature and you can see it in the spiral of shells, the arrangement of petals on a flower to the spiral of galaxies.

“Inspired” refers to the 1% that gets you off of your ass and moving.

It was with that in mind that I designed a banner for the site. It was my visual way of saying E-Phi-Inspired. I hope you enjoy the various projects, writings and other stuff on offer here. Yeah, I know - a bit geeky but no one can say it's not original.

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My Projects


Insulating and Decorating In One

Insulating and Decorating In One

There are lots of ways to insulate a wall. In this project, I worked out a way to manage this without tearing into the wall or breaking the bank. See more...

Making A Drill Press Table

Making A Drill Press Table

A good friend of mine loaned me his drill press but the bench in the back of my shed was too high. So I decided to construct a simple bench from various left over materials in the shed. See more...

A Garden Watering System

Garden Watering System

Ever get tired of hanging onto a hose or wasting water with a sprinkler system. Here is a simple garden watering system that you may find useful. See more...

Newtonian Telescope/Dobsonian Mount

Telescope

My daughter was interested in astronomy and to encourage that interest I decided to have a go at building a telescope. I wanted something that could be self contained in some way - basically so that everything collapses down into a box that can be easily handled and stored away when not in use. See more...

Spa Pool Enclosure and Pool Cover Opener

Spa Pool Enclosure

This section includes a description, drawings and other details of a spa pool enclosure. In addition, there are plans for a very effective pool cover opener that can be constructed very cheaply and easily. See more...

Rubberband Car Project

Rubberband Car1

As part of the design and drawing course of the Batchelor of Engineering Technology degree at the Wellington Institute of Technology, we undertook a project to design and construct a rubberband powered car. We were free to come up with our own designs subject to four contraints: one relating to dimensions, the second relating to performance, the third relating to payload and the fourth relating to standards. The car was not to exceed an overall width of 150mm and wheelbase of 300mm. With regards to performance, the car had to be able to complete a predefined 6 meter course which included an incline. See more...

Elliott Wave Tools

Elliott Wave Tools

Glenn Neely devised a detailed methodology for analysing Elliott wave patterns. Chapter three of his book provides for a set of logic rules and conditions. However, getting one's head around these rules can be pretty daunting. In this section, there is a set of flow chart diagrams that can be used to help navigate the rules and conditions of chapter three. There is also a progam (written in c++ - haven't had time to rewirte this as an android app) that can be downloaded that may further simplify the analysis of chapter three. See more...

Learning C++ Programming

Learning c++

In this section are some resources students may find helpful in learning C++ programming. See more...

Vulcan Nomad - Joy Ride

Vulcan Nomad-Joy Ride

I've owned a number of bikes. The latest was a 1998 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad. Like all my previous bikes, it is more than just a ride. There is always some project associated with it. See more...

DIY Gift Ideas

diy gift ideas

In this section are several diy gift ideas. Making gifts for your friends and family adds a personal touch that you just can't buy. Here, you'll find some of the things that I have made for others. See more...

My Ventures


The JigMaker

The JigMaker makes jigs/tools particularly for the do-it-yourself ("DIY") market. Currently 3 jigs are available: A Circular Saw Sled which adjusts to fit most circular saws and great for consistent and accurate crosscuts and mitres. A Universal Drill Press Table which extends the useable space on most drill presses. A Universal Straight Cut which allows you to make straight cuts with a circular saw or router. You can find out more at The JigMaker

Online Tools


Value4Money

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Value4Money calculates best value for money when comparing like products, eg a 300 gram tin of coffee or 100 gram packet - which is better value?. Value4Money lets you compare up to three items and highlights, in green (the color of money), which item gives more for your money. Go here to use this tool.

Elliott Wave Flowchart Tool - Financial Chart Analysis

Elliott Wave Tools

Glenn Neely devised a detailed methodology for analysing Elliott wave patterns. Chapter three of his book provides for a set of logic rules and conditions. However, getting one's head around these rules can be pretty daunting. In this section, there is a set of flow chart diagrams that can be used to help navigate the rules and conditions of chapter three. For subscribers, there is a progam that can be downloaded that may further simplify the analysis of chapter three. See more...

Creative Writings


Paint It Black - Ebook and Paperback Available On Amazon

> Paint It Black

Genre: Medical/Cerebral/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery.

Emily suffers a small bleed in the brain and falls into a coma. However, she finds herself waking up some place unknown and then goes about trying to unravel the mystery of the place all the while attempting to find a way to get back home.

Amazon - Author's Page

Paladins Unbound - Ebook Available On Amazon

Paladins Unbound

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Hannibal and Sophie are whisked away from their everyday lives to become more of what some unknown force wants them to be. Some may say that the universe has chosen its champions, but it is up to them to rise up to the challenge of being and becoming more than ordinary.

Amazon - Author's Page

Adventures in Book Coverland

Adventures in Book Coverland

Adventures in Book Coverland - published 23 February 2020 - I recently wrote a book called Paint It Black. ..... It was in this context that I embarked upon designing a cover for the book and so the fun began.

Read it here.

Kitty Conundrum

Kitty Conundrum

Kitty Conundrum is a story about a cat that is apparently stuck in a tree and the efforts of the various characters to rescue this cat. However, not all is as it seems. Find out what's really on this cat's mind.

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Seesaw Kitty

Seesaw Kitty

Seesaw Kitty is a story about a cat that likes being in a park. The cat's favourite spot is on a seesaw. However, one of the characters wants to make changes in the park, particularly near the seesaw. Find out what happens when things don't go exactly to plan.

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Haunted House

Haunted House

Short story about a haunted house in Waihi. I wrote this in high school back in 1979 but published in 1980.

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Haunted House: The Story Behind the Story

Classroom Teachers desk

Short story about writing essays and life lessons.

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Potatoes

Potaoes

A short story that takes you for a walk around my parents gardens back in the day. Written in May 2019.

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The Future of Parking Spaces

The Future of Parking Spaces

A tongue 'n cheek short story about parking spaces. Written in June 2019.

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Tractors

Tractors

A short story about events that took place while visiting friends at a farm. Written in July 2019.

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Trampolines

Trampolines

A short story about life at home revolving around our trampoline. Written in September 2019.

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Tidal Wave

Tidal Wave

A short story about two young men keen on filming a tsunami. Written in October 2019.

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My Wife's Garden

My Wife's Garden

My Wife's Garden - published 3 May 2014 - Carol, my wife, has quite a different approach to gardening from me.

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Tiki Tour North Island

Tiki Tour North Island

Tiki Tour North Island - published 27 May 2014

I needed to travel up north to Hamilton. The reason for going was to join the search and rescue effort to locate a beloved family member who had gone missing. However, that's a whole different story for another time. I took this opportunity to ride up...

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Tiki Tour Wellington

Tiki Tour Wellington

Tiki Tour Wellington - published 1 November 2013

Wellington, New Zealand on a beautiful day is unbeatable. The call to get on the bike and ride, irresistable. A ride from Upper Hutt to Wellington and round the bays...

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Butterflies

Butterflies

A friend of mine was really into butterflies and she documented each hatching of her monarchs - be warned, there are a few.

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Kaimai

Kaimai Ranges

Added a short story in the creative writing section titled "Kaimai" - It is about my dad and I treking across the Kaimai Ranges in New Zealand.

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Recent Activity

December 2021

Added a short story in the creative writing section titled "Kaimai" - It is about my dad and I treking across the Kaimai Ranges in New Zealand. You can read it here Kaimai

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