The "What": Skills & Projects

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Most of this is also linked to from other pages, where it's more in context. But if you're an old-school type, you might also like all the skills and stuff in one spot.

  • Publishing cleverness. See the Lonely Planet link.
  • Tourism/travel nous, particularly regarding New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, but I've worked on Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and China too.
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Financial biz
  • Project management
  • Applying sciencey thinking to unsciencey problems, and helping non-scientists to look at problems scientifically (accuracy versus precision, uncertainty, wibbly wobbly gross profit). Number crunching and data-detective work.
  • Problem solving, disaster management, creativity
  • Enough sparky experience (courtesy of NZ Electricity) to have a stab at fixing basic electrical appliances (I figure if they're broken anyway, you can't go wrong, tho this has earned me a buzz or two from undischarged capacitors over the years). I can whip a motorbike engine out and put it back in without too many bits left over, and can do most of the maintenance my old Morris Minor needs.
  • Looking after chooks (I need to get better at ...erm... euthanasia).
  • Creating user-friendly tools and "dashboards" to make people's jobs easier, and help them devote time to the important stuff, not the number crunching
  • Using market research, competitive information, destination data, to find out what's really happening, then move from that to what we should be doing.
  • Resource/workload modelling and scheduling, for teams that don't fit the mould (commissioning editors; authors)
  • Finding new ways of creating and reusing content: "drop in" guides and guidebook cascades on wonky, alternating cycles
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  • I'm not sure if I can yet claim website design, tho I reckon this site isn't bad for a rank beginner. What do you reckon?
  • Putting up weatherboards, putting down decking, home plumbing and various other home reno/repair jobs
  • Lots of Media work (TV, radio, print), mostly for New Zealand, Australia and Pacific travel stories. thank-you card
  • Other specific packages and software I can use.