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Mimobots invade New Zealand!

09.06.11 Posted in mimobot by

I love things that mix pop culture with technology. Mimobot does this with highly delicious tech yummy-ness.

Introducing Mimobot Designer USB Flash Drives!

Available very soon in New Zealand @

Mimobots are genuine Hi-Speed USB 2.0 flash drives with a difference. They come in an amazing range of funky designs and are sure to set your friends talking. Mimobots are compatible with all Windows and Mac computers. Store all your data, pictures, music and more on a Mimobot!

mimobot nz usb

I am very excited to announce that I’ll be adding the Mimobot range of designer USBs to my New Zealand based eStore in time for Xmas 2011.

The character range will include the full Star Wars line-up, Batman and Transformers. Save time and cost, buy local and collect them all!

Stay sticky people, and I’ll let you know as soon as they are avaible here on our fair shores of Aotearoa.


iPad2 as a comic reader

04.11.11 Posted in simon owen by

I’ve been putting off the puchase of an iPad due to the simple fact that I thought it lacked a killer app. That’s is to say, there was no real reason for me to have another (oversized) iPhone. I say ‘was’, because a brand new iPad2 has recently been added to my stable of Apple products.

Why? Two reasons really. Firsty, the iPad2 makes for a perfect comic reader. You see, I have a large personal collection of .crb files that have been sitting on ice for years, just waiting for the perfect screen-reading environment. I want to be comfortable and do not want to read comics on a laptop or vertical screen. I quickly found the iPad2 to be an intimate, personal reading device. The colours are incredibly crisp and bright, but best of all it’s light and comfortable to use.

This brings me to my second reason. Certain applications on the App Store now come with file sharing. This was a no-brainer for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple and have been using their products consistently since 1985, but I did not want iTunes dictating what I could, or could not, copy into my new iPad2.

So, the first thing I did when I was lucky enough to get hold of an iPad2 on launch day was to install 2 very useful apps that would allow me to transfer some of my personal comic and movie files – yes, through iTunes!

1. The best comic reader for the iPad is ComicZeal4.

This app is an outstanding tool for cataloging, reading and saving your .cbr files. I was just amazing at how well-built this app is.I’m currently reading Mike Mignola’s Hell Boy. Black blacks and blood reds. Recommended.

Here’s how you put your .CRB files into your iPad:

  1. Download ComicZeal4 from theApple App Store here. It’s good value at about $NZ10.
  2. Once it’s installed on your iPad, plug into your Mac/PC, select your iPad on the left, and click on Apps at the top.
  3. Look for ComicZeal4 under under ‘file sharing’. It’s at the bottom of the App page.
  4. Than just drag your .CRB files from your finder into the ComicZeal4 Documents window. Your iPad will sync immediately and the .CRB file will be readable in ComicZeal4 straight-away. Easy!

2. The best movie player for the iPad is CinexPlayer.

Similar to transfering .CRB files, CinexPlayer will let you transfer any old .AVI file. Just like the 4 steps above, CinexPlay uses file sharing via iTunes. It’s about NZ$12 and well worth it. Here’s a clip for the peeps who built it.

So to sum up, rather than being spoon-fed like a baby by iTunes, I’m very happy to have an iPad that can make use of my personal comic collection and .avi movie files. Flame On!


The office dogs’ body

02.14.11 Posted in simon owen by

My design studio has a new partner. Meet Bindi, the retired Greyhound.

Her job (apart from acting like a 60kmh couch potato), is to make critical creative appraisals, take trips to the café and generally be an all-round dogs’ body. She been on the job for 3 weeks now. So far, so very good.

Like me, she’s quick. Unlike me, she has been associated with royalty.

Here are a few more Greyhound facts:

  • Greyhounds are one of the oldest breeds of dogs. There are drawings of dogs resembling greyhounds in vases and tombs dated from the Ancient Egypt 8000 years ago.
  • The greyhound is mentioned in the Old Testament ( Proverbs 30:29-31)
  • The greyhound is portrayed by Homer ( Odyssey, 800 B.C.—the only one to recognize Odyseus upon his return was Argus, his greyhound).

Did you know that there is an NZ organisation that specialises in finding homes for retired racing Greyhounds? GAP (Greyhounds As Pets) is an independent charitable trust established by Greyhound Racing New Zealand to find pet homes for retired racing greyhounds.

Cutting loose on Nelson's Back Beach

Bindi can move!

Ronan overlooking Takaka Hill, Nelson January 2011

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