Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

Euan Ritchie

My personal website

Euan Ritchie

God of slushies, Athens 2004

This is a site for experimenting and keeping references and samples.

Beware of the cat!

She may look relaxed, and you might think you're bigger than her, but she's armed for bear.

Ferrari 360

Instead of a Aston Martin

Trudy bought me a go around a race track in an Aston Martin, but someone had broken it before I arrived. So I went around in a Ferrari 360 instead.

These cars are definitely different to drive and I wouldn't want one for any kind of daily use, but blatting around a track was fun.

New Zealand's Flag

An actual flag, not a logo

This should be our new flag. It's design is solid, makes good sense and combines a lot of New Zealand in a clear distinctive flag.

Bokissa Private Resort

Holiday of 2014

2014 holidays were in a small island south of Espiritu Santos in Vanuatu which the locals lease to a resort. Good food (for once I didn't lose weight on holiday) and decent snorkelling.

I was stung by a jellyfish and stalked by a shark. Good times. Picked this resort because you can get there in a day from Auckland and avoid the usual two nights wasted time travelling.

I used my Go Pro underwater. They really work well with a red filter.

MAME Cabinet

Scratching the nostalgia itch

MAME Cabinet

I bought this MAME cabinet this year - even though I've had the parts to build one for years I was never going to get around to making it. It's lots of fun but surprisingly irritating because all the different games really require different control layouts.

I'm contemplating building interchangeable boards with different control layouts - putting a door in the cabinet front and storing them there.

But that's a big job - it's a surprisingly complex issue when you consider the software .

Botaira Beach

Holiday of 2009

This years holidays were in Fiji, and I'm creating a page with photo's and videos here about it. Currently I'm editing the material and haven't presented it. Watch this space.

Comet McNaught

The Great Comet of 2007

Great Comet of 2007

Finally the weather cleared up enough for me to get out and have a look at McNaught. About four days after it's peak appearance it's still mighty impressive. Supposedly the second brightest comet ever measured for brightness it covered about 20 degrees of sky. Much more impressive than Halley's or Hyakutake

Took my camera out and made my first astronomical pictures. At first I left it's battery in the charger. And after getting it I took the wrong lens. Oh well, they didn't turn out too badly.

Thunderbird 2

Parked on roadside

Model of Thunderbird 2

While driving to work today I saw a ~four meter long fibreglass model of Thunderbird 2 parked on the roadside. Très cool!


The traditional british navy grog is;

  • One part sour (lime juice)
  • Two parts sweet (sugar/molasses)
  • Three parts strong (pussers rum)
  • Four parts weak (water)
Using liquid honey for the sweet totally rocks.

This is the best liquor I've ever drunk, yummy as hell. I took a litre to a New Years party and was quite sozzled before I finished it - didn't have get a hangover but my legs felt funny the next day.


Swimming with humpbacks in 2012

While my house was being repaired of it's earthquake damage we went to the Sandy Beach Resort in Haʻapai, Tonga and swam with humpbacks.

Although the whales in this video are juveniles, they're still bigger than they look (without objects to compare to). We didn't know they were under our boat until we jumped in the water intending to swim towards others.

Bora bora

Swimming with sharks and rays in 2006

I was chasing stingrays across the Bora Bora lagoon the same day one killed Steve Irwin.

Moray eel

While snorkelling in Bora Bora I found this moray. He was gorgeously coloured (underwater photography without lights washes colours out a lot).

He was something like six to eight feet long and I remember his eyes as being richly coloured and beautiful flecked with gold.

Digital Graphic Design

A graphic designer who's work speaks to my youth


Guess why I love Rafe Dominguez? If you recognize that design of his you'll know why straight away.


Bumping into a gorilla in Rwanda

While visiting the Agasha family of gorillas I was bumped by a Black Back on his way to some sweet bamboo.

I ate some of that bamboo - down at it's roots it's heavy with moisture, a bit like a fibrous carrot.


I stood with Leonidas (in 2004)

Me and Leonidas

No, really, I really did. And here's the picture to prove it. That's me up on the monument at Thermopylae a few years ago on a trip from England to Istanbul (and most of the way back).

I saw 300 last week and, eh, it was okay. The best bits were stylish stagings of the comics panels - but comics transcribed as movies don't have good scripts or dialogue (Sin City also demonstrates this).

The most interesting thing I noticed, given the debates and anger the movie aroused, is the addition of some dialogue: when Leonidas meets Xerxes emissary early in the story he warns the emissary he'll be held responsible for his words as if they were his own - a clear warning that this messenger may be blamed for the message he is about to deliver. This is not in the comic.

So the producers demonstrate they know there's something unseemly about Leonidas in this story and attempted to defuse it by inserting language to moderate his character. If they now reply to accusations of producing propaganda with claims to only have been reproducing another work of art in a different medium, without responsibility for the story, they will be lying.