When I constructed my first homepage back in the heady days of 1995, I had a huge "interests" page which played it's life out alongside diary websites for my newborn kids and dogs (well before blogs became fashionable, might I say) as well as a bunch of humour and other sites. My first son even had a "Name that Baby" page where people from around the world suggested names before he was born - here's an extract from the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald (Column 8) from Wednesday, 26 Februaury 1997:
"Craig Latham, of Bathurst, sniffs a little at the internet page set up for new baby Reuben Challis (Column 8 Friday). For several months before he was born on August 8 last year, his son had a page which asked surfers for naming suggestions. Some of the hundreds of suggestions (male and female) which came from around the world: Wolfgang, Toad, Maverick, Jesus, Matty, Cybele, Baby 96, Lucinda Friday, Natham (for Natham Latham), Skoink, Flipdibs and Blasphemia Legion Anathema. Craig and his wife, Elizabeth, wimped out at these and baby became Elliot Samuel"
Both the kids and dogs had huge email lists followed by over 300 people worldwide. However, since that time, I have become far busier teaching, writing, studying, presenting a radio show and generally being part of the kids' lives as they grow up, whilst still maintaining some relationship with the dogs. I have also become a lot less interesting....
If you'd like to re-live those dog and baby days, I've kept the website albeit with many broken links - some day the kids (or maybe the dogs) will discover these files, update them and carry on. However, for the moment, you can still visit Babyland, Dogworld, TRUTH, Very Important Matters, The Mildly Amusing World of Coffee, The Bottom 95% and Notoriety as they were.
Below are some tidbits that still have some marginal relevance concerning me...
This is me: and this is me slammin':
Some of my favourite bands include Chris Knox, Alec Bathgate, Tall Dwarfs, Teenage Fanclub, The Lemonheads, Matthew Sweet, Pavement, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr, The Clean, The Bats, David Kilgour, The Chills, Radar Bros, Sparklehorse, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, Nick Drake, Gram Parsons, Belle & Sebastian, Masters of the Hemisphere, Godstar, Art of Fighting, Grandview, Grandaddy, The Go Betweens, The Triffids, Smog, They Might be Giants, XTC etc.. I have constructed websites for Chris Knox, Alec Bathgate and The Tall Dwarfs (Stasis!!), sang-froid (Eponymous) and OMD (Universal).
And I shouldn't forget to mention that the way that I get much of the music that I love is over the FM airwaves through the antenna that I built. I was so impressed with the reception of this omni-directional antenna that I gave it it's very own website: The simplest best FM antenna in the world
Favourite movies include Pulp Fiction, Repo Man, This is Spinal Tap, anything Python, The Lord of the Rings etc.. A recent film that I really enjoyed was Topless Women Talk About Their Lives - and no, it's not a porn film - but a New Zealand light-hearted (in most part) 20-something drama. It also featured some of the finest music known to man. It could well be lurking in the "arthouse" section (for want of a better categorisation) of your local video shop.
On tv, I enjoy a few things such as off-beat/black comedy and documentaries. I watch religiously The Bill, Buffy and Angel.
A few years back, I discovered that I love "hard science fiction". This includes authors like Isaac Asimov, Michael Crichton and Arthur C. Clarke. However, more recently, I've grown to adore "alternate history". This genre of science fiction is based in a time in history, but then changes some important event or events. For example, what if Hitler had won the Second World War? A great place to start is Harry Turtledove's "Guns of the South" where the South ends up winning the US Civil War. Harry Turtledove has written numerous books in this genre. I also highly recommend his World War series where aliens land during the Second World War.
I've also read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to the kids more than once. And by the time you read this, we'll probably have finished the complete Narnia Chronicles (Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe etc.) at least once.
And that's not to forget political/economic history and systematic theology texts....
I quite like photographing wildlife:
I also don't mind taking the odd photo. Here's an imitation Escher:
You may wish to compare it to the original:
There are a bunch of pictures I took of the world's tallest building, The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on my radio show website. It's a beautiful stainless steel structure.
Here are some more recent potshots: