Lynsey, stacking rocks at Breaker Bay, Wellington, April 2006.

Hi, I’m Lynsey Gedye. I completed a Masters in Communications degree in 2006, based in Poneke – Wellington, Aotearoa – New Zealand. My research projects have included how New Zealand religious and spiritual organisations use their web sites to communicate; and, how accessible are New Zealand government web sites. I expect to undertake more research on similar topics in the future. In addition to writing here about exploring the edges and margins – the marginalia in my life, I also write about aquaculture resources available on the net, the tea garden – discovering a heritage garden, and about drawing the human form.

This picture of me was taken by my wife, Marica Sevelj, at Breaker Bay, with the heads of Wellington Harbour behind me, in April, 2006. I am learning about writing while writing about learning. I enjoy creating these stone sculptures – there’s no deep meaning behind them, I just find the experience of creating them a fun, meditative exercise. I like to take photos using my trusty Fuji F10 digital camera or make drawings of the works as part of the full project.

I’m not adept enough at php/mysql to have ever written this software by myself, so chops to the team behind wordpress, and to the fine international team of programmers who have helped make this site possible:

Akismet – Matt Mullenweg
All in One Adsense and YPN – Linewbie
Amazon Links Pro – Tod Sacerdoti
Angsuman’s Referrer Bouncer – Angsuman Chakraborty
Bad Behavior – Michael Hampton
ComCount – Anders Holte Nielsen
CyStat – Michael Weingärtner.
Daiko’s Text Widget – Rune Fjellheim
Google XML Sitemaps – Arne Brachhold
Indoeuropean Translator Widget – Carlos Quiles
MsgCount – Anders Holte Nielsen
Optimal Title – Aaron Schaefer
Page Links To – Mark Jaquith
Randomize – Anders Holte Nielsen
SABRE – Didier Lorphelin
Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form – Mike Cherim and Mike Jolley
Simple Tags – Amaury Balmer
Smart Archives – Justin Blanton
Spam Karma 2 – dr Dave
Time Capsule – Aaron Brazell
WordCount – Anders Holte Nielsen
WordPress Database Backup – Austin Matzko

The theme is based on TechLand, extensively customised by, uh, me.

AkoNet is the web presence of my wife and myself. We both work in the education field and from time-to-time accept commissions to undertake projects which meet our criteria of being rewarding, interesting, and make contributions to the greater good. If you wish to contact me either use the contact page, or I can be emailed at lynsey dot gedye at gmail dot com, or lynsey_gedye (skype).

Yes, we do accept commissions to design, create, and host web sites – needless to say we’re particularly interested in creating blog spaces, and accessible web sites in general. We’ve found using WordPress to be a particularly fast and effective way of building content managed sites for people with not enough time (or interest) to be bothered with learning XHTML, but who need a web presence. We partner with a group of creative companies and individuals, and we are able to offer web hosting as well as our design services. Again, if you wish to contact me I can be emailed at lynsey dot gedye at gmail dot com, or lynsey_gedye (skype), or use the contact page.

What’s ako?
Ako is a New Zealand Maori word and refers to a holistic approach to education where the teacher can become the learner and the learner can become the teacher. There’s always someone who knows more about a subject than you do and there’s always someone who knows less. It acknowledges we can all be learners as well as teachers.

Finally, thank you, dear reader, for stopping by. I hope your time spent here has been interesting and uplifting. Please visit again.