Hello. My name is Kerry. I’m a bloke.
What The Bloke is about
Fundamentally, this is a place for me to document my outdoor adventures and share a little about how, why and where.
Oh man, me, where do I start.
By day, I am a quality assurance & marketing manager for Allproof Industries, a Plumbing & Drainage company. On the weekend, I tend to go bush, with a specific interest in bushcraft and survival. I am also the official Photographer for the Mountain Safety Council of NZ.
32 years old, live in Auckland, New Zealand.
(cue ‘tactical’ looking first profile post)
Yeah, I am a leftie. So was Alexander the Great, Julius Ceaser, Napoleon, Henry Ford, Jack the Ripper, Hendrix, Gandhi and, erm, Pol Pot..
Started my computer life with an Amstrad, then Amiga, a Wang and a Commodore in there somewhere.
Before long found myself part of the BBS scene, acting as a Sysop and member of a couple of online communities.
Multiplayer essentially meant that the owner of the site had more than one telephone line coming into the house. Fancy.
Dang. I feel old.
Anyhow – contined plinking away on a computer, eventually starting to use it to write music – modtrackers…
Cutting edge at the time. Honest.
This lead for me progressing for many years down the path of electronic music. Both DJing, Producing, but also selling the equipment. Which, of course, lead me to the dangerous and borderline fetish like realm of the analog.
For any gearwhores out there – the live show was a 808, 909, Machinedrum, Monomachine, Nord Lead, Doepfer Dark Energy, DSI Evolver all running into a RME Fireface, and through Ableton, controlled by a VCM600. If none of that means anything to you, and you have a couple of hours one day – just ask…
I essentially setup studios for people, and showed them how to use it.
If you really want to hear some of the music I did – here is a soundcloud link – http://soundcloud.com/proof
What really interested me though, we interviewing local artists about their tools and work process – focusing on electronica, and guys like P-Money, Antiform, Greg Churchil, Pitch Black and so on – this was called the technical sessions – you can see a lot of the interviews on the youtube page.
In addition, during my travels I caught up with some internationals as well – the likes of Monolake, Stereotyp, Troy Pierce and so on.
After a time (a decade or so) my interests changed from dark nightclubs to more, open space.
However, still carrying on my tradition of being a gear freak, I decided to carry a SLR Camera and pile of lenses, tripod and accessories with me. To the point that it isn’t uncommon for me to be humping 30kg of weight up a mountain to take some photos.
Erm, ah -
Oh yeah baby…
Here are a couple of my other current passions / bottomless money pits – a Triumph Daytona 675
…and a Stage 1 3.5 V8 Land Rover
Qualifications / Training / Courses Attended
- Mountain Safety Council – Outdoors First Aid
- Mountain Safety Council – Beginers Bushcraft
- Mountain Safety Council – Intermediate Bushcraft
- Mountain Safety Council – Advanced Bushcraft
- Mountain Safety Council – Risk Management
- Mountain Safety Council – River Safety
- Mountain Safety Council – Outdoor Leadership (currently underway)
- SOS Survival Training – Overnight Survival Course
This website is about products and attitudes that are built to last. Products and concepts that I come across that look like they will stand the test of time, and increase our quality of life as blokes.
In many cases, a focus on reducing costs and planned obsolesce has led to us living in a throw away society. While the short term perception is one of value, a long term view would prove, that buying five of something, when buying one of something that lasted in the first place, doesn’t make sense financially, but additionally doesn’t make sense in the amount of resources used and wastage created.
I have come to realise that I would prefer to have one pair of well fitting, well made, and guaranteed to last jeans, that have a pair for every day of the week. I feel my belongings become more part of me, as well as reducing the clutter in my life. As a bloke, simplicity, practicality and quality are the key elements I look for.
There will be information about being prepared in life, and there will be information about taking responsibility for yourself, and your environment.
This site is also about claiming back, and redefining what exactly it means to be ‘a bloke’, it is about having some fundamental principles that you stick to. It is about understanding that being a man means a lot more than watching Rugby and drinking beer.
What this website is not about
This is not a fashion blog. While there will be plenty of clothing featured on here, it is going to be because of the build quality, its practicality and functionality of the pieces. There certainly won’t be any model shoots, and don’t expect anything from a runway to feature.
This is not a survivalist blog. There won’t be comparisons of the latest Mil Spec Fighting Knives, nor about which assault rifle is most effective for deployment in urban settings. While there are some crossovers, in the ‘buy once, buy right’ attitude, there will be less military focus going on. There won’t be news about the latest Hummer available, nor that Barrett have just released an updated .50 cal Sniper Rifle. The one exception, of course, is if it is deemed suitable for use in surviving the forthcoming Zombie Apocalypse.
This is not about nostalgia. We live in the now, and not everything was ‘done better’ back then. Technology has made some massive leaps and bounds, and when that is fused with making items with a focus on quality and longevity instead of decreasing cost and increasing market-share, some wonderful things can result. So, no old photo’s of Mohammad Ali or Steve McQueen; but there will be a lot of stuff that I am sure your grandfather would have been proud to own.
This is not a site for what many people would consider a ‘bloke’ to be. There isn’t going to be a lot of talk about drinking ‘booze’, although there will be some articles about enjoying a drink. There definitely isn’t going to any centerfolds, although there will be conversation regarding many guys twisted attitude to women, and there certainly won’t be a lot of talk about Rugby. Despite what the NZ government, media, and ultimately promoters trying to sell tickets to sporting events might like the general public to believe; many of us blokes really couldn’t care less about the world cup.
So, welcome to the site. I hope you find some information of interest. Please, get involved, have a say, speak your mind. We are all blokes around here, after all.
This is not a public site. I reserve the right to moderate comments.
In an effort to elevate the discussions on The Bloke, we moderate all comments and hold them to a high standard. While feedback and criticism is welcome, opinions in and of themselves do not have value, and you are not entitled to have your opinion displayed on a private website. This is a privilege that you must earn by making your comment eminently civil and intelligent, by correctly grasping and addressing the ideas in the post and staying on topic, by using a real name (not the name of your website) and your real email address (we’ll never spam you, but you must be willing to be accountable for what you say). We are the final arbiters of whether or not your comment meets these standards. That is our privilege.
Due to the nature of the internet, in particular deformation issues, there isn’t really free speech as such. Therefore, you are likely to only find reviews of products I like – ones that I am comfortable personally recommending. It’s easier that way, and I don’t end having to talk to the lawyers of someone who doesn’t like me saying bad things about them. In addition, there are certain products I am being sent up to try out and give feedback on. If that’s the case, I will make it clear in the review itself. That’s my take on disclosure.
Everything is reflective of my own opinion. Doesn’t mean it is right, but I will endeavour to keep things as factually correct as I can. If you spot and error in something, please let me know. But always, when you are heading out into the bush, do your own research as well, always keep on thinking for yourself.