New Year, new job, lots of new goings on…

I started my new role as Software Developer/Engineer on Monday. A very exciting start to the new year. A steady start to the pace with the first week or so set to be all about the induction process. I spent much of Monday and Tuesday meeting new people, going into meetings to get more information, and watching videos, reading PPTs, and reviewing LOTS of documentation. Today was more getting into looking at the actual product we make, and having an explore. Also starting automating some tests for it to get a bit of a handle on what it actually entails. So much to take in – not just the code (which I haven’t actually gotten into yet), but also the actually industry we are working for.

The company is Productivity Software, which supplies and supports a very large MIS for the printing industry. Most of my learning so far has been about printing, and the processes involved. All an integral part of understanding what we are trying to assist with and deliver for the clients.The office space I’m in great; it’s a big, open-plan, area with about 20 desks. Polished hard-wood floors, in an old warehouse-type building. Now it’s been refurbished and filled with advertising agencies etc. Very cool. I’m using a serious dev box, with a 64-bit OS running 8GB @ 2.67GHz on a 1TB HDD. The screen’s “only” a 30-inch widescreen LCD – hahaha!! Nice people to work with, very non-hierarchical and level, so anyone is happy to be asked questions and take the time to answer them. All-in-all a not unpleasant environment to be working as a developer finally.

Other than this excitement, I spent the last few weeks on Christmas holidays but stayed busy with planning and preparing for my upcoming wedding. It is absolutely amazing how fast the budget grows without even trying (and that’s just for the wedding itself!!), so if anyone wants to donate some cash this way it will be gratefully received [or stuff for the house too – I am more than happy to do a bit of product placement and “positive” reviewing here and anywhere else I can]. We’ve been quite well behaved and conservative with our planning and expenses for both the wedding and honeymoon (apparently we are running a wedding bill of between 1/2 and 2/3 of a normal wedding – depending on what a normal wedding costs…), and for kitting out the house, but it all still mounts up. Haven’t actually got a place yet, as there’s no point renting somewhere now, and anything we find now will be gone in a few months time (or if it isn’t, we don’t want it!).

Doing a bit of a surf on Etsy the last week or so also, and got very inspired to build some of our furniture myself; nothing too flash, but I’m going to be making some nice solid rustic bookshelves with concrete blocks and big slabs of kauri or other reclaimed wood, as well as some cute side tables for the lounge which will take a little of my wood-working skills to do (pics will be posted once made). One of these weekends I will be doing a bit of a cruise of industrial recycling yards to find some nice chunky units to refurb a little into side dressers and other furniture. I’m not just going for 2nd-hand, I’m going to be properly bringing them back to life – but they will definitely have character and a story to tell.

As part of starting the new year, starting a new job, and preparing for the next great adventure part of my life, I did a review of my eating and fitness habits (or lack thereof, ahem) and set myself some goals and some rules. For eating, I have got myself kitted out to take all the fixings for making healthy sandwiches at work for lunch (so much cheaper too!!) and I also have a supply of rice cakes for snacking, as well as finding some fantastic dried fruit bars that were also cheap (means I can have a week’s fruit supply without worrying about it staying fresh; and each bar is the equivalent of 2x minimum daily fruit intake requirement).

Also established myself a routine for walking at least every 2nd day, with plans to progress this to jogging/running pretty quickly [thanks to Rob’s blog post here -> @noozeeland]. Pulled out the weights bar, and setting up a dips block too. I’m definitely on a mission to get back to the old style lean Cameron – who knows, I may be actually able to be proudly flaunting abs on the beach soon.

I’ve got a few YouTube videos to post up as well, as I didn’t get any posting done while I was away – I really do need to get my iPad WordPress app configured ASAP – but I’ll do a separate post for them shortly.


2011 TSA calendar

Nothing else to say, really.

[thanks to fuckyeahdementia]

Update on where I’m at

So, I’ve rolled into full-time work as an insurance underwriter now. Just turning the part-time into full-time while I get through the summer and job hunt [IT Companies – this is your BIG chance!!!]. My journeying is pretty well planned for the next while over the Christmas and New Year’s period. I’m sticking around at work through the week between Christmas and NY’s because I might as well and then I can get some coding done too; then it’s off north to Bland Bay for NY’s Eve.

Bland Bay

then back down the line to Matheson’s Bay for a week

Matheson's Bay

I’m hanging out for a week or two off work and in the sun at the beach…..I’ll even get the chance to catch up on my book pile. Heaps to read there: PowerShell, jQuery, Using Google to write queries; I still get laughed at for my idea of “light reading”!!
I’ve also been tinkering with Blitz3D and finding that a bit of fun on the side. My main focus is going to be getting the API up and running. Due to exams and such, I haven’t given it the effort I wanted to. That and waiting for my marks to come back to confirm the completion of my degree….

quick update: exams are over!!!

Just to say: “AWESOME!!!” Exams are finally over now, so I can relax a little. As I said the other day, this is the end of it all for this degree, now I just have the waiting for the grades….

I’m rolling into fulltime at IAG now while I job hunt and get my “real” job using my degrees and doing what I actually love. Also, I’m heading into my first summer without a “summer job” for the first time in a while. Going to be heading to the beach and having some downtime over Christmas and New Years with friends.


quick update: still studying….

Labour Weekend here in New Zealand. No rest for the wicked though, and I guess that includes me….
Another day of studying hard for exams this week. Although I did get a little “break” from study this morning to paint part of the house (fun, fun, fun!!!). I’ve got my next underwriting delegation exam tomorrow afternoon, then uni exams throughout this week and the next two after that. All over by mid-November then into full-time work and also some fun coding and web-dev times too.

No exciting news to report, so I’ll just throw up some sexy tunes from waaaay back in the day:

Loving the smooth dude’s of the 80’s; and the ladies weren’t ashamed to flaunt it either. I really love the way music vids back then weren’t all special effects, but actually were just film of the artist singing – maybe with some track-spots or other lighting effect.

I really shouldn’t start posting eighties music videos, because I’ll never manage to share all of the great ones. The eighties was DEFINITELY the best era for music. Loving it all!!!

Anyways, best back into the study, so I’ll update again tomorrow.

back in the land of the long white cloud, except it’s grey and covers the whole sky

Back in New Zealand now. The flight back from Gold Coast Airport was only 2 hours 20 minutes! Kinda cool, given that the flight over was over 4 hours. The plane was an hour and a half late leaving, due to delays caused by headwinds on its two previous flights yesterday, so we got the benefit of these winds becoming a tail-wind. Flew back JetStar, which everyone says is rubbish because its a cheap airline. I found it great (admittedly pretty much all their flights run late apparently) and enjoyed my experience. You pay about half the price of a normal fare, and you don’t get fed, have a movie, or any other airline stuff – at least they don’t charge for the use of the facilities like RyanAir wants to do/is doing (link here).

I enjoyed it all, I had my laptop for movies and some work, and the drinks weren’t overpriced at all like I was expecting, plus the crew came past a lot more often to offer more drinks etc. They didn’t have to run a full beverage service, so they could focus on customising and upselling the merchandise!! I bumped into Raymond at the airport too, he was on his way back from business in Aus, so that was cool. He’s also offered me some temp hosting for free as he has sme virtual servers with heaps of excess space available. Awesome!!

I had a sleep in this morning which was great, and I’ve just been filtering through all the rubbish in my email. Apparently I need to start prepping the house for another round of showing, so no rest for me then!! I’m going to set up my index of tutorial posts for the blog her first though; and then do some laundry and tidy my life up a bit as well. I’ll start on open-home prep tomorrow I think, ’cause I’ve got work in a few hours.

I’m looking forward to being able to simply focus on my web site work, and catching up on writing and sharing some of my brilliance (LOLZ!), or at least presenting some nice explanations of different things I have done or played with in code. Some more “research” on YouTube and dailyfailblog is also on the cards.

shopping, eating, walking….

Started the day with a real coffee because Ian has a machine and loves to use it. Did some cool photos of Caitlin with the moose.


Then we went to Harbour Town for some outlet shopping as Naomi’s list was still:

  • boots
  • coat
  • red dress
  • hand-bag
  • anything else that catches her eye….

Had lunch/coffee there, before getting back into the shopping. Caitlin didn’t end up having her afternoon nap. We came back to the house by around 4, and Caitlin was still raring to go so we went for a bike ride and walk for a bit.

After that, just back to the house for chill out and dinner.