Sunburnt Plumbers Crack…

6 02 2006
I’ve been making the most of my pre baby arrival time by getting lots and lots of things done around the house, and doing some hardcore nerding. The past three weeks, Rach, her Dad and I have been blitzing the garden and stuff outside. To date we have done the following:
  • Built a large retaining wall at the back of the house
  • Levelled and paved the side of the house
  • Prepared 110 square meters of garden with top soil
  • Shifted
    • 8 cubic meters +  of top soil
    • 3 cubic meters of packing sand
    • 3 cubic meters of pebbles
    • 2 cubic meters of crushed rock
    • 160 pavers
    • 110 square meters of turf
  • Landscaped and planted the front garden and side with turf and plants
  • Restarted work on the decking, including starting to lay the top only to find it was a bit ‘too flexible’, so ripped it up and added another 16 joists
  • And finally this weekend laid about half of the merbu on the top (which resulted in a rather nasty case of sunburnt plumbers crack!)
On the nerdy front, I am waiting with baited breath for the new build of Vista to roll out. The Feb CTP is allegedly feature complete and contains fixes to the networking (which is the only reason I am not using it as my main OS now). Of course, sods law dictates that it will come out when our baby is due and I will have no time, nor inclanation to look at it! 
I stumbled across a website called Techcrunch that is full of Web 2.0 news. I am really impressed at some of the stuff out there. At the moment I am playing around with 30Boxes an online calendar application. These are going to get really hot, especially with the RSS calendar functionality that Outlook 12 is going to be bringing to the party.  I have also jumped on the bandwagon, but still need to play around with it some more. Oh yeah, IE7 Beta 2 was released, much better than Beta 1, but the tabley hated it so it had to be uninstalled.
I guess that’s it. I’m going to be quiet for the next few weeks, got a really big bid starting at work on Wednesday which will suck all of my time, and then of course, the impending arrival of Baby Burtion which should be the next time I post.

Two most excellent days…

25 01 2006

What an excellent two days. My company have just had a two day company wide conference over in Adelaide. It’s pretty impressive that they get the whole company to down tools for two days, fly them to Adelaide and put them up for what is effectively a big company meeting. This is the second ‘Away Days’ I have been to, last year I joined the company on away days, meeting my collegues at the airport for the first time!! I have to admit you get a lot more out of it if you know the people. All in all the two days were really great. I got so much out of it, there are some really exciting times ahead.
On another note, I also got a fantastic phone call yesterday lunchtime, my Permanent Residency was granted!! YAY!! Rach and I are wrapped. Whilst we didn’t think there would be a problem, there was always the possibility that there would be a problem and I would get deported… but worry no more.. šŸ™‚
It’s Australia Day tomorrow, so I get a day off work work, and get to do home work. I believe it’s going to be in the 40’s so it will be fun working out in the garden getting ready for the $1000 of turf that is arriving on Saturday…
oh and 5 more weeks to go!! šŸ˜›

Happy New Year folks…

13 01 2006

Sorry this post is a little late, I had hoped to write one of those review of 2005 and what’s to come in 2006 posts, but never got the chance to do it. I have just had two incredibly relaxing weeks of work where I managed to get into the really bad habit of sleeping in the afternoon, mainly as my pregnant wife was doing it. Unfortunately now I am back at work about 3:00 I start to feel my eyelids getting heavy and starting to go, so it’s off for a quick hit of coffee!!
Christmas and New Years was really good. We had a cracking time both at home and up in Ballarat for a couple of days R&R. Whilst Ballarat isn’t the most exciting place, there is a fair amount of things to do around there. If you havn’t been to the Blood on the Southern Cross at Soverign Hill, do it. It’s fantastic.
Stay tuned.. I have more posts.. including news on a new gadget šŸ™‚
Oh yeah, only 7 more weeks until the little one’s ship date šŸ™‚

Merry Christmas

25 12 2005
Merry Christmas to both of my readers! šŸ™‚
I am suffering from a huge great British Fryup Christmas Treat breakfast, including English bacon, black pudding, scrambled eggs, beans and loads of toast.. Lovely… As we are having Christmas dinner instead of Christmas lunch, we thought a large breakfast would be in order…
I just noticed that Google is now letting Aussies sign up for gmail accounts using SMS. There is a link on the main page. Gmail is pretty cool. I am writing this blog post using it now. Oh and before I forget, to the reader in my comments who thinks I would endorse a dog turd if it had Microsoft on it, this beats the Windows Live Mail beta hands down in my opinion.

Weekend catchup…

5 12 2005

Hello.. we had a really really full on weekend, as a result, I am sitting here at work now absolutely buggered, three large strong coffee’s
Rach has been up in Sydney for a couple of days visiting her brother, and came back on Saturday afternoon. So as you can guess, Saturday morning was mostly cleaning up the house! It’s strange, I have hardly been home, I was only there Tuesday night, Wed & Thu I was in Adelaide, and Friday night I didn’t get home until late and the house still looks like a bomb hit it… What should have been a solid week of nerding turned into mostly a week of working and sleeping šŸ˜¦
The computer is playing up at the moment, it’s been running like a dog for a couple of weeks now, around the time that Office 12 made an appearance on the ‘All Programs’ menu. I am going to have to bite the bullet and rebuild the machine over Christmas. There is a feature complete (or near feature complete) build of Vista supposed to be dropped before christmas, so maybe I will finally make the shift over to that. The only problem is that Office 12 doesn’t run on Vista yet, so that testing would get relegated to a VM. Plus I need to get the house sorted out for the impending arrival of Mini Burton at the end of Feb.
Sunday we spend most of the day shopping. Rach has finished all of her Christmas shopping now, which is great, as she sorts out all of the family as well. All that is left is for me to get her pressies, which I will this week. I am a little concerned that Rach is planning  a ‘spectacular’ (as the IRA used to call it) for Christmas as she has said that the budget is out. This of course is good, but not if you havn’t got a fricking clue what to buy her!! Ideas on a postcard please.
Tonight is baby class on the subject of breast feeding. Finally a video that I won’t mind watching. šŸ™‚
Oh and before I forget, Surface is showing in Australia, Tuesday’s 7:30pm on Channel 10. Watch this show people, it rocks!!

The First Baby Class…

15 11 2005
Last night Rach and I had our first baby class. I am not convinced that we are going to learn a lot from it, but I will keep an open mind. There are about 8 other couples who are in our group, but Rach and I seem to be one of the last couples to be having the baby (end of Feb).
I did however learn a few important things:
  • I know how to change a nappy, on an inanimate plastic doll. I imagine it will be slightly different on a kicking, screaming and poo smelling baby
  • I know how to burp a baby, once again using an inanimate plastic doll that cannot vommit
  • I learnt that if I want my baby to be safe, I need to spend $50 to get someone to fit the baby seat
  • I learnt what a ‘show’ is. Not going to recount it here, but it’s not pleasant
  • and finally, I learnt that my sense of humour is not necessarily the same as everyone elses… there was a ‘tumbleweed’ moment šŸ™‚

Next week’s topic is labour. Stay tuned for how long I lasted before I left the room, or worse, collapsed…


I kid you not…

4 11 2005
I am in Canberra airport at the moment, having a nice cold Carlton Draught and a tim tam, but I thought I would share this jem with you all.
Where I was working today, the mens toilet door had a sign stating the following:
Caution : Door may open
Doh!!! Are Canberrean’s (sp?) that dumb that they need to be told that? Stay tuned, I will try to find out more!

Australian iTunes Music Store

25 10 2005

Apple finally opened the Australian iTunes music store today… way hay!!
Unfortunately I am in Canberra at the moment without connectivity to view it šŸ˜¦

Another belated posting…..

7 10 2005
Rach and I had our ultrasound this week. I’m not really sure what I was expecting, maybe the little one doing some dancing, or a couple of lengths of the amniotic pool doing the butterfly stroke, but alas, all we got to see was it’s bum. It seems my unborn child has inherited the stubborn gene from it’s mother and decided to hide from the ultrasound for the 20 odd minutes we were watching it. A bit dissapointing really. I though the doctor felt sorry for us so turned on the blood flow view, pretty cool… and the fetal heart beat was good… even if it scared the living bejeezus out of me when he turned it on….
This weekend we are building a retaining wall. Not really looking forward to standing out in the rain watching a bobcat cut up my back garden, but hell, it needs to be done. This week is the digging and the posts, next week is the ‘retaining’..
This week the League of Gentlemen Apocalypse was released on DVD. I so really wanted it to be good. All those great characters, Edward, Tubbs, Papa Lazarou….so what did they do, concentracted on Hillary Briss, Heir Lipp and Mike (can’t remember his surname, but he’s the annoying workmate who goes to far) and spent large portions of the film acting out some rubbish film script. I actually turned it off 3/4 of the way through. Very dissapointing. The bit with the Giraffe was quite funny though…
Been "reading" about lots of cool tv shows in the US.. come on Aussie TV networks, bid and buy these… Battlestar Series 2 , Invasion, Surface, Rome, Prison Break, and Threshold.. and of course the excellent 4th series of Spooks.

Will’s blog :

2 10 2005

Young Bootleg Bill has started a blog, not much on it yet…