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This is my boom stick! Apr. 3rd, 2010 @ 11:59 pm
So I'm in the good ole US of A.  Texas, Houston to be precise.

As a good temporary Texan, I spent the day exercising the second ammendment.
That being the right to arms bears (or something like that).

We drove out to a 200 acre lot and speant the day blowing away parts of the landscape.
I personally shot somewhere between 50 to 100 rounds today.  It was a literal Blast!

We were given the choice of a .22 pistol, 9mm Beretta, .4 Sig with laser sight, Colt 45 (personal favourite and life long ambition)
A wide variety of scoped bolt action rifles, a semi auto assault rifle.
Even managed to hit a few clay pigeons from a skeet shooter with 12 gauge shotgun!

So i've basically lived every gamer's wet dream today.
Current Location: United States, TX
Current Mood: excitedexcited

Indonesia Jun. 16th, 2008 @ 11:37 am
How do you support a city with a population of 9.5 million with an ancient immigration system smaller than Perth Internation Airport.


Not well.

I got in this morning to Jakarta and spent my first hour here waiting in line for immigration.
It probably wasn't helped by the fact their computer systems crashed and five other flights arrived at the same time.

I'm staying in a very swish serviced appartment though.
Current Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Current Mood: tiredtired

Phew... Nov. 6th, 2007 @ 11:32 am
So I've worked 16 of the last 17 days straight. 
Each day totalling about 12 hours (cept for two where I worked 15 hours!).

Goes without saying but I'm totally Fu*ked!

But it was worth it.  System went out without any major problems.
1000+ people got into the system and submitted timesheets.  Woo

Back to Perth shortly to get AU ready to go.
Current Location: London
Current Mood: relievedrelieved

What did you do today? Oct. 27th, 2007 @ 05:40 pm
Well its go live weekend.  The entire team is feverishly getting stuff done getting ready to accept the first users on Monday.

So what was my job today?  Try and kill the Oracle hosted solutions. 
Thats a total of 2 Sun database cores, 4 middle tiers, 2 concurrent servers, 2 webservers all load balanced et yadda.

So I came up with a method to hammer the servers.  At full flight my efforts only loaded up the webservers to 15% (balanced across two nodes).  The apps guys did some magic to spike the database server to 50%, all whilst I was conducting a DDos attack as well.

Hosted solution barely suffered a scratch.  But when you have three guys trying to take down a server capacitied for 8000 people...

So thats Oracle 1, us 0.

Oh well guess I'll need to try something smarter next time.
Current Location: London
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

I'm back... Oct. 14th, 2007 @ 04:04 am
But only for a week.  I fly back to London on Saturday for another three+ week stint.

And yes I realise its 4am in the morning Perth time.
Curse you jetlag!
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» Fog
So I'm living out of a hotel in Brentford.  Its about 20 mins from the office, which is in Chiswick.

To get to the office, I have to take a path down a part of the Thames.  This morning it was rather foggy.
Dispite the gloom, It was all very quainte and rather picturesque.

I can understand why people wouldnt like London too much.  Being wet, dark and gloomy all the time must get on people's nerves.

For me, I've always enjoyed this kind of weather.
Or maybe its still just different.
» Walkies take 2
So speant most of yesterday working.  Finally got to use the skills I gathered while working at a print house.

It was weird being that anal with training documentation and not actually understanding any of it.

Today I walked London town again.  Though not as far as last week, I did walk for longer.
However I think I've done some serious damage to my left achellies tendon.  Hurts to even put any weight on it. :(

But I did get to go thru Harrods today.  If I ever have enough money to just waste on randomness, I'd go there.
Was totally enamoured by the fountain pens and the precision time pieces.  The clocks were absolutely gorgeous!

Mental note:  Don't ever go on extended trips away from home without a camera charger.
» Walkies
So I went for a walk yesterday.

Took in the following sites:
Big Ben,
Victoria Embankment,
Jubilee Gardens,
London Eye,
County Hall,
Back past Big Ben,
Down into Westminster
Buckingham Palace
Constitutional Hill
End to end of Hyde Park!
To Padington station, (took the tube to Picadilly)
Picadilly to Clifford Street (to get a handbag for my sister)
to The Admiralty,
back up to Trafalgar square,
down past Old Scottland yard,
Back to Embankment station
Back to the hotel.

Started walking at 12:30, didnt stop till about 7:00.  Which equates to a total of about 12km.

Today got in a car and did 130mph on the M1

Not a bad weekend really.
» One week on...
And I have to say.  I absolutely adore this place.

Had my first meal at a traditional London pub last night. 
It was a small place overlooking the Thames.  Had a traditional fish and chips with a glass of red.
There were a lot of people walking up and down the banks.  Even saw quite a few rowers powering around.  It was a lovely way to end the day.

Headed into central London today with a couple of the gals from the office.
Central London is ELECTRIC!
Normally I dont like places overcrowded with people, but here I feel totally at peace.

There's always something to do, something to see.

I think i'm falling in love with the place...
» Nodnol
After doing a deal to return to a different part of Hell, this report comes to you from London.

Housed in a dodgy area away from central London (Brentford)
But at least the weather is nice and pleasant.

BTW Emirates Air rocks, especially with the cool optic fibre lights in the cellings.
Stopover in Dubai was different.  Very interesting place and seems the place to buy cheap duty free.
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