Megan told Liv before that this was Daddy’s favorite place. I never realised but I think it is. I went for a 7:30am swim and Meg and Liv had a paddle.
Colton Dixon’s debut album, ‘Messenger’ won’t be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ (it’s pretty “upbeat” (read: rocky)) but you have to love the depth of the lyrics of his songs. I really hope this is having a major impact on the millions of people around the world who saw him on American idol. I particularly love …View full post
I’ve been on a bit of financial planning binge over the last several months. This was prompted by a bunch of books I’ve been reading including the books from the ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad‘ series and a bunch of investment books (including shares, bonds and property). Meanwhile there has been a house price spike in …View full post
For a long time now I have been frustrated by the financial situation of wanting to have savings accounts so that I can keep my savings separate from my mortgage (e.g. saving for a holiday or a new gadget) but knowing that it’s a stupid thing to do financially since the interest rates are lower …View full post
There seems to seems to be a fault with the windows phone platform affecting a wide group of it’s users wherein in the last couple of days (most users report on 31st July) their calendars are not syncing between windows live and WP7. The primary thread on the microsoft site seems to be this one: …View full post
I’m about 1/3rd through a two month trial of Music Unlimited but like many trials, I’ve already made a decision about what I’ll be doing at the end of the trial. Pro’s: - Affordable (NZ$15/month), essentially the cost of one digital album if bought on itunes. – Great audio quality – Songs are quick to load (i.e. …View full post
It’s 3:45pm and we ‘re sitting at our campsite at top10 holiday park. We’ve got the best site in the park (at least from Liv’s point of view which funnily enough, often coincides with ours).
We flew down to Christchurch on Jetstar on Monday morning (great experience) but had to wait for a couple of hours at Maui before picking up our camper van. For those not in the know, we’ve got a special relocation deal to take the van back to Auckland in 5 days for $5 per day. Megan checked, the same trip if you chose to do it would cost $2000.
Once we got the van we went to visit a relative of Meg’s and then drove north. We stopped for dinner and then drove until we were too tired and stopped at a DOC campsite.
Today we drove pretty much straight to Motueka with a brief stop at an animal petting farm and had lunch. At this point we got some frantic calls from our friends and family who knew about our trip. They were relieved to hear we were well out of harms way but our thoughts are all for those in Christchurch. When we got to the holiday park there was a man leaving to go back to Christchurch who had not been able to get old of his family.
Keep an eye on the twitter feed for more updates: Pete’s Twitter
At the moment the very early hours of the new year (3am) find me playing Gran Turismo.
It’s a great game, the graphics are awesome, the physics feel realistic and there’s an insane amount of content, but what I really want to talk about is Spec B which I’m ‘playing’ at the moment.
For those who haven’t played it, it’s a mode for GT5 where you manage a team of drivers, developing their skills and experience over time by going through races and giving them instructions, essentially like a formula 1 team boss.
The brilliant thing for me is that you only need to push one button at a time, and only then occasionally (and on some races you can get away with none at all).
The other thing that’s been going on in my life is the recent birth of my second daughter. So I’ve found myself spending many hours holding my daughter (often as now in the middle of the night) and with little else to do. So spec b has been great.
But playing Spec B hasn’t been limited to when I’ve been holding Nat. I’ve also played while changing nappies, giving feeds, looking afte my other daughter, reading stories etc etc. So hence my conclusion that this mode was created exclusively for us young dads.
Take note other developers!
Apologies for those who missed out on last night’s email, here’s the gist:
As you may have guessed from the subject, we’ve got a new member of our family, Natalie Jane Corin, born this afternoon after a six and a half hour labour (not counting the two weeks spent in the hospital beforehand). She weighed 2.135kg (google tells me that’s 4.7 pounds). She was born at about 36.5 weeks, so it is not surprising that she’s on the small side, but she’s healthy and we’re sure she’ll do well. Megan is doing well also and we expect that both will not spend long in hospital.
Visiting is quite limited as Nat is in the special care baby unit at North Shore Hospital. So probably best to give us a few days and arrange to visit at home.
I was hoping to pick up a Playstation Move Starter Pack last week, but to no avail, turns out everyone is sold out.
I sent a frustrated tweet to Sony and got this reply:
@petecorin PlayStation Aus & NZ wide has a shortage. We’re in the same boat in that SCE cannot supply our backorders either.
So, we still have no idea whether this was an ‘engineered’ shortage (to try and create the same market conditions as with the Wii) or whether they really underestimated the demand for this. Also no idea when stores might be getting more stock, but some seem to think that Monday (4/10) might be the day.
I’m kicking off a couple of ‘hands on’ IT projects over the next few weeks.
Numero Uno will be to upgrade my PS3 Hard Drive from it’s stock 40GB drive to a Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB drive. That should give me plenty of space for all those PSN downloads and Guitar Hero songs and improve the load times of games marginally.
The next and bigger task will be to build my much planned and debated super low power home server (should be about 25 watts).
It will feature an Intel D510MO passively cooled motherboard with an Intel Atom dual core processor. A couple of GB of RAM and another 500GB Momentus drive. Every component has been considered for it’s power draw, so it’s not top of the line in any aspect. It will be connected to the tv (Samsung LCD) by VGA and to the Sony receiver by optical (due to the fact that the motherboard lacks HDMI).
I’m also buying a 1TB Seagate external hard drive as a backup solution, so we will finally have an offsite backup large and convenient enough to provide a complete backup of more than 150GB of video and photos (as well as the much easier to back up documents and emails).
There’s also a new guitar on the radar and some planned spending on the PlayStation Move, but that’s for another post…