Growing up

George is 10 weeks old today. He’s just over 5 kg and still growing strong. He’s been healthy and happy and best of all is smiley and giggly at various times during the day.
He’s gone from being really passive to quite active (this is a comparison, not an absolute ) and is quite happy to let us know how he’s feeling.
Watching your little one smile for the first time is the most special thing in the whole wide world, and what’s just as great is when you’re lying there chatting with them, and they look you right in the eye and give you a huge big smile followed by a “happy gurgle”.
Here’s some photos of George’s first smiles, Uncle Peter was the proud holder of George at that time.
First smiles
With Uncle Peter
Mum & Dad came over to visit a couple of weeks ago, along with my brother (Nick) and his wife (Mandie) who are just back from Qatar to return to life in Tasmania.
Here’s some photos of their stay…
With Auntie Mandie
With Uncle Nick
With Pop Trev
With Nanny Pam
My Mum (Nanny Pam) brought over a rug for him to lie on, which he just loves.
Rolling on the rug
Rug time with Mum
Susi took George for a field trip down to Warranambool to visit the other grandparents.
With Gran
A clean George, fresh from his bath.
Naked time after a bath
My favourite photo of my little man. He’s just cuddling his dad, wide awake and looking at the world.
Hello World!


We’re recruiting !

The World of Warcraft guild that I play with is looking for T1/T2 geared rogues and priests to come join us.
We’re Oceanic, we’re doing AQ40 (cleared up to and including Twin Emps) and Naxx (trash clearing mostly, starting boss kills soon-ish) and raid in GMT+10 friendly times (6pm – 10pm AEST).
Server transfers are now open from everywhere to everywhere (from what I can work out) so if you’re stuck raiding with a US guild and want to be able to play in a better timezone, and have the luxury of discussing AFL, Cricket, Rugby (both kinds), Football (European kind) as well as poking fun at the NZ Guildmembers then come and find out about us.
If you want to find out more, send me an email – or chat in-game. You’ll normally find me playing my rogue – Pewsey.
Server: Dragonblight, Guild: Crux
(Go to the Forums link, there’s a recruitment section)

The first step is always the hardest

Yesterday marked a very big day in my career. I was able to influence a large, multi-grillion dollar organisation to value software development quality over rapid delivery of rubbish.
It’s only within a segment of the organisation, but it’s probably one of the more influential segments.
It makes me very happy to see the changes that have already gone in place since I joined where the developers are now enthusiastically talking and implementing many good software development techniques, and the quality of the code at the lowest levels is getting better every day.
The next stage was getting the project management and directorship to understand the importance of technical debt, and why it’s good for the project to keep it under control. That breakthrough occurred yesterday, and apart from only having 3-4 hours sleep last night (George was a little excited from his trip to Gran and Bunter) I’m over the moon.
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One small step for Jon, one large step for software quality !!!!
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