Monday, August 31, 2009

Bradley's first trip to the MCG

Sometimes kids go to the football and have had enough by quarter time. This wasn't going to be an issue when I took Bradley for his first live AFL match at the MCG. Why not? Well, due to some car parking issues (no spots = long walk) we didn't make it to our seats until quarter time!

The three quarters of the round 22 Essendon V Hawthorn match were very exciting and Bradley certainly didn't loose interest. We were both rapt to see the Bombers come from behind and beat Hawthorn for a spot in the finals.

Check out more photos on flickr.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ashes almost lost

The Aussies are looking very ordinary in the 5th and final cricket test match in England. At the time of writing the Australia first innings score card is 7 out for 117, with only two batsmen making double figures so far. What's going on??!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Blogger Adds

Even though I've decided to use Blogger from Google for my blog, sometimes it can be frustrating. A few of the reasons for choosing Blogger are; free hosting with custom domain and AdSense to maybe make a couple of dollars as well, but regardless of changes I make in "Edit Layout" the adds remain big and square instead of long and skinny.

UPDATE 22 SEPT 2009 - I've finally worked out how to change the ad banner inbetween posts.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Windows 7 RC installed on old laptop

I've just installed the Windows 7 Release Candidate onto a friend's son's old Dell Latitude D600 laptop. The only problem was no DVD drive on this old hardware (CD only). Once I worked out how to boot from a USB thumb drive, installation was easy. It's amazing how well Windows 7 runs on old, low spec hardware. You wouldn't have a chance getting Vista to run on the same machine.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nightshift #2

You really know you're working the nightshift when the power goes out for a couple of hours, leaving only the dim security lighting and forklift headlights to work by.

Monday, August 10, 2009


Sunday night is the hardest when you're on nightshift, because it's so hard to take a "Nana Nap" on Sunday afternoon. By the time the shift is finished and you get to bed Monday morning, you've been awake for over 24 hours.
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

School trivia night

We had the fund raiser trivia night at the boys school last night, which was a lot of fun as we racked our brain to answer some tough questions. The highlight was winning a bottle of bourbon by landing a $2 coin closer to the bottle than anyone else from around 5 metres away.

Friday, August 7, 2009

New Blog

Well here we are with my new "SimonSays" blog.

I've always liked the concept of blogs, allowing anyone to publish their ramblings to the world. I experimented a while back using both Wordpress and Google's Blogger ( Even though I usually didn't have too much too say, using Wordpress and then Blogger allowed me to learn about blogging and to choose a platform.

Recently I switched my primary email to Gmail, but signed up with Google apps to use a custom domain ( rather than . Having the new domain available, has now motivated me to start this new blog. I'm sticking with Blogger (mainly to keep as much of my online stuff within my Google account), but am obviously making a fresh start and not importing my old posts. Links to my old blogs are below.


UPDATE 26 SEPTEMBER 2009: I've imported my old blog entries, so anything appearing below this post was originally posted on my earlier blog.