Wanaka has a great park.

Just before we left Wanaka the other weekend, we playing the playground/park on the lakes edge, and it has the best collection of equipment. There were 4 pieces designed to spin. I played on the one Mahalia is sitting in, and due to the slope of the axis, it was really easy to get going really fast. I was very sick feeling once I got off. One of the best spinners, I didn’t have a good photo of, but it was a seat (looked like a child sized egg cup), it also had a slopped axis so you it could be pumped (in the swing sense) by rocking the upper body (oh I’m not explaining well, but the kids loved it)

Jacob is on the single person rocker, and he was throwing it around, and Mahalia is surfing on the best see-saw I ever been on. Jacob and I were on it and our weight difference was corrected by the good springs, this allowed us a great see-saw war, without me doing all the work.

They had lots of climbing bits, and I thought it must have been a really well funded play ground, as I’ve seen parts of the same equipment before, but never so much in one place.

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Late reviews…

Bonnie Biafore: Online Investing Hack

Dr John Whitcomb: The Sink or Swimm Money Program

I returned both these books to the library ages ago. The online investing book was interesting, but I’m not into US stock, and the book was focused on that market, so I only skimmed parts of it a few times.

The sink or swim money program, I am a believer in the idea that children/young adults should learn to manage money, before they get big money access and make big costly mistakes with money. I know wasted money after getting my first year’s student loan on things that weren’t education.

But my kids are far too young for the budgeting idea of this book, but I’m sure I’ll use something like it’s ideas when they get to the high school age.

General Update

I haven’t posted much recently. I’ve been doing lots of different things at work. We have upgrade to the 2.0 .Net framework + tools. A lot of effort has been going into getting another release of our product ready with the new tools. Lots of different bugs to work on as effects of the changes are found. I have been doing bug fixes, manual testing, automated testing and bug fix verification.

Along the way I’ve been learning more about parts of those processes that I knew “worked” but not how they worked. So I’ve found it fun. In the gaps I’ve been reading lots of blogs from other NZ developers, but I’ve just not had time to play with anything blog worthy.

We went down to Wanaka over the long weekend for Matthew and Lisa’s wedding. Had a great time and enjoyed some great views while driving.