Archive for July, 2012

The pancake machine…

Friday, July 27th, 2012

This has to be one of the coolest tech inventions of all time…the pancake machine! Press a button & they pop out!


I’m having breakfast at the qantas club in Melbourne heading back to brisvegas after a very busy and successful trip! I’m new to the club, didnt realize they had breakkie. Now my flight has been delayed so more time for pancakes!

I spent a long day at the software company I work with first, learning all about their plans for the future of the software – I’m sworn to secrecy, but it is exciting.

I spent this day with 4 other trainers in the software who came from NZ, SA & Melb. We had a lot of laughs! We spent the day in the boardroom with different people in the company coming throughout the day to give us presentations on different aspects of the company, and asking for our input and feedback. We felt like we were super important! It is so nice to work with such a fabulous tech company. I have such a great job.

Then us trainers trained a group of people for 2 days in the new version of the software. We did some team teaching (took turns in different features of the software) which was lots of fun and we even learnt a few things from each other.

So after some very long days followed by some long dinners, I’m exhausted again. We took this pic on our first night, no idea why we all look so evil…



Chilly Melbs…

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012


I’m packed again and ready for the next adventure. I’m off to Melbourne to spend 3 days with QSR, the software development company who I work with. We have one planning day and 2 days with all of us trainers from oz & nz training together and learning the new version of the software just released. It will be so much fun to talk research for 3 days and spend time with the lovely ladies gossiping over great food in one of Melbourne’s funky little alleys.

But for now I have a class of undergrads to teach systems analysis to for the afternoon. We might use my mobile phone checkin for my flight as an example of an innovative system (and I haven’t checked in yet! Opps)

I also have a conference paper deadline tomorrow, which I promise I will work in the qantas club later…ciao! Jx

Smiling through the challenges…

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

It has been a really busy week and I’m exhausted! As much as I love my job, some days I need to put on an extra big smile, nod a lot and push through. I’ve commuted to the city 4 days this week to run workshops and consult in some research projects and I’m so lucky I don’t have to do it all the time, it’s certainly not for me. I like working from home or at Uni close to home. But the city is good for a change too…

I also had some clients this week that were particularly challenging. But I survived to tell the tale of course.

I’ve been so busy that I forgot my awesome friend Laura recently gave me a guitar pic that Noodles from the cool band Offspring used recently on their Asian tour. How did I forget?! It’s so super cool and the closest thing to meeting a famous person that I’ve had. I’m impressed 🙂


Compared to some friends of mine…my friend Karin met Mark Whalberg backstage at Conan Obrien…so cool….and my other awesome friend Bron worked at a ski lodge in the US and chatted regularly to Janet Leigh!!! From psycho!!! So super cool that I have one degree of separation to Janet and 2 to Jamie Leigh Curtis! Bron also met arnie swarzenneger and Tom hanks …the life of a ski resort….at least I keep good company…..

Achtung kitty!

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Seems my kitty has found a new place to sleep…he’s never slept on the pot belly stove before…obviously it is not on right now


This could get messy!

A serene walk by the lake…

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Today I’m working at UQ which is nice for a change…I said hi to the ducks as I wandered past the lake on the way to my workshop on this rainy day. A nice way to start the day.

Reminds me of when I lived in the Netherlands for 6 months, and my temporary house was by a lake with ducks just like this…


update How often do you get to listen to a group of Mongolian journalists sing during your afternoon tea break? I say never other than today! They were visiting the sustainable minerals institute where I was teaching, to learn about social responsibility in mining in Mongolia. A nice afternoon treat!


Today is awesome! Just another day in the life of a tech girl…

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Today is another of those days where I’m convinced I have the best job in the world. I slept in a little, then enjoyed working at home next to the fireplace on this very chilly winter morning – well chilly for Brisbane! I spent my morning working on analyzing some of the feedback forms that were collected from the students and teachers at the Go Girl event two weeks ago. I’m working on a glossy little report that explains what the girls thought of the event and where the girls came from (some travelled hours to attend). This is for the sponsors of the event and I have a tight deadline.

Then I had to leave my nice warm house (it happens :)) to go to a meeting at a local university to talk with their IT people about a survey they did about students access to wireless Internet on campus. It was nerdy, but really interesting to see how software can help manage a massive amount of data collected and how it can help to tell you all sorts of weird and wonderful things based on what people write. It’s so cool to be called in as the expert, even better when they excitedly agree to your very nice hourly consulting fee! I’ll be back to follow up next week. It’s great to be the only girl in the room and be the expert!

Even better, my meeting finished early so I decided to catch some rays and some lunch by the river before my next meeting with a big tech company at a chocolate shop! The Sardine Tin is one of my fave places to eat and chill near the city…


So now I’m off to a meeting with this big tech company who are running a technology competition for local students, and I’ve been invited as a judge. I loved my contact’s suggestion to meet at a chocolate shop that I haven’t been to. After that I’m back home to have a Skype meeting with some colleagues/friends from Finland and Germany to set up a new technology research project.

Who ever said that working in the technology industry was boring? 🙂
J x

Spot the fake! The downside of shopping online…

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


Can you spot the fake?

I love perfume and I have some favorites, one being the lovely miss Dior. I received a bottle for a present recently from someone who just discovered online shopping. But after using it, I was convinced something was wrong, it just looked and smelled a bit different to what I was used to. So I bought another bottle duty free while traveling and compared the two. Sure enough, the labels and bottles are a little different and so is the color. But it is a good fake!

I’m trying not to think about what is in the bottle but it’s time to bin it. It’s a shame because it was a nice thought…but it brings the old quote to mind, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Have an awesome day.
J x

Go Girl, Go for IT 2012!

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Last week I was invited to talk to 1000 school girls at Deakin University in Melbourne. So exciting! This is the 3rd time I’ve presented at the event (which happens every 2 years) and I always love it!


My presentation about my life as a tech girl was well received with lots of great questions from the audience, and lots of girls enjoying the free pink books. I hope some of you are now reading this blog!

Over the 2 days there were lots of great speakers like Ros who’s job is as a corporate hacker ((how cool!) and Jess did a great job of busting all the myths about working in computing. The google girls Katie and Eddy were skillful and entertaining, and the trade show area was a buzz with competitions, free stuff and a live DJ. SO much fun! Unfortunately I could not take photos of any girls on the day but you can find heaps on the go girl Facebook page. I do love the logo for this years event though….


Check out the website for more info go girl website

It was an awesome event, thanks to everyone who made it happen!
J x

Oh I nearly forgot, the best picture of all was taken while we (me and some of the other presenters and organizers) were waiting for the girls to arrive, we did what any girls would do…love it!