Off to Rwanda

Today was a long day of travel. Up at 6 to have breakfast and make our way to the airport. We found the locker storage so we could leave one of our bags with our left over non-perishables and found our way to check-in. Our flight was fairly empty and we got moved to the…

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Overnight in JoBerg

Yesterday afternoon I couldn’t help myself, had to get one last cuddle from some of the cubs I’ve been looking after so I ventured into the ABC enclosure and Clarice was up for some muddy lion hugs and belly rubs. So sweet but now my pants are full of mud, oh well…they’re going to get…

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TUV-Uno and Co.

Today’s pics are dedicated to the TUV’s. These guys are a bit out of order. The oldest – Uno is around 7 months, then 6 of the T’s and V’s who are around 5 months. These guys are quite massive but a lot less intense than the 5 tigers of a similar age. They got…

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V is for Valentino

One of the most beautiful and friendly of the full grown tigers here is Valentino. He is massive! He follows you around his enclosure wanting lots of attention which makes him very hard to photograph cause he’s so close to the wire most of the time. I was taking a few pics of a tiger…

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J-is for Jaguar

There are two jaguars here at Boskoppie – Jaggy and Boyfriend. They are quite a lot bigger than I expected ie. big cat sizing largest to smallest – Lions, Tiger, Jaguar, Leopard etc. These 2 have very different colouring and tend to hang out under small bushes or in their night den. Today we looked…

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H and I’s

Busy tourist day today. As it’s the weekend a lot of tourists come through for tours. So there were heaps of people, kids and strollers around the place. We were on ABC’s today and they had some minor flooding with an overflow pipe that comes through their enclosure coming apart. The nursery babies are the…

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DEF’s

Today we were on dogs, ducks and rex again so was a quiet day. I did a bit of nursery baby sitting, we watched them dart a tiger to get some warts cut out and played with the cubs. We spent a bit of time today playing with the DEF’s so thought we’d show some…

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ABC’s

Today was pretty quiet. I was looking after Rex the caracal (which involves cleaning his water in the morning and giving him a chicken at night) and John was on Dogs and Ducks – also pretty easy – give them a bit of food and take them for a walk. It was quiet hot so…

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Swimming with tigers

Some people swim with the dolphins, others with the sharks but how many of us get to swim with tigers? After getting up early and sorting out the Tigers today, we were all rewarded at lunchtime with a tiger swim, so today we’ll dedicate the pictures entirely to the awesome tiger swim. Unlike lions, tigers…

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Lions 1, Go Pro 0

Today we decided to try out the Go Pro on the dolly with a few of the smaller cubs and then the Go Pro on the hat with the Tigers. At first both groups of cubs were a bit cautious but the pink wheels were too hard to resist. The smaller group of cubs like…

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Who let the lions out?

Wow…..today was epic! We awoke at 4am to the roar of lions…what a sound! We weren’t assigned to any duties today but we helped out with most of them and am now very tired! We started out cleaning out Rex – the caracal’s cage. He was quite pleasant, and then filling up the tiger’s water…

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Arrived in Kroonstad

This morning we woke up early wanting to head to Monte Casino Bird Park and take a few close-up pics of their awesome birds that we had so much fun with last time in South Africa. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas as it was rainy and miserable looking. So we relaxed around the hotel…

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Windows 8 Kickstart-Johannesburg

Today we delivered our Windows 8 Kicksart 1/2 day workshop to about 45 locals. It’s actually quite a large group to give a workshop to so we completely re-arranged the room to force everyone into groups so they can collaborate on their application ideas. We had a great day, with a wide variety of ideas…

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Arrived in Johannesburg

The morning started very early with a 3:15 am ride to the airport to check in for our flight to Sydney. Before we even checked in the flight was delayed 30 mins (coming in from Dallas Fort Worth). We weren’t too concerned as this leg was international we’d be on the right side of customs…

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A little break – off to Africa

We’re taking a little time off and heading over to Africa for a few weeks. While we’re there we’re doing a few presentations in Johannesburg. If you’re nearby, come say hello – details are here. So apologies in advance for the next few weeks of blog posts filled will cute pictures of wildlife but rest…

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Azure Storage 2.0 – Blob Changes

I’d started out uploading files into Windows Azure Blog storage with the old sdk based on a few examples I’d seen. After I had it working I refactored, and upgraded my references to use the latest 2.0 Azure Storage 2.0. All of a sudden my code no longer compiles: var blob = container.GetBlobReference(blobName); so I…

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Knockout JS and Bing Maps

Combining Knockout with Bing Maps Ajax control will give you bindable properties similar to what you may have experienced with the Bing Maps Silverlight control. Further it has a great way to communicate with your JOSN web services. I’ve put together a library that implements a Knockout custom binding for the Bing Maps V7 control….

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DDDBrisbane 2012 Wrapup

Yesterday over 100 of Brisbane’s keenest developers descended upon QUT for the 2012 DDD Brisbane. The doors opened at QUT at 7:45 and we had a bunch of people keen to get inside and out of what was a very hot day. After registation and handing out the bags and swag it was off to…

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DDD Brisbane – 1 December at QUT

After a sell-out conference last year, DDD Brisbane is back! This year we’ve got more space and more swag and of course more content for DDD Brisbane 2012. We’ve got a great agenda this year with special guess speakers borrowed from YOW: Erik Meijer and Brian Beckman Held on December 1 at QUT Gardens Point…

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Windows 8 Workshop Roundup

On the 14th November we held our Windows 8 Kickstart Workshop at the Edge. I’d been to the edge on a few other occasions but have never been into this particular lab before.  It was a great room that meant the attendees could easily look at me talking away at either end of the room…

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