Peopleware

Probably the worst name for a book ever, but one of the best books on software development ever… It is a classic but surprising how may people don’t know it so mentioning here. It was recommended to me by Tony Wasserman and changed how I thought of software teams.

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It was written a long time ago, so you can skip the sections about how to optimally arrange cubicles! The rest is pretty good.

Success on the wave front

Seems watching the weather reports and getting an understanding of swell and wind patterns works…mostly….So, yesterday I took off to Tauranga Bay, which I thought was looking good according to the NZ Met office….the problem was that that particular bay is more or less a harbor, so it never gets any waves!

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Still…nice place to visit. However, a couple of bays over – Taupo Bay – is actually a very good surf beach and the conditions were great… a little dumpy, but pretty good.

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Taupo Bay is beautiful and it was an awesome day. My arms were pretty done from the day before at Shippies, so I lasted only an hour or so but it was good fun. After that I took off up 90mile beach with Samuel, a surfie I met at Shippies. 90 mile beach is a highway and great to drive on at low tide. We hit it at exactly the right moment. There were quite a few people out and about including a few families collecting shellfish…

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Then we drove up the river bed at Te Paki.

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And finally to Cape Reinga at the very tip of the North Island…the waves up there are crazy…I’m a newbie surfie and newly fascinated by waves., so forgive me for the gratuitous wave shots..

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Then today I went to Rarawa and the surf was also great and the day was luscious.

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So, checking swell and wind conditions against the optimum conditions for the surf beach has been pretty successful so far. The one lesson learned is just local knowledge – getting to know which beaches are good surf beaches to begin with…awesome…

Thanks Opensource.com

I wrote some articles for opensource.com last year. They mentioned me in their 2018 open source community award winners as an emerging contributor.

It was such a nice thing for them to do, I don’t think I was offering any particularly extraordinary content for their audience as my articles were more about where I think open source is going wrong 🙂 But I really appreciate that they listed me here.

More importantly, however, it made me think about Coko and how we need to start recognising people going forward. Will chat to Carly from Coko about it this week.

Surfn Ahipara

I am a newbie surfer and these last months it’s been frustrating trying to get a good day surfing. NZ weather has been on and off this summer, but also I’m just starting to learn what weather makes for good surfing and where. It’s never a sure thing but people tell me it’s a surer thing than ‘just turning up’ which has been my strategy so far.

So, I thought I better make a go of it. I checked the weather for Sat, Sun. Mon this weekend and picked the spots. First day was a success! I spent the day at Shipwreck Bay, made famous for a scene in the most famous of surf movies ‘The Endless Summer’.

The conditions yesterday were pretty much the same as you see in the movie.

Here is a shot of the headland at Shippies, if you look closely to the right you can see the head of the wrecked steamer they refer to.

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Did you notice on the map in the film they spelled Auckland wrong 🙂 Also, they say Ahipara is on the east…wrong… Robert August, by the way, the tall dark headed chap in the movie, is living in Costa Rica and shapes custom boards. I was down there when I had my first real surf lesson last June and saw him around. I intend to go back and get one of his beautiful boards… they are classic 60s longboards… so beautiful! I love the ‘Falsa Balsa’.

Shippies, as it is known to the yokals, is found by Ahipara and so I rented a small room at a beach house here and spent yesterday surfing these lovely little waves, just right for a beginner. I was out for 4 hours or so and exhausted when I came in. I was asleep by 7.30pm (1930). 🙂

Anyways, today Shippies looks flat…plenty of locals out fishing though (it’s a Sunday).

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Today I plan to head down to Tauranga Bay in an hour or so for the next test of my newly found newbie weather skills. The wind has switched and Shippies is small and mushy, fine for swimming but no waves… so off to Tauranga Bay!

More pics of Tauranga Bay to come ..here’s more lazy Sunday Shippies pics for now…

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