Study -Results


I  may have passed both units. The exam results have been published and I did well in both. I’ve added up my marks for all assessments and the combined total is more than 50% for both units. Considering how poorly I did one assignment in each unit, I’m pretty happy. I guess that official results will be in a week or two?

Study – exams done

So the 2 hour one took 1 hour, that’s ok. I desperately need a high score to drag my overall up to a pass. I totally screwed the major assignment and am likely to fail if it’s a poor exam result. It was an open book multiple choice so I was able to check the answers as I went. But no backtracking was a bit rude.

The other one, 90 minutes, only took me 15!!! I admit to be a bit worried, but again I was able to check references for each one, and because I could backtrack I could double check the answers. Not so desperate for a good mark, but it would be nice.

Fingers crossed.

Old Pac

It’s a day off for me, exams. After they were done though, I was torn (well not really) – go and see Captain America, go for a ride on the bicycle, perhaps even a MTB ride, or take the Daytona out.

But where? Ten Mile Putty is too far, be at least 4-6 hours and I did have be home with dinner ready. Colo was an idea but I didn’t really feel like the hour plus to get there. Google tells me that Mt White on the Old Pacific Hwy is only 1 hour away. That was a real surprise as I always thought it was ages and ages away. 

Well it’s not. 

And I always thought it sucked as I remembered 60kmh limits and loads of traffic.

Well the part around Pie in the Sky is actually 80.

And it was Tuesday, I guessed traffic would be light.

And it was, lol.

So I rode up Old Pac, completely changed my opinion of at least the 80 part. And it really did only take an hour. I left home about 10am and after riding to Mt White, and back to Pie, having a Pie and then doing a lap in the 80 zone before heading home, I still made it home before 1pm.

I wasn’t impressed though with the guy who passed outside of me in my lane around a tight bend. If I had f’ked it up we would have both gone down. Much rather he was like his mate and just blitzed past me on a short straight on the wrong side of a solid line. 

I’m still slower than everyone.

Study – Year 1 Session 1

First two units and session 1 is almost finished. Exams next week.

It’s been really hard. Not so much because the content is hard but

  • finding the time to study and prepare. I really wasn’t ready for the amount of work I was going to have to do, even after the study last year. Each unit has its content structured differently and trying to read and watch everything as well as taking notes and writing (and researching) is proving a juggling act I haven’t quite got sorted out yet. Then the next paper is different. Fitting all of this around increased pressure helping out with the kids homework, doing a share of the chores around the house and working is really tough. With Mrs Mab working most of the weekend, I am not able to spend much of that time studying either.
  • Understanding the way they want the assignments done has been hard too. Having some online resources is helpful, but getting stuff done in time to actually think about discussing this online is problematic too. And I can’t make any of the live sessions.

I am sure that as I move into the second and third sessions this will get easier. The early start to work and losing up to 2 hours coming home is a bit of a pain. I had less commuting when I had to go to Canberra for the week (2*4 = 8 vs 5*2.5 =12.5). And I had 4 nights a week that I could study all evening without interruption.

But not be with my family.

I guess I am doing two full time occupations (work and full-time study) at once while still spending time with the family.

I am hoping for a pass in both, it will depend heavily on next weeks exam though. I don’t expect any higher score really. Then it’s straight into session 2…..

Why am I doing this again???

Loan Bikes – always an experience

My Daytona had a service yesterday. As always I asked for their loan bike to get to work and back. 

Getting a loan bike from a shop is always an interesting experience. First there is the initial curiosity of what exactly it is going to be. You know it’s going to be something small, they have to cater for learners after all. 

Then you wonder what state it is in. Sure it will work and have a tank of fuel, but it’s unlikely to be in perfect shape.

So I rolled out of the shop on a mighty Ninja 300 (don’t get me going, again, on Kawasaki’s naming conventions!). First impressions are sluggish (but that’s not really fair stepping off the Daytona) and small. The distance from the seat to the ground was noticeably less than the Daytona. Strangely this made it kind of awkward later when I was filtering. 

Actually, it was a pretty good little bike, and the other dramas on the day were more related to other road users. Oh and getting halfway to work and remembering that I couldn’t use the toll road on this borrowed bike and had to detour on to the slow road. However, getting back on the Daytona afterwards was like coming home again🙂

But I’ve had some other interesting bikes over the years. Usually a very sad looking CB250 from one shop. It seemed like every time I used it something else was wrong with it. On one occasion, it was missing the side stand. This would be fine as there was also a centre stand, but some previous rider had actually managed to bend this out of shape. Made it very awkward.

It was close to my favourite loaner though and fanging it along up to 110kmh on the freeway I did always keep waiting for it die, but it never did.

One time the same shop gave me a slightly less battered GS500. This was horrible and I asked that they never let me have that one again. I would rather hoon about on their CB250

A previous shop gave me a Honda 650 Duelsville (I think that’s it’s name) I renamed it the Dullsville. Bland and boring. Great commuter (and I later met a guy who had one for just that). I think the more recent NC750 should be much better.

I’ve talked previously about the time the shop gave me a GSX1300R Hayabusa. That was interesting. This shop had earlier given me a GSXR600 when their loaner hadn’t been returned unexpectedly.

To be honest, I’ve almost ridden more different bikes through shop loan bikes than test rides! I think I’ve test ridden the 

  • 2013 Ducati SF848 Streetfighter
  • 2004 Honda CBR600RR
  • 2013 Triumph Street Triple 675R
  • 2013 Suzuki GSX600R
  • 2015 Honda VFR800F

(Can you see where I was shopping and ended up with the Daytona)

What different bikes have you ridden from the shop?

Saved by Stan

Stargate!! So happy. 

So I thought I might try out Stan for a change. I also get 3 months from Optus for a total of 4 months free. 

And I found Stargate SG-1 there. I’m pretty stoked as it was one of my favourite shows but I haven’t seen past about season 6 because that’s when 7 took it off air. Though they eventually brought it back I didn’t find out until part way through season 9, so I never watched it as I didn’t want to spoil the bits in between. 

I have watched all of Atlantis and Universe (which is actually really good from mid late season 1 – big shame they cancelled it) and have these on Netflix. 

Stan has SG1. 


Though now I have to find the time to watch it while finishing Vikings and catching the latest series of Daredevil which are both I the queue. 

Oh and Stan has The Flash as well. 

Airport Express troubles

No, the Apple one, not an actual airport.

I have one of these…..

1403012745331It is really handy when you are travelling and they have free wifi, but only on the cable. If you use the hotel wifi, it costs. With this you have a small device that creates a wifi network for you to use. Pretty cool.

Another cool trick is that it also has a stereo 3.5mm socket. If it is on the same network as another Apple device, such as an iMac or an iPhone, you can connect a stereo through the 3.5mm and the Airport will let you use the stereo as an Airplay receiver.

In Queanbeyan I had it set up with an olde stereo and it was pretty cool. When I moved back to Sydney I didn’t get around to setting up the stereo until a few weeks ago. Then I plugged in the Airport and …

Well nothing.

I have been trouble shooting ever since. I can create a new wifi network with the device, but I cannot get it to join my home wifi. I don’t have ethernet close to where I have the olde stereo setup so that isn’t an option.

I have tried resetting it and returning it to factory options. Each time, I can connect to it and manage it. I can create its own wifi network, but not join the existing one. I even tried it when there was no security on the home network (that was a nervous half hour!).

No luck yet. No ideas left either. I’m just repeating my steps hoping something different will happen (isn’t the a definition of crazy/stupid somewhere!).

Assignments 1 & 1

Just in time, well I suppose I actually had most of the day left, but I’ve submitted the first two assignments, one for each of my subjects.

Not entirely happy with the effort I have put into them, but I am finding it tough to juggle work, family, exercise and study. Work even sent me on a course the last week as well, which got somewhat in the way.

Hmm, actually maybe I can figure a way to study on the train when I ride my bike to work…

I am sort of regretting getting the non-GSM iPad, as it does limit me as I have to link through my phone to read online. Perhaps I’ll get another one…. HA! no money for that.

But now the assignment is done, I need to get back on track with the readings….

Commuting so far

The cycle commuting has been working pretty well. Its a steady 1hour 45min commute, which means leaving pretty early to start work by 0730. In this mild autumn, it isn’t too bad, but I’m not sure what it will be like in winter.

Still I’m no stranger to getting out in the weather….

I would like to start riding home as well though. The 30mins on the train is so boring! But I will still limit myself to twice a week at the moment. With that, and some serious gym work (including once a week with a trainer) I’m steadily improving my fitness and health. Since last November I’ve lost about 15kg and my waist has gone from somewhere north of 113cm to under 100!

For the commute I’ve gone and bought a rack and bag for the rear. This takes all the weight of my shoulders (exactly the same as riding long distance on the motorbike). I have a small pouch on my waist where I keep my music and ID cards. Works well.

Still the days are getting shorter so here I am, only a few minutes from work after the morning ride, and the sun is only just rising.


Week 2… argh…

Week 2 of my study. And I feel like I’m behind already. I’m still finishing off some of the reading and questions from last week and it’s Tuesday morning of the second week.

Mostly it is proving more difficult than I thought to make time to study. Obviously at work I can’t just sit there all day reading textbooks and at home I do want to spend time with my family. Right now it’s 5am and I’ve been up since 4am catching up and trying to get on track for this week.

I did notice that part of the activity this week seems to be something to do with WordPress…. I think I have that covered.

Enough procrastinating….. ergh