House renovation – Part 1


We sold our house. We’d just finished renovating our first home, a 1905 Villa. We made it awesome, and figured we’d get some money from it to move on to our next home. Ideally a slightly larger place that didn’t need immediate work, so we could enjoy life for a little bit before adding our own touches.

So naturally, we bought a worse one.

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Riding the rollercoaster they call life….

So it’s like the song says, life is a rollercoaster, just ride it.


Quite frankly, I don’t want to ride the rollercoaster.  This last month has been so full of ups and downs that I just don’t know which way is actually up anymore!!

We had decided about a year ago that we would finish the renovations on our house, sell it to somebody who could appreciate the bloody hard work that we put into it, and upgrade to a bigger house, in a bigger town, closer to our friends and after school activities, and spend some time enjoying life.   Continue reading “Riding the rollercoaster they call life….”

14point7 iDash – a datalogger update.

I thought I’d share an update on how this went over the season. Overall, an invaluable unit. A great resource which gave us hard data to back up what we were working out via reading plugs and driver feedback.

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14point7 iDash – Datalogger on a budget


I tried to do as much research as I could about this unit, I had spied it a while ago and recently had an application for a friend and customer who needed to check his AFR and EGT’s at the track, as it seemed he was super rich on the track but perfect on the dyno, and if he leaned it out on the track to get some response and pull out of the corners then when he put it back on the dyno the operator freaked out that it was too lean.

So we needed to see what it was doing on the track, as it was obviously very different to sitting in a dyno cell.

The car in question is a dirt track car, 4 cylinder on methanol. I considered that after he had finished with it would very likely be utilised in other temporary installs, so decided on a Dual Lambda version for future-proofing.
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Hobonichi Techo Cousin for 2016

Thought I needed a bit more structure with regards to forward planning than it previous notebook. I had used a “calendex” in my Bullet Journal, put notes on current day’s page and indexed them in the calendex. It worked well when I had limited things I needed to check in advance.

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Ta da!

Moving my bloggy stuff over here.

Because…. well I don’t really know. I want a user friendly place to put things down that might not necessarily be related, but all of which interest me.

Previously that was Blogger – but that’s changing as the blogger mobile app is rubbish. So there’s one reason.

BMW E46 Wagon. V8.


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Been thinking about this for a while. I need (want) to upgrade my current run-about with something, and I like small cars with large engines.
I haven’t ever been a particularly huge BMW fan, but something about it just appeals. Also likely to get wife approval as she likes V8s.

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We cut down a tree.

Actually, I asked my brother to come and cut it down, as he has some ridiculously oversized chainsaw for some reason. And chaps etc.
It has a short bar on it for most of the pics, he only put the long bar on it to cut the stump off.

Here he is just starting out.

And what it looked like pretty much before starting. Shaded an area that didn’t need shade, and took up lawn space. We have a tiered back yard, so usable area is handy.

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Leuchtturm Notebooks

Well, after a massive amount of staring at a computer screen, it seems the Leuchtturm1917 A5 dot-grid notebooks fit the bill for both SWMBO and myself.

Initially, I ordered one for myself from eBay UK as it was cheaper shipping than anything in the USA and was cheap enough for the book also. I did however not read the sellers terms, that they add 20% VAT. 
Doh. They usually don’t charge that for international orders.. but sure whatever, still an alright price at $35 landed at my door.
I ordered a teal (Emerald) notebook, which seems to be in “in” colour at the moment. I quite like it, though it irks me that my taste fits in with popular choice.
I got bored waiting the other night so started searching for NZ sellers, ideally online and for a reasonable price. None showed on the first page of google. Then I looked at the adverts (you know, the first couple of results which I usually ignore because they are adverts…) and one of them was
So I checked out the site, sent them an email on the contact page. SWMBO walks in behind me and points out the physical address is around the corner from where she works, then sends them an email telling them that her husband is an idiot and she will drop in and see them at some stage.
I didn’t even notice, I didn’t read it as it’s not very often a supplier is in our home town.
So we stopped in on the way home tonight, and SWMBO now has a purple A5 dot-grid notebook, and he threw in a couple of 2014 A6 diaries as he said he won’t be selling them now. I guess that’s true, it’s fairly late in the year. And we also purchased a couple of pen-loops, though in retrospect we should have grabbed a couple more. So handy.
Now we just need to order a couple of fountain pens so that we are all fancy and proper. 
I’m not sure what the appeal is, but since searching for decent notebooks, an amazing amount of fountain pen stuff has shown up, and I really like it. It’s just something I need to have; I have decided.

Most likely a Pilot Metropolitan, though I am unsure which colour body. Probably an animal print one, maybe Taupe, SWMBO wants a violet one. Oh, and she wants Medium nib and I want the Fine.
They seem cheap and good, from the reviews. Though I’ll report back once we have them in our hands.

Notebooks and Bullet Journal

A while ago I saw the Bullet Journal website. It seems to be a thing now.
Looked like a cool idea, though I wasn’t sure I’d like to carry a larger notebook around – which it seemed I would need in order to utilise it properly.

For a while I have used a Wellspring Flip Note little notepad thing. It works well for short term notes, it is small enough that I can jam it in my pocket with keys or wallet (I don’t put things in phone pocket due to my dislike of scratched/broken screens) and I always have it on me.

A larger notebook I won’t necessarily carry on my person or have immediately handy, so I would think I’ll still use this little notepad.
But I want to try the Bullet Journal type system for organising my life.

I saw a couple of posts on Google+ regarding Workflowy so I have been using that, both on PC and Android. It works, but due to my job I don’t always have access and using it on my phone is annoying sometimes.
I lose things. I dislike that I forget things due to them being nested out of view. Using my Wellspring Flipnote works better in that regard, but I can’t fit EVERYTHING in it.
Now I tend to just use Workflowy for storing links to things… I guess it’s my bookmark list now.

So, Bullet Journal has led me to do ridiculous research on notebooks. Initially squared grid style pages were what I sought. Searching on Google does bring a ridiculous amount of results for Moleskine. Which as SWMBO pointed out while watching the Bullet Journal Video (it’s what he uses apparently), shows ink from the page behind one you have turned it. Also it appears fountain pens bleed through. So I want better paper – I’m undecided if I’ll use a fountain pen though.

I also found out about dot grid pages. So basically there is a dot where the intersecting lines would be on a squared grid. Interesting, and I do like it. If you’re curious: dot grid images.
I found possibly some suitable notebooks with these pages, but the one I liked had perforated pages. I think that would annoy me, I won’t want to remove pages for what I’m doing and I would not want to inadvertently remove pages while being fat fingered. I’m not keen on purchasing a notebook just to see how easy it is to pull the pages out.


…I had to reboot and lost the pages I had open. Oops. Anyway, there’s a lot of stuff out there on various blogs regarding Bullet Journal. Lots of reading to do.


I only have a few basic criteria:

  • Hardcover
  • Squared grid paper
  • Decent quality paper

I showed SWMBO Whitelines range, and initially she thought it was a gimmick but now this is her main requirement:

  • Not dark lines (SWMBO: Preferably white, in fact)
We shall see….   aarrgh this stuff is doing my head in.