To give back to the wider community, I’ve provided all my course notes for the AWS Solution Architect certification exam. If you read through all of these bullet points and diagrams and understand the lot, you will know enough to pass the exam. to prove that, this is everything I learn to pass the exam myself, late May 2017.
I have created a separate page for it here: Marks AWS Solution Architect Course notes – Apr/May 2017
A little self gratification, I passed my AWS Architect Associate exam today after studying hard for 1 month.
Just a few more photos from Wakefield Park last week taken by a photographer stationed around the track.
This photo below is a great one, as if you look closely my rear right wheel is nearly off the ground.
Yesterday I have a great day at Wakefield Park Raceway which is 2 1/2/ hours from Sydney for a trackday. Perfect Autumn weather, top of 17 degree’s and sunny all day.
My friend Geoff has a Porsche GT3 Cup which is a race car which cant be driven on the road. He took me our for 3 laps, but got a puncture so had to come in early. It was a real experience, the main thing that stood out was just how loud it is inside a race car. Even with your helmet on it is so loud. It was so loud that in the video below the microphone on my phone just couldn’t handle it, that’s why it goes all quiet.
My Lotus next to a Mitsubishi Evo V:
It was a open pit lane type of event so I could get a lot of laps in to practice driving, I went through a whole tank of fuel, my fastest lap time was 1:13. I was impressed with how fast the Lotus was, I could pretty much get past most road cars on the track, including a Audi R8, only the proper race cars were faster (and by a fair way) than me.
I found the Series 3 Elise is so much easier to drive fast on track with its 2 mode stability & traction control system compared to my old Series 2 Elise & Exige’s. I put it in ‘Sport’ mode all day except a few laps with everything turned off so I could do a bit of power sliding on a nice left hander halfway round the track.
Excuse my poor lines and too early breaking, turning in in the video below. I got a 1:13 as my personal best, not great by good drivers standards, but I had a lot of fun and that’s what trackdays for me is all about 😊
Have a watch of my video below:
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Ws8xVdw0m8I
The Cars & Coffee events are exclusive events for owners of sports and super cars to mingle, have breakfast and coffee and allow the public to come and have a look.
My little Blue Lotus was probably the cheapest car there on display.
Weather was perfect, was nice to see a lot of friends from the different brands, and overall was a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning in Sydney.
My car very very slightly got on the news
Number plate of friend Nicko’ s Black McLaren is ‘batman’.
My aspire to car, the Porsche GT3 RS
Breakfast was a pretty social buffet sit down affair.
Sanna, Zara and me stayed the weekend in Bilpin in the Blue Mountains. Bilpin is famous for Apple’s being grown there.
Fruit picking at an apple and lemon and limes orchards
A nice glass of red wine and a log fire in Autumn is always nice
Completely zonked out 🙂
Our Ikea dining room chairs we’re in a white cotten fabric that was really not child friendly. White shows up every stain and they were not wipe clean.
So I went to the local fabric store, Spotlight is the biggest chain here in Australia, and bought 2 meters at $20 per meter of darker pattened fabric that was weather resistant, so can be wiped clean.
It was simple to cut to size with enough to overlap the sides.
Staple the fabric to the under side wood of the chair. Top tip! use a decent stapler, mine was a super cheapo one and it kept not pushing into the wood and breaking, which made the whole job twice as long.
All done! Total time took me 1 hour, but if I had a decent stapler I could have done it in half the time. They look modern and are now child friendly from food stains.
I just wanted to share this cute photo Hanna took of little Zara today 🙂
February’s road-trip to Walcha, 4 hours north of Sydney, with Easton, Brendon, Joel, Doogie and Mr crackles the Audi RS3 owner.
Blistering 48 degrees peak temp, YES 48 degrees, that’s not a typo, due to a heatwave and bush fires in the area.
Lets start with a beautiful short video made by Easton…
Now a bucketful of lovely photos…
Definitely need a cold beer in a old country pub after a roadtrip in 48 degrees!
Here’s the group Google photo album for this trip
Thanks all, look forwards to the next one!
Our little baby Zara is 1 year old! Sanna did a lady beetle (lady bug for my UK readers) theme, red and white.
We went to a beach with a grassy park area at the back in Sydney called Parsley Bay, which I had never heard of before. Turns out it was a nice grassy area with picnic tables and a bay with a shark net.
The cake was a choclate cake that was sugar free, nut free, gluten free, everything free. Sanna didnt tell us all till afterwards, and it was actually really nice though.
It’s a big family of kids now when they are all together.
Thank you to everyone that came it was such a unbelievably hot day in the mid thirties so appreciate you made the effort to come.
Thank you also to everybody that gave Zara lovely presents, they came from all over the world, thank you so much for your generosity.