Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sydney by Day

Some art from the NSW Gallery, and just me around town at lunch.




I esp. like this one.  It's fall in there, and really although the day to day efforts seem mundane, it is life or death for this homesteader.









Roland gave us some cool south african "legos" to play with.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sydney at Night

This week was a busy nights week, from Wednesday to Friday I was out and about.  Karin's been gone, and I've been lucky enough to hang out with Andrew and Anthousa and Ians.


We did pub trivia at Sweeny's, which is at the bottom of Clarence St.  The Thai food there is so awesome, I plan to get back there for lunch sometime really soon.  Thai style rice with chicken, comes with lemon, get that.


Me and Ian took a huge walk around the Domain and chatted it up, it's always great to catch up with him outside of work, he is really surprising.  Possibly because he is generally pretty guarded.  We ate McDonalds for dinner, because all the other affordable restaurants close at like 5pm...


... and that's what the end of a day can be like.   But usually it's more mundane, like coming home and doing internet.  Sydney just feels really safe.  I talked to a cop in Pittsburgh about that and he actually knew about how there are hardly any police here.  I was surprised by that - they must study it or something.  I think it's pretty simple:  higher minimum wage relative to median income.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Magnifica Slug

A great slug I've just found out at Shark Point. I've been looking for this one for a long time now.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Australian Resume Format

When I came here I didn't realise that the style of resumes here is quite different to the US style. IN short, the US style is brief (nicely recursive eh?) whereas the Australian resume leaves little to the imagination. Here is my resume before and after australianisation.



Just click the image to zoom in, then right-click and open image in a new tab.

I think the major difference is that the Australian resume describes the responsibilities whereas the US resume lists them.  I'm not an HR person, just an Engineer here in Sydney.  I don't honestly know how well this resume comparison will suite your needs, as my job search here was quite difficult, even though my resume is quite strong.  It is a smaller job market than in the US, and turnover seems to be lower, meaning that there are fewer jobs on the market in a given month.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Coogee (my neighbourhood) Springtime

It's spring and the sun is coming out a lot.  This is a walk I took yesterday.


An anenome and the view out my kitchen window at dusk.