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By creo (Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 01:37:59 AM EST) (all tags)
Well, you do if you are the Australian Government.

Work ultimatums - Mrs C has some, uh, woman problems - Big Brother strides closer in Aus - Puppy Planning - Death of a Racing Buddy

Poll: Puppy?



Work Ultimatums
Work is good, you have all sorts of side benefits, but one of the downers is the intermittent payments. We are still owed some cash for January, and Febs invoice is due no later than this Thursday. So it has been time to get heavy - we have sent the "work stops" email unless we are brought up to date by Thursday.

We have also reduced our invoice time down to 21 days and instituted a no extended credit policy. So it will be interesting to see where this leads. The most interesting part is we copied the CTO on the payment demand - the same guy who has been hinting that financial penalties should be built into projects, of course using the dates he sets.

Looks like I might have to get used to some belt tightening - if they fuck us, then I'm down about USD30k in unrealised revenue, which is a bit of a shitter. Actually, it's not just unrealised revenue - I have just remembered that I am owed 2k for expenses - bugger.

How well, should know by tomorrow.

Mrs C
She can't just take a trick at the moment. Last year she mentioned that her period was getting decidedly non-periodic. So I suggested that she take a diary and document all this stuff.

Well, it stabilised for a while and has now gone wonk city again. There appears to be no regular pattern ,and she is a bit worried it's early menopause (she is 37). The period was shortening, now it's gone long. We will keep a track of it for another month or two and then see the doc with the diarised details.

The good thing is there appear to be no side effects - no hot flushes or any of the other issues that can happen. Some weird health shit sure does happen to the female of the species...

Big Brother in Aus

No - not the TV show. A new law in Australia involving innocent (B-parties) having contact with a suspected tairist or some other rotter. Basically the law allows upto 12 month access to all stored forms of electronic communication. The gatekeeper is not a judge, but the attorney-general - so once again the protection of the judiciary is undermined by the executive. There is also no need for this surveillance to be disclosed.

I can hear you thinking so what? They have been in touch with a tairist, so even if this contact was unwitting, then maybe it should be looked into. The kicker is that the B-party can now have ALL communications with ANYONE so examined. This includes family, lawyers, doctors etc. If this is not considered a gross abuse of process, i have no idea of what is.

More here.

Puppy Plans

Mrs C wants a puppy, and given that she is not going anywhere in a hurry, then now seems to be a good a time as any. We have looked at several breeds. I want a Boxer, but she reckons they slobber too much. We both like Staffys, but keeping the dog in the yard is a little problematic.

She likes Labs, but they are the vanilla ice cream of the dog world. We looked at a pug, but too toyish. The lead contender at the moment is a Tenterfield Terrier. .

I would still prefer a boxer...

Racing Buddy
I really did not know Big Chad that well. I nearly ran straight over the top of him once going into turn 1 at Wanneroo after he highsided right in front of me. I remember making eye contact as he was heading down to the tarmac and him willing me not to run over him, so I ended up taking it to the grass.

He ran one of the big Honda dealerships here (as principal), and we kept in touch over the years - mainly via me walking into the shop and trolling him for a good price. Chad knew I hate Hondas and would probably never buy one, but he humoured me.

So last week I'm checking out the motorcycle ads in the Sunday paper and there is an obit for him. Not a motorcycle crash, but the big C. He had gotten sick while I was away - the funny thing was that I was going to go and see him this week, chasing an XR400. Instead I saw his dad (who also raced historics - an old CB250) and forwarded my condolences. Apparently he was doing OK until four months ago, and then things just went downhill fast. He hung on long enough to get married and passed away three Weeks later.

Chad's death has hit me pretty hard. I hardly knew him really, and if the cause was a crash or some other accident, then it would be a case of raise a beer and have a drink to his memory. However, he is the first person that I can think of of my age group whom I directly know who has been struck down by a health issue, and it makes you realise that  no, your life on this mortal coil is indeed limited.

Ride on, Big Fella.

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Require all of your contacts to confirm by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 04:58:12 AM EST
That they're not terrorists, consistent with the terms of this law.

Do I have to think of everything for you?

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If you like Labs by lm (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:48:38 AM EST
... consider what's called a Golden Doodle stateside, it's a golden lab/poodle mix. They're nice dogs.

WRT Au big brother. Do I understand the new project correctly that all it would take is one person to spam everyone on the continent with the alias of one terrorist suspect and now the entire population is able to have electronic communications tapped? If so, bummer.


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I believe its not B-party to B-party by creo (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 02:58:58 PM EST
So it would only be the immediate associates of the initial contact.

But it's great if the executive needs to tap someone. Simply send them an email from "Osama Bin Ladin" and then the AG can now tap all of their stored correspondance - beautiful if you want to stitch someone up by looking for dirt.

re: the Golden Doodle - will need to check it out. I'm OK with full size poodles (detest toy ones), but we have an allergy issue and the dog needs to be short hair. We do not know how he will go with a poodle.

"I shall do what I believe to be right and honourable" - Guderian

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