About me

I am a beginner woodworker. So far, I have established space for a workshop, and equipped it with some of the equipment I anticipate I will need.

At present, this includes a compound mitre saw, a table saw, various powered hand tools such as routers, a jigsaw, belt sander (bought mainly to trim a door that had some steel visible at the bottom), random orbital sander

Compensation for Butcher

In February 2008, police were called to a drunken brawl outside a Joondalup tavern. In the course of events, Constable Matthew Butcher suffered serious injuries, and is partly paralysed in consequence.

The people charged as a consequence were, very controversially, acquitted. They alleged that the police used excessive force and that they were simply defending themselves.

Following the trial, the police announced that Constable Butcher was ineligible for criminal compensation.

I should hope not. The jury found there was no criminal conduct.

Interest rates

Today, the Reserve Bank of Australia has reduced the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.00%. This is the overnight money market interest rate. This is the latest in a series of changes since October 8, 2008 when the official rate as 6.00%.

You can see the details here.

According to the Reserve Bank, the "cash rate is the rate charged on overnight loans between financial intermediaries. It has a powerful influence on other interest rates and forms the base on which the structure of interest rates in the economy is built."

A fit and proper punishment

Picture this.

You're driving a car. Maybe you've had one too many, maybe you've had one less than too many, maybe you're just tired.

Your car wanders across the road, to the wrong side. At this point, one of several things might happen.

  1. You wake up to the misadventure, resume control, return to the correct side and complete your journey safely.
  2. You continue

Too much conflict

The world is in conflict, and I am not talking about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan/Pakistan.

It's right here in Australia. You go to the footy, and get abused by supporters of the other team. On the way out, this happens:
"Demons player's father assaulted at MCG."

That's pretty serious stuff. Parents pull their kids out of junior sports for less than that.

Is it safe out there?

Every day, we are besieged by stories of war, of burglaries with violence, with murders and random bashings. Some localities, such as Northbridge in Perth, Western Australia, are notorious.

Some people are concerned - too concerned many say - for their safety. Jennifer, a recent caller to ABC Radio talkback don't willingly go outside her home because, "It's not safe out there."

My own wife likes to go for a (very leisurely) walk in the mornings, but she will not go out in the dark, "Because they will get me."

About me

I work with computers. Maybe I work on computers. I've written computer programs in divers languages many of which you, Dear reader haven't hear. Such as COMPASS, Fortan, COBOL, PL/1, C, C++, REXX, Assembler (for IBM and Fujitsu mainframes and for Intel 8086-family processors and for Z80s), Natural, Perl and many more.

I've been paid to write programs, to write about writing programs and even to talk about writing programs.

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