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Greg Black

gjb at gbch dot net
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If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.

FQE30 at Qld Raceway 25 May 2003


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Worthy organisations

Amnesty International Australia — global defenders of human rights

global defenders of human rights

Médecins Sans Frontières — help us save lives around the world

Médecins Sans Frontières - help us save lives around the world

Electronic Frontiers Australia — protecting and promoting on-line civil liberties in Australia

Electronic Frontiers Australia


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Software resources

GNU Emacs


The FreeBSD Project

Sat, 03 Jul 2004

Life, death and sales

I’ve been keeping my mobile switched on and by my side 24/7 lately because our daughter is about to give birth to our first grandchild in the next week or so and because my mother is going to die in the same period. This morning, I answered a very early call while we were having breakfast in bed. The heavily-accented female on the line sounded like one of the nurses at the nursing home where my mother is, so I was quite patient with her until I was certain that she was trying to sell me some kind of credit card. I just said, “Go away.” But I wanted to yell at her. As for how she expects to make a single sale with her almost complete lack of English is a mystery. Fortunately, that’s one thing I don’t have to worry about.