on the edge

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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


(Coming soon…)


(Coming soon…)


(Coming soon…)

Software resources

GNU Emacs


The FreeBSD Project

Wed, 02 Jun 2004

Quality workmanship, not

We recently paid a kitchen company a lot of money to put in a new kitchen. Part of the job included $250 for the installation of a range hood that we supplied. Chrissie has been complaining that the range hood is not doing as good a job as it ought, given its price.

I’ve just dismantled it and discovered why. The plumber failed to read the instructions. I know this because the instructions were still inside the unit, doing a pretty fair job of blocking the airflow and collecting a nice load of grease in the process.

Sometimes you get what you pay for; sometimes you don’t.