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20th June 2005

This is a typical one-person self-centered web site. The sort of thing that most critics laugh at scornfully.

It's a mish-mash of a site. I've got a bunch of static stuff from the years up to 2004. I've got several different kinds of photo galleries - some semi-automated Perl galleries and my old hand-made one.

I talk about myself and my wife, and the things we do, and the places we go. Anne and I both row, so I talk about rowing a lot. I talk about our Himalayan cats. And even though our small cat, Ruffian, has recently died, I still talk about both cats. We miss Ruffian a lot.

I'm a geek, so I talk about computers and gadgets a lot, usually in the context of making the gadgets work with Linux, specifically Slackware. I'm a programmer, a Unix systems programmer. I've been programming for a living since 1976. That's a long time. Longer than some of my co-workers have been alive. I've seen a lot of things come and go.

I love music. Classical music and opera and choral music. Rock, reggae, avant-garde, weird music, percussion. I stopped listening to new rock music about 1994, when it all turned to crap. But I like a lot of rock before that. Especially Australian rock and pop. Did I mention that I'm an Australian living in the USA? I moved to the USA in 1999. I'll be moving back to Australia someday soon.

I collect stuff. Too much stuff. CDs and LPs (here's my Want List), books, comics, Cerebus the Aardvark, Hewlett-Packard calculators (I'm a geek, remember), anything to do with Norman Lindsay and his siblings and children.

A few pages of mine have been very popular. I wrote a satiric essay about Driving In The USA, after experiencing driving in Hampton Roads, Virginia. That got spread all over the place, usually without attribution. And I had my gallbladder out a few years ago, and I wrote about the experience and what happened afterwards. Yeah, it sounds gross, and it is. So don't read it. However, I get a dozen emails a week from people thanking me for writing it. It explains what happened to them, and they stop feeling isolated. The medical profession usually say there are no after-effects from a gallbladder removal. They are either lying through their teeth, or they are pig-ignorant. There are after-effects, and it's comforting to know that you're not alone. That page is pretty graphic, so don't read it unless you are or someone you know is going to have your gallbladder out. Then you'll know what to expect.

There's a lot of stuff on my web site. I started it about 1993, and have been adding bits and pieces ever since. There's stuff here that I don't remember writing. And there's a lot of older stuff I haven't put up yet.