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Initial play with wood turning

I've been going to the ACT Woodcraft Guild for the last year or so learning to turn wood on a lathe. I'm by no means an expert, but here are some of my early efforts.

                         

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Syndicated 2014-04-05 17:17:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

The Hot Gate




ISBN: 9781451638189
LibraryThing
This book follows on from Live Free or Die and Citadel. This time we focus solely on Dana as she is transferred to a new unit. The story is interesting, although perhaps it focusses on the dysfunction of the Latin American countries a little more than is really necessary. More interestingly, the book ends the series (as best as I can tell) in an unusual manner for a book like this, with the humans not winning a simple out right victory -- moral or otherwise. Overall, a fun light read.

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Related posts: Citadel; Live Free or Die; Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Humanity; Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Maverick; Dragon's Egg; Starquake


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Syndicated 2014-03-26 02:04:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Citadel




ISBN: 9781451637571
LibraryThing
This book follows on from Live Free or Die. I like the approach of this book, as it follows a couple of relatively normal people trying to get by, and how the main protagonist from the last book's actions affect them. Its an engaging read, while still progressing the overall arc of the series. I really enjoyed it.

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Related posts: Live Free or Die; Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Humanity; Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Maverick; Dragon's Egg; Starquake; Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Changeling


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Syndicated 2014-03-05 18:34:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

The Runaway Jury




ISBN: 0440221471
Dell (1997), Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
LibraryThing
This is an older book now, and I read it many many years ago but re-read it this last couple of weeks. I enjoyed this book. Its believable (if a little dated now), and interesting. It certainly made me think more about the first amendment and how it affects dangerous products like cigarettes than I would have otherwise.

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Related posts: Brazilian police to old lady: "Please sue us!"; Please report to the municipal hall of justice; Kynan's going to be in trouble...


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Syndicated 2014-02-28 23:49:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

25 Feb 2014 (updated 25 Feb 2014 at 01:08 UTC) »

NBNCo likely to miss its rollout targets

In December 2013 NBNCo issued a strategic review ordered by Malcolm Turnbull. In this review, they stated that their target for number of premises passed by June 2014 was 637,000 of the 10,910,000 premises in Australia. How are they going on that goal? Well, there are currently 303,905 premises passed in Australia, with around 6,000 more being added per week. That means they're in deep trouble -- they need to be averaging more like 17,000 premises a week at this point to meet their goal. This is especially depressing because the goal is only a few months old and already looking grim.

(Update: so apparently I misread the NBN strategic review having watched the Senate estimates hearing just now. The NBN target for 30 June 2014 is 357,000 not 600,000. This is a difference between the numbers of page 46 or the report and those on page 48. The 357,000 number is so low, that NBNCo will probably meet that target.)

While I think its true that the Labor party didn't cover itself with glory in managing the NBN rollout, I have to say that Malcolm isn't doing much better. Especially now that he's reneged on the 25mbit by the end of 2016 promise he took to the election.

You can see more about the state of the NBN rollout in my Google spreadsheet. I read the boring NBN documents so you don't have to!

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Related posts: The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress; Daughter of the Empire; Servant of the Empire; Dublin trip; Mistress of the Empire; I am sometimes amazed by the childlike political discourse in the US

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