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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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Syndicated 2014-02-24 15:58:00 (Updated 2014-02-25 01:08:35) from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Live Free or Die




ISBN: 9781439133972
LibraryThing
This book is useful. When the Earth is invaded by evil aliens intent on stripping us of our heavy metals, I now know how to fight back using just Maple Syrup and a Death Star I just happen to have hanging around. That's education right there. This book is delightfully not sexist compared with some of Ringo's other books, which makes me happy. It does lack strong female characters, but at least they're not being used for titillation (refer to Cally's War for an example of how this isn't always true). I enjoyed this book.

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Related posts: 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; Speaker For The Dead


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Syndicated 2014-02-14 19:53:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

A Talent for War




ISBN: 0441795536
LibraryThing
This is my first McDevitt book, and it was a pleasant surprise. A bit of a mystery novel, but set in the far future. Well written, interesting and fun. I enjoyed it.

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Syndicated 2014-02-06 21:47:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

31 Jan 2014 (updated 31 Jan 2014 at 01:07 UTC) »

NBNCo's ACT deployment, rolling out in the direction of backwards

So those who follow me on twitter wont be surprised to discover that since last night I've been chasing NBNCo rollout statistics for the ACT. It turns out they now do weekly rollout reports (good), but make it hard to find historical ones (bad). So, I made an index of the reports, which you can see at http://www.stillhq.com/nbnco/.

I also did some historical analysis for the ACT, and its not good. In fact, it seems we've rolled out -24 premises in the last two months. That's right, we're going backwards:



Oh course, NBNCo doesn't respond on twitter to a request for an explanation, but that's what I've come to expect.

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Syndicated 2014-01-30 15:56:00 (Updated 2014-01-31 01:07:23) from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Weird email of the day

I've got nothing:

Hello, I visited your profile at (github.com) and I find out that you're the type my heart love, I believe we suit for real love, let walk that precious thing out for heart desire, I hope and believe we match for good. When contacting reply to my mail address (helen_kalushi@hotmail.com) I am waiting for the love. I am, Miss helen


True love is a beautiful thing.

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Related posts: Why document management is good; Internet outage; What the heck are you talking about?; 120 emails over night from "trapper"; Very behind in email land; Ewwww

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Syndicated 2014-01-29 15:36:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Just storing this here -- how to fix the keyboard bindings on MacOS

Just in case I am ever trapped again, these instructions made the Mac work like every other keyboard ever.

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Related posts: PNGtools 0.4; Update on the Dell e310

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Syndicated 2014-01-27 23:40:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

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