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Monday, December 12, 2005

A whinge or two

I haven’t been in a blogging mood lately. It must be that time of the year because I have been out of sorts. The head heavy; the heart dry; the clouds grey; the mood dim. This explains the lack of interest in the blogosphere.

Weekend and long hours became part of the work week in trying to get the latest version of the software out the door. Having inherited some bad algorithm designs it always riles me when a change in behaviour/usage exposes holes containing code that’s comparable to using band-aids to hold together a train. There is no excuse for bad design decisions, says I, one who has been guilty of such conduct at times. Anyway, managed to get it all under control and ship it in time.

On top of that one of my neighbours seems to have set up a wifi network. This coupled with a M$ XP software “product feature” meant that every time I tried to load a page the laptop would drop the network connection. On the weekend I finally managed to move aside the furniture in the study to get to the router and reconfigure the channel. It seems to be working now.

There are a few things to blog about. Have been holding back from blogging something about the elections but the time is nigh (unlike some broken intentinons). Before that however I must write something about the anti-lebanese racially tuned riots at Cronulla beach in Sydney. For now, it’s time to cruise across the blogs and leave some comments.


  • At 11:21 am AEDT, Blogger sittingnut said…

    yes, do write about the riots in sydney. i may be wrong (even my family member disagree with me on this) but i think australia is more of a racist country than say england or u.s.. imo this was bound to happen nor will it be the last.
    anyway nice to have you back.:-)

  • At 9:45 pm AEDT, Blogger ashanthi said…

    oh - there you are s/nut - hiding from keshi & i after your rather un-flattering stance on Sri Lankan women...

    as for your opinion on the land of Oz - well you have a point but how can we throw stones with respect to racism given what goes on in our country?

    What happened in Cronulla & what is now spreading like some haphazard virus - is just revolting. But we Sri Lankans know all about mob violence & the horror it leaves.

    One thing we can say about the violence in Cronulla - certainly no self-opportunistic politician is going to jump on it's band wagon & try and use it - not even Johnny Howard. So - hey - that's a good thing.

  • At 10:02 pm AEDT, Blogger ivap said…

    Ashanthi - Indeed it's a good thing. That's supposed to be leadership. I don't think the virus will spread, but I'm watching it closely.

  • At 6:30 pm AEDT, Blogger sittingnut said…

    i am not trowing stones. :-(
    and i am not hiding :-)
    certainly no self-opportunistic politician is going to jump on it's band wagon & try and use it's a good thing. That's supposed to be leadership -
    don't be so sure. it being a democracy someone will surely jump in now or later, what will really be good is when ppl not support them in a significant way .

  • At 7:37 pm AEDT, Blogger ashanthi said…

    fine pair of friends you 2 have turned out to be - s/nut insults all S/L women & Ivap insults all surfies from Cronulla including my own hubby ...

    I've been married to the Shire for a decade, it's been tough but I've survived... mainly I think because I don't live there - thank GOD!

    Interestingly enough - a lot of people (white, anglo saxon) from affluent Sydney suburbs are not condoning the "Lebs" but nor are they supporting the racists from Cronulla. A lot of them have a perception that Cronulla is full of red-neck racists & have had personal experience of it.

    So - they are shaking their heads saying look at what racisim has done & rightly so. Today Lebs tomorrow the "Chinks" & day after the Jews - where will it stop?

    There is a lot of truth in what is said about the attitude of the average loser red-neck closet neo-nazi from "God's country" masquerading under a disgusting veil of so called Australian culture.. However, let us not throw any stones, my "friends" - we have more than enough of our own brand of racial mob violence - in fact, we could teach the boys from Cronulla a thing or two - agreed?

    We should watch this situation very, very closely (& thanks Ivap for doing this post inspite of you being a bit grumpy) - we have a lot to learn I think.

  • At 10:38 pm AEDT, Blogger ivap said…

    Ashanthi - I'm not saying they are racist just teritorial. The reaction as a community protest can be understood but not the racism. If your husband is not a racist, which he obviously isn't, then he needn't be insulted. I'm sure he is fair dinkum.

    So do you surf ?

  • At 10:11 am AEDT, Blogger ashanthi said…

    no possum - but wish i did - hubby will probably live to 90 when i've long turned to dust - do you surf?

    no hubby is not a racist ... obviously as you say :-) I think we as Sri Lankans are talking a little too much of the higher moral ground though if we start pointing fingers. you know what happens full well in our country with respect to mob violence... no-one is dishing out a list of where all the lebs live in Lakemba, then sending in the police to stand guard whilst racist thugs go around & vent their hatred. iow - we don't have state-sponsored racial violence in this country

    sure some idiot politician might try & play a bit of a race card - but it's going to fall flat on it's face

    The community reaction was overkill It should never have been stirred up & the cops should have been the only ones to get in & sort the whole thing out.

    btw - you might have read we've been told to stay off the beaches - well unfortunately puppy doesn't bow to anyones orders - so hubby had to take him down & hey everyone was just doing thier normal thing

    thing is as hubby says Bondi Beach does not belong to anyone in particular - it belongs to the planet & that's why we love living here because the whole planet visits us here

    we've had a huge downpour of rain & now the sun has come out

    so - let's hope that peace & love will keep going through out the day


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