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Motel booking stupidity

Motel booking stupidity

Friday, Feb 14, 2020

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A few months ago I booked the three of us in for two nights' stay in a country motel, and today we drove up to check in. Then the trouble began. Motel name obscured in text below. The motel is “Blah Blah Motel” and the website I booked at is https://blahblahmotel.com.au/, so that pretty much implies that it is the motel’s website, not some third party booking agency. Under the “Standard Rooms” page on their website, it shows a photo with two queen sized beds in the room.
The farce is strong with this one…

The farce is strong with this one…

Monday, Sep 19, 2011

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Long, long ago I opened a bank account with a building society. Time passed and the building society combined with another building society, and then was bought by Advance Bank. In something resembling a biblical chain of banks begetting banks, Advance Bank became part of St George Bank and lo, it was good. Or as good as any bank ever seems to be when you’re on the customer end. Then the earth shook and the shares crumbled and so it passed that Westpac bought St George Bank, decreeing unto the customers who probably detested “the big four Australia banks1” that St George would continue as a separate entity.
Evolution in action

Evolution in action

Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010

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What happens when you combine stupid people with cars? Here’s a local genius who may have spent too much time watching Hollywood movies and lost track of reality just a wee touch. Courtesy of my favourite fish-wrapper, the Herald Sun: Man in hospital with head injuries after jumping from car at 90km/h A 21-YEAR-OLD man who jumped out of a moving car while he was driving it at nearly 90km/h is in hospital with serious head injuries.
Hey AGL, stop bugging me!

Hey AGL, stop bugging me!

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2009

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Its bad enough this ridiculous business of door-to-door sales-scammers, sorry, salesmen, coming around for whichever company wants to annoy you the most, insisting on seeing your bills for product X and trying to sign you up for some competitors' offer, presumably one that gives them a commission on every customer converted.

Stupidity, Security, Photography — the War on Photography

Stupidity, Security, Photography — the War on Photography

Friday, Jun 6, 2008

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From Bruce Schneir’s Schneier on Security, possibly one of the best articles I’ve ever read on the increasing harassment of anyone who dares to wield a camera in a public place: … The 9/11 terrorists didn’t photograph anything. Nor did the London transport bombers, the Madrid subway bombers, or the liquid bombers arrested in 2006. Timothy McVeigh didn’t photograph the Oklahoma City Federal Building. The Unabomber didn’t photograph anything; neither did shoe-bomber Richard Reid.
We got Attitude…

We got Attitude…

Thursday, May 24, 2007

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The 2007 Staff Attitude Survey is now open and will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. Please click on the following link to access the survey online via a secure website http://www.voiceproject.com.au/monash. It’s just wrong in so many ways. Since when has HTTP been a secure website? If this is the staff attitude survey for us, who the hell is voiceproject.com.au? That second question doesn’t seem to matter much since it bounces straight to another company I’ve never heard of, asr1.
The knee jerks, and having jerked, moves on….

The knee jerks, and having jerked, moves on….

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007

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OK, so there was a bad collision in the Burnley tunnel last Friday. Yes, there are no emergency lanes or emergency bays in the tunnel, and yes, the speed limit is 80km/hr — except for the majority of the time when I seem to go through and its been reduced to 60 or even 40. But come on people, the amount of crap we’ve seen in the papers for the last few days about “a disaster waiting to happen” is complete bollocks.
Speed of a Bureaucracy…

Speed of a Bureaucracy…

Friday, Nov 10, 2006

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Meter series; two, the water meter An odd letter appeared in the mail yesterday, two very brief paragraphs: I refer to your recent enquiry to South East Water regarding your account for the above property. My what? I’ve no idea what they’re on about, the other paragraph merely asks me to telephone between 1 pm and 5.30 pm Monday to Friday. Unless…. Of course, how stupid of me!
Canberra airport security thugs

Canberra airport security thugs

Monday, Sep 25, 2006

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“Post 9/11” I have flown within Australia several times and internationally three times. Internationally, I’ve been to airports in the UK, Switzerland, Italy, China and Vietnam and have had various levels of security checks at various airports. Within Australia I’ve flown through Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Canberra. At only one place have I ever had any hassles, that is Canberra airport. It doesn’t seem to be a one-off either, it seems that every time I fly through Canberra airport the security staff are the rudest, most obnoxious, most determined to puff up their chests and egos and find some trivial item that must be confiscated because it’s in the rules.
Maybe the terrorists have won

Maybe the terrorists have won

Friday, Aug 11, 2006

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The latest plot uncovered in the UK and the (over?) reaction of the airlines has me thinking that maybe the terrorists are winning. Is the desired outcome death, or is just total disruption? Restrictions down to no hand luggage of any kind, no food, no drink, nothing except travel documents…. Oh yay, I’m flying internationally in a couple of weeks too. Seems to be getting close to a point where the airlines are going to hand out a plastic bag as you step through the security checkpoint and ask you to strip and hand everything over, you’ll then be led naked into the aircraft and handcuffed into your seat for the duration of the flight.
Mindless security at Federation Square

Mindless security at Federation Square

Sunday, Jul 30, 2006

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I’ve written off to the managers of the Arintji café and Federation Square to ask them what the hell they are on about, the following made bugger all sense at the time — just another example of the mindless rules that seem to be increasing all the time, generally waved off with the all-powerful word “security” wafted over them to ward off evil spirits. I wonder what bizarre explanation they’ll be able to offer.
BigPond, BIG PAIN!

BigPond, BIG PAIN!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

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Almost half an hour on the phone to BigPond/Telstra trying (unsuccessfully) to change the billing address for my broadband connection to go to Monash. The online form has a number of small, fixed-length fields and no conceivable abbreviation of Rm 232, Bldg 28, ITS Division, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton 3800, Vic. can be made to fit in the small, fixed length fields. The BigPond telephone staff tried, but finally admitted that they too were confronted by “the new billing system” with its small, fixed-length fields and could not change the address.
Neanderthal motorist

Neanderthal motorist

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006

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From both the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age; the latest motorised moron to be caught attacking people with a car as a weapon: A man has been charged after allegedly trying to run down a group of cyclists in a road rage incident in Sydney’s south. An argument broke out after the 50-year-old man allegedly almost hit a group of about 20 cyclists on General Holmes Drive in Brighton-Le-Sands shortly before 6 am AEDT yesterday as he drove out of a service station, police said.
APS Scanning

APS Scanning

Monday, Feb 13, 2006

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The end is in sight! Three rolls back on one CD, and the CD that I returned last week to be rescanned — I’ll get to that one in a minute. The 2000 Bike NSW Big Ride, a few weeks in Johannesburg, and the miscellaneous cruft that fills in the spaces in between. Once again, there’s date stamps and titles to be manually appended, then they’ll be available for perusal — #647-551, #374-343 and #700-204 — and then there’ll only be five rolls to go.
Evolution in Action

Evolution in Action

Monday, Dec 12, 2005

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Courtesy of The Age: A woman was bitten by a lion at Melbourne Zoo after slipping her hand inside the enclosure to get a flower, the zoo confirmed today. It is the second time in the past month that an animal has injured a visitor at the zoo. The incident has prompted a review of perimeter security around the lion enclosure, with electric fencing to be installed to prevent lions getting close to the barrier.
Journal for [2002-12-16 Mon]

Journal for [2002-12-16 Mon]

Monday, Dec 16, 2002

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One of my coworkers managed to absolutely amaze me today. I had no idea that supposedly intelligent people could come out with statements like: “I just change my own car oil then pour the waste into a corner of my garden — it just soaks away…” When I asked him about pollution, the fact that it drains straight into the storm-water and into Port Phillip bay, he just shrugged and said he just pours it into his garden…
Naked politicians!

Naked politicians!

Thursday, Nov 21, 2002

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Some idiot of a politician is proposing that Muslim women in Australia should be prevented from wearing traditional garments; due to the possibility of them carrying concealed weapons or explosives — fine, I’ll agree with it, so long as it applies equally to all other clothing that could conceal any kind of weapon. I think the first place to enforce it would be in Parliament — “for their own protection from terrorists” — just think how quickly the sittings would take place if all those fat old men had to face each other naked and shouting…

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…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.

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