A Postal Plebiscite

Written by on September 5, 2017, 11:39 am

Tomorrow the high court of Australia will hear the government's arguments in favour of the constitutionality of the ABS run postal plebiscite. I need to write something down as I have feelings about this bullshit.

There is no "civilised debate" on marriage equality. There are bigots who are on the wrong side of history, willing to do real harm to delay the inevitable erosion of one more roadblock on the path from pre-scientific superstition to enlightened humanism.

They are wrong and they are disingenuous, but it's the 'real harm' that really gets my internal monologue extra sweary. There is a connection between this "civilised debate" and increased rates of suicide amongst young LGBT+ people. These fuckers know this and apparently they don't care.

If this plebiscite goes ahead innocent people will get hurt. A postal plebiscite will be gamed, it will be unrepresentative and even if it results in a resounding YES, this government can just ignore it.

So fuck those guys. Fuck the arseholes campaigning against marriage equality. Fuck their crappy, misdirected, straw man arguments and their dire predictions about the end of society as we know it if we let LGBT+ people get married.

Also fuck this spineless government who won't step up and take a free vote on same sex marriage. I hope this thing is killed tomorrow and our government is forced to do just that.

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I love everything about Daredevil except the suit

Written by on May 2, 2015, 7:46 am

I think I would be ok with keeping the black mask for the entire show. Ok. Maybe not. But I wish I liked the suit.

All these were awesome

I don't know what it is, but this just doesn't do it for me. Is the pointy eyebrows, the weird glowing eyes?

I really want to love it (I love this show) but, sadly, I can't do it.

Then again they could do a lot worse and still be better than this S&M monstrosity.

I can't think of that movie without picturing ol Matt on his hands and knees carefully drawing the DD logo on the subway with a can of Zippo fuel so he can dramatically light it up later. What the hell was that about?

Yep ... that was a really bad movie.

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Tom Horn - 20th April 1936 - 2nd February 2014

Written by on February 3, 2014, 12:39 am

My uncle and namesake.

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Customer Support

Written by on September 3, 2013, 3:03 am

May Ann : Hi Tom, how may I help you?
Tom : Hi May,
Tom : I am having trouble signing up for a telstra business account
Tom : getting the following error on the business address online form:
May Ann : Oh I am sorry to hear that Tom.
Tom : "Unfortunately we can't validate this information. Please check your details and try again"
Tom : Not sure which field in the address the form doesn't like
May Ann : NO worries I will connect you to our Business MY Account Team to help you with this. Would that be okay?
Tom : Sure
May Ann : Please stay on chat whilst I connect you to them.
Tom : thanks
May Ann : I may appear signed out, but please wait until my colleague grabs our chat
May Ann has disconnected. : We are currently transferring your chat to another consultant who will be able to assist you with your enquiry. Please stay online while the new consultant joins.
Tom : ok
Christine has joined.

Tom : Hi Christine
Christine : Hi Tom, a lovely Tuesday afternoon to you.
Christine : I understand that you are unable to lgoin to your Business my account.
Christine : *login
Tom : unable to signup
Tom : I get to the Business address page
Tom : and get the following error:
Tom : "Unfortunately we can't validate this information. Please check your details and try again"
Tom : Not sure which bit of the address is causing the issue
Christine : Nothing to worry, let me assist you to register :)
Tom : ok
Christine : May I have the phone number in question please?
Tom : Not signing up for a phone ... just trying to register a business account so I can purchase a 4G USB
Tom : So I don't have a phone number for the account
Tom : because it doesn't exist yet ;)
Christine : Do you mean you don't have yet any telstra service?
Tom : Not for this business no ... that is why I am trying to signup
Christine : Oh that's it, you can register to my account if you have an existing service.
Christine : That requires an account number.
Tom : Nope ... Don't want to associate it with an existing account ... Just imagine. I have a business and I would like to buy something from Telstra (in this case a USB 4G thing). Hit the buy button and it asks to you sign up ..
Tom : this is what I am trying to do
Tom : The signup forms haven't asked me for an account number
Tom : which makes sense
Christine : No worries, that's okay, kindly stay on the line.
Christine : Sorry for the inconvenience.
Christine : I would love to have you assisted on this but it would be best if I connect this session to a colleague from the business general team to have you guided best on this.
Tom : no problem ... I'm sure we will get there eventually ;)
Tom : ok ... thanks
Christine : Yes, it just happened that the previous consultant thought that you are registering to my account, for you to view your usage and bills.
Christine : I understand that you would like to purchase online.
Tom : No idea why they thought that
Christine : To further assist you with this enquiry, I will refer you to one of my colleagues from business general team.
Christine : Let me just put a quick note on my end so you need not repeat yourself when I connect you.
Tom : great
Christine : I'll connnect you now.
Tom : just FYI .. this is the first thing I said to the first responder "I am having trouble signing up for a telstra business account"
Christine has disconnected.

We are currently transferring your chat to another consultant who will be able to assist you with your enquiry. Please stay online while the new consultant joins.
Meagan has joined.
Tom : Hi Meagan :)
Meagan : Hi Tom!
Meagan : I am just having a quick read thorough the chat you had previously
Tom : Cheers

Meagan has disconnected.
Tom has disconnected.


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Thanks for the fish

Written by on January 3, 2012, 9:52 am

At the end of a nine years at Cognethos. Today, nine years at any company is a ridiculously long time. Though the company expanded and contracted over time, the core group of employees stayed the same. We worked through boom times, global financial crisis, uncertainty, wild speculation and fundamental disagreement, and somehow managed to treat each other with respect. I am proud of the work we produced and grateful for everything I learnt.

I don't need to wish this very talented group of people luck, as clearly they won't need it.

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