Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dilbert Mashup...

First attempt at this

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Monday, April 28, 2008

No questions!!

No questions!!, originally uploaded by thomasrdotorg.

Read the tshirt, avoid a facial burn.

You have that choice.


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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Your defense is my annoyance.

Sometimes lawyers go to clever lengths to say "my client is an idiot". I have no problem with that defence. It's honest, and often it's true to boot.

However I believe this sort of defense should have life long repercussions. Take this guy:
Three months' jail for speedster Justin Pickering

A P-PLATER who hit speeds of 255km/h in a high performance rally car during a police chase from NSW to Melbourne has been jailed for three months.

It's pretty clear this guy is not a complete genius; anyone who speeds on the Hume is looking for trouble- with the cops, a truck, a tree etc.

In the TV news, they went to lengths to point out the car was the oh-so-fast Subaru WRX STi, a rare and wonderful car in the right hands at the right time.

...just not in this guy's hands. His defense went a little like this:
Defence lawyer Stan Waites said Pickering was developmentally delayed, and his parents had gone through great anguish to make him recognise he had a problem.

1/ WTF is "developmentally delayed"? Late bloomer? Total moron? Immature? Mentally retarded?
2/ How does a "Developmentally delayed" guy afford a $70,000 car?
3/ If he can't afford it, did his mum and dad buy it, thereby reducing their "great anguish" factor?
4/ Can people who are "developmentally delayed" get a license nowadays?

So here's what he got:

Magistrate Robert Kumar sentenced him to nine months jail, but suspended six months. He cancelled Pickering's license for five years, and fined him $2000.

In my mind, the jail sentence is appropriate as he has many car related offence priors (he has lost his license in multiple states) and the risks he took with other people's lives mean a custodial sentence is correct.

The $2000 fine is neither here nor there.

The license suspension for five years is woefully inadequate. If his defense has said he effectively has a mental issue that makes him an ongoing menace behind the wheel, then cancelling his license and banning him from driving for life is the only way forward.

I do not understand why we leave the door open for people to drive again. If he had a gun license and was firing bullets in the air recklessly, we would take the guns away for life. There would not be a suspension; "Are you ready to stop firing in the air randomly? Oh? You ARE? Good then, here they are!". We would just say "that's it bubba, you have blown your gun license"

But this guy could be driving again in five years, and frankly I do not want to share a city with him.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Why hast thou forsaken me?

Why hast thou forsaken me?, originally uploaded by thomasrdotorg.

Oh really. This is enough. I want to get up and about again.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Idiots ride motorcycles too

Some people are frickin' idiots. Riding the scooter this morning, I pull up next to a young bloke on a Suzuki Bandit 250. I look over his bike and while it is clean as a whistle two things grab my eye: the exhaust has a huge scrubbed area- so he's crashed it once. The other thing is so startling that I have to comment. It goes as follows.

Me: Hey mate... can I ask... is that TYRE BLACK I can see there?
P plater on a 250: ahhhh yea.... I'm selling it.
Me: Shit mate, thats fricking dangerous y'know.
P plater on a 250: It's only on the sides.

I look down. Yes, its on the sidewalls. AND around the corner on the contact surface. About 5-7cms. Right where the contact patch would be if you tried to corner it.

P plater on a 250: It's cool. I wanted it to look schmick.
Me: It won't look to schmick if you fall over again.
P plater on a 250: Hey mate... look, you ride a fucking scooter...
Me: Ahhhh ok. Well good luck. See you in the newspaper.
P plater on a 250: ????

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed

I'm sure Mohamed Al Fayed has his reasons, and the public have their own reasons for being interested in the outcome of the inquest into Diana's death, but allow me to answer the conspiracy question using my skillset.

First this:

Only Princess Diana's bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, survived the crash.

Among the questions Lord Justice Baker put to the jury was whether Diana and Mr Fayed would have survived had they worn seatbelts and whether Diana would have lived had she been taken to hospital more quickly.

The only person wearing a seatbelt was Trevor Rees Jones.

The only person to survive the crash was Trevor Rees Jones.

Therefore the only fair conclusion is that Diana, Dodi and Henri-Paul died as they were not wearing their seatbelts.

Conspiracy theories:
My favourite:
Claims that the seatbelt which would have saved Princess Diana's life was sabotaged are now being investigated by detectives

There is no argument that Diana was not wearing a seatbelt (All agree she wasn't. There is no suggestion she was wearing one that then failed in the accident). So the suggestion that the party of four got in the car only to discover that 1 out of 4 belts were serviceable, yet thought "oh hell, we'll just go anyway and drive hellishly fast while at it..." is nonsense.

In summary: Occam's Razor applies.

All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best."

Inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed
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Baby is 24 weeks today!

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

I was on TV and I liked it more than it liked me..

Here we go:

Yes, I hit the wipers for no reason in the first bit. It was a subtle sight gag that some have suggested was just me being stupid and not realising that the Ford Focus has its wipers on the right side where the indicators usually are.

But they would be wrong.

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