Archive for November, 2009

Mind-numbing bureaucracy

Ex-soldier faces jail for handing in gun

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 10:30
A former soldier who handed a discarded shotgun in to police faces at least five years imprisonment for “doing his duty”.

Paul Clarke, 27, was found guilty of possessing a firearm at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday – after finding the gun and handing it personally to police officers on March 20 this year.

The jury took 20 minutes to make its conviction, and Mr Clarke now faces a minimum of five year’s imprisonment for handing in the weapon.

In a statement read out in court, Mr Clarke said: “I didn’t think for one moment I would be arrested.

“I thought it was my duty to hand it in and get it off the streets.”

* This happened in the UK, which is why it’s called the nanny state.

Read the whole article here.

Not quite ready for prime time

Well, the new site is posted and running. It’s pretty rough around the edges  – beta, as we say in software development,  and there will be lots of changes over the next short while. But I had to get it done since I’ve been procrastinating for six months. So, ready or not….

WTF happened here?

What’s going on with the ever-popular, you might ask? Welcome to the fourth or fifth iteration of my little vanity site. I’m going with a blog format to try and keep the content fresh, since a static site is no fun and as useless as a dead armadillo. Well, strictly speaking that’s not true… I have a picture of a dead armadillo nursing a beer can that makes me chuckle every time (oh, lighten up PETA), whereas a stale site is good for one visit only.  I’m using Wordpress this time around, which you can read more about in the ‘About’ page. It’ll be much easier to maintain and update, and there are hundreds of plugins which can extend its functionality – several of which I’m using now and you don’t even know it.

Great, you’re thinking… another blog. Just what the world needs. In the words of the late great Richard Jeni – a big steaming pile of me. Well, deal with it. I’ll be writing about anything I find interesting and/or relevant, including my general opinion on things, technical stuff like web development, Wordpress, current events, whatever.

If you’re wondering why certain parts of the site are restricted, you can thank creepy people who stick their nose where it doesn’t belong – in other words, people who wreck it for everyone. No worries – if you want access, just ask and I’ll give you a login. If for any reason I don’t think you should have access, then you won’t get it. Simple. And it will keep certain family members happy which will make my life much more pleasant in the long run.

So… you’re here, may as well look around. If you come back – great. If not, it’s probably my fault.

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