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I'm an Australian, based in the Washington, DC, area, with extensive experience in the US, UK/Europe and Australia. I have also lectured in IT and Law related topics at King's College, London, and at The Australian National University.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Australia lacks government protection of bank deposits

I hear a lot about the FDIC in the US protecting up to US$100,000 of depositors' funds in US banks. For some reason, I had assumed the same was the case in Australia, but it seems not.

(Via Mikal)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Saturday, September 06, 2008

National Capital Cat Show

Jasmine and I visited the National Capital Cat Show, just outside Washington, DC, today.

Jasmine bought a small gift for our foster cat, Ashley! It's from a stall run by Furwood Forest at the show. The picture below shows the small gift temporarily parked inside our front door when we got it home.

Charlotte Airport rocks

I had a layover in Charlotte, North Carolina, when flying home the other day. They had rocking chairs. Fantastic!

Other people think this is cool, too!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Chevrolet Cobalt has killed chivalry

Jasmine and I recently hired a car in Kansas City, Missouri, to drive to Topeka, Kansas. We chose a sensible Chevrolet Cobalt to get us there.

The Cobalt has a definite feel of having been built to a price. It does the job, but the finish is a bit rough.

It is, however, impossible to be chivalrous in a Cobalt. When I learned to drive, I was taught that it is polite to open the door for your passenger before getting into the vehicle yourself. But in this Chevrolet, that is never going to happen: the car not only lacks remote central locking, but does not even have a key hole on the passenger side exterior.

I wonder what it would have cost General Motors to add a keyed lock to the passenger door.