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Greg Black

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Worthy organisations

Amnesty International Australia — global defenders of human rights

global defenders of human rights

Médecins Sans Frontières — help us save lives around the world

Médecins Sans Frontières - help us save lives around the world

Electronic Frontiers Australia — protecting and promoting on-line civil liberties in Australia

Electronic Frontiers Australia


(Coming soon…)

Software resources

GNU Emacs


The FreeBSD Project

Fri, 31 Mar 2006

An unsent letter

As he did so often in life, my father thwarted me in death. Of course, that was not his objective and I suspect he would be surprised if he could hear me make that claim. Our 47 shared years involved, on my side at least, a great deal of pain followed by a significant period of estrangement and ended in a rather drawn out truce.

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Mon, 13 Sep 2004

Some more baby photos

The proud parents have now made a selection of photos to add to our little gallery, so here they are.

Tue, 07 Sep 2004

Some baby pictures

Well, it’s taken me a month, but I’ve finally put up a few baby pictures so that friends and family can have a look at baby Evan. There’s a taste below and you can click here to see the little gallery.

I know I should get some proper gallery software to manage this stuff, and I will do that one of these days—just as soon as I setup different web server software. In the meantime, this gives us all something to get started with.

Here’s the proud grandfather with the baby:

Tue, 17 Aug 2004

Evan goes home

Today marks the third month of this blog and the end of a busy eight days when we provided a home for Evan and his parents while they recovered from the birth and started to get the hang of being parents. We’ll miss him—it was really nice to see him every day. But of course we’ll still see him pretty often as we’re only 20 minutes away from Upper Brookfield. I’ve been too busy trying to keep on top of daily life to write anything or even to put some pics of the baby online, but I really plan to rectify that soon.

Thu, 05 Aug 2004

Welcome to Evan

He was late, but Evan became grandchild number 1 at 00:32 this morning. It was supposed to be a home birth, but 24 hours of labour made so little progress that a hospital transfer was deemed necessary. Six hours later, at the cost of 1,500 ml of blood and huge tearing, Evan burst into the world. Mother was then rushed into surgery for repairs. She is sore and very tired, but was happily nursing the baby this morning. Evan weighed 9 pounds and was 20 inches long—apparently this stuff has not gone metric. We’re all a bit shell-shocked, but very happy.