I help with Melbourne Perl Mongers.
I spend an awful lot of time talking about Perl, and have had my picture in the Australian newspapers with a camel. That's rather scary.
Domain name scams
Every once in a while some business sends out a bunch of (dead-tree) mails trying to get Australian domain holders to renew their domain (which isn't expiring) or register a new domain (which is similar or a typo of their old domain), usually at ridiculous prices. It's usually the same people running these scams, but they just register a new company every time.
AuDA, the Australian Domain name Authority, likes to send out consumer alerts about these sorts of things. Unfortunately, they're not real good about limiting their e-mails to one per customer. If one happens to have registered a lot of domains, then one can awake discovering an inbox filled with warnings from AuDA. Thanks AuDA...
The dispute that we were having with one of our vendors is now cleared. Actually, it cleared pretty much the day after it started, with the vendor calling me, putting forward some rubbish story about how pressing one button constitutes $180 worth of work, and then breaking down and offering me exactly the same deal I was about to propose (and had already written into a letter and was about to fax). I like it when people are sensible enough to save both their time and mine.
Going to visit the dentist today, she's going to put some minor fillings in my teeth, and in return I'm going to give her a deposit on her new sportscar.
Surprisingly I feel rather pleased with this state of affairs, as I get to keep all my wisdom teeth. Three of them have come through perfectly, and while the last is on a slightly strange angle, it's not causing any problems.
I don't know why, but the fact that my wisdom teeth are fine seems to cause no end of worry for my dentist. "Yes, they're perfectly fine, but if you do decide that you want them taken out, just book an appointment."
What happens if I don't get them taken out? Well, because they're right up the back they're harder to brush, and I may get a cavity. Somehow I'm much more comfortable with giving my dentist a car-deposit for a filling, rather than a house-deposit to go under general anesthetic and have my back teeth pulled out with pliers and commercial cutting equipment.