No one wants to live in fear. I’ve always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don’t sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I’ve endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back.

I call this issue “it don’t make cents”. Not meaning to pick on Moreton Bay Council or anything, they just happen to be using a payment system (NAB Transact) that contains this problem.

In this image you can see that the “Amount to Pay” field contains a separate box for cents. God knows why this is necessary, and brings to mind the possibility that some people might carelessly type “5” there expecting it to be interpreted 0.5 - i.e. fifty cents (after all, that’s how I usually enter it in Excel spreadsheets). However, it could also be interpreted as five cents.

Fortunately, the system includes a validation script that prevents single-digit cents from being entered. But if they’re going to check it anyway, wouldn’t it have been easier just to have a single field for “Amount to Pay”?

Maybe there is a legitimate reason why one might need to separate dollars and cents; please do enlighten me if you know of any.


At a heavily populated event like NAB, it’s important to master the art of hiding in plain sight.

When we weren’t dodging the likes of David Copperfield and James Cameron, we chatted about gear with visual effects artist Andrew Kramer and partied the night away with Kessler Crane namesake Eric Kessler.

Don't miss the joint NAB-PCRC Neighborhood Watch Workshop TONIGHT!

Momentum is building for tonight’s Neighborhood Watch Workshop, including a write-up in today’s Daily Reflector. Around 7 PM, the 3rd floor gallery of City Hall should be filled with lots of energetic citizens!

In case you’re on the fence about attending (or just looking for more information), here’s the workshop’s program, which starts at 7PM (preceded by a short NAB business meeting at 6:30PM):

Opening remarks
Chief William Anderson, Greenville Police Department (GPD) 

Ann Maxwell, Chair, Neighborhood Advisory Board
Richard Crisp, Chair, Police-Community Relations Committee (PCRC)

Starting a Neighborhood Watch
Diane Kulik, former chair, PCRC

Using the quadrant system to police Greenville
Sergeant Carlton Williams, GPD

Breakout sessions with GPD command staff
Interact directly with the police officers responsible for your neighborhood and learn about recent crime trends in your police area.