Hello, I'm Alastair Rankine.
From 2004–2009 I ran a blog here. But then I got bored of it.
So, you want to know more about the enigmatic character behind all the bad jokes, incomprehensible rants, statements of the bloody obvious, and assorted other self-indulgent nonsense that is girtby.net? Well, look no further. Here is where I
recycle old posts tell all, in easy-to-write question and answer format.
What do you look like?
Behold my visage and tremble. That's me on the left.
What is your Elevator Statement?
I am a thirtysomething recovering software engineer living in Sydney Australia.
What does girtby mean?
Basically it’s a nerdy allusion to a line from the Australian national anthem: “Our home is girt by sea”. To most people with a working sense of humour this line is a creaky old relic that always prompts a bit of a snigger. To me, it also adds a bit of charm to an otherwise pretty uninspiring tune. “Girt” is just a great word, and I think it’s time we revive it in daily usage. Hence the blog name.
I am a real person and not a spamozoid. How can I contact you?
Send me email at (my first name)@girtby.net
Do you have a privacy statement?
Does this look like a Real Website? OK, to answer the question, no.
You should assume that I will share anything and everything with the authorities if they so ask. And although I will try to do the right thing, if you want to keep something private don't send it to me.
What is your policy on comments?
- Defamatory comments posted here will be removed
- Spam (according to my own definition which I will not share) will be removed
- Other types of comments probably won't be modified, except perhaps to clean HTML markup