Friday, February 01, 2019

Hot potato Hot Potato who has the gold.....?

And Americans want to complain about Russians buying facebook ads.....
- https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-31/store-your-gold-bank-england-and-you-might-never-see-it-again-0

Whats going to be really interesting is to see how much the price of gold goes up as now that these bars are beign prevented from leaving and "removed" from general circulation they need to be documented and serialised - oh and a number of other countries are probably going to be thinking hmmmm maybe we should pull ours now rather than later.



Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ultraviolet closing down




Just received an email to say that the Ultraviolet streaming service is closing down...... so anyone that purchased/relies on Ultraviolet to watch their movies.....I guess you are SOOL (Shit Out Of Luck).

Yet again another streaming service (this one with major players and funders) is shutting down. I'll add it to my list of streaming content providers where you thought you were buying/paying for content.....but instead you were only purchasing a revocable license.

I'll stick to buying my content on BluRay, DVD and CD and rip the content to my own media service where I can continue to access it forever (or until I can no longer source players to rip the content......considering they pulled headphone jacks from iPhones its not entirely out of the realm of possibility).

I've always kept but just never used the UV codes that came with BluRays also I've purchased a number of BluRays 'second hand but in mint condition' having come without the codes (eg people buy them retail then sell without the code and just use UV). I guess I was getting the better end of the bargain after all.

Wonder if any lawyers are putting together a UV class action suit......I could have quite a case now I can no longer access UltraViolet content :)

RIP Ultraviolet..... along with Zune library, Yahoo Music, Walmart MP3 streaming service etc etc etc


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

How did i miss Split/Unbreakable tie-in?

I rewatched #Unbreakable and #Split on BluRay this weekend in anticipation of seeing #Glass on Friday, they actually held up really well and watching them back to back like that made the trilogy building aspects much more noticeable.

Also was super weird it wasn't obvious when watching #Split at the movies a few years ago that it was obviously a sequel to #Unbreakable ....but didnt think about the obvious tie-ins until the coffee shop scene.


How the heck did I miss it first time around??

Thursday, January 03, 2019

LNP now claiming Labors plan for LTCG is wrong......or is it?

Interesting how the LNP are now saying Labors proposal for removing LTCG discount for real estate is a bad idea

- https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust/status/1080656605362835456


When it was the LNP that screwed over hard working Aussie expats in the first place removing our LTCG discounts in the first place.
https://twitter.com/deancollins/status/1080943549674336257
and
https://twitter.com/deancollins/status/1080944429547044866


lol....so which is it Josh?.... a good idea or a bad idea?

Saturday, December 22, 2018

#TheJungle

We've just been to see #TheJungle at St Ann's Warehouse.

- https://stannswarehouse.org/show/the-jungle
-https://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/reviews/the-jungle-st-anns-warehouse_87279.html


Unfortunately it looks like the entire season has sold out (even with the first extra extended period) so if you dont already have tickets you may be SOL.

Made me think a lot about how removed i feel from the situation as i have some deep philosophical issues with the whole premise of The Jungle from an economics point of view (....ironic i know being that im living/working in another country).

There is a great line in the play that summarises my entire thinking about economic migrants that Ammar Haj Ahmad delivers about the character Norullah around how he wants to be in the UK to go to school, be a good citizen, work hard (eg. create GDP output) - my whole fundamental belief here is that what you are actually doing is stealing from the GDP output of Afghanistan, that by allowing refugees to travel from one country to another....you are benefitting the host country but creating economic theft from the future of the mother country.

Its a harsh position I know.....and not one that is shared by many people.

You might also say but how can this apply to non-economic migrants eg someone escaping war/tyranny, my thinking there is that "the west" (eg cowboys and indians west-not political west) was won by people banding together and overcoming adversity through 'building cities' (another fundamental goal in The Jungle), and only a good guy can overcome a bad guy.

Its ironic thinking especially when this week there are protests in Hungary over Victor Orban's "Slave Law" that forces "overtime" due to labour shortages when Hungary has been the most strident country opposing accepting migrant refugees
https://www.dw.com/en/hungarian-workers-protest-slave-law-overtime-rules/a-46649065

Either way its a play that is well worth seeing - hopefully St Ann's Warehouse will be able to give it a second extension so that even more people will get to see it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Time for USA troops to leave Syria

You have to wonder how much this is costing per day and where the money could be better spent eg building bridges/roads in the USA - heck Nancy Pelosi how about we tie to border wall to removal of USA bases and troops in Syria and we would probably come out in front.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Bios chip removal without a PLCC extractor

Who would have thought a bent paperclip would solve the day.

Found this suggestion on google while trying to swap out a bios motherboard chip today.....bent the last 5mm of a paper clip with needle nose pliers as shown below and it totally works, popped straight out.

Felt total MacGyver worthy.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody

Just saw Bohemian Rhapsody - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727824  tonight, awesome movie, well worth seeing on the big screen.

Rami Malek is an awesome actor (interesting as always thought had limited range in Mr Robot).


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727824

Friday, November 02, 2018

Watson Twins

Happy Friday everyone, an oldie but a great one.

Watson Twins - Waves

Never understood why these guys weren't more famous.