Monday, August 14, 2017

Preppers ....dumbest or smartest?

As an Australian before I moved to the USA I would have chuckled reading this article in the SMH -

How loco are those Americans....what do they think is going to go wrong.

Having lived here in NYC for a few years I now understand how "out of the loop" and safe Australians feel. Our geography is a blessing and a curse.

Its a blessing that we don't feel the "knife edge" of potential change the way they do in Europe and we definitely don't feel the population struggle the way they do in Asia where just feeding the family is a daily win.

So feel free (and rightly so) to feel superior in your safety Australia, but remember decay and change "is" the status quo. You only have to ask an older person in Europe about "stable govt" and do they think they could see yet another change within their lifetime?

Or ask an economist in the sure are you we wont see another 08 yet again......?

There are currently 4m people in Sydney..........and the food supply in Coles and Woolworths has a 72 hour turnover.

How many of those 4m could grow and feed themselves for a month should some kind of widespread event occur there?

Do I'll never know but I do know that the average human requires 3 liters of water per day (+2 liters for sanitary) and the average human will consume 50,000 calories a month so for a could store everything you need under a single box spring mattress.

But hey....lets joke about NK and how loco preppers are (btw I also think NK is a joke.....but lots of other things go bump in the night).

BTW don't have enough space for 1x2x0.2 storage then get yourself a Waterbob from Amazon in the very least -

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Home grown challenge

Great challenge for people to consider taking up :)

We are so far removed from where our food comes from I think it would be a huge game changer for society to ground us back to reality.


Monday, August 07, 2017


Doesn't really tell you anything you shouldn't already know.....but at least it does mention the 2012 near miss.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Final episode of #WestWing and moving on to #ER

I'm #NowWatching final episode of #WestWing lol finally got the Nancy and spend more time with your mother joke.

It was really weird watching the last ever episode of #WestWing last night eg thinking the next time we ever watch this series we'll probably be living back in Australia etc......

To cheer us up that we are done with the Bartlett administration and moving back into Trump reality we watched S1:E1 of ER last night as well....was awesome TV to watch.

So many people we knew and amazing 'story telling' not sure if its just the nostalgia sweeping over us that made it fun but really looking forward to watching this series end to though its a bit of an epic endurance eg 15 seasons with 330 episodes.....

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cash on sidelines at lowest levels ever......

Want to know why stocks are at all time highs..... I'll just leave this here.


All fun and games until the music stops (prob not until 2020.......but it WILL stop)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Australian super under performs yet again

Yet again Australian funds underperform USA market


We're just lucky we are saving more as a percentage of income than most other countries.

We need more competiton for our Super in the Australian market as they currently arent delivering the results seen elsewhere.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tori Amos

Scored tickets to Tori Amos concert on Nov 8th at The Beacon

Ticking another one off the bucket list. Really looking forward to this one.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sydney public transport

Great advice around public transport, one of the things that Jodie and I have learnt about living in New York is that subways=smelly BUT awesome.

There is no faster way to get around and it makes me sad that Sydney isn't doing enough to increase its infrastructure investments.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dockless bikes coming to NYC

Ugh just saw on NY1 this morning that they are talking about bringing "dockless bikes" to NYC in order to compete against CitiBike.

As much as I don't like some of the locations that CitiBike chose for their docks its been great for the city and one of the reasons it works is that everyone uses the same platform, If you have competing platforms......then you are duplicating the resources so less efficient.

My other real issue with dockless bikes is because they can be "locked by themselves" you can basically leave them people end up leaving them..."anywhere" as once you've locked it up and walked away from it then its not your problem (similar issue to Car2Go cars that don't get parked in parking stations and instead are parked anywhere often causing issues with alternate side parking days here in Brooklyn heights).

lol don't think this is a problem.....check out whats happened in Beijing where there are a number of these companies competing -