Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Australian super under performs yet again

Yet again Australian funds underperform USA market

- http://www.smh.com.au/money/super-returns-add-140b-to-national-retirement-savings-pot-20170719-gxe8t2.html

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
- http://www.toriamos.com

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

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/3B0052E7D36222B8#efeat4211

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.

https://www.domain.com.au/news/five-lessons-from-tokyo-a-city-of-38-million-people-for-australia-a-country-of-24-million-people-20170711-gx8t15/


Monday, July 10, 2017

Yo its Monday

"It goes a-1, 2, 3... Hey yo, it's just another bombtrack"
lol....awesome track to start a Monday with :)


I'm NowListening to Rage Against The Machine (1992)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Metric vs Imperial

To all my USA friends, repeat after me...... 60x60cm tile does NOT equal 24x24in

No i dont care what it says on the box !!!!! Would you move this POS country to metric for freaking sake. !!!!!

We didnt have a challenger shuttle disaster here today but yes we did have an expensive mistake here this morning :(

Monday, June 19, 2017

Living anywhere but Sydney is camping out

I've said it before and i'll say it again, there will not be a USA style housing crash in Australian property.
1/ Most USA loans are non-recourse
2/ People in the USA relocate far more often for work (think a bucket where water sloshes from one side to the other). There are over 100+ tier 1 cities in the USA and people will move about on a regular basis (not talking the collapse of Detroit style....just regular moving from NY to Atlanta for a new job style).


The closest thing we in Australia have is the mining boom/collapse in Perth where miners/construction people have vacated Perth to move east to take up construction jobs in "infrastructure" projects causing rents to fall. But there is no way that 30% of Sydneysiders are moving to Perth in the next 24 months.......no matter how bad the economy gets in Sydney. -


http://www.smh.com.au/business/property/property-prices-in-capital-cities-tick-up-20170619-gwts7h.html


http://www.smh.com.au/business/property/property-prices-in-capital-cities-tick-up-20170619-gwts7h.html

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Location checkin using QR codes


Neat qr code use (location checkin) – www.doggernyc.com just saw this video and thought it might interest some of you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flnOyBT8a-g

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Senator Brandis decides he wants to outlaw maths

Yet again another govt thinks that they can outlaw maths.


If i'm Hezbollah, Isis, Jemaah Islamiyah or Eesa and i want to communicate via encrypted messages.....you can use off the shelf tools that make it impossible to crack without massive amounts of super computer time and this is all done with Simple Maths.


So Brandis......why dont you come clean and tell people this isnt about terrorism but its about surveillance of the population.
- http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/how-the-turnbull-government-plans-to-access-encrypted-messages-20170609-gwoge0.html


You cocked up the NBN and pretty much everything else in the last few years, why should i trust you with this?


I wouldnt trust you with my lunch money let alone access to every social media account in the world.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Australian annual budget review

I was at the New York version of this talk last night - http://www.smats.net/media/budgetseminar.aspx

http://www.smats.net/media/budgetseminar.aspx


Lots of interesting nuggets of information in the slide deck. Especially the Tasmania "jump".
Not sure if any of you ever saw the tv show Fat Pig Farm, but if you didn’t try and seek it out, shows the “foodie” side of Tasmania so wondering if people moving there are “grey wanderers” looking for a cheaper lifestyle than Melbourne/Sydney.
I’ve also seen some people here on Property Chat talking about yields etc and with such a small market its easy to tip it to overload quickly so might be over before it even starts etc

Disagreed with Steve about the "inland rail" being a white elephant, like I've said here before ruralisation of Australia is the only thing that can take the pressure off Sydney/Melbourne property prices.

Anyway hopefully some of you find it of interest.


Friday, June 02, 2017

Disappointed in Forza 6 local multi player

So recently Jodie bought me an Xbox One (long story....plenty of you have heard the joke).

We recently hooked it up to play Forza6 game and after using /r/xboxone/ to find out how to do "head to head split screen racing" (as not really obvious) only to find out that there are no other bots in the race against each of you ???

Am I missing something basic? or is XboxOne really that badly designed?

I've been really dissapointed in the co-opt selection of games and the basic gameplay on even marqee titles.

Have Microsoft designers forgotten that couches mainly sit 3 to 4 people.....or are they that nerdy they only have "online friends" for multiplayer?