Friday, October 23, 2020

Life in 2020.....

The intersections of life meet.....the line on the left is for corona tests at City MD and the line on the right is for the UPS store to mail packages as only 1 person allowed in the store at a time......


Tetrachromatic Vision

Im reading the most ridiculously interesting book at the moment....some turtles are see in 5 colours compared to our 3. 

Richard Dawkins - The Ancestors Tale 

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

RIP Eddie Van Halen


I thought of this ditty a few days ago while waking up. It seems appropriate here. 

Awake but eyes still closed. I realized my feet were extended, cold and bare, well beyond the realm of the quilt.
I buckled at the knees trying to stretch in vain the quilt back to its full length, to tuck it under my feet to re-warm my bones, to keep out the Autumn chill.
It was as vain as trying to hold back time. The march of time was persistent. Winter comes for all.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Ultra-Violet LiFi

 Ok....this is very very neat. Ultra-violet LiFi that isnt affected by sunlight.

They've had laser/direct p2p for a while, but this is different.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Washington crowd intimidation

 There is seriously something wrong with people in America at the moment.


Im glad to see im not the only person that this reminded me of this

I remember as a younger adult reading the Philip Short book on Pol Pot and being amazed at what human sheep can be "instructed" into doing.

BLM washington

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Coffee Cup the true OG

Most people reading this wont understand.....but i think this is very very cool.

Was the first app i used FTP on and i  thought it was pure magic......"its over now its over there". 

Coffee Cup Software

Saturday, July 25, 2020

The 2014 removal of the 50% LTCG discount on Australian property

Im wondering how the Australian government feels about their 2014 decision to abandon aussie expats living and working overseas with the ATO removal of the 50% Long Term Capital Gains discount for non residents.....(yes removed even for Australian citizens that are expats).

Im not sure it made much press onshore at the time as house prices were going up.....but now that they are falling and with a low $A.......Aussie expats have no interest in investing in Syd/Melbourne investment properties.....its just not a viable option.

With the removal of the 50% LTCG discount its means that you pay 38% MINIMUM tax on all capital gains.

So if you get 8% return on stocks here in the USA.....(annual average) then you would need to get 13% each year in Australian property in order to have the same after tax return........

Or put it this way...... lets say you buy $1m in Australian property and $1m in USA stocks in 2020 and then sell in 8-10 years when it doubles.

With Australian property you would get $620,000 in profit after paying $380,000 in tax.

If you invested in USA stocks and paid 20% capital gains you would get $800,000......paying only $200,000 in tax eg paying $180,000 less tax than investing in Australian property.

This is why i tell non resident Australian expats to NOT INVEST IN AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY ever since they change the rules in 2014.

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Mark Tritton ceo Bed Bath and Beyond

Always nice working away and then off to the side hearing an aussie accent on @CNBC

 Mark Tritton the new ceo of Bed Bath and Beyond is on talking about retail in the age of corona.....and even though he has been out of Australia for years........the accent is still there :)

Good to see someone from Gosford on the world stage.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Fed's begin to buy bonds

lol sure.....why not.