Friday, July 29, 2016

Harder than you think

Track 3 -

Own it and open your mind or be owned....the choice is yours, for me it doesn't matter, I already believe.

(lol apologies to my neighbours who've listened to this cd on pretty much repeat rotation all afternoon).

For people having quality issues with Skype etc....when chatting with friends and family back home in Australia check out

The UI is a little funky (eg takes getting used to) but the voice quality has been awesome, especially for group calls.

Add me to your user list "Dean.Collins"

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jabhat Fatah al Sham

Funny how this article about the "new and improved" Jabhat Fatah al Sham - (or al-Nusrah as they used to be known) doesnt mention how in 2013 that Hillary and Obama thought it would be a good idea to fund these guys........
.......which then spun out of control and morphed into ISIL (or ISIS or Daesh) and went south into Iraq instead of west into Syria.

Funny how that never gets reported in the mainstream press.

You want to ask you politician a question......ask them why they thought it was ok to fund a terrorist group in a thrid country to overthrow the Syrian government.

(Oh and come there are no funds for hospitals and schools.....but plenty to blow up shit in third world countries??)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Old Man River

Cracking summer rain storm outside in NY today.

Chilling out at home with my feet on the windowsill watching it bucket down out there while listening to "Old Man River - Watching It All"


Gday are things going down under?

For friends of mine in Australia any feedback on how things are going there?

It seem to be ok but just wondering if i'm missing something and reaching out for your thoughts to understand if you've heard otherwise.

Unemployment seems to have turned put way better than the end of the mining boom seemed to be heading in 2014 so thats a good thing nut wondering if this is your experiences are after reading this article.

For those of you who want a more technical read, this link is probably a better article

The key wording that concerns me is "subdued labor costs have also contributed to weak core inflation"......

Sunday, July 24, 2016

PonoMusic goes dark (supposedly temporarily)

I've said it before and i'll say it again.....yep....there is no problem in paying for your music in streaming format instead of "owning" cd's at all......


Pssst: spend 15 minutes learning something,

You have to love how excited this guy is to own this piece of history.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Renovated Brooklyn Heights mansion for sale....only $18m

Nice place....if it was only $17m or so cheaper might be interested :)

Unfortunately instead we'll just have to wave at the new owners from our deck (its our blue deck umbrellas you can see in the photos) maybe we'll get an invite to the housewarming :)

AirBNB ban in Australia overturned

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Great to see NSW politicians putting in more infrastructure, while interest rates are low, would prefer more trains as well...but its a start.

St George Bank and RBA rate cuts

"A Good Day To Start Something"

How about a good day St George Bank to pass on full RBA rate cuts considering you pass on full increases pretty quickly......

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Contagious blaming

We saw The Crucible tonight....lots to ponder.

Even though an old play couldn't help but ponder in this time of Republican's Vs Democrats and Blacks Vs Cops that "contagious blaming" is rooted deep within.

Oh and as Jodie says....."don't stick your dick in crazy"

BTW was produced by Ivo Van Hove so some really interesting stage could hear the entire audience draw in their collective breath when a real live wolf wandered across the stage....(more of his stuff here )

BTW the real standout of the night was Ben Wishaw, I liked him in The Hour but in the last act really delivered in the quieter moments -

Where did all the Acid Jazz go?

Listening to "Rebirth of Cool V4" this afternoon.

Way too much awesomeness on this album for it to have been this long since i've had a serious listen.

We need more laid back acid jazz in our lives

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Watching European yields fall yet even further

Do investors hope to find Yet A Bigger Fool to sell to? or do they really think we'll be 0.2% worse in 10 years?

But I am starting to wonder as I watch 10 year yields in Europe go negative etc that this is all simply a case of “mis-allocation” and that people piling into negative bond yields because that's where "their" cash allocation goes each month (eg the same way Australian investment property is going into ever lower property rental yields with higher purchase prices)….because “that’s what you do”.

I’m starting to wonder if our personal investment dollars wouldn’t be better off going into “startups” (heck possibly even going into actual lottery tickets) as the yields we’re getting in Australian property rentals seem to be getting worse and worse even though we are the ones taking the risks eg banks aren’t taking any risk at all and they are collecting 4.5% (or over 2% profit with .5% operating costs and under 2% cash costs).

The real problem is with inflation continuing to eat into cash (eg real inflation and not the bullshit figures the government is giving us) is it just a matter of TINA (There Is No Alternative) and all will right itself eventually once demand comes on? or are we just setting up for yet another even bigger collapse? …..what to do….what to do?

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Too much #SLOSH

wow just came across this quote

"The U.S. Federal Reserve has created over $3 trillion dollars of new money in the last decade (after taking nearly a century to create the first trillion)."
Great for people that have anti-inflationary assets......very very bad for people who have jobs with a salary.....

Friday, July 01, 2016

Tesla Auto Pilot death

Tesla now claiming ....drivers should be paying attention and its not "auto driving" oh so now you tell us.

Claiming white truck against white sky. Loved Becky Quicks question...."so basically apart from sun and snow they are claiming this will work......"

Tesla are going to get their asses sued off, in this case i bet there are some 'conditions of use" that protect liability but wait until it kills someone else eg a driver of a regular car 'not' driving a Tesla who through no fault of their own gets killed.
Either the technology works or it doesn't......

Debt....what debt....kick

Hear that noise....thats the can being kicked down the road and your tax dollars are funding it.
Nothing to change the fact that Puerto Rico are taxing too little and spending too much.