Friday, September 30, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Economy must be doing just fine

The New York economy must be doing just fine, been chasing a NYC contractor for a quote to replace our rear deck.

They missed the first two appointments (was nice enough to email saying got held up cant make it), took about a week later before made the initial inspection.

Ok all good there I'm thinking.

Chased them up for the quote two weeks later.......yep you'll have the quote next Tuesday, hmmm ok.

Tuesday came and went....still didn't hear from David Salerno , waited a few days, then called him the following Monday.

Today I get this email.....


Thank you for your email and phone call. 

We have a specific protocol to follow. 

As I submitted your structural concept to our engineer / expediter we learned your building falls under the auspices of the Landmarks Preservation Committee.

This demonstrates a significant commitment of time and expediting- with dramatically inflated the cost of the project. 

Considering the volume of projects we already have pending with LPC, regrettably we wish to be withdrawn from consideration for this project. 

There is no charge for the consult or time spent with the engineer. 


Best Wishes, 

David Salerno
New York Roofscapes, Inc.
NYDCA Lic#1446431

1330 6th Ave - Suite 23
New York, NY  10019
(212) 653-0662
(212) 653-0950 Fax
(631) 903-7152  Cell"

Gee uhm aren't charging me for wasting my time for 6 weeks. OK Dokey. Thanks I guess......


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Brian Ritchie in Possum Bay Tasmania

Randomly came across this video about Brian Ritchie living in Tasmania this afternoon while browsing -

Very cool to watch considering going to see Violent Femmes next Friday night.

Its part of the Sandcastles video series -

Lego "Flybrix" Drones

lol i dont have kids and i'm thinking should go out and get some kids just so can get away with buying this.

A company called Flybrix is putting legos on the wing. The San Francisco startup today began selling build-a-drone kits for kids age 14 and up comprised of: LEGO bricks, boom arms and motors that don’t require soldering, and other off the shelf and Flybrix-designed parts.

Once assembled, Flybrix drones are lightweight and meant to be flown indoors. They can be operated with a Bluetooth flight control app for iOS or Android smartphones, or a manual flight controller purchased from the company. Flybrix drones are also, notably, “crash-friendly,” meaning they can be re-assembled time and again as kids experiment with their designs, and learn how to pilot them.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Music - XTC

Awesome mix, dont know who put together this list, but been a fun listen most of the afternoon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Heart - Heart

Realised i had a hole in my cd collection last week
Just arrived in the mail and blasting out Track have i lived this long without a copy on my media server.


Syrian peace deal

Moscow denies Russian or Syrian planes struck aid trucks

Its a sad day when we can no longer trust either govt....

How did we get here

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tesla liability?

Tesla must rebrand AutoPilot as 'advanced cruise control' because to call it anything else is bullshit.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Music - Deep Dark Robot

If you are old enough to remember "Morphine and Chocolate" and "Whats UP" then you probably know who Linda Perry is.

Got 40 minutes to spare? check out (but try and watch it all contiguously)
"Deep Dark Robot - 8 Songs About A Girl"

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

1 Gbps internet in New Zealand

Yep remember when Malcolm Turnbull told you that the govt wanted to spend too much on internet and who needed that kind of level of service.......yeh turns out NZ does.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

17/22 Ness Avenue, Dulwich Hill

I just watched the auction video for 17/22 Ness Avenue, Dulwich Hill

We were thinking of bidding on it but didn't end up getting sorted in time.

I was prepared to pay up to $649,000, Jodie wanted to spend $675,000 (but I wouldn’t have let her do that) as 4% gross and 3% net roi is our minimum returns as you can see in the calculations below.  

Lol people are losing their minds……. at $726,000 way way overpaid. Basically overpaid by a brand new car (or two)....think about that for a moment.

I did some quick sums basically @$500pw rent with 20% deposit of $145,00 and $34,000 stamp duty and legal costs this will be cashflow negative for about 6.5 years……and that’s without interest rates moving so basically they will be losing roi month in month out for about 10 years and never see an investment return until they sell it.

I hope they like golf......

Great work by the sales team though, the vendor must be ecstatic.   :)

Friday, September 09, 2016

Building approvals

Wow that's a crapload of additional houses, would have been better if was normalized against immigration and additional population from births etc.
eg. its not as dramatic as you would think.

This said.....Sydney is full and people need to accept they need to start moving to Melbourne....


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

EM Drives

Can someone ELI5 the issue here?

Eg isnt is just "capturing" the electrical (either nuclear or solar) and the "opposite reaction" actually occured "previously" and is stored energy (or store momentum as in this case).
I dont get what the big deal is here

Saturday, September 03, 2016