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.
:)
https://www.facebook.com/NowWatching.tv/posts/1140141919421261

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 end......lol though its a bit of an epic endurance eg 15 seasons with 330 episodes..... http://amzn.to/2eFz7Cz

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.

- http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-21/no-more-cash-sidelines-private-client-cash-levels-drop-record-low

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


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-21/no-more-cash-sidelines-private-client-cash-levels-drop-record-low

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?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Noora Noor

I'm #NowListening to Noora Noor - Forget What I Said

What a find.....never heard of her until recently and bought the cd from Amazon - http://amzn.to/2rhNiQF

Looks like she only released 2 cd's even though she sounds awesome.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sovereign bankruptcy

Interesting article.....(and hopefully should explain to my Australian friends why Australian property isnt a bubble compared to the USA-but thats a side note).


The bigger issues are countries/cities/states claiming bankruptcy.


https://mishtalk.com/2017/05/26/chicago-population-shrinks-most-in-entire-us-berwyn-cicero-and-peoria-worse-per-capita-high-taxes-1-reason


Bankruptcy protection should ONLY be offered after all assets are sold off.


Too many states/cities love to borrow borrow borrow but then want to claim bankruptcy whilst still retaining valuable assets.


Doesn’t matter if we are talking Greece, Puerto Rico or Illinois….. you should only be able to claim bankruptcy after ALL assets have been sold off to pay debtors.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#ManchesterBombing

I hate to be a bummer.....but seeing no one else is pointing out the irony about what sort of person kills innocent children - i dont know but we gave one of them a Nobel Peace Prize


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Nobel_Peace_Prize  


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/09/america-dropped-26171-bombs-2016-obama-legacy


In 2016 alone Obama dropped 26,171 bombs.....but we seem to care only about "one" that went off in Manchester last night.


I feel for any parent who lost their child on Monday night.....but it never ceases to amaze me that we never seem to ask....Why?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Twitters Terms and Condition changes

Heads up on Twitters new T&C's.

They are now tracking your mobile phone movements
They are now tracking your browsing movements.

Uhm pass, uncheck and hit save.



Monday, May 15, 2017

Obsession

Jodie and i saw Obsession last week. Not as good as Hedda Gabler but still very much worth the $20 tickets that they charge for NTL.
If you have a local cinema that shows NTL live broadcasts then very much recommend you check these productions out.

Two comments......

Jude Law can really act (was very surprised at this), its the small movements and intonation that he truly is a master of.

Second is.....what the heck happened to Ivo van Hove as a child that he has this thing about liquids "gushing from above"?? (if you've seen his production of A View from the Bridge and now this you'll know what I mean).

http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/ntlout23-obsession

Rent affordability in Sydney

Was listening to a friend on my FB list posting about property investors are greedy and how the government needs to remove negative gearing, get rid of capitals gains discounts, and that the rent in Sydney is too damn high and his landlord is ripping him off at $490pw.

I posted a few screen shots of "reality calculations" in an excel spreadsheet

eg
100% property cost + purchase costs/stamp duty/legal expenses (for his 2br Sydney apartment based on other local sales around $700k)
x
current mortgage rates (used 4.5%)
+
Annual expenses including Rates/Strata/Water/Insurance + avg repairs pa of $1k

Which means his current apartment actually costs $700pw and that his landlord collecting only $490pw is actually losing $210pw

(ignoring probably wouldn't have 100% mortgage and didn't purchase property "yesterday" at current market rate etc, but very accurate calculations apart from that).

Australian renters have never had it better and are actually benefitting from Australian tax policies in a big way.

When I pointed out that his apartment actually cost $700pw his response was.....in this shitbox no way I'd live somewhere else....im not stupid enough to pay that much.

.....sigh.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Prometheus

Im @NowWatching #Prometheus on BluRay in anticipation of seeing #AlienCovenant next weekend. - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1446714/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The second time around it doesnt piss me off as badly at the bad direction choices and the lack of scientific protocols.

Lets fly half a galaxy away and get laid.......


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1446714/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Rage Against The Machine

I'm #NowListening to Rage Against The Machine (1992)
- http://amzn.to/2qDvoa3

Forgot how amazingly awesome their baselines are....perfect timing with their step fall driving beat.


http://amzn.to/2qDvoa3

Friday, April 28, 2017

Janiva Magness

Anyone heard of Janiva Magness before? Seems to have been around for decades but never heard of her before....

Awesome track

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dual QuickCharge 3.0 WITH foldable plug

Just wanted to post a link as this seems to me to be the only Dual QuickCharge 3.0 Charger WITH a foldable plug which should be ALWAYS included feature for chargers so not to damage items around it when packed in a backpack/suitcase.

Never heard of Tronsmart but nice job - http://amzn.to/2p227Hz

No idea why almost every other charger only has a single QuickCharge port and normal "smartcharge ports" for the rest....i'm assuming a licensing or engineering reason....but doesnt everyone have two handset minimum house these days.

http://amzn.to/2p227Hz

Russia.....isnt as big as you think

Known about this for a while ever since the famous "West Wing" episode.....but number 2 with Russia overlayed on Africa surprised me.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Theremin wizardry

Theremin and synthesizer playing Babooshka.


Pure wizardry.....nothing else can be said.





Sunday, April 16, 2017

Koalas are dicks

Its Off Off broadway events like this that make living in NYC perfect.





Brody, America’s favorite koala, has stormed off the set of his hit sitcom. Holed up in a sleazy LAX motel, he's got enough booze and drugs to last for months.

Desperate to get him back on track his agent, wrangler, and co-star try to make him see reason. But is their concern for Brody's future? Or their own?

Koalas are Dicks is a dark Hollywood comedy about terrible people and the koala who supports them.

http://www.randomlyspecifictheatre.com/upcoming-events.html

Unfortunately yesterday was the end of a "too" short run.......but hopefully will get to see Grant Tambellini, Peter Buck Dettmann, Tiffany May McRae, Larry Phillips, Phoebe Leonard & Griffin Hennelly in something else sooner than later as they were all awesome in this production and deserve to be in major long run Broadway production.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

NBN - A Network Error

https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2017/april/1490965200/paddy-manning/network-error
He called his internet retailer to ask about their 100 Mbps NBN plan ($80 a month), and here’s where the story gets interesting. They didn’t want to sell him the 100 Mbps plan, recommending a 25 Mbps plan instead, and telling him the NBN had said that, for the coexistence period of 18 months (while ADSL and NBN technologies were running simultaneously), there’d be a slowdown in NBN speeds. Curious, Adam called the NBN and was told that was rubbish, and he should definitely be able to get up to 100 Mbps at his address. He called the retailer back and ordered the 100 Mbps plan. Off-peak he is now getting 25 Mbps, but it fluctuates wildly, and at peak times in the evening he is getting between 2 and 8 Mbps – worse than before. https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2017/april/1490965200/paddy-manning/network-error



All i can say is i'm glad i live in New York with unlimited download 300/30 for $70 a month while this crap is going on.

Cant believe people voted Turnbull in.

We were so close.....but now so far.

What i dont understand is why we as Australian voters arent doing more to lobby around getting this fixed.

These are our rights that are being affected.

These are services we pay good money for that are being delivered poorly.

When are we as a nation going to utilise the resources we posses in order to force a better service level agreement for our money?


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NSW land titles "sold" to private interests for $2.6b......for a footy stadium upgrade

Come in spinner.......

Property owners of NSW.....hope you had your bran this morning because bend over....you just got shafted.

It makes absolutely no sense to sell off the family silverware today if you have to pay to rent it back next Sunday.....and why did we do this? All to upgrade some footy stadiums.

What a joke.


http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-land-titles-registry-leased-for-26-billion-to-hastings-funds-management-first-state-super-20170412-gvjcfw.html
The Berejiklian government has announced it will lease the state's 150-year-old land titles registry to Hastings Funds Management and First State Super for 35 years, after accepting their bid of $2.6 billion.


I give it about 12-18 months before they start jacking up prices due to "unforeseen circumstances" (lol=33.5 years worth of #FatProfits).

Whats the bet that HFM make more than $130m x 35 years for their $2.6b investment......it will make this "lease payment" look like chump change

Feel free to send your comments to Premier Gladys Berejiklian via twitter @GladysB once this starts to happen.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tracy Chapman

Up late doing taxes with random mp3's playing in the background.......Tracy Chapman "Behind The Wall" came on......had to stop what i was doing and listen.


- https://youtu.be/-9BM6VsTNYg


Forgot how awesomely gifted she is and how sad sad sad this song is.......



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Westpac jacks up investor rates 0.28%

Anyone staying with @Westpac deserves to get shafted after they raise investor rates 0.28% to pump up profits.

There was NO corresponding RBA move, this is just profit driven.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fed announcement Wednesday the 15th

You never would have thought based on the $US movement that there was a fed meeting tomorrow likely to result in the a 0.25% rate increase for only the 3rd time in a decade......

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Hedda Gabler

Just saw the #NTLive production of Hedda Gabler. Isn't technology awesome (live satellite of a play tonight in London).


If you get a chance to see the encore screenings (showing now in a lot of countries around the world) - http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/59687-hedda-gabler I highly reccomend it.

Ruth Wilson is a powerhouse of an actress (though to be honest never heard of her before 2 weeks ago when we saw her on Graham Norton show as publicity for this play).


http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/59687-hedda-gabler

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Strata Schemes "an Australian postal address"

Wow just been told by NSW Fair Trading someone screwed up Nov 2016 update and left the word "Australian" for postal address requirement.

1 in 20 Australians currently live overseas and some of these would most likely be property owners so even though we can have "electronic communications" and attend AGM's via skype or electronic polling.....the AGM notices can ONLY be sent via mail to an Australian registered address according to Strata Schemes Management Act Sec 178

Who do we contact in NSW parliament to get this act changed by legislation and how much is this screwup going to cost taxpayers?

178   Content of strata roll
(1) Information about lots The following information must be recorded in the strata roll in relation to a particular lot in the strata scheme:
(a)  the name of the holder of the estate in fee simple in the lot (in the case of a freehold strata scheme) or the holder of the leasehold estate in the lot (in the case of a leasehold strata scheme),
(b)  an address for service of notices,
(c)  an Australian postal address, and an email address if the holder has one, if not provided as the address for service,
(d)  the name of the holder’s agent (if any) appointed in accordance with this Act and the agent’s address for service of notices,
(e)  information provided under a strata interest notice,
(f)  information provided under a tenancy notice.


lol so you can have an AGM meeting via Skype.....but you have to get the notice about the meeting via Australian post snail mail only....

Electronic communications 
The owners corporation can decide how meetings are to be held and the method of voting.
This includes enabling voting and/or meeting participation through technology such as email, teleconference, video conference calls and the use of voting websites. Pre-meeting electronic voting is another option that owners corporations can choose to allow.



What a mess.......


Saturday, March 04, 2017

Intel Atom C2000

Ugh,,,, these chips are in everything
:(


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/03/netgear_recalling_hardware_with_bad_intel_atoms/


Asked whether Intel's flawed chip was to blame, a Netgear spokesperson told The Register, "We're not naming the vendor but it sounds as if you've done your research."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/03/netgear_recalling_hardware_with_bad_intel_atoms/



Wednesday, March 01, 2017

FCC OK’s First Unlicensed LTE in 5 GHz

The Federal Communications Commission this morning announced that it had “just authorized the first LTE-U—LTE for unlicensed—devices in the 5 GHz band.” This was according to a tweet from @FCC on Twitter, and soon after, a rare blog post from Julius Knapp, chief of the FCC Office of Engineering & Technology.

I love this quote.....
"Coexist is hilarious. You can teach a canary and a cat to coexist, but you use up a lot of canaries".

So for anyone running office networks etc....having trouble with your 5ghz wifi range......might want to keep an eye out for a box that looks like this.



What you are supposed to do about it when you find it.....who knows, not my problem, call the FCC  (and shield your nuts while you wait for them to do something) I guess.



Cheers,
Dean
 


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Coffin Club

Article in todays NYT about a group of retirees forming "coffin club" in NZ for the ultimate DIY

- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/world/australia/new-zealand-diy-coffins.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0


Roger Terry and his wife, Grace, have little interest in quilting, fishing or book clubs. Instead, they meet with other retired friends each Tuesday at a disused sports center to build coffins, a hobby that has gathered followers across New Zealand.
“We have a heap of fun,” said Grace Terry, 77, a former nurse in Hawke’s Bay, on the North Island of New Zealand. “I’ve seen people come alive making their own coffins.”



In case you are thinking "pine box" check out this snazzy custom build.


Inspirational :)




Saturday, February 25, 2017

Meat Pies = life is good

Was feeling homesick this weekend.....so whipped up some meat pies from scratch. Bit of Heinz sauce....life is good.



Sunday, February 19, 2017

#Homeland


Terrorist shooting incident in downtown brooklyn ......just kidding, they are filming #Homeland

Though seriously wow at how long standing around for 10 seconds of firing guns and car screeches etc......


Jodie has a video of the action here - https://www.facebook.com/collins.jodie/videos/1340714709325226

Australian property gains tax changes?

Reading this article - https://pfh007.com/2017/02/16/budget-2017-plans-to-cut-the-cgt-concession-not-likely/comment-page-1/#comment-651


Anyone think if they remove or reduce the 50% discount on housing......that they will still apply the 50% discount for shares and investments other than property?
(eg only 25% discount on property investments for 12-60 months increasing up to 50% on property investments more than 5+ years)


Thoughts?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2.75m in Darlinghurst

Keep in mind $145k to $2.75m is only 12% return pa.

I think the problem in Australia is people dont understand how inflation works (also would be interesting to know what capital improvements have been done over the last 30+ years).


https://www.domain.com.au/news/historic-darlinghurst-cottage-sells-for-450000-over-reserve-in-hot-auction-20170218-gufx0u/


https://www.domain.com.au/news/historic-darlinghurst-cottage-sells-for-450000-over-reserve-in-hot-auction-20170218-gufx0u/





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

E3 visa infographics (for Australians only)

For my tech friends in Australia looking for engineering roles in the USA (and finding problems with USA based HR staff) you might want to check this infographic out.
Happy to answer any questions but the comparison on the 2nd infographic between E3 and H1b visa covers most of it.

http://gdaysf.com/e3-visa

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Bring out the pitchforks

Bring out the pitchforks the revolution is coming.......

- https://twitter.com/scottsantens/status/829086557697167361
The most interesting tweet I've read this week.


https://twitter.com/scottsantens/status/829086557697167361



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Greencard holders now prisoners

Yep Donald J. Trump these look like super dangerous people that we need to be protected from......Greencard holders and living here for years but you think you think we need to be protected from them somehow.....?? wtf??

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Perfect example of why removing Stamp Duty is a terrible idea

I noticed that YIPmagazine is pushing the idea of removing stamp duty again......

Came across this article on NZ and retweeted back to them why its a terrible idea and thought more than a few of you here might agree
- https://twitter.com/deancollins/status/824341625476435975

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

UPC codes


Wow I had no idea you could buy your own UPC numbers in lots of 1000 for only $15
-
http://fbaexpert.com/amazon-upc

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tap tap tap....is this Microphone on?

The irony is......now we all carry the latest and great mobile phones and not only do we pay for the rights to carry around  these NSA microphonesbut even after Snowden told us we were all being monitored....we still cant put them down.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fire up the barbie - Australia day 2017 "lamb" commercial

AWESOME :))))))

Makes me so proud to be an Aussie with open attitudes like that :)




Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New York City taxes

Just completed our 2016 coop expenses spreadsheet for the accountant.

Our NYC city taxes for a small 6 apartment 4 story coop in Brooklyn Heights is now $41,455 a year or approx 64.3% of annual building running costs.

Absolutely ridiculous Bill de Blasio !!

City taxes are TOO DAMNED HIGH !!

Domains for sale?

I'm cutting down on the number of domains I own.

Does anyone have a use for;

www.LiveUniChat.com
and
www.LiveUniversityChat.com


Shoot me an email dean@at.Collins.net.pr



Saturday, January 07, 2017

Blue and Lonesome

Really enjoying the new Rolling Stones album "Blue & Lonesome"

Awesome new direction for them.....hope they do more albums like this i would totally continue to buy as much as they can produce !!

http://amzn.to/2iPOQwY


http://amzn.to/2iPOQwY

China FX reserves

Everyone seems to see this graph as bad for Yuan
https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/817786925901811713



I see $1.1T in US Treasury.....what happens when they decide don't want to lend?

The USA is benefiting massively in cheap cash to pay our bills.....if the debt collector ever calls on us to repay we're screwed.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Big end of town get efficient at property management

wow 14% eviction rate per annum.....
- https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-03/wall-street-america-s-new-landlord-kicks-tenants-to-the-curb


I know BrickX and other Australian versions of "big end of town SFH property investment" hasn't penetrated much in Australia but would be interesting to see how this went down in Australia.