Monday, May 20, 2019

Australian election

Australian election post mortem happening now....but most of it is just plain wrong.
https://yathink.com.au/article-display/slow-clap-australia,230#.XOILg2nejm4.facebook


Any politician who says they lost the election because of the media or advertising deserves to lose.


You only have to look at AOC and Trump on how they get their message out to realise that people truly can be reached if you have something decent to say.


Personally i think neither party had anything innovative to offer this election and thats why people voted for the stability of the existing incumbents.....but thats just my opinion....and everyone has an asshole as well.


Basically Labor lost/ the LNP didnt win it, until Labor realises their mistake.....will happen again. As for blaming people rejecting labors plans for holding onto Dividend Imputations......uhm yep because paying tax WHICH WAS NEVER OWED IN THE FIRST place is dumb.


Its would be like saying.....so sad you are owed a tax refund this year....you should have planned better.....we'll hold on to it until next year and you can have it back then (unless of course.....the ATO owes you a tax refund that year as well.....thanks for being a good aussie).


This said.....democracy won eg everyone voted, we all got our Democracy Sausages, no one died at the end of a bullet/bomb, and thats a great thing and something to be thankful for


:)

Monday, May 13, 2019

Aurum by the Australian ballet

Got to see Aurum by the ABT at The Joyce theater last night https://joyce.org/performances/australian-ballet

Aurum was a spectacular piece of dance - https://australianballet.com.au/tv/aurum-beauty-in-the-broken
https://australianballet.com.au/tv/aurum-beauty-in-the-broken

And seeing it at The Joyce was extra special as cheaper than seeing the ABT in Sydney and we we close enough to hear them breath (no orchestra pit at The Joyce).

Stage is a little cramped/small but for the pieces they did, worked fine.

Wanted to give a shoutout to Amanda McGuigan absolute star of the night, on point and nailed every moment, has the ability to show soul and emotions in facial expressions and movement that is being dropped for technique by too many dancers.......

The use of the gold metallic floor and reflective lighting was truly spectacular.



Sunday, May 05, 2019

Brooklyn Bridge Park wharf conversion

Awesome day out in Brooklyn heights. Hard to believe this park used to be a wharf eg. I'm actually standing above the water taking these photos.

Such a great asset for the Brooklyn Heights area.




Saturday, May 04, 2019

Australian Dance Theatre at The Joyce

Just got back from seeing the Australian Dance Theatre company at The Joyce, wow at some of their abilities/choreography, much respect.


Though having gelato with my espresso before the show.....probably not the best idea, lol sitting there all fat and content watching these ripped bods sweat :)


They have Australian ballet performing next Sunday night at the same location so looking forward to that one as well.




Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Turn the BQE into a parking lot/park = awesome idea

Turning the existing cantilever into parking makes a ton of sense.


At $500 a month for existing spots in Brooklyn Heights (all of which are full) there is a ton of unmet demand that could be an ongoing revenue source for the parks dept.


https://ny.curbed.com/2019/4/3/18293605/brooklyn-queens-expressway-bjarke-ingels-group-bqp?fbclid=IwAR21Og0is3N0mQf-3TP1XLWdL-1MjRlMeEcSHgLruAmIe5YNo1owVxqFuU0

Friday, March 29, 2019

Biosphere 2

"It’s been 25 years since two people were arrested for an attack on Biosphere 2 - people who had just spent two years inside it. I take a look back at one of science’s stranger moments for the upcoming @nytimes Sunday Review"
- https://nyti.ms/2UYrjvX
https://twitter.com/carlzimmer/status/1111613952121864199


Really interesting article about "Biosphere 2" the fact they couldn't get it to work (whatever that means) makes this experiment even more important if you ask me (eg we are screwing up Biosphere1 in ways we might never be able to fix)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

America has gone to pot

America has officially lost the plot. Barneys department store has started selling high end pot accessories.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi3-P2jzKLhAhWIt1kKHQbNCEkQFjADegQIBRAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloomberg.com%2Fnews%2Farticles%2F2019-02-11%2Fbarneys-adds-bongs-to-beverly-hills-store-embracing-pot-culture&usg=AOvVaw3k5kSvPBENoakaduZzhtIA

Saturday, March 23, 2019

The B-Side

Jodie and I went to see The B-Side at St Anns last night.

I dont know who is doing the curation for productions there but we've been to see 3 plays there in the last 12 months and they've all been an absolute success.

Its too complicated to encompass what The B-side is like to see, however just to say.....if you ever hear me complain about my life - feel free to knock me on the side of a head with an axe.


We live such sheltered privileged life we couldnt imagine/know a bad day if we tried. I have a feeling i'll be thinking about TB Bee's and Ratler for a while.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

New Logitech MX518 Optical Mouse

Ok so I was all excited to hear that Logitech was finally bringing out a new version of the MX518 mouse.....which means I can finally replace my ancient MX518 that keeps working fine so still my preferred mouse BUT bits of the plastic etc are worn away...... so looks like hell.
- https://amzn.to/2W3o5HG

Ok the new one arrived today and still getting used to it, considering I just disconnected my old mx518 mouse (eg. at least 10 years+ old, couldn't find receipt its that old) this new mouse has some big shoes to fill........and so far im not impressed.



https://amzn.to/2W3o5HG

3 issues ive identified so far.

1/ the cable is much thinner than the old one.......which means it no longer stays fitted into the chase space beneath my G11 keyboard. Not sure if this is a new standard size and they've been like that for years......but basically couldn't discretely hide the wiring like I could with the old one.

2/ you cant actually plug it into the G11 keyboard like you could the old one.....basically it says hub overpowered - I assume some time in the last decade they changed the power specs and this isn't solvable......basically means couldn't discretely hide the wiring like I could with the old one........

3/ and this is my biggest problem-though probably easiest one to fix. Ive always used the assignable thumb keys as scroll up and scroll down........for some reason scroll up and scroll down is not available on the assign feature......like seriously?? who thought that was ok? They got next music track, or next tab.....but not scroll up and down so the only way to scroll is using the wheel??

Ugh.


Update on the scroll issue - see in the comments section below

Thursday, March 14, 2019

LUV investor

I'm @NowWatching CNBC where Captain Jonathan Weeks from Southwest pilots association explaining NO ISSUES with 41,000 $LUV #MAX8 flights.

Grounding these planes is a mistake......but I'm a patient investor- I'll wait.



Sunday, March 10, 2019

Classics

Sometimes the classics......really are the best.



Since I've Been Loving You (Remastered) · Led Zeppelin
-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lSJ-0Gl7Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lSJ-0Gl7Q



Saturday, February 16, 2019

Amazon HQ2

Wondering if the Amazon HQ2 thing is making the news in Sydney?

eg. Are people understanding the ramifications and drawing parallels to the fact that now that NY has driven away 25,000 tax paying jobs that the $27B in tax revenues that went with it now have to be generated from property taxes.

I mean seriously who in this photo protesting Amazon is going to generate $27B in taxes from their corporation/startup?

Disjointed thinking here but there needs to be a public dialog something along the lines of.....you can either encourage business growth by implementing good infrastructure/trains etc OR businesses will go elsewhere AND then all you have left to generate government income is property taxes. eg is Sydney really doing enough to encourage new business formation OR is it losing that business formation to other states/other countries.

I still find it hard to comprehend that every reporter in Australia isnt writing weekly articles about how the NBN fucked over the economy and that politicians arent being hung from the streetlights....but what do i know….. I also think that the decision to put a rail line in Sydney out to NSW Uni and NOT put it underground is the stupidest thing ive heard this decade and should result in an immediate loss of office for the politicians who approved it.

Im just glad that NZ exists and their success with 1gb fiber (now moving to 10gb) and love pointing it out anytime anti-NBN voters raise their heads saying “it cant be done”.


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/opinion/amazon-new-york.html?



Friday, February 01, 2019

Hot potato Hot Potato who has the gold.....?

And Americans want to complain about Russians buying facebook ads.....
- https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-31/store-your-gold-bank-england-and-you-might-never-see-it-again-0

Whats going to be really interesting is to see how much the price of gold goes up as now that these bars are beign prevented from leaving and "removed" from general circulation they need to be documented and serialised - oh and a number of other countries are probably going to be thinking hmmmm maybe we should pull ours now rather than later.



Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ultraviolet closing down




Just received an email to say that the Ultraviolet streaming service is closing down...... so anyone that purchased/relies on Ultraviolet to watch their movies.....I guess you are SOOL (Shit Out Of Luck).

Yet again another streaming service (this one with major players and funders) is shutting down. I'll add it to my list of streaming content providers where you thought you were buying/paying for content.....but instead you were only purchasing a revocable license.

I'll stick to buying my content on BluRay, DVD and CD and rip the content to my own media service where I can continue to access it forever (or until I can no longer source players to rip the content......considering they pulled headphone jacks from iPhones its not entirely out of the realm of possibility).

I've always kept but just never used the UV codes that came with BluRays also I've purchased a number of BluRays 'second hand but in mint condition' having come without the codes (eg people buy them retail then sell without the code and just use UV). I guess I was getting the better end of the bargain after all.

Wonder if any lawyers are putting together a UV class action suit......I could have quite a case now I can no longer access UltraViolet content :)

RIP Ultraviolet..... along with Zune library, Yahoo Music, Walmart MP3 streaming service etc etc etc


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

How did i miss Split/Unbreakable tie-in?

I rewatched #Unbreakable and #Split on BluRay this weekend in anticipation of seeing #Glass on Friday, they actually held up really well and watching them back to back like that made the trilogy building aspects much more noticeable.

Also was super weird it wasn't obvious when watching #Split at the movies a few years ago that it was obviously a sequel to #Unbreakable ....but didnt think about the obvious tie-ins until the coffee shop scene.


How the heck did I miss it first time around??

Thursday, January 03, 2019

LNP now claiming Labors plan for LTCG is wrong......or is it?

Interesting how the LNP are now saying Labors proposal for removing LTCG discount for real estate is a bad idea

- https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust/status/1080656605362835456


When it was the LNP that screwed over hard working Aussie expats in the first place removing our LTCG discounts in the first place.
https://twitter.com/deancollins/status/1080943549674336257
and
https://twitter.com/deancollins/status/1080944429547044866


lol....so which is it Josh?.... a good idea or a bad idea?