Archive for the 'General' Category

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Bad Advice

I saw two web pages giving bad financial advice today. The first was to a couple wanting to move into one of their rental properties. The advise was to see if the loans could be refinanced across the other properties leaving the one to be used as their residence with no mortgage. Since the tax […]
Monday, June 8th, 2015

King George III

It is Monday 8th June, the nearest Monday to George III’ birthday which was 4th June. Those of us living on the east coast of Australia therefore get a day off work to celebrate his 277th birthday (moved a few days so we get a long weekend). Here’s to you George, may they still be […]
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Terrorism and Murder – the difference between them

Terrorists are the very definition of insanity. They live in their own fantasy world and care nothing about anyone else. By the time that they actually commit a terrorist act such as planting a bomb or taking the lives of innocent hostages they are beyond redemption. The chances of their ever recovering from their insanity […]
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

GeoBlocking

When will TV and Movie companies realise that this type of technology is obsolete? The internet means that the world is ONE region and everyone is neighbours to everyone else. The only thing that their attempts at geoblocking achieve (other than making money for the VPN companies) is to promote piracy as pirated copies are […]
Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Fully Automatic Electric Car

A number of companies are currently working toward producing a fully automatic electric car. At this stage it is impossible to predict which company will start selling such a vehicle first or when exactly it will happen but it can’t be too many years away. Currently Tesla appear to be leading the race in that […]
Friday, March 20th, 2015

Do Not Call

I have my home phone number on the ‘do not call’ register.This means that the only companies that are allowed to call are those that already have some sort of relationship with me (eg. having sold me something). If a company without some sort of prior interaction with me calls I can report them. Apparently […]
Thursday, March 5th, 2015

ASX Sharemarket Game

Twice a year the Australian Stock Exchange runs a game to help people learn about how the sharemarket works. They have been running this for several years but I only found out about it in the middle of last year. In the game each player is given $50000 in game money to spend on shares. […]
Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Hamburgers

A couple of weeks ago I had a “so called” hamburger from one of the multinational fast food stores. The burger was about three mouthfuls in size and had two mini patties and a coin sized piece of bacon in it. Yesterday I was asked if I wanted a hamburger for dinner, I said yes […]
Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Imitation Games

Just saw this movie and wondering just how realistic it is. The following occurred to me while watching without even thinking about whether the events in the movie were based on facts or not – they relate purely to the issue of problem solving and the way that anyone who knows even a little about […]
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Politically Correct

In many cases a so called politically correct term is actually less so than the original. Take the work “chairman” for example where the literal meaning is “the person with their hand on the chair” – since the man part is latin meaning hand – similarly derived words include mandible and manacle both of which […]