Stream of Consciousness Week 13th September 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post particularly if new information comes to light…

  • There is an Android App called TrackerControl which will detect and display any possible trackers included in any Apps that you have on your phone. Their website: trackercontrol.org.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 13th September 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 30th August 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post particularly if new information comes to light…

  • TD Ameritrade has decided to tell us Kiwi’s (New Zealanders) to buzz off. Trying to set up and transfer my account to Interactive Brokers, but trying to find a human I can talk to has been nigh impossible. Thinking I might just can this and repatriate the lot back home.
  • Yeah, this is our (New Zealand’s) second wave of COVID-19. Received my first of two Covid vaccine shots on Friday Afternoon.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 30th August 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 5th July 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post particularly if new information comes to light…

  • Latest Roy Morgan polling suggests that NZ Labour party support has fallen 6.5 percentage points. Noticed not many if any of the mainstream media outlets here in NZ have picked this story up this time around. It’s also interesting to now observe that people on both sides of the political spectrum appear to be now united and aligned in expressing their disappointment towards the Labour led Government’s lack of progress on their election pledges both here and here (on the left) and then here (on the right).
  • Interesting this is now considered business news by the NZ Herald.
  • While Swazi NZ appear to have moved the manufacture of many of their clothing lines overseas. LastRite footwear, Earth Sea Sky, Cactus Outdoor, Kaiwaka, Ground Effect (Cycling apparel) appears to be still made in New Zealand.
  • Light Rail is now being consulted on at lightrail.co.nz. To be honest, I’m not too keen because it feels like the project will undoubtedly go the same way as any other city project. Late delivery and cost blow outs.
    Has no one thought about running a heavy rail spur line out from Puhinui westward parallel or near parallel to Puhinui Rd, across the estuary and then an elevated line some how into the both the Domestic and International terminal? Yeah, it will undoubtably cost a few billion given the way things are, but I think such a proposition may be less fraught with risk than trying to retro fit Light rail down existing roads.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 5th July 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 28th June 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • Trams / light rail have their place and if they were still there, would have been a practical solution as part of a push to get Auckland moving. Unfortunately, they’ve been ripped out. That said, I’m not sold on the idea of retrofitting trams back in to existing streets (that have since substantially changed). I can’t see how this is going to work without causing huge disruption forcing people against their will to change the way they go about their lives along with a lot of anger and resistance from those affected. While change in this instance may ultimately be a long term good, you do have to be respectful towards people’s present needs. (Please be practical)
  • The problem I have with Auckland Transport and perhaps more so, the Greater Auckland blog is that they appear to be pushing dogmatic ideologies at the expense of being more pragmatic and taking the time to properly consider the merits of all options. To be honest, it looks like the Greater Auckland Blog people are aspiring to make Auckland like Melbourne. It may be their impression of a great city, but respectfully speaking many will not have the same ideas. Have spoken to Matt Lowrie in person (a decade ago mind you, at Campaign for better transport meeting, I believe). Great guy, but I don’t think all of his views are necessarily down to earth, practical, nor even necessarily a proper fit for Auckland’s unique make up.
  • I feel it would be in Greater Auckland (GA) best interest to be making huge noises around the unfolding urban and transport planning disaster that is Mill Rd / Takanini area. Sprawl with little in the way of alternative transport options. If GA want their coveted Trams they need to be focussing on those new developments and encouraging Auckland Council to be laying down infrastructure right now while it’s easier, not later then trying to retrofit at great cost.
  • Melbourne I feel is a better fit to those who are perhaps more politically liberal, enjoy the many live events on offer, higher acceptance of the LGBQT community, the arts (including Graffiti style mural street art), and the different vast mix of cultures and their annual festivals. Melbourne has among one of the better public transport systems in the world. On the other hand, behind the wheel (if one needs to be) traffic is just as frustrating as Auckland and despite their heavy handed fines, people’s standard of driving appears to be on par with Auckland. While Central Melbourne and St Kilda is vibrant, areas of Inland Greater Melbourne not so much.
  • Regarding Auckland Transport’s (AT) enforcement, I wish to counsel them they have to be careful with how they carry this out. While I have personally never received an infringement, If you start fining otherwise compliant people en masse for innocent mistakes (being unfamiliar with the area / road layout) and snagging them on obscure technicalities, it may net additional council revenue and it may make some apologetic, but it can back fire causing the loss of the public’s goodwill instead making people resentful and resistant to adapting to the so called new vision. Unfortunately, I’m seeing the latter occur more often and more concerning is the fostering of an “us versus them” mentality.
  • Unfortunately, after the UE Megabust debacle, I have even less trust in online reviews. The rave video reviews which were frankly blatant adverts disguised as reviews, the “amazon choice” label, the 5 star reviews, the marketing material “Way more boom” and “Thundering bass” all led me to believe the Megaboom 3 would have better sound quality and at least the same bass response as my old UE Boombox from 2013. Not the case.
  • Also, my desire to spend anything on myself has crashed through the floor in large part, the above. That was evident when I was roaming around Fieldays and my desire to spend I found was almost completely gone.
  • Was interesting to have a wander around Fieldays, ended up winning back the cost of the day trip special thanks to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and a raffle they happen to be running at their marquee. Careers hub was empty again (no visitors). Some good machinery demonstrations.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 28th June 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 31th May 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • Just like a rocket escaping the Earth’s gravitational pull… I am starting to wonder if the markets (Housing and equities) globally have now managed to escape the surface of reality and are now permanently in orbit (where the usual counter balancing factors no longer have any effect) heading further and further away with no prospect of a return back to rationality.
  • …I guess similar to how Facebook through it’s speed of growth managed to escape the usual counter balancing conditions that afflicted it’s predecessors such as Friendster and MySpace.
  • House prices in Rolly have run away. Little chance I’m going to buy another one there now.

Older Stream of Consciousness thoughts can be found here.

Stream of Consciousness Week 31th May 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 17th May 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • 21 May 2021 – An interesting online project extensively mapping and documenting the various marae over Aotearoa including photos and information about each marae: https://maorimaps.com/
  • Finally upgraded the VPS on NUI.NZ. Was really running low on web space. The lack of available space was acting as a psychological brake on adding new galleries.
  • Perplexed that NZTA appeared to have started closed the motorway an hour earlier than they had originally suggested on their website (10:00 pm advised, 9:00 pm was actual). They released new bulletins a few minutes before 9:00 pm which is useless while already on the road. Some comments coming their way are probably in order.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 17th May 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 10th May 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • While periodontally compromised and loose, not in agreement that a natural tooth which is otherwise “vital” (alive and receiving blood flow and has no signs of decay) needs to be extracted. The area has received periodontal treatment and the gums are healing up. Suggested to them they splint the tooth at the first instance, give the bone area an opportunity to heal and then we can reassess in a couple of years whether or not we need to extract and replace it with an artificial implant. Will be seeking a second opinion.
  • However, I wish to iterate the above does not in anyway reflect on the other work that the dentists have carried out which I felt was done professionally and to a high standard.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 10th May 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 22nd March 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • In the same way that far right extremism (actually any sort of extremism) is undesired and troublesome, the “/r/newzealand” subreddit I would say is fast approaching an example of far-left extremism cultivating very divisive pile-on attitudes by way of epic group think and will admit, I’ve started to be become troubled by some of the views expressed in that forum. It’s been a while since I visited, but I think I will resume staying away (just as I stay away from far right extremist sites). New Zealand society I feel can ill afford to tolerate groups that seek to cultivate an “us versus them” and “all or nothing” mentality. Echo chamber on steroids. Some balance, please, people.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 22nd March 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 15th March 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • Lawrence Vic Pty Ltd T/A Thrifty Car and Truck Rental Victoria have agreed to refund the undisclosed portion of the Administration fees without question. Certainly a different and more pleasant exchange than the immediately hostile one I had with the old accounts team back in 2018 when I originally tried to bring it up. Demonstrates that it’s not always about hirers failing to read the agreement. In my case, the clause was no where to be found.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 15th March 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 8th March 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • Easy walk / explore around the back of Te Kowhai, exploring the Te Otamanui Walkway. A very short 2km (one way) walk along side a marshy lagoon. There were plans to extend it all the way to Waipa River, but looks like this may have since stalled due to COVID-19
  • Review platforms are heavily Astroturfed. Read “Which?” Article. In other news, water is wet. Review platforms such as Google Reviews have done a useless job at policing them, in fact, I’m now of the opinion that Google should kill their Review platform.
  • Following on from that theme, All online reviews of any given business are now checked for the presence of widespread false reviews prior to me rendering the services of that business. It is in my experience that businesses engaging in the practice of wide scale astroturfing will most certainly be up to other shady antics in the background. Thrifty Car Rental Dandenong  I’m looking at you.
  • The above reopened a bit of an old wound. Went to review the whole interaction with Lawrence Vic Pty Ltd T/A Thrifty Car Rental Dandenong and feel considerably more angry about the experience now than I did back in 2018. (It categorically remains my single most disappointing consumer experience I had with any business either side of the Tasman). Screw it, I will be taking further action.

Older Stream of Consciousness thoughts can be found here.

Stream of Consciousness Week 8th March 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 1st March 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • Looks like Rolleston house prices have started to rocket off jumping 5% in a month according to various bizarre algorithms. I still think it’s ludicrous that the capital value of house prices are accelerating faster than many can earn and remains something I’m deeply disappointing at the government’s inaction over.
  • Did a return walk along the newly upgraded Omanawanui track which re-opened the weekend prior. Starting from Whatipu Car park, walked up the two peaks and then on to Mt Donald Mclean, before returning along the road. Unfortunately, the traditional loop back route of Kura track won’t ever be reopened.
  • Experiencing some challenges in finding a gardener for the Rolleston property. Appears the agency looking after the property on my behalf is also having trouble finding a contractor to plant the place out. New PM advised she will come back to me, though this is a month now.
  • Private Land and Property fund (Ticker NZX:PLP) – Appears to be under priced relative to the market. Have started accumulating (buying up) an interest in this instrument. Again, usual warnings and disclaimers apply, NOT financial advice – I could very well be wrong in my assessment (and certainly have been before).

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Stream of Consciousness Week 1st March 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 22nd February 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • Bond rates going up and financial markets starting to be pushed downwards. Keeping an eye on events.
  • Periodic lockdowns (in-spite of any Vaccination drive) could be a fixture for the foreseeable future in Auckland and possibly other populous centres as well. Thinking I will move forward with permanently relocating away from Auckland rather than wait for my employer to advise whether we will be coming back In to the office. As unpopular this view may be, I will admit I’ve now become tired of lockdowns and the disruption that they cause. The plan to move away from Auckland has been on the cards for years already (and before COVID-19)

Older Stream of Consciousness thoughts can be found here.

 

Stream of Consciousness Week 22nd February 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 15th February 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • Economic warning Flags present: That everyone now think that the only way for house prices to go is up is a big caution flag, compounded by more and more people ‘resigning’ themselves that house prices can only go up. People I feel have maybe become too comfortable with this concept of home prices never correcting. Have now put a brake on any plans to buy another property pending the whole situation becoming clearer. Again, it’s possible we may “miss out”, but the object here is to control risk.
  • In addition to the above observation, Famine and food shortages I still feel poses a high longer term risk and is something that I believe will unseat the global economy should panic sets in. How best to mitigate this, I still don’t yet know. A question also revolves around whether or not food shortages and subsequent inflation of food prices may cause central banks to reign in their money printing programs and cause asset prices (such as houses) to crash in value relative to cash.

Older Stream of Consciousness thoughts can be found here.

 

Stream of Consciousness Week 15th February 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 8th February 2021

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • The Old adage of “when taxi drivers start talking about their gains in property and shares, it’s time to sell” has fallen on it’s sword. I still recall a Taxi driver who was taking me to the airport talking about her investment gains back in 2015. It’s now 2021 and the markets are still booming. I’m still of the opinion in broad general terms that economics as a discipline has very little relevance or credibility.
  • I am still going hiking, but predominantly only to maintain fitness. Much of the scenery is very similar between certain hikes and consequently I am only posting the occasional gallery now when there is something substantially new to show. I’m also no longer particularly keen just to hike trails for the sake of ticking them off (That Buzz is gone).
  • While I acknowledge the Government has done well with managing and mitigating COVID-19, I am still perplexed at why the government is refusing to do anything about housing affordability and housing in general. I’m also perplexed at why more people aren’t piping up to hold this government to account and grilling them over this unfulfilled pledge of theirs. I would say acting on this would actually assist in improving our country’s net mental health. Houses were supposed to be homes for people to live in, they were never meant to be instruments of rampant financial speculation, especially not one that is seemingly wilfully encouraged of by this government.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 8th February 2021

Stream of Consciousness Week 13rd July 2020

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • Grant Imahara of Mythbusters has tragically passed away very suddenly. Have to admit, his passing probably hit me a lot more than any other Celebrity.
  • Apparently those who were previously infected by CoVid-19 are susceptible to getting it again. I do wonder if we are actually looking at the same Coronavirus or a different strain? Appears the world are having repeated recurrent waves of this thing.
  • Quiet weekend away down Waikato way. Visiting various historical sites and doing another walk up the Kauri grove loop track at the northern end of the Hakarimata range.
  • Finally got my Raspberry Pi 4 (with 8GB Ram), have set it up as a Desktop PC and it appears to do the job surprisingly well. Seems to choke when I try to run Firefox browser though (hence why it seems they went with Chromium as part of the default install)
  • Coming to the conclusion that Branding increasingly in a lot of cases can end up leading to misplaced loyalty on the part of consumers.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 13rd July 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 22nd June 2020

Stream of consciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • Was good to catch up with some old friends who I haven’t seen in a while (who now live outside of Auckland) and just actually relax this weekend along with visiting some older haunts.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 22nd June 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 1st June 2020

Stream of conciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into its own separate post…

  • The question of the weekend: Can continually adding financial stimulus keep the economy propped up indefinitely regardless of what happens? Or is there a point where this plan will simply stop working and we end up paying for it dearly? What is the end game here? On that vein, the current rally being a bull trap, as part of a great depression style bear market, is something that has become less likely. Looking more towards a secular side ways market with large up and down gyrations, must like we had from 2000 to 2009.
  • Western sentiment in the last few days appears to have suddenly snapped back to “life is normal” again. More celebrity, pro-sports and entertainment news making the headlines once again. Casinos and entertainment venues around the world reopening.
  • Ticking things off for the sake of ticking them off admittedly isn’t my buzz personally and is not really how I prefer to spend my leisure time.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 1st June 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 25th May 2020

Stream of conciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week and which will be added to as the week rolls on. These thoughts are unrefined, unquantified, unverified, and raw. Any of these may be either be edited, deleted or otherwise spawn out into it’s own separate post…

  • Walked Pae O Te Rangi Farm Summit, looping back via the Disc Golf Course. Fairly short walk of approximately 2 hours return. Track is not marked on any of the Topomaps I can see, however, was present on the Kauri Die Back map as being an open track. Open Tracks PDF Auckland Council.
  • Bull trap warning assessed previously earlier in the month I would say is showing signs of weakening (more optomistic scenario), however still exercising caution at this stage. Longer term outlook remains a secular sideways market
  • You know why people are saying the COVID Tracing QR codes ain’t working? Because there are two systems which are branded so similarly (with the yellow stripes), no wonder people are complaining when they use the official COVID-19 NZ Tracer app, they get an error. See both the official NZ COVID Tracer app developed by Rush Digital for the Ministry of Health NZ and then Simple Trace developed by a separate company called Springload.
  • The above point at #2 was posted about 3 days ago and that my concern earlier in the month regarding my crystal ball being wrong (because all the analysts were coming to the same conclusion as mine) was a valid one. It looks like excess liquidity may be successfully propping up the markets. I don’t find safety in numbers.
  • What the end game is regarding this wall of liquidity inflating stuff, I do not know. All I know is that easy and cheap credit (along with handouts) is eroding the value of working. Seems the days of actually earning your keep and then using your hard-earned money to say buy a place of your own is now getting further and further out of reach of people. The pathways are disappearing. We are rewarding rampant speculation, supporting zombie corporations that should have gone under decades ago, investment into non-productive assets and further deepening the wealth divide. (Looks like the only way to reverse this is a bloody revolution?)
  • Dare I say it, the 2009-2018 Secular bull market was an unjustified one. One that was completely fuelled by cheap and easy credit, and completely turned on it’s head the notion that saving is good.

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Stream of Consciousness Week 25th May 2020