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.

Older Stream of Consciousness thoughts can be found here.

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.

Older Stream of Consciousness thoughts can be found here.

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).

Older Stream of Consciousness thoughts can be found here.

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.

Older Stream of Consciousness thoughts can be found here.

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.

Older Stream of Consciousness thoughts can be found here.

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.

Older Stream of Consciousness thoughts can be found here.

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.

Older Stream of Conciousness thoughts can be found here.

 

 

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.

Older Stream of Conciousness thoughts can be found here.

 

 

Stream of Consciousness Week 25th May 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 18th 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…

  • Huntly Bypass was apparently opened on early March 2020. Only discovered it last night 17May2020 when coming home where I found that the Expressway continued on after Taupiri. The Weekend just past has been the first weekend on Covid-19 alert level 2 (Previously, interregional travel was not permitted)

Older Stream of Conciousness thoughts can be found here.

Stream of Consciousness Week 18th May 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 11th 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…

  • (14May2020 2:00 p.m. NZST) Bull trap warning still in force (at the moment). Have Liquidated some more positions last week purely as a risk reduction measure with the acknowledgement that I will quite possibly miss out on capital appreciation. Still feeling the pulse and making sense of it all. Not yet convinced the underlying economic issues have been sufficiently stabilized to consider substantive new investments for the long term. Though as always, anything can change on a dime.
  • There are the occasional times I do desire to do things alone in my own space, at my own pace and in my own time.
  • Discovered that the Brave browser for iOS on my iPad was detecting 4 “Fingerprinting methods” for this website. Went to download the Brave browser for PC Desktop to investigate further and see what scripts were causing the warning.  The PC desktop version came up with nothing – ‘0’ Fingerprinting methods (very helpful /s). Further scurrying around, found my barebones Test WordPress installation also came up with the same result. Laid down a fresh WordPress installation and it came up with the same result again. Will have to investigate later. Seems the iOS version of Brave is picking up some “responsive layout” theme scripting as having these Fingerprinting methods.

Older Stream of Conciousness thoughts can be found here.

Stream of Consciousness Week 11th May 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 4th 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…

  • I am concerned that our immune systems aren’t been given a work out any more and may consequently be weakened by the time we come out of lock down.
  • As a paying customer of Spotify, it appears this doesn’t stop them from handing quite a bit of my personal data off to Facebook. Have to admit. I get a tad annoyed when I pay for things yet still have personal information data-minded the sh*t out of and then given away to a privacy invading Advertising and Analytics company like Facebook.
  • (Fri 8th May, 10:14 pm NZST) Uneasy that I’ve independently arrived at a forecast that aligns with many financial commentators. Traditionally in the past, it often indicates my crystal ball is wrong. Thats being the case, we may very well see the S&P500 Sky rocket tomorrow morning contrary to common wisdom at the release of a horrible employment situation / jobs report tomorrow, in which case it will be confirmation that the financial markets have completely decoupled from fundamentals, distorted by excess liquidity and quantitive easing.

Older Stream of Conciousness thoughts can be found here.

Stream of Consciousness Week 4th May 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 27th April 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…

  • bull trap warning still in force (for now). Discussed in another post. Currently Looking cautiously at the US unemployment figures due out on the 8th May (U.S. time). As with all view expressed in this blog, views and sentiments may change on a dime.
  • I’m running out of space on my Main VPS (hosting NUI.NZ). The consolidation of KAHA into NUI.NZ is going to have to be deferred.
  • Franchising as a business model I feel is increasingly on the rocks in Australia, and this was before CoVid-19 ever hit.

Older Stream of Conciousness thoughts can be found here.

Stream of Consciousness Week 27th April 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 20th April 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…

  • Looks like we are indeed going to need to be a lot more cognizant of all respiratory diseases and not just Coronaviruses going forward I feel. If CoVid-19 is causing this much concern, then Influenza while not the focus at the moment I assert is also a bit of a worry. Even though we have Vaccines for seasonal Influenza, my current feeling is that they have been pretty woefully ineffective in recent times, particularly in the elderly. Some sort of social distancing and social counter measures every flu season is likely to remain for the foreseeable future.
  • Bull trap warning still in place. Still trying to feel the pulse, but signals are all over the place at the moment. Can go either way. At this very point in time, it smells very much like a classic bull trap, but again, given the erratic nature of everything at the moment, anything could happen. May take the opportunity to reduce equity exposure further, then do a pre-emptive buy back later on the track (in the guise of catching a falling knife mind you).

Older Stream of Conciousness thoughts can be found here.

Stream of Consciousness Week 20th April 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 13th April 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…

  • My intuition is signalling a potential medium term bull trap warning in the financial markets globally. Again though, “who the flip knows?” would be pertinent statement in this situation. I’d say the secular sideways market actually started back in 2018. The correction was a long time coming and even then, surprised it hasn’t tanked further than it has before doing it’s first reversal
  • The streets over the Easter Break were full of people along with family groups walking and riding around the neighbourhood enjoying the sunny weather.
  • The :matrix.org channel had E2E Encryption enabled by one of the Mods (an action that can’t be reversed at present). At the moment, not too sure I favour doing this for a channel that is intended to be publicly accessible and viewable by the public anyway. Currently, considering where to drive this… Will let current room members ultimately gauge how they feel about it. Picking I will retain the current now encrypted channel for more discrete and casual banter and then create a new unencrypted channel for Public NZ discussions and easier community on boarding. Technically, should be fairly easy to swap over if needed.
  • It’s not just COVID-19 we all have to be mindful of I feel. It feels as if we are also losing the war against influenza with the Flu shot seemingly showing a trend of gradual loss of efficacy over the years. There’s been a few anecdotes last year of Influenza outbreaks (Causing several deaths) in several rest homes across the United States despite vaccinating all their residents along with Nurses at those facilities exclaiming how useless the vaccine was. In that vein, yes I’d expect that the physical distancing (“Social distancing”) measures implemented will become mainstream for years to come after COVID-19 subsides, particularly in the flu seasons.
  • Anecdotally, would seem the Earth has started to heal, but it’s early days yet.
  • It is also probably a time for making us more mindful of what actually matters most to us.
  • With all these layers of software infrastructure and application development. What really is the point? Would this ultimately extend human life and make it more meaningful? We appear to be getting to that crest where we are using tools for the sake of it. Have we lost sight of the more root objective?
    To add: This popped up on HackerNews… Ask HN.

  • That said, have recently dropped Hacker-News from my personal links and from my daily visitation. I feel there has been a bit of probable Astroturfing and too many short “Wow! This is so cool!” type posts that add little to the discussion. There are indeed still some good posts and comments to read, but the time spent sifting out the good from the pointless became just a bit too much for me personally (Seems to be something that befalls all Internet forums admittedly)

Older Stream of Conciousness thoughts can be found here.

Stream of Consciousness Week 13th April 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 6th April 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…

  • It is worth highlighting that “Coronaviruses” are a type (or class if you will) of Virus. These include Common human coronaviruses which may only produce a mild, cold like, symptoms. I do wonder how reliable the test kits have been… How many false positives and false negatives there have been and has there been any such follow-up testing or otherwise investigation to ensure we aren’t picking up ordinary common coronaviruses as CoViD-19 and vice versa.
  • One positive thing about the lock down is that upon walking once were busy streets, you’re no longer suffocating in petrol and diesel fumes any more. This was especially so with busier roads such as Remuera Road, Lunn Avenue and St Johns Road for example.
  • Discovered some new tracks around the neighbourhood that I haven’t even realized that were there. Will probably go back and explore that track network later on.
  • Trialling YouTube red for a while. Probably the best time to do it.

Other CoVid-19 thoughts have been rolled up into their own post.

 

 

Stream of Consciousness Week 6th April 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 30th March 2020

Stream of conciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week. 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…

  • This period, would certainly be a time to learn new stuff. Trying to learn more about general Linux server administration and getting more into the guts of this. More for my own edification mainly for personal projects. In a small way, it may increase, slightly, the opportunities available.
  • The Remuera Golf Course has been closed for golf and has been kindly opened up for public access walking and jogging during the lock-down period. It’s a good large area to walk around and explore and recommend at least 2 hours if you want to stroll the entire area. Though try to stay off any greens that are under maintenance.  Restricted to those local to the area obviously.
  • Snitching on your fellow citizens… RNZ Audio Bite. While could be argued that the new Police form to report CoViD-19 L4 breaches is an essential tool to aid compliance, I am concerned that it may also inevitably breed fear, contempt and distrust of fellow citizenry in one’s community. I am also concerned that some may be treating this like game in that some people may derive a twisted sense of gratification reporting others… Like idiots who repeatedly upload snore-fest videos cataloguing a series of (minor) driving mistakes to YouTube from their Dashcam and acting all virtuous and sanctimonious about it.

Other CoVid-19 thoughts have been rolled up into their own post.

 

Stream of Consciousness Week 30th March 2020

Stream of Consciousness Week 23rd March 2020

Stream of conciousness and other personal thoughts garnered throughout the week. 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…

  • Wouldn’t be surprised to learn that CoViD-19 had spread around the world earlier than what most believe and so far has commonly been reported.
  • Microsoft Cloud skills challenge contest that was held at work upon further inquisition turned to be an almost total farce. Someone gamed the game (outside of what was clearly the intended spirit of the game) and people cried foul. The organizers eventually cracked and the rules of engagement were changed well after the Challenge had commenced and were not even properly communicated. This is perhaps the first time in 17 years of working in the company that I’ve ever sent off an Email internally that could be described in anyway as “heated” (expressing disappointment but composed in the most civil, considerate and respectful way as I could).

Other CoVid-19 thoughts have been rolled up into their own post.

 

Stream of Consciousness Week 23rd March 2020