Friday, January 19, 2018

Why do you contract to get a saving!!

The symbol of what is wrong with BIG Business

Mmmm... I got this bill from Telstra. "We are doing great things making your plan UNLIMITED... but I am paying for the top plan so I think why don't you give me a better monthly rate?? Reasonable question don't you think??

Anyway I am told I can get a better plan "totally unlimited " everything, and you save $50 a month... so I say yes BUT you have to contract for 24 more months.... no issue because I have been with Telstra for 42 years!!

But you have a "silent number" that is $3 a month NOT to list our number and we have to record this as a contract and owe we will list all your private details and do a credit check and .... and at that point I say STOP... why can't you just reduce the bill by $47 a month " We can't do that Sir... we can only change your plan if you have a new contract" and to do that you give up all sorts of things.

What should I have done... I am going to try again today and see if I get someone with commonsense and who will just change the plan... maybe but I am a patient person.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Well Sherlock who would have thought Wendy a Spy?

Wendy and Rupert - sly old dog

No shit - Wendy Deng is a spy!!
I remember my mum [ pretty sure it was her ] saying "There is no fool like an old fool " ] and thinking that when a few years ago filthy rich Rupert Murdoch married super model [ Chinese ] Wendy Deng. It was speculated it had to do with News Corporation expanding to China but the boys [ Rupert's ] started to kick up when the new daughter needed to be written into the inheritance plans... and I thought "Not bad work if you can get it Wendy"
Press scuttle butt says Tony Blair fell for the charms of Wendy and now the US press is in a frenzy, Wendy is being investigated as a Chinese spy - apparently Chinese diplomats have been whispering about Wendy for a while - OPEN SCERET I think the term is.
And this morning, Rupert is off to hospital after falling and hurting his back whilst on a sons Yacht [ or floating hotel ].
And I think Rupert is approaching 90 so there must be life in the old dog yet!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What was Niccolò Machiavelli on about?? Of yes BLOCKCHAIN

The future of Money?
What is The Machiavellian General Problem?
Machiavellianism is "the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct" Basically you have to deal with everyone looking out for themselves rather than the common good, but not knowing what everyone thinks.

So, where did this challenging thought come from?? I am reading The Complete Dummies Guide for Blockchain. And to explain how nobody trusts anyone, the proof to make cryptocurrency work is the Blockchain - make it so hard to cheat that everyone plays by the same rules.
And this is done using Prime Numbers in calculations to prove an answer.... And if that is as clear as mud, this is what Blockchain mining is all about. Got it?? Well don't worry I am struggling too but it understand things like Bitcoin, Ripple and Ethereum you need to have a basic understanding of this stuff.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Winner writes history

Australia Day flag raising...

Thought for Today 88/500
I thought the winners wrote history... so I say leave Australia Day on January 26th, the day Cook raised the Union Jack at Botany Bay.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Will you starve or thrive

Michelangelo was RICH when he was alive!

To starve or thrive - it is only a choice!
Lots of stuff we just accept - like to be a great artist we need to go through pain... to starve and somehow the pain helps the art. We have been known [ I admit to this ] look down on successful artists like Ken Done and all his millions, However, I didn't begrudge Paul McCartney all those millions when I went to one of the 100 One on One shows of his world tour. It somehow is OK that he is rich become imagination.

So I am posing to you that artists deserve to thrive when they are making there art... Walt Disney is recorded as saying he didn't make films to make money but rather he made money so he could make films. [ Did you know the first truly BIG flow of cash came from the sale of Mickey Mouse watches.]

Also, Michelangelo was rich in his life time. Some say he was worth $50 million or more... and he was known to own multiple homes.

So here is to thriving... want to be part of Just 17 MasterMind let me know by commenting "Just17"

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fallen Heroes

Thought for Today 87/500
Fallen heroes?

A few years ago I was in the UK when the "news" broke about Rolf Harris... and I had trouble believing it because he was a childhood hero - he actually stayed with our family in Margaret River when he was a star on Channel 7 Perth... it turns out his justification for his behaviour was "everyone was doing it!"

And I have watched every episode and a few a few times of Dr Blake's Mysteries [ along with more than 1.5 million other Australians ] and the fall from grace of Craig McLaughlin seems complete and with it maybe Dr Blake... why has he been like this for so long??

It seems we put up with poor behaviour from anyone who "does it" chair sniffing Troy and George and we turn a blind eye...

I was soundly frowned on when I asked a young person politely to take his shoes off the chair at Macca's recently - not by the young guy who apologised - but my mature age companion who gave me the eye...

What are your defended boundaries??

Friday, January 12, 2018

Childhood memories - some last 60 years

Thought for Today 86/500
Nothing is ever new?? Or that happened before!
When I was about 6 going on 7, my mum decided to give me a birthday party and invite my class 1 friends... but when your birthday falls during the summer holidays most people actually go on holiday so the numbers were scant [ small ]
I am planning a birthday lunch on January 23rd, 2018 for my 66th... and the first 5 replies were - [1] on holiday, [2] in Bali, [3] in Dunsborough, [4] travelling 22nd to 28th, [5] sorry I am in India... the old memories came flooding back. And I remember now why birthday celebrations are problematic for me...