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 Wednesday, 24 August 2005
Travel Madness Begins Once More

OK... so I'm pretty travel crazy over the next few weeks... blogiing may be light again for a bit

25 Aug DUD-AKL
31 Aug AKL-BNE
11 Sep DUD-LAX
16 Sep LAX-DUD
27 Sep DUD-SEA
31 Sep SEA-DUD

Done :-)

Rambles|Wednesday, 24 August 2005 22:20:31 UTC|Comments [6]|    

One of My Crew Is Blogging

My lovely office admin is blogging.....

She's a BA grad from Otago, wife to one of my tech guys and a generally all around smart cookie- I hired based on her Rubiks Cube ability!

Anyway check it out... they lost 13-0 in social soccer the other night.....

“Today I had a rather bold customer, I don’t know if he does it in other shops or not. He asked about a TV and I said I would go and get him one. Instead he came into the stock room, clearly marked “Staff only” and had a look at it there. Then, later today he came back and said he would like one of the TVs. He then walked into the stock room picked one up and walked out. What the?! Does he go to the supermarket and say, “I’d like some gravy mix, oh none on the shelf? I’ll just pop into the store room and grab a packet.”? Weirdo”

Human Aggregation|Wednesday, 24 August 2005 06:39:37 UTC|Comments [10]|    

 Tuesday, 23 August 2005
Pod Casts From Tech Ed NZ

We'll be doing some kickass Pod Casts from Tech Ed NZ.

Check out on Friday night for interviews with:

  • Tony Goodhew
    We'll be talking to 'that' mad Aussie about XNA the development platform for XBox live.
  • Ari Bixhorn
    Ari has been a regular traveller to these shores. I think I first ran into him when he was a PM for VB.NET. This time around we'll be discussing the forthcoming distributed computing framework called Indigo.
  • Betsy Aoki
    Betsy is the Microsoft Community Program Manager. She's one of the key people driving the open culture that now seems to pervade Microsoft.

Got a burning question for these guys? Want me to ask the hard ones for you? Post your questions in the comments.

.NET|Tuesday, 23 August 2005 05:58:11 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Tech Ed 2005: What you wearing?

So FrakArr (DPE Aus) and David L (DPE Aus) are going on about what they're wearing to Tech Ed...

I'l have my new Puma Red Shoes- they have GENUINE green space invaders on them.... beat that!

.NET | 1t|Tuesday, 23 August 2005 04:47:36 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Get Fit Essentials #2: George Foreman Grill

Now I've blogged about this before. But this is really a follow up.

I currently cook about 80% of my meals on my Foreman Grill. It was a wedding present from Debs Aunt and Uncle.

It really kicks ass. Reasons:

  1. All the fat runs off (Atkins can take a giant leap... fat is BAD BAD BAD....BAD!)
  2. It cooks twice as fast becuase it's heated top and bottom
  3. You can easily make dishes free meals with it.
    1. Stick steak and veges on grill and cook
    2. When finished place on sice of bread and eat.
    3. While grill still hot wipe clean with kitchen paper.
    4. VOILA... no dishes.
Gettin Fit|Tuesday, 23 August 2005 02:15:33 UTC|Comments [0]|    

How The Tax System Works

This is a VERY simple way to understand the tax laws. Read on -- it does make you think!!

Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men — the poorest — would pay nothing; the fifth would pay $1, the sixth would pay $3, the seventh $7, the eighth $12, the ninth $18, and the tenth man — the richest — would pay $59.

That's what they decided to do. The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement — until one day, the owner threw them a curve (in tax language a tax cut).

"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20." So now dinner for the ten only cost $80.00.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six — the paying customers? How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share?"

The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, Then the fifth man and the sixth man would end up being PAID to eat their meal. So the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so the fifth man paid nothing, the sixth pitched in $2, the seventh paid $5, the eighth paid $9, the ninth paid $12, leaving the tenth man with a bill of $52 instead of his earlier $59. Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free.

But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man who pointed to the tenth. "But he got $7!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man, "I only saved a dollar, too . . . It's unfair that he got seven times more than me!".

"That's true!" shouted the seventh man, "why should he get $7 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night he didn't show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered, a little late what was very important. They were FIFTY-TWO DOLLARS short of paying the bill! Imagine that!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college instructors, is how the tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table anymore.

Where would that leave the rest? Unfortunately, most taxing authorities anywhere cannot seem to grasp this rather straightforward logic!

[Nicked from elsewhere BTW]

Politics|Tuesday, 23 August 2005 02:09:46 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Monday, 22 August 2005
Gettin Fit Essentials #1: Singapore Shorts

Over the next wee while I'm ging to post some of the essential bits of my get fit gears.

#1 Is Singapore Syle Running Shorts

Yes, the skimpy ones that show a lot of leg. Who cares what you look like, they are the most comfortable thing to wear if you're doing any running or decent distance walking.


P.S. Currently floating around 104. Have kinda leveled out a bit... need to step up the volume again soon but late August and most of Sept is travel mad for me.....

Gettin Fit|Monday, 22 August 2005 08:17:26 UTC|Comments [14]|    

Tech Ed Auckland. Geek Running Sat Morning

OK all..... for those of you in Auckland on the Saturday.... I'm going to organise a geek run... we'll probably go up to K Road, across through the domain, down through Parnel and back along the waterfront.

We'll meet at the bottom of the Sky Tower @ 8:30am on the Saturday.

This will be a slog jog.... so all bunnies are forbidden.

Here is the entry for ya Smartphone
Geek Run.vcs (.41 KB)

RSVP in the comments if you are keen.....

.NET | Gettin Fit|Monday, 22 August 2005 08:13:04 UTC|Comments [12]|    

The Trump Card?

I think so!

The National Party have released their Tax Cut package and I'm pretty impressed.

This will mean pretty decent cuts for every income bracket.

Bit disappointed that the company rate is not being dropped until 1998 though!



Politics|Monday, 22 August 2005 01:12:50 UTC|Comments [9]|    

More Reasons to Have Kids

OK... so I have a dog... and a cat.... they are my de-facto kids at the moment.

When I travel for work they have to go to the boarding kennels and cattery. I reckon I should be able to claim this as a work expense- I would not be incurring the expense were I not travelling for business.

The stinking IRD says that I can't. I could however claim it if they were real children. Though were that the case I'd probably be getting enough Working For Families that I wouldn't need to be travelling and instead could stay at home on my ass watching Sally Jessie.

Politics|Monday, 22 August 2005 01:04:40 UTC|Comments [3]|    

 Thursday, 18 August 2005
Right I'm Going to Australia

I really struggle to see why I should be taxed to the eye balls to pay for others to have bloody Kids!

The problem for Labour is that if they keep milking the cash cow all the cows will go abroad..... what do you do then? You'll have to start milking the Goats and all their Kids too.......

Using the Labour party ' Sprogs For Dollars' calculator I've worked out that I only need to have 1 kid per year to be able to pocket $1000 a week!

I'm off to tell the missus!


When even the crew @ Public Address are bagging it you know that something is wrong!

Politics|Thursday, 18 August 2005 22:25:11 UTC|Comments [2]|    

 Wednesday, 17 August 2005
National Campaign TV Ad

OK... so you can watch the new National Party 'Southpark' TV add here.

It's pretty good.

For the non kiwis we used to have a thing in NZ called a 'Telethon' where they sang 'Thank You Very Much For Your Kind Donation'...


Politics|Wednesday, 17 August 2005 21:19:16 UTC|Comments [6]|    

The Oxford Debate

OK... so Russell Brown has managed to post the audio from the Lange Oxford Debate. Well worth listening to....

Politics|Wednesday, 17 August 2005 02:05:18 UTC|Comments [13]|    

 Friday, 12 August 2005
Wanna Spend Some Labour Party Money


Labour has a piss taking 0800 number setup...... now I'm assuming this isn't like the Working For Famalies Propoganda which was paid for by the taxpayer......

Anyway assuming it is not. I encourage you all to ring it from your mobile phone ('cos that costs them LOTS of money) at least once a day..... If we ca phone bomb this line enough we'll be sure to either

a) Get it pulled or;

b) Send the labour party broke....

I'd be happy with either....

For those with MS Smartphones let me know if you are interested in an autodialer... if there is enough demand I might write one so you can put your phone on the charger and leav it dialing 0800 DONBRASH all day....

Mobility | Politics|Friday, 12 August 2005 04:31:54 UTC|Comments [13]|    

 Tuesday, 09 August 2005
I Have A New Gadget

OK.... so I have reached my first milestone!

Today, for the third weigh in in a row, I registered under 105kg- 104.2 to be exact.

As a result I have earnt my new gadget. Fortunatly my credit card billing period ticked over last night...... so I both deserved it and could afford to buy it!

Haven't had a good play with it yet... but look out for some nice charts of my progress on here real soon.

Gettin Fit | Toy Box|Tuesday, 09 August 2005 02:03:30 UTC|Comments [92]|    

 Monday, 08 August 2005
Vote For Me

NZ DNUG is having a blog voting comp.

.NET|Monday, 08 August 2005 22:12:17 UTC|Comments [13]|