Shave Sponsorship Update

March 15, 2005

So far I have collected $420 in sponsorships, with a few pledges outstanding and a few more people to lean on for new pledges 🙂

It does look like the $1000 bounty that would have meant shaving the beard off as well isn’t going to be met, however there is still plenty of time to give – I can collect up until the middle of next week.

My New Profile

March 14, 2005

This is the first time I have ever shaved my head. It was done on March 12, 2005 to raise money for the care & cure of Luekemia in the Worlds Greatest Shave

My New Head

March 14, 2005

Bald one, originally uploaded by Matthew Hall.

Shave Day

March 12, 2005

Today is shave day. I’m hoping to post some before and after pictures a little later on.

Okay, here are the after pictures :

The Automatic Millionaire in Australia

March 8, 2005

The Automatic Millionaire is full of such powerful ideas that I just have to start talking about it!

By the way, if you are in Australia then I’d recommend buying it from my good friends at – here is a direct link to the book : (No, they don’t pay me anything for the link!)

The concepts that David Bach talks about are the simple ones that we all (should) know – most importantly the idea of paying yourself first. I have been trying to do this for a few years know, after having read the classic book ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’ ( ) by George Clason. What reading The Automatic Millionaire has done for me is to redouble my efforts and really focus on improving my savings history. I’d be putting money aside more or less each month, if I got around to it – David Bach’s idea is to automate that (which is so easy in Australia.) So I’ve increased my salary sacrifice rate into superannuation and I’m hoping to set up a monthly transfer from my bank account into a savings account of some sort.

Another great idea from the book is to pay less on your credit card – by that I mean get the rate reduced. I was somewhat skeptical about this working here, but after screwing up my courage and calling my bank I got them to reduce the interest rate on my credit card by over 9%! Yes – I said reduce *by* 9%. Now it will only be for six months, but hey, I’m not complaining right now. That gives me six months to find a better card 🙂