Hypnosis by osmosis

January 30, 2007

My wife has returned to her blog with a quick update on the last 18+ months :

Hypnosis and the power of the mind

It has been fascinating watching as she learns clinical hypnotherapy (especially since she’s so good!)

Naturally some of the information has been rubbing off on myself – to the point where I’m starting to use self-hypnosis occasionally … very cool stuff.

For those of you unsure of hypnosis, take a look at the respected Australian science journalism TV show Catalyst – they did a very interesting story back in August of 2005. You can watch the show and read the transcripts there.

It was that story that completely change my mind about hypnosis. Perhaps you will change your mind as well?

Investment update

January 29, 2007

Went to the MMC EGM today where we passed the resolutions to complete the purchase of the funds management business. Once again I was impressed by the MMC staff and less impressed by the agitators. Will be putting more money here in the next
few weeks.

Also getting very tetchy about my other investments – in particular I am heavy in finance stocks and with more and more record highs I’m thinking of reducing my exposure here and chasing down some more of the value based managers I’m hearing about.

Two to investigate will be : Hunter Hall and Platinum.

Going to learn some magic this year

January 29, 2007

Found a good collection of ten tricks illustrated in video – all on one page!


When buying a fridge, what is most important?

January 24, 2007

So my parent’s side by side fridge has just given up the ghost. It was fourteen years old – strangely enough it replaced a fridge that was also fourteen years old. What are the chances they’ll get the same longevity now?

Anyway, to the point. The most important feature right now, that is an absolute deal-killer, is the dimensions of the fridge.

Show me some way online to search for fridges by dimensions. Go on, I dare you. Bonus credit if the site deals in Australian available units.

This is one of those times when you realise that no one who is building the websites, even the manufacturer sites, not one of those people has stopped to think “what’s most important to the customer?”

Of course I care about energy efficiency. Yes the finish is important, along with the configuration (side by side, freezer on top, upside down etc…) However the only critical factor to allow me to even consider the purchase of your fridge is ‘will it fit in the space I have in my kitchen?’

Duh. Why do you bury the dimensions on your confounded websites?

Put yourself on the Google Map

January 24, 2007

There’s an opportunity for Sydneysiders to get themselves on the Google map this Friday.

Australia Day 2007 on Google Maps

As it happens, we’re hosting a neighborhood BBQ lunch on the day (postponed from Christmas) as it is our turn this year. However a friend of mine does live in a penthouse apartment that looks like it is in the picture zone, so I’ve put the call out to see if our friends can come up with something interesting.