I don’t feel like a “victim”, that’s for sure

Apparently I could be classed as a “victim” of the financial crisis now. At work, my hours have been cut back to four days a week. They’re desperate to save money more than anything else, so now I only work there Tuesday to Friday. This is a cut, and would apparently make me a victim ...

Hunting houses

It appears that now is a good time to get into the property market. If you have a job, and money for a deposit (or access to it), of course. Interest rates are low, the market is kind of low… and if you pick the right neighbourhood, your weekly repayments can be barely higher and ...

Financial idiocy

It’s all desperately important, as we know, but I can’t help but feel the idiocy of the nightly financial reporting at the moment. It’s all crisis, sure, but the reporting has become ridiculous. We’ve gone from record rise to record fall in the space of a week, thus proving that financial types basically have no ...

Paul Krugman wins Economics Nobel

Now normally, I don’t really care who wins the Nobel Prize for Economics. They’re usually some kind of disagreeable economist that isn’t really making much contribution to the real world (at least by perception). But this year it’s different. When I heard that Princeton professor and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is this year’s ...

And that was the week…

It feels odd that I haven’t done a full 40-hour week for a long time, it seems. Certainly not more than a few in the last two months, with all the illness, kids in hospital and now moving insanity. Had 1.5 days off this week, for kid’s doctors and house hunting, but with house hunting ...

Making and breaking

Now that I’m letting myself think I can afford a few things, I am thinking about how to move the PC from the loungeroom (where it’s mostly a media centre but terrible for the task) back to the office/sunroom where it can be used more usefully, especially by Sallie, who’s sick of a nine year ...

Nothing technical is working … everything else is good

Lunch at the parent’s today, with Will positively gidy dwith joy at having the backyard to walk through, to sit by the barbecue fire with his Granddad, and run himself ragged up and down stairs to the sundeck. Alex just enjoyed the walking practice and the exploration. A fun afternoon. But back here, this blog ...

I’ve got a new day job

Yes, this came about pretty suddenly, even for me. It’s no real secret that I haven’t been that happy with my current job. Great company, not so great position within it. All the fringe benefits in the world couldn’t make up for a job that was restrictive, uninspiring, unexciting and woeful compared to everyone around ...

Something good has happened

And I won’t be writing it here yet … it’s a big change that I have to go home and consult on, and think about, before fully committing to it. It’s been really quick, really sudden, but rest assured, it is really, really good as well. I’m not really telling anyone outside of a handful ...

Google brings back the youthful fun

Had to smile at the Google home page today — brought back a lot of childhood memories, and some more recent ones as well: Apparently it’s the 50th anniversary of the creation of Lego, probably my favourite childhood toy (and something increasingly popular among adults, so I keep wanting to try some again :)) Of ...
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