Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Constant Change and Music

Life is constantly changing. Little changes, like another grey (or is it gray) hair and big changes, like a new contract. I start an exciting new contract next week. I am really looking forward to it.

I also saw where Jeff Beck is touring the US starting this month with Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. They will be in the NY-NJ area in Mid October. They will be in Montclair, NJ on Oct 16.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Inflation Anecdote

One morning this week I went out to start my vehicle and the battery was dead. After getting a jump start I went up to my usual place for maintenance and got a new battery installed.

The cost of the new battery was $110. The old battery was 4.5 years old installed March, 2009. The cost then was $78. So the cost of the battery had increased 41% in less than 5 years.

The maintenance guys also did a test of the charging system. Last time it cost $17. This time $35. A 100% increase.

I love how central bankers tell us that there is no inflation.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Federal Reserve keeps on buying

Yesterday the US Federal Reserve, the "central bank" announced that it will continue its "quantitative easing" policy and create $85 billion dollars from nothing in order to buy US Treasuries and Mortgage-Based Securities from the open market. The Fed is creating a liquidity crisis in these markets while also feeding a new, more explosive bubble in the stock market.

Each financial crisis over the last 25 years, from 1987, to LTCM in 1998 to the Nasdaq bubble to the housing bubble has been bigger and the end result more devastating. The housing bubble burst in 2007-8 literally vaporized part of Wall St.

Many countries in Europe are still in bad economic condition and because of their poor demographics things look  to only get worse. Japan just keeps slowly sinking again with terrible demographics. In the US the baby boomers are turning 65 years young at the rate of 10,000 per day and this will continue for the next 15 years.

The average age of a farmer in the US is 57 and in Australia its 58. The family farm is disappearing and with it is non-GMO poison from the likes of Monsanto.

All this spells a tough few years coming up. Hang on.

But tonight's full moon sure is lovely.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wallace D Wattles on Being Great

"You can begin to be great to-day in your own home, in your store or office, on the street, everywhere; you can begin to make yourself known as great; and you can do this by doing everything you do in a great way" - Wallace D Wattles
 

Monday, September 2, 2013

IT Business Processes

I uploaded a new slide deck to slideshare.net
http://www.slideshare.net/dchampeau/it-business-processes-ea-sa-and-together

Its a brief intro to some work I have done around the 5 basic IT business processes:

Planning
Architecture
Project Management
Systems Development
Operations

Then there is a little bit about SOA (or shared services) and how that fits into the mix. Enjoy.

The Magic Bow with Stewart Granger - Awesome!

This weekend I watched the movie The Magic Bow with Stewart Granger. It was the story of the Italian violinist Nicolo Paganini. The soundtrack was so good that I went to iTunes and bought a couple of albums of Paganini music.

One of the albums was from another Italian violinist named Uto Ughi. I have seen Uto perform at a small piazza in the walled city-on-a-hill named Cervo about 10 years ago.