Monday, June 27, 2011

Well that was a fun dash in ipredict, but now the honeymoon is over

Recently the iPredict admin put this on their blog (

  • $2.50 account set up fee
  • $2.50/month account fee
  • 0.35% trading fee (35 cents per $100 traded); 0% trading fee on Active Orders and bundle purchases.
  • No withdrawal fee.
We will be introducing a close account function with this change.

So alas, this has cut the bottom right out of the market, for small traders like me with sub-$100 amounts invested in different stocks.

I have big issues with this.....
- Most stocks take more than a month to mature
- If you gains are consistantly 30% (@$100 invested) you will end up with negative returns
- With no-one taking the "cheap risks" the only players left will be the sharks, completely red water market but with no prey.
- ipredict was a tool to define what the people think, now it is what the elitist think.

I believe you will find this is the beginning of the end of ipredict. No doubt there will be somebody out there that is thinking - "Hey now is the perfect time to create a competitor". If so you are correct, not only are you correct - but I have $1000 to invest in your company and become a shareholder. I will even help you get it off the ground. Drop me an email if you wish to start this venture.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Yes we are parents Isaac

Well what a chaotic 48 hours.
Got up, studied (4:30am), Did my economics test, got out of test, drove Yuqi to Aiport to pick up YuqiMum, got home.......and Yuqi's water broke. (1pm)

She wasn't feeling any contractions so after talking to the midwife she said that if nothing had kicked in before Sunday she would induce labor @ 8am.

8pm Sat night, the contractions kicked in hard. She was 2cm Dialated by 9:30pm.
Yuqi was not coping well at all, and was concerned she wouldn't survive the car trip to hospital. So we left for hospital at 10pm.

By the time we got there she was in incredible pain, we couldn't get in the Maternity entrance, so mad dash to get the car to the emergency side. She was give some drugs to take the edge off but they did very little. Yuqi was fantastic and drove through the pain, but she was being brought to tears. By midnight she was also on the gas, 7cm Dilated.

The contractions were no longer waves but tsunamis crossed with a mean rip current. By 2am Sunday she was having 2-3 in a row, and they were only 3 minutes apart. The pain was destroying her, and I felt helpless.
All she could do was death grip me, and I have to admit at that point her grip was fading - it scared me.

We finally got an epidural setup at 2:30. She was 9cm dilated, but her body was drained. Previous to this I was no longer tired, but actually reacting to simple things such as NOS and Drips. But I think the key thing was that I had not kept my fluids up, and I was shattered, In looking after Yuqi - I had forgotten to take care of my own well being. I was now useless to Yuqi, so I would take 5 minute breaks and sit down (I had be standing the whole time).  By about 4am I both got about 30 minutes sleep.

I awoke to find out that the pregnancy had not progressed, so poor Yuqi had to have a C-section.
Little Isaac was brought into the world at 7am, Sunday 12 June 2011. He knew my voice instantly.

He was a big boy, at 8-9lbs (3.8-4kgs), his head was in the wrong position to go naturally and he also had the cord around his neck twice. So C-section was the only way we could have got him out.
Both him and mum are recouping fine. He is a smart young boy - his eyes are very observant, he speaks and he likes learning. Kinda scary considering how young he is.

Will Yuqi recuperating and having quality baby time, I ask that you don't call her - but a friendly txt is ok. Likewise she will be in hospital for 4 days so no visitors for this week.

I am stoked (and tired). He is awesome, Yuqi is a fantastic mum and while we had a little 'Storm' on our hands, sometimes you know when you taking a step into the right direction.

Now back to my Uni stuff  :S Thank god I don't also have work to deal with right now.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Welcome to the fold

Hey Guys, how are you going?
Well as you may have noticed from my sporadic posts. Life has been pretty full on, and it doesn't look like slowing anytime soon. 

Big project I was working on, got delivered on time. As usually it required the usually finally 100m sprint to the finish line. In this case I worked 8am Thurs until 4am Fri. Then up again at 8am, loaded until the car and presented a few hours later.  

But its not all doom and gloom. As you know the little man is on the way. And we have been given a whole horde of goodies for the little man. Including a Massive, no hang on that wasn't right.... MASSIVE contribution from Edith and Co. Guys we love ya. But will go into the boys toy collection when he arrives.

We also have some new adult toys at home....hehe ;) no not that kinda of toys.
We got a new TV. Sony CX520 

It is such a relief to have good resolution and clear picture quality on my eyes. Not to mention the simple fact that at 1920x1080 @ 75 Hz @ 32" I think its actually the best screen resolution (on one monitor) I have actually looked at. Will the PC or laptop hooked up to it I can actually see whole network diagrams done in Visio. Fantastic bit of kit. Also with the internet hooked up in the back of it, a couple of simple button pushes and you can watch online content as well as the usual NZ Freeview channels. I am also pleasantly impressed with Freeview channel 7. Not a bad substitute for Discovery, especially considering it it free.

The other little gizmo in the household, is me submitting to the world. Work has now given me something I have been fighting for years. I am now in possession of a touchscreen (only) smart-phone. I now download apps like the rest of you saps. I now waste hours and hours throwing birds at pigs, getting my emails pushed to my phone, playing with pretty backgrounds that move when I touch it. I am a slave to the droid, I own a Galaxy (or is that Galazy?) S.

Right I best be off. I have just realized its nearly midnight, no thanks to the tv which is still on, or the android which will no doubt beep at me when I finish this post.

Lord knows how those apple fans manage to sleep at all. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Its only a matter of time now

....But there is SO MUCH WORK TO DO BEFORE THEN!!!!