The Book Publishing Business Model Is Broken

Posted by on January 28, 2010 at 1:48 am

I was in Sydney yesterday for a meeting. In the car on the way up I had been listening to a BBC podcast and an author was interviewed about her new book (How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer). Pardon my ignorance but I had never […]

Free Barbeque – Your Tax Dollars at Work.

Posted by on January 25, 2010 at 1:59 pm

A few months ago I blogged about the cost of entertainment and how even a weekend surf at the beach was likely to cost car parking fees, barbeque facilities use fees and of course, GST on the ice, petrol, esky contents, (surf) board wax and zinc cream.   In other words it’s hard for the […]

World Power Games

Posted by on January 15, 2010 at 5:50 am

Sometimes it is useful to remember that countries, particularly those countries that see themselves as world powers, have people that sit around and dream about scenarios that may take place… They think of “what if” situations based on the best intelligence that they can get. The best intelligence was clearly not available when the US […]

A Crash Is Inevitable Unless…

Posted by on January 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Compelling viewing for anyone interested in economics…

Koltai Reads a Newspaper.

Posted by on December 22, 2009 at 9:31 am

Yep, the other day, my partner brought home a newspaper from Franklins.I asked her, of course, “Why did you buy that?”“I didn’t” she replied, “They offered it to me free because I spent more than five dollars and I only got it so we could line the pet cages.”So there you have it. SMH has […]

Knock Knock.

Posted by on December 13, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Prologue Has anyone noticed how cheap Home Media players are becoming? The latest price is $35.00 (hard-disk separate.) Available on Ebay.     Those chaps over in Hollywood must be a religious bunch, every Blockbuster film release is these days accompanied with the prayer shawls (being ironed)  the yamulkas being brushed and the nails being […]

Things Are Rarely How They Seem

Posted by on December 10, 2009 at 12:21 am

From time to time I read Ambrose Evans-Pritchard's column in the UK Daily Telegraph. He writes about finance and invariably has an unconventional view on what is happening. This particular one is a real doozy and is a must read for anyone who thinks beyond the box. He writes about the way that the EU […]

Pushback Against Music Industry Actions Would now seem to include Governments.

Posted by on November 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Delegates to the ACTA discussions are now safe and sound back in their home countries convinced that they have been successful in aiding in stamping out copyright infringement.   History has taught us that every-time the music industry or Government enact prosecutorial or legislative actions against file sharing, the resulting pushback always seems to trump […]

Music Industry Losses/Profits – Maxims.

Posted by on November 2, 2009 at 9:37 pm

An anecdotal statistical examination of music industry potential income with no file sharing. The music industry have managed to convince global Governments that they should have special protectionist legislation enacted.   No-one has bothered to have a look at the logic behind their claims.   Forget file sharing for a moment. The question should be, […]

Super Vectors

Posted by on November 1, 2009 at 12:53 am

Super Vectors   I was watching an episode of The Wire last night (last episode of Series 3). In it we see the denouement of an experiment in social engineering. The story, which evolves over a number of episodes, is of one of the senior police getting an idea of how to reduce the murder […]