From time to time I post about really good service at a shop. Today I took my chainsaw down to Lynfield Chainsaws and Mowers. It wasn’t starting correctly.
The guy there found the problem, fixed AND then sharpened a chain all for $20!
AT the Stihl shop, they charge over $20 just for the sharpen, and it would have been over $50 for them to look at the saw. And they would have taken several days to do it.
So for buying new and servicing of chainsaws, mower, leaf blowers and all that kind of stuff, go to them, they’re in New Lynn, Auckland: http://www.lynfieldmowersallpower.co.nz/
I hate getting up early. I feel tired for the rest of the day. And it’s not like I can just go to bed earlier. If I go to bed too early then I can’t get to sleep, so I toss and turn and in fact end up getting to sleep later than I would have if I just went at the time I like.
But of course if you have kids, you have to be up early to get them off to school. And if you work, you have to be up early to join every other poor bastard to get to work.
Here is a talk about how to go about things if you’re someone who is a late riser:
I found it very good, but am still perplexed as to how to go about this on the days I take the kids to school.
Just watched this, and I think it’s one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen.
It’s abut a dutch designer who wants to create a mobile phone that is created using fair labour and sustainable environmental practices.
For me, one of the most important parts was when the main guy who set up and ran this company, basically hit a wall and had to seek medical help.
This is actually very common for CEOs in startup organisations, but we hardly hear anything about it. The loneliness and stress you have when you are driving a business, doing everything from top to bottom is really really underappreciated. Some people can do it, but many can’t.
You basically just burn out. And I’m saying this because of course, I’ve experienced this myself.
It was also interesting to hear how when you create a business, it becomes something you can’t stop. You have customers who want products and services, you have contracts with employees and suppliers and all sorts of others, that you can’t just end. You can’t just stand up one day, say “I don’t want to do this anymore” and walk out.
Anyway, it’s interesting, enjoy.
‘I made millions from my lounge’
Is the headline on the front page of the Herald. Which makes you click on it…
And then once you click on it, you get this headline:
Founder of cosmetic brand ZOEVA turned her eBay store into a multi-million dollar venture
Which is of course, less click-baity, but still drags you in…
And the inference is that if we haven’t or can’t do the same thing, then were a collossal loser.
We also see this kind of thing in various other areas like: People who have lost a lot of weight, people who are very good looking, pictures of ultra expensive houses (cars and every other material item) and so on.
And so maybe it’s a reminder not to compare ourselves with others. But it’s damned hard not to do that. And the journalists and retailers know this. In fact our whole economy is based on it.
Why? Because it relies on an ever increasing population – otherwise it falls over.
Here’s an article about Denmark for instance:
Population explosion due
Denmark’s birth rate is about to surge following a series of sex campaigns, including one that called on Danes to “Do it for Mom”.
“The Danish welfare system is under pressure. There are still not enough babies being born, despite a little progress. And this concerns us all. But those who suffer the most are perhaps the mothers who will never experience having a grandchild,” the ad said, showing an older Danish woman imagining her future grandchild.
Road toll heading back to the bad old days despite best efforts of police
Some quotes from the article.
“The most immediate part of the solution relies on driver responsibility,” Greally said.
Road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson said the Government’s strategies were failing because they were targeting the wrong areas.
“The police managed to convince everyone that lowering the speed tolerance and making it harder to get a licence was going to solve everything. In fact, it clearly hasn’t worked.”
About 80 per cent of fatal crashes occurred at speeds below the legal limit, and almost everyone who caused them had no regard for the law anyway, Matthew-Wilson said.
“Therefore, to target the average driver was never going to work, because the average driver was never the problem.”
And I agree.
I found this article really good. It tallies with what I have found with exercise, eating etc.
How exercise can make you fat
Ever spent hours pounding away on a treadmill, then coming to the end of the week and finding your weight hasn’t shifted at all?
Or how about eating cake in the knowledge you’d been for a long cycle ride, yet somehow piling on the pounds? You’re not alone – or going mad. You’ve simply fallen foul of something scientists are increasingly recognising: exercise often doesn’t help you lose weight. And worse yet, there’s increasing evidence that it could even make you fatter. Just last month, in an article for the British Journal Of Sports Medicine, doctors said we have wrongly emphasised that physical activity can prevent people becoming very overweight.
The truth, they said, is that while physical activity is useful in reducing the risk of disease, it “does not promote weight loss”. That false perception, they claimed, “is rooted in the food industry’s public relations machine, which uses tactics chillingly similar to big tobacco companies – denial, doubt and confusing the public”.
So I think exercise is good for all sorts of reasons, but losing weight is not one of them.
Patagonia’s Anti-Growth Strategy
Yet anti-consumerism is clearly helping to build the Patagonia brand. Indeed, the company is seeing double-digit annual growth.
The company’s anti-materialistic stance ramped up on Black Friday, 2011, with a memorable full-page advertisement in the Times that read, “Don’t Buy This Jacket.” The ad’s text broke down the environmental costs of the company’s top-selling R2 fleece sweater and asked consumers to think twice before buying it or any other product. The attention the ad received helped to bump Patagonia’s 2012 sales significantly.
I’ve written a couple of posts on how I’m trying to catch/kill rats around our property in west Auckland.
I’ve tried a GoodNature trap – which has caught a total of 1 rat in over 6 months. Got to say I’m dissappointed with it.
And a couple of weeks ago, we started hearing rats in the roof/ceiling cavity.
So we investigated, found lots of rat droppings up there. Put the GoodNature trap up there along with 4 conventional traps. We have caught 1 in a conventional trap.
Today we had a ceiling hatch put in a part of the roof/ceiling cavity we couldn’t get access into. And I’ve set 2 conventional traps along with a bait station.
I hate to use the toxic stuff, but have no choice really, the rats are making a real mess up there and are really noisy too, waking us up each night as they scurry about, scratch etc.
Also put 2 bait stations outside the house. Will be interesting to see if they get rat attention.
The cat has been catching one about every 10 days or so as well. The other day he caught and killed a really big one.
So there’s obviously heaps of them about. Will be good to get rid of them!