Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Demovibes 8

From Demovibes Google Groups:

Hello, this is the Demovibes newsletter !

Demovibes 8 is now released, ready to be downloaded.
Here's the tracklisting :

01. Carlos & Norfair - Another kind of beauty
02. Irvin - Gamma
03. Gloom - D and B
04. Little Bitchard - Schooled in the methods of murder
05. Keito - Route 1066
06. Takomo - Projections
07. NF - Yellow rose of Texas
08. Amb - Emoparticle
09. Dixan - 80's
10. Reed - Dead ringer
11. Virgill - Elements (Willbe remix)
12. Kaktusen - Take a deep breath
13. Paniq - Barcode anxiety
14. Deetsay - Quarterna
15. Ronny - Debris
16. Blaizer - Starstruck
17. Neurokin - Tokyo
18. Moonove - Neja
19. Raytrayza - Weide 65
20. Looza - Exospect
21. Bay Tremore - Beats 2
22. Lug00ber - Out the exits

Get the full MP3 at :

All the best,


Thursday, March 06, 2008


I was just reading on Fortune where Steve Jobs speaks out about all things Apple when I realised what it is that I love about Apple so much - we share the same values.

Life is short, and too precious to expect anything less than beauty and perfection from how we invest ourselves in the things we do. That's not to say that as individuals we should expect to be perfect and never make mistakes, but we should strive for that little something more from ourselves.

Apple push the curve. They don't just make stuff to sell, they create things you can get passionate about, and passion is what drives us to not just do well, but to excel.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

When will real estate agents get real?

There was once a time when lawyers were despised as the scum of the earth for their deceitful, contemptuous ways. It seems they may have been dethroned from dubious position by an even greater evil - the real estate agent.

Sydney city Australia is a beautiful city. Green and picturesque, with a booming cafe culture. It's also one of the most expensive parts of the known universe to own land in. While a re-enactment of the US sub-prime crash seems unlikely down-under, with interest rates hovering around 8-9% and average property values of over half a million dollars, it's definitely not a buyer's market.

In fact, the fallout of the decline in first-time home buyers has led to hugely over-saturated rental market. And the real estate agents hate it.

Gone are the days when they would spend their time romancing prospective property buyers with the promise of a sizable commission glinting in their eye. Today the average real estate agent is all but run into the ground opening rental properties up for 15 minute inspections, and attending vacating inspections as previous tenants flee in terror from how much their rent gets hiked-up between contracts.

All of this for a measly 7%.

They radiate contempt, exhaustion, and disinterest. It's clear when they arrive 5 minutes late to open a 15 minute inspection how much they loathe the work that will be created by the 30, 40, or 50 eager applications they will have to process for a tiny cut of the rent.

Phone calls go un-answered, emails get ignored, but the rent keeps steadily climbing up while the agents sit on the one month's bond paid in advance as a right of passage. Even still, the number of prospective tenants continues to increase, while the amount of available rental properties plummets down to 1%.

Here's a shout-out to Sydney's embattled real-estate agents: if your business card says "property manager", then prove your worth by demonstrating the ability to manage in a saturated rental market. Find your way clear to returning people's calls, or even answering emails with just a simple acknowledgment.

Or just kindly fuck off. Let the tenants talk to the strata and have them copy a key for us. Allow us to call a certified phone technician to fix our noisy line. Don't leave a bin full of garden refuse in the backyard and then refuse our offer to have it taken away.

Scratch the "property manager" off your business card and let us manage affairs ourselves. Let us send you a bill, or deduct it from our next rent payment. Don't treat us like shit from the moment after we sign the lease and pay the bond with nothing less than a bank cheque, lest your title as the new scum of the earth be forever associated with the lowly real estate agent.