Posts by Julian Melville

  • Polity: Mike's minute: Mike's maths!,

    Graham's right, you spent your $0.67 and of that, 15/115ths or 8.75 cents went on GST, so the total marginal tax is just under 42% instead of 43.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good News,

    The artist formerly known as Radio Over Moscow (Dan Satherley) has just put out a new album as Anecdata (great name): By Choice Or Design. First single is We're Not In Love With Earth.

    Overall the sound is quite similar to Radio Over Moscow (think... Devo meets Regurgitator while Gary Numan serves them tea?) but I think it hangs together better in this incarnation, and several of the songs are really good. Definitely worth a listen.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Banking on a relationship, in reply to izogi,

    Hi izogi - From Australia, per $10k transferred, Kiwibank ends up costing several hundred bucks more than the big banks to receive the money. I switched to HiFX (hifx.co.nz) and they've been great. It costs $15 to transfer less than 10k at a time but you'll make that back on the rate difference easily. Right now, for example, 10k AUD becomes 10,599 NZD if sent to Kiwibank and 11,077 NZD if it arrived via HiFX. Like kiwicmc above, it took me way too long to figure this one out :( PM me if you need any more details.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Banking on a relationship,

    The only negative experience I've had with Kiwibank in the last ten years - both business and personal accounts - is the ridiculously high margins they charge on foreign exchange deposits, much higher than other banks. They were unwilling to negotiate, so now I use a third party FX provider and Kiwibank gets nothing. Other than that though, they've been great. I've travelled with their cards and had no hassle.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Booze review! Brewday IV,

    I'm hoping the limbics were actually lambics? Sounds like a fun day out though!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Jean's Laneway,

    Completely agree about the Gillian Welch/Dave Rawlings show. I wasn't going and then a friend popped up with front row circle tickets at the last minute... well, why not! It really was a great show and Rawlings is an excellent and unusual guitarist. Enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Bringing an order Auckland…,

    Maybe they should change the name to the "Some of the Southern Bits of Auckland Energy Trust". Auckland's a bit bigger these days and I've never even heard of the Trust.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Radio Punks: So many stories, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Yep, exactly. I only found it by accident one night, dialed the radio too far and hit the magic moment where a DJ was telling someone if they wanted to hear some Wham they could get fucked. 14 year old me had never heard anything like that on the air and was hooked instantly.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Radio Punks: So many stories,

    My favourite moment on Contact was when I was doing the Opus classical show one Thursday night in O-Week, and they'd put big speakers down by the lake. Some guy came into the studio to tell me he'd been lying by the water listening to the show, really stoned, and really getting into it. He was worried that he knew his dad loved classical music, and maybe his dad was stoned the whole time too!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping,

    I was at the tail end of the tapping thing, I knew how to do it and had tried it a couple of times to see how it worked, but never used it "for real". However... does anybody remember the old Telecom Phonecards with a mag stripe? Apparently you could spray the back with a few coats of hairspray, enough that the phone could read the credit off the card but couldn't write the new value back again. Free calls!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 196 posts Report Reply

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