Monday, February 29, 2016

I Love February (2016)

So, here we are again, four years on (to the day) from my last post.

February 29th is such a fascinating day - an occasion in general limited (for most of us) to less than 25 occurrences.

And for one out of 1,461 people, it represents their birthday (on the unfounded principle of an equal number of births every day).  I don't recall having met anyone with a birthday of 29th February. I suppose that might be because I've not met 1,461 people yet.  Or perhaps it might be that I haven't asked 1,461 people what date their birthday is.

By the same token I wondered what famous events may have occurred on February 29th.  A superficial search using Google resulted in nothing of any interest. Reviewing the list found here was remarkably unremarkable. I believe the reason that interesting events happen on dates other than February 29th is because people can more readily celebrate or commemorate them if they are annual, rather than quadrennial. So, people intentionally and deliberately chose to wait an extra day (although looking at interesting events that occurred on March1st somewhat discredits this hypothesis).

So, in my own life, not much has changed in the past four years. We're now happily living in the house we began on March 1st 2012 - but there is still a little more work to do in the gardens. We did accomplish our European adventure last year, travelling for three months and experiencing a taste of European life. We've finally 'exited' from the Christchurch market, with the sale of our house and section there. I'm still working in the software industry, and experiencing new challenges as technology progresses. And - thankfully - the All Blacks won their third Rugby World Cup last year.

And tonight, I'll have a celebratory 'free beer' in anticipation of the next four years. 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I Love February (2012)

I've just been looking through some of the posts I wrote in previous years, and came across this one:

I Love February

And here we are, exactly four years on from that date.  A lot has happened since that time.  Four years ago I was busy working at MYOB, attempting to support the release of a product (BusinessBasics Online) to compete with Xero, a company I began work for a few months later.

And since my time at Xero came to an end, I've been working with a variety of software providers to help them successfully deliver great products to market, through my own business Stuart Bale Limited.

The last four years have been very eventful.  We've moved to Wellington, then to Wanaka, where we're comfortably settled.  My daughter is in Invercargill, and my son has just started primary school.  My father died two years ago. I started my own business. Christchurch crumbled. Oh, and New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup.  And tomorrow work begins on our new house in Peninsula Bay, with breathtaking views across Lake Wanaka to the mountains behind.

The next four years hold a lot of promise, and some exciting times.  I expect my life to continue to change, and I think it's important to accept and embrace that change, since it is inevitable.  Most of all, each day needs to contain a measure of happiness - as that's what makes life worth living.

Until next time,


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

New website launched

I'm excited to announce the launch of my new website at:

This is the beginning of a new venture for me, a service with a difference, providing high level successful software strategies.

There's lots more work to do, but I'm up for the challenge.

So take a look at my site, and if you have a blog or your own site, please link through to help my rankings ;-).

Until next time,


Silver Fox

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Ideas are like pens

I have a personal belief that if a pen doesn't have your name on it, then it is available for anyone's use. These 'free pens' have an exciting travel life, moving from one owner to another, visiting countless locations, from coat pockets to handbags to shop counters to glove boxes.

Pens come in all different shapes, colours, weights, lengths for a variety of different purposes. Every person has their favourite. I like blue or black ballpoint pens, of a reasonable weight (preferably made from metal) and a nice grip. Being retractable has its advantages too, but not where the retracting device is easily triggered just by general use. A clip to attach the pen to a shirt pocket or folder is useful, although too often these are bent or broken off.

Anyway, back to the purpose of this blog - "Ideas are like pens" - I was thinking last night how true this simile is. I come to this conclusion on the following basis:

  • There are lots and lots and lots of them;
  • They come in different shapes and sizes;
  • Some are better than others;
  • There is little point having one if you don't use it;
  • Each new one is really just an old one with some fancy stuff added;
  • Often, the simpler, the better;
  • Eventually, most of them are thrown away, or lost;
  • Finding someone else in possession of yours can make you angry, although sometimes it really is theirs even though it looks like yours;
  • They are really hard to find when you desperately need one; and
  • You can find them in strange places, such as in the bathroom, on the beach, in the car, and under the bed.

Silver Fox

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Changes ...

Well, on Monday 7th September I became unemployed, for the first time in 15 1/2 years. As you might expect, it's likely to take a little while to get used to it.

For those that know of this change, and have cared enough to ask me "what next?", I've replied "I'm simply not sure yet!".

I'm certain there are many opportunities out there just waiting to be found - and maybe as my wider network of friends and ex-colleagues become aware of this change, then even more will present themselves.

For the moment though, I'm happy to take some time out with my family, catch my breath, and maybe do a little more blogging :-).

Until next time,


Silver Fox

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tim Shadbolt - an opportunity

To: Tim Shadbolt

Dear Tim,

It appears to me that in these difficult times of economic uncertainty, there is a pressing need for a Hero of the People, to lead a cause that gives the hope of future prosperity to ones followers. Someone with charisma, connections and capability - and I believe that Hero is you.

And why is it you more than anyone else? Primarily because of your current prominent position in the region with the greatest opportunity - Southland. Now some from further North may ignorantly scoff at this statement, but once they see the extent of the opportunity, they'll come to the same conclusion as I did, that Southland contains all that is needed for the biggest technological system in the world. In fact, this very system would be gratefully and readily used by the world, for the very fact that Southland is where it is.

So, maybe by now you are curious to know more? (Or perhaps just flummoxed as to where this is leading.) Please indulge me a little, and let me elaborate on this grand plan. In short, Southland has four key assets that no other region in the world can offer, being distance, power, climate and water.
Southland is geographically the furthest habitable distance from Europe and America.
With huge natural reserves of hydro electric power, and the capacity to continue to develop wind generated power, Southland has a ready supply of environmentally friendly, totally renewable and sustainable power.
Southlands climate is never hot, a good thing for what I propose.
Southland has an abundant supply of clean, free flowing water.

These four factors are significant for this major project, which at its heart aims to provide to the rest of the world a secure and reliable second level backup and archive service. Hardly exciting, until you understand the extent of the need. Conceptually, the world is concerned about their data, and invests trillions of dollars each year in securing it on tape and disks and everywhere else.

Imagine if we could just pick up a fraction of this within New Zealand - that is the opportunity looming for Southland.

So Tim, give me a call sometime, and we'll chat.


Silver Fox

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hi Linda Lucas ...

My dear friend,   

I am Linda , the only child and daughter of Late Chief. and Mrs.Allen Lucas from Serrie Leone in West Africa. I want to use this media to ask for your help in transferring my inheritance into your country. I will be so glad if you can allow and lead me to the right channel towards your assistance to my present situation now. 

I'm aware that this might sound strange to you but please I beg you to handle this matter with the most urgency.   It is my desire to contact you based on honesty and sincerity to assist me in transferring $8,000,000(Eight million United States Dollars) which I inherited from my late father Chief Allen Lucas who was a Gold and Cocoa merchant based in Accra and Abidjan to your country for investment.   

My late father Chief Allen Lucas died during last year's rebels attack for the presidential election in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was attacked alongside my mother on their way back home from my father's office. Before his death,he told me that he deposited this money in a bank in abidjan with an agreement that nobody can withdraw from it until it is being transferred into a foreign partner's bank account which I shall nominate as his next of kin.   

I am motivated in contacting you and hope to gradually build trust, relationship and confidence in you as i get to know you better. You will have to assist me in coming over to your country as soon as the transfer is completed for me to continue with my education while the money will be invested in a lucrative business in your country. Meanwhile you will be the guidiance of the investment while i will continue with my studies.   

I am willing to offer you 20% of the total money for your effort input after the successful transfer of this money and investment. Indicate your interest towards assisting me by replying to my mail as soon as possible.   

I will also appreciate it if you can send across to me your photo for a better recognition. I will be waiting to hear from you soon.   

God Bless you.   


Linda Lucas


Hi Linda,

Sorry to hear about your folks.

Here's a link to my picture.

Good luck,


P.S.  Can you send me your bank account details and your drivers licence and your contact details, so I can deposit some money in your account, to help build our trust.