12 January 2009

Today Tonight

We had the Today Tonight show in today to do a bit on gold. Not sure when it will air. Nigel Moffatt (Treasurer and Depository manager) was interviewed and then I was pulled in to act as a customer for a background shot, so if you see it I was not really buying 2 kilo bars and a 400oz bar, although it would be very nice if I could afford that!

Interesting that a mainstream show wanted to do a segment on gold. It was also interesting that some of the crew were drawn to the gold and wanted to pick up the 400oz bar. It is always great watching people's face when they realise and are amazed at how heavy/dense gold is.

I've been busy following some blogs which have got me thinking, so a thesis on gold, virtualisation, peak oil, and gold as money is in the works.

I've also been following and helping out with the work of the person calculating the basis/forward/future prices for Professor Fekete. I'm trying to work out how to show an animation of the changes in LBMA forward rates - I have got a macro in Excel to do it but no idea how to convert that into something that can work on the web.

I've also been following the comments at Tom Szabo's blog - a debate between the optimists and pessimists about how this is all going to play out.


  1. An infotainment spin on a widespread lack of confidence in the banking system - should be interesting to see!

  2. Bron, re animation call Chris at Elephant Productions, Subiaco. It was a great pleasure to meet you in person and thank you for publishing this excellent blog.

  3. Another thought re animation, a DIY approach, instead of calling for professional help. You could make an animated gif (screen shot of each graphic chart cell). Adobe PhotoShop or GNU Gimp will convert the bitmap screenshots to gifs, load the series and output an animated gif. The learning curve is somewhat steep if you haven't used PhotoShop or Gimp before.

  4. Thanks for the suggestions. I have a data series of 4500 days, so not sure how big a file the animation would be.

  5. 4500 cells ... hmm. The animated gif is still worth attempting, because the graphical content is mostly the same from cell to cell. If you start with a fixed, unchanging background (chart axes and legend, for instance) and build the 4500 cells of data as a separate layer in Photoshop or Gimp, it's possible to float the animated gif over a background gif in register on your web page.

    Still, I think it's going to be a time-consuming, frustrating job unless you're an expert user.

    In the old days, I'd use a rostrum camera and make a film. Certainly you could ask Chris at Elephant if they have a digital workaround to make a .mov or Flash movie from your spreadsheet.