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New mobile

my new mobile - I'm trying to use the blue tooth feature and somehow make my mobile and my laptop talk to one another but ... they won't after several trialsAh well, at least I managed to retrieve all my phone numbers and was able to shoot a picture… a bad one though.

It's a tri-band model (they all are nowadays) which means I'll bring and use it in the States next June Woo hoo!!

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Posted by on April 30, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

trouble

My lumberjackasshole inspector just called. He's ready to put our process on hold because of some traceability problem he does not go along with.

Got to rush back to work to … convince him to go along with … everything I do. I'm getting tired of stopping and going every time it pleases him to play that childish game.

He's doing his job though. I'm really unfair.

Got to do mine now.

Show down in less than an hour.

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Posted by on April 30, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

Let's dance!!

Took this pic from GQ.

Photos are supposedly shot by soldiers themselves.

I picked up this one because it's a let's-break-the-rule moment.

… Or maybe it's just an innocent request from one to the other: “I'm not sure I didnt' walk in a dog's poop. Can you check?”

The photos portfolio is worth watching. A glimpse of what soldiers go through.

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Posted by on April 30, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

Hints of Revaluation Emerge as China's Currency Briefly Floats

HONG KONG, April 29 – In recent years, there has been plenty of talk about allowing the Chinese currency to rise or float in value. Today, it happened – though only for 20 minutes. Currency traders, bankers and economists closely watch every twitch of the yuan, the Chinese currency. And today they saw an unexpected lurch. No one knows for sure if it was deliberate or the result of a technical glitch. But even if it were just the result of a mistaken keystroke onto official trading screens, the markets fell right away, illustrating the scrutiny and sensitivities around the yuan.

The yuan climbed in value until it took 8.270 of them to buy a dollar instead of the usual 8.276. That difference, of only six-thousands of a yuan, might not seem like much of a lurch.But it came on the eve of a weeklong holiday in China and at a time of intense speculation that a Chinese revaluation of its currency, which has been fixed by Beijing against the dollar for years, might be imminent. And the brief appreciation in the yuan was enough to roil currency markets around the world.

The dollar fell and the Japanese yen and gold rose as investors placed bets that if China lets the yuan rise against the dollar, other countries will also let their currencies appreciate because their exporters would no longer fear so much being undercut by Chinese rivals. The euro also rose in Asian trading but later retreated. Economists said it was almost impossible to discern from the swirl of rumors today whether China was on the verge of finally allowing the tidal wave of investment flowing into the country to push up the value of the yuan.

I wouldn't be surprised if we woke up to an announcement this weekend, I wouldn't be surprised if they waited until this summer,” said Jonathan Anderson, an economist at UBS.Traders used to seeing a flat line on their screens day after day for the value of the yuan were especially transfixed by the brief surge because it came the same day that a state-run newspaper, The China Securities Journal, ran a front-page article that seemed to depart from previous government statements ruling out any shift in currency policy soon.

The article asserted that China's financial system and currency regime were finally ready for the yuan to rise, provided that the rise only consisted of a few percentage points.The People's Bank of China, the central bank, issued a public denial by mid-afternoon that it had received any formal instructions from the country's political authorities to push the yuan to a new level. But the brief movement of the yuan prompted some economists to say that China may have been testing its ability to manage a small fluctuation in the value of its currency, as a possible preparation for managing an eventual change in the yuan's value.

Some currency traders said a more likely explanation is that it was a mistake by a Chinese employee, who may have typed in a wrong number onto the government's official currency posting. “We interpret it as a technical glitch, rather than an imminent revalution,” said Steven Englander, a currency strategist at Barclays Capital in New York. The currency unexpectedly rose to 8.270 and stayed there for 20 minutes at mid-day in Asia, before returning to its usual level of 8.276 as the People's Bank of China bought more dollars.

The temporary jump raised questions about whether a technical error had occurred in the central bank's management of the currency or whether a deliberate experiment had been made in managing the currency's appreciation. Frank Gong, an economist at J.P. Morgan & Company, said that the central bank had tolerated tiny spurts in the yuan's value to 8.275 for a few minutes over the past decade. But he said it was highly unlikely that Chinese authorities accidentally let such a large change in value occur today, especially at a time of intense speculation about the future value of the yuan.

“They chose that timing to test the market,” he said, adding that he thought China might revalue during the coming holiday week.

The yuan floats now, as it is bound to eventually, we're so used to purchasing 40€ DVD players, 15€ pants and whatnot at ridiculously low prices, the … return to reality may be very difficult.

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Posted by on April 29, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

Ultimate desk

Stay in bed AND work - could only be japanese ^_^

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Posted by on April 29, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

Mmmmhhh!!

je craque...!!

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Posted by on April 28, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

Good morning !!

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Posted by on April 28, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

thoughts

Riding my bike back home from work, listening to cool music on USB-Mp3-key (half of it is cool, the other half is … for the morning ^_^) I was thinking about how much, one year I decided to buy myself a few lessons, I really progressed in ski then: following no matter how better the teacher was, how fast he would go, wherever he felt like taking us.

In ski, as with many other matters, I'm slow. I guess I privilege style over speed which is, sometimes, detrimental to progress.

I'm a team partner who enjoys individualism… One among many contradictions in me ^_^

I don't know what made me think of that particular time I had following, out of breath, like mad, that crazy teacher but I do remember realizing afterward having learned a lot then.

While I'm thinking out … loud, I'd like to proceed and write down before it definitely goes another thought I had this morning. Was the origin a dream I don't know. I may concisely sum it up like so: life is like sand.

Now what this is supposed to mean I don't know. It's more l like a blur and I'm not sure I could really elaborate without making myself a total foul.

If I haven't already ^_^

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Posted by on April 27, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

bigger farm

Mmmkay! Since the e-farm game was getting more like a morning routine (selling rabbits and eggs, milking the cow and feeding the whole) I could do in my sleep (which I was doing in a way) I decided to reach step 2 and, in order to do so, paid back my little morgage: 1500 ecus…

I have a sheep now. Doesn't he it look stupid? I'm more a cow … boy. ^_^

I'm a big boy farmer now. Things will be probably be more difficult since I have more options to feed my animals (either by growing things or buying them). Forget the price I used to sell my rabbits. Prices are so low I'll really have to pay attention to every step of the process from now on.

And there's a black market… ^_^ It's been 60 years since we experienced any. Probably the only way those who created the game thought of to allow anybody to break rules hence nurture our natural tendency to not follow guidelines LOL

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Posted by on April 26, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

Doisneau Photo 'The Kiss' Sells for $202K


PARIS (AP) — The woman in Robert Doisneau's classic photograph of a couple stealing a passionate kiss on a Paris street sold her original print at an auction Monday for more than $200,000 — about 10 times the expected sale price.

''The Kiss at City Hall'' was bought by an unidentified Swiss collector, who is expected to pay an additional $38,850 in taxes and other fees in addition to the $202,000 purchase price, according to Artcurial Briest Pulain le Fur auction house, where the sale took place.

Before the auction, the house said the photograph was expected to sell for between $19,600 and $26,000.

The photograph was put up for auction by Francoise Bornet — a former actress who claims she and an old flame were the subjects of the image, which was taken in 1950 and skyrocketed to fame in 1986 when it was reprinted as a poster.

''It's like a Christmas present,'' a delighted Bornet said of the sale.

The black-and-white picture of a young couple kissing in front of Paris' City Hall with harried passers-by fading into the background evoked a spontaneous moment of romance that affirmed Paris' reputation as the city of blissful love.

That it was not a spontaneous snapshot was confirmed by a lawsuit Bornet filed in the early 1990s. She sued Doisneau for $18,500 and a percentage of sales of the photo. The court in June 1993 rejected her claims, though the case forced Doisneau to confess to having used professionals instead of a couple caught off guard. The photographer died a year later in 1994.

Still, the image has never lost its allure.

Bornet says that in 1950 she and her boyfriend Jacques Carteaud were embracing in a cafe near the school where the two young students were studying theater. Doisneau, who was working on a photo series about lovers in Paris for Life magazine, approached them, Bornet says.

They met a few days later to recreate the kiss. The photo appeared in Life magazine that year.

The Rapho photo agency, Doisneau's employer when he took the picture, owns the rights to the photo. Bornet never received royalties from the reproduction and could only sell her photograph, which bears the late Doisneau's stamp on the back, for private use.

Kathleen Grosset, the director of Rapho, said more than 500,000 posters and 400,000 postcards have been reprinted from the original.

''Over the years, it must have made something like euro500,000 ($650,000) for both the agency and the photographer,'' Grosset said.

Auctioneer Herve Poulain said he believed the $200,000 price was among the highest ever for a 20th century photograph.

Bornet, who found the photo while sifting through memorabilia left behind by her mother after she died, expressed no regret about parting with the photograph.

''In any case, this kiss is engraved in my memory,'' Bornet said. ''It's a wonderful memory, is all. I don't need the image to remember it.''

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Posted by on April 26, 2005 in Uncategorized