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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