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Engineering Manager | Trail Runner | Stockholm, Sweden

Amusing

Today there was a birthday celebration for one of my friends. The 25th SPAR Marathon is tomorrow, for which I have started training a couple of months ago. There are several movies playing right now that I’d like to watch such as Inception or the new Resident Evil: Afterlife. I learned on Facebook that there is a World Press Photo exhibition in Budapest. Epica has a gig here on October 2, also some time later in Vienna. And so on and so forth, I could add another dozen things.

Well, I’ll be taking part in none of these due to a complete lack of income.

Harsh reality aside it seems amusing that not much seem to have changed since 8 years ago when I wrote my first post.

Must be funny…

How considerate:

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies announced Wednesday it will provide ¥100,000 grants by March to 30 exchange students who are paying their own expenses but suffering from the yen’s appreciation. (The Japan Times)

Of course this only applies to non-scholarship students. Nevertheless I find it mildly annoying that ever since I came to Japan the tendencies were quite not in my favour. Firstly  every single year there was a slight drop in the amount of scholarship I received, kudos to the Japanese government. Secondly the Yen was worth less and less compared to the Euro or HUF. In 2004 when I came here the Yen sold at almost 2 HUF. Just recently it dropped to less than  1.5, making my scholarship worth a lot less. For example the international plane tickets never changed with the conversion, if anything they cost more.

That is before the economic crisis started. Suddenly the Yen-HUF conversion flared up to 2.4. Which is quite typical: in a few months I will stop getting scholarship…

Share it fairly, but don't take a slice of my pie

A Pink Floydnak még a menedzsere is egy isten…

“Csatlakozott az elképzeléshez Peter Jenner, a Pink Floyd menedzsere is. Ő már konkrétan az egységes havi díj mellett érvelt, szerinte ez vethetne véget az online zenepiacon kialakult kaotikus állapotoknak. A szakember úgy véli, a fájlcsere elleni küzdelem reménytelen, a folyamatot már régóta nem a kiadók irányítják, és nem is tudják befolyásolni. A zenedíjjal viszont a zenészek és a kiadóvállalatok is jól járnának, legalábbis a jelenlegi helyzethez képest. Jenner úgy véli, a felhasználókat leginkább a megfelelő árazással lehetne rávenni, hogy fizessenek a zenéért. Szerinte számonként 5 eurócent (mintegy 8 forint) lenne reális ár egy zeneszámért, a mai, egy euró körüli árak inkább taszítják az internetezőket. A szakember nem támogatja a digitális másolásvédelmet sem, szerinte a vevőnek korlátlan használati jogot kell kapnia a pénzéért.”

(NOL)