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Some Rants, Raves and Ramblings about All that I See

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Entries from September 2007

Ancient Pharaoh Temple Discovered Inside Egypt Mosque

September 30th, 2007 · 88 Comments

This is an interesting development. Muslim law dictates that no image or idol can be placed within the premises of the mosque as nothing other than Allah can be revered or worshipped. I’m sure thta I butchered thta explanation in its simplicity, but from the Koran (Al Q’uran):The Companions – [39.17] And (as for) those [...]

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Mustard Seeds in My Ear

September 29th, 2007 · 149 Comments

This is my ear. The little black spots are not where the razor nicked me while shaving as it is not normally a place where my razor ventures. No, these are mustard seeds. Why the hell are they there? This is a form of holistic medicine practiced by people here in S.America. Depending upon what [...]

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iPhone – the Hack vs. Unhack Battle of the Decade

September 28th, 2007 · 111 Comments

I saw aniPhone for the first time today.  The first thing that I asked was “You didn’t update your iPhone today, did you?” the guy replied with a sheepish grin, “Not yet.” I tell you….I love the way that has turned out. For so long have “hackers” coded their way around DRM, firmware and other [...]

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Bill Paying, Bill Playing

September 28th, 2007 · 22 Comments

Bill paying here is absolutely ridiculous…! Insane! Forget about paying the bills at the end of the month. Forget about paying part of a bill this month and paying off the balance next month. In this land of not even knowing if your bank will open its doors on any given day, the first word of business is distrust. Pay [...]

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It’s an Alien Attack!

September 22nd, 2007 · 93 Comments

Don’t know if you saw the news the other day about the supposed meteor that struck somewhere in Peru and was (supposedly) the cause of the surrounding people becoming sick (newslink). Pretty neat stuff. The stuff that science fiction is made of. And paranoia. Well, my wife called me up at the office yesterday in [...]

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Whew! Position Secured

September 19th, 2007 · 4 Comments

I finally received the offer today, less than 2 scant weeks before it is to begin. I’ll basically be doing what I’ve been doing, with the grandiose title of “Commericial Manager” for the Latin American region. This means from the U.S. border with Mexico to Antarctica and little tiny islands in the Caribbean. And Cuba. [...]

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I Wanna Arowana

September 19th, 2007 · 105 Comments

Last time I went to Manaus, I saw a fish that is considered a prized possession in Indonesia. It’s a member of the gourami family and can cost upwards of a couple thousand dollars for a 20cm sized one for the aquarium. A colleague brought me a couple 70cm from the Manaus fish market the [...]

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Update on a Crazy Job Situation

September 17th, 2007 · 91 Comments

I learned a new word today – BOATIA. Bend OverAnd Take It Again. That is the general sentiment these days in the office. Well, here it is, 2 weeks until the new organization takes over for Latin America. So, you’d think that everyone is settled and pretty much knows what to do, right? You obviously [...]

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The End of Boredom

September 15th, 2007 · 13 Comments

Finally…this class here in Warsaw has ended. It could have come no sooner. In the end, when we actually started to get into designing warehouses, which is what we had expected to do from the first day that the class started, it started to get a little interesting as we had to actually do some [...]

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This Class Really is Lame

September 11th, 2007 · 25 Comments

What do you do if you attend a class, hoping to learn something, but realize that you could probably teach it much better than they can? This is what I feel. I’m here in Poland attending this class on how to design a warehouse and I’m shaking my head at the ineptitude of this teacher. [...]

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Hanging Out in Lithuania

September 9th, 2007 · 18 Comments

I was in Copenhagen last week in meetings on Wednesday and Thursday and found myself having to attend a training seminar in warehouse financing (exciting stuff, really!) in Warsaw beginning the following Tuesday (why my company likes to schedule meetings mid-week, I don’t know. One of the many unsolved mysteries. So, that left me with [...]

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