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Plasticheskij kirurg

If you don’t know russian, you won’t be touched most probably šŸ˜‰

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Microsoft LoL

Don’t have too much to say here, just a good laugh.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/get-the-facts/browser-comparison.aspx

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Economic crisis & budget cuts in Latvia

Latvia is currently probably one of the well known countries in Europe because of the economic situation. Before a year, when I stated my country-of-origin is Latvia in the Benelux, a lot of the people thought it’s Lithuania, or didn’t know where/what it is. Now the knowledge of the public has improved, asked the same question the typical reply is “Latvia? Oh, that one. Its on the news all the time”. This is partly a good thing, because it’s said there is no bad publicity. It’s just publicity.

The bad thing is how ministries/other government structures of Latvia are doing the so-much-needed budget cuts. There should be a structural reform being made (that’s what’s being requested by the international loan-givers). What happens actually is quantitative modifications of the budget by releasing a proportional amount of people/lowering analysis without any/little analysis.

The first question a good government manager should ask facing a significant budget cut is – what functions in my responsibility are critical for the mission statement.Ā  That would mean evaluating the need of the departments and getting rid of the ones which are not critical for the primary functions of the institution (vertical cuts). There is certainly a cut to make in that area for Latvia where entire departments were created without a real need, just for relatives/friends to have a good paid work. Or high-ranking staff people returning from foreign diplomatic missions and having no according rank position – ok, lets just create a department you can manage.

What most of the Latvian goverment institutions are doing is horizontal cuts. We need to lower our expenses by 30%? No problemo, lets cut all departments by 30% (well an oversimplification, but that’s happening).

I see this time of mandatory budget cuts as a good way for the ministries to get rid of the spider webs in their human resources. There are people/departments who don’t perform but stay in the ministry because of their impressive web. Now they have at least the formal reason to get rid of those elements, and its just about the will to clean. Lets see if that chance is used.

Good weekend everybody, and lets hear some more apologies from the goverment next week šŸ˜‰

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Wii

Wii homebrew got really useful

The Wii homewbrew scene got important/useful for all the owners of Wii by two additions:

1. BootMii, allowing to most importantly backup your Wii’s memory at a very low level, to be able to restoreĀ  if something goes terribly wrong. http://bootmii.org/

2. USBLoader – allows saving and loading of legal and “legal” Wii game discs. Set-up guide in http://www.mikeandheth.com/games/97-connect-wii-usb-hard-drive.html Really useful if you want to do any of the following:

  • backup your Wii DVDs to protect against scratches;
  • load games much faster than from DVDs;
  • other, “legal” purposes

One of the first things I did when bought a Wii (start of 2008) is installed homebrew with the Zelda hack (for description etc. http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Index.php), because I found it a quite fun hack. Actually, when installing that one I didn’t think the homebrew would get to such usable state (was thinking about a modchip back then).

Thank you homewbrew developers for all your hard work and time, it’s highly appreciatead!

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Funny Semantics

OWL and women

Don’t ever try to explain to a woman how modeling in OWL is done

To explain how that works, you will typically try model her to represent the world she lives in, and then you would have to reveal:

1. the modeling would typically start with defining her an owl:Thing

2. even if you don’t use a class, she would complain being someone’s property

3. owl:Nothing won’t make her happy, either

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General

Move to girts.niedra.org

So, I have moved to http://girts.niedra.org/ . With the moving, as usually, you have to change the wallpaper, move the stuff from the old place, etc.

I will write more than I did before.

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Funny

Saying

If You Love Someone, Set it free

If It Comes Back, It is Yours

If It Doesnā€™t, Hunt it Down and Kill It šŸ˜‰

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AtbildÄ«ga cilvēka citāts – Bojārs

“BijuÅ”ais mērs ar sarÅ«gtinājumu atzina, ka Latvijā esot pieņemts sodÄ«t cilvēkus, kas pieņem lēmumus. “Tas ir populāri. Tāpēc daudzi tagad labāk nedara neko un neuzņemas atbildÄ«bu.” *
Å is citāts man liekas ir kaut kas vienkārÅ”i &**((^. No vienas puses, valdoŔā banda (C Streips) apgalvo, ka algas padomēs tiek maksātas par atbildÄ«bu. No otras puses, Bojārs paziņo, ka cilvēkus, kas pieņem lēmumus, nedrÄ«kstētu sodÄ«t, jo tad jau neviens atbildÄ«bu neuzņemÅ”oties.
Manuprāt, cilvēkiem tur augŔā vispār nav skaidrs, kas ir atbildÄ«ba.
* Citāts no www.diena.lv ziņām, materiāliem: http://www.diena.lv/lat/politics/hot/bojars-dienvidu-tilts-ir-viens-no-vislabak-realizetajiem-projektiem-latvija

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Emigranta pārdomas

Lasot ziņas no Latvijas, nez kāpēc gribas uzdungot sekojoŔā gabala piedziedājumu, staigājot pa Briseli. Jo, lai gan divu dēlu vēl nav un kaktusa arÄ« nē, bet “Ar pliku dibenu pa zaļu dēli
tēvu zeme iebrauc Eiropā” gan izklausās kā naglai uz galvas.
MÅ«zika: A.Freidenfelds
Vārdi: A.Freidenfelds
Izpildītājs: L.Tips
Mans Brālis Čikāgā
Es klaidu latvietis, es lēni gāju
Es lēni gāju un pie sevis pārdomāju:
Kur mani raksiet, kad es nolikŔu
To karoti ar zelta maliņām
Jau manā dzīvoklī aug divi dēli
Un milzīgs kaktuss skaistā puķpodā
Ar pliku dibenu pa zaļu dēli
Tēvu zeme iebrauc Eiropā
Piedz. 2x
Mans brālis Čikāgā un pats es Kanadā
Bet mūsu māsa Ziemeļanglijā
Un ļoti iespējams, ka esam laimīgi,
Ka vairāk nedzīvojam Latvijā
Es klaidu latvietis, es ātri gāju
No savas dzimtās uz pavisam citu māju
Kā mani sauksiet, kad es nomirŔu
Par klaidoni, vai par pravieti.
Es sveŔā zemē skumji stādu rozes
Un raudot plūcu sārtas magones
Pirms gadiem piecdesmit izvilktas ir lozes:
Vai pieneņvīns vai rūgtas vērmeles.
Piedz. 2x
(pārkopēts no LatvieÅ”u dziesmu servera http://www.dziesmas.lv/index.asp?page=lyrics&id=3995)

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VelniŔķīgais rēķins

Šodien ieeju savā LMT rēķina apskatā. Interesanti cipari šŸ™‚ zveri.JPG