Roots: born in Sweden — lived also in Switzerland, USA, UK — mixed up genes from Sweden, Norway, India, Germany
Languages: French, English, Swedish, German, Portuguese, Latin, Ada, Perl, Java, assembly languages, Pascal, C/C++, etc.
Roles: entrepreneur, programme manager, methodology lead, quality and risk manager, writer, director of technology, project lead, solutions architect — as well as gardener, factory worker, farmhand, supermarket cleaner, programmer, student, teacher, language lawyer, traveller, soldier, lecturer, software engineer, philosopher, consultant
A surprise move by the European Commission to scrap its agricultural export subsidies to get global trade talks moving again was welcomed Monday by some of the union's trading partners, but criticized by its most important farming nation, France. The commission, which has the mandate to negotiate a global trade agreement on behalf of the European Union, has offered to eliminate the 2.8 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in export subsidies the union pays to its farmers, so long as other countries like the United States make similar moves. Over all, the union provides its farmers 43 billion euros ($51 billion) a year in subsidies.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the investment company controlled by Warren E. Buffett, increased its bet against the United States dollar by about 64 percent, to $18 billion in the first quarter. Five weeks into the second quarter, Mr. Buffett had lost $600 million on the investment, according to a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Berkshire began 2004 with about $11 billion of forward contracts in foreign currencies and added another $7 billion through March 31, the company said. A widening United States trade deficit prompted Mr. Buffett to begin buying foreign currencies in 2002. Berkshire's $600 million of currency losses from March 31 to May 5 may result in a $390 million second-quarter expense after tax if the dollar's value remains unchanged from May 5 levels, Berkshire said in the filing.
Bismillah al-rahman al-rahimmeaning
In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful— a formula known as Basmalah, repeatedly used in the Koran, and attesting to the divine nature of what follows. (Hah.)
Abdullah's query? Very short and direct:
what are you?
The answer is very simple:
I'm a jinn.
According to critics, an eavesdropper, constantly striving to go behind the curtains of heaven in order to steal divine secrets. May grant wishes. I'm a featherless biped, do enjoy living in the woods, am sometimes seen in deserts (riding camels and elephants), and have a special craving for chocolate.
The curious may note that Abdullah means
slave of god. According to Moslems, all human beings are (or ought to be) slaves (of god if you're one of them, of them if you're not). A jinn is free and recognizes neither god nor master (Ni Dieu Ni Maître as the saying goes).
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- Agile software development processes conference
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- Abdullah and the Jinn
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- Environmentalist terrorism
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- A few notes on Apple and downloadable music
- Some technology-related predictions for 2004
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- Journey to Mars (still hoping)
- U.S. National Debt Clock
- People puzzling over questions answered long ago
- Mars panorama
- What I read in 2003
- Terabyte Watch
- Objective Mars
- Apple licensing
- A culture of producers
- Sun and time on Mars
- Mars colours
- Well met!
- Distributing free music
- Superb progress trends that drive the information revolution
- The Capture of Saddam Hussein, Murderous Tyrant
- Happy users, and breaking habits