Tuesday, December 28, 2010

On big business

When I was with der Konzern there was this big, big scandal with bribery, executive heads rolled (read: were relocated to safe but less exposed tasks) and whole company went through moral shake-up. Not that it changed anything...

Now there is this.

I know this is how things are done in Africa, but seems like NSN problem was not an isolated case...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

On fun with Polish......po polsku ;-)

W czasie moich studiów na Politechnice miałem przyjemość mieć wykładowców którzy byli w stanie wychwycić różnicę pomiędzy h i ch. Nie tylko potrafili to usłyszeć, ale ich wymowa była na tyle wysublimowana, że potrafili to też wymówić. I faktycznie ich h i ch było różne.
I tak sie ostatnio zastanawiałem... Czasem jak się nażrę czekolady z orzechami (jakaś Cadbury, Ritters czy nawet polska Terravita) to mam potem w nocy problemy z dziedziny mniemanologi teoretycznej... I tak zastanawiałem się dzisiaj (w okolicy 4 nad ranem) nad różnicą pomiędzy u i ó. Tak naprawdę to pomiędzy nimi jest różnica. Ó jest takie... bardziej z dzióbkiem. Trzeba tak usta wykrzywić w dzióbek. Spróbujcie sami. Takie słowo jak kura... nie da sie powiedzieć kóra... To znaczy - powiedzieć się da, ale to brzmi inaczej niż pierwotna, ortograficznie spójna kura. Kóra to już brzmi prawie jak q-ra. Nie wiem, czy tą subtelną różnicę słyszycie... Rumianek ma u płaskie, twarde i drewniane, pióro już jest z dziubkiem - dłuższe i subtelniejsze... U jest otwarte, płaskie, plebejskie i toporne jak młotek, ó z kolei jest subtelne, szlachetne i dźwięczne niczym ostrze ze stali damasceńskiej... Nie wiem, może nie odkrywam tu Ameryki (nie chce mi sie guglać), ale po prostu uświadomiłem sobie dzisiaj że u i ó to nie tylko problem ortograficzny ale także wymowy ;-)

On aliens

So we have watched this... Phew, where to start? Do not get me wrong - I really do not mind low-budget movies. But Skyline suffers from so many problems... And this is such a disappointment as this thing actually had such a potential. It starts with Greek's drama unity of action, time and place. Cool. But the script simply wastes the opportunity of human conflict of a couple of people stranded together in stressful situation. There is no play of characters there, no nothing. Bad, unconvincing acting is another story... The ending actually solves no mysteries, gives no answers and actually is no end at all... Really - this could've been really nice thing, but is just a waste of time. Not recommended.

On expectations and other stuff

I have been teaching here for over a year now. Initially most of my activities revolved around Japanese Embassy, as said before - I was allowed to use venues for free. Now I am trying to switch my focus towards other facilities that have better resources (read: tatami). Yet as for today - I still am Aikido teacher in Japanese Embassy. This is why i received this:



I knew exactly what I was expecting - there would be an official tea-house sushi with soft sounds of shakuhachi and koto coming from beyond shoji screen, we'd be shouting Tenno heika banzai under Raising Sun flag, there would be Battleship Yamato lurking somewhere in the bushes and the more perceptive of guests would be able to spot ninjas hiding up in the palm trees... Beautiful Japanese women dressed in traditional kimonos would have haiku competition and at the end of the ceremony Buddhist priest would give blessings and fortune cookies to everyone.

Reality was - as it usually is - a bit different. There were many people, most from the diplomatic circles, all ambassadors and attaches and so on. There were Japanese women dressed in traditional kimonos, but in all these crowds it was difficult to spot them. I bumped into our Polish ambassador and got invited for Christmas meeting at her residence. There were Russians (hard to miss them ;-), British, Dutch, Americans, Indians, South Africans and many many others. Our Japanese hosts somehow disappeared in all these crows and - with exception of Kobayashi-san - were difficult to come by.There was short and actually not-so-bad speech from Japanese Ambassador, there was taiko presentation by ten-odd kids, there was wine, nuts, tempura and sushi, and then... I was back to the office.