| Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 08:45 pm |
Having shuffled sim-peeps around in my empire, I now have space for a couple of extra corps in Commonwealth of Kahveh (Welfare: 130, tax:0%).
Feel free to purchase state-owned corps - only one is really affordable (Air Transport at SC$50B).
| Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:05 am |
With the current econ on LU I'm scrambling bringing my corp "costs point" down and using fixed price sales on world trade to get rid of product, and my cash has dropped a tril while I was on holiday, so can't afford to pick up any new ones.
Curious on two points: Is there a "Zetetic" (sp) country out there also?
And is there any significance to the full name or was it just something that struck your fancy?
| Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 10:38 am |
No, my old account closed ages ago. The first part of the name came from a book I was reading (Excession by Iain M. Banks, zetetic and elench are both Old English words) and the 'dam Kahveh' part meaning 'from' (the equivalent of 'von' in German). Far too cumbersome and laden with pretentiousness.
New builds and relocates also welcome.
| Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 04:09 am |
Ah well. Made an effort to buid a new corp, error message basically saying can't do it until you've been playing SC 42 RL days. I'm just 19 in on this run.
Ditto on buying. Will check into relocates, I think that's allowed.
Sidebar: One of your previous posts mentioned you took a year away from here to get all the applications for teaching Physics done. Successful? If so, university level or public/private school?
| Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 04:18 am |
Okay, relocate request for Algara electric has been sent.
Only allowed one per country per month, so if your situation is the same next month I may try another.
Thanks. Do you remember the thread in '08 between yourself, Farmer Bob, and a guy named Michael Morrison? It was so long we ended up making a sequel! You taught me the basics of fusion, as well as correcting my belief that Venus would be easier to transform than Mars. Those were the days!
So are these. As my wise grandfather used to say "any day you wake up is a good day".
| Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 12:01 pm |
Yep, I am now qualified to teach physics to 11-18 year olds (Brit: Secondary School level). Now going through the frustrating process of applying for jobs.
I do remember that thread (just been reading over it now - I have far too much time on my hands). It started off quite ranty from all of us, then settled down into a really good debate.
Feel I need to resurrect this quote: "There's an old Arabic curse which goes 'May you live in interesting times.'" from JMR32, purely because I said I would HAVE to remember it and I didn't.
| Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 02:05 pm |
Yes, that's one of my favorite quotes/curses.
Put in a relocate request for another corp.
I know that on your side of the pond the roles of public and private schools are reversed from what they are here (private schools here are the exclusive pay for; public schools are the come one, come all). Are you more interested in one or the other, or just whatever you can get?
My girlfriend (whose initials were my original nom de plume, and a contraction of her first two names is my current country)is a teacher here. She does Library Science for 6-12 year olds (our Elementary level). A couple of weeks until her summer break.
Returning to the Arabs for a bit, isn't it rather strange how roles have reversed? A thousand years ago the Arab civilization was incredibly enlightened and scientifically advanced while Europe suffered the Dark Ages. Due in part to the Catholic church's obsession with demonizing any scientific study.
Now the roles have reversed. The West leads the way in science while Islam has been basically coopted by the same forces that plagued Europe a millenia ago. We need a spell check. Milennia doesn't sound right either, maybe millennia?
Wonder what 1000 years from now will bring.
| Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 02:20 pm |
Too much time on MY hands also, it seems.
Just a rant here. Why does the GM maintain inactive countries for so long? The corp I really wanted to relocate is in a country which has obviously been abandoned (8T in loans, -400B in cash, monthly P&L negative 40 or 50B). "President was active in past month"; yay.
The private corps are in a salary war to keep hiring up, there's a 40-50,000 shortfall in high tech engineers.
If I wanted to relocate it would have cost me over 77B due to MV. I say if a President isn't active for a fortnight without notifying the GM, toss 'em.
Okay, maybe there's something happening on planet by now. Rant done.
| Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 05:43 pm |
Actually, over here public schools are also private schools, i.e., neither are state schools. We also have academies (both secular and religious), foundation schools, comprehensives, community schools, grammar schools and religious state schools. It's all a legacy of our tendency to flip-flop between Labour and Conservative governments who have different views on education and NEVER stop tinkering, even with their own favoured type of school. We got through nearly a century on one Education Act until the 1950s, now we get 2 or 3 new ones per year.
Anyway, I'd rather teach in a secular non-selective school (the majority) but I'm applying everywhere.
The Catholic Church has an unusual relationship with science and scientists. Individuals in the Church seem to push forward our understanding of science (the Vatican has had an observatory for centuries and a lot of early work on evolution was carried out by a monk within the Catholic Church), but then they decide it contradicts something they hold to be important and condemn someone before acquitting them centuries later.
They're getting better though. It took 4 centuries to acquit Galileo, only 150 years for Darwin. They should take on board Relativity in the next decade or so (although I don't think they've actually had any issues with this).
One of the main reasons for Europe surging ahead of the Arab world was the invention of the printing press. The Arab world had benefited from easy exchange of ideas because of the common language encouraged by Islam. It still took time to copy up any texts though. The printing press changed all that. Even a translated text could then be spread very quickly across the whole of Christian Europe.
Interestingly, the competition could have been much fiercer. Italian merchants offered printing presses for sale in the Middle East and demonstrated them with copied versions of the Koran. Not being familiar with Arabic, they made a few mistakes which was seen as sin as the Koran is, according to Muslims, the direct word of God and cannot be changed.
"We need a spell check."
What browser are you using? If Internet Explorer, try something more modern - Google Chrome and Chromium have built in spell-checkers so millenia comes up with a red wavy line under it (it's millennia). I think Firefox has something similar, either by default or through an add-on (I have the British English language pack installed).
| Friday, June 3, 2011 - 12:05 am |
Yes, I have to agree regarding the Catholic church's unusual relationship with science. It was much more drastic in the middle ages.
Your mention of Galileo brings up a trivia bit. That favorite of conspiracy buffs, the ILLUMINATI, was initially began by Galileo as an underground method of pursuing scientific advance.
The British of the day were quite involved also. It's my understanding (correctable if I'm wrong) that when the Ill. needed to have written communications it was done in English (coded)because very few priests spoke it and the Vatican considered it a "barbaric" language.
Interesting info re the Italians and printing presses.
And of course, the debate over written texts in the religious arena is never ending. There are Christian groups who refuse to accept any Bible other than the King James version, others who claim the KJ is blasphemy.
Need to head for work, so until next time, cheers.
Oh, will check out the modern browsers. I AM using IE.
| Friday, June 3, 2011 - 11:19 am |
"Oh, will check out the modern browsers. I AM using IE."
Kahveh is now fully stocked with corps (in fact I may have overshot a little). No more builds/relocates please.
| Friday, June 3, 2011 - 01:59 pm |
Right you are.
I may be able to swing you 20-25k high tech engineers in return for some LL and/or ML grunts if it would help your situation out.
Don't plan any new corps in my country for a bit, so I only need to keep enough HT engineers for maintenance of current.
Let me know. Glad I got in under the wire with the gasoline corp. It was in an overloaded c3, and I didn't feel like getting into a salary war.
Do new people not look at the country's employment prospects before building a corp? (rant)
Sprechen sie Deutsch, Herr Skandar?
(Was looking at the corp names in Kahveh)
| Friday, June 3, 2011 - 04:34 pm |
Nur ein bisschen.
My French is much better (virtually fluent).
The corp names are a bit of a hybrid between German, Swedish and Dutch (Rijks- is the Dutch equivalent of Reich- in German, usually translated as Royal or Realm in English depending on the context).
| Friday, June 3, 2011 - 11:34 pm |
Ne parles Francais. No habla Espanol, either!
My only debate was to choose Dutch or Deutsch, many similarities.
My language skills have unfortunately deteriorated since I haven't been traveling much the past few years. No practice and it slips away.
Get things squared away in Kahveh, my exchequer is feeling glum! If I can help at all with peeps message me at JulMar and I'll see what I can do.