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§300 I’m back and I’m free

February 26, 2009

I know, it’s the third time I use that title. It just fits well. I never have time to blog when I’m in the middle of all exams, and then the first blog post when I’m done with the exams, is just… that. So, a few updates. Let’s start with the personal ones regarding the studies. If you remember, back in September when the semester started I wrote down the breakdown of the three classes I’m taking:

1. Price Theory A
Unit 1-2 Theory of the Consumer
Unit 3-4 Theory of the Consumer
Unit 5 Theory of the Consumer – Applications

2. Macroeconomy B
Unit 6-7 Inflation
Unit 8 The open market – basics of the theory
Unit 9 Currency transactions in the open market
Unit 10-11 Asset transactions in the open market
Unit 12 Economic growth

3. Principles of Financial Accounting and Reporting: Theoretical and Practical Aspects for Management
Unit 1 The theoretical foundations of financial accounting and reporting
Unit 2 Income measurements and reporting in the financial statements
Unit 3 The balance sheet: Statement of financial position
Unit 4 The accounting process for preparing the financial statements
Unit 5 Current assets: Cash, receivables and short term investments in securities
Unit 6 Current assets: Inventory
Unit 7 Plant and intangible assets
Unit 8 Liabilities
Unit 9 Stockholders’ equity
Unit 10 The statement of cash flows
Unit 11 Financial statements adjustment for changing prices
Unit 12 I Long term investments in equity services
            II Introduction to analysis of financial statements

If we start from the top: the Consumer Theory was a very detailed and advanced math class. It included indifference curves (multi-variable functions), and budget restrictions, finding the consumer demand curve related to price, income (Engel curve), and price of other products. Curve elasticity, Marginal Rate of Substitution, Effect of substitution and of income according to Hicks and Slutsky, DRP relations, Consumtion over time (investing or loaning), and inflation effects, Labor supply, etc, etc…
(Wow, there’s really everything on wikipedia – please remind me not to do this with the two other classes… I’ll be stuck in front of the computer forever).

In this class I had recorded online lessons. I heard them, I understood, I wrote it down, I forgot. Three days ago I started study (after I had finished the exam on the 23rd in accounting). We were allowed one A4 page written on both sides, so while I studied I wrote in Times New Roman size 8 all over the page (used tables to fill out every single little space) while also re-learning it all (wasn’t too hard, I just needed to be reminded of it all). The test was done today. A few difficult questions, for some reason they really loved to hit us with half-linear and concave indifference curves.

The accounting. Now that was fun. I already study a professional accounting class for work (exam in July) and work with it. What this had to offer was first of all a wider view of the profficiency, an idea of the work of the auditor and the different rules that are applied. However, the book still teaches mostly according to FASB principles, and Israel started to work with IFRS standards from the beginning of 2008. Large portions of the books were ditched, and a lot of additional material was made available on the web site. Unit 11 wasn’t taught at all (I guess that would only go in times of inflation). That test I did this past Monday. Same A4 paper thing there, but I was more prepared since I know this subject from other sources (but many things are unique for this class to me – like stocks and bonds and options etc… my job doesn’t deal with that nor have we learned it in the regular accounting class yet). One question that made me laugh was when we were asked to handle R&D costs for developing a medicine “for stress relief with accountants because of the change to the new IFRS standard”. Hah!

The macro-economy. Nothing. I’ve handed in all papers I need to, but I’ve enlisted to do the test in May. It was just too much with 3 classes at once. I had to survive somehow.

Future: Do a test in English in the end of March to prove that I speak English (do I?) and start the two (only two!) classes I’m taking this spring. Introduction to Financing, and Introduction to Management Accounting and Pricing. I need both these and the English exam to be accepted to the advanced class I intend to take after the summer. Analysis of Financial Reports. Only one class. It’s the first time I’ll take an advanced one. And next spring I will not take any classes at all, because I’ll be working on a seminary essay in that.

Ok, enough bragging…

One other thing that made me postpone this post is that it’s number 300. It has to be something special! Has to! Right? It’s a little anniversary! My 300th blog post since I started in November 2006. Woho!

In work news we had a seminar about personal developement, and setting goals and time frames, and developing and evaluating progress etc etc. I ave around 10 goals to reach by the end of 2009. Some easy some really hard.

On the personal note…

Me and my wife discovered the game of scrabble. We have an old one from the 50’s that we inherited from my grandfather’s late wife. It’s fun (the scrabble, not the wife). Unfortunally I always loose (mostly) but never mind… now she has obtained the official letter count and letter score of Swedish scrabble just to be able to convert the language. Great. Guess who is better than who in Swedish…?

We have turtles! Through some contacts we have been able to get two small turtles who now live in our back yard. Their names are Skalman and Botvid. The kids love them.

From some time next week I will start to take care of my congregation’s accounting. This will be fun and easy. Not like at work… =) They’ve asked me earlier but I’ve demanded to finish my tests first.

On a more international news note, I’m glad to learn that all deadly conflicts in the world are solved. In the past there have been killings in Darfur, Uganda, Somalia, Sri Lanka, etc. But apparently that is all gone and the world has become overnight a place of care bears. The news apparently don’t even have anything to report about anymore, so they fill their sites with news about Obama family dog purchases, and Swedish princess Victoria’s engagement to a “commoner”. I am so happy to hear this. Now we just need to start an international soldier knitting contest, to keep the soldiers of the world busy with something useful until we have dismissed them all and disarmed all weapons.

And we will finish with a philosophical question: If an accountant makes journal entries in the middle of the woods, and no auditor is around to audit him. Does he still KICK ASS?

Now I need to get some dishes done and then fall asleep as soon as possible. I can barely stand straight anymore. I slept 2 hours last night and 3 hours the night before that. Sat up almost all night and studied for the test. Good night.

By the way, do a quick google or wikipedia search on Jean-Francois Champollion. Now there’s a pure genius!

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§271 And again

January 8, 2009

Again I will talk news, Gaza, etc. I wish I could talk about more personal life, day to day things, etc. But I can’t right now. There are new things happening all the time. Sort of like Angryafrican during the presidential elections…

This morning I was stuck in traffic for hours because of higher alerts. For some reason terrorists have more motivation to try to kill us when we defend ourselves against the attacks from Gaza.

Then there was also an attempted terror act in Mishor Adumim, right next to where I live. Luckily the terrorist was caught and killed in time. He tried to blow up a gas station

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/158904

We have now also been attacked from the North. Palestinians in Lebanon (according to IDF intelligence) shot a katyusha at an old age home in Nahariya. Lebanon has shaken off responsibility. Let’s hope and pray this was a one time incident. I have a grandfather in an old age home in Haifa.

According to newspapers some ministers want to go into the next phase of the operation (whatever that means) while others want to keep things as they are and follow up on the diplomatic developements. I hope Israel will not give in to international opinion again. Too many times has Israel let international pressure cost human lives. Israel must be rock hard stubborn this time on no cease fire without total disarment of Hamas, all Hamas terrorist criminals to be handed over to Israeli prisons, PLO back in control in Gaza, stop of smuggling from Egypt, full Israeli control of Egypt-Gaza strip border (the philadelphi line) and international peace keeping observers to guarantee 100% that no more rockets will fall on Israel.

And now finally, for some more personal news. I shaved off my beard yesterday. What do you think? Keep like this or grow it back? I’m thinking I’ll probably grow it back… I look like I’m 15…

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§212 Georgia vrs Russia – and Chinese girls

August 13, 2008

I knew he would do a cartoon about it. He probably just had to think of what to say about it.

The original is right here toogether with the cartoonists further thoughts. Your thoughts?

 

Also I am outraged at China for this

I say we find the email of Yang Peiyi and make sure she gets fan mail from all over the world, to let her know she is the real celebrity.

By the way, this could easily happen in the US too.

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§210 Multilingualism, Georgia and Accounting

August 11, 2008

I have continued to ponder over a few different life philosophies. I just need the time to blog about it. Another time. I will compare Disney movies, bible and sumerian philosophy. Stay tuned.

I received on a discussion group in Hebrew on facebook some criticism for my ideas in the last post. This about not consuming too much. Someone said that our exaggerated consumation is what keeps the third world factories in business. If we stop, the third world worker will be unemployed. If he has bad conditions, they need to form worker unions.

Your thoughts?

My wife blogged about the advantages of multilingualism. I added a bunch of advantages in a comment.

I am still learning excel functions. I didn’t know there were more than SUM… There are hundreds of them!

Anyway… nothing special. My work is going well, I’m slowly but surely learning to be an accountant.

Anyone has any clue what’s going on in Georgia? I’m a bit confused with all South Ossetian and Russia and everything. I hear propaganda from here and there and based on my knowledge from the Middle East I don’t trust the newspapers a bit. So is it big evil Georgia against poor little South Ossetia or is it big evil Russia against poor little Georgia? Russia points finger claiming “Georiga started it”. Why would they attack a super power like Russia? I find that hard to believe. And why is it so impossible to google this? Because those americans have a STATE named Georgia which makes it IMPOSSIBLE to search for the country. You couldn’t think of a better name for a state? Let’s keep going, name all the states after oher countries in the world. Make googling impossible.

I did find a few Georgian official websites. They’re all not working. Shot down by the Russians…?

Real men change diapers

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§167 Latest news

February 28, 2008

-I got 89 on my statistics test
-Another wonderful Shabat is about to start
-We’re going to Haifa to visit my grandfather next shabat
-Life’s going on
-Rocket war going on around Sderot and Ashkelon – proving that the disengagement was a big mistake. I say we go back and rebuild the settlements.
-I was invited by Leah, the Jerusalem Wanderings blogger, to participate in a get-together with jews, christians and moslems. Dialouge about religion. Sounded really interesting, but unfortunatelly I couldn’t, it was just too last-minute. Think of me next time, please?
-I’m studying John Maynard Keynes’ theories. He is so much cooler than Adam Smith.

Over and out