Before the final stage

3rd stage of OI is coming soon. It will take place in Sopot (a city on the coast, near Gda?sk and Gdynia). It’s quite far from my home (about 600km direct), so I will go there by train next Monday (27.03.2006). Now, as always, I’m preparing for it. I’m solving problems from websites and I’m looking through IT literature during recent days.

Yet another good information, today I received mail that I qualified for interdisciplinary camp. Rumour says that we will be analysing linux kernel booting process, and try speed it up by placing file blocks in order they are loaded. In the other hand, I hope that the teachers from my high school are not going to kill me, because of the lessons I missed (and going to miss).

I’m planning to do a research work on public transport. Mainly about synchronising bus service and how delays affect timetables. To do this in a nice way I’m learning how to use Qt toolkit to make user interface. I like this library, because it’s intuitive to use and multiplatform.

I will also participate in Polish young parliament contest (the translation of title is awful). at first I didn’t won’t to take part in it, but after teacher read my homework, he convinced my to give it a try. I need to send them essay about dependence between ecology and politics/economy. I would also like to write to another competition about unemployment and its reasons. However, because of lack of the time, I prefer to concentrate on thing that I’m already in.

I also must admit that I’m playing on Warsaw stock market. Of course virtually, because my savings are too small to avoid be eaten by provisions. I now having about 17,5% income before tax, but counting provisions. I get it between end of the September and now (6 months). Quick summary:

  • Best investment: Comarch – stocks price almost doubled, since I bought it.
  • Worse investment: LPP – stock fall down from 915 to about 690 PLN.

Our politics is like a swamp (like in most of democratic countries, unless your favourite party is in charge). They discuss even about making dependent of our national bank, who control our currency. Because coalition is breaking down, there is a little chance of tax reform and so. What is optimistic, despite lack of law changes, our economic growth is smoothly, 4.5% increase of PKB in the beginning of 2006. It’s good that our companies are making money without looking at politics.

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