Virtual Money

Cops Lose $31K After Tossing Broken DeskMore than $31,000 in drug money seized by Somerville police now is buried forever under tons of garbage in a Rochester, N.H., landfill after officers accidentally stashed the cash in a broken desk drawer that was being discarded.

I always thought it was funny when something like this happens. Does that mean $31,000 just mysteriously disappear from circulation? What happened to that money? Does the government replace that money by printing $31K worth of new bills?

I mean nowadays, money is mostly virtual. Most of my money are seen as digits on my online statement in my bank and brokerage account. I’ll probably never see that amount in cash. I probably use about $100-200 in cash a month. Economics and money flow is a funny thing, which never really made logical sense to me. Above that, there’s the world economy with the annual import and export exchanges.

Referring back to the article above, the money is now deep inside a super dense compact waste, probably never going to ever see the light of day again before it decomposes. Can’t the federal goverment just add this amount of fund electronically to the Police Department’s account provided they were able to prove that they had $31K. I guess the proving part is the hard part, but what is money really if it’s no longer accessible?

This actually reminds me of what happened in Speed Grapher:

So this corrupted society of Japan, where the people who govern the country are into these weird fetishes and abuse their power. It turns out this was all part of Suitengu’s revenge. Suitengu saw both his parents hung because they didn’t have enough money to pay back. The 5 yr old sister was taken away for prostitution and he was sold to some armed forces as a soldier.

Suitenguu’s plan was to overtake the largest company in Japan, liquidate all its assets, convert them to cash, and burn all the cash. He does succeed and we’re talking about trillions of dollars here. Imagine what would happen to the economy. I mean literally trillions of dollars are no longer in circulation. What can the government do at this point?

This brings back to the main question. If I was able to accumulate a large sum of money (millions, billions, or even trillions – imaginarily speaking) and burn all of it and dump it to the bottom of the ocean or somehow make it disappear off the face of the earth, should the economy be shattered because of this. I mean, it’s quite easy to approximate the amount of money I had, however should that amount of money be given back to me (virtually) or be returned to the government, but would that be the correct thing to do?

The only solution I can think of is to recall all current currency, issue new currency, and the amount that is ‘lost’ will get reissued. If older bills appear in the market later in the game, the government would just absorb that as a loss.

Until our society no longer depends on tangible objects to make transactions, I don’t think this problem would ever be solved.

Random Crap:

I’m thinking of teaching you guys a new Japanese word/phrase every time I post a random crap post. That’d be fun and I can reinforce my Japanese too. Today’s word is: 泥棒 (dorobou) – thief, burgular, robber, theft. I hear this word so often in Detective Conan. Hehe.

How “Daddy” affects your jobIn “The Father Factor,” Stephan Poulter lists five styles of fathers — super-achieving, time bomb, passive, absent and compassionate/mentor — who have powerful influences on the careers of their sons and daughters. … Children of the “time-bomb” father, for example, who explodes in anger at his family, learn how to read people and their moods. Those intuitive abilities make them good at such jobs as personnel managers or negotiators, he writes. But those same children may have trouble feeling safe and developing trust, said Poulter, a clinical psychologist who also works with adolescents in Los Angeles area schools. Sounds like an interesting read.

Police train rats to sniff out landminesThe smartest rat among the first six that the government is teaching to locate explosive devices planted by leftist rebels, she has a 90 percent success rate in locating explosive material in her laboratory training maze. Instead of spending millions to train rats to find mines, wouldn’t it be cheaper to release thousands or millions of rats into a minefield and let them blow up? Just kidding. ;p

Austria’s Grasser sues German publisher over photo-lawyerMichael Rami said the picture that showed a bare-chested Grasser reclining in a holiday resort with his wife’s head just below his waist was a violation of Austrian privacy laws. He said the lawsuit was filed on Monday in a Vienna state court. … The newspaper wrote in a headline beneath the picture published on Friday that Grasser’s wife Fiona Swarovski was “searching for the crown jewels of the Finance Minister.”

This explains a lot…More than 60 percent of Britons use items such as screwdrivers, scissors and earrings to remove food from between their teeth, according to a survey published Friday. … More than 60 percent questioned by the British Dental Health Foundation said they used makeshift items, including knives, keys, needles and forks. The survey also found that 23 percent of people chose to leave food stuck between their teeth, increasing the risk of gum disease and bad breath, according to the foundation which promotes oral health. Personally, I pick my teeth with anything handy. Sometimes that involves biting off my own fingernail and picking my teeth with that. However, I never pick my teeth because of “oral hygiene or health”, but because leaving chunks of meat between my teeth irritates and annoys me. If it doesn’t irritate me, I’d usually find it the next morning when I take a bath.

Bash Quote #486349 (from Tera):

<Man_Loner> I had the best masturbation ever today too
<Man_Loner> I had the magazine open in front of me, at a really great picture
<Man_Loner> My eyes were rolling back in my head
<Man_Loner> I let out a deep moan
<Man_Loner> And then the man in the shop asked “Are you going to buy that?”

Shanghai Preparing for ‘Human Zoo’ (from Cari) – Shanghai is getting set to open a “human zoo.” Four Australian men will live in a glass box on a downtown mall for two weeks in June, with the public able to watch them sleeping, eating and bathing, a news report said Thursday. … “People like to watch them taking a shower, so they have to shower at least two times a day,” Chang said. “Of course, one can’t see the key parts, because there is nontransparent glass in the bathroom.” What exactly is nontransparent glass? Something you can’t see through or does it really mean semi-transparent glass where at least you can make out the shape… of the body. Regarding that, there was a funny conversation Cari and I had:

Cari: i like how they phrased it… “key parts”
Cari: haha
Krunk: shower twice a day = 8 showers
Krunk: lets say mall opens between 8am to 12am
Krunk: that’s 16 hours
Krunk: so bath ever 2 hours ;p
Krunk: i wonder what’s so interesting of watching them shower
Krunk: since it’s nontransparent glass
Krunk: i’m guess that just means everythign is blurry
Krunk: but you can still make out the shape
Cari: lol
Cari: who knows…
Cari: haha
Krunk: i didnt mean the shape of that!
Krunk: i mean their body
Cari: lol
Cari: i wasn’t implying that
Cari: haha
Krunk: hehe

Energy crisis? Venezuela gas is cheaper than waterTaxi driver Jaime Tinoco works the streets of Caracas in a 1976 Chevy Nova that guzzles 19 gallons (72 liters) of gas a day. But he doesn’t worry about fuel efficiency — filling his tank costs just $2.30. While U.S. consumers struggle with soaring energy prices, Venezuela’s gas is now the world’s cheapest at 12 cents a gallon and Washington’s regional foe, President Hugo Chavez, vows to maintain subsidies that keep fuel dirt-cheap. – Time to move to Venezuela? I heard they have nice beaches too!

A FAA Radar track sequence of a FedEx aircraft getting into Memphis as thunderstorms pass over the airport (from Deadlock) – funny video of how FedEx planes move about when there’s a storm. They look like little flies trying avoid poison gas.

You DO NOT laugh when this Japanese man tries to speak English (from Deadlock) – I think this is a TV game show where guests or actors dressed as students and watch a program trying to teach them English and the point of this game show is not to laugh. Obviously this isn’t really a educational video, but something made up to make you laugh. I survived the first part, but broke up multiple times when he started counting nubmers. Just thinking how he says 20 just cracks me up! And be careful of 100, my stomach was hurting so bad.

Booth babes back despite restrictionsAre booth babes really necessary at a trade show like E3 (which is closed to the public)? Your typical E3 attendee is a journalist or industry player, likely male, and probably a big fan video games. He’s also into technology and consumer electronics. Yes, it’s the same demographic that likes to look at attractive women in skimpy outfits, but is a gamer going to ignore the EA or Rockstar exhibits because there are no women to objectify there? I don’t think so. Ultimately, booth babes are there because show-goers expect them to be there. After all, it’s a video game expo, and scantily clad women (usually with unrealistic proportions) are a fixture of video games, so why not dress women up to look like the characters?

If you’re easily offended by stereotype/racist jokes, I implore you to not enlarge the following images (from Esca). These are images that label certain areas of San Francisco and Los Angeles:
san francisco races chartlos angeles races chart
If you look at the Los Angeles Chart where it says China, Vietnam, Japan, you can see Monterey Park (my hometown) right smack in the middle of it.

From /. Comment #15301879 and deviantART: Miru: Journal:

A physics professor and his assistant are working on liberating negatively charged hydroxyl ions, when all of a sudden, the assistant says, “Wait, Professor! What if the salicylic acids do not accept the hydroxyl ions?” And the professor responds, “That’s no hydroxyl ion! That’s my wife!”
-Joke from Dexter’s Laboratory

I’ve always wanted to understand this joke, from many years ago. @___@;;;
I was reminded of this joke today when we talked about hydroxyls in biology and chemistry. :XD:

To liberate is to set free. The point of this joke is that it’s saying that a negatively charged hydroxyl ion is equivalent to a professor’s wife. Hydroxyls, which contain at least one hydroxide (-OH), are alcohols. Does the joke mean the wife is drunk?
I then researched salicyclic acids and I found out that salicyclic acid is a plant hormone used as a medicine for acne. More importantly, it is a carboxylic acid. We learned in biology today that an ester linkage is formed between a carboxyl and a hydroxyl, and in this case, salicylic acid and hydroxyl ions create aspirin, the pain reliever.
Now isn’t that cool? 😀
Lastly, the hydroxyl ion is NEGATIVELY charged, so the wife has had an excess of alcohol.
Basically, therefore, the professor was only trying to give some aspirin to his wife, who has a hangover.

Teen Says Friend Asked to Be Hit With CarA 17-year-old boy who police said asked a friend to hit him with a car “for fun” was still hospitalized Tuesday with a broken leg. Sigh…

Just call me DolphBottlenose dolphins can call each other by name when they whistle, making them the only animals besides humans known to recognize such identity information, scientists reported on Monday. Dolphins just got smarter! Or maybe we just realized they were smarter.

A great incentive to succeed the next time…A German man who unsuccessfully tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a train must pay compensation for the damage he caused, a court in the southern city of Munich ruled Tuesday. … For repairs to the train and lost wages for the driver, Munich municipal authorities sued for damages of some 4,200 euros ($5,325). The court ordered the man to pay half the sum.

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