Sunday, 30 January 2011

A Day at the Beach

Temperature Chart

Finally a hot day on a weekend. The forecast was +40 and it came close to. This was my first day spent at the beach and it and I enjoyed it very much. You can see at the chart how the temperature was rising steadily since 6am. Didn't feel that hot inside the house.

The cold wind in the afternoon sent most people home from the beach. You can see how quickly the temperature dropped back to twenties.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Vacation and Holiday Laws

Here is an interesting comparison of vacation and holiday times, as mandated by the OECD countries:

It only emphasizes that pure comparison of salaries in different countries are very far from displaying the full picture. For example, a higher salary in the US matters way less when you compare it to 30 days of paid annual leave in France. In some other countries, as well, what you get back for your tax money counts a lot. Issues like infrastructure, human rights (in Finland, people have a right to Internet access of 1Mbps) and so on can make a significant difference in the quality of life.

Also, have a look at this research into the topic, from Mercer.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Zizzle - Melbourne deals

I just received this link to a nice promotion of European beers. The site looks interesting as there might be similar deals in the future so I'm posting here for reference