Friday, August 27

Geek

My Name Is Pixy, And I Have A Problem

I have a points system running on the MuNu forum, whereby people can earn points for posting (or getting comments to their posts), spend points to play games, and win points by getting high scores on games.

The points are named pengos, after the Hungarian currency up to 1946, which during the 40's suffered the worst inflation in history:

In 1941, the Pengoe was valued at 3.46 to the U.S. Dollar. Both during and shortly after World War II, however, the government printed billions of Pengo to offset the tragic results of war on the Hungarian economy. By March 3, 1946, 1 U.S. Dollar was equivalent to 10.3 million Pengoe. In the same year, a new currency unit was issued, Known as the Mil-pengo, which was equivalent to 1,000,000 pengoes. Soon after, the Bil-pengo denomination arrived. What you see here is a note valued at 10,000,000,000,000,000 Pengoe! On the last day of July, the rampant inflation ended with the issuance of the forint, an entirely new unit valued at a rate of one per four hundred million quadrillion pengoes.

Studium Magazine

I have added a small tweak, which transfers pengos spent in the games arcade into my account. Having done that, I'm now curious as to how many pengos are being issued by the system, and how they are being spent. In fact, I want to develop a proper double-entry book-keeping system to keep track of pengos.

It's an occupational hazard, I guess.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 04:16 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Computers are not my occupation, but I completely understand. What starts out as a mole hill often ends up to be a mountain. Then, after a couple of months I have to trim back because all I'm doing is sitting at the computer. Maybe I should have gone into the field. :) Hey, by the way, I use IE (yeah, I know) and I can't see your right bar. :(

Posted by: Linda at Friday, August 27 2004 10:07 AM (9Pzdi)

2 I really need to do something about my template. :/ I do have a fix for it... Here somewhere.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, August 27 2004 12:15 PM (+S1Ft)

3 Sounds like you could use a couple of guinea pigs or lab rats. To bad I'm recovering from my latest post to play.... but I'll spread the word. Thanks for all the hard work you've put in!

Posted by: michele at Friday, August 27 2004 02:23 PM (2c9qq)

4 The thing is, I don't quite understand the pengo thing you started. What games? Where? I'll pay you 5 pengos for that info!

Posted by: RS at Saturday, August 28 2004 05:31 PM (QSk22)

5 Rusty, it's all happenin' at the new mu.nu!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, August 28 2004 10:24 PM (+S1Ft)

6 I mentioned this to my Hungarian born wife and she pulled out her old coin box. Amongst the coins she found a 1939 1 pengo" and a 1941 1 pengo" (note there should be a double acute accent over the 'o'). There's a very distinct difference in the quality of the metal in these two coins. The newer one feels lighter and cheaper. It also looks like it was minted to lower standards - it looks cheaper. While shopping in Budapest, I remember seeing some old Hungarian bills of huge amounts being sold for very little money as curiosities.

Posted by: Rossz at Sunday, August 29 2004 08:43 PM (n5Jbg)

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