Monthly Archives: January 2008

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Have you heard the one about square watermelon?

This is not exactly news anymore, but I only came across this today for the very first time. Actually, a different article on the same topic was circulated today at work, seemingly with the goal of stimulating discussion about innovation. My initial reaction was April Fools’ Day come early this year. But then I found

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Smart or Stoopid?

Cool little test. I scored 24, which was 37.8% above average of all others who have taken it. The test cover on the bottom suggests that only stupid people will consider this test a measure of intelligence, while intelligent people will consider it a measure of stupidity. Since I hope I belong to the latter

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Plasticine Crow (subtitled)

This is an all-time favorite animated short of my youth. The subtitles are rather funny if you understand the original lyrics, but they are also reasonably presented so that my non-Russian-speaking readers can enjoy the video themselves. I would go as far as to posit that it is probably visually enjoyable even when you don’t

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Movie review: Casablanca

Well, the secret is out: I am calling myself some kind of movie reviewer, yet I have never watched Casablanca before. Guilty as charged! Never came across its showing at an opportune time, and never bothered to rent it. But a recent conversation with my friend Jason, who is miles ahead of me as far

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An adventurer, apparently

Another time-waster that has been sitting in the queue for quite some time.   Your Travel Personality Is: The Adventurer For you, travel is how you learn about the world. And you like to learn the stuff that’s not in guidebooks. You truly have wanderlust. When you’re not traveling, you’re dreaming about where you’ll go

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Before weekend

Becky is away on a sleepover to a classmate, and there are three 7-year-olds running like crazy and shouting in one of our downstairs salons. It appears that my erstwhile protestations to the contrary notwithstanding (last surfacing here), at least the kids are well set as far as establishing themselves socially. It also appears that

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The joys of recycling

I believe that the global climate change is real, and I agree with those who say that humankind in our age greatly affects the climate in less than positive way. I will even argue – strongly, but not vehemently, – that putting environmental causes on government agendas is the only way to affect the issue

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About street names

One of the things that I wanted to write about for a while but could not get to were the observations on the street naming practices in England. Under pretenses of clearing my backlog, here is a brief editorial. First of all, the term street rarely appears itself in the street names outside city center.

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A slower weekend (again)

Life has a funny way of repeating itself. Almost exactly a year ago, I was writing about a weekend that had been comparatively slow at the time. Even though we have clearly adjusted our living patterns in the intervening twelve months, I could practically use that post word for word in describing this weekend. Natasha

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I’m too sexy for my car…

Took two similar tests (in the spirit of asking for a second opinion) at my favorite time-waster site and ended up rather pleased with myself. Not sure what could be wrong with the other 27%, though…   You Are Very Sexy Damn! You are one hot number. You have a lot of sex appeal. You

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Who’s your candidate

Big props to my brother and his wife for finding this fun candidate match game. Because it asks multiple-choice questions, it feels lees simplistic than the test I wrote about in the past. Even though it limits the criteria to just six issues plus the ever important question of experience. The funnest part is playing

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Suitable for all ages

Something that I wanted to post for quite a long time. While it is mildly embarrassing to not even get a PG rating, it surely means that my target demographics include all ages. Any of you kindergarten kids who read this (remember? I write at your reading level), you can assure your parents that no

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Kimmy the Swimmer

Have I ever mentioned that I’ve got really athletic children? I’m sure I did in passing on several occasions, although more towards Becky than her sister. Let me do this emphatically this time: I’ve got really athletic children! Kimmy, as mentioned before, started swimming lessons at the local pool. At the sign-up, the instructor asked

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Driver License, The End

UK driving license? Piece o’cake! After a lengthy process, which took much longer in terms of waiting than in terms of preparing or doing, and which left my wallet about £200 lighter, I am now a properly-licensed British driver as well. Well, ok, I did take a couple of hours of additional instruction this morning,

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Old New Year’s weekend

The concept of the Old New Year originates in the difference between the Gregorian and Julian calendars. Because Julian holds every xx00 year to be a leap one while Gregorian allows that distinction only for those divisible by 400 (i.e., 2100 will be a leap year only in the Julian version), the former has had

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Becky’s clock

  Continuing the topic of bragging about my daughter’s scholastic achievements, I present for your pleasure the clock that Becky designed and built at her Design Technology class. It is similar to woodshop class in the States, but not to the exclusion of plastics. The clock is designed in Art Deco style. Both opaque and

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