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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

 

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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 as movie knowledge is concerned, spurred me to fill the gap in my cinematic education. So, a couple of days ago, Natasha and I watched the famous movie.

And, to my chagrin, I was left underwhelmed.
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Website changes and blog software

I have spent the good portion of the weekend moving our Travelog onto a different platform. The results can be found by clicking the link on the navigation bar, or here if you prefer. As of this moment, the content is almost exactly the same as what it was before the move, with just one important addition: I made public the overall Destinations Rating exercise that I have started putting together several weeks ago; it can be found by clicking “Destinations” link at the top of the new Travelog.

Please check it out and let me know what you think. I will also appreciate any bug reports – I don’t doubt that, in the true manner of a seasoned software developer, I have left bugs to be discovered during UAT 🙂

Anyone who is interested in an off-the-cuff comparison of two different blogging platforms, please read on.
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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 the weekend is upon us. It could not have come any sooner, as I feel I am behind on my weekly sleep quota by at least 10 hours. Which means that tomorrow morning, my eyes are going to pop open at around 7:45, and any further attempts to catch up on my sleep will prove utterly futile…
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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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Movie review: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

 

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   I should note right from the start that I probably would not pick up the book on which this movie is based. Nonetheless, I came across its showing on cable completely by accident and one fleeting look was enough for me to record its subsequent re-run and watch it beginning to end. Despite my natural aversion to these types of stories, I am a bit surprised to admit that Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is one of the best dramas that I watched in a long time.
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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. In the suburbs you are likely to find disproportionate number of roads, with occasional lanes and closes thrown in. Makes perfect sense: The street is an urban invention, and even though suburban areas are no longer villages in the true sense of the word, they retain their traditional names. (To take it one step further, the drive is an extremely uncommon designation). There is a High Street in every sizable commune, always easily recognizable by the dense concentration of small shops; this is where the Brits of old would actually get from place to place on foot; getting everywhere else required some mode of transportation – hence, roads.
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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 and I did start it with a trip to by now well familiar to us St John’s Wood, where two couples of our friends who live there met with us for dinner. Three hours plus at a tapas restaurant is an excellent way to spend time, especially when only adults are present. If not for the hour-long trip in each direction, it would be even more pleasurable (ever since penning the extended suburbs-vs-city center post, I am coming down stronger and stronger on the side of city living – for an expatriate family, that is).
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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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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 thirteen more February 29ths than the latter in the two thousand years since Julius Caesar founded the modern calendar. The net result is that January 1st currently comes in the Julian calendar when we are all already on January 14th.
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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[…]