Monthly Archives: August 2008

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Back from the grand adventure

All good things come to an end. Unfortunately, life is not fair that way. And our big summer holiday is now over. It was grand by any measure. Total distance driven: 5106 miles. Countries whose license plates we encountered along the way: 29. Airports used on my hops to get back to London or to

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YouTube’d memories: Strangers by night

Following up on a comment by my good friend Artyom, here is an offshoot of one of my favorite Euro-pop bands, Modern Talking. Dieter Bohlen, the blond “backup” of the duo, was actually the composer of all of their material. He also groomed and wrote songs for CC Catch, among others. I can’t say that

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Nothing going on, 08/22/08

In the few days that I’ve been back home, I have tied loose ends at work, waded through piles of e-mails (both personal and business), caught up on my internet reading, watched a few movies from my PVR queue, ate some kebabs and doners, did one load of laundry – what’s up with that look

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Assorted thoughts on the Olympics

I catch glimpses of Olympic Games here or there on TV, but I look up results and commentary online regularly. The lion share of the medals won by Great Britain so far has come from two sports: Sailing and cycling. I accept that the UK is a sea-faring country, so I can understand sailing. But

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Haven’t been called that yet…

A number of people whose blogs I read have done this, so apologies for absence of credits. This is an online test that paints me in a whole new light. Actually, it’s not that much off… Your result for The Perception Personality Image Test… NBPC – The Daydreamer Nature, Background, Big Picture, and Color You

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Food tasting meme

Reading through the backlog of my blog aggregator, I came across a meme that I could not pass by, courtesy of Jason. The instructions: Copy the list into your blog or journal, including these instructions. Bold all the items you’ve eaten. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating (or eating again). When

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Back from Tuscany

Man, I seriously hate England right now! It is becoming a nagging refrain this summer, but sunny skies and hot but bearable temperatures see me off at our latest stop – this time, in Tuscany, – and overcast and cold weather is what greets me in the Blighty. Heavy rain started when I was literally

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A dyeing failure

Becky has been pestering me for quite a while to dye my hair black – she thinks I’m way past looking distinguished with all of that gray, and now just look old. So I bought Just for Men dye and tried it last night. Amateur that I am, I realized a couple of things only

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Politicians and the economy

My friend Brian has a rather illustrative commentary on the relationship our leading politicians have with the economy. I urge you to head over and read for yourselves, but here is a quick summary. When President Bush lifted the executive ban on off-shore drilling a month ago, he was soundly scorched from the left for

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No new pictures for the moment

I hate to disappoint people waiting for recent pictures from us, but they are unlikely to appear until some time in September. We, as a rule, post photos only after our resident Photoshop maestro, Natasha, had a chance to apply some improving touches to frequently already brilliant shots, and in her absence, I feel neither

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No commercials – what a concept!

I did watch a couple of hours of Olympics today, and at some point it hit me: BBC shows them commercial-free, except for one or two promotional clips of upcoming BBC programs. Add in the fact that the multi-screen option allows me to pick from among several concurrent feeds on a single channel, and I

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WordPress customization is quick

WordPress is tailor-made for customization once you have the layout of your page pinned down. Then, you only have to play around with your stylesheet parameters to get your site looking just as you want it. It gets a bit more annoying if you decide to expropriate someone else’s theme as your new look and

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July movie roundup

Surprising myself, I had a stretch of watching a movie roughly every other day in the first half of July. I am not too keen on watching movies piecemeal, and my usual daily itinerary rarely leaves a two-hour block to watch one of our DVDs or one of the recordings accumulating on my PVR. Late

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Let the Games begin

The Olympic opening ceremony is about to start, and I realize that for the first time since I became actively aware of the wonderful medium of television I will not be watching Olympic Games that much. It’s not because I’ve always felt it was an irresponsible acquiescence to award the Games to an oppressive regime.

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Concluding the TalkTalk dispute

If anyone cares how the call limit debacle ended, feel free to read on to learn how it surprisingly concluded to my [almost] entire satisfaction. When the phone bill came a couple of weeks ago, I immediately called the customer service and disputed the charges on our calls to Russia. Given that every single one

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Commuting delights: Singing on the bus

In my experience, it does not happen as often as people loudly talking on their mobile phones on public transport, but it is no less annoying: People singing along to whatever they listen to on their mp3 players. Actually, such performances can almost never be classified as singing. As mentioned before, I am temporarily taking

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Brett Favre a Jet

In most sports that I follow, besides rooting for a favorite home team, I have individual favorite players, whose teams transitively get my allegiance as well. For instance, I’ve been partial in the past to the Detroit Red Wings because of all the Russian players on their roster or the Utah Jazz while John Stockton

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An [un]expected present

I received a package today from my UCF friend Janiece. Since I am pretty sure that everyone else in the group had received theirs ahead of me (I am one of only two “offshore” members of the club, and the other person is “near offshore”), I can safely divulge what her Super Secret UCF project

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