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Soft. But unflexible.

Posted on | September 22, 2011 | No Comments

There is one thing that frustrates me the most about the modern PCs. I have no idea why it is as it is, but it annoys me.

The thing is the rigidity of modern operating systems. And I’m not talking about the good kind of rigidity as reliability and stability. I’m talking about rigidity as in wooden shoes.

I mean, why can’t I choose the arrangement of my tabs in my browser.

Why can’t I choose how my desktop looks like?

Of course, I can change the wallpaper, start menu size and location, colors and other insignificant elements…

But…

It reminds me of the first mass-produced cars.

People can have the Model T in any colour – so long as it’s black” Henry Ford

They just didn’t have an option what kind of car to get. There was only one option: Model T. Color? Black! Engine? 2,9 liter gasoline, 20 HP.

Compare it with today’s million options for almost every model.

When I become wealthy and famous, I will definitely found a software project that will allow anyone, even grannies and children, to customize their OSes as they like.

Their buttons will look like Hello Kitty, their desktop will be 3D, they will have 4 start buttons.They will be able to transfer files between multiple computers, tablets, cellphones, netbooks, and hard drives with one move of a mouse.

If and when they want.

It’s time to paint our Models T!

 

 

Chasing the ecstasy

Posted on | September 22, 2011 | No Comments

I like sitcoms. They are positive and conveniently-packed (20-minute episodes).

But I keep noticing the disturbing tendency.

Sitcoms are getting more and more “exaggerated”, more and more “grotesque”.

I had this weird feeling that the very thing that makes them funny (exaggerated characters and reactions), also makes them too simple, too superficial.

And recently I got a proof for that. It’s called “Dharma & Greg”.

It’s a sitcom by Chuck Lorre (known for Two And A Half Men, The Big Bang theory).

What amazed me was that I actually had to think and pay attention to catch the funny moment, a strange situation. I had to switch on my brain and my senses. And rather than an emotional spike, the series provoked more of a “mood”, a frame of mind… Dharma & Greg was airing in late 90’s early 2000’s, which is just a few years back, but it feels like it comes from a different era.

And it got me thinking… What if the sitcoms will continue to exaggerate everything they can? Every emotion. Every reaction of a character. What if we will keep our senses and thoughts shut down? Aren’t we going to stop thinking and stop feeling? One day we will be switching on the box, laughing only when we hear canned laughter and feel absolutely nothing.

Isn’t now not the time to stop chasing the extasy and start paying attention?

Maybe not…

Photo opportunity

Posted on | September 20, 2011 | No Comments

Warning: It’s 6 AM and I woke up at 4:30. So, the following might be nonsense.

 

You know, I was always told that my photos are beautiful. I mean, the ones that I take. For some reason, people thought that I was good at taking beautiful pictures. Well, maybe they were right. I do indeed have some sort of sense of balance and composition, but nonetheless I never felt that I was good.

My main idea was that to take a good photo you need to either take any photo of something beautiful. Unless you screw up completely, the photo will be good because the object is good. The second option is to take an unusual photo of something usual (like a cup of tea, a dog, a porch). So, basically, After realizing that I felt that there is almost no input from the cameraman (cameragirl). Cameraperson? Camerabeing. Anyways…

But then my father, a life-long photo and video enthusiast, told me about his vision. His idea of photography is that it’s similar to hunting. You have to wait for(or arrange) the right light, for right moment (when you’re taking a wave), right pose of a model…

So, I guess, taking photo is not that simple after all…

…and it’s the 1st time, after a few years of apathy, that I actually, want to find something interesting to take photo of…

gotta create an online gallery…

Dear spammers,

Posted on | September 19, 2011 | No Comments

So, I was lying in my bed,trying to fall asleep. I was thinking about the future of education, about my new project and, for some reason, about my habit to wake up in the middle of the night and check my email.

And then it hit me…

Why everybody hates spam (especially, when you wake up at 3 AM and the only messages in inbox are from fictional characters who offer you to waste your money)? Because it has no value in it whatsoever.

But what if it did?

We all watch Budwiser and trader baby ads. We even watch usual commercials. Why? Because we get something out of it. The Budwiser and trading baby commercials are purely entertaining. We don’t want to miss the next part of our favorite sitcom and we watch the usual commercials.

But spam..? There’s no value in it. I mean… at all. Zero.

So, I wonder… Dear spammers, why can’t you put some tiny piece of clever text. A quote from Dalai Lama or Lao Tzu? why not put a motivational quote from Tony Robbins? Why not congratulate on New Year if you’re spamming on 31st of December?

Is it thaaat difficult?

Guess what, you could make your open rates skyrocket. At least, from 0,0000000001% to 0,00000001% (which is 100 times increase).

Until you do that, please, don’t send me any emails.

Thanks.

Sincerely,

CheapBrainEnlargementPills Inc.

Intimacy

Posted on | September 18, 2011 | No Comments

I was reading a book by some American dude in which he talks to Dalai Lama about some psychological topics like happiness, intimacy etc… So, one of the ideas was that there is no single definition for intimacy. Is it mental (feeling of unity)? Is it physical (touch)?

What makes a relationships intimate?

I have no idea. Not sure if anyone else does.

But there is something to the touch theory. It says that if you touch something you feel a connection to it. You see, I’m a “feel” (as opposed to see and hear) person. I prefer to smell rather than see, to touch rather than to hear.

So, if it is so, if the most intimate relationships are formed by touching…

I have the most intimate relationships with my laptop. I touch it in the morning when I wake up. I touch it when I’m working. I touch it when I’m having fun, when I’m talking to you.

And the funniest thing about it… It became inappropriate to touch things and other people. People look at you like “what a hell is he doing? Is he high, or a “special” one?!”

Way to go, XXI century… And then we wonder why we’re so lonely these days…

Sleep, now!

Posted on | September 17, 2011 | No Comments

I’ve been having problems with sleeping for quite some time now. Until recently I had many theories as to what caused it. Nose obstruction, my elevated bilirubin levels, anxiety etc. But it hasn’t occurred to me that I’m just too fucking lazy.
Yesterday, I decided to listen to an audio-course on speed-reading. It’s not that I’m so keen on reading tons of books, but I’d prefer to think of a book as I now think of an wikipedia article. Knowledge/time ratio for and article makes any book look like a waste of time.

So.. Anyway…

Since the guy on the recording was quite messy in his explanation of how to read fast, I had to listen very carefully. Long story short, after about 2 hours of listening, my brain got so exhausted of listening that I could no longer listen to anything. I just wanted to crawl under a duvet and have a nap. Just like a baby.

But I’m not a baby, so I didn’t.

Almost all day long I was feeling like a dried-up sponge, but I had my best in looooong time night sleep. I woke up an hour earlier than usual and felt not worse than usual…

Conclusion: get tired to sleep well.

They don’t make them like that anymore

Posted on | September 17, 2011 | No Comments

Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round

The longest day of the year

Posted on | September 10, 2011 | No Comments

The longest day of the year is not the 21st of June. It’s the day when you wake up at 4:30 and can’t sleep anymore. (c)

Goodbye world!

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…said I and started this blog.

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    nirvana [nɪə'vɑːnə] - a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma. It represents the final goal of Buddhism