Friday, January 30, 2009

I am analyzing myself to no end- UPDATED

I have couple of counters throughout the site. I look at them everyday, but not obsessing (yet). I use the Cluster Maps and Google Analytics.

Here are some of my visitation statistics from around the world.

United States (US) 464
United Kingdom (GB) 30
Canada (CA) 4
China (CN) 3
Russian Federation (RU) 2
South Africa (ZA) 1
Lithuania (LT) 1
Finland (FI) 1
Ukraine (UA) 1
Bulgaria (BG) 1
Israel (IL) 1
Australia (AU) 1
India (IN) 1
Romania (RO) 1

And here are some stats for the US based readers.

1. Illinois 165 - I read myself a lot

2. New York 19 - Relatives and parents surfing when at work

3. New Jersey 10 - Hi Mom! Hi Dad! Hi, Blogger!

4. Alaska 3 - Only a couple of bloggers I know come from Alaska (Welcome, Jim)

5. California 2 - I know a couple of people from California and they would be from Orange and San Jose area (is SF San Hose area?)

6. Florida 2 - not sure! but Welcome anyways!

7. Washington 2 - I think I might know a blogger, but not sure.

9. Wisconsin 1 - That was me from Lake Geneva maybe

10. Minnesota 1 - I got only couple of friends in Minnesota

11. Ohio 1 - Not a Buckeye fan, but Welcome!

12. Michigan 1 - No clue (yet)

It's too bad Analytics can't give me a time/area visitation correlation

Also, it is strange that some of my readers from Utah, Texas, and other states are not registering in the Analytics, although they are shown in the cluster maps.

It seems that most of my traffic either accessed directly, through blogspot, or through my brother's site.

And here are the searches that landed people on mys site.

1. chaif "real world" album 1
2. credit karma sucks 1
3. of mice and men versimilitude 1
4. people who collect weird things and why 1
5. vladimir vavilov assa movie 1
6. yarmolka 1

Welcome one welcome all!


I have just subscribed to SiteMeter. And so far it looks much more detailed than analytics.

This is just silly

As I was going to sleep yesterday I noticed a set of footprints in the snow on the front yard. Being under the influence of Nathan's short blurp, the first thought that came to my head was: "That's one f'n huge rabbit!" ( I know it was the NICOR guy getting a read of the meter).

If I remember to take a picture I'll share.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

While i've been out

Nothing really happened. If you can't say something interesting why say it.

The global business class is over with yesterday's presentation. I think our group did very well. We were proposing to build a water park and resort somewhere in Russia, and I think we've managed to bullshit our way through successfully. The exercise was, of course, feasibility study more than anything, but I think we've did a good job convincing everyone present that it was feasible. Couple of interesting points. We ran simulated numbers, based on US data (hard to find Russian data) :

1. It takes anywhere from $35 to $75 million (USD) to build a water park (indoor/outdoor) and a hotel.
2. Construction takes approximately 3 years.
3. You can expect profitability by year 4, if everything goes to plan.

One of the other teams proposed a venture of producing condoms locally in Brazil (the biggest importer of condoms in the world). Everything was fine, until somebody started to talk about "units", "end users", and finally "market penetration", at which point any resolve to keep mature mood in the classroom had dissipated.

Excellent class overall. Fairly easy, although four presentations did put a strain on my schedule. It is also very educational in the way how cultures are different (DUH!) and most global and international businesses, especially those ran from the US soil are ignorant about that (DUH!)

One of the more interesting things that our professor talked about is how westerners and easterners approach business, life, and everything in between.

While it may be his opinion, but I've read this in books, as well. Westerners pursue the truth, Easterners pursue harmony. When I think about how some of my colleagues approach projects it makes perfect sense, and gives lots of pieces to the puzzle of doing business with Asians.

The idea behind this little rant is this - Try to understand before judging.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Shabu-Shabu, or how the "ancients" ate it.

Thanks to my Awesome Wife we went for a little food expirimentation tonight. We thought we were going to a Korean BBQ place, but luckily went to Shabu-Shabu place.

I have never eaten at one of those before. First, the name is awesome. Shaaa-buuuu. Sweet. Second, the idea is simple but awesome in execution.

You are given a pot with boiling broth. The varieties are chicken, sea weed (i have questions about that), and being that a lot of Asian folk here is Korean, kimchi broth (very spicy, to be avoided).

After you have the pot you are given very thinly sliced beef (seems to be the favorite meat), veggies, and sometimes noodles (I had pot stickers), which you pick up with chop-sticks and dip in the broth for a duration of 15 seconds.

Very filling, and very deliciouss, you are given three different sauses to go with the food. It is also very healthy. Good experience overall, and I think we will return there at some point.

Shabu as a style of cooking said to be originated with the Mongols. Ghengiz Khan
(KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!) wanted his soldiers to be able to eat fast and efficiently.

I love to have a good story accompany my food. Almost feel like a part of history.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Who blew a raspberry at me?

Well, the Razzies are out and here are this year's nominees

Worst Picture
* Daddy Day Camp
I Know Who Killed Me
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Worst Actor
Nicholas Cage — Ghost Rider, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and Next
Jim Carrey — The Number 23
Cuba Gooding, Jr. — Daddy Day Camp and Norbit
Eddie Murphy (as Norbit) — Norbit
* Adam Sandler — I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Worst Actress
* Jessica Alba — Awake, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Good Luck Chuck
Logan Browning, Janel Parrish, Nathalia Ramos, and Skyler Shaye — Bratz
Elisha Cuthbert — Captivity
Diane Keaton — Because I Said So
Lindsay Lohan (as Aubrey) — I Know Who Killed Me
Lindsay Lohan (as Dakota) — I Know Who Killed Me

Worst Supporting Actor
* Orlando Bloom — Pirates of the Carob-bean: At Wit’s End — aka Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Kevin James — I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Eddie Murphy (as Mr. Wong) — Norbit
Rob Schneider — I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Jon Voight — Bratz, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, September Dawn, and Transformers

Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Biel — I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and Next
* Carmen Electra — Epic Movie
Eddie Murphy (as Rasputia) — Norbit
Julia Ormond — I Know Who Killed Me
Nicolette Sheridan — Code Name: The Cleaner

Worst Screen Couple
* Jessica Alba & Either: Hayden Christiansen (Awake), Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck), or Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer)
Any Combination of Two Totally Air-Headed Characters — Bratz
Lindsay Lohan & Lindsay Lohan — I Know Who Killed Me
Eddie Murphy (as Norbit) & Either: Eddie Murphy (as Mr. Wong) or Eddie Murphy (as Rasputia) — Norbit
Adam Sandler & Either: Kevin James or Jessica Biel — I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Worst Remake or Rip-Off
Are We Done Yet? — Remake/Rip-Off of Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House
Bratz — “A rip-off if ever there was one!”
Epic Movie — “Of every movie it rips off.”
* I Know Who Killed Me — Rip-Off of Hostel, Saw, and The Patty Duke Show
Who’s Your Caddy — Rip-Off of Caddyshack

Worst Prequel or Sequel
Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
Daddy Day Camp
Evan Almighty
Hannibal Rising
* Hostel: Part II

Worst Director
Dennis Dugan — I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Roland Joffe — Captivity
Brian Robbins — Norbit
* Fred Savage — Daddy Day Camp
Chris Siverston — I Know Who Killed Me

Worst Screenplay
* Daddy Day Camp — Geoff Rodkey, David J. Stem, and David N. Weiss
Epic Movie — Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
I Know Who Killed Me — Jeffrey Hammond
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry — Barry Fanaro, Alexander Payne, and Jim Taylor
Norbit — Eddie Murphy, Charles Murphy, Jay Sherick, and David Ronn

Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie — New Category
Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
Hannibal Rising
* Hostel: Part II
I Know Who Killed Me

I am not sure if I agree with them, luckily I haven't watched a single one of those movies. Except Pirates of the Carribean. I don't know if Orlando Bloom was that bad, none of the POC movies were about him, but about Johnny Depp. So there.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Silent but deadly

Sorry for toilet humor, but this is hilarious.

I am sad

The Steelers won. The Cards won. I am sad. Do you know why? The reason is that with the Superbowl the sports die for me until next September.

I think I'll root for Cards, they are a past Chicago team after all, and I just don't like Big Ben. This does seem like the year for old Quaterbacks. I will go for Warner plus Larry Fitzgerald is an exciting player to watch.

I stopped watching hockey almost right after the players strike in '95 or '96, or almost right after the year Rangers won the Stanley Cup. The players got greedy, and I couldn't handle that. The sport lost its luster for me when Wayne, Mess, Mario, Bure, Fedorov have hanged their jerseys or went into oblivion (of course it wasn't abrupt, it spanned couple of seasons). It's just not that interesting anymore.

I don't watch basketball anymore. I think it happened the year I moved to Chicago, and couldn't watch Knicks on the regular basis. And then Ewing retired, some kid right out of high-school got several million dollars and then went off shooting somebody. For some reason, after Jordan, Barkley, and the rest of the dream team retired I lost all interest in the game (same as with hockey, I know these people didn't just quit all at once).

So, I am left with occasional tennis or golf match. I try to watch soccer during the big tourneys. I don't watch NASCAR (I've tried, and it's just not as exciting on TV).

Baseball I like to watch on rare occasion, for a big game. But again, not the sport to be enjoyed on TV in my opinion.

I am left with Football, which is almost over. Would somebody please invent a sport for me I can enjoy, something other than Billiards and Celebrity Poker.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Much silliness is in the works

Thy name shall be Zippy Chickenbrain

Thank you Shawn for giving us the new
super secret name generator

Anyways, today is class number 9 and we have to do a presentation on some of the final aspect of doing business in Russia. Sort of a wrap-up of everything we learned.

I have a lot of studying and rehersing to do.

Monday, January 19, 2009

iThink there for iAM

At the Village Of Joy a new list is posted, or it's very old and I have just found it. It's called Crazy iPod Ads.

I personally like these two.

I think I'll use one of the them as my avatar now.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Weekend update

I've got nothing today.

OH, wait. I finally got Wii Fit. It's proudly standing in the corner of the office and awaiting it's time. I can't believe that running around after it, i still haven't opened it. But we've been so busy today I haven't got the strength to play around with a new toy.

Have a good future monday.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Thought of the day.

This is proof that my brain is on the fritz.

When the superman changes into his superhero costume, I understand that the suit is below his street clothes. Where the hell is he hiding the cape? Fanny-pack? Tucked into his tighty-whities?

As I was driving today it was even colder.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My brain is hibernating

Damn, it's cold.

As I started driving to work it was -4F on the car thermometer. As I getting farther north (I drive about 25 miles one-way) it was getting colder and colder. By the time I got to Libertyville it was a crispy -8F. They said on the radio the windchill added like -10F or -15F making it a nice -25F.

Fun stuff. Unfortunately I had to put gas in my car. So the operation went like this. I jumped out, fumbling for the wallet. I should have taken it out before I opened the door. Started pumping, and ran like hell inside to get a cup o' Joe.

I waited there until I was 100% certain that the pumping has stopped. And ran like hell back to the car.

And I am dressed warmly. Remember:

"It's not that the Russians don't feel cold, it's that they dress warmly!"

On a lighter note, I absolutely love playing Wii. All I have now is Wii Sports and Wii Play. I am planning to get Tiger Woods of course. Bowling is fun, although for the life of me I never played the game, and I don't get the scoring rules (need to read up). Golf is cutesy, and so is tennis. Baseball is fun, but extremely difficult from the hitting point of view.

My family is kind of enjoying this. My wife was never into video games of any kind, although she seemed to enjoy a bit of family fun. My 4-year-Old seemed to enjoy pitching in Baseball more than anything simply because it's easier and she is able to do pirouettes of sorts while doing that. She is not much on trying harder and perseverance. I don't even know how to cultivate those things in her.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Is this realy Morpheus? Came by it by accident.


Found this on of my friend's blog

hese are sentences actually typed by Medical secretaries in NHS Greater Glasgow

1. The patient has no previous history of suicides.

2. Patient has left her white blood cells at another hospital.

3. Patient's medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.

4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

5. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

6. On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it disappeared.

7. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

8. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.

9. Discharge status:- Alive, but without my permission.

10. Healthy appearing decrepit 69-year old male, mentally alert, but forgetful.

11. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

12. She is numb from her toes down.

13. While in ER, she was examined, x-rated and sent home.

14. The skin was moist and dry.

15. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.

16. Patient was alert and unresponsive.

17. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid..

18. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until she got a divorce.

19. I saw your patient today, who is still under our care for physical therapy.

20. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

21 Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

22. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

23. Skin: somewhat pale, but present.

24. The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.

25. Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.

26. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities
27. When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.

28. The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of fuel and crashed.

29. Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.

30. She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December.

31. Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Smith, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.

32. The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stock broker instead.

33. By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he was feeling better.

I can make a movie out of this

The plan was perfect. The grueling eight hours of work yielded great results. Nobody would miss him. He would leave the office half-an-hour early to hit the store. The store's website said that the IT was in and ready to be taken by anyone willing.

Everything was great. The storm promised by the weather people was couple of hours away. The ride was smooth and uneventful.

When he walked into the store he was almost giggling. And then, then plan went all to hell. There were more people wanting to get IT than he anticipated. IT was gone! Bewildered he stood there for couple of minutes, and then retreated, trying hard not to show his disappointment.

He had to quickly adjust his plan. There was another store across the street where he could take IT. He drove up to it, but having been rejected once decided not to hope too much. He always thought that being pleasantly surprised was better than surprisingly disappointed. In the store he found out that IT was gone in less than an hour after arriving.

He could not believe that the item available for more than two years would be so sought after.

There were four more stores on his usual route home, and he decided to hit them all. He would not be denied!

But, he decided that due diligence was needed to keep cool and not to make rash decisions. Luckily his new trusted GPS unit helped him finding all the phone numbers for the stores. He called one, no luck. He called another, still disappointment, they had one IT left, but some junkie was already speeding to take it. He decided to avoid unpleasant scene and a possible brawl. He called the third, hoping that three times was the charm. Frustration was settling in. He was getting desperate. People make grave mistakes when they are desperate.

Finally, the store that was the closest to his house had IT. He became careless and warned them that he was coming.

Fifteen minutes later, he came out of the store with a stupid smile on his face cradling IT in his arms.

Two hours later he was enjoying a game of bowling with his family.

That's how I became the owner of Wii.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Finally some common sense

I have two big "pet" peeves. One of them is anumals talking like humans on TV, with digitally mastered mouth movement and such. The other is peopl e dressing their animals in clothing.

I am usually wary of animal protection agenecies. Some of them (read PETA) are more about serving selves than animals.

But this totally makes sense to me.

Finally The Daily Telegraph

The dogs are not dolls to dress for your enjoyment. They are dogs. Stop putting your pooch in Burberry you dumbasses.

The last birthday gifts.

On saturday we invited some of our friends to go with us to celebrate my birthday. Yes! I am that vain!

I got wonderful gifts, which were

Monty Python's Holy Trinity DVD's that included Quest for the Holy Grail, Life Of Brian, and The Meaning Of Life:

And The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal

And lastly a birthday card with a beautiful girl on the front and these words of wisdom on the inside:

"May your palm tree always stay high and your coconuts never fall to the ground"

Al off these gifts satisfied the geek and the headbanger in me on the many intimate levels.

On Sunday we went for some sleighing with our good friends, which resulted in both dads flying about a foot into the air and crushing down on the tailbones in the most uncomfortable ways.

Good weekend overall. I am thinking of buying a Wii on my birthday moneys.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Snow day part 5

It's snowing again. I've already cleaned about 6 inches of the driveway accumulated since yesterday, and I got another inch already.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Hell to pay

Yo know why I hate coming back to work from vacation? It's the pile of crap that awaits for you to be taken care of.

I am working from home today, due to a big snowfall again. And yes, I did say WORKING!

I also gt a load of school work to do.

Our adopt-a-culture has to more presentations. I think I am doing political implications of doing business in Russia. What the hell does that mean anyway?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Music History

I admit that my music tastes were a bit weird by American standards when I was a wee bit lad.

However, this clip when I saw it absolutely blew me away.

A-ha had also created the Living Daylights theme-song. I may be wrong but it could be my first introduction to Bond. I remember watching it at my friend's house, who was lucky enough to have a VCR in his house. Oh, the envy!


Monday, January 5, 2009

Love the present

Have I mentioned that i love my wife?

I must have. If I haven't done it recently here it is: I LOVE MY WIFE!

Here's me resplendid in my new The Bears pajamas, courtesy of my Awesome Wife.

Vacations are great but life goes on...

Well, the vacation is over and I am back to work. It sucks, getting back into the routine of things is really tough.

I am very happy that I managed to procrastinate the hell out of these two weeks. I will shamelessly admit that I did exactly squat. I am way behind on my emails, I am way behind school work, although I did manage to put in couple of hours for that.

I've turned 33 today and my birthdays always make me look philosophically on life. The idea is very simple. I was always the youngest in my family, my brother is four and half older and my cousin (who I always thought of as a second brother with all of us growing up pretty close) is a year older than me. If I am already catching up to my mid thirties, how tough is it for them being ahead.

Being the selfish bastard that I am, this thought always brings a "Holy Crap!" first, and then a relieved sigh, that they are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay older than I am :)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I am Iron Man, not Ozzy...


This fits me perfectly. I think. Anyhow, I like Tony Stark's character, I like gadgets, I like Iron Man.

Thank you Jim

Friday, January 2, 2009

First Photographs

This is for you photographers over there.

This is one of the images I took with the new camera, on fully automatic. Less than perfect lighting conditions, afternoon in the play room.

On eof the problems with the picture is that the wall behind Mickey is supposed to be green. And I am not talking a greenish shade, to a normal eye the wall paint is substancially greener than perfectly white ceiling.

I understand of course that there is a lot I need to learn about making good pictures. Shouldn't that start with a camera though? :)

Maybe someone can point me at good resources for amateur photography.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Year 2009 Day 1

I am still recovering a bit from a night of hard drinking, for whatever reason my back hurts.

Yesterday and today can be described in pictures.

This is what the tree looked like yesterday:

This is what it looks like today:

Only couple of friends left to give and recieve.

The Awesome Wife has given me this as a present:

And finally this is The Little One being overwhelmed with presents:

I am about to dive into the juicy book of "how to's " for the new camera. Ha Ha!