Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I need books.. MUST READ ON VACATION

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Hey, fellow loyal readers.

I am going on vacation in 3 days. The copy of Quicksilver that I have is too big to carry with me. I need something sci-fi-y or fantasy-y to read. Not too big, not too small. Something that would last me a week.

Help!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday's bloggin'

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I have a lot to do before the vacation, so I'll cop-out for a bunch of mini-posts today.

Post #1. We watched Righteous Kill yesterday. It's a good movie. Here's my question. Without a doubt, both DeNiro and Pacino are great actors. Why is it then, that the writers prefer to give monologues to Pacino? It seems like he stole the movie, while DeNiro was more of a standby.

Post #2. This amazing stat is off Peter King's Monday Morning Quaterback. Mariano Rivera's career blown saves against Boston: 12. Mariano Rivera's career blown saves against the other 28 teams in baseball: 47.

Post #3. We went to see Jersey Boys on Friday, as part of our 9 year of being married. Excellent show. Good music, amazing singing from the cast. The story is "loosely" based on the Four Seasons story and Franky Valli.

After the show I absolutely had to get a compilation of Four Seasons music. Some of the song I easily recognized some I didn't. Most of them did not get any association with Four Seasons for me. Before that I was not familiar with the group.

Coincidentally I realized that I did not have any Beach Boys music in my collection. Had to get that as well.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Weekday happenings...

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With my parents in town, we have decided to try to visit a brand new place in the city. My wife has found an interesting spot called Garfield Conservation Park. It is a huge Greenhouse hosting more than 1800 plants.

This is the train station by the place. I did not know Chicago had these.



And here are the pictures of some flowers.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Random things I think I am thinking

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After watching The Bucket List: There is a scene in a movie where a little girl comes up to Jack Nicholson and smiles. My thought, you have to be a pretty brave kid to do what she did. Mr. Nicholson is a scary son of a bitch in that movie. Kudos to the girl.

After watching another cop show: Why is it that cop-show writers feel that the correct way to finish a case is having a perp admit the guilt in the interrogation room. What is the message behind that? Do they not trust us to figure out the guilty party by the "evidence" the investigation amasses?

Work related: for those classic ASP developers. Server 2003 does not like you to have an epmty global.asa file. It will throw a HTTP 500 Error, without an explanation. Better to not have a global.asa at all.

School related: Financial Management or Managerial Finance class has started. The good thing is that sessions two and three are online course. Finally couple of Tuesdays where I don't have to go to school, but learn at my own pace. So far the class is not that much different from the Accounting I already had. Income statements, balance sheets, and cash flows. Meh.

Life: We are cleaning house. We will have a couch with a sleeper, an ottoman, and an office desk for sale pretty soon. I also have a bunch of books I am willing to donate to any local library interested. Most of them a fantasy and science fiction in good condition. Some Russian books as well.

Crazy thought of the day: Why is it that most birds have beaks, and ducks have bills?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Guess Who?

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NO, not the name of the band.

We are in the process of some house repainting and small repair. As we were cleaning up the bedroom, I stumbled upon a photo-album that records my pre-marriage debauchery and acts of wanton teenagery.

As I picked up the album several pictures fell out, very very very movie moment like. I actually have some pictures that I doubt anyone in my family still has, they travel from hands to hands, usually via Mom.

So, here you go. A scan of couple of them. Can you guess who?






Don't ask me when the pictures were made. The girl in the middle is the cousin of the two dashing gentlemen.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Star Trek Galore

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I have found today that you can watch full episodes of StarTrek TOS on IMDB.

Sweet!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060028/videogallery

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Things you never cared to know about Mayonnaise

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I have decided to start a new Rubric. Once a week I will write a post about a random subject. Having the subject coming out of MY head, it can be about anything. I constantly have a lot of random "Why?" and "How does?" questions floating around in my head.

I will try to explain how I arrived to the subject at hand and promise to do diligent research on Wikipedia and provide you, the unfortunate reader, with either the interesting or unusual bits of info.

YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!

In addition to that I have a slight fetish for trivia.

The rubric will be called: Things you never cared to know about

Today's topic is Mayonnaise. How did I arrive to that? As I was making breakfast in the morning, I decided that I wanted to take a pita pocket and stuff it with something. The pitas are usually fairly dry, and you have to toast them. I did not have Hummus or Babaganoush (GOD! I just love saying BA-BA-GA-NOUSHHHHHHHHH!) I put a little Mayo inside to soften it up. So, there.


  • It is off course is made from egg yolk, oil, and usually vinegar.
  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, mayonnaise made its English language debut in a cookbook of 1841.
  • Mayo was first sold in jars at Hellmann's Delicatessen in New York, in 1905.
  • It can be served in Netherlands and Belgium with your fries
  • Eastern Europeans (Russia for sure, as I still enjoy it) serve it on a hard boiled egg.
  • Chile is the world's third major per capita consumer of mayonnaise.


Trivial? Absolutely. That's what we are striving here for.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I Have found aliens

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This picture was made on Saturday in the Botanic Gardens. I made it with my D60 Nikon using 200mm zoom lens.

I swear by anything that is I hold dear, that this picture was not edited in any way.




And here's the Alien!


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Just as you think it's over

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The Spain presentation went rather well yesterday. The class is not over yet, however. I have a take home final exam that I need to finish before Friday. After that it's to the wonderful world of Managerial Finance or Financial Management, which is looking to be a heavy-load class.

Oh, how I want the summer!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tired

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I am tired. The final project for Macro was a lot of work. The unfortunate side effect now is that I hate Spain!

Spain is supposed to be a beautiful country, full of history and rich traditions. NO! All I know about Spain now is GDP, Inflation rates, Budget deficits and whole plethora of finanancial and economic data that I don't really care for.

The result is that Economy in Spain SUCKS! Big Time! I don't even want to go there right now. Macroconomics, thanks for nothing!

Sickening.

Good bye!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Weekend happenings

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As I sit here, writing the post, there is snow on the ground. It's April 6th, AND THERE IS SNOW! There was a considerable snow storm yesterday.

At least Saturday was a great day. Our little suburb had a kite show going on. That was a great deal of fun.

Yes, that is somebody flying the X-Wing kite.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The high-school meme

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I have seen this meme at Jason's, and then my my brother picked up the relay baton. I think i'll go with it fro the reason that I both attended Russian and American high-schools.

Here goes nothing.

1. Did you date someone from your school senior year?
I had a girlfriend when I was in Russian high-school, moved to the states before finishing the last year, and I didn’t date anybody in the US High-School
2. Did you marry someone from your high school?
No, The Awesome Wife is from another city altogether.
3. Did you car pool to school?
Nope, we walked. I don’t actually believe I EVER so anybody drive up to the school. When going to high-school in Brooklyn I took a bus, walked (it was maybe 2 miles away, avenue C and Ocean Pkwy to 20th Ave and 60th St), or took the F Train.
4. What kind of car did you drive?
We did not have a car in Russia, and I didn’t have a car when living in Brooklyn. I actually resisted my Dad’s attempts to learn how to drive until I was about 19-20. Didn’t care for it.
5. What kind of car do you have now?
I drive a Nissan Altima now. Trying to stay on the less expensive side of things.
6. It’s Friday night… where were you (in high school)?
In Russia we would hang out with friends, or was it Saturday. Ilya says that we had school on Saturdays, but I don’t remember that. In the US I would be home playing video games or watching TV.
7. It is Friday night… where are you (now)?
At home, playing video games or watching TV, spending quality time with the family.
8. What kind of job did you have in high school?
I did not have a job, it was not needed while we lived in Russia, and I didn’t work while living in Brooklyn. I am not sure why, but living with parents can do that to a person.
9. What kind of job do you do now?
IT Management.
10. Were you a party animal?
I was in Russia, DJ-ed a bit when we met with the friends, and always enjoyed a nice dance around. I was not going to parties in the US. I was fairly asocial animal.
11. Were you considered a flirt?
No not really, I was pretty shy in high-school.
12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
In Russian high-school I was in two bands actually. Played drums in my year band and played percussion instruments (xylophone, brass plates, triangle and what have you) in the Russian Folk Instrument band.
13. Were you a nerd?
Abso-freaking-lutely. More so in the US high school. I did however live a more social life in the Russian school.
14. Did you get suspended or expelled?
Yes. I never told anyone. I tried to cut school once in the US high-school years, and got caught. Got reprimanded, might even be on my record. For some reason I was tired and had absolutely no desire to be in school that day. Couldn’t come up with a good excuse.
15. Can you sing the fight song?
Nope. Not here nor there.
16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s)?
I had a couple. There was a History teacher in High-School, who I had a great rapport with. The problem is I think, because of Ilya, she had great expectations from me, but I was always more of a procrastinator than he ever was, so she was always a bit disappointed in me.
17. Where did you sit during lunch?
In Russia we did not have lunch per-se. In the US I always said with a group of Russian kids.
18. What was your school’s full name?
The Russian name is long and cumbersome. My brother has the full read-out on that. It was numbered at 60.
The Brooklyn school was named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
19. When did you graduate?
1994 in the US. I have never officially graduated from Russian school.
20. What was your school mascot?
Don’t know.
21. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
I don’ think I would. While the years in Russia I remember more or less fondly, I don’t think I would.
22. Did you have fun at prom?
I never went to a prom. We left for the US before finishing school. And I didn’t see the point of doing that in the US. I hadn’t made any friends, girlfriends, and was mostly in not caring mood.
23. Do you still talk to your prom date?
Nope, but I do occasionally talk to some girls from my Russian high-school years.
24. Who was your best friend?
I had two best friends in Russia. We were inseparable. Alexey and Misha. I occasioanly talk to Alex. I lost contact with Misha couple of years after the move. From what I know he became a cop and then went down the alcohol slope.
25. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a lot of things. At some point I wanted to be a train operator. But when I was in high-school I did not want to be anything really. I always kind of knew it would be something related to computers.
26. Any regrets?
Not really. Maybe if I was a bit more brave around girls. But I was always the little geeky smart kid in school.
27. Biggest fashion mistake?
I don’t remember any. When I was in Russia we were forced to cut our hair short. I have made a mistake once but getting a haircut called горшок (gorshok, or pot, not the plant kind). The name originated from Russian folklore of people getting a haircut of putting a pot on their head and cutting around the edges. Sort of a cross between crew-cut and mop top, or maybe even closer to what Moe Howard from Three Stooges had.
28. Favorite fashion trend?
In Russia, with mandatory uniforms the summer uniforms for girls were a white blouse and a skirt. As girls got older the skirts got shorter. I always enjoyed that part of school.
29. Are you going to your next reunion?
Nope. Neither to Russia nor Brooklyn. I don’t see the point.
30. Who did you have a secret crush on?
I had couple of girls in Russia, who I never admitted to.
31. Did you go on spring break?
Nope. I wasn’t the going type in the US. Nothing like that in Russia.

To look at it from a perspective like that, my years in Russian and American school were like night and day. I was fairly social back over there, and was a completely drawn in nerdy type in the US.

Oh, well. i certainly caught up to that in College years. :)

Thursday football news.

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I read football news. Not everyday, but every other week. I've read them yesderday afternoon. The sports sphere is abuzz with news about Jay Cutler debucle. Imagine my surprize (with jaw falling to the ground with a loud noise) when I discovered not more than three hours later that Da Bears actually aquired mr. Cutler for their quaterbacking needs.

Now the analysts talked about this for a month now, projecting Browns, Bucs, Titans, even Detroit. It seems that Mr. Jerry Anglo (bears GM) has ninjaed everyone on this deal. NO ONE suspected. Granted, the Team had a bad QB situation for at least a decade, but THIS!

This news have been chewed over and over for the last 24 hours. Here's my little take on it. The Bears get Culter. One of the most promising QB right now. 26 years old, already a Pro-bowler, with a gun for a hand. However, he's got a reputation of being a primadonna. With a defensively dominating team this might not cut it. There are also a lack of good recievinig corp in the team. Bears first and foremost are a running franchise. I really truly hope this works out. Analysts are projecting the Bears now to be the strongest team in NFC north, some even uttered the words Superbowl.

The Broncos got Kyle Orton. Not the best QB in the league by far but he is solid and he has been improving. He is the quiet leader type. Exactly what Denver needs right now. The Bears also gave up to 1st round picks in the draft for the next two years. So, even if mr. Orton does not work out for the Broncos, there are four franchise caliber quaterbacks available in the draft this year.

On the other hand there are plenty of good players always available in rounds two and three.

So, I think both teams need to be happy with what they got. Even though Denver got a better deal in my opinion.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Internet helpdesk is a tough gig

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I stole this from Brian




"..tell him to by iMac, it's a computer specifically made fro id... ahem.. mommies and daddies.."

Music to my ears.