Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Simon Sister's Dog

I hope everyone know Simon's Cat toons. But, here's the one I liked even more.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Something new.

The Burlak Family, thanks to the Awesome Wife, has found a new yearly tradition. It seems that not that far away from our house is a nice apple orachard. They have opened it for apple picking last weekend. I love apples, so we went there to get ourselves some. It's a nice fun family activity. The McIntoshes, Empires, and Johnathans have ripened nicely and we picked up a bag and a half of apple deliciousness.

In two week theys are going to open golden delicious, my favorite variety, part of the orchard. Maybe will visit again.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall TV Schedule Thursday and Friday - Part 1

The only thing new on Thursday in FlashForward, which I haven't seen yet. Gray's Anatomy is something I saw, and it's still ok.

Friday is always about Monk and Psych. There is also Dollhouse now. I will give it another chance for the second season. If it doesn't work out between us, I'll stick with Medium, which moved to CBS for this season.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fall TV Schedule - Wednesday - Part 1

What has wednesday brought to my home viewing pleasure?

ABC has got couple of new comedy shows, Modern Family and Cougartown. I must say that I enjoyed both of them. It's nice to see Ed O'Neil's sensibilities back on the screen in Modern Family.

Cougartown is starring Courtney Cox and is about a 40 something single mom trying to get laid. The show is supposedely oriented on women, but the gags and the jockes are actually male oriented IMHO. It's raunchy and fun, though I don't think these shows will last for more than a season.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fall TV Schedule - Tuesday - Part 1

Well, Tuesday so far did not bring much to me in the way of TV viewing. There is the Warehouse 13 on SyFy, but I think it was a season finale (haven't finished watching it).

Most of Tuesday invloved stuff I DVRed and haven't finished watching on Monday.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall TV Schedule - Monday - Part 1

The fall season is upon us. Monday has left with no surprizes, but some substitutions had to be made.

Monday Night Comedy falls down on CBS with my favorites represented by Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and How I Met Your Mother.

Because of the conflict Heroes provides with our family TV time and Dancing With The Stars. Heroes being dropped by me, considering I am the only one interested. I think I will catch up with the episodes online.

I will watch Leno occasionly since the 9:00 PM slot is only occupied by Castle, which me and The Awesome Wife love.

I think Chuck is suppose to come back as well as Medium on CBS, so I will be adjusting the schedule.

Surprizingly, or not, very little on NBC this year interests me. Two new medical dramas in Trauma and Mercy I think I will pass. They do not present to me long-lasting appeal. I will probably also pass on Forgotten with Christian Slater, for the same reason probably.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A forgotten delicacy

We grew up in the southern part of Russia. The city of Rostov, was a pretty important trade hub between the north and the Caucasus. Because of that there was always a fairly large and popular mix of Georgian, Armenian, Azerbajdzhanian cultures.

There is one delecacy that I always enjoyed eating, it was called Halvah. It's a very, extremely sweet brick of something, made from nuts usually. The origins, in our parts, are Mediterranian, possibly due to a long time occupation of Middle East by Ottoman Empire and Turks. My history is not what it's used to be.

Anyway, yesterday ,while grocery shopping, my eyes fell on a pice of Halvah, and I realized that I haven't eaten it in years.

I have bought it, and it brought back a lot of memories. I don't rember whather or not Ilya liked it, but I remember that my parents had to stop me from devouring the whole piece all by myself.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Still nothing to do..

Some of the pictures I took over the years. If you want a big one let me know.

Not much to do

I have to take the 4-hour online course for the ticket I got a month ago.

What a waste of time.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


The football season started with a dissapointment. A loss to Greenbay? Not a good way to start. Cutler looked greedy, trying to thow ball around. Four Interceptions? There was a lot of miscues betwween him and the wide recieving corp.

With the reigning champs coming to Soldier Field, I am lloking at the 0-2 record this week.

Monday, September 14, 2009

This is priceless

As I was reading Roger Ebert's Blog I noticed a link a the bottom.

This stuff is priceless Old Jews Telling Jokes


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kid speak

I was watching presidential address on the tube, when The 5 Year Old came up behind me, and said...

- That's Alabama.

At least she knew it was the President.

15 Movie meme`

Jason posted a nice movie meme on his blog. It asks to least 15 movies that made a sort of impact on your life, or stuck in you memory. The trick is not to take more than 15 minutes on the list.

Given my usual memory state, I will try my best to come up with one. I also can not sit in one place for 15 minutes.

1. Commando. This was the first American movie I have ever seen on VHS. Impressed the hell out of me. Also introduced me to Arnold.

2,3. Alien or The Thing. My memory is shoddy, but these two were the first horror flicks I have ever seen. There were moments in Alien where I had to step out of the room and pick around a corner.

4. Police Academy Part 3. I don't remeber why I started with Part 3, but I remember laughing my ass of.

5. Pulp Fiction. Should be No 1 really. I loved this movie, and still do. The soundtrack made the biggest impact. I am a person often driven by an auditory experience as well as visual. The soundtrack fit so perfectly with the movie, i can't seprate the two.

6,7,8. Star Wars. I do not remember which one I saw first. I think it was the Emprire Strikes Back. I remeber seeing it on the big screen as a kid in Russia. Having been introduced to Hong Kong cinema beforehand, I remeber walking back from the theater discussing the merits of being a samurai, a ninja, a Shaoling monk, or a Jedi.

9. Enemy Mine. The unuusal thing about this movie that it was sanctioned by our school principal, who was a diehard Commie. What I remember is walking back from the theater thinking what an unusual movie. I expected firefights, space ships, and mayhem (I was what 11-12?), what I got was (if my memory serves me right) a fairly thoughtful movie about friendship, tolerance and survival.

10. Forest Gump. I like the movie. What has stuck with me is a weird thought I had, after watching it. "..Sure, lets glorify general stupidity and accidentalness...". I know, not your standard thought, and I know the movie is not about that.

11,12. Terminator, Terminator 2. I still believe the second Terminator is the best sci-fi/action flick ever made by anybody. The first one was just awesome to watch with Arnie doing the best Arnie impersonation in the world.

I'll stop at twelve it's becoming difficult.

- There are three movies that I forgot to mention.

13. Short Circuit. Am I starting a Steve Guttenberg theme here?

14. Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I was amazed with the action/toon mix.

15. Enter The Dragon. Ah! Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris.

Monday, September 7, 2009

What has Microsoft done right

I kinda like windows 7 right now. There is a certain number of convinient improvement over XP.

For example, if you have multiple IE's open mousing over the IR icon on the task bar, pop-up a window shoing you everything you have open. The XP compatibility mode is interesting enough. My graphic tools collection installed without a glith, and working beautifully (I think. I only launched the damned things, haven't tried to create a movie yet).

The UI is beautiful and the desktop slideshow is a nice touch. I still have to put it through paces, with heavy duty processing like movie making or some 3d graphic renderings.

Thank you a have a great Weekend.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I am impressed


Granted I have a fairly clean Install, but Windows 7 launched under a minute.

Friday, September 4, 2009

There's is going to be a homicide...

Being part of the IT department, which has our dirty little hands in the MSDN subscription, I have gotten my grabby little fingers on the Windows 7 RTM version.

I am about to kill my home desktop and use my work laptop for the rest of the day. Hopefully I can use my computer later in the evening.

I'll let you know how the install went.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Back to school

The school has started.

We've already had our first session. Sort of. See, the course that I am taking is fully online. It's called Strategic Use of Inofrmation Technology. In theory this is a very important course for me.

Problem with taking an online course is that it's a lot more work. Besides the readings and the assignements, you have to constantly check updates in the emails and discussion boards.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

An unexpected golf outing.

For the first time I actually stepped on a golf course on Saturday. I didn't do too badly, I think. I hit a 62 on a 31 par course. Yes it seems bad, but considering that this was my first time, I very much enjoyed the proceedings. Excellent company (read Ilya), good weather, couple of brilliant off the tee shots added enjoyment to the whole weekend.

Ilya was correct of course when saying that a golf outing is only as good as the company you spend your time with.