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Geeky English lesson

Gosh! Today I had an awesome English lesson at school! Our teacher brought us a movie about quantum physics, space and time problems. Although I alredy know the majority of this stuff, that was pretty interesting. Here’s the video.

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October 29, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Life is a theater, vice versa and beyond

Today Yana and I were at the Globus theater (map). The perfomance called “Family stories” (“Simeinye istorii”). It was about very burning issues like poverty in families, children and parents, etc. People shouldn’t live like this. It’s wrong. It’s awful. It’s cruel. It’s unfair. A father who beats his wife and son, a son who sees it and beats a dog then. A patriarchal family, a matriarchal family…The tragedy of old parents when their son left them and went to Switzerland. And above all this crap is….Time. Time. Time’s changing all. Time runs, time’s going fast or slow, but it never stops. It’s like a millstone grinding lifes and destinies.

Time is passing by…Every second, every minute or making you closer to your desires or moving you away from them. And it’s up to you what to do.

There was an scene during the perfomance when a boy singing somthing like “I’ve fucked Nadejda, la-la-la!!! I’ve fucked Nadejda” after he was having sex with girl called Nadejda. And there were two girls at my age behind me who were laughing on this and rolling on the floor. They considered that’s funny. I’m curious what would they say about this a decade later, when they, probably, will have their own children. I dunno. It looks like just a few people these days think about something great, want to grow and change. The majority is just like an talking, walking, fucking, laughing, working social animals. Shame.

The performance was awesome though. Thanks to the actors and staff.

October 26, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

A whole new way to raising money

Right now twitterians helped to raise $1177. And more than $500 were raised in 2 hours!!!!! Coool!

My new friend Chris Brogan  twittered to his followers asking to help raise this money.  Also did I.

This shows us whole new way raising money. Heavily utilizing social networks and social utilities.

A took a look at ChipIn…Gosh! This maybe a new way to get funding for a startup! It has some problems (big problems) with legal papers, etc. BUT!

I call it “Startup IPO” 😀 Go public from the scratch! LOL on that!

Really. YCombinator invests usually around $20000. But people and connections are much valuable here of course….hmm….You can hire someone to help you build your company… Nevetheless we have something to think about!

What do YOU think?

The ChipIt link here: http://tinyurl.com/2y42fp

October 19, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Somebody Has to Say It: Wikipedia vs school bozos

Recently I’ve been feeded by Seth’s post “The Wikipedia gap”.

Gosh! I’m fed up with the school bozos telling me that Wikipedia isn’t suitable for academic purposes! Teachers forbid to use it.  They arguing that Wikipedia contains only surface knowledge. And they force us to write useless reports, reviews, etc. It’s all a trash. We spend hours trying to extract from the paper libraries right the same information we can find in Wikipedia in a seconds! And then pushing all this trash in a well-formed paper and getting your grade….Sorry, but it’s bullshit!

Education should be concentrated on giving students real, useful skills. Everybody these times can  find information easily. Teach us how to select it more wisely, maybe. But do not force us wasting our time.

Teachers! To be a teacher is more an responsibility than a job. Think creative. Do good.

October 18, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 5 Comments

Friends I Cant Wait to Meet

Guy Kawasaki – for teaching me how to speak and how to start.

Avril Lavigne – for “Hot” song! It rocks!

Sergey Brin  and

Larry Page – for  making me DO something, not just sitting and waiting.

Bill Gates – for  teaching me how to do business.

Vladimir Putin – for  not interfering with my business.

Valeriy Kipelov – for giving me peace of mind.

Mark Zuckerberg – for  cool new people I’ve met.

Robert Kyiosaki – for being my mentor.

Arnold Schwarzenegger – for giving me love to iron.

Shakira – for making my body moving.

Tarja Turunen – for Nightwish.

Linus Torvalds – for showing me the other side.

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

Guy Kawasaki’s “The Art of The Start” talk

Man…Guy rocks. I wish to talk like this when I’ll grow up!


Make the meaning, make the meaning, make the meaning, make the meaning!!!!

October 15, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Thinking different

guy kawasaki, usbcell, webapps devs don’t need to add useless features.

I wish I know what is it mean to think completely different! Look at these guys!

Simon Daniel from Moixa Energy Ltd. invented usbcell, it combines an ordinary AA size battery with USB connector so you can recharge it anywhere with USB port. Brilliant.

Guy Kawasaki. Definitely he is a great speaker. And his idea with Truemors is an example of thinking different. Check it out.

Webapps vs. desktop apps.

If I’m a webapp’s owner, I don’t forced to add new features constantly to keep up the cashflow. I already have customers. All I need is to keep them happy and to attract new customers, but attracting new customers is not about adding new useless features. It’s about marketing, it’s about creating a new apps, it’s about branding. Definitely.

October 14, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Localize the Web!

The Web is international in it’s nature. It is obvious that if you want to achieve truly global presence you need to translate and localize all your products. Now top US websites and webapps attract more visitors from outside the US, rather than from the inside. And this is a trend, I think.

All over the world people want to see adopted and localized to thier language and location content. This is essential for social network, webapps and blogs. There is one more really important thing: people more likely to see and click localized ads rather that non-localized. But localization term doesn’t mean only translation. Consider your webapp or website like your favourite operating system. Russian and English versions of Windows or Linux are different not only in language, but in UI elements sizes, filesystem names, etc. It’s a complex work.

Localization doesn’t mean that you give me text resources of your webapp and I send the translated version to you. It also involves some page layout changes, etc.

On the other hand, not all websites need localization. Some of them need only translation. First of all it concerns well structured websites and webapp like blogs.

October 11, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your personal context

It’s amazing how one’s context can change in a short time!

Now I understand why it was obviuos to every young nobleman to travel in various countries, to see the world. Because it’s expanding your personal context. You see facts, people, places, processes, events that you couldn’t see otherwise. It is hard to explain with words.

I met a lot of great smart people in US and other countries. My life will never be the same.

I REALLY couldn’t ever imagine the things happened with me!

Keep your mind open.

Good news: now it is possible to travel all over the world using social networks, reading blog, etc. Utilizing the Web, in short. Do it. NOW!

October 10, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Ugly web problem

The one of the most ugly problems for me is tracking and managing all my activities on the web. Ex., I’d like to post a comments on your blog posts, but I’m always forget it. And the RSS reader doesn’t solve this problem. And often my friend write something on his/her LiveJournal. I’d like to post a comment, but I haven’t an LiveJournal account and I don’t want to create dozens of accounts just to post a comment. And OpenID isn’t going to solve this problem too. I even can’t see all my writings everywhere on the Web for a givig period of time!!! It’s annoying….I’d like to have some social network with ability to track all my and my friends’ activities on the web. see what are they doing right now. Facebook have the News app, but it’s suitable only if you’re going to read something thru facebook’s link. Twitter doesn’t solve this problem too. There can be some solution in a form of mashup…but I don’t seem to me a great idea, cos you’re relying on some other services…

The users must own their information. But how? Technically I mean. I see 3 techical approaches here for now.

1. All current web 2.0 spaces’ providers must integrate into them some kind of system approved by the majority, so it is possible to track and search.
It’s obvious, that it’s impossible (now).

2. We can make something on the user’s side – on the browser side. Extension spying all users activities on the web and tracking it somewhere in a cloud (like Amazon storage).

this approach seems more realistic, but it has some serious problems – it’s a centralization and it’s contradicting the Web nature.

3. The third approach is to make user and his spaces the part of the Web. And this means to turn user into a server. All user’s activities and data tracked and stored locallly and like a part of the Web can be crawled by search engines or something more special.
This approach also has limitations like user’s “server” must be always available and we need to invent some way to track all user’s data thru this “server”. Hmm….it seems to me that this approach very similar to 2))))

October 10, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 3 Comments