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Standup chair for a standup desk

2017/05/28
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Modified: 2017/04/30
Table-on-18-inch-legs

Lift Your Table ® TM Risers Lifts STRAIGHT LEG KIT – $35 Install table legs without any tools It started as an absolute necessity.  I worked so many hours in a single two weeks stretch (Monday, September 8 – Friday, September 19, 2014) that I simply could not sit anymore.  But I still had to work.  So I placed couple of cardboard boxes on my desk and raised my working space by 1.5 ft.  It was ugly, but it carried me through first several weeks.   Next step was to make it a bit prettier.   This time a coffee table landed on my office desk, and it brought some semblance of…

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History of Panama Canal (1513 – 1915) Connecting Dots on the Map

2017/04/24
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Modified: 2017/03/03
French-Panama-Canal-by-1888

What is an isthmus? It is a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas. Why Panama? Because it is irresistible. It was irresistible for everyone, who looked at the map of Americas for 400 years. At first, they search for a open waterway. There was none. Then they searched a passage to the North and to the South of the continent. On September 6, 1522 a news reached Spain that there is a water passage to the South. Only one ship with 18 men returned. They started 3 year earlier with 5 ships and a crew of 237. Ice and cold securely blocked…

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Notes after Woodstock Fruit Festival 2016

2017/04/20
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Modified: 2017/03/03
Notes after Woodstock Fruit Festival 2016

  Woodstock Fruit Festival was held from August 21 to August 28, 2016. This page will eventually grow with more and more pictures from various days of this week-long event. Most of this will be interesting for the actual participants of the Woodstock Fruit Festival that has nothing to do with Woodstock. 2016-08-25 THU Camp Walden – Diamond Point, NY USA Activity Tent #2 – 21-year old guru. Nikita with a straw. 2016-08-26 FRI Camp Walden – Diamond Point, NY USA Rainy Breakfast – Business Lunch – Corny Dinner People! – Can we get enough people for the next year? 2016-08-27 SAT Camp Walden – Diamond Point, NY USA Supper time – Last Supper…

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Calculating EPS and P/E – A Real Life Example

2017/04/11
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Modified: 2017/04/30
NEM Net Income - Last 5 Quarters

It is painful to state that so many important investment decisions are based on a P/E ratio, but it is very hard to find a clear explanation on how to calculate this very P/E for a given company. This article is written to demonstrate, how to calculate Earnings Per Share (EPS) and P/E using Newmont Mining (NEM) as an example. We have to start with obvious banality: Price-to-Earnings ration (P/E) is a Stock Price ($50) divided by the total of last 12 month earnings. What type of earnings we need to get?  We need “Net Income Applicable To Common Shares”. Where can we get this information?  Some free sites provide last…

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Полный и Окончательный Порядок Вещей

2017/03/15
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Modified: 2017/03/03
Try to Straighten up Clouds

Я думаю, что проблема слишком аккуратных и порядочных людей – это вечное стремление к абсотному и окончательному порядку вещей.  Вот только бы достигнуть такого идеального порядка, вот тогда бы… Если же на секунду предположить, что никакого даже близкого приближения к окончательному порядку не существует, то сразу же все встает на свои места.  Буквально.  Порядок – в развитии, порядок – в вечном движении.  Только попробуйте упорядочить все эти беспорядочные облака. – Дорогой!  Ты знаешь, вся эта пыль и грязь – это всего лишь эпизод в той бурной работе мысли и фантазии, которая происходит у меня в голове.  Неужели ты хочешь, чтобы я приостановила полет мысли и занялась “пылесосыньем“?… Даже не могу себе представить,…

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Размышления о жизни, об обществе и о справедливости

2017/03/11
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Modified: 2017/03/14
fairness

 . . . забыл зачем живу Я забыл, зачем живу.  Кажется, просто, чтобы ездить на vacation? Я полностью clueless, что происходит в моей жизни, и что будет происходить. Самое главное – это в окошечке жизни различать отдельные прекрасные моменты, которые все равно исчезают навечно.  Для чего же тогда их различать? Почти наверняка, чтобы не было безумно жаль . . . прошедшего.  Лежу в своей кровати, всё есть, всё хорошо и отлично.  Окружен книгами и занятиями, но что-то проскакивает на заднем плане, как тень от животного, что-то я упускаю делать самое главное. То ли книгу какую-то упускаю, то ли что-то увидеть и понять не могу.  Что-то очень очевидное, но не поддающееся словам.…

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We win, our country wins when . . .

2017/02/24
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Modified: 2017/02/26

We win and our great country wins when: – we create business-friendly climate (less regulations –> more jobs) – we faithfully uphold and enforce our laws and punish criminals – we open our doors and share our pie only with friends – we request small and nimble Government – we watch what we eat

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Concept of a person – religious vs. secular view

2017/02/19
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Modified: 2017/02/24
Secular vs Religious

Summary: – secular and religious view on a human being; –  base for moral code. How we stumbled upon a fundamental difference I was speaking on the phone to my friend on the way home from Connecticut. We touched many subject, but eventually we hit the most evil of them all – Peter the Great, Napoleon, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler.  My friend said that without a doubt there is nothing good can be said about Lenin and Stalin.  I was objecting that Lenin was striving very hard in his own way to bring happiness to all humanity, and Stalin in some 50 years will be perceived as great as Peter the Great. …

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Evolutionary Benefits of Corruption

2017/02/17
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Modified: 2017/04/22
Benefits of Corruption

Both relentless competition between countries and insider power struggle destroy weak governments and preserve strong and powerful ones.  In most all modern states, we see corruption is present in larger or smaller degree.  This could be an argument that after several thousand years of wars and survival, selection preserved systems that have some viable advantages over other systems that died and long gone. Let’s first close the moral side of the problem.  This article in no way justifies the corruption.  Instead, author is driven by desire to replace an endless frustration with a rational analysis.  Corruption is bad and dangerous phenomenon, but why it perseveres? In any system – democratic or…

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Perihelion and Solstice are not related – Wow!

2017/02/14
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Modified: 2017/01/18

Attention! I just realized that Perihelion and Solstice has NOTHING to do with each other. Earth Perihelion is when Earth is closest to the sun.  For example this time it falls on January 2, 2016.  That does NOT affect season change on planet Earth and this date moves forward rather quickly (1 calendar day every 60 years) through our human centuries. Being closest to the Sun doesn’t specifically affect the season in Northern hemisphere for two reasons: First – the difference between closest and furthest distances from the Sun is only 3.4%.  Imagine being able to see an object from 91.4 yards other than from 94.5 yards. Second – the entire planet (both hemispheres) is being…

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Share your photos, not your life – Echowaves

2017/02/12
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Modified: 2017/01/18
Echowaves - Logo

There is a new APP for iPhone and Android.  You take pictures and they float to a server to be seen by people in your WAVE.  Each time you open Echowaves, you prompted to upload your latest photos.   Instantly these photos can be seen by you and by people who share your  wave.  You can send invitations to join from phone to phone, without email.  No information is collected about you – you only need user name and password. If someone in your circle does not have a smart phone, your pictures can be see using a web browser.  This is good if you want someone like your parents to see…

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