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Aug 10-11 FRI-SAT – A two-day flight to Rome

2017/09/23
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Modified: 2017/09/16
Honda-Accord-99999-Miles

  August 10, Fri It is Saturday morning, August 11, 2012, and we are having our breakfast at OMNI hotel in Boston.  Why? We did not fly to Rome yesterday.  Our flight got cancelled. Friday, August 10-th turns out to be an extremely intense day.  As it happens, at work I had to an emergency code fix and test.  Plus, my domain account got switched to a new platform, and I had to do an emergency re-pointing and re-arranging all my domains due to upgrade at Service Provider.  Plus, the buyer for one of the domains suddenly woke up and deposited money on ESCROW.COM, demonstrating that he is serious about the…

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Evolutionary Benefits of Corruption

2017/09/21
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Modified: 2017/09/16
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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Italy 2012 August – Roma, Firenze, Napoli and between

2017/09/19
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Modified: 2017/09/16
Firenze Musei Reservation

  I am starting this narrative [2012-08-06 MO 15:40] a few days before the actual trip.  The idea is to place here all the itinerary materials that I prepared in Excel to be available online (instead of paper).   Gather your Things – Stiamo andando a Roma (we are going to Rome) First, let me present a sequence of preparatory steps: May 2012 – Picked a destination – Hot Rome instead of an Olympic London 5/21/2012 – Request a long vacation at work 6/15/2012 – Rosetta Stone Italian (Level 1, 2 and 3) 7/8/2012 – Bought direct tickets to Rome – kill me now! – $3,473.20 7/12/2012 – Rick Steves guide books…

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Slogans of the Moment – Hard Work Matters!

2017/09/18
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Modified: 2017/09/16

Slogan of the moment: 2016-12-27 TU – Hard Work Matters! 2016-12-27 TU – Worry about what people think, not what they feel! 2016-12-27 TU – When you habitually use words fascist, racist in your daily arguments, you diminishing the meaning of words.  When is the last time you actually saw a fascist or rasist. 2016-12-27 TU – Are you receiving from Government?  Or you are contributing with your hard work and taxes?  Does that influence your vote?  These are two and only classes in America. 2016-12-27 TU – Working? Vote to reduce GOV.  –  Collecting? Vote for big GOV. 2016-12-27 TU – Draw the villain first, so your listeners would know who is…

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Wins and losses of Donald Trump after the Elections

2017/09/17
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Modified: 2017/09/16
Trump Wins Losses

This article intends to list visible battles of Donald Trump after the elections on November 08-09, 2016, and rate them from +5 for a big win to -5 for a big loss. The purpose of this article is to see, if he is winning or losing overall. This is a subjective instrument to measure fluent political power.  Let’s see how someone gains or losses power by virtues of actions or non-actions.   List of Trump battles and events:  * * * January 2 0 1 7 * * * Jan 14 – At 4:50 AM Trump scolds a fake talking icon from Chicago for all words and no action.  This fake…

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14 August 29, 2010: The End – From Zurich to Boston

2017/09/15
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Modified: 2017/07/22
Gas-Station-in-Chiasso

Last Day in Europe On Sunday, August 29, we woke up in Winkel, Switzerland. [09:47] A pleasant surprise – We paid 90CHF for hotel  Landgasthof Breiti, but I was expecting something around 130 CHF. [10:14] It is  Sunday, but Airport Gas Station is opened and there are no lines. Here we paid 79.55 CHF for 48.79 litters  (1.63 CHF/L).  Let’s compare this to some prices we saw 2 days ago on a Swiss-Italian border in Chiasso. I was making this picture to compare gasoline prices later. Only now I noticed that this picture actually captures a plaque stating “Guinness World Record in High Fuel” (nel risparmio di carburante).  I have no idea,…

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Полный и Окончательный Порядок Вещей

2017/09/13
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Modified: 2017/09/10
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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13 August 28, 2010: Seewen – Rapperswil-Jona – Winkel

2017/09/11
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Modified: 2017/07/22
Rendezvous with Swiss Police

Wake up in Airolo On Saturday, August 28 we woke up in Airolo.  I had all mine and Lira’s warm clothes on me to stop the cold. I was able to delay the actual cold till September 10.   Breakfast was included, so we eat along with all the bikers, who arrived here for their festival.  That is why all the hotel were completely booked for Saturday night. Hotel Alloggio Girasole doesn’t take credit cards, so I paid for two nights in cash: 68€ and 95 CHF. [08:46] We took a couple of pictures right from the car.  You can probably see a rainbow and  a slight traffic in front of the…

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Эмоциональное Затишье

2017/09/09
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Modified: 2017/07/22
Дай же мне прожить и умереть...

Эмоциональное Затишье [Media Timeout] Перестать заливать  себя звуковым мусором.  [20:18] Объявить мараторий на новые впечатления.  Остановиться затоплять себя все новыми роликами, звуками и картинами.  Дать каркасу индивидуальности высохнуть от постоянного дождя инфомации.  Защитить себя от TV, DVD, Internet, радио, музыки, книг, болтовни, шума, voice mail, returning phone calls and emails – объявить эмоциональный штиль. Найти свою тихую гавань сплошного молчания.   Почему это важно?  Потому что ничего нового и своего не рождается на постоянно замусоренной затопленной почве.  Залитая шумом и гамом  душа перечтает воспринимать, отличать, желать нового, смотреть со стороны.  Дайте немного эмoциональной засухи. Есть нельзя перестать совсем, однако уходить в тишину на часы или недели – очень полезно. Найти свое «тихое…

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How Not to Write Professionally – Emotional System Integration

2017/09/08
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Modified: 2017/07/22
We-Help-Intergate-Your-Syst

You have all these great investments into infrastructure and software. Let’s draw a mental picture.  Infrastructure represents bridges and tunnels.  Software stands for masses of land.  But you do not really want all those islands to be indigenous.  You want all your pockets of data and applications talk to each other, or at least have capable, reliable translators along side. Everything comes in Excel nowadays.  And Oracle did a great job to integrate JD Edwards with Excel.  Information is now seamlessly flowing in and out of Excel to and out of your JD Edwards system.  Do you wish sometimes that everything would be that easy? As soon as your data leaves…

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12 August 27, 2010: St. Gotthard Pass and Lake Lucendro

2017/09/07
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Modified: 2017/07/22
Suvorov Memorial near Devil's Bridge

Next day, Friday, August 27 2010 we woke up in Swiss-Italian Airolo. During breakfast we met a Swiss couple, who traveled on the rail, because it was “free” for them. They pay over 3000 CHF per year each to use the rial system for everyday commute.  So they decided to cross Switzerland without a car – rails only.  She was originally from New York, and he was native Swiss and worked at some point back in 1990s at on factory in Krasnodar.  World is coming together at the breakfast table. The main attraction here is St. Gotthard Pass (over 2000m high) and we planned an extensive walk around all the lakes…

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