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Tue, Mar. 11th, 2008, 09:07 pm

Swapped the 20 inches of snow in Columbus for the 20° F in New Hampshire. How awesome...

Wed, Jan. 16th, 2008, 07:42 pm
The splendid Nicolai Ghiaurov

Tue, Jan. 1st, 2008, 02:19 pm
Stalking made easy

I have this habit of googling myself (or other people :P) once in a while, and I am sure a lot of you do this as well. Well, apparently you don't even have to do that much trouble to stalk people. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you http://spock.com.

Here's what popped up in a google search, to my amazement:

http://www.spock.com/Jordan-Marvakov-jSK5s1vD

Just to clarify, I haven't been associated with this place in any way up to now. Apparently, it had autonomously picked up the relevant tags from the Internet. Apparently, there are other crawlers that do similar things: http://www.zoominfo.com, for one.

Tue, Jul. 10th, 2007, 07:43 pm
Няма такъв филм

Уверен съм, че всички с роден език български ще оценят комичния потенциал на копираната по долу статия македонския вестник "Вест":

Без превод: „Манијак штипе за цицки и бега"
http://news.ibox.bg/news/id_384457570

Манијак на возраст од околу триесет и пет години, среде бел ден ги напаѓа девојките и жените низ центарот на Скопје, ги фаќа за интимните делови од телото и во секунда бега назад.

Изминатите две недели голем број припаднички на понежниот пол се пожалија дека релативно млад маж со костенлива кратко истрижена коса, ги фаќа за градите или за задникот, ги стиска до болка и бега со голема брзина.
Оние што го сретнале, велат дека често е облечен во бел дрес, се движи многу брзо и прави големи чекори.

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Thu, Jun. 7th, 2007, 04:53 pm
Dentists

1 hour and 4 dead nerves later I am the proud owner of my second root canal. I am at least happy I was recommended a good dentist. The emergeny one, who treated me initially, took a phone call while working on my tooth and put the temporary fillin in place with this thumb *shiver*

Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007, 08:45 am

One can find funny things scouring around the Internet. Here is something eltirno, among others, will appreciate, a reminder of the once-glorious Reverend Ostap ibn Ibrahim Suleiman Berta-Maria Benderbey, Jr.


To Those Who Try To Save Me

by Ostap Bender Jr.


Dear potential saviours,

I would like to inform you that at the moment I cannot satisfy your kind request to join your denomination. I understand that you might be disappointed by my decision, but I have several compelling reasons that do not allow me to be saved just yet.

First, in your highly commendable attempt to show me the Truth, you must have overlooked the lack of any factual evidence to support your version of it. Sadly, the referrences to your Holy Scripture proved to be nothing but a circular argument. You claim that they have a divine origin, and support it with statements from the Books themselves. The only proof of the truth of these statements from the Books is the alleged infallibility of the Book, since it is of divine origin. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable to a reasonable mind of the end of the 20th century.

Second, you failed to bring any proof of validity of your particular denomination over any other faiths and beliefs, whose representatives also contacted me with regard to my salvation. All religious sources claim supernatural events having happened, thus proving their and only their correctness. Should these be true, which is doubtful (see previous paragraph), they obviously cancel each other, or overlap. Therefore, either ALL religions are true, which gives me no reason to prefer your denomination over others, or none of the applicant faiths are valid, which forces me to reject all Salvation attempts.

Third, I have noticed a strong disagreement between the values your religion apparently holds important and the practices followed by adepts of your faith. Sadly, there appears to be no difference in crime rate, prejudices, and intolerance levels among various religious groups. Therefore, no claims of superior morality by one religion or other are valid.

These are just some of the reasons why your application to save my soul has been found unsatisfactory. I do hope that in time you will improve your standing by adding feasibility to your beliefs. I would recommend to remove a supreme being as a notion that cannot be reasonably proven; to be more tolerant toward people and groups who do not share your beliefs; and to include provisions about respecting others' freedom of mind. Unfortunately, such improvements to your religion will cause it to stop being one, and will make proselytising a totally useless occupation.

I remain truly yours,

Ostap Bender Jr.

Sun, Jun. 3rd, 2007, 11:52 pm

The Jesus will save you! Today!

Sun, Jun. 3rd, 2007, 07:38 pm

The funeral of Uladzimir Katkouski, a Belarussian journalist, and as fine a young man as you can meet, was held yesterday in Minsk. In LJ, he was known as rydel23 and baleslau.

It feels weird. We used to drink our Thursday beer in the same bar not so long ago. Even though he wasn't as close friend as he might have been to others, it is hard not to appreciate what he has done for his native Belarus in the last 6 or 7 years. His two major projects, http://www.pravapis.org and recently http://www.svaboda.org are major hubs of the Belarusian Internet community. He also kept a popular blog at http://www.br23.net.

He was injured as a bystander of a collision between a fire truck and a tram last June in Prague, an accident in which his wife Jonada, also an AUBG graduate, lost a leg. Life is cruel and random sometimes.

Rest in peace, Vova.

Tue, Jan. 16th, 2007, 12:53 am

You know you're an economist when... you look at the menu and think, "This place has become cheaper - the prices haven't changed."

Sun, Oct. 1st, 2006, 12:15 pm

I figured out maybe an update is due, even though I haven't even read anything here for a while. Either way, I am in Luxembourg for a year, on an internship. You get pictures whenever I manage to figure out that web album creation tool, and if you're in the area - come visit.

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