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    Had happiness ever creeped up on you?

    16th February 2010

    mountain lake: inner peace“We only value what we loose”, they say.

    Fortunately, I haven’t lost anything valuable, and don’t plan to. However, I did come to realize that false leads may and actually do obscure some simple happiness bits we fail to notice in our everyday life. Especially when that happiness comes from someone close, someone you literally got used to as to something inseparable from your life – but still fail to give value to.

    Take care of your happiness and inner peace – do stop sometimes to thank and praise and value the oh-so-inseparable people around you.

    Copyrights note: this is not my image, and I do not know who is the proper copyrights holder. It is used here for illustrative non-profit purposes, with a proper disclaimer. Contact me if you own the copyright and wish this image removed.

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    Typealyzer: blog personality type

    1st January 2009

    Came across typealyzer, which allows to “determine” the blog author personality.

    Mine is ESTJ – The Guardians:
    brain-activity

    The organizing and efficient type. They are especially attuned to setting goals and managing available resources to get the job done. Once they┬┤ve made up their mind on something, it can be quite difficult to convince otherwise. They listen to hard facts and can have a hard time accepting new or innovative ways of doing things.

    The Guardians are often happy working in highly structured work environments where everyone knows the rules of the job. They respect authority and are loyal team players.

    Typealyzer currently supports only English and Swedish blogs.

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    What is important in life

    19th June 2008

    It has been over 18 months, since I started this post. As a result, it has gone through some (though not really extensive) internal reviews and modifications. I have no doubts there will be more comebacks and reviews and edits to this topic.

    On Sunday, the 10th of December, 2006, the grandmother of my wife died – almost three days after she had a cardiac infarction.

    She was a kind, calm, warm-hearted old woman. She was just a little bit over 79 years old.

    What did she leave behind?

    She had brought up and educated her children and grandchildren to be People. None of her offspring went the way of crimes, or even disrespect towards others. The likes of her children could form a quasi-ideal ethical society, with no exaggeration – given she would be able to teach and bring up all of them.

    She served the society well, working as a psychotherapist at a hospital. She helped people regain peace of mind, she cured mental diseases in the best way she could. She happened to meet her old-time patients in the street from time to time, and they expressed gratitude for her help.

    She left a memory of a good, reliable, helpful person. This memory lives with all the people who were lucky to know her.

    ———

    Death is the final evaluation for the person’s deeds during life.

    What are the measures for this evaluation? What is really important? What matters after death?

    First, it appeared to me that human memories are what matters. Memories of good deeds, memories of helping others, memories of being valuable for the society and mankind. “To put the mark on history” and “to be placed on record” are the expressions of the desire to have people remember someone even after death.
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    Do not buy at the BamBook internet-shop

    5th May 2007

    BamBook is a Kyiv-based internet shop.

    On the 28th of February, 2007, I ordered a book from them, and paid for it with a credit card at the time of order. Soon I had a confirmation email, which said that the book will be delivered not later than the 16th of March (they promise 10-working-days delivery, so the date looked fine).

    At the end of March, after writing several emails to BamBook, they responded with an official-looking “sorry for delay” and “we’ll do our best to deliver soon”.

    After calling them on the 3rd of April I came to know that they at the moment actually do not have the book I ordered. They asked if I’m willing to wait for around two weeks, so that they “try” to order that book and then (add 10 working days) deliver it to me. I said NO, I WANT MY MONEY BACK with that kind of service you have! OK, they said.

    Nothing changed until April, 23. So I called them again. They promised to return money again.

    Another call was on the 3rd of May. They said that “refund is being processed”. I hope you imagine what kind of a company they are, if a simple refund processing requires whole month to be complete… or not complete, as nothing changed as of today, the 5th of May.

    Update: as of May, 27, there are no changes, despite some more efforts put into getting anything from this real crappy Bambook internet-shop.

    Conclusion: avoid BamBook internet-shop at all costs. Better go give your money to the beggar on the street – faster, with no troubles, and no waiting for anything.

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    What kind of English I speak

    26th December 2006

    Generally I try to speak British English, West London dialect. Well, I tried at school – now much more Americanisms can be spotted in my speech.

    I came across the test which tries to find out what kind of American English you speak. Here are my results:

    45% General American English
    30% Yankee
    10% Dixie
    10% Upper Midwestern
    0% Midwestern

    Looks like my British English is quite a mix of American English dialects :)

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