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    Marry Christmas and a happy New Year!

    25th December 2006

    I wish all of you, that the next year be better than the previous.

    Let it be the year of peace, development and prosperity!

    Let humanity think ahead, not cure the symptoms or fix consequences.

    Here’s some snow for you, if you lack it.


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    Should wives entertain husbands?

    12th December 2006

    Recently (November, 30) I posted a poll in the left sidebar, asking “Should wives entertain husbands?”.
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    Flag as a symbol of language – usability or convenience?

    23rd October 2006

    Probably a month ago I came across this forum thread (which, in turn, references original article), where the idea of using a country flag on the web-site to represent one of the site’s language versions is discussed in terms of ‘stupidity’ and ‘insult’. Fortunately, in the forum thread, there are also sound comments, which do show the inconsistency of the idea that flags must not be used as language shortcuts.

    Adding my five cents, I should note the following:
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    Perfecting foreign language skills

    17th October 2006

    While at school, I was perfecting my English skills – improving pronunciation, learning grammar and spelling. When I had to go abroad, I felt good about talking with almost no accent; when some people happened to talk unclearly, I considered this to be their problem, not mine – because I was talking good.

    Yesterday, travelling by train from Medyka to Gliwice (in Poland), I needed to ask at what time does the train stop in Gliwice (it’s not the final destination of the train). Thankfully, there was a man from Ukraine travelling to Wroclaw (which is further in the train’s route), and he gave me a Ukrainian-Polish phrase book. I managed to construct the phrase which actually asks what I need. Then I went to the guard’s accommodation, and asked the question.
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    On the importance of early detecting your main interest and inclinations

    2nd August 2006

    This essay is primarily targeted at the teenagers up to 17 years old, but can also be helpful for up to 25 years (in the extreme cases). I did realize the things I am describing here quite late – only somewhere in the third year of my bachelor diploma studies. The following text is based on my own experience, and may not be appropriate for everyone.

    From my early childhood, I did not want to specialize. I just didn’t like the idea of doing only some limited portion of work, when there are so many interesting things to do. Becoming a specialist a priori seemed the way to boring life, because as a specialist you must do only the small subset of things related to you profession.

    Opposite to becoming specialized in some field, I imagined doing that and this for some short periods of time, and eventually becoming a ‘specialist in everything’ (which pretty much equals to a ‘specialist in nothing particular’).
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