Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
From the "critical and rational thinking " department:
Seven Warning Signs of Bogus ScienceThe most important discovery of modern medicine is not vaccines or antibiotics, it is the randomized double-blind test, by means of which we know what works and what doesn't.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
This teddy bear is almost as old as I am. He was one of my first toys and my very first tool. Long before I learnt how to walk, I used him as a makeshift ladder to climb out of the baby cage in the back yard. My mother found me happily crawling around and exploring (something I enjoy doing to this day - exploring, I mean :) ). It took her a while to figure how on earth I got out of the cage :).
Thank you mom for providing me my first tool, keeping it safe all these years and sending me this picture to remind me of it. I love you.
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Friday, September 16, 2016
Monday, September 05, 2016
If that truck was really coming my way there would be no chance to avoid becoming its hood ornament, even if I had both hands on the handlebar (which I didn't, left was holding the camera that took the picture :) ). Very scary and sobering thought.
Total fuel consumed: 225L
Average fuel consumption: 4.33L/100Km (54.3MPG)
Average distance per day: ~700Km
Longest day: ~1150Km
Shortest day: ~330Km
12.269 - 12
Ergo, boosted by valuable input and encouragement from a dear friend, I'll make an effort to do the harder thing - keep it all in one place and share it with the world at large from here. Since blogging by nature does not encourage dialogue (I welcome and cherish all feedback, but it's not like any of it can turn into a ten page forum type discussion) and I don't want to become an Internet hermit I'll post mostly my own experiences and impressions. I'll be happy if folks like it, but even if no one even visits the blog I'll still be happy to create it - if for no other reason than to relive my experiences as I write about them.
So, from now on this blog will replace any and all Internet forums when it comes to ride/trip reports, sharing my direct experiences and similar musings. I will link to blog posts from various forums as I see fit.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
I stand guilty of watching "Spartacus" on Netflix. It's a commic-strip like view of ancient times with overabundance of violence (blood the consistency of cranberry juice spilled by the gallons with plenty of guts and heads flying around). It's also full of full frontal nudity and all sorts of sex just short of hard-core pornography. The plot is relatively plausible and fairly gripping, characters pretty one-dimensional but mostly believable and decently acted.
All in all, nothing to write a blog entry about except for the language used in the series. Although it's just an attempt at portraying how the ancient Romans would sound if they spoke English instead of Latin (you know: "Alea iacta est.", which means "I think, therefore I am." :) ), I find it quite entertaining at times. It's just as explicit as the sex and violence, but there are often sentences that are worth remembering. If for nothing else, than to confuse an opponent in an Internet argument :). Take this one, for example, spoken by Julius Caesar (played by an actor who looks and acts nothing like the Julius Caesar we know, but who's to say he wasn't exactly like that :) ):
"Cut circle with straightest line and give voice to what you would have of me."
To translate, "Cut the crap and tell me what you want.".
Sounds much better in EngLatin, doesn't it? :)
Here are some other ones:
Fall from sight!
Tread path of more direct route and arrive at point.
You mistake intent.
Fall to reason.
I will share more as I come across them :).