Walk

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Just decided to walk around, brought the cam along, and my fingers were not sufficiently frozen not to take pics.  Look this is just like 30 minutes, maybe two hours of walking around, maybe more or less.  Just some things I see and want to share.  My site!  I share! :-) Something yellow. Something green. Something… […]

New Hope

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Cursed little town for me…  Every time I go here something bad happens.  This time, on the way back, ran into a pothole which damaged my baby’s right-front-strut and cost me about 6-7 hours at two mechanic shops and, finally, about $600.  Well, it’s just an accident, right?  But what about the last time I […]

Snow day in Philly

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Fresh snow on the ground?  Forty degrees F?  Well, why would I not want to grab a camera and run off to take some pics, especially if friends are waiting for me across town to eat some Chinese?!  Seriously, isn’t it just unbelievably gorgeous when you have a few weeks of significantly-below-freezing weather and then […]

Philly car show

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Yes, The Philly car show.  I went with a friend (ended up being four of us).  Just a fun evening.  Haven’t been here for ages.  Matter of fact, I’ve been to only one car show and it was in Philly about 12 years ago.  Things have changed…   The surfaces are a little different, now […]

Kiev, 2015

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This is a little surprising, given that I forgot how the last time was, around here. I see people. I see living people. But I also see the snow and the fact that nobody seems to care to clean it; I see police officer eyeing my smiling mug suspiciously; I see a bulimic girl eyeing me […]

New Year’s Eve, 6-days long

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New Year’s Eve…  Something about this holiday that keeps me coming back for more…  Oh, yeah, it’s every year!  Plus, being a Russian, at heart, I tend to celebrate mostly this holiday over the other, more typical ones.  The country I grew up in—USSR—there were many Communist holidays and a handful of the ones that […]

The Big Island, Hawaii

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No, I cannot say I love Hawaii.  It’s part of the continental USA and it’s a little bit boring.  Having said that… HAWAII!!!  This is a super-welcome break from the norm and a superb trip.  I’ve been here some years ago.  It’s actually been so long ago…  I was a very different person back then… […]

Washington, DC

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This time around, the visit to DC was not out of the ordinary.  Oh, wait.  It was, I think.  I am rarely in DC not on business or on skates.  Matter of fact, I cannot recall when was the last time I was here not on either.  I think I was a kid.  I was […]

Mirror

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I’ve been wanting a zoom-mirror ever since I’ve shaved in one during a recent business trip.  Oh, you know what I am talking about, you vain person, you!  Every single problem with your face, only visible to you, is magnified 10 times so you can very easily see it :-).  Well, now I got one. […]

Hawaii, Day 1

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Finally, I’m here.  Not the biggest fan of long flights.  The sneezing neighbor, the preppy girl behind me, the oversized farter, the works!  But I got my car upgraded—major plus!  Internet test comes good.  Love these hotels…  All I had to do is call downstairs and ask for free wifi (even though it’s supposed to […]

Technology sucks!

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So, I do alot of my editing in Markdown and I am frequently not on WiFi.  Why do I have to limit myself to software that works only barely…  Blogging is a “huge” thing now with everyone having something to say about everything all the time.  So, does everyone use online editors?  Can’t there be […]

Thinking about 2015

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Spent a bit of time, walking around the city this Sunday and thinking, making plans for next year and analyzing the passing one. Always interesting for me how time changing seasons influence my mood and my level of over-analyzing the everything-that-surrounds-me. More about that in other posts, I am sure, but I think this year […]

A fall day

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Whoops! These photos are over a month old and I, only now, found them on Lightroom. You may ask, How is it that I loose photos in my own photo management software? Well, it is quite simple—I just didn’t have any time this month to do anything much with photos being busy with work projects […]

The Reason

Some conversations, given my general love of everything sports-related [doing, not watching], stir toward the topic of loosing or controlling weight. Gosh, it’s really so terribly easy it’s not even funny. You just do that. Control weight. What works for me is realizing why I wish to do that, how I want to approach this […]

Dalian

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This place…  China…  I was amazed at the way people behave and hold themselves.  I was transformed back to the country which my family fled almost 20 years ago…  I was mesmerized by the people and the culture here, still so much like my childhood in Soviet Union…  Starting from the red Pioneer ties I […]

Want to see my garden?

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My friend was nice-enough to take me on a tour of his “garden”. Just 10 kilometers outside of the city, just a few miles out of the way of the noisy traffic, crazy pedestrians, and overall insanity of a major city we find ourselves in a little haven of farmlands. I am instantly reminded of […]

Some airports…

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This is got to be the busiest airport I have ever been to… and the smells are nothing like I have ever smelled.  This was a very interesting experience.  Not to mention that my flight out was delayed by six hour; six of which I’ve spent standing, trying not to fall asleep, in a crowd […]

Why no move in?

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Perhaps there is some irony in this.  I am flying to the country that is was in economic decay for so many years, a country that could barely manage its vast population, from an airport in a dying city.  To China from Detroit.  Do you not see the irony here?  Well, I do.  But what […]

Boar’s Head in Charlottesville

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Interesting trip. Headed to Virginia for a day-long presentation. This reminds me of how amazing this country must have been for the original settlers coming here from the main land. Most of the originators of this country have settled around this area in Virginia, I suppose. Yes, I am likely wrong on the specifics, I […]

Dinner with friends

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Don’t you agree that a nice dinner with nice friends in nice?  I frequently forget how unbelievably awesome it is to go to the suburbs and share a nice home-cooked meal with friends…  This is a cornerstone of our living, of our life.  We run around, in this crazy work-life, all day and all night, […]

Osaka

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Just a short stop here to catch the buss to Nara.  The airport, as usual and as expected, is extraordinarily efficient and I’m off the plane, past security, out of the gates, and into the smoking area in all but 15 minutes.  And we have plants all over :-).  Lovely country and definitely worth a […]

Tokyo

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For how many times I have been to Tokyo… I was never there. The airport seems to be the only place for me to dwell here.  The efficiency and cleanliness of the Japanese that I will see in Nara are evident, clearly, in what I see from the airport window. Ah, water in the ashtray! […]

Nara

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Keyboard soaked in wine which I tried to emergency-clean off, keys a little sticky, still, I will try to describe to you my recent trip to Japan.  I have been to Japan before and it is amazing every time.  Every city I visit here, every restaurant, every street—everything about this place.  Japan is the “old […]

Narita cravings

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What happens to you when you remove humanity from a completely everyday situation—craving water? Just a bit over an hour ago I was running from Terminal 2 of the Narita airport in Tokyo to Terminal 1. Only 17 minutes left before boarding began, I did have about 20 minutes of walking left; but, WHOA!, there […]

Australia, Geelong, Victoria

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Well, I was here on business and spent quite a bit of time working.  Roughly 12-hour days, actually.  I was left alone on Saturday so I did have a chance to walk around quite a bit, check out different things this city has to offer.  Ah, I’m just making excuses for only rolling a 59-second […]

Layover in Canada

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This is an absolutely wonderful airport. I have, unfortunately, never been here before. I am most surprised and very happily intrigued. I am, as we all are, greeted with a wonderful rainbow, somehow symbolizing the unity of one and all.  I’ve seen that somewhere before ;-) The place is full of iPads.  I really like […]

Goodbye, cruel world

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Indeed, it has been a while since I have traveled to Asia.  My last trip here changed the course of my life for a few years and, in a way, really fucked me up, perhaps in a good way, who knows… On this particular rainy day I woke up at 8:05 am—alarm was originally set […]

Philly in May

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Just went for a walk. This is a late spring / early summer in Philly.  The real flowers re just starting and the early flowers are already starting to off. Beautiful day full of colors and things.  I thought you might enjoy the walkthrough as I did.  I got some thinking done as well.  Thinking […]

Wilmington, Delaware

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Well, this was a very interesting afternoon, most assuredly so.  A friend invited to me to Wilmington, Delaware.  “Wilmington?!”—I thought.  Actually, this be the one nearby city I have been… avoiding?… skipping?… never-making-to-for-no-reason?… You know, you live right next to a big city, which considers itself your “suburb” and you never visit.  Every time I […]

Building a nest

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Oh, the lengths we go to, trying to build a nest. Published in Nature, this open-access article talks about large circular structures pufferfish build, just to attract the opposite sex. …male pufferfishes (Torquigener sp., Tetraodontidae) constructed large geometric circular structures on the seabed that played an important role in female mate choice. Males dug valleys […]

Moonset and sunrise in Kiev

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So, I  am still jet-lagged and can’t sleep in the morning.  Woke up at around 5:30am and, since I could think of nothing better to do, I set my cam on a balcony railing to do a quick timelapse of moon going down on the horizon.  I blame my poor Engrish for the funny I […]

Australia, Tasmania, 2013

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Preparations Last day at work, presentations almost done, plans almost made, packing list half-done, packing itself not even started. I don’t like traveling, I just like *arriving* :-). Packing takes time and I always overpack! Except my last trip to Chicago. So, this is the moment of truth. I will be at home in less […]

Australia, 2013

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Australia… What can I say? I’ve been to the edge of the world here. Funny, but people speak English at the edge of the world :-). It’s a bit of a dialect, different than any other English dialect I have heard, most similar to Scottish version. I can understand them, however, unlike the Scotts. This […]

Brigantine, NJ 2013

Believe it or not, but it’s been quote some time since I’ve been to the Atlantic Ocean, at least the one nearby Philly. Quote possibly it’s been over two years since I’ve been there.  The ocean is a bit dirty and definitely is cold.  So I never go… Well, I was talking to a few […]

15-minute Kettlebell workout

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So, I’ve been lifting my kettlebell every morning for about two weeks now.  To be honest, I skip some mornings so I do this after I get from work; but, anyway.  My first simple Google search was “15-minute kettlebell workout”.  One of the top links was from Men’s Health mag.  They really like words like […]

Selecting a new workout

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I frequently get asked how to choose a right workout. I do not know the answer. I am not a pro athlete or a personal trainer. I have the same resources as you do and I have access to the same stores. Yesterday evening I read an article about the benefit of a morning kettle […]

Wisconsin, 2013

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So I took a day to visit my good friends in Wisconsin.  One of my first publications is with Alexey and we keep reasonably close contact for the last 10+ years.  He just doesn’t seem to change and neither does his wife; their daughter, however, is no longer 12… she’s 21.  WOW!  That was a […]

Pullups and plank morning routine

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So, for a while I’ve been doing pullups every morning, trying to improve my strength.  Well, I’ve noticed that my form is quite a bit off.  I decided it’s time to get off high count and go back to lower reps but improve my form/technique.  But what else to do in the morning?  Just pullups? […]

Chicago, 2013

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So, I went to Chicago.  I had some work to do there but I had a chance to walk around downtown and skate a bit as well.  I think Chicago is one of the best cities in US, given all the rest of the variables.  Sorry I had too little time to cover the city […]

UIC, 11 years after

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This was an interesting weekend, anyway you look at it. I did take a few hours to walk around the streets of my old alma mater — University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC. Well, I was a bit shocked at my own feelings about all of this; for this reason this particular post might be […]

Skate DC, 2013

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So, this weekend was the Skate DC event.  I had very many things on my plate so I was only, unfortunately, able to make ONE skate — the first one on Friday evening.  Still, it is an absolutely awesome time and a great crowd!  I will definitely be back next year [hopefully this time I […]

Spring in Philadelphia

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I was traveling quite a bit lately and missed the beginning of Spring in Philly.  Well, I cannot fix that but I can grab a camera and pretend these are the first days of Spring. Now, why put this post in the “Travel” category?  Well, if I was looking at these photos I would get […]

Nicaragua, 2013 (part 2)

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April 17th, On the way to Masaya, Granada We are heading to a more touristy place.  Can’t wait.  I just might meet cute girls [spoiler: none!]. Speaking of that, meet my “condom”.  You buy a bottle of Pepsi in a glass bottle.  They show it to you and then pour it into a plastic bag […]