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

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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 […]

Nicaragua, 2013 (part 1)

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We were sitting at a bar with Eugene and Anastasiia, this was my third event that day so I was already happy.  Eugene was talking to me about this trip he wanted to take to someplace called Nicaragua.  I have never been there.  Matter of fact, I’ve always wanted to go to Africa.  Of course […]

A day in Philadelphia

This weekend I went to an opera with a friend.  Just walked around the city, meeting up with friends, enjoying life.  Great day, but a bit chilly.  Well, I figured I’d bring a camera with.  But I cannot go on shooting without an assignment, can I?  Well, let’s make one up then, shall we?  Today’s […]

Pullups

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We’re all a little bit chubby. Well, if we are at all healthy that is. I’ve been trying to monitor my weight for a while now, five-six years at this point. I’ll start adding some articles here, which I think could be useful to either explain something to you, teach you, or change your mind […]

KSP in Houston, TX, 2012

So, a few great friends invited me for a Russian camping/singing/… event over in Texas.  Right at the same time US Airways was bombarding me with emails about all the points I’ve accumulated so I just decided to take a flight.  With all the fees only cost me $30 [well, plus all the points]. Aside […]

London, U.K., 2012

Last on my U.K. travel list was London.  I’ve been to Heathrow many times but never set foot in this wonderful city.  Yes, I’ve heard of shitty food, ugly people with bad attitude, and crappy weather; but I wanted to see this for myself.  Well, London did not disappoint me — everything as-described. Slightly crooked […]

Liverpool, U.K., 2012

From the first moment, the rainy Liverpool looked interesting to me.  Definitely the type of place that carries stories upon stories within its walls. Why is there all this junkfood on the driver seat?  Oh, … yeah… this is the passenger seat.  Still. Houses and the local paint choice. Flowers, again, are all over U.K. […]

York, U.K., 2012

Continuing with my travel observations from United Kingdom, I now stop in York for a few days.  Jumping ahead, let me tell you, York is the absolute best town in U.K. that I have visited — York has everything from small and cozy restaurants, to fashionable tourist traps, to history, to interesting people; not to […]

Edinburgh, U.K., 2012

Edinburgh is, apparently, part of Scotland.  On this trip I realized the meaning of the word “united” in “United Kingdom” — they are really separate countries and cultures that decided to join under one Queen.  Otherwise, the cultures are completely different from each other as are the languages.  Can’t understand Scottish accent for the life […]

Rhode Island, 2012

So, every two years we travel to the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and since few years back to the Gordon Keenan Research Seminar (GRS) attached to this conference.  This time around the conference was at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.  Well, what can I say?  Excellent conference, exciting presentations, good connections, etc. Since Rhode Island […]

France, 2012

I was in France last week [in case you were trying to unsuccessfully reach me] for the 4th International Conference on Plasma Medicine (ICPM-4).  Excellent event and very well-put-together by my colleagues in Orleans; but this post is not about that.  I did have very little free time which I attempted to spend walking around […]

Washington, DC, 2012

During my recent Skate DC trip I walked around Washington, DC.  Beautiful city and extraordinarily clean.  People, though, did not seem to be too friendly to strangers, very much unlike Illinois where I just got back from. Anyway, I highly recommend for you to visit our Capitol.  There are very many people at work, keeping […]

Illinois, 2012

Again, twice in two weeks I endup in Illinois and again I have the same general set of observations.  The place is flat and the people are friendly :-) I, somehow, notice alot more trains in these rural areas.  Perhaps it is just me but… well… there just seems to be quite alot of trains. […]

Indiana and Illinois, 2012

Last week I was in University of Illinois for a short visit.  I have not been to midwest in a while and forgot how flat it is over there. Highways are well-paved and clean, barely any bumps.  A+, Indiana. Vast open spaces, filled with grass and cornfields.  One can easily fall asleep behind the wheel […]