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Osho books.

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

I enjoy reading Osho’s books, even though they do get repetitive (for a good reason), here are some thoughts about them.
Freedom: The Courage to Be Yourself (Insights for a New Way of Living Series)

Freedom. This book introduced me to a few interesting concepts: “freedom for”, and “three dimensions of freedom”. Given that for Osho (and I agree with him) freedom is the ultimate goal, the topic of freedom is a very important topic. Surprisingly I was thinking very little about this topic before (yet another stab into self-hypocrisy). Great read.

Joy: The Happiness That Comes from Within (Osho, Insights for a New Way of Living.)

Joy. Yet, another good read. If you understand the difference between pleasure, happiness, and joy, there is no need to read the book. If you do not know what is the opposite of joy, or how pain and pleasure are connected, then, please, read the book.

Intuition: Knowing Beyond Logic

Intuition. Taxonomy of bases for our actions: instinct, intellect, and intuition. The differences and similarities between these methods are explained. A very good book to read for a scientist.

Meditation: The First and Last Freedom

Meditation. Different meditation techniques with some explanation of why and how they work. An amusing read, but I am not sure that it is fully applicable to our times.

The Holy

Monday, October 5th, 2009

The HolyThe Holly by Daniel Quinn.

I was and is greatly impressed with Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Hence, I am trying hard to find the same greatness in his other books by comparing them to Ishmael. I understand, though, that every work must be judged by itself and not as a clone of something else. Still, it seems to me, that all of the Daniel’s books, I have read, do touch the similar subjects and talk about the same messages. Surprisingly, each time, the author finds very different angles to deliver the messages, which is very entertaining.

The Holy did not impress me as something exceptional. It did not provide the comprehensive picture of the environment and did not even hinted into the direction of how the environment can be explained. The notion of “them” vs “us” is an old one and is well popularized by Matrix movies. But Matrix does show how this separation came about, why it was possible, and where it would lead. I failed to grasp that reading The Holy. The book, of course, is well written and reminded me of Master and Margarita by Bulgakov. Still I found myself waiting for something more until the very end of the book. In my opinion, the last few chapters of the book contained the important things, which were not really explored during the rest of the book.


Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

A friend of mine gave me his unicycle to play with (thanks Bruno). Learning how to ride a unicycle turned out to be a very interesting experience. I was told that it takes about 10 hours for a 10 year old to learn how to ride a unicycle. That prompted me to time myself. I have spent 7.5 hours on the unicycle, which allowed me to learn how to get on it and start moving.

I even created a short video that explains how to mount the unicycle. I share my opinion about how the mounting process goes and what mistakes I did while learning.

I highly recommend learning to ride a unicycle to everyone. It is a challenging, but fun activity.

US airways

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I could not resist but to mention about changes that happen to the US airways (and may be other airlines). I was surprised to find out that we had to pay for checking in bags, which means it was not included in the price, which seems a way to lower the visible ticket price without lowering the actual ticket price. Then, the blankets on the airplane must have been paid for. Making people to pay for food on a two hour flight is understandable, but cranking up (or down) the air conditioner to freezing temperature and then charging people for blankets is a little over the top.

Grand Bahama Island

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I came back from my honey-week at Grand Bahama Island. Me and my wife stayed at Sheraton hotel on Lucaya Beach. The hotel was nice. The people were very nice and friendly all around the island. The weather was wonderful. We did a lot of snorkeling over the corals. We saw a hawksbeak turtle, squids, barracudas and many other fish. Diving through blue holes was fun, even though we were allowed to do it only in inactive blue holes. We also enjoyed looking at other wildlife, such as birds, crabs, and lizards.

We can recommend visiting Zorba a Greek restaurant in the Market Place. The food was good and lunch prices were very affordable. Trying fresh conch salad is a must, though!

I would recommend visiting Grand Bahama Island for a week, we did most of all available tours that they offer. We found all the required information about tours, food, and maps in What-to-do magazine that is freely available everywhere on the island.

Online check-in for an airline

Monday, August 17th, 2009

I did not know that because of how the airline ticketing system works, there is no space between middle initial and the first name. No need to panic, it is okay if your first name has an extra letter… or so they say. I will let you know if they let us on the airplane.

CMSimple to wordpress

Friday, August 14th, 2009

I’ve imported some of my previous posts from CMSimple to wordpress. Thanks to Zack Preble and some quick scripting with perl. Luckily I was using a simple format that allowed me to quickly convert the articles of interest.

It’s a long time

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

It have been a long time since I’ve posted here. Time flies by very quickly… But… I’ve created a new project for automation of experiments: Experiment Wizard.


Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

A very nice video called Story of Stuff. Twenty minutes of reminders can do only good. The video is aimed for US population, but it applies to every civilized person. A nice visualization of not so nice picture.

Microwave ovens and health

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

These are a few links about microwave hazards:
The Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking
Microwave ovens destroy the nutritional value of your food
Does Plastic in Microwave Pose Health Problems?
The conclusion is simple: given a choice it’s better not to use microwave ovens.