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skywatching [Jul. 27th, 2016|10:48 pm]
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Tonight's skywatching session was a success with three expected objects: Saturn, Mars and passing ISS, and two unexpected ones: Iridium flare (at -5.5, wow oh so bright), and a meteor. The latter was an especial delight, and had a bright red trail.
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kids can see into the future [Apr. 22nd, 2016|09:00 am]
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when I was a kid I quite often mixed words "photocamera" and "telephone". little did I know that after 20+ years those devices would be combined into a single one (or did I?). another mixup I had was "telly" and "fridge", so lo and behold we have refrigerators coming with LCD screens for quite a while.

I only realized both of those facts now.
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72 days with Uber are over [Aug. 30th, 2015|10:56 pm]
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I learned:
1. You can hire Uber-X car in Seatac, you just need to put a pin at closest hotel and call the driver. They mostly know the trick.
2. Uber takes 20% of what you pay. But there are additional fees which you pay for separately, so the driver gets less than 80% of what you pay.
3. Sometimes you get an Uber moment (when the car is just there when you tap the button) and sometimes you have to wait twice as long as the time predicted by the app.
4. Financially:
trips: 74
total: $963
median trip: $11.75
per-day: $13.38
which is a bit less than $17.13/day I was paying while leasing.
5. Most of Lyft cars are shabbier than Uber-X. Some Uber-X cars are really nice, but some are ok-ish.
6. Leasing a new car takes only a few hours.
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Iceland [Jul. 9th, 2015|11:02 pm]
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My most recent vacation was in Iceland (mostly Reykjavik, but also Golden Circle, which is a day tour with weakly defined destination). Well, Reykjavik turned out to be about the size of Eastwood Mall Bellevue. More importantly, Reykjavik center turned out to be the size of Downtown Bellevue, complete with a park, art museum and "big black building" (20+ floors for Expedia building in Bellevue, and 4 floors in Reykjavik).

The tallest building in Reykjavik is the church.
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bye bye Leaf [Jun. 16th, 2015|10:56 pm]
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Today my two years lease matured and I returned my Nissan Leaf back to the dealership after driving 10700 miles in it. Having a fully electric car was an interesting experience, and I definitely enjoyed countless almost silent accelerations at stop lights blowing past occasional BMW in a next lane, or the fact that I almost didn't have to pay for gas (my total 'gas' bill for two years: $75).

At the same time, that wasn't the cheapest option, in total my TCO ended up being $17.13/day or $1.17/mile. Some details insideCollapse )
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dream test [Sep. 15th, 2014|08:35 am]
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In a dream I read some sentences from a book and was surprised that they didn't change on a second read (even made some forgotten sense). Then I noticed that author's name changed.
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are you dreaming or not [Jul. 2nd, 2014|06:12 am]
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this morning I've recalled one of the hints people use to determine if they are dreaming or not: look at the clock and see whether the time makes sense.

it didn't.

80:90 is not the time I would normally see when I'm awake. even upside down.
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(no subject) [Jun. 29th, 2014|12:12 pm]
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haven't posted to lj for a while... well, was too busy making the teapot and the cup to drink my tea from:
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Der Ring des Nibelungen [Aug. 26th, 2013|12:36 am]
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Just came home from watching that in Seattle Opera. Amazing production. Great to see the whole cycle in a single week.
Four operas...Collapse )
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another thing I missed [Aug. 19th, 2013|11:23 pm]
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10 years of my lifejournal. 650 entries, 10 times more comments. I think I need an activity diagram..
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x-post, after another year [May. 6th, 2013|11:43 pm]
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Context Read more...Collapse )
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xpost [Dec. 11th, 2012|08:22 am]
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My liberal translation to Russian of some fables from a book Management for Cannibals: how to become Chief Eating Officer.
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Venus transit [Jun. 6th, 2012|12:16 am]
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Venus is (almost) on the same line as two larger sunspots:
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icanride [May. 20th, 2012|01:49 pm]
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After a scary test under rainy conditions I can go and get my motorcycle endorsement. Time for celebratory lunch.
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brace yourself! eclipse is coming [May. 12th, 2012|09:17 am]
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While focused at upcoming Venus Transit I almost missed the fact that there is going to be annual solar eclipse visible in Pacific States.
May 20, 5pm-7:30pm PDT be under clear skies!

Don't forget proper eye protection, like this glasses (I can't stop promoting g+, can I)?
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x-post [May. 7th, 2012|11:42 pm]
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shocking photo!Collapse )
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Venus Transit 2012 [Mar. 23rd, 2012|05:43 pm]
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Follow my quest on Google Plus. I guess they show more results if you are logged in...
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unfinished in 2011 [Jan. 1st, 2012|06:07 pm]
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1. list of things unfinished in 2011.
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fairness problem: results [Dec. 13th, 2011|12:17 am]
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I totally forgot about the problem I posted a while ago (getting my social fix from g+). I think the problem is not mathematical, but is ethical.

Anyway, results are in, I counted each response separately:
$0 - 3
bottle of beer ($2 value) - 1
$10 - 5
$15 - 3
$20-$25 - 1
$30 - 1
would not share (infinite price) - 2


$20 is surprisingly missing from answers, meanwhile each coupon is as good as having "$20 off" printed on it, which I think has a value of $20. Imagine that you got "$20 off" coupons for free, and now you can spend $30 dollars to get to the spa thrice. "Coupons are money" (Everybody loves Raymond).
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fairness problem [Nov. 6th, 2011|10:28 am]
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All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons (living or dead), companies (currently in existence or out of business), or business models (viable or insane) is purely coincidental.

Suppose you are a frequent visitor to Panya spa. Recently you purchased a Crupon 'three days of spa for a price of one' for $30 and received 3 daily (unmarked) coupons which can be used within a year. Regular day pass is $30. Two friends of yours are regulars at the spa as well, but they missed on Crupon opportunity. If you are to share two of your coupons with them, what would be a fair compensation from your friends?

comments are screened to protect the innocent but will be opened later
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connectivity [Aug. 20th, 2011|05:44 am]
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neither g+ nor fb work from my hotel in beijing. too tired to figure out workarounds. had a great walk around, but could not get to any museums - everything is closed by 4pm, and I only woke up from my after flight sleep at 12.
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ragnar relay [Jul. 23rd, 2011|11:28 pm]
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Forgot I was going to run Ragnar Relay? I didn't.

On my goals:
  1. Oh yeah!
  2. Totally
  3. Failed miserably
Posting in LJ didn't help to train more regularly. Between finishing up ('launching' as it is called, that's when real works starts) Google+ Hangouts and iliotibial band injury which resurfaced from last year I only did a few additional runs.

My Ragnar Relay details on google+.
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achievement unlocked [Jun. 23rd, 2011|11:34 pm]
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name a member variable 'frob' (in production code).
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(no subject) [Jun. 16th, 2011|07:44 pm]
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1. Laphroaig Quarter Cask, 0.75l is $54.95(+tax) in WA.
2. Laphroaig Quarter Cask, 1.00l is CAD55 in Canadian duty free ($55.75).
3. Profit!
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running in DT park [Jun. 8th, 2011|10:24 pm]
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Today I ran in downtown park. Even though the plaque used to claim 0.5 miles (I didn't see it this time around) my second measurement on the map was 0.47, thus in my 8 laps I ran 3.7 miles, practically 6km.

Amazingly enough my stats were almost exactly the same as my last 4 miles.

Running such short laps gets old pretty quickly. I don't think I would be able to do 5 miles there.
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