Thursday, November 20, 2008
The fourth one was the trickiest of all, in my opinion. This one required waiting until tomorrow ("jutro je pametnije od večeri" - morning is smarter than the evening), to do it, but once you figure out the logic, it really makes sense.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
But, as usually happens, life got in the way and so the number 50000 stayed far beyond my reach. But I did start, what was much more than I've ever done before. And I did have confidence, will, ideas, filled pages. And I did make a resolution to finish by next November.
November is yet again underway. Last year I had a strong intention to do it. This year I had a strong intention to try it. Guess how I'm doing?
But I'm not giving up. There is still enough November left. And there will be other Novembers - maybe as soon as this December. And I know that I will make it. And soon too!
Monday, November 03, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
I have thought about not publishing this post because someone (not very unlike myself) might argue about my taste in TV program; but then I've decided that anyone who does know where this song is from has watched exactly the same thing as I have and thus have no right to judge me.
So here is this beautiful love song. In this world that is becoming colder by the minute, we all surely need something heart-warming to keep us going.
Anyway, people I know that want to start doing origami often ask what type of paper to use. The answer is simple, but not if you live in my country where origami paper is everything BUT the real origami paper. I've seen many types of paper cut in roughly square shape passed off as origami paper in stationery stores. Paper for origami - perhaps. Origami paper - no way.
For me this is disappointing, but more disappointing would be if anyone would give up origami for the lack of one and only true paper. That would be their loss (and a huge one if you ask me).
So what can we do, what can we use?
My advice is: use your brain and your imagination, use what is at your hand and make the best of it. Paper cut from Avon's catalogues is no worse than any other. It's colorful and glossy, flexible, it can be cut in a fairly big square and holds a shape pretty good. If you don't have anything better, this is quite satisfactory. To exchange vanity for aesthetics, in my opinion, is not a bad trade at all.
Judge for yourselves.
(models in this photo: Tulip and leaf - Thai traditional model, Conally Vase - by Tom Conally)
Saturday, July 05, 2008
But crying can sometimes confuse people around us. When it's unexpected. One minute you're laughing. The next, tears are puring down your cheeks. At a moment like that it is great to have someone around you. A special someone to comfort you and care for you. To make you feel sheltered and safe. But the best thing of all is when you have someone you don't have to explain yourself to. Someone that knows how and knows why without asking. Someone who knows your soul and your heart. Someone who will be there, no questions asked and whose arms will let you know that they understand.
It is a rare and wondrous thing. I feel so blessed to have it.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Today I went with my family to the cemetery to visit the family crypt and to honor my late grandfather's birthday. I don't like going to cemeteries (I wonder who does?). I hate being reminded of mortality of human beings, of both my own and people's in general. Somehow I can't manage to oversee that fact as many people do. I envy them, I really do. And, as I've previously said, I don't like being reminded yet again about it.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Now that I write more readily, I have decided not only to write about current stuff, but to honor the "old stories" and write them too. These old, unpublished posts will be "published" on dates when they should have been written, in retrospective.
That is why I encourage a reader that comes here to browse the old posts too, because some of them will be newly published.
Sorry for the confusion & here's the list:
- The Oxford Murders (May 20, 2008)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Indecisive as I sometimes get, it took me a while to answer this question. In the end, it wasn't much of a surprise that I took the book and read it: it was thin, it was talked about, infamous even. Perhaps curiosity got the best of me. OR, perhaps it was a great learning curve.
It took me an hour and a half, and I wasn't reading fast either. Now THAT is a piece of serious reading!
The story is sad. Unfortunately, I don't think that teenagers drowning in hormones will look at it that way. The book is a hit, and I'm sure that too many young readers will regard it as a guidebook rather than as a warning. If even one person takes it this way, it will be too many.
I the world ruled by television that offers half-digested, ready to consume, instant entertainment, I'm am a passionate advocate of books and reading. But sometimes, like now ,after reading this particular book, I have to ask myself whether in some cases is better not to read at all than to read just anything?
From a different prospective, reading this book has been an unexpected reassuring experience for me: I got to realise that not only Dostoevskys get published. Even more so if you live in Serbia.
The recipe for success: simple story, few pages, large font, promiscuity and violence, bad language. Voila! You've got yourself a best seller! Sadly, I'll have to pass on it. If it takes to write at this level to be popular and read, I'd rather be neither.
PS. I still haven't decided whether it would be too embarrassing to write this title in the list of books I've read. I'll have to ponder this some more...
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
It is a common knowledge that the most hated school subject of all times is mathematics. People dread it, want nothing to do with it, scare their preschool children with stories about how difficult and beyond understanding it is for ordinary humans. In my experience, hatred of mathematics is a universal thing that goes through people and nations. The common misconception lead to prejudice, not only about the science itself (OK, we can discuss here how mathematics is not even a science, but let's leave that for some other post), but about scientists that practice it as well. Mathematicians are widely considered as freaks of nature, unpopular and antisocial people living within their own twisted minds.
It is no wonder I was intrigued to read about a novel, translated in my country (meaning that it must be fairly popular somewhere else), with a plot that included something cool like a mystery with something extremely uncool like maths and mathematicians. The intricacy was even greater when one considers my own career choice.
The book is actually not bad for a crime novel (no offence here, I am a fantasy fan): it's light, clever and intriguing. Lots of twists, turns and one very unexpected ending. It was an enjoyable experience for me as, I presume, it has been for many other readers. What makes this book truly great in my eyes is that it managed to make mathematics sound cool. Mathematicians too.
You might have suspected: the writer IS a mathematician!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Even my mom knows this song, hence, I'm sure that everybody knows it. But I never suspected that I'll hear a version like this. This is not a new video and I've known about it for some time. Today I stumbled upon it once again and decided to share my admiration and appreciation with the world.
First time when I heard this, I was laughing. Then we played it once more and I laughed less and listened more. The third time, I was really attentive and you could hear the sound of my jaw dropping. Would you be able to sing THIS song THAT way? I don't think so!
My applause goes to the one that came up with the idea and to Nevena Tzoneva for her amazing performance. As my friend Aleksa said: she has both the voice and the looks!
I could not resist posting yet another version of the same song. This time, the point is not in the vocal abilities, but the story behind it. This is from my all-times favourite TV show Gilmore Girls. It is a cute and embarrassing situation. Lorelai starts to sing the song for her daughter Rory, but end up singing it to Luke and embarrassing herself in front of all town. It's such a romantic episode!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
(removing it from the right side of the blog to make room for the list of 2008):
- "Castle of Wizardry" - David Eddings (Serbian translation)
- "Business Letters" - Marijan Ozanic (in Croatian)
- "Eldest" - Christopher Paolini (Serbian translation)
- "Enchanter's End Game" - David Eddings (Serbian translation)
- "Your guide to helathy sleep" - brochure (in English)
- "CMMI Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement" (second edition) - Chrissis, Konrad, Shrum (in English)
- "Der Himmel voller Geigen, Das Leben der grossen Symphoniker" – Rudolf Thiel (Serbian translation)
- "Angels & Demos" - Dan Brown (Serbian translation)
- "Burning Bright" - Tracy Chevalier (Serbian translation)
- "Balthasar's Odyssey" - Amin Maalouf (Serbian translation)
- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" - J.K. Rowling (in English)
- "The Undomestic Goddess" - Sophie Kinsella (Serbian translation)
- "Shopaholic & Baby" - Sophie Kinsella (Serbian translation)
- "Be careful what you wish for" - Alexandra Potter (Serbian translation)
- "Northern Lights" - Philip Pullman (in English, 2nd time)
- "The Subtle Knife" - Philip Pullman (in English, 2nd time)