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Book Review: Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson

This is going to be an interesting book review: considerable amount of time have passed since I have finished reading this book. Unwillingly, I am remembering how Pierre Bayard was comparing books which we have read some time ago and slowly forgetting with books which we did not read at all in his How to talk about books which you have not read What is this book about?

On success stories and search of truth

There is an interesting point in Stoics philosophy about truth: they urge everybody to seek it and not being afraid of changing your mind if something you believed was true turned out not to be the case. It is interesting to look at this through the context of literature, success stories and “believe in yourself” mantras which are very popular right now. Perhaps always been. This post is not about self esteem but about point of focus in these success stories.

On new year resolutions

We are already three weeks into the 2018 and I think it is a good time to share an interesting thought about New Year Resolutions. New year resolutions are really great, it is like buying a mood boost on a credit: you can already feel benefits of becoming a better person without doing anything. And payback of a failed resolution will come only later. To understand something better it is useful to break it down to components.

Book review: How to Talk About Books You Havent Read

Controversial title for the book, right? I wonder how many people read this book only because of its title. You can think that this is some kind of a jokes book or, perhaps, a guide about cold reading technics. No, it is actually a serious book. Before I tell you about the main idea in the book, I need to set some common grounds. First of all, people form opinion about books not only because of the text itself, but because of many external factors: the time when the book was written, the author, the country etc… For example you can’t imagine thinking about Mein Kempf disconnected from its author, time and historic events which took place before and after the publication of this book.

Book review: Happy by Derren Brown

On writing book reviews It is really weird writing a book review, especially on a personal blog. Why do it in the first place? What is the ultimate goal? Do I want to share my thoughts and start a discussion? This question becomes weirder once you think about how many different book review exists. It would be an interesting research: how many average human lives there are required to read only reviews of every book in the world?

UK Pole Dancing Competition

Last Sunday I attended UK Professional Pole Competition, originally when I heard about it I thought that it can be really good opportunity to practice photography with telephoto lens. I was not disappointed! Before we jump into the photos, piece of personal advice: Never pick up fight with professional pole dancer Well, it is better not to pick up any fights at all. But hey, these dancers are so strong, it is unbelievable.

Eurotrip: change of plans, Geneva instead of Zurich

Yesterday I was planning to spend next day walking around Zurich. But in the morning, while having breakfast I decided randomly visit CERN website and check if they have any tours available. They did. I had an idea to visit CERN quite a while ago, but they always seemed to be fully booked. First of all, you can visit CERN exhibitions without tour/booking, but if you want to get a glimpse at first particle accelerator built at CERN or how LHC (Large Hadron Collider) is run, then you need to book a tour visit.

Eurotrip: Luxembourg

Eurotrip — Luxembourg My second stop after Brussels was Luxembourg. I wanted to see this country and city because it is very tiny, and sits in center of Europe. Country does not have access to sea, which is called being landlocked. What a nice word. It has some sort of terrain with a lot of hills and towns scattered across. I booked hotel in the middle of nowhere, at the end of the road, with small river nearby.

Europe trip: Bruges

Holiday Eurotrip This autumn I decided to take some holiday and travel through Europe by car. My plan is to visit Bruges, Luxembourg, Zurich and Milan. I do not have a set route or hotels booked for the whole trip, I decided to book hotel on a day. It is a quite fun experience, to be honest: you do not know where exactly you are going to sleep, except for the country :)

Kommentator first release

Howdy. After being disappointed with current comment systems for static websites I decided to develop very lightweight open source comment system for static websites. Today I am really happy to announce first pre-alpha version, so, without further ado, here it is: Kommentator Kommentator is open source, lightweight, dependency-free comments system for websites. Main focus are static websites or blogs, but it can be used on any website. Goals of this project: provide a hassle-free way to enable commenting on your blog/website so you can carry on with your life and blogging.