Research confirms AIESEC leaders’ unique characteristics

the highwayman
Monday, February 05, 2007
Research confirms AIESEC leaders’ unique characteristics
Received from Adi, not that something new, but just another case proving AIESEC’s contribution on personal development of its members;

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Research confirms AIESEC leaders’ unique characteristics.

A research paper recently presented at the International Positive Psychology Summit in Washington DC, United States, shows that AIESEC members possess distinctive leadership strengths.The research study conducted by David J. Pollay, Founder and President ofthe Momentum Project and Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, backs up the claim that AIESEC has been making since its inception in 1948-that its members develop strong and unique leadership characteristics. Recognized by the United Nations as the largest student organization in the world, AIESEC offers 5000 leadership opportunities on local, national, and international level to its 22,000 members annually. By providing the international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential to have positive impact on society, AIESEC’s members are offered unparallel experiences for leadership development. Pollay’s research shows that AIESEC leaders possess distinct leadership characteristics when compared to the peers their age and education. It strengthens the argument of how AIESEC has been – and still is – developing leaders with unique set of strengths valued across culture.”AIESEC leaders scored significantly higher than their peers on the dimension of hope, curiosity, perseverance, leadership, teamwork, fairness, zest, bravery, forgiveness, and perspective,” said Pollay, an AIESEC alumni himself.Sixty-two national presidents of AIESEC or their recently elected successors- who was elected by the general membership of their country to serve for one year – took part in the research. All of whom are young adults, 48 ofthem have a university degree. Participants were asked to do questionnaire based on the VIA-IS (Values InAction Inventory of Strengths) test on-line. VIA-IS is a 240-itemself-report questionnaire that uses a five-point Likert scale to measure the degree to which respondents endorse strength-relevant statements about themselves. The score of the AIESEC sample were compared to 17,400 respondents of the same age and education in the United States. The test developed by Dr. Christopher Peterson, and Dr. Martin E.G. Seligmanin 2001, two of the most notable researchers on Positive Psychology. The same test has been taken by more than 600,000 people around the world to measure their leadership strengths profile. David Pollay’s research paper was presented in the 2006 Gallup International Positive Psychology Summit in Washington DC, the United States. Positive Psychology seeks discoveries of how individuals might lead a more positive and productive life around their strengths.”
¶ 2/05/2007 04:22:00 PM 1 comments
Saturday, February 03, 2007
the biggest point that I miss…
F A M I L Y

I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
“Oh excuse me please” was my reply.
He said, “Please excuse me too;
I wasn’t watching for you.”
We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.
But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.
Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
“Move out of the way,” I said with a frown.
He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn’t realize how harshly I’d spoken.
While I lay awake in bed,
God’s still small voice came to me and said,
“While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse.
Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You’ll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.”
By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.
I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
“Wake up, little one, wake up,” I said.
“Are these the flowers you picked for me?”
He smiled, “I found ’em, out by the tree.
I picked ’em because they’re pretty like you.
I knew you’d like ’em, especially the blue.”
I said, “Son, I’m very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn’t have yelled at you that way.”
He said, “Oh, Mom, that’s okay.
I love you anyway.”
I said, “Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue.”

FAMILY
Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company
that we are working for could easily replace us in
a matter of days.
But the family we left behind will feel the loss
for the rest of their lives.
And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more
into work than into our own family,
an unwise investment indeed,
don’t you think?
So what is behind the story?
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I got it from friend’s email, also read it somewhere on someone’s blog before.
What really made me think about it is that the way I always keep ignoring giving more attention to my family. It is not this poem made me think about this now, it has been always in the corner of my mind. The fact that we are less caring and more ignorant about our families, or in general, about the people we love and who loves us.

When was the last time I called my parents or brothers/sister? How many emails/SMSs I sent them in past week/month? Although it just takes few minutes to call or email, although it is a matter of finding and dialing home number from your phone, I do it so rarely. Maybe the feeling that nothing new to tell/inform them, maybe it is the emails they sent me and update how the things are there, maybe my sister’s regular SMSs/emails. But sadly, I realize that I forgot to express my feelings to them, at least give them more bit of attention and care, at least hear their voices more often and let them hear me as well. I love my family more than anyone, doubtless, I keep it warm in my feelings, but I just don’t or can’t express it. Is it because of the way I was brought up? Or because I spent so small time with them as I left to study when I was 11. Since then I was away from warm family environment, I couldn’t see my sister and brothers growing up and my parents getting older. Maybe I show my love to them by supporting them financially, with my short visits once in a year or two? Does it mean I am turning more materialistic?!
Whatever it is, the only one thought of being unable to have this chance to express myself to them when it may be late is stinging my heart. They won’t be always there…

Call them more often, visit them more regularly, write and ask them more.
¶ 2/03/2007 07:53:00 PM 0 comments
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
DHL Kick-Off Party
Was it either compensation for the cancelled annual Christmas Party by DHL, or some other reasons, but it was another great parties of my life in a fantastic atmosphere of 20ies and 30ies. People dressed up like as they used to do 80-90 years ago, and it was hard to recognize the colleagues that you see everyday. I was not expecting people to give much effort to dress, but it turned up that they did. The venue was fantastic – Obicni Dum (Municipal House). Not mentioning the food (especially roasted beef) and drinks whole evening with pretty waitresses serving around the food. That is one good treat from DHL to its employees this year. At least it should have done it during Christmas, but better late than never.

Adriano (Brasil) & his girlfriend, probably best dressed couple at the party.

The party was held at the Obichni Dum, historical symphony music and opera house building, one of the attractions of Prague.

It started with some 20ies-30ies music, ended up with 80ies and 90ies music.

Costume show

Theme for the evening; 20ies & 30ies dress and music

When I was a kid, I used to dream imagining myself as the captain of the pirates, at least it came true for a moment of flash :).

Leila, Kazakh colleague

Municipal House in Prague (taken from www.contipromotor.cz)
¶ 1/30/2007 07:03:00 PM 0 comments
Ilya & Alice Bday

This is the community that met me and other AIESEC related people with open arms when I came to Prague, since then I’ve been hanging out with these people mostly. Actually moving out from Andel to Hostivar put me more in isolated situation, yet it is still fun to meet up with this crazy group time to time.
In January it was Ilya’s and Alice’s BDay Party in one of the pubs. The theme “dress as unusual”. I realize my blog is turning into more picture blog than weblogs, but anyway picture tells you more about the story;
¶ 1/30/2007 06:45:00 PM 0 comments
Monday, January 29, 2007
from Singapore to Prague
Old good friend Michal, tall blonde Slovak with glasses and slways smiling, one of the Mafiosas, coolest and funnest(?) ever gang, I have been part of. Last time we saw each other was in Singapore almost 2 years ago.
And as he is not bothered to update his blog himself, here’s peice of news about him; Michal is back in Slovakia, and after his graduation he started his own company with friends and now working there.
So be the Force with you, buddy!!! ;))

On the hill nearby Vltava River.

We spent day walking around and chatting. This view is from the top of the hill.

View of the Cechuv Most (Bridge).
¶ 1/29/2007 08:11:00 PM 1 comments
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Бактылуу болгула!

Урматтуу досум, Роксана! Жаны турмушта сага жана жолдошуна суйуу, чон бакыт, акыл-эстуу уул-кыздарды, ишинерде ийгилик, уйунордо кут жана берекет, ынтымак каалап,

сени урматтаган досун Айбек.
¶ 1/25/2007 08:12:00 PM 0 comments
winter trip home
One of the best ever trips I have ever had (it is strange that I started to refer to “going back home” as a “trip”, God!). Many reasons to rate it as special;

– I saw my nephew Nursi (1,5 yrs old) talking and calling me “Aka” (means both “Big brother” or “uncle” in our local Kyrgyz language). I spent great time playing with him, tickling him, asking him to kiss, making him dance, etc. New generation kids are far more smarter, I guess, because he can now play melodies on mobile phone, switch among them, use remote controller, put disc into DVD player, etc. One of the first words he learned to speak was “DVD”?!!!

– see all my family members as most of us have been in different places recently. Kylych arrived from Turkey, Nurgazy was also back at home. I was glad to see my parents more relaxed from those difficult times when they were trying and working hard to raise 5 children and some of us were studying at private schools, then university abroad. Now we already started to overtake these burdens from them. I truly value this in our society; mutual parent-child support.

– I met my classmates some of whom I haven’t seen for over 4 years. 1st of January evening we gathered in Adyl’s place for reunion, also to celebrate New Year and Qurban Eid, as well as celebrate my birthday. All in one shot ;). Thanks for Sherali for hospitality, otherwise I’d get bored in the hotel in Bishkek.

– on the way, I had a 1 day stop-over in Istanbul. Good opportunity to see old friends from Ankara; Baktygul, Guliza, etc. It has been 3 years. We had great memories working together in Student Senate, many trips, then KVN and victories in Izmir and Bursa! I’d say they were part of my best days in university life. I took an opportunity and paid a visit to Blue Mosque and its magnifying atmosphere. Another view here.

– celebrated advance NY Eve with KG @ers in Elina’s place. AIESEC in KG is still in the process of being shaped as it is trying hard to keep its members and grow at the same time. Despite the difficulties they are doing pretty good job.

– spend time with Ainura, celebrated each others birthdays and New Year’s Eve together. Attended with her Deloitte’s New Year party.

– 30th of December pleased us with a lot of sudden snow, just before the New Year’s Eve. It has been 8 years since I celebrated this holiday there! 8 years!!!

– It is never easy to leave home after some short break, and even you had great time there then it is like leaving part of your soul back there. I left snowy, cold Kyrgyzstan, and I was expecting more or less similar weather in Prague. Well, above the clouds it is hard to tell, but when we started landing I saw green fields and trees, and slightly rainy, warm weather in Prague. It was as if changing the climates again…

¶ 1/25/2007 06:43:00 PM 1 comments
Italy


Nel fabricar de le superbe mura
De la prima Città ch’abbian gl’Insubri
Uscì da i fondamenti un gran Cinghiale,
Mezzo di pel setoso, e mezzo ignudo,
Onde MILAN chiamossi
Da gli Hedui, o Borgognoni, o pur da i Franchi,
Da cui l’origine hebbe,
Che altri di MEZZA LANA dir potrebbe…

Rome + Venice + Milan or 6 days around Italy! Tickets bought, days arranged, just need to get visa now…
¶ 1/25/2007 06:30:00 PM 0 comments
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Christmas time in Prague!
You really feel what is Christmas about only in Europe! And even I just had a glance of it weeks before only, atmosphere was already there. Hopefully next year, I can catch it here. Pix;

¶ 1/24/2007 07:59:00 PM 0 comments
Monday, January 22, 2007
Czechs lead Europe in divorces
What gets attention of any visitor to Prague is the number of people that go to the churches. So many of them, the churches, but very rarely full with people. Lack of religion brings with itself less conservatism, PDA (public display of affection) is the another example of it here. Another affected issue is a family in this case. I found this article today in Prague Post;

Eurostat: Czechs lead Europe in divorces

Changes in society fuel the failure of every second marriage in ČR
The Prague PostJanuary 17th, 2007.
When Irena Kalinová got married for the first time, in 1994, she was only 20 years old. Four years later, she got divorced in a mere 10 minutes.
It’s a typical story in the Czech Republic, which boasts Europe’s highest divorce rate, according to new numbers from Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office. Nearly half of all Czech marriages end in divorce.
Full story here.
¶ 1/22/2007 12:13:00 PM 1 comments
Monday, January 15, 2007
YouTube videos to your mobile!
FLV converter works great for online converting YouTube videos into AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP and MP3 (audio) files and downloading them into your computer. As input, you just provide YouTube url of the video.
To have it in mobile phone, convert it into 3GP format and download it. Then you can transfer it to your mobile phone immediately with Bluetooth or whatever method you use to transfer files from computer to mobile phone. Tested and approved, I like this tool!
¶ 1/15/2007 03:02:00 PM 0 comments
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Videos
I recently got time and uploaded the videos I took time to time and kept in my harddrive (even though it took time and cost me some time of starvation), so here in one post I present them all.

Singapore videos;

DHL Mafia at Karaoke

2005 New Year morning on the beach at East Coast, Singapore

Mafia Karaoke, singing “Copa Cabana”

Mafia Karaoke, singing “Just like a prayer”

Mafia Karaoke, singing “Love is all around”

Mafia Karaoke, singing “Hero”

Tropical rain in New Year

MacRitchie reservoir

Glance at Lau Pa Sat, our popular outdoor dining place in Singapore. Excellent food! Also, see how Teh Tarik (pulled tea) is prepared (while Tong is watching)!!! I missed this place!

Merlion of Singapore, Singapore river, Esplanade theatres, Fullerton hotel, one of the nicest corners in Lion City.

Parkview Square in Bugis (Singapore)

Siloso beach, Sentosa

Monkeys at Bukit Timah, Singapore

Chinese Garden, Singapore

View from the Pogoda in Chinese Garden. Zoomed is Mayfair condominiums where I lived in Singapore.

Feeding the birds with fish at Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

Sanjay and Hannele on fire at Annual DHL Dinner&Dance; in Singapore (2004).

Performance by Ceci and Michal :)).

Another view from DHL Dinner&Dance. Sanjay rushing towards girls :)).

At Astoria. Tee wants “dramatic collapse”, Gitti saying “ye ye ye”, Michal and Krishna burning the kitchen, Nacho trying had not to lose… old good days!
I won that game by the way, je je :)).

Malaysia videos;

Petronas towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

View from TV tower, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Taiwan videos;

AIESEC Taiwan MCP elections result, 2006

Yang Ming Shan, Mt.Cising Main Peak (1120 m), Taipei/ Taiwan.

Lover’s bridge, Danshui, Taipei

How fried ice cream is prepared. At Danshui, Taipei (Taiwan).

AIESEC trainees of Taipei singing Xmas carols in front of SOGO, Taipei

AIESEC trainees of Taipei singing Xmas carols 2

2006 New Year Celebs Fireworks at Taipei101

Farewell speech, Taiwan

Taiwanese KTV with co-workers from Datatronics

Lantern festival at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei (Taiwan)

Kyrgyzstan videos;

Nursi (my nephew)

Klasstashtar (classmates from high-school)

Dance #1 (Deloitte Bishkek NY 2007 Party)

Dance #2 (Deloitte Bishkek NY 2007 Party)

Dance #3 (Deloitte Bishkek NY 2007 Party)

Dance #4 (Deloitte Bishkek NY 2007 Party)

Dance #5 (Deloitte Bishkek NY 2007 Party)

Dance #6 (Deloitte Bishkek NY 2007 Party)

Kyrgyz Hymn Clip (I caught from TV)

Turkey videos (from my recent stay in Istanbul);

Inside the Blue Mosque

Ayasofya (St.Sophia) and Blue Mosque, Istanbul
¶ 1/11/2007 08:08:00 PM 0 comments
Saturday, December 30, 2006
best wishes!
Happy Christmas!

Happy new 2007 year! Xin Nian Kuai Le (lah)! Stastny Novy Rok!

Eid mubarak!

Warmest greetings from snowy Kyrgyzstan!!!
¶ 12/30/2006 12:04:00 PM 2 comments
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
fly THY
I have nice memories with THY (Turkish Airlines). Because my amazing journey to SE Asia started on the board of THY Airbus. Whenever I see THY logo, I remember the moment sitting on a plane somewhere over the Indian Ocean on the way to Singapore and thinking that I was going to somewhere I knew almost nothing about and noone besides few names and phone numbers, alone, with only 100 bucks in my pocket, to my first ever job in a big corporate, and unsure about how the things would turn out, but I was not worried at all, just very very excited… it seemed to be unrealistic for me, but I was there, already thousands kilometers away from Turkey going south-east…
I am taking off to Kyrgyzstan this Friday for 2 weeks to collect my long-term visa plus holidays. wohoo!!! I don’t think I deserved it after working for only 2 months, but my boss was kind enough to let me have few days off combined with official holidays. I will fly with THY, stay 1 day in Istanbul, meet some friends after 2 years, and land in Bishkek on Sunday. I will be celebrating New Year and my birthday in Kyrgyzstan after 8 years!
¶ 12/12/2006 11:17:00 AM 0 comments
Monday, December 11, 2006
Monthly report – 2. month.
New home
I moved into new place in Hostivar (another end district of Prague), calm and peaceful area, looks similar to our micro-districts in KG with typical Soviet-style panel block flats. Renting a room from Czech family, so far neither of us troubling each other, and so far I am glad with it. Major drawback is that it is a bit far from city centrum.

Work
I had some busy time still learning my work, at the same time it is non of difficulty, just loads of things to do. Although my expectations from the job and the company were different, I still see some possible career/knowledge/professional development route here, possibility of trainings and courses, and understanding core knowledge of IT systems in DHL. I will plan more organized work and course schedule for better development in 2007. I want to be more involved in bringing some new aspects to the way we do our work, also to keep programming knowledge fresh, I will need to involve myself into some programming/coding tasks. Main target for 2007 is to dive deeper into the world of Computer and Information Security.

Karlovy Vary
We had some trips, first it was to Karlovy Vary, as Czechs say it is Russian town in their land :). Touristic spot, full of Russians, and majority of real estate, as they say, is also owned by them. Btw, 007 – Casino Royale was pictured there as well. It is a spa town, usually popular among elderly people, and for its cheaper resorts. What I liked there was its picteristique view, nice place to spend a relaxing weekend with your girlfriend. I put some pictures provided from Murat and Piroska.

Prague gang on the tower on the hill above the town.

Lost in the woods…

(Click to enlarge) Superb view of the town, all credits for Murat.

Beautifull buildings along the street totally rock!

I know, silly one… 🙂

united colors of karlovy vary, thanks to digital photo techniques and Murat’s camera 😉

Kotna Hora
Next destination was Kutna Hora, it used to be rich town with silver mines. It has silver mine tunnels for visitors, beautiful St. Barbara’s cathedral and a famous Sedlec Ossuary . It contains approximately 40,000 human skeletons that are arranged and designed to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel like Bone pyramids, the chandelier, The Schwarzenberg coat-of-arms, etc. Pictures (credits to Alexandre);

Visitors need to wear these miner coats (looks more like KuKluxKlan outfit). Before going down the ground.

The Schwarzenberg coat-of-arms made from the bones and Jacobo (one day he will look similar to those bones :))) )

Bone pyramid, there are 4 of them.

St.Nicolas Day
Angels and demons… and St.Nicolas in their company… all over the city… chasing the kids… or posing in front of cameras :))) It is one of the holidays celebrated here and in other Christian nations. What was interesting that Santa Claus originated from St.Nicolas. But St. Nicolas dressed white, whereas Santa Clause in red coat, and it was due to Coca-Cola! :)) I am waiting for Murat and Cedric to send me the photos, that’s how it is when you don’t have your own (why did I sell it?!!)

Christmas mood in Prague
Already the city is decorated for Christmas, of course, shop owners are putting the best effort.
Big Christmas tree is put in the middle of Namesti Staromestska (Old Town Square). I have Christmas tree lighting up vide in my mobile phone only, but it was nothing much fancy. Well, Christmas time has different atmosphere in Prague, pity that I will be at home and miss it this year. Photos later.

DHL Football
Got elected into company team for DHL Euro Cup in Belgium in May. Besides we joined tournament Ballet Cup VII last weekend, lost 3, won 2, and drew 1 game. Playing as a keeper, of course. Need to practice more this winter with indoor games. I realized that we have few high management guys in the team, actually I was shouting at and commanding them during the game last time :))). I like it because it is a good way to sit and have a talk with these managers on work or other topics without any formalities and get to know them closer. As a team we need to do more and get much better if we aim to make it for play-offs in May.

Ice hockey game Recently, I had a chance to see my first-ever hockey game, it is much more fun than on TV, and counting that Czechs are one of the best in the world and Slavia Praha is one of 2 best teams here, game was terrific – goals (Slavia thrashed its opponent – 8:1), fights, saves, etc. Next is the Sparta Praha’s game. Sazka Arena is amazing!

Jiri
I met old friend here. I totally forgot that in 2004 I met Czech trainee in Turkey, at Turquoise-2004 AIESEC conference. We were in touch for some time. Then forgotten. But I was sending email about my contact info update to all emails in my address book, and got reply from him! Funny thing was that we were both working in The Park, in neigbouring buildings!

Books
As I was still waiting for my laptop from the company (I sold my ibm thinkpad just before coming here) and having no TV in my room, I gained back my reading habit and have been using any possible free time to dive into the books. I tried Murakami’s “Kafka on the shore” first of all, as I said, it was different mythical story combined with fluent things happening in the story, its English was a bit heavy for me (I am more fluent with technical related books) and I think there were more things to absorb from his book, planning to read some of his other books to understand Murakami more.
Then it was “Angels & Demons” by D.Brown, no need to mention about it. “Deception point” is the next in the queue.
I truly enjoyed reading “the Google Story”, inspiring book.
At the moment, started reading “World is flat” by Thomas Friedman. I mentioned about this and other books earlier, it is one of those books that big IT dudes read.
¶ 12/11/2006 06:04:00 PM 1 comments
Thursday, December 07, 2006
best of luck in Doha!
I wish the best luck to our national team at Asian Games 2006, Doha! We already got one silver medal in cycling, but that we need more medals. Not having the best facilities and conditions for sports in KG, I am still proud of our sportsmen who are trying hard to bring more honor back home. Alga Kyrgyzstan!

Besides Kyrgyzstan, my heart will bounce for Taiwan and Singapore sportsmen!
¶ 12/07/2006 01:33:00 PM 0 comments
Monday, December 04, 2006
DHL Euro Cup 2007
Belgium in May! I am going with DHL ITSC Prague team to DHL Euro Cup 2007 this spring, got lucky to get into team! It seems I will never pull out myself out of the posts, I am back to goalkeeping again. Well, need to practice whole winter not to let too many balls get past into the net :). By the way, we will have team of cheerleaders with us as well! 😉
¶ 12/04/2006 10:53:00 PM 1 comments
Angels and Demons

“Angels & Demons” is a third book by Dan Brown that I have read. Only “Deception point” is left. Well, it is far below the level of Da Vinci Code, yet I enjoyed it. Same style; highly intellectual story which brings another example of the fight between the Church and the secret brotherhoods, this time scientists – the Illuminati. I should admit that there is a big rising interest in me towards the arts of famous artists or scientists like Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Bernini, etc. after reading his books, as well as for religious history, Egyptian symbology, secret brotherhoods.

Also, ambigrams were designed pretty cool. I am wondering if it will be possible to draw other words like it was for Earth, Fire, Air, and Water. Maybe need to look for some tutorials about this specific art.

Another thing in my check list;
– Trip to Rome, and to complete the Illuminati Path (it starts at the statue of Habakkuk and the Angel in the Chigi Chapel, then goes to West Ponente at St. Peter’s Square, the next point is The Ecstasy of St. Teresa statue inside Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, then it is Piazza Navona with Bernini’s Fountain, and it ends at Castle St. Angelo) mentioned in the book by foot. And get “illuminated” ;).

Also, I like the way the author adds poems in his stories as an intellectual hint and challenge to find the quest. The one in “Angels & Demons”;

From Santi’s earthly tomb with demon’s hole,
‘Cross Rome the mystic elements unfold.
The path of light is laid, the sacred test,
Let angels guide you on your lofty quest.

And yet, my favourite one is the poem from “Da Vinci Code”, it is thrilling;

“The Holy Grail ‘neath ancient Roslin waits.
The blade and chalice guarding o’er her gates.
Adnorned in masters’ loving art, she lies.
She rests at last beneath the starry skies.”
¶ 12/04/2006 08:28:00 PM 0 comments
Kiwi on the town
Ken. Kiwi working in Hong-Kong, have heard about him from some friends before and seen his photo here and there in their albums. He was here last week, and we had fun hosting him here! Well, in fact, I couldn’t contribute much to the activity of “hosting” :). We went to see film “Borat” (that’s totally different topic! Dirty, nasty, gross,… but hell funny as well! Yet, sorry for Kazakh brother nation being the target of dirty jokes, well, we should see it not more than a humour), had shisha+tea evening, Friday nite in a bar where he tried hard to bring the Spanish girl to me who, according to him, was checking me out, and beer drinking bet with Jenny (I had it all on my camera), fun Saturday brunch, city walk and Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Old Town Square (disappointment of waiting something for “wow!” and ending up with “uh?! that’s it?!” ), and finally kicking him out of the flat at 4 am in the morning! Sunday was as rich as Saturday, we continued without Ken; nice sleep, open-bufet lunch in Thai restaurant and then Russel Peters show on the computer! This guy is damn funny, especially the part about bargaining with Chinese killed me! :))) “Hey! Be a man!” :)))) )

Ken, was nice to meet you buddy! Na zdravye!
I will add photo of us if it will be provided.
¶ 12/04/2006 08:05:00 PM 2 comments
the Google Story

I saw this book last year in Singapore bookstore and had read few pages there. Only recently I bought it, and reading now. No need to describe how Google is unique, its smart money generator – Google Ads, attraction for top IT geeks – Googleplex, its high targets like digitizing all the books and make them searchable through Google or “googling” your genes, and its short successful history since 1998 when 2 Standford PhD students built this search engine.
After going deep in the book, I really started to admire Larry and Sergey, founders. Their high dreams of making a change for world, even the fact that eveything started by the crazy idea of downloading whole internet into the computer! I like their philosophy “to try to do the things that other people would never do”, their motto “Don’t be evil!” and the way they kept it true, the way they attract the IT specialists and treat them, their “20 percent” policy of providing flexibility/freedom to their employees to work on any projects/issues/problems they want, provding them creativity time, and their target of making any information available for users by just a click and totally for free!
I’d love to be part of it, to work for Google in future. At the same time, it boosts in me the will to do creative things, to bring something new for people, to build my own company and buisness on it. Basicly, to do what the majority of people wouldn’t do or even think about it. Scale is not important, and I am not in the Silicon Valley anyway, but good and smart ideas always find the supporters.
I truly recommend this book for all high-tech lovers.

By the way, the photo of the girl in Google top doesn’t have anything to do with the book ( I don’t want any issues with the authors of the book :)). It is just to make this post a bit “spicy”! 😉