From fortune

The Soviet pre-eminence in chess can be traced to the average Russian’s readiness to brood obsessively over anything, even the arrangement of some pieces of wood.  Indeed, the Russians’ predisposition for quiet reflection followed by sudden preventive action explains why they led the field for many years in both chess and ax murders.  It is well known that as early as 1970, the U.S.S.R., aware of what a defeat at Reykjavik would do to national prestige, implemented a vigorous program of preparation and incentive.  Every day for an entire year, a team of psychologists, chess analysts and coaches met with the top three Russian grand masters and threatened them with a pointy stick.  That these tactics proved fruitless is now a part of chess history and a further testament to the American way, which provides that if you want something badly enough, you can always go to Iceland and get it from the Russians.

— Marshall Brickman, Playboy, April, 1973

Some rules kids won’t learn in school

Text By Charles J. Sykes

Printed in San Diego Union Tribune
September 19, 1996

Unfortunately, there are some things that children should be learning in school, but don’t. Not all of them have to do with academics. As a modest back-to-school offering, here are some basic rules that may not have found their way into the standard curriculum. Continue reading “Some rules kids won’t learn in school”

“Guitar Hero”

I am not big fun of  “Guitar Hero” game but this news shocked me. Effective 2011 Activision Blizzard Inc. discontinues this game development and disband game’s business unit. Reason of  this decision is “based on the desire to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences.” This game was created to warm up teens’ interest to rock music in hip-hop times and now “Guitar Hero” is no more longer exist. Good bye and rest in peace!

Vincent Van Gogh: Stars and Mystery

In the second half of XIX century a new painting school was born. It was impressionism. Impressionism has always been a special part of art. The word ‘impressionism’ derives from ‘impression’. Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Alfred Sisley, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissaro and Edgar Degas created a new, bright and expressive art stream that gave an impression to the audience. Continue reading “Vincent Van Gogh: Stars and Mystery”

Two ways

There is different paths which individual, country or whole civilization can chose. One is natural, living in concordance with nature, using natural resources, take but not tackle. Another way is technological or industrial way, change nature for ours needs, tackle what we need. Our civilization is moving by industrial way. We hope for our technology, we invent more and more methods how to change environment to fulfill our needs regardless of future price. Technological inventions define the way our world is moving on. Continue reading “Two ways”

Post-modern world as end of humankind’s innocence

Time does not stand still; it restlessly moves forward. Everything changes with time’s flow. Everything evolves. Sometimes that was modern yesterday, today is old and obsolete. Just look around, you can see many changes. Cell phones, Internet, cable TV, satellite radio: all this things changed world drastically. We have different problems and issues, different views and opinions too. Nothing is easy anymore. Continue reading “Post-modern world as end of humankind’s innocence”