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Best motivational book ever! (The Myths of Innovation)

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I prefer not to know much about the book before I read it. I like to be surprised. And that’s exactly what happened with The Myths of Innovation. I’ve thought that I would just read some interesting stuff about innovations. As I’m already familiar with Myths Series I’ve expected good stuff, and wasn’t disappointed. But I wasn’t expecting motivational book at all.

Of course it starts with some stories and explanations of most famous inventions, and inventors. But that’s not the point of the book at all. What author wants to tell us is that success (and not only in innovations) depends on our hard work and persistence. And that even the best idea, or product, means nothing if we are not able to sell it. That it’s a myth, quite tempting, but just an illusion that all these great people simply clicked into idea. After all you wouldn’t want to hear about all the sleepless nights your favourite genius/artist spent on his invention/creation. Or you wouldn’t want to know how many times he failed in his pursuit of knowledge/perfection. And if you would be aware of how many times his ideas were rejected before made it to the mainstream, you would simply feel even more miserable about your attempts to do something meaningful. But that’s all truth. There’s no success without hard work. Don’t believe it, even though movies, books and TV want to convince you otherwise.

I must admit that it’s been long time since I’ve said “Wow!” after reading a book. It really kept me going. Provided with some useful ideas and tricks. But most importantly it cheered me up. It really gives hope that even though it may appear that everything was already invented or written, there is still place for your input. You can always improve something. You can always tell the same story, but with your own words and in the way better suited for modern times or given audience. I recommend it to everyone, it’s really worth your time.

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September 13th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

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Once Upon a Time

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Once Upon a Time there was a man and his wife. And they’ve had a child, which was lovely, but at the same time very demanding. So they were tired most of the time and needed entertainment which would allow them to spend a nice evening once in a while. As there was wast kingdom of Netflix nearby they’ve used it’s library to search for the good show. And they’ve found one, so they’ve thought at least. It was about this lost kingdom of magic where all characters are now miserable and there are no happy endings anymore. And it was fun at first, not the best, but good. It was maybe not very thrilling, but not boring either. Then bad queen came again, I guess it was her, and show turned up to be another American opera. With a lot of unneeded emotions and happy endings happening all the time again, where they shouldn’t be possible just yet.

Our married couple gave it a second try and watched three more shows, but nothing was the same anymore. What do you expect, one could ask, from the show advertised by poster with exposed ass of main heroine. Nothing I suppose, yet I was expecting something more. Oh well, search for good show continues.

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May 1st, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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Can’t turn on mobile data? (Android 4.2, solution)

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I’ve switched to Android 4.2 recently and noticed one quite annoying problem. I’m using Tasker to switch mobile data on only periodically in order to allow phone to download emails, weather info and other stuff. For majority of time when phone is in my pocket data services are off. It saves a lot of juice from my battery. And it’s working quite fine actually, or was working on Android 4.1. On 4.2 it’s working somehow strange. One day it works, next day it doesn’t.

It was pretty frustrating, so I’ve googled a bit and found out that Android 4.2 has some problems with automatic network selection. I’ve chosen my network manually and now it works like a charm. Here is how to do it:
1. Go to Settings.
2. Go to Tethering and Networks, then Mobile Networks.
3. Choose Network operators, then Search networks.
4. Now you need to select network of your operator, preferably GSM, and you’re done.

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November 5th, 2013 at 11:34 am

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Vince saves the day (The Internship)

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I must sadly say that recently comedies are in decline. They’re not funny anymore. There were movies where I was able to give a laugh here and there, but generally they’ve sucked. And once my hero, Vince Vaughn is no exception. His latest pictures lacked this thing which made me love him at first. Maybe it’s because I’m getting old and things are not so funny to me anymore. But no, old comedies are still good. And I can enjoy them again and again.

I was cautious as to the newest movie of Mr. Vaughn, The Internship. Especially because Owen Wilson is in there. Who was the king of funny movies once and know is just sad. So I thought that this picture would be as lame as other ones.

How wrong I was. Movie is pretty decent actually. Story is nice, quite original I would say, but only in settings. The main idea is as old as cinema itself. We have groups of young, and not so young, people competing with each other for employment at Google. Yes, Animal House in the other form. But it’s really well done. Maybe it’s not so funny to make you choke on your nachos while watching, but it’s alright. You really can make a connection with characters. And it’s not boring at all. It offers nice insight into modern problems. However doesn’t pretend to be anything more than entertainment.

While you’ll be watching it, keep attention to Yo-Yo Santos. He’s the best character in this picture. And “my mother punches harder than you” has deeper meaning with him:)

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October 14th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

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I hate repetitions (Supernatural)

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From time to time I see new stuff on the web made by fans of Supernatural. Some of them are funny, some not. Some are good, others really bad. But it’s not the point. What’s important is the fact that the series has a lot of admirers. But why?

Not that it’s bad. I’ve watched two seasons and it was enjoyable. Problem is that it’s repetitive. Each episode is build around the same scheme. Ugh there is monster somewhere, ugh we’re going there. It appears that it beat us this time, but in the end we’ve beaten it. Hurray we’re heroes again! Put in between things like:
– Glimpses from the back story. The mother taken by the daemon and the father trying to find it.
Dean being an asshole.
Sam being a nerd.
And you have full picture.

When I’m reading what I’ve just written, I’m thinking how come I was able to watch entire two seasons? Well, it’s because it’s really well made. And the actors are quite good. Well, I don’t like Sam very much, as he’s too soft. But Dean is a casting head shot. But it doesn’t change the fact that the show is as repetitive as A-Team. Not to mention that it’s actually a copy of Scooby Doo, minus revealing that a monster was really a janitor at the end. Or in some cases even not:)

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October 1st, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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