Thursday, September 23, 2010

Our Twin Girls are here!

We are happy to announce the birth of our two girls! 
Lilian Eva (left) and Vivian Lee (right). Lili & Vivi

Lili's weight: 6 pounds 12.8 ounces (3.08 kg); Length: 19 1/2 inch. Vivian's: 6 pounds 14.1 ounces (3.12 kg) Both seem healthy. Everyone is doing well. 

Here is a blog set up for them:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Is the Web Dead ?!

The newest issue of Wired magazine (September 2010) proclaimed on the cover page that the World Wide Web is Dead!

Intrigued and ready to disagree I hurried to read the article (the only paper magazine I still subscribe to) and… well… I had to agree with the authors. To some extend. With the smart phones and many cool apps popping every day going to the static web is becoming obsolete. But we are still using dynamic websites!
In the article “The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet” Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff explain that we are abandoning the Web for “simpler and sleeker services”.

I quickly analyzed my yesterday on the grid:

Tuesday morning:
-Video-conference with parents in Poland (Skype app)
-Check Mail (mail app.)
-Quick check of the Facebook and NaszaKlasa (polish SN service)- both web based, and off to school
-At work we are using the Web for our classes, all fused with eLearning- Blackboard course management system and class Blog
-Afternoon, in my office jumped to my google reader to browse through the fresh RSS feeds
-Quick look at the tweets updates on Tweetie app
-Music background from iTunes
-Constant checking of the mail and keeping an eye on FB, and tweets is just a second nature;
-At home short break from the net to read a paper copy (!) of Wired
-Skype-to-phone call to my friend in NYC
-At night we were watching DVR recorded Rachel Maddow show and Colbert report (our 3 years old is hijacking the TV before her bed time),
and off to bed
-to read a little bit on my Kindle before switching to the Morpheus world.

Realization: As much as I am relying on the internet access throughout my entire day, I really don't use that much web. However I am still blogging and maintaining my daughter website and I don't think that it will go away any time soon. So as much as authors of the article made few valid observations related to the Internet trends, I also think that they exaggerate a bit by pronouncing the dead of the web.

PS. Now the Web needs to go on to Larry King to denounce its dead. Just like Bill Cosby did :-)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What Google Suggests?

I love the Google Suggest in the search box on Safari.

Not too long ago I decided to do a little research on Anderson Cooper's sexuality. I have to admit, I use to have crash on this boyishly handsome, gray haired CNN anchor. This month he turned 43 and he is still single (in the official definition of being single).
Anyway, I started typing my query in the google search box and here is the result just after "is andreson cooper". I guess I am not the only one who's wondering :-)

BTW, I tried to find the good bio source about Cooper to link this post to and nothing bits Wikipedia! Why so many teachers are still so opposed to this resource?

Here is how Google Suggest works explained in their own words:

As you type, Google Suggest returns search queries based on other users' search activities. These searches are algorithmically determined based on a number of purely objective factors (including popularity of search terms) without human intervention. All of the queries shown in Suggest have been typed previously by other Google users. The Suggest dataset is updated frequently to offer fresh and rising search queries. In addition, if you're signed in to your Google Account and have Web History enabled, you'll see search queries from relevant searches that you've done in the past.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

How to Ace the SAT tests - Sound Advice by Mr.Colbert

It is time of preparations for SAT. That brings the memory of my prep courses, and hours of study for the Maturity exams, and then college entry exams in Poland brrr... it still gives me the chills and bad dreams once in a while!

Anyway, here is a Sound Advice from Steven Colbert. Enjoy :-)

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Stephen's Sound Advice - How to Ace the SATs
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorFox News

Good luck to you all!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Steve Jobs i Bill Gates

Ktos mi niedawno przeslal to w masowym mailu. Za oknem deszcz i znaczne ochlodzenie a do tego koniec semestru i dziesiatki prac do ocenienia. Zatem mail jak ten poprawil mi humor i dal mi pretekst zeby na chwilke oderwac sie od projetow. Nie znam zrodla orginalu ale ryzykuje i zamieszczam, a autor niech sie zglosi po laury :-)

PS. Ja chce iPad!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Quality Matters Workshop

A little bit of the archival work to preserve the certifications. I had a chance to complete the QM workshops with my EdTech team. It prompted us to revise, discuss, evaluate and as a result make many changes in how we present the content of our courses to our students and how we deliver quality instruction in our online and blended learning.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Twins news!

We just have an ultrasound (17 weeks) and found out that twin A is a girl and twin B is.... also a girl!
Lucy will have two little sisters. The kids are healthy. No sign of club feet. On the pictures below two little heads and the girls faces. I am grateful for the ultrasound technology that helps monitor my kids and let me take a peek inside my belly. I wonder, should I share the babies images with Lucy? Will she understand what she sees? Could it spook her? After all, they look like little aliens:-)

Wow,  house full of estrogen. LOL! Brace yourself daddy.
Rob's reaction in the car "we will spent the fortune on weddings" :-D

Monday, March 29, 2010

MeBeam girls - not here :-(

About three years ago I blog about exciting new video conferencing/social network system MeBeam. Since then MeBeam with it's ease of use and full anonymity gained great popularity among people interested in looking for sexual content and "adult" meetings.

It is fascinating to observe how many people accidentally landing on my blog post while searching for MeBeam girls, adult rooms, or porn :-) I found it strangely addicting watching it on FEEDJIT Live - the real time traffic feed for blogs.

Mebeam rooms are used to fulfill users’ needs. Whether it is need for entertainment, escapism, hedonistic pleasure, aesthetic enjoyment, emotional release, sexual arousal or social interaction it seems to be an important part of human needs.

Reflection: When it comes to sex the world has no boundaries... I will take that over the war

Check that out:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Vancouver 2010 - How Colbert save the dying art

On February 11, Stephen Colbert revealed The Colbert Report's official poster for the Vancouver Olympics, created by Shepard Fairey (you can download the full poster version here). He introduced it to his guest David Ross in the context of the discussion how sports have create art. It is interesting how Olympic posters changed over the years. I think that political and cultural correctness had a lot to do with it.

Great interview! As usually, Colbert combines entrainment with intelligence and a good dose of narcissism :-)

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
David Ross
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorSkate Expectations

Why it is such an interest to me? Because, as a citizen of Colbert Nation I also helped to support US Speedskating team :-)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Saint Valentine's Day!

Valentine's day is one of the older and more popular traditions around the world. Interestingly, St.Valentine was a martyr and there is nothing romantic about his life and death. There is not much information about the guy (or guys) period. Go figure!

Nevertheless, it is nice to love someone and be loved! Happy Valentine's!

You can read my Valentine post from last year. I included there my favorite love-sex-relationship movie clips.

In the picture is my Don Quixote :-) I love you baby!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The visible invisible

One of the classrooms close to my office are used by CIEP students (The Culture and Intensive English Program). The building I am working in is logistical nightmare and no one is surprised seeing people running circles in search for a room which according to every logic should be next to rooms with similar numbers but it is not! Once in a while some poor soul asks me where to find the restroom or classroom. But recently it happened twice that after pointed to the right place the foreign student could not find the man restroom. Finally I decided to investigate the problem.

Imagine that you are a foreign student still struggling with English (or generally with Latin-based alphabet). While looking in the direction where the bathroom should be you are arriving to the generic door and here is what you see at first (eye level)How would you interpret this symbol?

Still not sure what you are looking at and despite the sign to "keep closed" you are opening the door and here it is what you see:

The image is not quite showing the actual depth, but after opening the door one can see fairly long corridor - The fire escape route?
Now, if you only looked up you would see the sign: men. But remember, you really need to use the restroom and you already run circles around the crazy building! Also, as a world traveler you are use to the symbols marking the restroom and other pivotal places, not just words!

Does the fire door sticker really communicate the message? What exactly is that message about anyway? It it universal enough to be correctly interpreted by anyone? How would you improve the visibility of the restroom?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Help for Haiti

On January 12, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. Majority of Port-au-Prince is destroyed and tone of people are buried dead or alive under the fallen buildings. The Red Cross counts about 3 million people killed, injured or homeless...
I cannot even begin to imagine how the survives feel. Many of them will never find their loved ones, as many of the dead bodies are being buried in the mass graves. For those who survived new challenges are paling up. How to feed the family? How to find the missing close ones? How to put together shattered life? How to survive in chaos after the quake? Libraries, churches, schools, archives are destroyed and with that, big part of historical and cultural artifacts. Peoples' personal belongings, photos and keepsakes are gone. Official documents are gone! Haitian who are dealing with extreme poverty anyway (the poorest country in the entire western hemisphere) will have to face the whole another level of challenges.

The silver lining of the traged
y is that the whole world jumped to help.
Within only two days Red cross raised $4 million just via text donations (brilliant and convenient!). Private people and businesses are donating money to their favorite organizations. Celebrities are donating and/or raising private money. 11 networks will air "Hope for Haiti" telethon lead by Gorge Clooney, Wyclef Jean, and CNN's Anderson Cooper. Almost all popular websites have some kind of button linking to the charities or offering products raising the money to help Haiti (below the screen captures from: amazon, google, itunes, e-online, ebay, overstock, cafe press, target, yahoo, and mtv).
I wonder how the tragedy will influence (and vice verse) tonight Golden Globes Ceremony?

You can bid on PAT ROBERTSON VOODOO DOLL! All proceeds Go To Haiti relief and so far the highest bid is $560! Pat Robertson showed his lack of empathy and unchristian behavior when he blamed Haitian tragedy on their pact with the Devil.

There is a will to help and there are the money in the world. Now let's hope that all the money will be used to the best and won't dissapear in some corrupted hands...

Here are the places I chose to support (and why).
  • SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts (because it was cool idea to use SMS)
  • SMS text “HAITI” to 20222 and $10 will be given to the Clinton Foundation's Haiti Relief Fund (because I trust Bill Clinton)
  • Go to to donate any money to help children (because it is a first place I am going to when the disaster strikes in the world, and I trust that organization).
For the list of whole bunch of other relief organizations and the relevant to Haiti materials you can visit Google crisis response page