Рыся The CatПару дней назад я увидела на кукинге замечательную ссылку на книгу про кошек (в дневнике Winny). Получила удовольствие и от стихов, и от рисунков, хотя, признаюсь честно, смотрела не очень внимательно.

Понравилась японская глава. Разрешите, процитирую:
На одеяле
нежная тяжесть кота.
Сонное утро.
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Вмиг похудел
Под струей воды
Кот персидский
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Кот не умеет
считать: все его друзья -
единственные
Но вообще-то, если честно, я собачница. ) Люблю я собак за преданность, за искреннюю любовь, за бурную радость от общения, за видные насквозь маленькие хитрости. Кошки мне кажутся слишком эгоистичными и холодными. Или, может, просто не встретила я еще правильную кошку? o.O

В дестве запало стихотворение в душу.
У меня есть собака,
Верней, у меня есть кусок души,
А не просто собака.
Я люблю ее и порой
Очень сочувствую ей:
Нет собаки у бедной собаки моей.
И вот, когда мне бывает грустно…
А знаешь ли ты, что значит собака,
Когда тебе грустно?
И вот, когда мне бывает грустно,
Я обнимаю ее за шею
И говорю ей: “Собака,
Хочешь я буду твоей собакой?”

- Хулио Сесар Сильвайн
Я его вычитала в сборнике про собак, что хранился на шкафу в нашей бывшей квартире на Бульваре Шевченко много-много лет. Не знаю, как эта книга туда попала, но и мама, и Люда любили некоторые стихотворения оттуда. Мамино любомое было про собачкины огорчения, написанное Борисом Заходером. Помню, она иногда цитировала к случаю: “Но дайте собачке
кусочек печенья и сразу oкончатся все огорченья”.

Не могу не упомянуть еще одно, любимое нами, стихотворение -
“Жалостную песенку про кошечек и собачечек”. Если интересно – я ее оставила в комментариях.
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Папа и Алёна в паркеСегодня снова похолодало. А вчера была такая чудная погодка! Мы с Даней и его папой даже прогулялись по променаду в Bay Ridge. Люблю я такие прогулки – как-то веселее на душе становится. Хоть и нечасто мы отрываемся от компьютеров, да телевизоров. Мы – это молодое поколение. Папа очень любит гулять и часто шагает то вдоль океана, то по улочкам Манхеттена, то исследуя уже ставший родным Бруклин. Что меня в нём восхищает, так это внимание и интерес к разным мелочам. Например вчера он показал нам лиану, которая была похожа на удава; засохшую корягу – гепарда; грибы – паразиты на деревьях.

А вечером Данина мама позвала нас и Гуссейновых в гости. Наготовили они с Линкой как всегда очень много и очень вкусно. teeth Хорошо посидели, посмеялись. Жаль, что Эльдара не было. Мы с Данькой за последний месяц привыкли к тому, что он в Нью-Йорке, теперь надо отвыкать. crycry
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Friday, March 9, 2007

Old Hobby Tribute

Caprice SSThose who know me probably still remember the auto-tunning craze that used to run through my blood several years ago. So much time and money went down that drain that it’s only right to mention it here: 1996 Chevrolet Caprice, or simply Caprice SS.

Base: 1996 Chevrolet Caprice; 9C1 (police package); 5.7 litter V8 LT1 engine (Corvette engine); 4 speed automatic transmission; limited slip differential; power windows, locks, seats and mirrors.

Caprice FrontExterior: HID head lights; Impala SS rear spoiler; Impala SS front grille w/ chrome Stull inserts; custom tail light black out; chrome delete; 17″ Impala SS rims.

Custom interior. Transmission work in progress.Interior: Bonneville 12 way power seats; custom red & black leather interior; Camaro analog speedometer and tachometer; Camaro floor console w/ red & black leather shifter boot; Astro Van roof console; Trans Am steering wheel w/ built-in audio controls.

Handling: F-Body front, and HO rear sway bars; 17 x 8.5″ Impala SS rims w/ 285-40-17 Kumho tires; Hotchkis rear lower control arms; Bilstein sport shocks; rear SS springs; front GW springs.

Performance: OBD1 conversion; SSRI stage 3 intake; American Thunder catback; CIA Tri-Y headers; Magnecore 8.5mm wires; 160 deg tstat; LT4 esc; PCM power programming; BBHP#79 (T56 6 speed manual transmission); Hurst Plus shifter.

Audio: Alpine top-end head unit; Rockford Fosgate 4 channel amp; Sirius satellite radio; iPod input.

Caprice SSIn conclusion I want to say that it was a fun hobby and the result is a fun car, but I will never again spend as much money and time on something like this. However there are very few cars out there that can beat the uniqueness of what we got now.
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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Happy Birthday, Misha!

MishaToday is a birthday of our good friend, Misha. I’m really shamed to admit that we remembered it yesterday, and then realized that we didn’t call him and it’s 11pm already. o.O Since it is too late to call now, we decided that we must congratulate him through our blog. Even though he will see it only tomorrow, we want to wish him all the best today!

Misha, we wish you all the best at your new job, all the best in your personal life, all the best to your family, and everything else you would want to wish for yourself! Glad to have you as a friend!

- Alena & Daniel

P.S. It was almost impossible to find a picture of Mike where he is not blinking!!! Good thing we took about 2 thousand pictures during our wedding vacation in Las Vegas. 8O mrgreen
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Friday, March 16, 2007

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Current Issues

СосулькаTime flies so fast!! I’m almost done with my midterms – just one test left tomorrow. I hope that I’ve done a good job with my exams.

I registered for the summer 2007 intersession. There are actually two of them – one from the beginning of June to the beginning of July, and the other one from the middle of July to the middle of August. The plan was to register for four classes – two for each small intersession, but unfortunately, that is not possible. As a woman in the registrat explained to me, they don’t want students to take too many summer courses. I could’ve registered for one more class, but it would have come out too expensive, and I would have to go to college during the second intersession 3 times a week just for one class.

I’m looking forward to my 10-day spring break, which starts on April 1st. My good friend Tanya Shust is coming from Moscow to visit us in less than 2 weeks. It’s very exciting! I hope that we’ll be able to go somewhere together – Florida, or Vegas, or something of a sort. The problem is that with the whole apartment deal we’re really, really short on money, so we need to find something inexpensive. Danya and Eldar were looking for hotels in different places, but so far haven’t found anything to our liking.

We’re having a hard time with our current apartment management – I think that both Danya and I lost a lot of nerve cells yesterday and today. They basically want us to sign the lease for another year or to get out of the apartment by the end of this month. They say that they’ll give us some release paper if we sign the new lease, but this whole thing doesn’t sound too kosher. All the people we spoke with, including 3 lawyers and my law 1101 teacher in Baruch, advise us not to sign anything. I just hope that this will not cost us a fortune in the long run.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Google Map Builder

Google Map BuilderLast time when I wanted to stick a map into our blog I didn’t find any tools that were simple, yet flexible enough to do what I wanted, without going through registrations or anything of the kind. So I created a small PHP script which would take several parameters and build me a map based on those. The script is very simple. User can define a center point, select the over size of the map, choose a type, and the would allow to add a list of markers.

Several people, after looking at it, told me that it’s a nice little tool, and they would like to use it for themselves as well. However there was no interface of any kind to create the list of parameters, which made it “not-so-easy” to use. In order to solve that issue I put together another simple script / interface which allows to control the creation of the map to embed with a few clicks.

If any of you wish to use it, feel free to do so. Just remember that there are no guarantees of any kind, meaning that if my server goes down, it goes down. If I decide to change the script, I change the script. If you’re OK with that, enjoy the Google Map Builder. teeth

If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments, you can leave them here and I’ll gladly read them.

P.S. Google did a great job with the API for the maps. It was a pretty interesting learning experience working with it.
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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Квартирник у Сэга

Yesterday Sag invited us all to the last “concert” that Artem and him were planning to give for his neighbors as he was moving out. First order of business: we scared Artem, Maruk and Sag shitless, when we started banging on the door and Ignat started yelling in a weird voice about the noise and that we’re about to call the cops on them. You should have seen their faces. teeth

After that they played a bunch of songs, and when they ran out of songs, they started making stuff up. I didn’t have a chance to tape all of it, but I think we got 3 great pieces. However, yet again, you’ll have to excuse the horrible video quality and sound, as I had nothing better to use other then my cell phone.

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