Friday, December 17, 2021

Steve Jobs favorite citations from his Stanford speech:

It wasn’t all romantic... And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on...

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever...

The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life...

It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle...

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart...

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary...

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish...

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Movies and TV series I highly recommend:


12 Angry Men (1957)

3 idiots (2009)

Nine Days in One Year (1962)

A Few Good Men (1992)

Absentia (2011)

American Pie (1999)

Avatar (2009). The best movie to see at cinema (not at home). The best effects since Terminator 2. 

Back to the future (1985)

Back to the future 2 (1989)

Back to the future 3 (1990)

Battle Royal (2000)

Beautiful Mind (2001)

Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blair witch project (1999)

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Brokeback mountain (2005)

Buried    (2010). Genius scenario, genius director. Is genius enough to make a great thriller with a single actor in a single space. I am not surprised the box office is 10 times more than the play budget. Along with "Locke" this is a masterpiece of original one-actor genre.

Butterfly Effect (2004)

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Carrie (1976)

Changeling (2008)

City of God (2002)

Clockwork Orange (1972)

Cloverfield (2008)

Collateral (2004)

Conjuring (2013)

Conversation (1974)

Cruel Intentions (1999)

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)

Das experiment (2001)

Deadpool 1, 2

Demon Seed (1977)

District 9 (2009)

Django Unchained (2012)

Dogma (1999)

Don't look up (2021)

Drive (2011)

Exorcist (1973)

Falling down (1993)

Fahrenheit 451 (1966). Don't be a bio robot. Have your own mind. Follow the voice of your soul.

Fight Club (1999)

Gattaca (1997)

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Godfather (1972)

Godfather 2 (1974)

Gone Girl (2014)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Goodfellas (1990)

Great Gatsby (2013)

Hunt for Red October (1990)

Hurt Locker (2008)

I saw the Devil (2010). Hardcore Korean thriller, very hard... Don't let children to watch it..

Interview (2014)

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Intouchables (2011). Very kind French drama-comedy. To remind us what really matters in this life.

IT (2017)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Joker (2019)

Joint security area (2000). One of the rare movies made me crying. Adding value to the great Korean cinema masters. The plot is about complicated relationship between North and South Korean soldiers in the area of Korean Demilitarized Zone. While the political history is merely a background, the sense is about what human and humanity is about.

Kids (1995)

Locke (2013). Along with "Buried" this is a masterpiece of original one-actor genre.

M (1931). Thriller from Germany.

Matrix (1999)

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Megan Leavey (2017)

Men in black (1997)

Men of honor (2000)

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Moonlight (2016) 

Mother (2009) by Bong Joon-ho. Much better than 90 percent of Hollywood thrillers. All the credits to the screenwriter. If you love detective thrillers this is must watch.

Munich (2005)

Nuremberg (2000)

October Sky (1999)

Oculus (2013)

Office Space (1999)

Omen (1976)

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Ondskan (2003)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

One Point O (2004)

Peaceful Warrior (2006)

Philadelphia (1993)

Phone Booth (2003)

Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

Platoon (1986)

Prisoners (2013)

Rambo First blood (1982)

REC (2008)

Rocky Balboa (2006)

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Searching (2018)

Senseless (1998)

Schindler list (1994)

Shutter Island (2010)

Skeleton Key (2005)

Social Network (2010)

Source Code (2011)

Spotlight (2015)

Spread (2009)

The Conversation (1974)

The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

The Fifth Estate (2013)

The Gift (2015). Genius thriller. Not for children. 

The Imitation Game (2014)

The lives of others (2006)

The Founder (2016)

They Live (1988)

The Post (2017)

Training day (2001)

V for Vendetta (2005)

Valkyrie (2008)

Venom (2018)

Visit (2015)

You don't know Jack (2011)


Chernobyl (2019)

Death Note the Anime Series (1st season).

Game of Thrones.

Generation kill, series (2008)

IT Crowd. I love English humor.

Silicone Valley. The best motivation for startup making.

Squid Game (2021). Great Korean thriller.

Stranger Things. Steven King - like style of good thriller-adventure. Both adults and children would enjoy watching it.

Severance. Good thriller, looking forward for the second season.

Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter (Germany, 2013). The TV Series is shown to English auditory as "Generation war". I love German movies... So realistic, so deeply emotional.. You will not meet Hollywood plastic smile or plastic crying. The only american war movie of the same quality is Platoon by Oliver Stone.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Friday, December 10, 2021

How to fresh breath without chewing gum

Unlike chewing gum, the following alternatives are perfectly healthy. They fresh our breath without chemicals or other harmful stuff.

  • Licorice
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Ginger
  • Honeycomb

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

How to make compost

Following components are needed in the composter:

  • Raw materials for compost. Mix different types of organic garbage and place them in the bucket mixed or layer by layer:
    • Greens. 
    • Browns. Leafs, newspaper, cardboard.
    • Other food scrap.
  • Environment.
    • Air. In the bucket, drill holes on a side and in the top cap. The more holes the better. Without holes, bad odor comes.
    • Warm temperature. The warmer the better for composting. 25-30 Celsius is great. However, in colder climate composting is also possible. It will just be slower.
    • Moisture. Water, urine etc. Spray everything with water on a regular basis.
    • Mix. Mix the compound on a regular basis.
    • Sunlight. It is not crucial for composting. So there is no need to place it under the sun.
  • Other optional notes:
    • Put a layer of regular soil in the bottom of the bucket.
    • Cover the last(top) layer with soil - it will fasten the process and prevent smells.
    • Cover the soil layer with dry leafs. They will help to keep moisture and heat inside of the bucket.

Time needed: 2-3 months to complete composting process.

Monday, December 6, 2021

How to plant mushrooms at home

Get spawn

Get mushrooms at store.

Get mycelium out of existing mushrooms. It is the white stuff.

Get container

Get a box/container/bucket. Make small holes in the bucket to allow mushrooms growing through them. Also holes are needed for air flow.

Distance between holes is around 10 cm.

Get substrate

Choose substrate to plant mushrooms on:

- cardboard

- coffee grounds

- saw dust

- straw

- sugarcane bagasse

- cotton waste 

- wood pellets

Pasteurise (soak) substrate in hot water (to prevent contamination).

Plant it

Put substrate in the bucket/box/container.

Put mycelium in the box/bucket with cardboard/wood layer by layer.

Put the container into the dark environment.

Wait for few weeks. While waiting, spray it with water.

Good temperature to maintain is around 20-25 degree by Celsius. So the container can be placed on the top of some shelves close to the ceiling because the temperature of air is higher at the high level above the floor. Also we can place it near the heater.