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20 08 14 - So yeah
My books
Giving this another chance. 'Cause I am not too old for this stuff, am I?
My books
I have known about Goodreads for a few years but only recently decided to make a profile - I needed an easy way to manage my to-read book lists and keep statistics. You can add me as a friend.

I went on a trip to the seaside last week and started reading "Amy and Roger's Epic Detour" by Morgan Matson. Not only I loved the book but it inspired me to start keeping a travel scrapbook. I have already started working on it and will post more about it soon.

There is something really magical about sunrises - my favourite time of the day.

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Sunrise #1 - at the beach in Burgas

Yesterday I went on a night hike in Vitosha, the route was Zheleznitsa - Cherni Vrah - Dragalevtsi. It was quite a long and exhausting hike but the Supermoon was even prettier in the mountain. I lacked the necessary equipment to capture it but here's instead a photo of the sunrise in the morning.

Sunrise #2 - from Vitosha, above Dragalevtsi
Teacups
My newest hobby is Hama bead art. Making bead motifs feels like drawing with pixels, haha. I will explain the process:

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Cookie
I decided to make some themed baking, etc. posts. The first one is dedicated to Mint & Chocolate - a favourite combination of mine. I fell in love with it the first time I tried chocolates with mint.



Mint & Chocolate Marble Cookies
(recipe)
I used the sugar cookie recipe and instead of making fractal cookies combined the two pieces of dough in one to create a marble-like texture. Then I used star-shaped cookie cutter.


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07 07 14 - Sofia Rocks 2014
Enid Coleslaw

Pros:

  • I met some random acquaintances and chatted with them.

  • Skillet and Mando Diao were unexpectedly good. I skipped the first two bands (OSSSY and Alcest) because of the extremely hot weather in the afternoon when they were playing. I had heard a few songs by Skillet before but what impressed me most about their performance was their female drummer who rocked.

  • The Offspring totally ruled. I jumped and screamed / sang along all the time during their performance. "Self Esteem", "Staring At The Sun" and many more great songs were included in the setlist.

  • The music in the pauses between the bands included "Elephant" by Tame Impala and "Blue Monday" by New Order.

  • 30 Seconds To Mars made a great show. There were balloons, confetti and nice light effects. And Jared played an acoustic version of "The Kill" (yes!!!).

  • It was awesome.


Cons:

  • The Offspring were on stage for only one hour. It surely wasn't enough. And I didn't know the lyrics of all of their songs.

  • 30 Seconds To Mars played mainly songs from their latest two albums - I personally don't like those and really wanted to hear more from their first two albums.

  • Jared, one of 17-years-old-me's biggest celebrity crushes, was too dressed. And looked too weird in his sunglasses, crown and wtf-is-he-wearing.

Quorra
That awkward moment when:

  • You put : before a block and you're not coding in Python.

  • You forget the $ and you're coding in Perl.

  • You print in the console with puts and you're not coding in Ruby.

  • You enclose everything in () and you're not coding in Scheme or Clojure.

  • You try to use a previously undeclared var and you're coding in AS3.

  • You use ++ and there is no such operator.

  • Was it .. or ... ?

And so on. Or why changing the programming language you're coding in more than a few times in a few hours is not a good idea.

P.S. How about a bug turning into a feature? The enemy tanks in my course project game are killing each other. Why not?
Quorra
"Simply put, privacy is the border where we draw a line between how far a society can intrude into our personal lives."

"As social animals we can't bear the idea of missing out and so many find themselves placing their most intimate expressions onto a businessman's hard-disk, buried deep in a data center in another country - one they will never be allowed to visit."

"Computer and telecommunication networks store digital echoes or footprints of our thoughts and records of personal lives.
From banking, to booking, to socialising: we submit a variety of detailed, personalised information, which is driving new modes of business, social interaction and behavior. We have now become accustomed to giving away what was (and still is) considered private information in exchange for what is presented as more personalised and tailored services, which might meet our needs, but cater to our greed.
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From "The CryptoParty Handbook"
Blue hair
Shirley and Brody sound so amazing together.







Stop those voices in your head
They eat away your will
You've everything you need

Hate the way they make you weak
They bring you to your knees
And steal your power away
01 06 14 - 1984 (quotes)
Enid at Authentic 50's Diner
"People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word."

"Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull."

"The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon."

"Sanity is not statistical"

"For the first time he perceived that if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself. You must know all the while that it is  there, but until it is needed you must never let it emerge into your consciousness in any shape that could be given a name."

"Stupidity was as necessary as intelligence, and as difficult to attain."

From "1984" by George Orwell
Enid Coleslaw
MPDG

Although the trope manic pixie dream girl has existed for a long time, only recently has it been given a name thanks to the contemporary pop culture. The film critic Nathan Rabin describes the MPDG as "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures".

Some cool manic pixie dream girls: Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) in "500 Days of Summer", Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World", Sam (Natalie Portman) in "Garden State", Clementine (Kate Winslet) in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".

Real Life

In fact Clemetine acknowledges the trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl and rejects the type:
Clementine: Too many guys think I'm a concept, or I complete them, or I'm gonna make them alive. But I'm just a fucked-up girl who's lookin' for my own peace of mind; don't assign me yours.

The truth is that a Dream Girl is, well, not real. Perfection does not exist in a world like this. Idealising somebody’s traits can lead to disappointments when expectations don’t meet reality. And that's where things get a little more dramatic that one can bear. Why being a character in somebody’s story when you can create your own?

Check also I was a Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Manic Pixie Dream Girls: Not So Fun Actually.
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