Etymology of Miregia

November 30, 2010

Miregia – это обратное прочтение Aigerim, или Айгерим, казахского женского имени, где “Ай” – луна, “керім” – красавица. В целом имя переводится как «Луноликая красавица». Есть и другая трактовка имени. Согласно ей, это имя переводится как «ах, какая красивая». Так прозвал Абай Кунанбаев свою любимую по имени Шукиман, настоящее имя которой ему не понравилось. Этот эпизод описан в романе Ауэзова «Путь Абая», после которого имя Айгерим стало популярным среди казахов (из
В школе я эту книгу читал и благополучно забыл. Вспомнил об ней, когда регистрировал свою первую фирму.

Все возможные комбинации русских слов, даже букв, были уже заняты. Мой английский словарный запас, сравнимый с запасом Эллочки-Людоедки из Двенадцати стульев, также не помог. Выручила память о школе. Видимо ее рацвет пришелся на те годы…


A Concept to measure a pain

November 28, 2010

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

John Lennon

When I read this phrase I was struck how precisely John formulated my feelings during sad events, happening in our lives.

Virtual Déjà vu

November 28, 2010

Virtual Déjà vu as a paradox of past uncompleted activities refers to the point that in virtual reality we can do what we may not always do in real life. In virtual reality under nicknames, or without them, we are much more free to compose and publish music and poetry, introduce any crazy theory (I don’t mean myself), be different (in most cases, in better way) from ourselves in real lives.

And first thing to do in virtuality is to complete whatever is started/thought out, but not completed, in reality.

Mitigation of Black Swan events on individual level

November 28, 2010

The Black Swan idea came from the book “The Black Swan. The impact of the highly improbable.“, written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Black Swan events are highly improbable events, like financial crisis, wars, happening time by time in our history.

The same book elaborates a little bit about mitigation strategy. These are quotes from the book:

“The idea that in order to make a decision you need to focus on consequences (which you can know) rather than the probability (which you can’t know) is the central idea of uncertainty.”

And the general rules are:

a. Make a distinction between positive contingencies and negative ones.
b. Don’t look for the precise and the local. Simply, do not be narrow-minded.
c. Seize any opportunity, or anything that looks like opportunity.
d. Beware of precise plans by governments. The interest of these civil servants is to survive and self-perpetuate.
e. Do not waste your time trying to fight forecasters, stock analysts, economists, and social scientists, except to play pranks on them.

But then, I started thinking of me and my family. Should I rebalance my pension money in something more safe than stocks and bonds? Should I buy a bigger car to survive a car accident? Or call my insurance agent and ask for critical illness insurance? What else should I do?

Probably, you have ideas and, probably, I will agree with them. But what about other Black Swan events?

Subtheory of Controllable stupidity

November 27, 2010

Controllable stupidity is one of the components of my theory of gravitation (see page About a Theory).

Each person has certain amount of stupid things to do in his/her life. So, if we do some of them intentionally, or under control, it will reduce a number of uncontrollable stupidities, with overall stupidity balance unchanged.

And if this idea is stupid, I made safe stupid assumption without hurting anybody and reduced my overall allocated stupidity by one point.

If this idea is not true, at least it is entertaining, I hope.

There are some advices how to implement controllable stupid things, e.g. for Russian speaking audience.

Мой перевод с белорусского одного стихотворения

November 26, 2010

Што робіцца з душой, калі пакіне цела?

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Што робіцца з душой, калі пакіне цела?
Адказаў шмат. Праверыць не магу.
Магчымы варыянт: душа ўзлятае смела,
а я па полі хлопчыкам бягу…
Дарога адыходзіць… Вечар цёплы…
А за дарогай млее райскі сад,
ад адчування шчырасці пяшчотнай
няспынны час вяртаецца назад.


Куда уйдет душа, когда покинет тело?
Ответы есть. Проверить не могу.
Возможный вариант: душа взлетает смело,
а я по полю мальчиком бегу…
Дорога исчезает… Вечер теплый…
А за дорогой тает райский сад,
От ожидания искренности нежной
Ход времени вращается назад.

Let’s get started!

November 23, 2010