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» It's pronounced “Koo-bee-tza”!

In a few moments the show in Bahrain with our Robert Kubica's main role will start. And the foreigners should really learn how to pronounce the name, cause they will really need it :-)

How to celebrate Kubica's Pole Position? As an experiment I bought Lithuanian wheat beer Švyturys.

Švyturys

Švyturys

2008/04/06 13:25 | i_like_it/sport/

» Christmas gingerbread

As some of my regular readers might have noticed, the frequency of new blog posts dropped recently. I hope that being a just baked young father is a good enough excuse for that :-)

Regarding baking – today the whole family under the direction of my loved wife baked gingerbread cookies for Christmas. Yummy and lasting, they can even stay edible for several months, which is a nice feature for geeks and students. Highly recommended, if needed I can share the recipe. The wife can't be shared, I'm afraid.

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2007/12/23 23:47 | i_like_it/photo/

» The final countdown

It's going to happen tomorrow – the final race of 2007 Formula 1 season. I wonder which one of the three World Champion title pretenders will have the most luck…

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2007/10/21 00:30 | i_like_it/sport/

» Google and piracy (IT Crowd)

A second season of the cult TV series The IT Crowd is currently running on British TV Channel 4. If you don't happen to live on British Isles you have to help yourself (*cough*) to find the recent episodes. I heartily recommend watching it and to encourage you, here are two excerpts, which simply rock.

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2007/09/30 12:33 | i_like_it/film/

» Kubica - bad luck limit reached

Phew, those who followed the F1 Canada Grand Prix in Montreal can now breathe normally. Robert Kubica must have used up all the bad luck limit this season, though on the other hand one can also talk about lots of luck, as he was not injured. Honestly, when I saw the accident, the one is San Marino, Imola track, 1994 crossed my mind. It was when Ayrton Senna was not so lucky. I was also watching the race live in TV and I remember commentators' suggestions that maybe he moved his head after the crash and maybe he'll survive. Unfortunately that was not the case.

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2007/06/12 22:07 | i_like_it/sport/

» How to dump a (girl|boy)friend?

It would be great to dump at all, but if you have to, then for additional effect you can do it in public, with help from the local radio station. The whole thing happens live on an English radio Galaxy Yorkshire. For those who have never heard it yet, I honestly recommend this awesome clip: Danny Dumps - Angie.mp3.

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2007/05/11 21:27 | i_like_it/fun/

» Pulitzer Prize 2007

The poignant series of photos by Renée C. Byer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography category. It tells the story of lost battle with cancer. Highly recommended.

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2007/04/22 04:05 | i_like_it/photo/

» Good vs. Evil foosball table

Haha, a really funny foosball table, which features the teams of Good and Evil. In the first team you will find Mother Theresa, Flash Gordon, Mahatma Gandhi and of course God himself. The opposite team features such celebrities as Adolf Hitler, Jack the Ripper and Lucifer. I won't post the link to the table's maker, because they have a horrible website made in Flash.

When talking about foosball, I'd like to mention that I almost never played it for all my life until I came to Google, where I was quickly drawn into the game by my colleagues.

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2007/04/20 04:33 | i_like_it/sport/

» Polish Film Festival in Dublin finished

All good things come to an end; so does the festival of Polish films in the Irish Film Institute. As the last impression of Polish works, several films of Krzysztof Zanussi were shown. I went to see Persona non grata (2005), after which there was an hour long meeting with the director.

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2006/11/20 02:34 | i_like_it/film/

» Polish Film Festival in Dublin at half-way point

Continuing the recently mentioned topic I present my review of currently ongoing festival at Irish Film Institute.

One of the biggest attractions of recent days was obviously the visit of Jerzy Stuhr and his two meetings with viewers: one on Saturday after showing Three Colours: White (1994) and the other on Sunday after Tomorrow's Weather (2003). The first meeting was devoted to Krzysztof Kieślowski and his cooperation with Stuhr. He outlined how they worked together throughout the years, starting with the film The Scar (1976), then the cult movie Camera Buff (1979), later Decalogue Ten (1989) and finally the above mentioned White. One must also mention the unfinished project of prematurely deceased Kieślowski – Big Animal (2000).

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2006/11/17 05:13 | i_like_it/film/

» Inconvenient truth

For cinema lovers or ecologists, the title of this post should be familiar. Obviously I will be talking about An Inconvenient Truth (2006) directed by Davis Guggenheim. The main topic of the documentary is the phenomenon of global warming as seen by the Vice President and Almost-A-President-But-Not-Quite :-) Al Gore. The film was highly acclaimed by both critics and U.S. audience. The question is if they really took the message to their hearts or if they forgot about it just after leaving the cinema.

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2006/11/04 04:26 | i_like_it/film/

» The Polish Film Festival in Dublin

What can a Pole living in Dublin do on the Polish Independence Day (11th November)? For instance, he/she can go to a cinema to see a good Polish film! It's another example of an attraction for Poles living in Ireland, after my recent post about Polish football games on TV. Irish Film Institute (a really good cinema, showing mostly non-mainstream repertoire) is organising, in cooperation with our Embassy, The Polish Film Festival. The movie choice is indeed interesting and an additional bonus are the festival's guests: Jerzy Stuhr and Krzysztof Zanussi. If that was not enough, for history lovers the exhibition Roads to Freedom in St. Michael and John's Church. Bravo!

Update: the festival at half-way point.

2006/11/02 00:24 | i_like_it/film/

» Enron: the meanest guys in the room

The title above is a paraphrase of a great documentary movie title: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005). I watched the film at least five times and I think it was done really professionally. For those, who have not heard about Enron, I would like to remind that it was about the biggest corporate bankruptcy in the history of the USA, which in 2001 sank not only Enron and its multiple subsidiaries, but also a well known consulting giant Arthur Andersen. Thousands of employees lost their jobs in one day and, what's worse, they also lost their life's savings, which they invested into artificially inflated Enron stock.

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2006/10/27 01:20 | i_like_it/film/

» Fernando Alonso the champion of Formula 1 2006!

And finally Fernando in the last race of the season held on Interlagos curcuit in Brasil finished on the second place, which was more than enough to score his second World Championship title. Obviously, an important event of the final part of the season was the announcement of Michael Schumacher's retirement from Formula one, as well as his outstanding performance in recent races. Obviously he was also keen to get the top podium spot in Brasil, but technical difficulties were against him. Nevertheless, big respect for his crazy chase today from the last place, when he was almost a lap behind, to the fourth position at the end. Bar the flat tyre, Ferrari looked invincible.

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2006/10/23 01:12 | i_like_it/sport/

» Polish football game featured on Irish TV

I was quite surprised today when I saw that the Irish sports TV channel, Setanta Sports was showing a live broadcast of the Euro 2008 qualification game between Poland and Kazakhstan.

Surely this is quite an important game for Poles, but seeing it abroad was quite unusual. In addition to that, they didn't show the game of their own Irish team vs. Cyprus, which took place at the same time. The explanation is simple – at least 100 000 people migrated from Poland to Ireland since we entered the European Union and it is a very substantial number for such a small country. Apparently people at Setanta are good observers and they felt this will bring them more viewers. The Irish are more into their own sports – Gaelic Games, like hurling and Gaelic football. Conveniently, these sports are almost unknown outside Ireland, so they can comfortably say they are the best in the world.

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2006/10/07 23:32 | i_like_it/sport/

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