среда, 11 декабря 2013 г.

imagine - book advice

I would like to tell you about the book I've read recently, which is "Imagine" by Jonah Lehrer. I got it accidentally because I am subscribed to an "english-learning" page on vk.com and was hugely impressed with it. The book really changed my mind about some stuff and that is why I want to share my feelings with you, my dear readers.

This book is about creativity and insights, on the cover it says "Imagine. How creativity works." The author shows from different points of view, what influences our ideas and our imagination - how it works biologically, how were great inventions made, why brainstorming is a bad idea and crowded bathrooms are good one. How are greatest companies like Google or Apple organized inside, what's the difference between "insight-art" and "on-drugs-art" and why Israel is a good place for sharing ideas.

I've learned enormous things about creativity and imagination. I am a physicist, but I also work as a designer and both science and art need creativity, fresh ideas and insights. But it is never easy, as some people may think, great ideas are unique and they don't come to your head immediately when you need one, even if you are "ought" to be creative and overfilled with cool new stuff, and "Imagine" cleared some points of the process for me, I really started thinking easier about the way you create something new.

I would recommend this book for everyone, because the way new ideas appear in people's heads is fascinating and, probably, you will be the one who has the greatest idea in the world and should just get it out of your head? :)

If you had read this book, please share your opinion! And if you know something similar, I would like to read something else on this topic, personally, I'll definetely read other books of Jonah Lehrer! Are you reading anything good at the moment?

четверг, 5 декабря 2013 г.

master chief

As far as I am now done with my "spain-trip-posts", I can proceed with all the other stuff which was waiting to be posted.

Pretty sure you are now tired of sea, sightseeing and shopping, so I would like to talk about cooking. I am really bad at this, I like to make sweet things, like cakes, muffins and etc., but everything else turned out to be a disaster. As soon as I began living on my own, in a dorm, things changed to a slightly positive side - wherever you want to cook or not, you have to eat, so there weren't much choice and slowly I began to cook more "serious" stuff.

But all-time problem about dorm kitchens is that they are disgusting. It is just impossible to cook normally there, so when I study I prefer to make simple stuff like salads or to cook what I can do in my slo-cooker which I got as a birthday present.

So the thing is, when I get home, to Dubna, to our wonderful kitchen, it gives me endless amount of inspiration to cook. I made some really good progress in healthy cooking recently! I will just show you things I am particularly proud of, and if you want any recipes, just let me know!

Vegetable chicken soup.

Baked common sole with vegetables.

Baked salmon with herbs and lemon with asparagus. Baked asparagus is my all-time favourite!

среда, 4 декабря 2013 г.

spain part nine and last - shopping

Whoah, finally the last post! Hopefully next time I won't make nine posts about one trip, but it is so hard for me not to show you all I've seen!
I've complained about shopping in Spain, but guess it was just some bad luck - everyone told me they had a great experience there. But I still bought some stuff and here it is :)

CKIN2U duty free perfume.

Rings, H&M (set is similar to one I've bought in Germany).

Sunglasses, Bianco.

While being in Spain I ran out of some beauty stuff. I really-really enjoyed this Douglas make-up remover, unfortunately I bought a small size and here in Moscow there's no such brand.

Striped tops. Zara. I LOVE STRIPES!!!

Bag, H&M. Not really fond of this one, but it was a necessity and simple black one was the best choice.

Cardigan, H&M. Perfect cozy one.

Impulsive purchase from Prague - Krtek! This is a mole, cartoon character from the czhech cartoon I used to watch when I was a child. So cute!