Halloween 08 Light Show

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 25th, 2008 in Awesomeness

This is insane. Probably the best Halloween light show I've ever seen. Best part starts around 0:50. 3:53 is great too….


This Ought To Teach You To Not Go On Vacation

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 24th, 2008 in Awesomeness, Humor

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while: a friend of mine by the name of Thaya took this picture at his office recently and shared it on nowthen.com. I love office pranks, and this one is world-class! Check it out.


Kudos to the Coral8 team.

Credit: nowthen.com….


Hadoop Primer – Yet Another Hadoop Introduction

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 20th, 2008 in Databases, Programming

image I just came upon a pretty good Hadoop introduction paper posted on Sun’s wiki. Apache Hadoop is a free Java software framework that supports data intensive distributed applications. It enables applications to work with thousands of nodes and petabytes of data. Hadoop was inspired by Google's MapReduce and Google File System (GFS) (wikipedia). I wouldn’t call it an alternative to mysql – they’re in completely different weight categories. I like to think of Hadoop as a complement – I think it’s closer to memcached in its functions than to mysql. Perhaps a hybrid of both but a unique beast nonetheless. If you’re serious about scaling, you owe it to yourself to start exploring Hadoop yesterday.

A couple of …


More On Android – A Mobile OS With A Clue

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 15th, 2008 in Technology

I’d like to share this relatively new video that shows Google Android’s mutli-tasking capabilities and the seamless integration of these capabilities. Hey, it’s got a copy/paste too (eat that, iPhone!). Android is an OS that’s got a clue. I applaud Google developers for thinking ahead.

Run Multiple Apps, All At Once on Android-Powered Phones

You can view more videos from the Android/Google developers here….


Best Current Shows On TV That I’m Addicted To

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 12th, 2008 in Entertainment

Updated: November 16th, 2008

There are some shows on TV that make me vomit (hint: most, especially on MTV). Others don’t spark any interest at all. But there are select few that are anywhere from great to outstanding. I’m here to help you sort through all the bullshit.

Here is my list (these shows are relatively new, I didn’t want to include classics, like Seinfeld):

1. The Unit. Dennis Haysbert (that’s president Palmer from 24) and his crew make The Unit simply amazing. Each episode offers a new unique captivating mission, while sticking to the main plot. Battle action and The Unit’s family lives are mixed together perfectly. I recommend watching from season 1. A+.


2. How I Met Your Mother. Best …


How To Sort Folders The Same Way As Files In Total Commander

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 11th, 2008 in My Favorites, Stuff

For the longest time I wanted to sort folders (aka directories) in Total Commander but it just wouldn’t. The sort rules only applied to files and I never took the time to figure it out. Well, I found the option now, which I want to share. I can finally see what movies, ahem, I mean presentations, I downloaded last.

The option is right there, in the middle, Sorting Directories. The default is Always by name. Change it to Like files (also by time) and you’re done.



My Notes On Learning Python Coming From Perl

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 9th, 2008 in Programming

Updated: November 5th, 2008


I’m learning Python. Since I’m currently primarily a Perl coder, I decided it’d be a good idea to post and keep track of my experiences coming from heavy Perl. I have a few reasons for learning Python, which are:

  • to see what else is out there and broaden my horizons.
  • to keep my brain active by feeding it new tasty information every day.
  • to become a more valuable employee and potential future candidate.
  • to learn a new language, especially one used by giants like Google.
  • to learn a new OO language, as I’m tired of Perl’s hacky OO.
  • to build GUI applications. GUI in Perl is a big pain. I’ll see about Python.

So, without further ado, here are the …


A Chilling Sight – We Are All Doomed

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 9th, 2008 in Stuff

Updated: October 15th, 2008

Worst thing I’ve ever seen…





Edit: Oh, and this just knocked the wind out of me: this is the rate of return in my 401K account this year:


Edit #2: nope, that wasn’t the worst. Today (Oct 15, 2008) beats them all:




Sarah Palin's Intelligence

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 6th, 2008 in Politics

image I was just listening to the VP debate from the other day, the one so successfully punned by SNL, and was convinced further, beyond a reasonable doubt, how clueless, primitive, and short-minded Palin is. She is just a puppet in McCain's senile hands – I cannot believe almost half of America is unable to see that. McCain is not a Maverick and she is not a Maverick by far. I just cannot believe she is even running. McCain = Bush. Anyway, before I get fueled up too much and smash my keyboard, here is my point:

If there is a definitive way that I have devised of telling if a person is intelligent or not is this: if you say …