Good News Everyone: Sharper Image Is Bankrupt.

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on February 20th, 2008 in Stuff


I never thought this could actually happen but Sharper Image, the home of overpriced crap that nobody ever buys, is now bankrupt. Spencer's next?

Oh, and by the way, shares plunged 72% and are now sitting at 41c. That's from a 52 week high of $14.16.

CNN Money | Reuters | Google Finance


Sun buys MySQL for $1bln!

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on January 16th, 2008 in Databases, Linux, Programming, Technology

Updated: March 18th, 2008

"Didn't see that one coming. Their blog contains details to what this could mean for both companies. May as well be one of the most important takeovers of 2008 already!"

read more | digg story

Could this mean that the mysql cluster is finally going to get proper development attention? I don't know but sure as hell hope so. Congratulations to all mysql employees!…


Holy mother of god. This is the monitor of all monitors. This is the monitor king. 2880×900 resolution. Sign me up when it comes out, all I'll have to do is move into a bigger room that can actually fit it.

Source: http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/01/ces-2008-alienw.html

I saw this joke posted on the Internet and decided to keep it for future reference. But… is it even a joke? I don't think so! It's the goddamn truth.

What a woman says, what she really means…

I need = I want
We need = I want
It’s your decision = The correct decision should be obvious by now
Do whatever you want = You are going to pay for this later


Best Roommate Conflict Resolution Method. Bourne Style.

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on January 5th, 2008 in Humor

Simon, this one is for you.

Jason Bourne Roommate Conflict Resolution – Watch more free videos


Snowstorms in Tahoe!!

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on January 5th, 2008 in Personal

Finally, the snowstorms in Tahoe are raging! CNN posted this video of a reporter Kevin "Coop" Cooper in Kirkwood, CA resort, who talks about current weather conditions and gives some snow stats. Who's up for some snowboarding?!



Christmas Tree in Kharkov, Ukraine 2007-2008

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on January 5th, 2008 in Beer Planet

Christmas Tree in Kharkov, Ukraine 2007-2008
YouTube – Новогодняя елка в Харькове 2007-2008

I've never seen a tree this cool, even in US. Makes me kind of proud of the city where I grew up. Check it out….


Google Helps Break Down The Language Barrier (In A Brilliant Way)

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 19th, 2007 in Awesomeness

Today Google announced the release of 29 translating robots that you can just add to your friends list in Google Talk. Then you can talk to them, getting instant translation in return. You can also enter a group chat and use the bots as translators between other people and yourself.

The only downside is that the Google Talk client doesn't seem to support group chats just yet, so you have to use the Gmail in-page one.

I think it's a brilliant idea if you ever deal with foreign languages. How many times have I forgotten a word while translating a paper or trying to talk to my mom back in Ukraine? A quick IM to the en2ru Google bot and …


Touristy Things To Do In San Francisco And Around It

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 17th, 2007 in Personal, Stuff


I was looking through some old papers while cleaning out the closet and found this list that Milla made for my mom when she was visiting. I quickly jotted it down for future reference. Here it is in no particular order:

In San Francisco

Outside San Francisco


Fun With The Kill-A-Watt

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 15th, 2007 in Personal, Stuff

Updated: December 19th, 2007

If you haven't heard yet, there's a cool useful little device that you can buy for about $20, called the Kill-A-Watt. You plug it into the power outlet, then plug something into it and observe various fun facts about the plugged in device, such as the power consumption, voltage, amperage, etc. I started plugging things in and recording power consumption that you can see below. Here are the results I got so far (updated often):


A Happy Weatherman?

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 10th, 2007 in Humor

Found this on digg today, which caused me to literally laugh out loud. Is this guy just too happy to report the weather or just looking to score a promotion?


Don't forget to read some of the digg comments. For example:

  • "Maybe he's hoping it'll just blow over."
  • "With a wang the size of Ohio you would think he would have a better job than local weather."
  • "Who would want a wang the shape of E.T.'s finger? Unless it's to "probe" people for all their memories like in American Dead"
  • "Well that was a hard one to look at."

DEATH BY CUTENESS: Orphaned baby owls adopted by cuddly toy mom!

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 12th, 2007 in Beer Planet

Updated: December 17th, 2007

An adorable group of orphaned baby owls have been adopted by a silly-looking stuffed toy owl, after they were found on the brink of death in the wild. You have to see the photo to believe it – you will die of cuteness!


read more | digg story

Are you dead yet?…


Got Drinks?

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 11th, 2007 in Personal

Help me pick something from my shelf. What should I drink tonight? (Yeah, yeah, work is tomorrow but who are you to judge me?)



24 Back In '94

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 10th, 2007 in Humor

Welcome. You've got mail. …


The 300 Counterstrike Idiots

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 10th, 2007 in Entertainment, Humor

Tonight, we dine, in de_dust! …