What I'm am listening nowadays?

Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist by Tyler Cowen.

Despite the fact that the book has a promising title it is boring. It is hard to grasp why the book is boring. The book is full of curious facts and statistics, but somehow listening to the books is not a great pleasure. I had to force myself not to stop listening. It looks to me if the author tried to compile his publications that he published in different magazines into a single book. It is an easy way to make money. Everything is already written. Just package it together and the book is done.
But for some mysterious reason whatever worked well for journal publications didn't work for the book.

My favorite piece from the book was how to select good restaurants.

Exploit Restaurant Workers

Quality food is cheaper when cheap labor is available to cook it. In a relatively wealthy country like the United States, cheap labor can be hard to find. We have a high level of labor productivity and a minimum wage; in some cases even illegal immigrants earn more than the legal minimum. But one obvious place to find cheap labor is in family-owned, family-run Asian restaurants. Family members will work in the kitchen or as waiters for relatively little pay, or sometimes no pay at all. Sometimes they’re expected to do the work as part of their contribution to the family. The upshot is that these restaurants tend to offer good food buys....

Get Out of the City and Into the Strip Mall
If a restaurant cannot cover its rent, it is not long for this world. According to a 2005 study, more than half of all restaurants close in the first three years of operation, so this is not a small problem. You can lay off kitchen staff when times get tough, or substitute the cheaper tilapia for the fancier and scarcer Chilean sea bass. But rent is a fixed cost, meaning that you have to pay it every month no matter how many customers walk through the door and no matter what ingredients you are serving.

Low-rent restaurants can experiment at relatively low risk. If a food idea does not work out, the proprietor is not left with an expensive lease. As a result, a strip-mall restaurant is more likely to try daring ideas than is a restaurant in, say, a large shopping mall. The people with the best, most creative, most innovative cooking ideas are not always the people with the most money. Many of them end up in dumpier locales, where they gradually improve real-estate values.

An abridged version of the piece was originally published in

In either case, I've subscribed to the author's blog at

Five-minute journaling

It is a time to restart my journal. I have been thinking about doing it for a long time. The entries are going to be short. Most likely they are going to be in English. English is not going to be grammatically correct. After all, English is my fourth language. I'm trying to speak English at home nowadays. If I speak Russian and switch to English after I stumble on words and my speech is not fluent. For most people, not fluent speech is a sign of low intelligence.

What are the plans for the day? Do more SolidWorks tutorials. I'm trying to learn new tools. Also, find five minutes to review Spanish on Duolingo and study another German lesson.

OK, Five minutes are up. Time to go back to work.

Девочкам о коже

Рассказы ветеранов

Кожу, как и честь, надо беречь смолоду. Конечно шоколадный загар с отливом в бронзу по нашим стандартам красоты - оч-ччень даже... По-молодости он и у меня имелся каждое лето, благодаря целенаправленному поджариванию на южном солнце. И, возвращаясь после каникул/отпуска в затянутую дождями столицу, было так приятно жмуриться в лучах комплиментов. Но сейчас все это "богатство" вылезает малоэстетичными пятнами и пятнышками, от которых так трудно избавиться. Жжешь, жжешь их лазером, а они опять лезут и лезут - много их потому что. Вернее, его - меланина. Так что , вместо того , чтобы потом избавляться от проблемы, как от назойливой мухи, лучше обратить внимание на превентивные меры: не жариться на солнце до посинения, вернее, почернения, пользоваться солнцезащитным кремом, носить шляпу. Я вдруг призадумалась - так ли уж безумны религиозные или арабские женщины, закутанные с головы до пяток? Я теперь сама - да, в эту жару - хожу в полотняной курточке с рукавами, закрывающими руку почти до кончиков пальцев. Потому что легкие шарфики и кружевные перчатки не спасают от нашего Солнца в зените. Доктор Эльман, рассказывая о красотах Санкт-Петербурга, в котором она впервые побывала этим летом, вспоминала не только о красоте дворцов и набережных. Среди прочего, она отметила и то, насколько отличается кожа северянок. А наша в нашем пекле дубеет и скукоживается, и об этом надо все время помнить