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I’m muted

October 23, 2008

This blog has been dead for quite a long time. I was going to reactivate this blog since a long time.

Actually, this might happen quite soon but not now, yet. The problem is that I’m, in modern sense, muted person these days – I’m offline due to fact that I moved to a new flat.

Surprisingly enough, I cannot find any decent internet provider in centre of Warsaw which is the capital city of Poland. I don’t have any good explanation to this situation, in all other places I used to live in Warsaw there was never even a tiny problem with internet connection.

Anyway, there is a chance that I’ll be back online around next weekend. Meanwhile, I enjoy being muted person – I can focus on listening and reading more.

See you soon, here!

Pal! How can I call you?

April 22, 2007

Today I decided to have a rest from pushing Cocoon’s caching to it’s limits and studying Affine spaces. Despite having long stroll through Warsaw I’ve recorded pronunciation of my full name.

Only after communicating with foreign people for a while I realized that pronunciation of my name can be troublesome for non-Slav folks. What’s more tricky, I have hard times to explain it by analogy to other words. Recently several people asked me to put sound file on the Web (thanks Sylvain for suggestion to post it on my blog). So here it comes in two versions:

(content is the same, make a choice according your beliefs)

Ok, you’ve heard it. What about repeating in quickly? Is it hard to repeat or only hard to guess looking at written word?

There was a constant confusion about name so I invented a shortcut/nickname: Grek. Actually, originally it was g[R]eK to make it h4x0r-like and increase the chance it’s unique. I’ve decided to switch to simpler form because I’m not crazy about being a geek anymore. Quite opposite, I would love to have so natural smile as Ayo has:

Ok, I’m just going more and more off-topic so it’s time to finish my post.
In short: call me Grek or Grzegorz and don’t forget to tell me you are going to visit Poland. I’d be happy to see how good you are at pronunciation of Polish names. 🙂