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  1. My experience with War and Piece

    Do I write this post as a result of having finally finished reading War and Piece (Война и Мир)? Did I read the epic novel in spirit of my eagerness …

  2. Public speaking reflection

    I’ve continued with public speaking conquests on two fronts: in the digital medium of a virtual Toastmasters club, and in the physical medium of my locally organized club.

    In …

  3. A modest little table topic

    2018 has turned into 2019. 2017 was still the year a moment ago. 2020 is as surely to follow, and in but a few turns of tide, in but a …

  4. On constructive conversations

    Have you ever been on the receiving end of a conversation and felt drained, while your face gradually acquires a more grim and intense shape?

    There is a constructive and …

  5. Yearly assessment 2018

    I surpassed the year mark since I started to actively maintain this blog. What has this milestone enabled? What lessons have I captured?

    Initially, I didn’t have a particular …

  6. Decisions, trees and cycles

    I’ve been having recurring conversations with myself on the merits of past decisions; not necessarily my decisions, but the decision making process and analysis in general. There is nothing …

  7. Assimilate vs adapt that language

    How you’re psychologically disposed to that language will play a paramount role in determining your ultimate progress. Having said that, I’ll pose the following question. Do you wish …

  8. What is this success in languages?

    In language development, I consider factors such as degree of fluency, the speed of development, and the extent of naturally sounding vocalization. I would classify the above as simply your …

  9. Creating a public speaking club

    In Curitiba, BR, Toastmasters clubs are scarce. Until recently, a few specialized TM clubs had existed. Now, even those no longer appear in the search.

    While I had transferred my …

  10. The elusive guttural ‘r’

    I finally succeeded at voicing that infamous guttural ‘r’. It marks my greatest linguistic achievement in a while. You know the sound I speak of - the ‘r’ articulated entirely from …

  11. Foz do Iguaçú and the value of experiences

    I happened to spend a couple of days at Foz do Iguaçú last week upon my return to Brazil. The small city, situated at the triangular border with Argentina and …

  12. Focus on the core, independent components

    Suppose you have a challenge you need to address. See if you can identify the causality relationship from the root of the challenge to the goal. Represent it in the …

  13. About not sure what

    I’ve been entertaining a recurring thought about my arrivals in Brazil. Each time I return, just a tiny sip instantly triggers the immense pleasure found in the unmistakable taste …

  14. A few words on programming yourself

    Over breakfast I skimmed most of the book Mind Hacks: Tips & Tools for Using Your Brain, by Tom Stafford & Matt Webb. It explores the functioning of our brain, hearing, vision …

  15. At a bunker

    I always enjoyed taking meals in a basement. You could also call it a bunker. It need not be a glorified bunker either. It need not be a Bavarian beer …

  16. Toastmasters from physical to virtual

    I had to transition from my Toastmasters club in presence of impending travels. How was I to proceed with public speaking development, which I had adapted like a healthy sport …

  17. Jazz tastes

    My taste buds for jazz listening have become considerably spoiled. A classic bop composition no longer excites me in the way it used to. Too many chords. Too much rhythmic …

  18. A few stoic ideas from an ancient text

    Simple ideas have survived the test of time. Or have they? In my on-and-off attempts to read Marcus Aurelius, I’ve encountered much allusion to Stoicism, the same guiding principles …

  19. On marginal value of books

    I see several reasons for wanting to read a book.

    1. To learn new material.
    2. To be inspired.
    3. To be entertained by the content.
    4. To enjoy fantastically written prose.

    The more …

  20. How to leverage a multi-language OS environment

    If you’re a multi-language fanatic like myself, you want the ease of switching between languages in a variety of contexts. These include typing, spell-checking and interfacing with applications in …

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