Там Зад Ъгъла…

Там зад ъгъла където
Времето застинало стоеше
С крак връз крак и бутилка във ръцете.
Там зад ъгъла където
Кронос на мухлясало вонеше
И Атлас се бореше със свод на раменете.

Там зад ъгъла където
Озирис претегляше делата
На мъртъвци покрити с плесен.
Там зад ъгъла където
Сет изяждаше телата
Под стоновете на надгробна песен

Там на ъглов бар седя
Сервира ми барманът прашен
Пия коктейл “Разбита мечта”
Пълен с мухъл някогашен
Животът ти изглежда страшен
Но кой ли би поискал кръст
Имам ли вид на уплашен?
Как ли би изглеждал ти покрит със пръст

Там зад ъгъла където
Вечността е домакиня
На самотник със невидимо лице.
Там зад ъгъла където
Потънало във черна тиня
Окъпано във кръв е моето сърце.

Там зад ъгъла където
Хамлет продължава да се чуди
Затворен в замък от лъст и мечти.
Там зад ъгъла където
Спяща красавица не ще се събуди
И където Пепеляшка по принца си вечно ще скърби.

Там те чакам, но защо ли
Маската ми е в разплакани бои ?
Обичам те, но късно е нали ?
Там зад ъгъла и твоят принц стои.
Нека кули пясъчни строи
А аз ще търкам стола мръсен.
Обичам те, не го ли разкри ?!
Дайте ми да пия ! Стана късно.

Там зад ъгъла където
Във дворец от красота
Избиват се и обичат боговете.
Там зад ъгъла където
В пелена от самота
Те чакам, там зад ъгъла където
Аз те чакам …

Чакам …

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Добър вечер, добре дошли на веселбата
Бакхус, Хадес давам ви душата
моя, изтерзана, нека бъде ваша,
Но първо ми сипете пълна чаша.

Къде ли сбърках ми кажете,
Озирис, Один моля говорете.
Докато слушам, за загрявка,
Искам пълна чаша с подигравка.

Да поговорим честно и открито
За знания дълбоко скрити.
На цигара със марихуана
Сипете ми със мъка пълна кана.

Пушейки канабисчето ведро
Обещания ми дайте щедри.
Ще ми се докато се дрогирам
Пълна чаша с радост да надигам.

Ще се задоволя и със хашиш
Но какво ще ми дадете за бакшиш?
Смърт ли? Или лековита течност?
Аз пък искам пълна чаша с Вечност.

Болката – мистичната подправка,
На щастието, унила подигравка
Със живота. И отново
Искам пълна чаша със отрова.

Летален изгрев, последна светлина
Бутилка пълна, с етикетче “ТЪМНИНА”
Ще ми се да пия кръвчица от вампир,
Или просто пълна чаша със любовен еликсир.

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song of the day: Marillion – The Last Straw

:) So many years later, still one of the best albums ever… And the text of this song still deeply in touch with my thinking…

And if you ever come across us don’t give us your sympathy
You can buy us a drink and just shake our hands
And you’ll recognize by the reflection in our eyes
That deep down inside we’re all one and the same

We’re clutching at straws
We’re still drowning Clutching at straws

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Дали да скоча от балкона,
Дали ще мога да летя?
Дали да плюя на закона
(Нютонов) И да сбъдна таз мечта?

Дали пък няма да се сплескам,
И да взема да умра?
Чашата си пълна да разплискам,
сметката да си платя.

Дали да дръпна спусък,
Да си пусна палавник-куршум?
И кой ще оцелее в този сблъсък,
Желязото или скъпоценният ми ум?

Дали с въже около врата
Да открия красотата да висиш?
Да погледна на света
Отгоре, с весело изцъклени очи.

Дали мечтите да вградя във кула,
Да я изградя насред нощта?
И там под черно-бяло було
Невяста да ми е Смъртта.

Дали от мъка да препия?
Дали Паметта си със забрава да залея?
Дали от мъка самотен да изгния?
Дали от мъка, за по-весело да поживея?!

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Careless, Reckless, Using Excessive Force

And as I am in the mood, let me post something else. Again in English. I type faster in English :) In my favorite topic – soccer.

So yesterday, there was a game between teams that are not so dear to me. One of them, playing in red, being the mortal enemy and all other soccer cliches for my favorite team and the other, having the luck of being managed by the most annoying soccer manager ever. So I didn’t watch the game. Just watched some highlights as I usually do when I don’t care who wins or loses but still think the play itself will be and worth the 5-10 minutes of watching.

And then it started – first it was the so called commentators on the telly, then it was my FB friends and then the English soccer media. All of them with the endless narrative of “this player was shown an unjust red card”. For this challenge:


So I thought. Let’s read the rules of the game. And I did: http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/afdeveloping/refereeing/law_12_fouls_misconduct_en_47379.pdf:

Reckless” means that the player has acted with complete disregard of the danger to, or consequences for, his opponent: a player who plays in a reckless manner shall be cautioned
Using excessive force” means that the player has far exceeded the necessary use of force and is in danger of injuring his opponent: a player who uses excessive force shall be sent off

Look at the picture (or just find a video in the net). Read the two lines above. It is that simple.

The problem with the two lines above is not that they are wrong. The problem with the above two lines is that soccer referees are not following them consistently. The rest is media and fan talk. But please – before talking, read the rules. Reading shall set you free.

PS. In the meantime, Nigel De Jong sues Nani for copyright infringement.

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Exclusive: End of the world approaching – Yahoo! employees required to work in the office

It has been a while since I posted here. And here is a post in English :)

So there has been great disturbance in the force recently. Or so they say. The sith lord(ess) of Yahoo!, Darth(ess) Marissa issued a decree that hereby orders her subjects that they work from their Yahoo! office and no from the cozy location of their homes. In short, the end of the world is approaching.

I mean, really???

Reading the tech press, FB blog posts, even a random post in Internet that triggered my deeper thinking on the topic and eventual posting here, you would believe that that the current Yahoo! CEO is the devil in disguise who bestows some hellish practices on her noble subjects.

I mean, really???

I guess I am old fashioned. Both in my managerial and regular-life thinking, but I can help but wonder, when did working from home became so important? When did working in the office became evil? But most importantly, when did we, the outsiders, became so self assured and so self important to cast (and shout loudly) our views upon those “in the know”? When?

Conventional wisdom… Entitlement… Self importance… Modern media… Memes…

There we have a CEO of a company in deep turmoil just less than an year ago. A company that has been going down since it heydays, more than 10 years ago. Imagine that. Going down for ~ 10 years. Now imagine that you are hired to turn around the trend. To make a company, still huge, that has been “the loser” for some odd 10 years, join the exclusive winners club. Are you going to do some bold decisions? Do you think bold decisions are needed?

And then this huge outcry for something so small. So logical. So boring should I say. Both – the decision and the outcry :)

When you are steadying the ship, you are supposed to start with the sailors, aren’t you? I mean, the ship is just a wood. It goes where sailors take it. So I would just guess. A little guess. That having the sailors around the captain’s deck and ON THE SHIP will actually help. You know, talking to them. Have them talking to each other. Having them knowing each other. Rough them up a bit…

It doesn’t *seem* to have anything with productivity, creativity and any other buzz words one must think of. It *seems* related to the old fashioned steadying the ship… And hell, Yahoo!’s ship surely needs quite steadying.

So here I am writing my first post in my blog for a while on a topic that seems so unimportant that it is pretty funny. But yet fascinating for me. So I thought of writing something :)

Anyway, my point – I believe in giving people the chance to do their own mistakes. Marissa Mayer is the one accountable for Yahoo!’s fate and if she thinks that this decision is best for the company – so be it. No one from us, the outsiders, know the details why this decision was made. And the trick is always in the details and the specifics. For any negative of her decision, there can be a positive. But they mean nothing without the details and the context. So let’s just relax and watch the show. Unless we own (I don’t :)) Yahoo! stock. But if this is the case, I guess we already hate Jerry Yang for not selling to Microsoft anyway :)

PS. And here is what, according to Quora, Yahoo! employes think about the WFH ban. Not a big deal but still interesting data point.

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Имаме шансове, групата изглежда преодолима….

И такааа, кой позна последното място на националите по футбол веднага след като групата беше изтеглена? :) Е, Уелс победи и спечели утешителното 4то място. Това е положението. А за всички които имаха някакви надежди – хайде де, не се ли научихте?

Толкова по въпроса за тази поредна футболна драма. :)

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Депресивни Мисли…

Ей така – гледаш си FB-то и какво постват приятелите ти, попадаш на няква гласувания в нет-а… Ми така като гледам, поколението от което спадам и аз, всичките май искаме по малко по-различен начин да живеем от гледна точка на управляващи…
В нет-а, където са младите, може би по-умните (е все пак знаем как да цъкаме с мишката), Светльо Витков отдавна е избран за президент. Това е някакси хем готино (щото и той и Венци са пичове), хем страшно депресивно:

  • тези пичове можеха да правят повече готина музика и да издават албуми, вместо да се занимават с глупости като кандидатиране за управлаването на държава
  • не мога да избягам от мисълта за това колко промити мозъци ги няма в нет-а да видим истинското съотношение на силите. Сивата тълпа я няма в нет-а, а подозирам че те са повечко
  • само двама са (засега)

Уф така де – да си го кажа ;) А и малко агитация за правилните кандидати:

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Better than Nostradamus :)

Almost 20 years ago we had a guy who pretty correctly predicted how the world of business (well, the whole world I dare saying) is going to look like today. I have to admit I am more than impressed. It is also an entertaining how his well thought analysis was attacked with pretty much political nonsense and how he was able to tackle that.

Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:
Part 5:
Part 6:

All worth watching…

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The Gift of Insults

Yavor reminded me this one:

There once lived a great warrior. Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger. His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land and many students gathered to study under him.
One day an infamous young warrior arrived at the village. He was determined to be the first man to defeat the great master. Along with his strength, he had an uncanny ability to spot and exploit any weakness in an opponent. He would wait for his opponent to make the first move, thus revealing a weakness, and then would strike with merciless force and lightning speed. No one had ever lasted with him in a match beyond the first move.
Much against the advice of his concerned students, the old master gladly accepted the young warrior’s challenge. As the two squared off for battle, the young warrior began to hurl insults at the old master. He threw dirt and spit in his face. For hours he verbally assaulted him with every curse and insult known to mankind. But the old warrior merely stood there motionless and calm. Finally, the young warrior exhausted himself. Knowing he was defeated, he left feeling shamed.
Somewhat disappointed that he did not fight the insolent youth, the students gathered around the old master and questioned him. “How could you endure such an indignity? How did you drive him away?”
“If someone comes to give you a gift and you do not receive it,” the master replied, “to whom does the gift belong?”

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Чудя се

Да взема пак да посписвам по някоя друга глупост тука… Ама ме мързиии…

Нищо де – ще пробвам пак. От утре :)

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New Year ;)

Soooo, let’s see:

  1. 2010:
    • Stay Alive – check ()
    • Stay (relatively) healthy – check ()
    • Stay sane – check (). That was tough though
    • Love thy wife – check ()
    • Love thy kids – check ()
    • Work – check ()
    • Have fun – check ()
  2. 2011
    • Stay Alive – really, make sure to do that :)
    • Stay (relatively) healthy
    • Stay sane – really important. For whatever reason insane people are not well received in the society :)
    • Love thy wife – Ani, I love you :)
    • Love thy kids – what’s not to love about them :)
    • Work – probably also need to join, Workaholics Anonymous
    • Have fun – a must do :)

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