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CD’s are history

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Going Obsolete.”

In my childhood CD’s were cool. If you got one, that meant, that you are the true fan of an artist. You have heard more songs from him than there are on the radio. And you could listen to these songs unlimited times, and weren’t even bothered by rewinding them for a long time as it was with tapes.

And there was a fuss with players too. You had to get a quality player, so that it didn’tskip a beat when you shook it more than you should. They also were too big to put in your pockets, so you had to keep them in hands or put in a bag.

I knew the sequence of songs on many, many CD’s.

However, when recently a professor ir my university demanded our homework to be submitted in a CD, I discovered, that there are no CD writers left in my home. Laptops have been getting thinner for a while, and the have lost much weight by losing CD writer. Also with the cloud technologies like Dropbox I no longer have a need to put files on a CD.

I miss CD’s not just because they remind e of my childhood, but also because they were so beautifully designed.

Do you still use CD’S?

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Adventure while travelling

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Kindness of Strangers.”

Recently I was on a trip to he Austrian Alps. I was travelling in a bus with a small trailer, where our bikes were stored. On our way back we decided to go through the Czech Republic during night. We were near the Polish border when around midnight our gasoline ended.

We were stuck. No gas stations nearby. Middle of a night in a foreign country. No one to call for help.

So our driver stood next to the bus, waved a flashlight and hoped to stop a passing by car.

Shortly after that a German woman in a Dachia stopped. But she was afraid of us (Latvians in the Czech midnight with a bus four times bigger than her car) so she drove away.

We tried to stop another vehicle, but no one stopped for about an hour.

When we started to lose our hope, some Belarusians stopped and offered to drive to the nearest gas station. Ten minutes after their and our drivers departure they returned – our driver had forgotten his wallet in the bus. The next drive to the gas station was more successful. We had the gasoline enough, to get to the Polish gas stations.

Big thanks to the mysterious Belarusians in the middle of the Czech night on highway! Europe with its versatile inhabitants is great and surprising.

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Summer in Latvia

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In the Summertime.”

In this prompt I am supposed to write about highlights of my summer so far. Instead Ii want to tell you a sad joke.

There are two kinds of winter in Latvia. The Green one is OK, and the white one is a bit colder.

And by the green winter is meant summer. Because sometimes temperature in summer solstice and in Christmas differs by 4 degrees. And this year I have experienced about three days of summer so far.

Recently I was on a trip to Austrian Alps and spent a week there riding a bike. This definitely is worth mentioning, when talking about summer. Unfortunately, it was raining all the time there too.

So I would like to request for the real summer to come here already. I want to go swimming, read a book on a beach or have warm evening barbecue.

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Millenials

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Generation XYZ.”

I was born on 1990 and for a while belonged to the generation everyone talked about. We were the ones who had computers when growing up, yet we still knew what a cassette recorder is and what the picture on the “save” button stands for.

However, now the trends have changed and a new generation to talk about has come. The mysterious millenials. They have touched more tablets than sandcastles in their childhood. Their favorite musical artists rarely have any meaningful lyrics in their singles. Everyone tries to be unique, which makes everyone similar.

I don’t think, that these changes in generations are as big, as they are portrayed in media. Yes, technology has changed the way we communicate and express ourselves, but it will take more than YouTube and 9gag to change the basic human nature and needs.

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Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Take It From Me.”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve given someone that you failed to take yourself?

This is one of my favorite sayings, not just because it sounds cool. Sometimes I tell it to others, when they are trying too much and going with this in a wrong direction.

I feel satisfied, when I can get things done. Finish a task. Complete a mission. Unfortunately, this sometimes involves troubling some long-forgotten tasks that other people haven’t finished.

What would you rather do:

  • finish a task, but remind others about their part of the task;
  • leave it be, until someone else troubles you?

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Biking in Austria near Krimml waterfalls

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Snapshot Stories.”

In the previous week I was on a trip to Austria. This picture is taken with the Krimml waterfalls in the background. This is the highest waterfall in Austria, and it is truly magnificent.

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As a tip for tourists I can say, that one of the best views of the waterfall is from the top of the opposing mountain. There you can see all the length of the waterfall, and not just a fragment as in close up. There is a mountain road, which will be exciting for riding a bike too. Just be careful with the brakes! They tent do become very hot when riding down a mountain.

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Most productive time to work

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Golden Hour.”

There are a lot of theories, that are trying to increase your productivity and get better results at work. Some are plain silly, and some are really working. People are different and everyone can find something, that works for them.

Some say that the first two hours after waking up are the most productive. And instead of long breakfast, twitter-facebook-instagram checking and an hour long commute to work, you should prepare your to-do list for the next day in advance. This gives you the chance to tackle the most important tasks of the day just in time when you are the most productive.

Another theory based on research and the use of an app called DeskTime suggests that you should take 17-minute breaks for every 52 minutes of work. This can boost your creativity and focus, that are so much needed for work, that requires a lot of concentration. There is a catch – these 17 minutes should be spent away from a computer, not just watching cute cat pictures or youtube.

I use a combination of both to increase my productivity. When I come upon a task, which I do not understand, or which requires precision and concentration, I try to schedule the task in the first three hours of my workday. And for the frequent brakes I use my water-glass as a measurement. Every time when I drink it empty, there is a valid reason to get up from my desk, to walk to the kitchen, to talk to colleagues a bit, to get a new drink and to come back. Some minutes away from a computer can be quite refreshing.

Which theory of most productive time to work do you support?