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Ask for more

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Powerful Suggestion.”

My advice to my self would be to ask for more. Generally I try to be as honest as I can, and I expect everyone to do the same. However, I feel now that it is not how the life works. I should at least ask for a bit more than I feel that I deserve. If I don’t get that, no one can say that I didn’t try.

So from now on I’ll try to use this advice. And not just externally – I also plan to ask more of myself. If I want to become even better version of myself, these are the things, that I should do:

  • Stay in touch with my friends;
  • Get up earlier;
  • Eat healthy;
  • Read more.

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Learn C# overnight

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Take That, Rosetta!.”

If I could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language I don’t currently speak, I would choose to be fluent at C#.

According to WikipediaC# (pronounced as see sharp) is a multi-paradigm programming language encompassing strong typing, imperative,declarative, functional, generic, object-oriented (class-based), and component-oriented programming disciplines.

So, what is the reason for my choice? In fact, there are a number of them:

  • If I knew C#, I could program the requirements, that I gather from clients;
  • C# Developer is a well-paid job;
  • C# is becoming open source;
  • My boyfriend uses .NET in his job, so I’d have more things to talk to him about;
  • I would like to speak Russian as well, but it’s quite hard, and cannot be learned overnight. 🙂
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If programming languages were tools

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Mother as a Mentor

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Mentor Me.”

According to dictionary, a mentor teaches and gives an advice to a less experienced person. To some extent, we all have mentors in our life.

For me the first and best mentor was my mother. She was a teacher of the German language, which gave her the experience of the best ways of teaching her children too.

I have learned uncountable lessons from her. They were both practical (how to make a soup) and intellectual (how it is important to think outside the box).

However, the lesson that I value the most at this time of my life is the sense, that time is valuable and limited resource, that has to be spent carefully. There are days for working and there are those for relaxation, but they all have to lead to some greater purpose. The trick in life is to find the purpose to fulfill, the one that gives the most satisfaction.

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5 Ways to Deal With the Anger

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Mad as a Hatter.”

  1. Exercise – a good sweating session or a great walk can make you feel better and channel your anger into something more productive.
  2. Take a deep breath or five. Breathing exercises can slow down your angry heart rate and give you time to evaluate the situation. Listening to music can also help to relax.
  3. Use humor – release tension either by making a joke or just letting the anger go while browsing funny things on 9gag.
  4. Identify possible solutions – if something can be done about the thing that angers you, then do it, if nothing can be done then there is no reason to stay angry. Reading this book may give you some advice.
  5. Ask yourself – will this be important 5 years from now. It always makes me feel better when I get angry or stressed out about the unimportant things.

A century old history of music

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “From the Collection of the Artist.”

To characterize the art and the time of the year 2015, a quote from the Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens can be put here:

It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,

we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

However, in contrast to this beautiful, but reasonably older writing, in this exhibition we want to introduce you to the reason, why this period can be considered as the dark age of music. About that time the art of music hit its lowest form, and the worst songs of the previous year can be heard here:

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The Planet of Cats

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Interplanet Janet.”

I am a cat person, so I would love for a cat planet to exist. So there is a list of properties that my cat planet has:

  • The month is always March;
  • Each cat has a personal human door-opener, snuggler and food-giver;
  • The rivers are made from milk;
  • There is a blanket under every bush, so that cats can be comfortable during their daily napping;
  • There is no rain;
  • There are a lot of trees;
  • There are many bird-feeding places and they are not higher from ground than 50 centimeters, so they are also cat-feeders.

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All It’s Cracked Up to Be

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “All It’s Cracked Up to Be.”

Currently I am working as a systems analyst and one of the things I have to do is presenting new features of the system to the clients. Showing the system may take two forms:

  1. Demo – when one person shows the system for others who are just watching;
  2. User training – when one person demonstrates what to do and others have computers and they repeat the demonstrated scenarios.

With new system features the second kind of showing may become stressful, because there are a lot of unknown parameters:

  • The system may work slower than usual, when numerous people simultaneously push the “Save” button in the test environment;
  • There may be more people in the training than there were in the invitation, so the demonstrators have to give them rights in the system;
  • The system may be slow, if no one has clicked through scenario in that day (SharePoint);
  • The system integrates with other systems, and all these are test versions, so some integrations may stop working;
  • Trainees usually want to test their favorite scenarios, not the suggested ones;
  • etc.

No one can control all this, and no one guarantees, that the training will succeed. However, I have received two pieces of advice from colleagues, that have helped me to  turn the trainings out exactly as I’d hoped.

The first is to click through the scenario before the demonstration, pretending to be like a simple user – with test user, with fewer rights, with some more steps than will be actually shown. This can make the system a bit faster, and gives confidence.

And the other advice is meant to calm me – it doesn’t matter whether I stress about the demonstration or not, because the performance of the system if not affected by my mood. System will do what it was programmed to do. So I can be calm, because stressing out doesn’t make anything better.

Since I have received and used these advice, the demonstrations of the system have gone as well, as was expected.

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