The Midas List

Here the people who most successfully use venture capital to create wealth for their investors

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Donate your used car, truck, boat or RV to the Apache Software Foundation and we'll arrange to have it picked up free of charge. We accept most vehicles that are located in the United States, even if they don't run. Some restrictions may apply on older vehicles, though. It's easy and convenient, and you may be eligible for a tax deduction as well!

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Meet Stepan

Stepan is guinea pig. Stepan is probably male, about 4 months old and really fluffy. Like many angora guinea pigs he has his fur more than ten santimeters long.
Stepan enjoys peanuts and lettuce but sweets are strictly prohibited.
Stepan lives on the third floor in an apartment building and shares the tender love of two friends of mine: Ina and Todor.

A few fast facts on the guinea pigs:
  • Their original home is South America.
  • They were first brought to Europe by the conquistadors.
  • They were called Guinea pigs because in England they were sold for a guinea.
  • In South America they still eat them and look after them as tasty domestic animals.
  • Their teeth grow through all their life and need to gnaw to wear them out and be able to eat.

applied graphics


the drama

I was reading an article for a girl who was arrested for deleting her ex-boyfriend save-games after logging in on Lineage with his account. When I saw the banner of the left. Okay, no matter that I'm far from programming I followed the link when I came to another one offering "Game industry: Scholarship for women". Now try to convince me that there is no sexism on the computing. Back to the romance with the deleted save-games, you can read it by yourself here.

For brave midnight bathroom trips:


Oculi. They are nine photographers. They reveal beauty, fear, struggle and amusement. One photo-shot, nine stories to be seen.

Use IE5+ when you open the website. Otherwise the only thing you'll get will be the image on the left and a BIG message that your browser is not supported.

Liz Wolfe

Color Ottoman:

Is my newest chair (?). How it often happens lately, it was another spontaneous purchase from an petrol station. I was drinking beer with a few of my colleagues on Friday after work when I saw it and I knew that it will fit my interior design because of its typically China-industrial flashy and vivid colors.
It is x48 cm. diameter and about x30 height.
It’s fun to sit on it when it’s not very swollen as it totters and makes you feel as if you’re having mareos (I suppose the English for this word is nausea.)

About Burton

The latest from Tim Burton is Corpse Bride. The movie is telling the story of a man stolen away and forced to get married to a bride from the afterlife world while in the same time his true love is waiting for him in the world of living. The new place turns out to be much more interesting than the 19th century epoch in which the young man used to live, but he leaves it to go back to his true love.
In this animation you will hear the voices of Johnny Depp, Emily Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Albert Finney and Christopher Lee.
If you still have trouble reminding who is Tim Burton, I'll give you a hint with the titles Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Sleepy Hollow, Mars Attacks, Beetle Juice, Batman and Batman Returns.
Corpse Bride will be out on September 23, 2005.
You can check the official websitesite here.

Meanwhile look forward until June, 2005 to watch the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another Burton's movie. In this one, just like in Corpse Bride, the cast includes Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Christopher Lee.
The movie is based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and actually this is its second filming, first time being Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and directed by Mel Stuart.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a story of a poor boy who wins from a lottery the opportunity to take a tour in a mysterious and astonishing chocolate factory. Burton style filming all way long.
For more visit the official webitesite.

There is no other as good in this kind of storytelling as Burton, confess it.

+ The 2005 Calendar

The previous post reminded me that recently (this Christmas) I’ve got quite a pleasant present from a friend of mine – the Diskworld 2005 Calendar. Well. I still have this feeling that I blackmailed him with my constant questions after he made the mistake to tell me that he bought this illustrated calendar. However now it is proudly hanged on my wall. Every month is exhibited by different illustrator and scene from Pratchett’s books. Some of the artists are Paul Kidby, David Wyatt, Edward Miller, Sandy Nightingale, Les Edwards, David Frankland and Jackie Morris.
Get jealous: here

Nanny Ogg's

Finally I finished the Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook.
For the ones not very keen on Pratchett, this is a book. A book from the Discworld series.
I bought it about a month ago, but I couldn’t find time to read it. Instead I started from the middle (around the Dwarf Cookery) then moved forward to the beginning of the book and ahead to the end. This weekend I read it, the whole of it, looking carefully at every single amazing illustration (all made by Paul Kidby).
The edition is great, I love it.
If you happen to have a free weekend, don’t wonder how to spend it – book.

Links: Transworld and Kidby’s website.

Focus on Macintosh

A very important to me someone is about to start work for a software company developing desktop applications for Mac. This led me to do some reading on Apple. That is how I found - a web site devoted to collective historical storytelling on Apple.

Licensed to sit

How was your day?

Which is the worst day of the year? They say it is Monday, 24th, so don't even try to make an attempt to wake up that day. If your boss asks you what is the reason, slap the boss with this formula and keep sleepin'

1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA. Where:
W: Weather
D: Debt
d: Money due in January pay
T: Time since Christmas
Q: Time since failed quit attempt
M: General motivational levels
NA: The need to take action

Read on

a test

A fast test to prove that you shouldn't be at the office at that hour.

The dragon's eyes

View how it is looking at you!
Make one for yourself.
Check for other optical illusions

investment analysis '02

If last year you have bought shares of Nortel Networks for 1000 euro, now you would have 59 euro.
If last year you have bought shares of Lucent Technologies for 1000 euro, now you would have 70 euro.
If last year you have bought shares of Alcatel for 1000 euro, now you would have 170 euro.
BUT if last yeat you have bought beer for 1000 euro and you have drunk it all, now you would have 380 euro for returning the empty bottles.

Scope Selection


Write more effective search listings

A few guidelines from Overture: here

Understanding Research Paper Presentations

What the real meaning of things like According to statistical analysis is?

"It has long been known"

Dark Tales (only to read at home)

Mr Pollo hides in three tales.

Each time you find him, he will give you a keyword.

Remember the thee words to open the Treasure Chest and get acceess to the bonus area.

Great illustrations.

Do The Treasure Chest

Once you find the treasure, walk around the

eyeblaster awards

Better late than never blogging this URL.

Rich Media Formats and Ad Gallery:

That's awesome: spend some time here

I rarely come upon something as awesome as the works on this website. It is your decision whether to agree with me or not, but first, have a look:

Quiote of the day

Lighting Fires Without Burning Bridges should be a required course for entrance to adulthood

With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.

A few FAQs.

That's hilarious

And I'm not kidding:
> I am not a citizen, national or resident of, and am not under the control of, the government of: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, nor any other country to which the United States has prohibited export.
> I will not download or otherwise export or re-export the Programs, directly or indirectly, to the above mentioned countries nor to citizens, nationals or residents of those countries.


Urinal dot net is a collection of places to pee all around the world.

No matter that I'm a female, I should confess that I found some really curious urinals on this website.

Feel free to browse and find your favourites here:

MAP - Japan

The museum: Interviews with master animation directors, exhibitions in homage to past masterpieces, the genealogy of art that had a major impact on the winning artists of the Japan Media Arts Festival.

s/he, the client

Don't miss no matter on which side of the barricade you are.
An example:
"phone call from panicing client:
client: oh hi Tom, Mark gave me your number. He said you can fix computer stuff.
me: yer, sometimes. what's up?
client: well some dumb fuck super glued my fucking mouse to my desk.
me: (supressing laugher) I see.
client: anyway, that's not really the problem. What I want to know is, can I turn my monitor off without affecting the computer?
me: yes, but how does that help?
client: they've left a porno movie playing and I have a meeting in 30 seconds.
me: you better unplug the speakers as well."

New Year

How the city where I am living looked like on Jan. 31st.
You can discuss the fireworks clicking here: Photo-forum.

She Doesn't Love You Any More

Some domain names are self explaining. Some domain names say more than the content. Visit and prove me wrong.


A sneak preview

My New Year eve shopping

The last thing, which I took from 2004, was a set of funny books called Тhe Horrible Science (ot something like this). They are all translated to Bulgarian but yet extremely funny. I spotted them in a petrol station (we should fill in the tank before starting off to this weird country house where we celebrated the New Year) and the truth is that all night I was thinking of them more than I was thinking of our NY party. A day later –today- I finished the first two of them and nothing could bring me over to drop by another petrol station in search of the other books from that series.

You can get a general idea of the books, the authors and the illustrators from the page of the official publisher Scholastic and from Amazon.