Robert Blinov’s blog

Why people choose being janitors

Some people choose to be janitors, a physically tiring and low-paying job. This seems counter-intuitive, but it is not. Many people are okay with this because it’s mentally much easier to keep doing the same thing again instead of learning a more useful skill.

It’s the same reason as staying with C++ instead of exploring the magical world of Python: staying and moving no further is easier for now.

The bad part is that if no effort is applied the for now will be procrastinated into never disappearing.

Feb 7   how to survive


English has gibberish, which means that the easiest pronunciation wins.

Feb 1   English   language

Internet-free Sundays

From June to December 31, 2017, I had an experiment going on, internet-free Sundays. It worked just like it sounds. I noticed that the internet is not unhealthy nor bad, but overwhelming. There were a lot of things I procrastinated on to enjoy the web.

I have a similar sensation now, so I’m starting it again.

This is similar to why I don’t read the news: everything important will get to me one way or another.

Jan 25   health   life
Jan 22   design   idea   phones   technology

Coat hangers & hooks

Bad: hangers. I have to insert the hanger between the sleeves only to have my coat fall when I suspend the hanger on the rail.

Good: hooks. I just hang the loop.

Jan 20   design   life

Eth & thorn

I would proudly use eth (ð) and thorn (þ) for the two ths, if only they were in a keyboard layout.

Jan 12   language

Rollable TVs

Rollable TVs have a little talked about advantage: they are compatible with any reasonable aspect ratio.

Jan 8   design

Time cafés are evil

There’s this notion of time cafés which is spreading far and wide. “Pay for how much you stay, not how much you eat”, they say.

While all-you-can-eats are a bargain, time cafés not only make you cram yourself with food, but make it a competition for the fastest time to do so. This is no good, as food waste is a big problem.

Time cafés are also the worst place for family reunions or days out. Instead of a long day drinking tea with crumpets, you get less precious moments with these valuable people. (The best place for long family days is the home.)

Why do people go to time cafés?

Jan 6   idiots
Jan 1   controversies   naming


2018 was a good year. Less dramatic and eventful than 2017, but more fundamental for my future. I became a designer, mostly thanks to Bureau Gorbunov Designer School. I earned my first proper money and got my first actual job. I started sharing my thoughts more openly and learned a new language. I learned how to code, interact with people, and read 481 books. I became Booksearcher’s secret advisor and finally spent a summer in Italy. Oh, and albeit I started playing guitar in 2016, this year was the first one when I started doing so seriously.

Most things that happened in 2018—like the Hawaii false missile threat—make me think This was 2018?!: that’s how long this year was.

I see what I want 2019 to be like, and I’m ready to make it happen. Happy New Year!

Dec 31   life   self-improvement
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