Shepard tone

Do you remember that internet meme “laurel or yanny”? It’s a nice illustration of the fact how inaccurate actually our organs of perceptions. Whatever sensor it relates: to ears, to eyes, to nose, our organs send a pretty sloppy picture of signals into the brain. But the brain itself is

Cargo cult

The term “cargo cult,” as an idiom, originally referred to aboriginal religions that grew up in the South Pacific after World War II. The practices of these groups centered on building elaborate mock-ups of airplanes and military landing strips in the hope of summoning the god-like airplanes that had brought

Digital Resistance

Prologue: The beginning of the story We should never underestimate the stupidity of governmental institutes. The Russian government is not an exemption of this rule. Some time ago they started (and lost) the battle with internet messenger Telegram. If you don’t know what Telegram is, it is just another messaging

Paretto principle

The Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, is a theory maintaining that 80 percent of the output from a given situation or system is determined by 20 percent of the input. Take a look on this picture, looks fun isn’t it? The Pareto Principle is very simple, yet

Reading “What happened”

What Happened is a 2017 book by Hillary Rodham Clinton about her experiences as the Democratic Party’s nominee and general election candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 election. I can’t bear reading the whole book, but some passages are quite interesting. For instance: “To make sure

Old New Year

On the night to Jan 14 we have the celebration Old New Year in Russia. How New Year can be old? It’s simple if you are in Russia. The trick is that before 1918 in Russia we had Gregorian calendar, which differ from Julian calendar. It shifted by two weeks.