Blog entries for category "personal":
Happy New Year 2013!
— Greg & Stacy.
с Новым Годом 2013!
— Гриша и Настя.
Glückliches Neues Jahr 2013!
— Greg & Stacy.
I really would like to get this off my chest. I know that many people feel similar, so I won't hold back the right words..
You are a bunch of poor dirty motherfuckers and the world would be so much better if only one of you choked on a piece of shit and died. I create capchas, and you have nothing better to do in your sad lives than wasting time and spamming people manually. I delete all your posts within a few hours, yet you keep trying just to cause pain. You do not engage in legitimate business; you waste people's time and make internet a worse place to be and to do business in. You are simply incapable to do better. You are sad little wankers and I wish you all sent to a remote island where you can suck on each other until your dicks won't need any more enlargements and you can go do normal jobs. Please leave the universe at your earliest convenience.
I am so very happy to let you know that in a couple of weeks my princess - Anastasia - will become my Queen!
I am really looking forward to it!
Я буду в России и Германии во второй половине июля
С нетерпением жду встречи!
I hope that everyone is having a great Holiday Season and I wish you a Happy New Year 2011!
My 2010 was a year of conclusions and a year of commencements. If was a year of hard work and of earned achievements. Great things became a part of the past and even greater dreams became present life.
I wish you a bright, energising and enlightening New Year 2011! It will be the first year of a new decade. Hard earned success will set in and long chased goals will come closer.
Please forgive me if I have not been in touch this year, and let us give it another chance in 2011.
Happy New Year!
In the name and the authority of the Council be it known that Gregory Paperin having fulfilled all the requirements and having passed all the prescribed examinations has been admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. In token thereof the Council has authorised the Common Seal of Monash University to be hereto affixed.
I am planning to be in Hamburg over Christmas and New Year:
Between the 25/12 and the 07/01.
I'd like to manage to see everyone. Let's plan ahead and make it happen. Contact me and we will set a date and a time to meet. I am really looking forward to it!
Life has been very busy recently, and training has not always been the top priority, but racing without due preparation was nothing new to me, so I was not too worried before my first triathlon event since I moved to Seattle. However, I have grossly underestimated the role of the geographical layout of the race course: What used to be a "hilly" course in Melbourne turned out to be a lot flatter than a "largely flat" course around western Washington State. However, although the difficult course resulted in slower times compared to what I was used to in Australia, I am happy with my placement relative to other competitors.
It’s been a few months since I moved from Melbourne to Seattle, and it is definitely time to write a blog post to update friends and family on how I am doing. I wished I had done this sooner, but things have been busy and so my constant failure to keep in touch more frequently has been perpetuated once again. Recently, however, I have been overwhelmed with a torrent of birthday wished from all over the world, and I feel, I really owe all my friends to write at least a few lines on what I was up to over the last few months (you may notice that it took me over a month to write and publish this post :) ). So, here are some random impressions of my new life.
Just wanted to share this real quick:
There is a really annoying Facebook scam making the rounds - be careful to avoid it!:
You will see that a friend likes a site titled "WOW, This GUY Went A Little Too Far WITH His REVENGE On His EX GIRLFRIEND!" or something along those lines. This is likely to make you curious because it can appear posted by friends who are not typically interested in scandals, quasi-porn and other things like that.
If you click on the link it will take you to the site "shockingxrevenge
dot com". Of course, there is no promised video or any kind of other useful or curious information. Instead, if you make the mistake to click the Verify-button on that page, a "Like" note/link will appear on your Facebook profile referencing the scam site. Your friends will see it and the scam will continue spreading.
The wankers who set up the scam obviously do not offer an "Unlike" option. However, you can trick them by clicking the Verify-button again; it will remove the scam link from your profile. (See the Facebook help link: http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=17219&tq.)
Help spreading this warning, hopefully it will reduce the spread of the scam!
Just catching up on the race results form the last season (Summer 2009/2010) - mainly for archiving purposes:
The season finished a while ago and if I was still in Australia, I'd be preparing for the new season right now. I do not really remember many race details and I will save myself the effort to remember the specifics. In fact, I had even trouble remembering a list of all the races I did during the season.
So here is request to all my friends who happen to read this: If you know a race where I took part that is not listed here, please let me know! (Comment of this post, email or in any other way.)
Remember how all flights were grounded in April this year and then resumed again - for some airlines days earlier than for others? I am convinced that the link between the ash cloud (B), the danger and the need to ground flights (A) was made and publicised just like in this picture.
I'd like to share a little story that is, in my personal opinion, very typical of how Monash University operates. Enjoy a good laugh!
I have not blogged for a while.. Some will have heard - I have been quite busy writing up my thesis. I call it pain train. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel - just a couple of weeks to go.
Soon after I submit, I will have to leave Australia. I am very sad to leave all my friends and the great city of Melbourne behind, but a new exciting job and new adventures are waiting for me elsewhere.
I'd like to catch up with everyone once or twice more before I leave. I have a giant heap of things to sort out before I leave in mid-May, and very little time, so there are only two good occasions: I want to come together for a few drinks around the uni, and I also will have a house party before leaving. Everyone I know is invited and I hope that everyone can make it at least to one of the two events. It would be great if you came to both, but in case of doubt - come to the party. For details, click on the links below:
- Leaving drinks (Sat, 24/04/2010): Click here for info.
- Leaving party (Sat, 08/05/2010): Click here for info.
Looking forward to seeing you all!!
I hope that everyone is having a great Hanukkah and Christmas season and I wish you a Happy New Year 2010!
My 2009 was a year of change and surprise. What was set has vanished, and what was unattainable became reality. Much has been lost, and even more has been found. End whenever there was doubt - action, not inactivity, was the right answer.
I wish you a warm, joyful, and successful New Year 2010! It will be the last year of the first decade of the new millennium. Things that have been started will be finished, and new amazing things will begin. It will be a year of new success and a year of love. And I wish, it will be a year of reunion with old friends.
Happy New Year!
In case of doubt - always do it; and although I did not have any serious doubt, I did it. Beating all of my personal competitors I have completed a half-marathon! This will stay with me for life.
If you want to know more about the pain and the gain, the experience of agony and of joy I endowed myself with by successfully completing this race, then read on.
They say I was in Amsterdam, and for a change I still remember. I knew I would have a stopover here on the way from Madeira back to Oz, but I neglected to realise that it was quite a long one. Only having arrived at the Schiphol airport I realised that there was plenty of time to dump my carry-on luggage into a storage locker and to take the train to the city for a few hours.
I'd like to briefly report about the bad experience of staying in the Tivoli resort hotel in Funchal (Madeira) and why I recommend to avoid that place at all costs.
I went to Madeira to attend the ICEC'09 conference (International Conference on Evolutionary Computation) where I presented my and Suzanne's work on Dual Phase Evolution. The presentation went extremely well and there were some interesting questions during the following discussion.
I had a stopover here on the way from Moscow back to Hamburg. For Fabian’s benefit I must say - it's a cute little city. It's got a typical West German downtown with a shopping district. There is giant Mercedes Benz skyscraper that dominates the otherwise unimpressive skyline. The atmosphere was very nice; I went to the city centre, got a kebab and an ice cream, went for a short stroll. Certainly, there would have been more nice things to do in Stuttgart, but I would not have known what they are, so I was on my way back to the airport within a couple of hours.
One question I have been asked many times during the week in Moscow was - "why did you not come earlier?". And looking back at the last 15 years of foolishly avoiding Russia I must say - I really do not know. In either case - I am very glad to have finally corrected the mistake.
Since I first moved away from Hamburg many years ago, there was not a single time when it did not feel warm around my heart when I stepped out of the Hamburg airport terminal building onto the street. Whether I came for 2 days or for one and a half years, it always felt right to be there.
This time I came for 6 days and then again for 3 days a week later.
Down in the old town centre lights shimmered busily. The wind mixed the buzz of the city, the hooting of cars, and the occasional laughter and shouting into a jolly babble and carried it up the Castle Hill, across the park, and up to the walls of the palace. Around, a few groups of people, strolling, many with wine glasses, chatting, smiling, enjoyed the warm Indian summer night and the views across the Danube onto the city of Pest. The giant cornice above the tunnel that lead through the Castle Hill and connected Buda's alleys directly to the Chain Bridge shimmered in a magical silver tone created by the fool moon that shined through the trees. The cornice was a traditional meeting place for couples, and on this night several of them sat and stood along the cornice edge and further up between the trees of the castle. Enchanted, I thought that if someone would ever ask me what it was that I missed while living in breathtaking Australia, missed so much that I could hardly imagine settling there, all I needed to do was to bring across a little of this humbling atmosphere that filled everything around. I could not imagine to find anything like that anywhere outside Europe.
In this long overdue post I'd like to catch up on reporting about the past season's race results and to show off a couple of photos.
The travel dates for my September-October trip to Europe are listed here.
My "traditional" German mobile number does not work any more, but I will forward my Skype-In numbers to my mobile at my current location. If that does not work, it means that I have no working mobile. Please email me in that case.
Мой товарищ попросил распространить информацию о новой театр-школе "Образ" в Мельбурне.
A friend has asked me to publicise his acting course that has just started in Melbourne.
Please see here:
I'd like to thank everyone for coming to my birthday party recently. It was awesome and I hope that everyone had as much fun as I did!