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  1. Jun 25, 2013 #1
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  3. Jun 25, 2013 #2

    Doc Al

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    Good story, Borek! :rofl:
     
  4. Jun 25, 2013 #3

    Bandersnatch

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    I can't believe it.
    Borek is the same Borek that was also Naczelny, Kopalny, etc., of Top Secret!

    I blame you guys for spoiling my childhood. I should have gone out more, instead of playing games and reading your irreverent, absurdist magazine.
     
  5. Jun 25, 2013 #4

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    You've had a fascinating path through life, Borek.

    Your thoughts on education really resonated with me. Every time I think about the education system, I get this nagging feeling that something is really not right. I just can't quite figure what it is.
     
  6. Jun 25, 2013 #5

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    Love the narrative, Borek.

    My early life was a series of stop-and-start issues, so I can empathize. I don't know if growing up in Maine was better or worse than in Soviet-controlled Poland. No way to compare.
     
  7. Jun 25, 2013 #6
    Nice story
     
  8. Jun 25, 2013 #7

    Evo

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    Loved your story Borek!! :biggrin:
     
  9. Jun 25, 2013 #8

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    Hi Borek
    Thanks for the look at a strange far away galaxy!

    BTW, you have quite a way with words--many of them are even used correctly :biggrin:
     
  10. Jun 25, 2013 #9

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    Omg The Witcher is the most awesome thing ever. Have you played both games? They are so brilliant.
     
  11. Jun 25, 2013 #10

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    Very interesting, Borek!
     
  12. Jun 25, 2013 #11

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    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your life, Borek.

    My thoughts exactly!
     
  13. Jun 25, 2013 #12
    I got frustrated with the second one.
     
  14. Jun 25, 2013 #13

    WannabeNewton

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    Whyyy? Technical glitches?
     
  15. Jun 25, 2013 #14

    Borek

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    Thanks :smile:

    Its a small world, isn't it?

    Google for Pixel Heaven 2013.

    Up to 1996, since then it is mostly boring.

    We were not under a strong ideological pressure, sure, many things were organized differently, economy was different, but I doubt as a 10 years old we would be able to name and understand serious differences. They were becoming more and important when we grew older.

    I found when you write a lot and use a lot of words, some them land in the right places. I am just a monkey with a typewriter.
     
  16. Jun 25, 2013 #15
    Nah, you're a very humble person, but your writing style is very refreshing and nice to read.
     
  17. Jun 25, 2013 #16

    Bandersnatch

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    I'll be there in 2014!
     
  18. Jun 25, 2013 #17
    . . . what did you do in Chemistry Borek? Chemist to a chemist? How can someone not ask that question since you consider yourself a prodigy? I mean I didn't do much, made alanine from scratch but you'll know that ain't no hill. The department head, whom I had asked to do a "special synthesis", looked at me with suspicion and asked, "what kind of synthesis?" Suppose that response was warranted since I did pot with him and a group of students at a party at his house the previous year.

    Anyways, I'm just curious what you did on your own in Chemistry that wasn't part of the curriculum?
     
  19. Jun 25, 2013 #18

    Evo

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    I believe Borek said others considered him a prodigy, not he himself, he said he got along not by doing the best, but I have no doubt he would have been had he had a better school experience.

    I see that too much, really bright students discouraged by teachers and/or the school policies.
     
  20. Jun 25, 2013 #19

    Integral

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    Wow! What can I say. Interesting life.
    My first wife was Czechoslovak, born in the the 50's escaped in the late 60's. So that galaxy far far away you speak of is known to me.

    I also know about that waiting on computers you mention. I did my BS in math doing mainly numerical analysis courses on my Apple II. I completed every Numerical analysis course offered by OSU between 1980 and 1984.
    One of the models I did took over 12hrs to run. .
     
  21. Jun 25, 2013 #20

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    Well we certainly know now which Mentor/Admin has the best sense of humor! :smile:
     
  22. Jun 25, 2013 #21
    . . . same dif.

    I was just askin' for a little bit of chemistry that's all since I majored in Chemistry and loved it.
     
  23. Jun 27, 2013 #22

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    God, I hated chemistry. I took this test once and accidently picked water as a combustible material because it was composed of hydrogen and oxygen.
     
  24. Jun 27, 2013 #23

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    The beginning of the story definitely hooked me! I LOVE IT!
    I'll be back to read the rest..multiple times. :biggrin:
     
  25. Jun 28, 2013 #24

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    Unfortunately, I'm not aware of Poland's rich history, maybe I'll start to read more. Nonetheless, that was quite an interview. Thanks for sharing Borek. :smile:


    Ps. I was expecting more details when it comes to Marzena.. :biggrin:
     
  26. Jun 28, 2013 #25

    Borek

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    Whatever I did, disappeared with flash, smoke and noise.

    Seriously, the only experimental part I even did by myself was small scale pyrotechnics. Still, even on small scale it can get dangerous.

    That has to wait for "Meet an Admin's wife" series.
     
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