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Moscow State University

Photos from the top -- iconic high-rise Moscow State University building

Originally posted by obartunov at Moscow State University

В 1976 году я туда лазал, под звездой, в комнате еще стоял теннисный стол !

Оригинал взят у raskalov_vit в Moscow State University

На днях в Москве проездом был старый друг dedmaxopka и мы с ним исполнили нашу давнюю мечту. Побывали на звезде ГЗ МГУ. На протяжении трех лет мне казалось, что сюда попасть невозможно, но как говорится невозможное возможно, главное желание.

Не смотря на то что в шпиль ведет отдельный лифт на кодовом замке, на выходе дежурит военный, стоит целая куча датчиков и камер, а под звездой установлено оборудование Вооруженых Сил РФ и Управления правительственной связи ФСО, мы просочились внутрь и поднялись на самый верх.

Людей побывавших нелегально с 1990 года до того когда здесь поселились военные, можно пересчитать на пальцах двух рук.

Про охрану шпиля рассказывают сотрудники МГУ (источник):
"Я не знаю, кто смотрит в видеокамеру, но там, кроме физиков, работают еще 4 службы - инженерная (МГУ), ФСБ, ФСО и Фельдегерьская. У ФСБ там вахта круглосуточная трехсменная, про других ничего не знаю."

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O-bama Traffic -> Night in Malibu

House of Blues, Sanset Blvd, West Hollywood -- view from De Longpre AveIn anticipation of  Obama-traffic on Monday,  I’ve opted to  stay in a hotel near my work, in Malibu, Ca.


Our president have decided to host a fund-raising event on Monday at House Of Blues on Sunset Blvd,  which is about 100 yards away from my house.   The residents of the area were informed that getting in and out of the neighborhood will be virtually impossible due to the traffic and law enforcement activities.


I was thinking about skipping going to the office on Monday and working from home,  but I have to interview  two individuals on Monday, and one of them I really like (from the phone interview) and hope to hire.

Anyways,  I will staying at Malibu Country Inn on Monday night  (hope my company would compensate )



BTW, check  http://www.dandb.com/careers if  you would like to work in Malibu and actually enjoy comming to work every day.  We have a cool team full smart people and amazing office with ocean views, Ping-Pong table,  yoga classes on Fri,   in-office jim, etc, etc.  

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Crisis: You heard it on NPR

Again, some info about the current economy, crisis, finances, etc. Recent article in NY Times (Opinion Page) suggest that somehow computers, math, and complicated financial models are to blame for the current economic situation. Whahaha, what a total BS! Some folks bought up a bunch of "NINA" mortgages, mixed them up with some other slightly better ones and sold other folks as "mortgage-backed" securities [and made very nice commissions along the way]. Now when homeowners stopped paying those [adjustable-rate] mortgages as interest rose up and everything went down to pipes because of that, those folks are saying, "Look ma, computers got it wrong. Math is too complicated". Yeah ...

NPR's show This American Life: Giant Pool of Money


Couple of weeks ago NPR did an excellent story that gives you a sense about how it all started and what it was all about.
That's the best explanation so far that I've heard. Basically it has to do with a surplus of money around the world, low interest rate and believe that real estate prices never go down. But listen to the story, it's a really good one.