Monthly Archives: November 2020

DCF Lesson


Monday, November 30, 2020
DCF, Lesson, discounted cash flow,

Original YT playout date: 22 April 2009
Duration: 43:32

A quick lesson on how to do DCF (Discounted Cash Flow calculations) with all the steps, rather than simply use a function in Excel without being sure what goes into it.

The emphasis is on understanding, and it is worth having a good grasp as this is basic to a lot of business, and helps to understand all manner of projects and investments.

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“When someone dies, their consciousness turns off and everything doesn’t exist then. So why, in this case, do religious people still believe in God?” (Question asked of me in social media today and my answer)



This is an expression of what you want to be the case and not what you can demonstrate to be the case.

When you think about consciousness, can you explain how it actually happens from the biological processes you can observe and measure? You can see all these nerves and synapses in a brain and you could even make electronic copies of these in a supercomputer. Will it be conscious? Will it have a sense of self? Will it ponder eternal truths, wonder about its origins, worry about its destiny?

So unless you can actually demonstrate which life processes enable your consciousness to happen, then you have no idea whether this living organism has caused your consciousness or is merely its vehicle.

And if it is merely its vehicle, then on death it would make sense that another residency for the conscious should exist, another experience of yourself in what could be a quite different vehicle.

Christians look for a resurrected form of their personal body. This is said to be like that of the resurrected Jesus, Who was able to eat fish and touch people, his voice made audible vibrations in the air and his form reflected light so that he could be seen in colour, but He was also capable of rising into the air, disappearing, walking through locked doors, making Himself unrecognisable at will. This is a clear indication that as far as the physical properties of this eternal and indestructible body are concerned, it is more than a mere upgrade on our physical bodies as we have them now.

It makes no sense for such a destiny not to exist, since every other hunger known to man exists because the fulfillment of that perceived need exists. Sex drive exists because sexual partners exist, hunger exists because food exists, thirst exists because drink exists, and the yearning to know God and experience everlasting life and to know all things exists also because the fulfillment of this exists and were that not so, then evolution would never have made such an inefficient and absurd organism which wastes its energy on seeking the unfindable.

What do you say to that?

Eight Year-Old Composer


 

Original YT playout date: 21 April 2009
Duration: 5:17

Sophie likes to ad lib a bit on the keyboards – maybe she will compose something big one day.
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RL 102-19 Russian Basic Grammar #19 3/3


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Original YT playout date: 20 April 2009
Duration: 13:46

This is the third part of the nineteenth basic grammar lesson in the RL 102 course by Viktor Huliganov. Here we are looking at Genitive Prepositions other than the four covered two lessons back.

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RL 102-19 Russian Basic Grammar #19 2/3


Original YT playout date: 20 April 2009
Duration: 15:26

This is the first part of the nineteenth basic grammar lesson in the RL 102 course by Viktor Huliganov. Here we are looking at Genitive Prepositions other than the four covered two lessons back.

http://groups.google.com/group/huliganov is the group on Google Groups.

On Facebook there is also a group called ‘Huliganov’s Lessons Really Work”” by Lafeen Maggio, which I will leave you to find your way to if you are on Facebook. Both of these places are good places for help.

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RL 102-19 Russian Basic Grammar #19 1/3


Original YT playout date: 19 April 2009
Duration: 20:03

“This is the first part of the nineteenth basic grammar lesson in the RL 102 course by Viktor Huliganov. Here we are looking at Genitive Prepositions other than the four covered two lessons back.

http://groups.google.com/group/huliganov is the group on Google Groups.

On Facebook there is also a group called ‘Huliganov’s Lessons Really Work”” by Lafeen Maggio, which I will leave you to find your way to if you are on Facebook. Both of these places are good places for help.

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Indian Meal at Nikhil’s Asian Village, Raszyn


Original YT playout date: 18 April 2009
Duration: 16:02

“This was my wife’s choice for our Wedding Anniversary. It’s one of our favourite restaurants, and definitely the best Indian restaurant in Poland.

We tend to eat there a bit, and then get the rest packed up. It does for several meals afterwards!”
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Office Aquarium


Original YT playout date: 16 April 2009
Duration: 6:08

A little look at my fishes, the collection as per 2009, that is. None of these are with me now in 2020, although I do have some that are 7 years old or so. The offspring of the Ancistrus might be still in the tank, but I took Ancistrus at different times so it is hard to say on that one. You’ll recognise some if not all of them from earlier videos.
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Only a Winter’s Tail


Original YT playout date: 15 April 2009
Duration: 10:06

The title will set all the music robots springing into action to see if I’ve “stolen” the David Essex song, but I assure you it’s not in there. This is in fact the tail end of a Warsaw winter. With me musing in the falling snow about a couple of subjects and in that way utilising a short walk to keep in company with you!
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To You, Who Soar on Eagle’s Wing – original Song for my wife


Original YT playout date: 13 April 2009
Duration: 1:29

To my wife, who is like an angel in human form, I wrote the present song (words and melody) in 2002 in Moscow.

I wasn’t able to play it very well, and I am still not very good at performing it – maybe some musicians out there can help me do a proper rendering of this composition? There are two verses here, but the whole poem was four verses long, and I cannot remember all of it. The chords given below are what they should be – the piano here is obviously not in that key, even before I chipmunked it!

1. To (C)you, who (G)soar on (a)eagle’s (e)wing

A(a)bove all (C)other (e)women,

To (a)you al(e)one this (a)song I (C)sing

My (a)heart with (G)love a-(e)brimmin'(E)

To (a)you al(e)one this (a)song I (C7)sing

My (F)heart with (G7)love a-(C)brimmin'(G)

2. The mountain lake and forest fringe

Are fair enough to view

But far beyond their beauty’s range

I hold the look of you

I cannot recall the third verse, which related to the sound and scent of her, but the fourth verse logically follows:

4. Because my senses you full fill

Good sense it seems to make

That I should love and love you still

And never you forsake.

And that’s exactly what I’ve done!
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Elena’s birthday


Original YT playout date: 13 April 2009
Duration: 12:48

Here’s a little memento of the party we had for my angelic wife Elena’s recent birthday. We got some of her favorite people and went to one of her favorite places – Kolomyja in Konstancin Jeziorna.
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Radio Discussion on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Original YT playout date: 11 April 2009
Duration: 14:01

On Play Talk UK, Global Newstalk Show with rising talk radio journalist Fiona Dutton, from 6th April 2009.

With photos made by me, except for the image of Fiona, which is off her facebook page.

For anyone who has forgotten it, here is the beginning of the original Hippocratic oath from 4 centuries before Christ (hence they swore to false deities, but the intentions were just):

Ὄμνυμι Ἀπόλλωνα ἰητρὸν, καὶ Ἀσκληπιὸν, καὶ Ὑγείαν, καὶ Πανάκειαν, καὶ θεοὺς πάντας τε καὶ πάσας, ἵστορας ποιεύμενος, ἐπιτελέα ποιήσειν κατὰ δύναμιν καὶ κρίσιν ἐμὴν ὅρκον τόνδε καὶ ξυγγραφὴν τήνδε.
Ἡγήσασθαι μὲν τὸν διδάξαντά με τὴν τέχνην ταύτην ἴσα γενέτῃσιν ἐμοῖσι, καὶ βίου κοινώσασθαι, καὶ χρεῶν χρηίζοντι μετάδοσιν ποιήσασθαι, καὶ γένος τὸ ἐξ ωὐτέου ἀδελφοῖς ἴσον ἐπικρινέειν ἄῤῥεσι, καὶ διδάξειν τὴν τέχνην ταύτην, ἢν χρηίζωσι μανθάνειν, ἄνευ μισθοῦ καὶ ξυγγραφῆς, παραγγελίης τε καὶ ἀκροήσιος καὶ τῆς λοιπῆς ἁπάσης μαθήσιος μετάδοσιν ποιήσασθαι υἱοῖσί τε ἐμοῖσι, καὶ τοῖσι τοῦ ἐμὲ διδάξαντος, καὶ μαθηταῖσι συγγεγραμμένοισί τε καὶ ὡρκισμένοις νόμῳ ἰητρικῷ, ἄλλῳ δὲ οὐδενί.

Διαιτήμασί τε χρήσομαι ἐπ’ ὠφελείῃ καμνόντων κατὰ δύναμιν καὶ κρίσιν ἐμὴν, ἐπὶ δηλήσει δὲ καὶ ἀδικίῃ εἴρξειν.

Οὐ δώσω δὲ οὐδὲ φάρμακον οὐδενὶ αἰτηθεὶς θανάσιμον, οὐδὲ ὑφηγήσομαι ξυμβουλίην τοιήνδε. Ὁμοίως δὲ οὐδὲ γυναικὶ πεσσὸν φθόριον δώσω. Ἁγνῶς δὲ καὶ ὁσίως διατηρήσω βίον τὸν ἐμὸν καὶ τέχνην τὴν ἐμήν.””

Which, being translated, meaneth:

“”I swear by Apollo, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath.
To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art.

I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.

I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.””

It seems that some people think that they ought to be allowed to pressure their doctors into becoming traitors to this ancient oath, which is not recited verbatim these days but of which the main intent, relevent to this debate, is inherent in all the modern equivalents.”
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