Saturday, December 20, 2014

Let's Get Lost In (WhateverThisPlaceIsCalled) Game.

Zobrazuje sa IMG_0161.JPGSitting in train, dark outside, finally traveling home I wonder, whether so much time spent in trains was worth this trip to Vienna. I think the rumors about our neighbors' Christmas markets are a bit over rated. Maybe I'm too tired to appreciate the sun and friendly temperature we couhgt today. It was rare that temperatures reached this high numbers on December 19th past years. Also, the Orange punch tasted good.

We hadn't more than few hours to pass through Vienna, luckily, the place was never extremely attractive to me, so we could skip the typical tourists stations and a) go directly to Karlsplatz or b) get lost somewhere else.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Backwards - Soul of The Beatles

This Christmas time is specific for every place in the world in its own way, however, one thing is some kind of cultural glue between these diverse habits. It's beyond doubt that Christmas is about love. All the gingerbreads, cinnamon and tangerines aren't just inevitable symbols of these days, they are definitely co-makers of peaceful and comfortable homes reminding us to enjoy the time spent with our beloved.


I think music is also contributing pretty substantially to creating this christmasy atmosphere and if I should choose from among all bands that ever existed on Earth which one is the best companion for this time, I would definitely pick The Beatles (and not Christmas carols, haha). If I didn't choose them before, I would certainly do it after the The Backwards concert in Prievidza last weekend.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Active English Vocabulary

How can Big Data can help us learn

http://www.paulhelmick.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/number-of-users-on-social-networks-infographic-clip.pngTwitter was the second biggest social network in the world in 2012. By the time many of similar networks came up and proved us unquestionable strength of them and their developers. As the time goes by, human kind produce much more data than ever before. A few years ago data scientists started to discuss a huge bang called "Big Data". That means sets of data bigger than casual databases based on relational algebra could handle very easily.



Friday, November 21, 2014

LaTeX Tutorial II. - Quick start

Hello again,
in this tutorial we'll quicky go through some commands used in LaTeX you'll need to start. Basically, template will provide you with document section commands. Other things you'll need are comments, equations and references to bibliografy.

Spaces - Several consecutive spaces are treated as one. If you want to start a new paragraph, hit Enter twice.

Special characters - # $ % ^ & _ { } ~ \ are reserved and if you want to use them in an output file, you need to escape them like this: \# \$ \% \^{} \& \_ \{ \} \~{}

Comments - starts with %
- The % character can also be used to split long input lines where no whitespace or line breaks are allowed, just add it right after the character where you want to split the word at the end of line.
- or use \begin{comment} and \end{comment}


Thursday, November 20, 2014

LaTeX Tutotial I. - How to run TeX on Windows

1. Use this link or just use Google to find "TeX live windows" and try to match something similar to this
















PolyConf: the Most Impressive Conference

Few weeks ago I attended certainly the most (or one of the most) impressive conferences I have heard about - Polyconf in Poznan, Poland. I took some notes about the event, during travel across Poland, during lectures and during late night hours in bed after exhausting day, because I wanted to write about this on my blog, so let's start with a brief introduction, before you switch to the next article which is about iPad Mini I've got recently.

Facts:

PolyConf is "a two-day, single track, multi-disciplinary conference on advanced technologies for programmers interested in polyglot approach to software development. " and their goal " is to foster exchange between programming languages."

Poznan (place where this event happened) is one of the oldest and also biggest cities in Poland. Before the trip, when I browsed the web searching for some informations about the city and its cultural nodes worth visiting, I would compare Poznan's architecture I've seen on photos to Venice. Both cities have their particular atmosphere and both remember their long history.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

About Digital Venice 2014

I just came back home from a conference in Italy. I'm completely exhausted because we had very tough program and short sleeps however that is the only one negative thing I can say in context of previous few days in Venice.

I got an invitation to the conference thanks to an educational program of Junior Achievement. The program supports young people in business and so it supported one subject at my university. The conference was enjoying the attendance of 161 young innovators from 24 European countries, who were supposed to propose creative ideas related to the topic of digital Europe. (You can find more info about Digital Venice here)


Girls attending the conference were mostly also JA-YE alumni, focused mostly on business or management unlike me studying Computer Science. I met one very interesting group of boys from Poland. Their origin was a huge advantage of your communication, because when some language failure happened we could explain the word in our native language and be understood Those boys were so cool, finally, like all of the participants of the Digital Venice 2014 conference.

The atmosphere was overstuffed by energy, ideas and mix of culture and languages. I mostly enjoyed the moment of realizing that I'm already thinking in another language.

We were divided into 5 groups: Digital Cities, Digital Economy, Digital Education, Digital Jobs and Digital Democracy. Before the conference we should have written an article what do we consider the most important as preferences and goals in our topic. During the workshop we discussed our ideas and tried to choose the most important one that should have been presented to European parliament (one within a group).


We have heard incredible amount of ideas, they were literally shaking the building of meeting, that was intended to be a place for building ships in the past. The results in your group were tight, we must have decided between 3 ideas: European ID Cards, Monitoring System + Open Data and Rewarding System. Every idea was very original and innovative.

Besides the official program, lectures and workshops we had also a day off for visiting Venice. I think one of the Polish guys mentioned that according to Knuth, you can actually pick a random orientation in graph but you will get wherever you want. I haven't heard about it yet but in case of Venice it is absolutely true. Whatever direction we decided to follow, we always got to the place we wanted. (Even we tried to get lost in Venice, just for fun.)

Venice is amazing city. You can almost touch the culture and history that is fulfilled with. I liked those moments of wind in air, smiling of random people at you, wi-fi everywhere, seagulls, ice creams (yummi!) and boat transport we were using so often (actually I can still feel the swinging).

I think that even I don't have so much experience like my new friends from Poland (who work/worked for Microsoft, were interns in Google or IBM and have their own startups) have, it was interesting opportunity to get to know new people, get motivated, discover other options, city and broaden horizons and way of thinking about things in general. I'm looking forward to be a part of other conferences, to experience other flights with Australian airlines (and their tasty biscuits Prinzen Rolle Minis), Italian delicacies, cool people at events like this - it's motivating like cold water in summer, it's energizing like water for mills.

They wrote about me here
and you can find short and catchy promo video here
Photo album from the conference is on my Facebook page, feel free to comment or share.