Makar Yeliseykin

Toronto, Canada

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Makar Yeliseykin
Posted over 3 years ago
Shlomo Benartzi: Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow
I completely agree with Shlomo that we should save and when people say "Hey what about inflation" I always keep saying - "don't buy a case a beer once every 2 months and here is the cover for the inflation". But the problem he isnt mentioning here which is playing a very important role in this whole problem we call the fear of loosing, is the bombardment of advertising around us. We dont want to cut into out "life" style of not having the running shoes today because God forbid we ain't going to get our hands on the latest classic 20th anniversary Jordan Limited edition All-stars. The material world we live in - Who here want to cut on their Superbowl Extravaganza - not many. And then you start to realize that the Oscars night is important, the Grammys, the latest this and the latest that. (I am in my late 20's so my priorities are surely diff. from older people like my parents) We are being bombarded with the "TODAY" when it comes to anything, investment, buying a house, its like the notion of being late to a train - you must catch it today and its done not only due to advertising but to our human nature. You must finish univerctiy right after college or lese you are too old and no one needs you. You are too old for a position you "missed" you train. My sole assumption that saving isnt profitable for banks, investment groups, retailers, food industry. Its good for us but corporations want whats good for them first. Even the same bank that offers you to do 401K just want your money today so they can invest it. Psychologically we know that saving for the future is as important as having a college fund for the kids but a college fund is something "physical" a saving for retirement sounds too vast too far away (even if kids college fund is 20 years away it still feels closer)
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Posted over 3 years ago
Deb Roy: The birth of a word
I personally need to listen a few times to some of the talks in order to understand the real meaning of the talk. From my first view of the talk my understanding is that he is trying to explain us how we have an affection through communication on other people around us, or people online. My first connection was to the Arab Uprising - one person says "Lets gather at this square at 8 o'clock" how is message is being transformed from person to person and how many people it reaches even if your initial target was for 10 people and now there are 1000. Some users say - "Duh.....of course water would be mentioned in the kitchen and bathroom more times it is mentioned in the living room, he didnt tell us anything new". All Deb was doing is giving us an easy example of how things work and then we might connect it to more complex situations. This technology can be used to asses driving habits of people on the highway. How can we solve issues like traffic jams. You would be surprised how badly designed the highway in Toronto, Canada. I compare it to the highway in Chicago where your exit off the highway is on the left side and the entrance to the highway is on the right. In Toronto both are on the right side - so you can imagine that people that want to get off and on are being stuck in a scissor effect where they must switch lanes with each other. Again you might say well - Dug its obvious. This talk is great because it makes us think about where can we use it next to solve much more complex issues. To touch on some users who said - this is a creepy Orwellian project and how governments can use it against us or already using it to spy on us. I would think that when the car was invented people would have said - great now the police would abuse it to hunt us down. Yes the police is using cars - do we see an issue with it today? I dont think that anyone here would mind if the police would be catching thieves and murderers 3 times faster using this technology.
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Makar Yeliseykin
Posted over 3 years ago
Does the future of education lie in bilingualism? Is it even possible?
I know 3 languages - English, Russian and Hebrew and I live in Canada, so my mainly used language is English, Russian is at home with my family. Russian is 99% spoken, very little written or reading in Russian, I left Russia 20 years ago so its kinda tough. Hebrew - I use even less, only when I chat with my friend from Israel. Now my view on languages, in order for the world to communicate efficiently and effectively we all should adopt Esperanto. Every single school in the world teaches Esperanto and the local native language. Every single person in this world would be able to go anywhere in the world and communicate with every person they meet. I dont see the downfall of the idea. You want to study, in addition to your native language (ie French), German - go ahead why not. But you still know Esperanto which gives you the basis for communication. Is it a language that would be able to enrich you culturally about every single country - no. But it would guide you to the right direction and give you a base in learning the country's native language.
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Makar Yeliseykin
Posted over 3 years ago
Roger McNamee: 6 ways to save the internet
I read some of the comments and people really attack Roger for being pro Apple or anti Google. The point he is making is that the 6 "tools" we use today would either would die ,evolve or transform into something new. This video was recorded before Jobs died - and in my honest opinion Apple would disappear within a few years unless they start something new. Apple doesn't control the app market but all he is saying is that applications would be the next big tool, so we wont go online and search for information, but we would have information given to us without the "pollution" which we have to go through,the Detroit comparison. Imagine that every business that you deal with (as little as the gas station, foot store, furniture store, bank, cinema, restaurant, transportation) would have their own app. You go to a cinema, it would instantly give you peoples 50 word reviews about the movies they saw today. It would give you the busiest screening room, the most empty one. No one would need to wait in line for tickets anymore, you would top up your "movie" account through your bank to your phone, the app would work as a credit card just for movies. Your mechanic application would remind you to do a oil change after 6K. This is in essence would be the next PC - your phone. No one said that people who maintain database in eBay would use their phones 99% of the time - they would still use PC's, but PC's functionality would change when it comes to day to day usage. HTML5 basis is again a platform for faster applications, websites, interaction, communication. Why tablets are the next PC because it does a lot of things that the PC does, and it growing faster than we think - would Apple be the one controlling the market, no because tomorrow there would be some 25 year old kid who would find a way to create a tablet from an old plasma 17" screen. Regardless of who controls the market or who would - we can safely say that things are changing and we should be ready.
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Posted over 3 years ago
Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity
Various comedies made fun of dubbed Asian movies to English, in which the character says (for example, I just ramble in "Cantonese") "Tsu ma shingao, cheman gzu masanta ke tomotsi!!" and the English dub would be "Let go!" I would think "Bitch Me Out In Chinese" follows the same pattern of "Wrong" translation but people around who do understand both languages certainly think to themselves "this in not what he/she said!!" this person translates things completely wrong.
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Makar Yeliseykin
Posted over 3 years ago
Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity
The talk between us was in Hebrew. I know Russian, my friend knows Romanian. (We both know English as well - if we write to each other its English, if we speak its in Hebrew) We never thought mixing languages because its REALLY hard to listen to one language and answer in another (even when you know both). I caught myself many times talking on the phone with my mom in Russian, and then talk right away to my English speaking friends and start the sentence accidently in Russian. Its not a matter of inserting just foreign words into a sentence - which is done quite often in people with second language. But understanding the sentence in one language then translating it in your mind and trying to say something in another language. I never an actual test in speaking with different languages.
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Makar Yeliseykin
Posted over 3 years ago
P├ęter Fankhauser: Meet Rezero, the dancing ballbot
The first thing that came to mind is the grayish ball of the PC mouse (Yeah I still have one of those in usage s we speak). Now the question I have is - dirt and dust. How much complication the surface of the floor would have on the 4 rotating parts that rotate the ball. The ball itself wont have a problem to be dirty but the parts that move him would collect the dust from the ball as well. How often would you need to clean it - and how easily would it be done. I would assume its like cleaning my mouse - just open it and wipe it off, is the process that easy for Rezero ?
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Makar Yeliseykin
Posted over 3 years ago
Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world
I found out that I unintentionally was quite involved with a few projects using the cognitive surplus. I would upload videos of local bands becasue for them to have more exposure means more success and I do feel that a few videos do make a change when you are a local band. Uploading videos so people can see and enjoy is surely a good because I share my experience with others and they can enjoy it "with me" in an indirect way. I hope that in the future I would be able to create something that not only serves the communal but the civic as well. I might say that now I'm sharing my school tests might help some students to have that extra exercise and review rather than just a cheat note.
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Makar Yeliseykin
Posted over 3 years ago
Sandra Fisher-Martins: The right to understand
I can say that there is a overall trend in all aspects of society/technology/economics to constantly go up and up and up and improve and "grow",but it comes to a point that being so much on top is actually becoming bad. If you want to operate a mid priced cellphone today you have a 120 page bookelt with it that explains how to use it. I thought that cellphones are here to help me. I myself finished college a few months back and some of the papers/essays that students write are ridiculous. They want to "sound" smart using this language that I never saw in my life - and when you ask them to explain, what it means, they stumble and say things in a much simpler way. So why not write it that way as well? I feel there is an overall trend of - If you dont understand what it means it makes one side smarter and makes the other side stupider. Thats not always the case. I found it the hard way with our electricity provider that charged us an extra 400$ for canceling the 5 year contract. The justification to their action is worded in tiny letters "we can change our policy however we see fit" - meaning we can charge you 100,000$ if we decide to do so. I think that all this complicated wording is coming down to corporate greed - they need to meet their quarterly quota of "1.2 mil in sales".
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Makar Yeliseykin
Posted over 3 years ago
Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity
This reminds me of something a friend of mine and I did a while back. We would pretend we are engaged into a conversation on the bus yet tell each other completely different things and it sound like this: ME: So did you look at that link about video games I sent you? Friend: Listen! I told Jess that she need to stop hanging with that weed smoking idiot, she can do better. ME: I know, the graphics are awesome! I like how they changed the 3d look and the camera that follows the characters. Friend:Its all coming down to what you want from your friends - I dont want a friend who leaves you in the club like he did to her last week. And she doesnt seem to get it. ME: The first level was kinda a repeat from the last release, but when you get to the part with the forest you see the changes in graphics for sure. Friend: What do you mean he loves her! I seen him checking other girls all night. I dont trust him. What!? ME: No man, I played online already. Its a bit laggy and all those noobs jsut running around but I think they are fixing it with the 1.04 patch. Friend: All I know is that she is the one goign to post stupid tweets about her latest breakup bla bla bla bla ME: Back in the days internet was slow dont forget that, so LAN games made a big difference. Friend: Ye ye, the pictures she posted were quite hilarious. So people who are around are like WTF is going with these two. But our face expressions and hand gestures would make it more natural and believable like we actually talking to each other yet make no sense. It was quite hard to do becasue we would have to think of a line in our head while the other talks so the response looks like a continuation of the previous sentence. It was quite interesting.