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Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, it’s unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. The choice is yours.

Noam Chomsky

moldova’s CIS presidency to concentrate on better life for citizens

The key focus of Moldova’s CIS presidency this year will be raising the well-being and living standards of Commonwealth citizens, said Efim Chilari, Ambassador at Large of the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, as he presented the programme of Moldova’s presidency in the CIS at a session of representatives of CIS states and agencies on January 30.

The Republic of Moldova has chaired the Heads of State Council, the Heads of Government Council, the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Economic Council, and the Council of Plenipotentiaries since January 1, 2009.

According to the Ambassador, taking into account that Moldova values cooperation with both the European Union and the CIS, Chisinau plans to pay priority attention to topics vital for the CIS and Europe as a whole: alleviation of consequences of the global financial crisis, energy security and resolution of regional tensions and conflicts.

Moldova also intends to focus attention on such priorities as the completion of the free trade zone establishment, tighter cooperation in transport policy, enhancement of food security, enhancement of cooperation in youth affairs as 2009 has been declared the Year of Youth.

There are plans to step up efforts in the area of scientific and innovative cooperation, to promote a system of information and marketing centres, to encourage the development of electronic trade. Preparations for the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the Great Victory will continue.

» source: NLIP of Belarus

How the day sounds.

Another nice tune with a great video.

Both this video and the one in the earlier post capture something of the change that seems to be happening in music video production, as more and more people make use of YouTube and Vimeo etc. Whether the video is created with a big budget or not, the principle seems to be to keep it simple. Make it look like something ordinary people could do, and the chances are they will have a crack at mimicking it and uploading their version, thereby increasing the popularity of the original.

Social media is the place where viral marketing is democratised. Your ‘product’ does well when ‘the people’ respond to it well. It changes the marketing game, and so far at least, I’m enjoying the results.


This came to my attention the other day, and thought I would pass it on…

Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.


The winners are:


1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.


2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.


3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.


4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.


5. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.


6. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.


7. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash


8. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.


9. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.


10. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.


11. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by Proctologists.


12. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.


13. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms


14. Frisbeetarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.


The Washington Post’s Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.


Here are this year’s winners:


1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.


2. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.


3. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.


4. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.


5. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.


6. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.


7. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease.


8. Karmageddon (n): It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.


9. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.


10. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.


11. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.


12. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.


13. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.


14. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.

neologism (from Greek neo = “new” + logos = “word”) is a word that has been devised relatively recently in a specific time period, and has not been accepted into a mainstream language. Neologisms are often directly attributable to a specific person, publication, period, or event. The term neologism was coined in 1803.