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The Door

What is the difference, oh Lord,
Which of my clothes
I pick?
Which dented hope can I still afford,
To whom of those
I stick?

And all is vanity and sway:
Ecclesiastes saw
It well.
And who to whom shall thus repay
The opened door
Won't tell.

I hit the target on its edge
Now is a plus,
Not them.
The opened door is not a pledge
And here thus
I am.

Boston
11 February 2011
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Понимание и согласие (Understanding and Agreeing)

Я иногда замечаю за собой и другими людьми подсознательное представление, что для согласия нужно только понять друг друга и, если люди не согласны, то значит они не понимают. Можно полностью понимать и все равно быть несогласным.
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Sometimes I notice that both me and other people have this subconscious idea that it is enough to understand each other in order to agree with each other, and if people disagree that means that they do not understand. It is possible to understand fully and still disagree.
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The Public and the Experts

The comparison from the art perception point of view
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This is another summary essay from my other discussion on 1X.com, a photography site. The original discussion is called The Public and the Elite. Well, Elite proved to be hugely unpopular with the discussion participants, so over time the notion was changed to Experts. My ideas stayed the same though.
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This essay is about how the Public and the Experts perceive, or view, or understand a specific art, using photography for most of the examples. The whole essay below is applicable to photography, but I often write about art in general, because if there is a tendency across arts, would not it be interesting to note so? The essay will mostly talk how Expert and Public tastes are different. I stress that the Expert/Public distinction is not the only factor that affects our perception, or our likes and dislikes. Other important factors exist as well, but their discussion is outside of the scope of this essay.


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Первая мысль (First thought)

 Имеется в виду, что это - моя первая отдельная мысль, записанная здесь, на моей странице.

Политические убеждения неявно подразумевают, что из сложной, многофакторной жизни можно вычленить стройную непротиворечивую систему взглядов, которые нам нравятся.
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What I mean by the first thought here, is that this is my first self-contained thought here. 

Political convictions are a subconscious way of thinking that complex life around us with its many factors at play can bе summed up by a coherent belief system comprised by the ideas that we like.
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Photography perception and photography rules

This essay has been written as a summary of my discussion on an international photography site, 1X.com, within its Philosophy of Photography sub-forum. While this essay is somewhat specialized, its main ideas stem from my more general idea about art perception as a sum of positive and negative factors. The essay describes a model of mostly professional photography perception. It is argued that following rules and using recipes in a particular picture plays a major role in its perception. A similar perception model can be applied to poetry as well, but this discussion is outside of the scope of this essay.

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Choice

Eyes wide open and skeptical,
Contemplating the outcome,
Fully sensing my eagerness,
I observe myself wearily.

Here lies a non-trivial
Choice between possibilities,
Yes and no, just two of them,
Changing life irrevocably.

Doing nothing is one of them,
So safe and predictable,
A check mark is a sure thing
In the credit part of my karma book.

Shall I opt for the other choice,
One that yields the uncertainty,
That will test my ability
To withstand the temptation net?

Is the choice an allurement trap?
Should I be content with not knowing
The degree to which I'll be altered
By the rays of the darkness sun?

Boston
August 14, 2009
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Майя (with an English translation)

Всепокрывающая Майя,
Дай мне
Свою дразнящую
До исступленья мишуру.

Тебе я
Отдам на растерзанье
Карму.
Мешай лоскутья с блеском,
Пока игра угодна.

Бостон,
7 августа 2009


Maya
Oh, ever-glowing Maya,
Give me
Your mercilessly
Teasing tinsel.

I'll let you
Tear apart my
Karma,
And mix its shreds with glimmer
As long as it is pleasing.

Boston
August 8, 2009