Archives for category: crazy world around us

I really like the friendly morning atmosphere at the Polish marketplace. Sometimes I have to go there to buy some vegetables. You can also buy other things there like e.g. clothes, kitchen utensils. But fruit & vegetables are the most important.

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I decided to run a bit more today. About 12 km. Part of my route was on a frozen lake. I met some guys catching fish on ice. Nice…

On Ice 1

On Ice – nice meeting with anglers

On Ice 2

On Ice – Frozen Lake

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Here is my small project. (Of course there have been many such things before).

I take one photo every day with my Nokia N8 and add to the album. Only one month – December 2012.

Check the album HERE!

One Photo Every Day

 

Autumn RoadThis was an amazing weekend in Poland. I decided to ride a bike because the weather was simply awesome. We usually have snow, or at least heavy rain in late October in Poland, but this weekend was unusual. About 20 degrees C all the time an no clouds! I had three major trainings, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I managed to cover the distance over 90 km! That was great!

Simply amazing weather!

Does anybody on this planet want to buy some good music from small labels, or are we sentenced to death? Do you like downloading only FREE music, either from legal or illegal resources?

Some of the small labels sell their music, but most of them have the recognisable artists. But still there are many labels like ETALABEL.com which goal is to promote young and unknown artists. If people don’t buy our albums, even if they are sold with huge discounts (see our summer sale and 50% discount), does that mean that they don’t need new artists and fresh music? I really cannot find the answer.

Since January ETALABEL has published 3 albums. 2 DigiPacks and one FREE EP (in August). And the most downloaded album is of course the FREE EP. And even if people get a discount password for our other stuff, they don’t use it! They try to find our music on services where people upload our stuff illegally. (I’ve already asked one of such services to delete our albums, cause somebody shared the music illegally). Does that mean that we must tour, and sell our music during the concerts? But everybody knows that not all artists have time to go on tour or they simply don’t play concerts for many reasons.

I must strongly agree with David Wenngren from library tapes. This is what he wrote:

Over the last few year I’ve read or heard stories about musicians committing suicide, labels closing down, distributors going bankrupt or not paying the labels what they owe them. All of this because a lot of people don’t pay for the music they are listening to and stealing from artists they claim to love.

I’ve heard many excuses for this. Some say that a lot of listeners will make it easier for bands to tour and sell merch. This might be true for some, but not everyone are able to tour.

The last couple of years I’ve seen a decline in CD sales, not only through the labels that I run, but also while touring. It’s so sad to see great labels stop and it would be even sadder to see artists quit making records because their fans don’t want to support them. I understand it might be tempting to download music for free, but please think twice before doing so.

And what do you think?

This is how we change the environment. Clear sky, no clouds. The only one was produced by humans!

Elektrownia Opole

 

Beautiful Wooden Bridge

This month was quite good. Yesterday I covered the distance of 25 km and today in the morning another 45 km. I found a beautiful old wooden bridge (which you can see above). Today I saw the landfill of the city of Częstochowa. It’s huge (the photos are below). And I passed our old steelworks.

Here are my results in June 2012:
Bike: 432.04 km
Walking: 38.48 km
Nordic Walking: 30.77 km

Yesterday I got up at 6:30 a.m. and I went on another bicycle trip. This time I managed to reach the distance of 34.5 km in 1 hour 40 minutes with an average speed of 20,7 km/h. When I came back home I told my wife that I found the “TRUE LOVE”!! Why? There was a small village on the way called “Miłość” which means “Love“! There are only a few buildings there and only one street – i.e. St. Valentine Steet! This was a nice morning :-)

Milość = LoveSt. Valentine

It was raining like hell and it was only 12/13 degrees C but I decided to ride a bike. I don’t have much time but fortunately I had 2 free hours so I decided to go. I managed to go round the lake (check the photos) – 25.79 km in 1 hour 10 minutes with an average speed of 21.9 km/h. So the result is not the best one, but still the conditions were awful.