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Man’s Search for Meaning Book – Victor Frankl

by Andrada, Romania 

One of the most sincere testimonies of experience in a concentration camp comes from therapist Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy, the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy, after Freud’s psychoanalysis and Adler’s individual psychotherapy. Man’s Search for Meaning is his most famous work and is divided into two parts, the first part being made ​​up of opinions and observations of the author, and the second explaining the basic concepts of logotherapy.

Search for meaning is probably one of the most important things we can do as humans. A purpose in life clearly aware provides the necessary motivation crossing any obstacle. The whole book is based on Nietzsche’s idea that “He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how”. This thought was present in the doctor’s mind everyday during his years in the concentration camps, for a while even in Auschwitz. People think they cannot live without things, but put in a position to live without them, they survive. Frankl notes that the human body is much more powerful than we can imagine from the perspective of our normal everyday life.

His entire testimony was somehow under a bad sign, as if something bad but inevitable had to happen. Frankl was able to leave the country before being sent to camp, but chose to stay to be close to his parents and wife. He was the only one who survived. He understands that, after all, few things depend on us.

Connoisseur of man, Frankl describes what happens to the psyche of people imprisoned. One of the most interesting things he’s observed is that after the passage of the shock you have when you are deprived of the basic needs, there remains a strong calm, sometimes apathy, when the prisoner no longer feels emotions, only curiosity: “curiosity as to whether I should come out of it alive or with a fractured skull or other injuries”.

Gas chambers no longer scared people, they were no longer afraid of death, some even chose to commit suicide because of the conditions they were in. Frankl’s conclusion as a therapist was that an abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.

Having all his possessions taken away from him, Frankl understands that a man in this situation remains only with the last of human’s freedoms, the freedom to choose the way he looks at the things that happen to him. The fundamental truth that is discovered is “that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which a man can aspire”, truth which for him was represented by the image of his wife, whom he knew nothing about.

The sense of humor was a very good distraction mechanism. It was necessary for them to be able to feel less tragic about their destiny. In all malice and all surrounding sadism, in which people were numbers whose existence was irrelevant, beauty could be found, and the prisoners could see it mostly in nature, in every sunset and every landscape that could be seen through the shutters during transports between camps.

I will not talk about the gruesome things that happened, as neither did Frankl. The most important is the message that he later materializes in logotherapy, namely the huge importance for man to discover the meaning of life. Asked what is the meaning of his life, Frankl responded with “helping others find theirs”.

Igor Airapetyan saves Sochi dogs from Olympic cull

Igor Airapetyan comes from Moscow to save Sochi stray dogs

Igor Airapetyan saves Sochi dogs from Olympic cullA Russian man (Armenian descent based on the last name) volunteered to drive all the way to Sochi from Moscow to pick up some stray dogs that otherwise would be shot prior to the Olympic games.

Animal shelters helped out later on to adopt the dogs and some volunteers donated money to cover expenses. Igor Airapetyan tries to raise awareness about the issue of stray dogs in Sochi.

He saved those canines from death, but only a few, to serve as an example to other people that together we can eliminate the problem and no blood will be shed.


Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova became the face of the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi

natalia_vodianovaShe is beautiful, hard working, and also with a giant heart.  This top model is not only a pretty face, she is also a great philanthropist.  Having a sister who is disabled, Natalia Vodianova always had a special place in her heart for children and people with special needs.  No wonder she is the face of these Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Do you want to learn more about her life?  It’s as true Cinderella story.  Here is a brief biography with some amazing photos of her.

Natalia Vodianova 

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Anne Hathaway almost Drowns in Hawaii – Damsel in Distress

anne hathaway almost drownsDo you know how to swim?  Make sure you do when you head to Hawaii!  Anne Hathaway herself almost drowned and lucky for her a man came to help her out.

This could have been her last vacation if a surfer wouldn’t come to help her out.   She also cut her foot on a coral reef.   This 31-year-old actress sure had a scary moment.


Some information about Anne Hathaway:

Anne Hathaway bikini body with Adam ShulmanAnne as a child decided that art was beautiful  and therefore got interested in theatre. She started getting roles to play as a child in 1998. She started acting in the theater at an early age and as a teenager went to study at Barrow Group, a prestigious theater company in New York. Here she studied briefly, but soon appeared on the television show Get Real, where she played the role of a Princess she gained vast popularity that made her a hit among movie producers. Anne Hathaway took the lead role in “The Princess Diaries”.  In 2001 the film was released and Anne Hathaway charmed millions of Movie watchers worldwide.

The actress became a vegetarian in 2009 after reading the book Eating Animals – by Jonathan Safran Foer.  Anne has two brothers – Michael Senior and Tom Junior. They are also creative people – Michael is a writer, and Tom wants to become an actor. Hathaway also has a good taste in the choice of your favorite movies. She admires the paintings of “Elizabeth,” “Stay with me” “Amelia,” “Pretty Woman” and “City of God”.

Hathaway also got the role that made ​​her a role model for children – Mia Thermopolis in the Disney movie Princess Diaries. She also co-starred with the legendary award winning actress Julie Andrews. The movie was a great success at the box office and with critics. In 2004, Anne Hathaway starred in the sequel Princess Diaries 2: How to become a queen, which is not as good as the first one. Her role in Disney films has given her more fame and hit in the movie industry.  She appeared in Nicholas Nickelby (2002), received her National Board of Film Critics Award. Hathaway starred in many movies and here are a few popular ones:

Ella Enchanted (2004)

Havoc (2005)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

The true story of the Red Caps (2005)

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Passengers (2008)

Get Smart (2008)

Hood vs. Evil (2008)


Since her first appearance on the big screen, Anne Hathaway has been nominated for more than 10 awards.  Hollywood today is filled with many glamorous stars – and Anne Hathaway is definitely one of them.

a thinking ape

A Thinking Ape – Vancouver Game Development Start Up

a thinking ape

A Thinking Ape is a local Vancouver company that develops mobile games.  According to their CEO this company has a new approach to work in a de-centralized fashion.

I saw A Thinking Ape company at the TechVibes event in Vancouver and their CEO, Kensi Arashi, gave a short speech on why local talent should apply to work there.  He highlighted that their company consists of a talented team with lots of challenging work opportunities and growth mode for personal development.  

People underestimate what a cozy comfortable job might cost you. We challenge you. – Kenshi Arashi, Co-Founder @athinkingape

Turns out they are also hiring software engineers at the moment – something of interest to my friends who took that php programming course with me at BCIT.  So I am hoping that if anyone from the company is reading this, I very much recommend to hire my friend Robert because he is probably one of the smartest guys I know.

If you wish to have a closer look, you can contact A Thinking Ape on Facebook and Twitter.

@athinkingape – Twitter 

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Alan Turing and Turing programming language – any connection?

Twitter is filled with people mentioning Alan Turing and the fact that finally 60 years later he receives an apology for being punished and driven to a point of suicide simply for being gay, despite all of his contributions.  I assume you will find plenty of information about this posthumous pardon online, but I wanted to take a moment and remember Alan Turing for what his work did for me.

So, what does Turing programming language and Alan Turing have in common?  No, he is not the founder.  Actually Turing programming language was invented in University of Toronto in 1982 by Ric Holt and James Cordy.  It is very similar to Pascal.  They simply named it after Alan Turing and this software was used as an introduction to programming in Ontario high schools.

Turing was my first programming language, perhaps as mentioned above I did my high school in Ontario.  I remember it was something I learned 15 years ago in high school in our computer class with an exceptionally mean teacher looking over us.  At that point I realized that I really like programming and I totally loved the concept, even dreamt of it at night.  That was my first introduction to something that I completely fell in love with.

So as you see, the name Alan Turing is very familiar to me, in a special way.  His legacy lives on.

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boris mann vancouver web entrepreneur

Boris Mann, Vancouver Web Entrepreneur

A few days ago I visited the TechVibes event and saw Boris Mann speak there briefly about start ups in Vancouver.  He is a web entrepreneur and he is a managing director at Full Stack.  

He expressed his concern about the talent drain from Vancouver and the need to build a healthy start up ecosystem.  We live in a city that is close to the Silicon Valley, has a great climate, and in general people are happy to be there.  It’s up to us to make it a more successful place from a business point of view.

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Mihaela Radulescu – a woman of true wonder – Romania

Mihaela_Radulescu__Dani_OtilMihaela Rădulescu, born Țiganu, (on the 3rd of August 1969, Piatra Neamț) is a TV director and moderator of radio and television in Romania, actress, and a very successful woman in Romania.

She has participated to the Romanian Revolution, in 1989 and she was then Dan Iosif-s secretary. She studied at four universities in Bucharest (three years at I.E.F.S., two at languages and one in psychology) and three years at film directing, at the Art Faculty of Hyperion, but did not graduate either of them. She was never interested in modeling.

She made her debut in 1994 at the TV station Tele 7abc. The first show she did was called „Nocturnal on 16 mm”, followed by „Weekend abc”, an entertainment production, aired every Sunday, for four hours. She has also worked at Pro TV (the most popular TV station in Romania) for nine months, where she was editor-reporter for the morning show hosted by Florin Călinescu.

Mihaela radulescu 4Rădulescu also hosted other TV shows, on other stations, like Antena 1, B1 TV and Pro TV. Her next job was at „Antena 1”, where, for the next seven years, she directed and hosted the show „Sunday with the family”. Mihaela directed all the editions of extreme sports and entertainment shows, which received awards from the Association of Professionals in Television and Radio, being the first Romanian journalist to have aired, live, from the Oscars, in 1998.

During the spring of 2009, after her divorce of the business man Elan Schwartzenberg (followed by a huge media scandal), Mihaela Rădulescu announced that she was retiring from the spotlights and moving with her son, Ayan, to the South of France, at Monaco, wanting to offer her son more quiet and protection.

Mihaela Rădulescu is especially known for her show Sunday with the family, on Antena 1, but also for her constant involvement in humanitarian activities – she has initiated and led the campaign blitz-krieg “Stars for the less fortunate”, she was the Ambassador for Romania for the organization United Way and, for more than 10 years, she has been one of the main supporters and donors of the Centre for palliative care (children with terminal diseases) “Hospice- House of Hope”, Brașov.

mihaela-radulescu-si-andreea-marinShe is the only woman in Romania holding 4 titles of “Woman of the Year”, awards obtained especially for her involvement in humanitarian activities and five APTR awards. She achieved national records for audience, still unsurpassed, with “Sunday with the family” (Antena 1) and “Your lucky star” (Pro TV).

She was married for four years to the business man Elan Schwartzenberg, and they divorced in 2008. They have a son together, Ayan. After the divorce, Mihaela Radulescu kept the name Schwartzenberg.

Afterwards, she started a relationship with the much younger host of a morning show on Antena 1 (Morning with Razvan and Dani), Dani Oțil, relationship that still lasts, even if they are living in different countries.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham Essays

Paul Graham is the founder of Y Combinator – website for silicon valley entrepreneurs. It funds billion dollar companies.  Have you ever heard him speak?  There are plenty of lectures available on Youtube with Paul Graham speaking about entrepreneurship, IT, and motivational tools.

If you are not a fan of listening to lectures, there is another option to get familiarized with Paul Graham.  He has a lot of his essays published online on start ups with thousands of people’s experiences.

Paul Graham

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Remembering Captain Arthur Hughes

arthur hughes veteran vancouver remembrance day poppyI would like to say this Remembrance Day will be extremely sad for me because a record-holding in poppy sales veteran, Captain Arthur Hughes, has passed away last year in Vancouver due to cancer.

He lived in my building and we would sometimes talk at the bus stop.  He was a very well-educated man and he even had some knowledge of Chinese and Russian.  I miss him very much.

Once I asked him how he achieves that record for poppy sales.  He said that he stands every year at the same spot for hours and hours without taking a break.  People know him and give him donations, quite often $20 bills.

He had such an upbeat spirit and carried himself with an outstanding sense of tact.  God bless him.  Have a meaningful Remembrance Day.