MY AIMS IN MY LIFE

        There are many things that I would love to do in my life, but I am aware that limited time is a major issue, but I would like to share a small collection of the existential to-do list in my life.

THIS YEAR PLANS (For 2017)

  1. Read at least one book per year. (Done)
  2. Learn Python and Selenium (in progress)
  3. Back and keep healthy 90 kg by back to running and do a half marathon.
  4. Learn more Mandarin Chinese.
  5. Family extension 🙂  (Done)

 

WHAT WILL I DO, IF I WON LOTS OF MONEY ON LOTTERY?

  • Secure future for me and my family, my parents with sister and some relatives.
  • Build the house of my dreams.
  • Travel around the world.
  • The main target will be … study many interesting subjects.
  • If possible I want a fly to ISS (I know, it cost around $20.000.000).
  • Support some organization in cancer research, forest care and support WOSP (Info about WOSP on Wikipedia) and their website Official Website of WOSP)
  • Do some voluntary work.

AIMS

HEALTH (in progress)

        Aim: 90kg. Be healthy and have a good condition. I don’t need to have muscles like a strong man like Mariusz Pudzianowski or looks like George Clooney. I just want to be healthy.

        In 2009 between February 2009 and July 2009, I lost more than 20kg! I weight changed from 114.2 kg to 93.3 kg. I achieve it by doing exercise and change my food style. I am very proud of myself!

However, I back to 120kg a few years later, so it is time to achieve the same goal, again.

Running in races. (Done)

        I needed the motivation to do exercises because sitting 8 hours on your bottom at work can cause many health problems. My belly expanded very quickly.  It looked like a giant ball of fat and I should start practice sumo.  I and my friend came out with idea that if we want to force ourselves to run regularly, we need to sign-in to a running race, so … we signed to Nick Beer 10km 2012 in Llandudno. I like running because is very easy, relaxing, healthy thing to do I feel much more energetic. My record in run/walk was 36km around Snowdon (Highest Mountain in Wales).

Race Year Distance Time
The Island Race – Anglesey Half Marathon 2012 13miles (21km) 2.07.54
        It was an unbelievable achievement which was beyond my imagination. My target was to run in 2.5 hours so I couldn’t believe when I saw an actual result. My legs hurt for 4 days, but it was worth it. I was ranked 344/465.
Nick Beer 2012 10Km 0.56.44
It was an unbelievable achievement which was beyond my imagination. My target was to have 1.15.00. Rank 515/680.

(E-)BOOKS

       When I heard that more than 50% polish people did not read any book per year, I decided to belong to a minority, who read books. Long commute to and from work in London creates a unique opportunity to read some books.  Below is a collection of book, which I read and enjoyed in the past.

FINISHED BOOKS

  1. Rob Kemp – The New Dad’s Survival Guide: What to Expect in the First Year and Beyond  (2017)
  2. Rob Kemp – The Expectant Dad’s Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know (2016)
  3. Robin C. Martin – Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship ( 2016)
  4. Simon Brown – Software Architecture for Developers (2015)
  5. Michael T. Nygard – Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software (2014)
  6. Adam Cash – Psychology For Dummies (2013)
  7. Anita Werner, Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz – Nieoficjalnie (2013)
  8. David J. Anderson – Kanban (2012)
  9. Jeremy Clarkson – How Hard Can It Be?: The World According to Clarkson Volume 4 (2012)
  10. Terry Deary, Martin Brown – Horrible Histories – Ruthless Romans (2011)
  11. Terry Deary, Martin Brown – Horrible Histories – Rotten Romans (2011)
  12. Joe Navarro – What everybody is saying (2011)
  13. Eric Steven Raymond – How To Become A Hacker (2011)
  14. Paul Ekman – Emotions revealed (2011)
  15. Terry Pratchett – Thud! (2010)
  16. Steve Krug – Don’t Make Me Think. A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2007)
  17. Pet Southern – Julius Caesar (2002)
  18. Terry Pratchett – Guards! Guards! (200x)
  19. Terry Pratchett – Wyrd sister (200x)
  20. Terry Pratchett – Sourcery (200x)
  21. Terry Pratchett – MORT (200x)
  22. Terry Pratchett – Equal rites (199x)
  23. Terry Pratchett – The light fantastic (199x)
  24. Terry Pratchett – The colour of magic (199x)

EDUCATION

Computer Science (Done)

        I chose Computer Science for few reasons. I like to create things, solve logical problems and thinking about usability. It is a type of work which has high demand today and in future. This gives me many opportunities to do various type of exciting projects.
        I finished Computer Science at Aberystwyth University with 2.2. It is a big success for me because I achieved all 3 goals.  I learned English, work to be independent and graduate with the result better than 3.

Master degree

        I finished an undergraduate degree in Computer Science in 2010. I am planning to do a master degree in future in psychology. I want to do Cyberpsychology.  It will help me want to combine my interest in people’s psychology on the Internet and user experience (UX).

Psychology (Done)

        As I mentioned above. I want to do masters in Cyberpsychology. However, I am also interested in interpersonal perception and deception and abnormal psychology.

Why these three?
I was fascinated by the way, how people behave differently on the Internet compare to real life interaction since high school and it was one of first reason why was interest in psychology. I spent some time to reading and do research about Cyberpsychology, where I came across articles about interpersonal perception and how body express what people think which was one of the parts that are missing in Internet communication.
I completed a 3-day course about exclusions of mental people. It teaches me to have empathy for mentally ill and disabled people.

English (Done)

        It may seem weird but English is a useful language in UK where I live now. It comes handy to speak with people from all the world and in the IT universe.

Mandarin Chinese (In progress)

        There are a few reasons for me, why I should know this language. I gave one reason. My wife is Chinese so this knowledge might come in handy.

EVENTS

Castle Party, Poland

        Amazing Gothic party in the castle in Poland.

Love Parade, Berlin (Done)

        Love parade was the biggest techno party in the world. I took part in this event in 2000 on my 18th birthday. There were 1.300.000 people. I had great fun. These people didn’t know that they celebrate my birthday :). I never saw that many people before. It was a shocking experience. It is not anymore since I see a similar amount of people squeezed in the Tube on my daily commute to work in London. However, after my trip to China, I am not complaining about overcrowding in the Tube during peak time. It is half empty in comparison to Subway in Beijing during evening rush hours. Back to topic. Love parade was the best party I ever been.

Woodstock, Poland

       The biggest event in Poland and most amazing one, because is not just music it is also lots awesome events happen there.

Oktoberfest, Germany  (Done)

     Man’s heaven. Beers, women … sounds like the perfect place to be for any adult man.

La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain

     Nothing better than using tomato as a primary weapon to smash innocent people in big Ketchup war.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

        I always want to see Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, because I love samba music. Hot rhythms, all-night samba party. I hope to see this legendary event someday.

TRAVEL

China and Japan  (China Done) 

      I want to see these 2 countries because I am fascinated by their cultures. I want to experience daily life there in big cities and countryside. I want to see the influence of the western culture on Asian culture and especially to get to know how does life in a big Asian city center look like, slums and small countryside. I am interesting about what is most amazing aspects of Polish, Western, Chinese and Japanese cultures and their difference and similarities. I wish to write the book about it to show amazing things in different cultures.

Canada

      I want to go to Canada for a month, to rest far away from civilisation. Just stay within the little cottage and go to forests and mountains.

Poland

        It may sound weird, but since I live abroad, I discovered, that I haven’t seen too much Poland actually.

Visited (and I believe is worth to see):

  • Kraków
  • Wieliczka (Salt mine!)
  • Oświęcim (Auschwitz Birkenau) – Nazi concentration camps. A place, when you can discover how people can be evil during the war and learn why war is bad.
  • Zakopane
  • Malbork

Want to travel to :

  • Bolesławiec (longest railway viaduct in Poland)
  • Pułtusk

Scandinavia   (Sweden Done) 

        There are many things to see there like: Mountains, lakes, country of Santa.
I have been in Sweden in 2014.

Mars

        Nowadays, if you have $20.000.000 you can have a trip to the space station. So I’m hoping, that in future I will be able to go to MARS. I just need $20.000.000 ;P. I should start thinking the little application for iOS or AndroidOS and make some money to achieve that.

Brazil

        I want to go to Brazil to see the carnival in Rio. Since I love parties, Latin music, and dance, I must see the Capitol of Dance. Another reason is to see the capital of Capoeira ;).

Italy

        I want to go to Italy to see remains of the ancient Roman civilization. I want to see Coliseum, the Pantheon, Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, Baths of Diocletian, Baths of Caracalla, Via Appia Antica and Catacombs.

Trans-Siberian Railway

      I want to travel between Moscow and Vladivostok. This is just 9289 km of the journey. The only problem is I need music when I traveling, so I need to buy a bunch of battery packs for my phone.

CITIES

VISITED:

  • China/Beijing (9.2012)
  • China/Tianjin (9.2012) – Tianjin is more interesting as described in guides.
  • China/Shanghai (9.2012)
  • England/York (8.2011) – The most beautiful medieval city in the UK.Worth to see!
  • England/Lincoln (8.2011)
  • England/Bath (4.2011)
  • England/Canterbury (4.2011)
  • England/Chester (3.2011) – Unique city in the United Kingdom, Worth to see!
  • Wales/Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (2.2011)
  • England/Exeter(12.2010)
  • Wales/Llandudno(11.2010)
  • Poland/Zakopane(09.2008)
  • Poland/Oswiecim(Auschwitz)(09.2008)
  • England/Birmingham(9.2007)
  • England/London(6.2006)
  • Germany/Berlin(7.2000)
  • Wales/Wrexham(7.2013)

WANT TO TRAVEL:

  • Austria/Vienna
  • Belgium/Bruges
  • Croatia/Trogir
  • Czech Republic/Prague
  • Estonia/Tallinn
  • England/Durham
  • England/Oxford
  • France/Colmar
  • France/Lille
  • France/Strasbourg
  • Italy/Rome
  • Italy/Florence
  • Italy/San Gimignano
  • Italy/Verona
  • Italy/Genova
  • Italy/Lucca
  • Maldive Islands
  • Mexico/Chichen Itza
  • Netherlands/Amsterdam
  • Scotland/Edinburg
  • Wales/Cardiff

HIGH SPEED AND HERITAGE TRAINS

USED:

  • Siemens Desiro/British class 350 [2008]
  • Pendolino/British class 390 [2007]
  • CRH3 (Siemens Velaro ) [2012]
  • CRH2 (E2-1000 Series Shinkansen) [2012]
  • Metropolitan Steam Locomotive No. 1 [2013]
  • Metropolitan Railway Electric Locomotive No.12 ‘Sarah Siddons’.
  • ex British Rail 1950s coach (British Rail Class 438, 4-TC)) [2013]

WANT TO TRAVEL:

  • Shinkansen E6
  • Shinkansen 885/British Rail class 395
  • Eurostar TGV/British Rail Class 373
  • Siemens Velaro/British Rail Class 374
  • ICE 3
  • Shanghai Maglev Train

CREATIVITY

IT PROJECT

Parody of homepage  (Done)

      I want to have my homepage and it must be very sarcastic without boring staff to show people how “AMAZING” you are. It

Create an RPG game  (in progress)

        I always dream to create RPG/Strategy action. One concept was a little bit similar to UFO: Enemy Unknown, but with the more complex story line (created in random) and another one was similar to final fantasy VII/VIII.

Create some songs  (Done)

        I wrote a few songs. They are not a masterpiece of electronic music and they will never as popular like Psy – Gangnam style on YouTube but I am proud of them.

CASTLES, CATHEDRALS, AND TEMPLES

I love this kind of buildings because there is something magical about them.

  • Książe (Poland) (Done)
  • Lidzbark Warminski (Poland) (Done)
  • Zamek Królewski w Krakowie (Poland) (Done at 9.2008)
  • Beaumaris Castle (Wales) (Done in 2.2011)
  • Conwy Castle (Wales) (Done in 11.2010)
  • Caernarfon (Wales) (Done in 7.2010)  – My favorite Welsh Castle.
  • Criccieth (Wales) (Done in 2.2010)
  • Harlech (Wales) (Done in 12.2009)
  • Aberystwyth (Wales) (Done in 6.2006) – Quite nice ruins.
  • Carmarthen (Wales) (10.2006)
  • Dover (4.2011) – One of the most amazing castles that includes building from Ancient Roman times, Norman times and Medival times.
  • Canterbury (4.2011)
  • Lincoln (8.2011)

TO VISIT:

Wales:

  • Cardiff Castle
  • Carreg Cennen Castle
  • Cilgerran Castle
  • Denbigh Castle
  • Dinefwr Park and Castle
  • Dolwyddelan Castle
  • Ewloe Castle
  • Flint Castle
  • Oxwich Castle
  • Kidwelly Castle
  • Laugharne Castle
  • Penrhyn Castle
  • Rhuddlan castle
  • St. Davids bishops Palace

Scotland:

  • Caerlaverock Castle
  • Cawdor Castle
  • Stirling Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Dunvegan Castle
  • Eilean Donan Castle

England:

  • Windsor Castle
  • Norham Castle,
  • Warwick Castle
  • Bodiam Castle
  • St. Michael’s Mount
  • Rochester Castle
  • Alnwick Castle
  • Arundel Castle
  • Castle Howard

 

JOBS

Work for Space Company

        I always thinking about working for a company who sent shuttles, spacecraft or building space station.

Software developer  (Done)

        Since I was a teenager, I dream to have a computer to play a game and create my own ones. I always enjoy to design games and solve problems during development. As a kid, I couldn’t afford to have a computer, so I designed them on the paper. I thought it is too childish to be a game developer, so I want to write various software instead.

Architect

        I’ve always wanted to design buildings in sacral style or stylish little mansions. I’m also interested in creating futuristic looking architecture (Train Stations), vehicles (trains, trams) and space ships, space bases etc. I would like made this as pragmatic and usable as possible.

Lecturer

        I think this is a great job, talking to students, doing research and having fun, especially when you see those poor faces on exams. I think, if I got a chance then I want to do a research about Cyberpsychology and how this can be applied to UX design.

Astronaut

        One of my childhood dreams was to be a part of the crew that will be sent to Mars to transform the planet and create for being habitable for humans and I wanted to be a scientist on the spaceship and explore space… hmm… Maybe I just watched too many episodes of Star Trek as a kid.

Train driver

        This was my another childhood dream. I always dreamed to be a tram/bus/train driver. When I grew up then I still thinking about being a train driver but not as a job, but I hope to have a chance to drive train someday. If you got time and money I am planning travel across Europe on the train.

 

OTHER

  • Extreme Rescue Team I want to join to rescuers team, who helps people during big catastrophes(after earthquakes and etc.).
  • Take a zero-gravity flight in Florida
  • Ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Abu Dhabi, UAE