Why Communism Failed

The shelves were empty, but they still put out commercials like this.

These are apparently posted on a site documenting the best of Estonian TV advertising from the 1980’s. In just a few years the walls would come down. It’s easy to see why.

Some direct link highlights:
Saturday Night Fever meets Napoleon Dynamite

The glory of the Soviet worker

The glory of Soviet cuisine

We had lights but the commissar borrowed them for his dacha

No qualms about “borrowing” music from the Beatles: Part One and Part Two

My three favorites:

More Soviet worker glory (and check out the name of the product)

Music “borrowed” from the Tijuana Brass highlights the best looking ad of the bunch. I wish I could say the same about the product.

And finally, this one is just downright disturbing…

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Inventory

Okay, so here’s what’s been going on, in a nutshell.
· My mother, who is back in physical therapy at the nursing home, is doing better – but she seems to be jumping from one infection to another. The staff is working on it. Other than that, her morale is good, and bless her heart, she’s been making friends with other residents and even managed to bring another resident out of her shell. Hey, she’s doing God’s work there, so it’s hard for me to argue.

· A good friend of the family passed away over the weekend at the age of 41 after a courageous battle with cancer. The funeral was yesterday. I’m sad, but it’s greedy. I’m going to miss her company, and she was a really great friend to my wife, who will really miss her. But again, I can’t argue – she’s in God’s hands now and is free from pain. It was a rough trip for her, but I know she’d say it was worth it. She said as much while she was still with us.

· I have been swamped at work. I usually “carry work home” inside my head, thinking about creative solutions to projects on my desk. Last week I was physically carrying work home – and stayed late a night. Stayed late last night, too, making up time I took away for the funeral.

· You may or may not have noticed, depending on how many links you try to click – part of my archives are missing. Specifically, the first year’s worth, from September 2001 to August 2002. That’s really odd. I’ve been in contact with Blogger about it.
Okay, so it hasn’t all been crushing. Here are a couple of other things that I managed to do over the last week. In both cases, a dedicated post on each will follow, once I get a little time to sit and write:
· I read Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith, the fourth about enigmatic Russian investigator Arkady Renko. It’s brilliant.

· I’ve been trying to study for a test in my HTML class (that’s in about half an hour – oops, need to wrap up and go…)

· I also happened to find and purchase a 1GB iPod Shuffle. It is also brilliant, and perfect for the way I listen to music. Like right now.
NP – iPod Shuffle: Moby, “In My Heart”

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Simple and easy ways to grow confidence as a writer?

Building confidence as a writer sometimes appears to be a tedious task for many writers. This does not only happen with beginners but the experienced contractors also suffer from such difficulty. But once you learn to build writing confidence, you become an efficient writer.

Today we’re going to share some valuable tips with you that will help you become a confident writer and win appreciation from a great number of readers.

Practice more

You can grow your writing confidence unanimously if you keep practicing your skills. It is inevitable. You do not only gain advanced knowledge but you also get the chance the learn the writing style of other writers. The more you practice your skills the more you build confidence.

You get the chance to learn from your own mistakes. And the feedback from your readers also builds confidence in you.

Participate in competitions

Joining some competitions is also a good idea. Participating in the competitions helps you gain new valuable experience and demonstrate your abilities. Those who do not step into competition due to the fear of failure can never become confident writers. Because every failure helps you learn some new things.

Find a writing job

If someone is paying for writing, you must grab that outstanding opportunity immediately because it will help you become a confident writer. You can look for professional writer opportunities in the newspaper or other resources.

So, if you don’t have confidence in your writing then finding a job to build some confidence will be an ideal option for you.

Read more

Reading different books and genres is a great way to become a better writer. However, some people get so much engaged in writing that they can’t even manage to spare some time to read more and learn from others.

Therefore, we suggest you read blogs and books by talented writers because it will help you gain new experience. You will be able to learn the new ways to write.

How to become a better writer

Congratulations, you are on your way to success if you are looking for tips on how to become a better writer. Because a writer has the power to do wonders in the world. A writer can conquer the hearts of people by using emotional phrases in his articles and stories.

How to become a better writer

But that’s only possible if you have a catchy and interesting writing style. And if your writing style is dull and boring then you must look for some ways on how to become a better writer otherwise, you’ll not only be wasting your time and effort but it will also affect your overall reputation as a writer.

Being a writer people might also ask you about how to become a better writer. And it would be an embarrassment if you couldn’t answer their question properly.

 

If you are a writer or want to become one then you must know some ways that can help you become a better writer.

We have tried to find the answer to the most difficult question of your life. And we have gathered many helpful tips on how to become a better writer.

Here are the tips:

Enrolling in various writing courses: –

You should take writing classes regularly to learn more about a particular writing technique or to polish your general writing skills. You will get an inspiration by associating with people who have the same passion as you do.

How to become a better writer

You’ll be able to boost your confidence after hearing the comments of experts about your work. Search for free online courses on the internet if you can’t afford to take one.

A catchy title is always awesome: –

The title plays an important role in the writing. Most of the readers buy a book or start reading a story due to an interesting title. So, try to be creative about deciding the title of the story.

Start with a story: –

Beginning with a story is a great way of grabbing the attention of your readers. Try to illustrate your point with a catchy story and make it easy for the reader to understand that what you are talking about.

Try to emerge the visualization in your content so that the reader may feel all the incredible moments that you have stated in your piece of writing. Great writers are creating fictional scenes with colors and details to engage their audience.

These tips on how to become a better writer are incredible enough to help you win the race. Follow all these steps and increase your audience significantly.