One thing I’ve noticed about myself is that I seem to believe that anything can be done well or poorly. As a result of my perfectionism and scientific curiosity, I often spend hours obsessively researching even the most mundane problems that crop up in my life — which air humidifier to buy? how to build a quiet PC that can run recent games? what mp3 bitrate should I use to compress my music? what could be causing vibrations on the steering wheel of my car?
I construct clever Google queries, read through hundreds of posts, engage in long and painful thought processes, and — when all else fails — I actually do something and see what happens. In the end, I usually come up with some sort of useful synthesis.
Since I am unable to break this habit of trying to do things the Proper Way, the least I can do is share the knowledge I’ve accumulated with others. So when I get an interesting result that I have not been able to find on the Internet, I will post it on this blog in the hopes of helping a few hundred other people with similar needs.
My name is Tomasz P. Szynalski. I live in Wroclaw, Poland. I’m writing this blog in English because I want my posts to help the broadest group of people possible and because I want to promote the use of English as the language for the Internet.
I also made Antimoon, a website where I share a kick-ass method of learning English (here’s a page about me on Antimoon), and TypeIt.org, an online tool for typing accent marks and other special characters easily. I occasionally work as a freelance Polish translator. I spend a lot of time thinking philosophically about the world around me.