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)
- TypeIt.org, probably the best online tool for typing accent marks, phonetic symbols, Russian letters, and other special characters
- a popular online tone generator
- Plasticity, a game which trains you to discriminate similar tones (and may offer some relief if you suffer from tinnitus)
I used to work as a freelance Polish translator. I spend a lot of time thinking philosophically about the world around me.
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