Today I'm going to tell about the bright events that are coming soon.
First of all, tomorrow the Orthodox Easter holidays begin. At yours
sincerelly they will last 11 days along with two weekends. Moreover,
this year the 22th anniversary of my coming to this nice world (well,
sometimes nice) is on the same date as the Easter. Thinking about the
best way to spend the free time I made the only good decision, to hit
the road towards the Ukrainian city of Lvov (Lviv), where several good
buddies of mine live.
The city is traditionally associated (at least in the Eastern part where
my home city is) with Ukrainian nationalism and everything related to it
such as Rukh (the right-winged party), neo-Nazis and rusophoby, thus the
trip there should definitely be described in a story on the site.
Especially having in mind that I don't believe in stereotypes. During
the recent two years they are passing away one by one. Like once, there
was a great surprise for me, when in Iasi I met several Albanian ladies
who turned out to be quite nice girls and some of them were really
beautiful. So we'll leave the stereotypes to housewives and will try to
make out our own objective opinion. At least it will be an alternative
for the common mistakes. Which will probably remain mistakes, being
though our own ones :)
By the way, there is something more to say about stereotypes. How do you
imagine the look of such a city like Pyongyang, the capital of the North
Korea? A sad gray view with propaganda banners all along? And the
Iranian capital? Mosques and sand? Be sure I used to think the same,
until one of my colleagues decided to find some photos from there. Let's
now take a look.
more Pyongyang photos [ 1 2 ]
more photos of Tehran [ 1 2 ]
It's strongly recommended to take a look at the tehran24.com site. It
was created by several photographers who every day put out their shots
there. Streets, people, cars, nature.. Everything what helps to make up
an opinion of their country. Great idea.
Looking at such illustrations really makes the one think about the role
of the mass media in creation of various streotypes. It's not a secret
that with highlighting some facts you're able to not pay attention to
others, and it's a very common way to suggest a desired opinion to the
East European Borders
The way to Lvov is not going to be too easy. Despite of Ukrainian's
Zakarpatye region being close, it's impossible to cross the border
directly there. In the consulate they told me that the border checkpoint
Dyakovo situated nearby is open only for official delegations and trucks
that transport goods. Being none of the two things I have no chance to
get to Homeland through it. So there were two options: travelling
through Hungary or almost half of Romania by train and then another
train from Chernovtsy in Ukraine. Actually, the Hungarian way is shorter
and also would take less time. Having in mind that the country till now
is quite an unexplored place I feel very enthusiastic about seeing it.
Even the border area I'll go through. The locality is called
There is also a plan to make a short photo coverage of the trip. It will
be short because I still haven't bought a flesh card of size which would
satisfy my sometimes maniac photography needs. In Lvov it's going to be
easier, because it'll be possible to download photos to a computer every
day, but during the travel the limit is 16 shots so far.
Regarding requests some of your sent to me after I published this thing, I want to mention that I
categorically haven't forgotten the given promises to tell more about
Romanian regions and what jokes characterize people who live there. I
already started to gather data, so it will be here one day.
Finally, if I'm already announcing this and that all the evening, I'll
tell you about the plans regarding the free software I write. The point
is that the new versions of centericq and motor are coming soon after quite a long period of
inactivity caused by the life troubles of yours sincerelly. I just
cannot help developing my small proggies now, especially after I got my
permanent Internet connection at home. Recently here in Romania the
Internet through TV cable service is becoming popular. In order to get
connected, you need a special modem of the DOCSYS standard, which costs
about $90. Cost of the rest of stuff is not significant, and for $11/mo
you can have quite an acceptable connection.
Here is a quote from the blog of
one of centericq users, who found the program
in the Debian Linux distribution.
Those of you keeping score will notice there are co-ordinates to get
in touch with me via IM for all the four big networks: ICQ, Yahoo!,
MSN and AIM. I owe it all to the new version of centericq, available
at quality operating systems[1,2] near you.
I thought I would commemorate this event, as I often do, with a short
There is a program, little known
It is so good, is deserves a throne
It talks to AIM and to yahoo
and many others, its license is Gnu
With all my friends I can keep in touch
Whichever network -- I can match
So let us praise CenterICQ
The program for me, the program for you
It does inspire, huh? :) So I ask you for a bit of patience, friends,
and you'll be able to use the new version which doesn't require glib in
order to compile, with jabber conferencing fixed, configurable log
window and possibility to bind custom IP address for outgoing
That's all for today. I wish you great holidays, and during them
outings, BBQ parties and interesting travels. Be well and see you.