03 Jan 2003 ::
Among the advantages the using of XML in this context, there is, for
example, the possibility to add your own fields that only your client on
the other side will be able to process, along with the guarantee that
they will arrive to him. Finally, the XML is readable... [ more.. ]
16 Jul 2002 ::
As a proof of the effectivity of the digital photography, the photos section of the site was
enriched with several new shots. There are some among them from a party here in
Iasi, from the recent
trip to Chisinau on 29-30th June, and some scanned photos from Bicaz... [ more.. ]
11 Aug 2002 ::
Finally, there is a report about our latest adventure called "week-end
on a seashore". Actually nobody goes to the sea just for a week-end,
but there are no limitations for such passionate explorers like yours
sincerelly... [ more.. ]
Does someone know how many dudes are surfing the net each day? And at
this very moment? Well, I'm sure there are some statistics, and it must
be quite a number. No, I'm not going to tell you about all of them
tonight neither to try to do any analysis. Instead, I'll write about an
interesting dude I met, and also publish parts of some of his e-mails.
With his permission, of course.
Just like many site visitors, after taking a look at it he wrote me a
short message. This one was a bit unusual: the guy was referring to my
photo gallery asking for more info about a lady from a picture.
Hi, Konst. Nice site. In the picture referred to above, there's a woman
to your left. Who is she? I'm planning to move to Romania in a few
months and would love to meet her if she's romantically available.
I'd rather not specify exactly which photo he meant, so that others are
desperate to find out which one was lucky ;) But as you can see, the
konst.org.ua web site is not only a comprehensive source of
information on Eastern Europe and UNIX programming, but it's also can be
good for dating. That's why you, ladies, should be interested to get
your photos into my gallery. It's your real chance for you to meet
interesting dudes! End of advertisment :)
U.S. Expat and Romanian Immigration
During the further discussion the guy turned out to be a US citizen, who
had been seeking self-improvement travelling through various locations.
By the time he wrote me he lived in Thailand and was planning a move to
Romania. Quite unusual, huh? But the world is all about unusual things.
He also wrote articles on various topics, which I found interesting too.
This is how he explained his reasons:
My reasons for being an expat are many. I'm from the US, but I don't
like it there and have many objections to the things my government does
in the world. Also I find myself in the position, in my forties, where
I'm very out of touch with mainstream culture in the US (or what passes
for it), and, since I'm a writer, that puts me at a disadvantage. I
managed to salvage some money after losing most of it in a divorce, and
I decided that I could live on it for a number of years, if I lived in
places where expenses are much lower than in the US. In Thailand
everything's very cheap (less so in Bangkok than where I am, in the
north). I think I could duplicate that cost of living in Romania, as
long as people don't insist I pay four times the rate they charge
locals, which I understand is the standard procedure.
So...if I could live there, with a nice girl who doesn't want to have
children, and have a nice country place to grow organic fruit and
vegetables...I think I could maybe be happy...or as happy as I could be
in a world that is so fucked up.
From this paragraph I understood I was dealing with a unusual and
interesting person. Not that I totally 100% agree with everything the
guy ever said in the e-mails I'm going to publish, but he definitely
makes the point. Also the Thailand word rang the bells (Beavis, he said
Thailand! hehehe). Actually, it's the country which interests me
particulary. Once I tried to find a temporary IT job for me there, but
no luck. There appeared to be a law which put restrictions on working
foreigners. Like if you hire a foreigner you should have 3 or 4 Thais
working in the company per a foreign head. Also there was something
about taxes, so Western companies having business there were not
enthusiastic about hiring me. Nevertheless, I'd still like to stay there
for some time, because it must be a really interesting place and
culture. So, having heard "Thailand" I decided to ask the guy what
living there looked like. During our e-mail discussion we talked about
appartments, fun places, food and girls. Here are fragments of some
Well, the apartments come with showers, just no tubs usually (mine is an
exception). And everywhere in Thailand you have people serving food on
the streets, from little mobile cooking units. So that's how most people
eat. They don't cook at home.
> Aren't there any sasons at all in Thailand? Forever
> summer? :)
No, there are seasons, but they're different. We have the rainy season,
winter, and the hot season. Now it's the hot season, and I sweat so much
my pillow is drenched in the morning. I hate sweating so much as I do
here in all seasons. And I like four seasons, like the kind I knew when
I was a kid...ya know, with leaves turning color and all that...and
looking out the window at a blizzard...
During preparations to his move to Romania, the guy went to Bangkok and
shared his impressions of the Thai capital with me. The lines starting
with ">" are my questions.
It's incredible that with tourism way down in Thailand due to fear of
the bogus Sars epidemic, still Khao San Road is full and guesthouses are
booked! These people come to Khao San Road because it's cool, and
nothing will keep them away. Many of them don't even venture out to see
the real Thailand, they just stay on Khao San Road. Personally, I've
always been contemptuous of the very idea of "cool." I stay here
because it's cheap (though prices are up 33% from when I stayed here two
years ago, due to the unending stream of cool-seekers).
> What is that famous Khao San Road? Is it a district where foreign
> tourists live in Bangkok?
No, this is a street and neighborhood that has become famous for having
very cheap guest houses, and was featured in a famous movie called "The
Beach," which I didn't see. Since it appeared in that movie, cool
westerners just flock here. It's amazing, for while other tourist venues
in Bangkok are suffering from declining tourism due to the Sars
hysteria, and people report half-empty planes, Kao San Road seems fully
Kao San has lots of cafes, pubs, restaurants and it's always full of
young and not so young people, Western and Thais, prostitutes, gays, all
just sitting around getting drunk and eating Thai noodles and spring
rolls. I guess I could enjoy it more but for the fact that I have so
much work I have to do here in preparation for leaving (getting parts
and things for computer, etc, deciding how I'm going to get there, etc.,
dealing with lots of other issues).
The cab drivers in Bangkok would certainly take the prize for world's
most annoying people. You know that in Thailand, you don't hail cabs,
they hail you. They can be very persistent and to someone like me, who
likes to walk, it's really annoying.
The prostitutes on Kao San Road are also very annoying, and won't leave
you alone. If they were cute I could smile about it, but most of them
are what are called in Thailand "katoeys," i.e., transsexuals. THailand
has more transsexuals than any country in the world, and an immense
percentage of the male population is gay or bi. I'm quite certain that
most of the "heterosexual" Aids cases in Thailand are really gay cases
who lie about it to the authorities.
> But judging from what you say it must be really cool. But what
> exactly is good about the Road? Are there any clubs or places like
Yes, all that stuff, everywhere. It's just a scene. Street musicians,
beggars, food carts everywhere. Pickup possibilites everywhere. I don't
see what people would go to Bangkok for a scene when there are much
pleasanter scenes elsewhere where it isn't so humid.
Yes, I've had relationships with some of them. The major problem is the
language barrier. I just find getting beyond the basics of Thai very
difficult, because of the tones of the words and the fact that so many
words sound similar. Thai women are nice, they're not the great beauties
people say they are. I mean, one out of maybe 20 or 30 is a beauty and
the rest are average or worse. But then, I've never really been
attracted to Asians that much, as some are. I do think that the Chinese
are much prettier, because they have lighter skin and more refined
features. In fact, many of the most beautiful Thais are part Chinese.
And they are short, too. (I'm tall). And a very large percentage of them
have bad breath, because of a variety of factors, one of which is
probably the fact that they eat antibiotics like they were candy and
these fuck up their intestines.
No. The Thais are enamored of pills, especially brightly colored ones.
They believe pills will make them well when they get sick, so they take
antibiotics every time they have a cold. But antibiotics cannot cure a
cold, all they can do is kill bacteria, and colds are caused by viruses.
So what the Thais are really doing is destroying the beneficial bacteria
in their intestines, the bacteria that protect them from disease. And it
creates a cycle: with each set of antibiotics, they are destroying their
immunity and making it easier to catch the next cold.
The pharmaceutical industry, of course, does nothing to discourage this,
nor do doctors, who in Thailand are often taking bribes from the
We live in a very corrupt world.
There is something new I found out about the Thai massage thing. In
Russian when you say "Thai massage" a sexual form is meant. Like, naked
ladies who touch your body with theirs, etc. But in English it meant
something different, and the guy explained me what it was exactly. I'd
hardly believe he didn't try it anyways :)
I've had a Thai massage. There's no sex involved, just massage. I find
Thai women are sexually very conservative, and many of them don't like
to kiss and stuff like that. And don't like oral. Though many others do.
I think part of it is they have the mistaken idea that they are going to
get Aids by kissing or oral. But that's another big subject that I'll
tell you much more about later. I will give you a hint, though. The
whole thing is a huge scientific/medical fraud. Visit www.virusmyth.net
Whoa, you are confusing Thai massage with what they call a "soapy"
massage. Thai massage is a non-sexual technique of making your body feel
renewed. There are massage parlors that do this all over the place.
There's nothing erotic about it. A soapy, on the other hand, consists of
a girl rubbing her tits all over your back while you're all wet and her
tits are covered with soapy lather. These are available in more
specialized "massage parlors" that are sexual in nature. I will confess
to having had one once. It was okay. :o)
Also, regarding the "soapy" thai massage: I neglected to mention that
after the lady massages you with her mammaries, usually she turns you
over and you have more of a face to face kind of encounter (after she
washes the soap off, of course).
Well, there is something I definitely should try :)
Alice? Who the f..k is Alice?
Hope you liked the quoted things just like I did. As to the guy's name,
he preferred not to expose his identity and asked me to call him Pumpsie
Hobergoffer on my web site. Well, that's how I'll do. At the end of this
quoting I'll give a feedback I received from Pumpsie on my Internet terrorism article. Probably
you'll like it too. Again, I'm not much into politics and I still prefer
simple observations and travel notes to analysing global issues, but the
part about Ikle and reptiles from outer space is great :)
Interesting. But don't make the mistake of believing that just because
one guy who is anti-Israel is a paranoid nutcase, that all people who
criticize Israel are nutcases.
One of the techniques of deception is to discredit legitimate ideas by
associating them with crazy ideas or crazy people. This is widely
practiced in the ivory towers of the CIA and the public relations
agencies who are so instrumental in shaping the public mind. So you have
people like David Icke, whose very popular website exposes many of the
things I've told you about--that AIDS is a fraud--and other things I
haven't told you about, such as that vaccination and fluoride are
unquestionably harmful to people, not helpful. He writes very good,
convincing articles about stuff like this. But then he writes other
articles that claim that reptiles from outer space are really behind all
these evil politicians and corrupt scientists. When they read that, most
people will automatically think the guy is a flake, and that all that
other stuff that he wrote so convincingly about medical issues must also
be flaky. I strongly suspect Icke is being run by the PR agencies or the
Intelligence agencies. His purpose is to discredit the very ideas he
seems to espouse.
There's a lot of this stuff that goes on in the very elaborate operation
to shape and control human perceptions. Another technique of deception
is what I call the Illusion of Comprehensiveness. In this, a massive
amount of information is presented as evidence to support some
assertion. It's so much information that nobody could possibly read it
all. Often the type is deliberately made very small to make it harder to
read. But because there is so much information, presented by people of
apparent credibility, the average person will simply assume that it must
be true. A good example of this is the Warren Commission Report on the
Assassination of President Kennedy (a bit before your time, I realize,
but you've probably heard about it). It encompassed something like 20
thick volumes with small type, and nobody could read it. When somebody
finally did (District Attorney Jim Garrison--see the film "JFK")--he
found that none of the so-called evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald killed
JFK was persuasive, and that it was full of contradictions and other
This same illusion of comprehensiveness is used today in other
deceptions--I have heard, though not read, that the US Health
Instituions have a website with the evidence that Hiv causes Aids, and
that it is massive--too massive for anyone to ever get through. The
dissidents who have looked at it all see through it, they see that what
purports to be evidence is nothing of the sort, it's just a reprinting
of many highly dubious and unreadable research papers that don't prove
anything. Some of them are working on rebutting it, but they are at a
great disadvantage--the people who write the propaganda are being highly
paid by the US govt and drug company establishment to do so--the
dissidents work on their own in whatever free time is available to them.
Nobody funds them and nobody promotes their findings. THey work out of a
sense that somebody has to expose this and the task has fallen to them.
Didn't mean to write so much, there are other techniques of deception,
this is just part of it. The world is full of it, and it can dupe even
highly intelligent people because they are not aware of it.
Finally, there is an e-mail that Pumpsie wrote me a week ago.
Greetings, Konst. Sorry for the delay. I went to Cambodia for six days
on a visa run. Boy, talk about third world! They don't even have ice
cream there! (at least, not in Koh Kong)
This means that if you liked the Thai impressions, you can some here
later, maybe in several days and you'll find Pumpsie's Cambodia travel
notes. I really liked to hear more about Asia, especially from the point
of view of a guy who just came there without any previous knowledge and
described what he saw. Stay tuned.