Month: June 2006

It is Vacations time!

I’ll go to Crete for vacations. I’ll be back in 8-10 of July. I’ll have rare/occasional access to internet and that is good and bad.

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Christina Amanpour on Colbert Report (and comments on Colbert Report of last week)

Stephen Colbert didn't have his best interview day with Amanpour. It's ok he gave us a great moto in the beginning of his show.

"Tonight Amanpour is here, and we'll talk about International Stuff. And because she's a woman, I'll pretend that I care"

Now, Amanpour was better than I expected. Laughed (as most do) about Colbert taking power & energy from the audience just before the interview, and continued to say (after Colbert said "tell me about IRAN (Ai Ran):

"Did you really?" [run]
Colbert went to say "I'm sorry?"

She replied: "Did you run? I believe you want to say Iran (eran), and Iraq (eraq) as well"
Colbert:Sorry I still don't get it etc..

Colbert also reminded us about the days since the american hostages crisis in Iran (that according to Stephen never ended) etc. Great show, not so good an interview though.

The best interview was with the guy saing good stuff about Video games. He got nailed by being shot in a First Person Shooter.

Also Stephen, Word Cup is 4 weeks, not 3 as you said. Of course it's okay, because as you explained noone in US should watch it because "it's the only sport that the women's team is better than men's team" (speaking about USA of course). hehehe ;^

Great stuff about your jew friend (Jon) and all that 8 min stuff about seeking your new friend. I even paused to read the full emails you apparently got, they were funny :^

Yann Tiersen Sucked big time

Yesterday I went to see him in Lycabetus, Athens where he with others were supposed to be playing. He was marketed, as "Yann Tiersen, the Amelie Soundtrack composer".

Now, don't get me wrong, but I'm sure he knows about it. I honor and understand every composer's or songwriter's  right to extremely avoid playing the music he's well known for, in the same way as in the CD. In other words, "just buy the CD" is enough for me.

BUT, he went too far (at least for my ears), because: 

a. the music he played, apart from 15 minutes in TOTAL TIME, didn't contain any melody or melodic lines. Of course it wasn't heavy metal, but the sound reminded me of a combination of a bad Madrugada song with the worst song by Raining Pleasure or whatever.  The fact that he likes to play the violin doesn't mean I have to watch him play one fucking note for a whole minute, having a background with a lot of "bass noise".

b. he didn't play at all the music that made him rich and known. Now don't get me wrong again, but hey that's FUCKING IDIOTIC. He just touched some melodic lines of Amelie for about 1,5 minute, but still I play the score in my piano, and even I was getting lost. If he wanted, he could have completely changed the  instrumentation or keep it the same, and change a bit the melodic lines. He did nothing of those.

All in all, was a bad combination of mostly average music. That came a bit of shock to me, because of his minimalistic nature. I really hope we get to see Steve Reich in Athens (and not again Glass  [he came in 2004, now comes in 2006 again!]) before he's too old to travel.

Now to overcome that Tiersen concert,  I'm gonna watch again the minimalistic videoopera: Steve Reich & Beryl Korot – Thee Tales

I'll do that because I saw the same smiling robot in the upcoming "future talk" in CNN International.

 

Ubuntu vs Windows on Screen Resolution Change

Ubuntu:

System -> Preferences -> Screen Resolution

Change the resolution, hit the happy button called Apply.

What do you see? In the latest release of Ubuntu, I see GDM asking me to login..  None the less I login, to see my old resolution is still being used.

Windows do it better. At least since the buggy ages of Windows 95 this used to work.

On the happy note, while installing Ubuntu, I could surf to meebo and chat with my friends.

On the 'getting work done' note, I remove Ubuntu, 5 minutes after I 've installed it. Fedora lasted for 2 weeks. It seems Archlinux which I had  for almost 2 years is the right choice for me after all. And because arch64 is buggy, I'm gonna go with the i686.

At least I get the working flash-plugin (from Adobe) when I'm in i686 so I don't have to restart to Windows just to watch a flash video, or surf a flash-allover website.

Ekiga stuff that are taking too long

Ekiga is great, and ekiga.net SIP address is also great. What I really miss is an official windows build. It just takes too long, when the stuff I found via Google where working fine about 2 months ago. Also there is no such word as 'informations' in english. I understand that many french do this mistake (also others) but I do not like seeing it in ekiga.org website at all. It looks just bad imHHHHo.

Of course the fact that it does SIP great remains. I was able to use VOIPBuster service using Ekiga/Sip and it was an overwhelming experience and a very easy one.