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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Television Tuesdays: Survivors

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Survivors is a typical BBC show - six episodes long. It's sort of like 28 days later, but without the zombies ;-)

The whole premise of the show is that a disease has wiped out most of the British population (and presumably most of the world), but a certain number of "survivors" got the disease and survived it. What we don't know is if this is man made - like a nation attacking another nation, or an experiment gone wrong, like the storyline of resident evil.

I find the series interesting in that it challenges preconception of how you should treat fellow human beings, and how a major event can seriously change your world view and how you act not just with yourself but with others as well. How the different groups choose to rebuild society is also interesting. It's like viewing an MMO civilization game.

I am glad that they revived the series. I am looking forward to next season.


For more information...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivors_(2008_TV_Series)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/survivors/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1258189/
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Amiga reborn!

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I was catching up on news the other day, listening to the Engadget podcast, and I heard a reference to the eee Keyboard (or eeek! keyboard - OK bad pun). Anyway. I saw this and it reminded me of those all-in-one Amiga and Atari computer of the mid-to-late nineties. You remember the ones, the Amiga 500 and the Amiga 1200 that you just plugged into your television and off you went.


Those were the days... of course there is no floppy disk drive in the eee Keyboard, unlike those Amiga models, but everything else is there :-)


I wonder if I can run a full speed amiga emulator on this computer and relive the days of Impossible Mission, The Chaos Engine and Eye of the Beholder ;-)

http://gizmodo.com/5124985/eee-keyboard-an-entire-touchscreen-home-theater-pc





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Νέο MacHeist!

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Ναι!

Είναι αλήθεια!


Μετά από τόσες δωρεάν εφαρμογές ήρθε επιτέλους και κάτι επί πληρωμής!


Το φετινό πακέτο MacHeist εντυπωσιάζει όπως και τα περασμένα πακέτα όχι μόνο για την καταπληκτική του τιμή, αλλά και για το περιεχόμενο του!



Η τιμή του είναι $39 και οι εφαρμογές που συμπεριλαμβάνονται είναι πολύ συνδεδεμένες με multimedia. Προσωπικά εδώ και κάτι μήνες ήθελα το Little Snapper, εφαργμογή από τους Realmac Software, τους τύπους που δημιούργησαν το Rapidweaver, και το WireTap Studio αφού όλο και πιο κοντά έρχομαι στο να δημιουργήσω ένα podcast.



Υπάρχουν φυσικά προγράμματα για βίντεο και την μορφοποίησή εικόνων και αν ξεκλειδώνουν όλα έρχεται μαζί και ένας website editor. Αν και μου αρέσει το Rapidweaver και δεν θα αλάξω website development platform μου αρέσει να παίζω και με κώδικα και με νέες εφαρμογές, οπότε δεν θα πάει χαμένο.



Όπως είπαμε, η τιμή είναι μόνο $39 και 25% των εσόδων πάνε για φιλανθρωπικούς σκοπούς!


Η διεύθυνση στο διαδύκτυο για τους νέους μεταξύ μας είναι: http://www.macheist.com















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"Dear AIG, I quit!" - a reaction

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I saw the headline.

My initial response: "Boo Hoo buddy!"

Then I read the article.

OK, I have a little more sympathy for you, but I still have a difficult time going that extra mile to really, I mean really, feel bad for you, oh former AIG employee.

I do agree that your boss was a weasel. Any stand up person would have had the guts to come out and say "no bonuses until we weather this out", but no, that didn't happen. I sympathize with you there.

I also sympathize with you because you (claim that you) were not one of the ethically challenged people that created this credit crunch mess we are in yet you get blamed. To this I respond: This is normal human behavior. People are looking for a scape goat and it's up to AIG to prove to the public that they've got what it takes to bring this boat back on course

I also think that it's valiant that you decided to work for $1 and put your time into this to fix this mess. A person of lesser moral character would not have done this.


However:

You WERE there when people were going nuts over these securities. As an MBA student in finance I was appalled by this practice because it didn't make fiscal sense (even though some of my classmates were salivating at the wonderful prospects of these securities). Yet no one at AIG stood up to stop this insane practice within your company walls? If you had said in your resignation that you tried to prevent this but you couldn't, I would be more sympathetic.

Secondly, when you were asked to work for $1 you had a choice. In my opinion you made an honorable choice, but you essentially became a liable volunteer at AIG. With the current mess they are in, you surely must have known what was to come? If the environment is dysfunctional you can do something to fix it, you can moan about it and do thing, or you can leave. I don't fault you for leaving, or feeling used and abused, however with things this bad, did you think that things would be honkey dorey in the office? Why are you whining?

Finally, with the company in the trouble it's in, I know that you had contracts, and I know that it was very weasel-like of your boss to not come and ask for renegotiations, however you (and others) had the option of turning down the bonus, but you did not. I disagree that it's appropriate for the government to hang you out to dry by public embarrassment, but in this economic environment it would make sense to not give bonuses in order to get things back on track.

Bottom line: I still say boo hoo for you. I did not hear you complaining the last 10 years when you were getting compensated as you were.

Maybe you should read Seth Godin's book called Tribes - it may enlighten you :-)
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Video Game Friday: Snow Brothers (arcade)

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One of the games that happily took my 50 drachma coins back in the day was Snow Brothers. The game controls somewhat like bubble bobble in that you have a character (a snowman) going around a static screen and you attack firebreathing monsters with little boomerangs made of snow. Throw enough of them on an enemy and you make them into a snowball that you can roll onto other enemies.

The end goal, if I remember correctly, is to rescue your girlfriend (aren't most older games pretty similar in objectives?). I never got really far in the game - maybe up to the third boss (so 30 stages?), but it was a great game to play on those afternoons after school!


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Κρύο...πολύ κρύο!

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Αυτός ο καιρός είναι αρκετά σχιζοφρενικός!

Στις αρχές του Μάρτη είχαμε κάτι ωραίες μέρες που έκανε λιακάδα και 10-15 βαθμούς κελσίου. Αυτή την περασμένη εβδομάδα, τουλάχιστον αρχικά, μας τάραξε στο κρύο και στον άνεμο! Το κακό ήταν πως το γραφείο ήταν σαν μια παγωμένη τούνδρα (ευτυχώς ήταν καλύτερα από το παλιό γραφείο!)

Απορώ πότε πια θα έρθει το καλοκαίρι...
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In search of a blog platform

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In the past I've experimented with many blogging platforms. I've used blogger for a long time, and wordpress too! I've experiemented with LiveJournal which isn't really my cup of tea, and recently I've tried Vox, which is nice but can't really import my posts from other platforms.

I've been looking to consolidate some of my blogs where I don't post as frequently with my main CA blog (what you are reading now), but I've been experiencing some issues.

I would like to be able :
to easily intergrate the blog with my rapidweaver site,
to easily take my categories and tags and easily import them
to easily take my existing posts and import them
to maintain images and formatting of my current posts

I know that there is a WordPress way of integrating a WP blog with Rapidweaver but it seems like it's too much work. The blogger plugin for Rapidweaver only takes categories and not tags.

I guess this is more or less a summer project (or a project for when I graduate and have more time).


Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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Να 'μαι και πάλι!

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Όπως είχα γράψει πρόσφατα, έκλεισα τα δύο μου Ελληνικά μπλόγκ, το «Είμαι Φοβερός και το Ξέρεις» και το «Ένα μήλο την ημέρα». Η αλήθεια είναι πως ήθελα να έχω κάποιο μέσω για να γράφω στα Ελληνικά και να έχω κάποια επικοινωνία με την Ελληνική μπλογκόσφαιρα μέσω ενός μπλόγκ.

Η αλήθεια είναι τα μπλόγκ τα έκλεισα για κάποιον σκοπό. Το ένα μήλο την ημέρα είχε πολύ εξειδικευμένη θεματολογία και δεν είχα το μεράκι να κάτσω να γράφω για το θέμα Apple με συνέπειά όπως παλιότερα. Αν και θα γράφω για την Apple, δεν θα γράφω τόσο συχνά ώστε να χρειάζομαι κάποιο μπλόγκ μόνο για αυτή την θεματολογία.

Το Είμαι φοβερός και το ξέρεις έγινε πια τοξικό. Με όλες τις περιπέτειες που είχα πριν κάτι χρόνια κατέληξα πως ήταν καιρός για μια νέα αρχή. Για όσους ενδιαφέρονται για την ιστορία, και περισσότερα για τους λόγους που το έκλεισα ας δουν τα δημοσιεύματα στο Φοβερός. Τα μπλόγκ φυσικά είναι αρχειοθετημένα και είναι ακόμα διαθέσιμα για ανάγνωση μέσω της κεντρικής σελίδας, και της σελίδας «media».

Οπότε λοιπόν το αγγλοκεντρικό μπλόγκ CA γίνεται πια πολύγλωσσο, και από εδώ και πέρα θα γράφω και στα Ελληνικά και στα Αγγλικά
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Television Tuesdays: Rush

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I wasn't sure about this series when I first stated watching it but I have been convinced that it is good! It doesn't get a high score on IMDB - I don't know why!

This series has an interesting start. It wasn't picked up in 2004 when it was first shot, but because of the great writer strikes of 2007 in the US, the australian television execs gave it a second look and they gave it a go. Hey, if americans on strike give us great foreign shows, I say strike some more! (no disrespect meant to toward the writers guild! I just find that there is a void of good foreign shows on american TV).

Anyway, this series reminds me of Flashpoint (a canadian production, but currently also available on CBS). It follows a team of police officers - not quite SWAP (like in Flashpoint), but also not just patrolmen (Is there a something in between in the US?)

If it's not on a local station - go torrent it. It's worth watching.


For more information see here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_(2008_TV_series)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1258216/
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The amazing slicing bat

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A while back I saw this comic book cover generator on one of my contact's profiles on Facebook.

Since I had nothing to do the other day I went through the generator and made myself info a super hero - batwings and all!

If you've got some time to waste and want a comic book cover of your alternate persona, head over to:
http://www.cpbintegrated.com/theherofactory/


AK superhero
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