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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.

Το τέλος του chuck

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Να το λοιπόν και το τελευταιο επεισόδιο του Τσάκ.

Αν και η σειρα εχει εδω και ένα μήνα που εχει τελειώσει δεν είχα δει τα δυο τελευταία επεισόδια μέχρι τώρα. Η αλήθεια ήταν πως αρχικά η σειρα μου άρεσε ως concept, αυτη η επιστροφή στο geeky με παλιά βίντεο παιχνίδια απο υπολογιστές και κονσόλες (π.χ. Η σειρα παιχνιδιών Zork που ήταν σε υπολογιστές και δεν υπήρχαν γραφικά οπότε όλο το dungeon crawler ήταν text based)

Στη αρχή επεισης είχαν αρκετα geeky τηλέφωνα, όπως το Ν95 της Νοκια το οποίο δεν το είχαν πολλοί στην Αμερική.

Η σειρα χαλασε καπου στην πρωτη σεζον, για μενα τουλαχιστον, και πηγε απο το κακο στο χειροτερο. Ενταξει, αυτη η ιστορία με τον Τσάκκαι την Σαρα μάλλον αναποφεκτη ήταν αλλα στο τέλος παραέγινε το μελοδράμα. Το άλλο που μου έσπαγε τα νεύρα, αντί να είναι η σειρά geeky, έγινε τελείως product placement, με τα αυτοκίνητα, τα σάντουιτς (subway) τα iPhone κτλ.

Στο τέλος κατάντησε να παρακολουθώ της σειρα για το Κεισιμ και τους Τζεφ και Λεστερ, και λίγο για τον Μοργκαν. Γενικά ο Τσάκ είχε καταντήσει λίγο σπαστικός. Πιστεύω πως το τελευταιο επεισόδιο όμως έσωσε λίγο την σειρα έτσι όπως εξελίχθηκε και μου άρεσε αρκετά. Πιστεύω πως η σειρα θα μπορούσε συνολικά να έπαιρνε Α, αλλα με τις βλακείες που κάνανε με το μελοδράμα και το product placement ο βαθμός που του δεινω είναι Β.

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Τα πράγματα αλλάζουν...

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Εντάξει, ξέρω πως τα πράγματα όσο περνά ο καιρος αλλάζουν τίποτα δεν μένει το ίδιο. Όταν τα πράγματα αλλάζουν και είσαι εκεί για να δεις τις μικρές αλλαγές που συμβαίνουν κατά καιρούς οι αλλαγές δεν σου φαίνονται και τεράστιες. Όταν όμως βγαίνεις απο το περιβάλλον και επιστρεφεις μετα απο πολυ καιρό οι μικρές αλλαγές έχουν ένα τροπο, ή ένα φαινόμενο, μαζικής αλλαγής.

έτσι λοιπόν, αυτη την εβδομάδα είναι στην περιοχή Copley τις Βοστόνης. Στο Λύκειο ερχομουν εδω κάθε Σαββατοκύριακο για Ταεκβοντο, και να να πάω στη βιβλιοθήκη που είχε Ίντερνετ, αφού τότε δεν το είχα σπίτι. Κάθε καλοκαίρι ήμουν εδω καθημερινά αφού ο πατέρας μου δεν με άφηνε να κοιτάμε αργά, οπότε ερχομουν για Ταεκβοντο κάθε μέρα, και για βιβλιοθήκη, και φυσικά κινηματογράφο.

Οταν αρχισα πανεπιστήμιο δεν είχα και τόσο χρόνο για σινεμά, και για Ταεκβοντο, και Ίντερνετ είχα στο σχολείο και στο σπίτι, οπότε σιγά σιγά σταμάτησα να ερχομαι. Με μια παλιά κοπελιά είχα έρθει μερικές φορές εδω για σινεμά, αλλα και αυτο λίγες φορές. Έτσι λοιπόν, αυτη την εβδομάδα που ήρθα στη. Ίδια περιοχή, βλέπω πως αρκετα μαγαζιά έχουν αλλάξει και το σινεμά δεν υπάρχει πια. Στη θέση του ένα εστιατόριο. Αντίο λοιπον παλιο σινεμά, αρκετές καλές αναμνήσεις αλλα καιρος για νέους ορίζοντες.

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Still Sharing Items in Google Reader - Here's how

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I was debating whether to write this in English or in Greek, considering that the original idea came to me in Greek after having listened to WeekendGeeks, but maybe in English more people will have a useful application for it.

It seems like I am not the only one that really dislikes Google's change in Google Reader.  Sure, it's old news by now, but that still doesn't mean that we have to like it.  I used to use Google Reader on my desktop every day, that way I could keep up with my RSS feeds and share interesting things throughout the day.  Now, with Google's +1 and lack of "share item", not so much.  The reason I don't like +1 is that I often don't go to Google+ to see what my acquaintances are sharing, and it would require some rework of my website.  Currently I take the RSS feed of my shared items list and I republish it on my website - this would require some work to take my old shared items, make them +1s and then share that feed...kind of a pain.

Well, there is a way around it.  Using a Google Reader client on my iPhone and iPad, like ByLine (pictured below), I am able to share items, and share items with notes. This stuff goes to my Google Shared RSS list (yes! it still works!) which I can then republish. If people shared this way I would also be able to see their shared items in the "Following" folder that Google has in Google Reader (well, at least it shows up in byline).  So, there is a way to share items, and see what your friends have shared - the caveat is that you can only follow people you were following BEFORE Google made the switch.



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J-Pop american funtime NOW (part II)

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A second installment of Saturday Night Live's J-Pop America Funtime Now :-)

Pretty funny!

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Adieu, Posterous

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I guess this is the official end of Posterous. I got the following in my inbox the other day and it confirmed what the twittersphere and blogosphere had been going on about in the last few weeks.

The irony is that I had Posterous and used it as a twitter backup (using ping.fm to cross post).  With over 11,000 tweets, I wonder how I can access my old stuff when companies keep folding or getting bought ;-)


Hi Apostolos,
I’m thrilled to announce that Posterous has been acquired by Twitter!
The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn’t be happier to bring our technology and expertise to hundreds of millions of users around the globe. Plus, the people at Twitter are genuinely nice folks who share our vision for making sharing simpler.
Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption. We’ll give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service. For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we’ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks.
You can find more information answers to other questions you may have here.
Finally, I’d like to offer thanks to everyone, especially those who have been with Posterous since day one. The last four years have been an amazing journey. Your encouragement, praise and criticism have made Posterous better, and I really appreciate everything you’ve done.
Thanks again and I look forward to building great things for you at Twitter.
- Sachin
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AT&T Nasty gram

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Well, silly me for thinking that I was still in the "no strings attached unlimited internet" that I thought I was grandfathered in. I got this nice little text message from AT&T the other day telling me that I would be throttled...OK, so I did use Waze GPS navigation extensively during the week of NERCOMP...and I did use Pandora and iTunes streaming...heck, I also streamed an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise on Netflix over 3G (and the quality wasn't bad!)...If this is what it takes to break 3G...it's not a lot ;-)


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Rugby with Tasers...

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A friend of mine sent me this video and suggested we create a team (I suppose he was joking?)

It looks like indoor rugby with a giant ball and tasers...


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Adieu Knol and Ovi Share

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Well, two more have bitten the dust! Google's Wikipedia competitor, Knol, is shutting its doors, and Ovi Share (I guess the successor to MOSH?) is doing the same.  Ovi Share came out when I had my iPhone, so I really ended up not using it that much.  For what it's worth, I think that Nokia should have partnered up with Flickr and YouTube for people to do their sharing, but anyway - adieu Ovi Share, I can't say I will miss you.

Knol on the other hand is a bit sad.  When Knol was announced I signed up, and I was really looking for a good wikipedia competitor (two encyclopedias are better than one).  The main problem with Knol was that Knol results NEVER came up in my google searches.  Whenever I was looking for something, Wikipedia would be what came up, not Knol.  If this isn't a major #fail, I don't know what is. When I look for information, I don't tend to go to silos of information UNLESS I know already that there is something there.  Wikipedia isn't a destination for me, but rather something that comes up in google results!  Poor SEO on Knol's part, and poor integration with Google Search.



Knol Announcement:
As part of Google’s prioritization of product efforts, we will be retiring Knol. From now through April 30th, 2012, Knol will work as usual, but we’ve made it easy for you to download your knols to file and/or export them to Wordpress.com. From May 1, 2012 through October 1, 2012, knols will no longer be viewable, but can be downloaded and exported. After that time, knol content will no longer be accessible. We hope that this timeline provides you ample time to transition your content. For more information, please visit our FAQ: https://knol-redirects.appspot.com/faq.html

Thank you,
The Knol team


Ovi share Annoucement

Dear Ovi Share user –
You are receiving this email because you have previously used the Ovi Share service. Ovi Share is an online service that enables Nokia users to upload and share files, typically photos and videos.
As of 30 May 2012, we will be discontinuing the Ovi Share service. If you have files stored using Ovi Share, please click here for detailed download instructions. If you already have another copy of your files existing on your computer or another sharing service, you do not need to do anything.
You will continue to have access to Ovi Share until 30 May 2012; however you will not be able to upload new files after 13 March 2012.
Why are we making this change?The Ovi Share shutdown is part of Nokia's revised services mission to focus on mobile and location based services. As a result, the Ovi Share service will be closing. However, you will still be able to use your Ovi Share username and password to access other Nokia services. We encourage you to use one of the many online photo-sharing services as a way to store and share your photos and videos moving forward.
What does this mean for you as an Ovi Share user?If you do not have a copy of your files any other place other than Ovi Share, you will need to download those files before 30 May 2012. To download your files to your computer, please click here for detailed instructions. After 30 May 2012, your files will not be accessible from the Ovi Share service and will be deleted. If you already have another copy of your files existing on your computer or another sharing service, you do not need to do anything.
If you have any further questions about this service change or need help downloading your files, please contact Nokia Care by going to http://nokia.com/support and then selecting “Contact Support.”
Nokia apologizes for this inconvenience, and we thank you for using Ovi Share.
Sincerely,
Nokia
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Would you like a Latte with your Occupy?

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Free Lodging?
Perhaps voting Republican on Super Tuesday has rubbed off on me giving me a "get off my lawn" attitude, or perhaps it's the ineffectiveness of Occupy UMass Boston that's just getting to me.  Don't get me wrong, I support affordable education for everyone, especially at State Schools like UMass Boston, and I support affordable textbooks and an equal opportunity for everyone - but it seems to me that the Occupy UMass Boston Movement has become less of a protest and more of a free lodging venue.

I was walking out of the cafeteria the other day, where the Occupy tents are setup (4 of them) and I noticed chairs, coffee makers, people playing chess, or going out for a cigarette and hacky sack. It seems to me that the Occupy Movement has become LESS about protesting the insane increases in our public higher education system and more about free amenities: free wifi, free sofas, free heating, free water, bathroom facilities cleaned up by other people.  At least the Occupy Boston movement froze their butts off, they protested and they were a thorn on other people's sides - the message got out.  What OUMB has become is a place for free lodging.  In the original picture bellow you at least saw an information table (and no living room furniture or coffee makers). All I can say is #fail.

Original Occupy (Jan 2012)
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Assassin's Creed Revelations | done

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This past weekend I finished Assassin's Creed Revalations (with 69% synchronization), and as was expected, it ended in a cliffhanger... #facepalm. I know that the series is episodic, and I really didn't expect to see Desmond really do something much in today's world...and yes the game revealed a lot about Altaïr and Ezio, and the Assassins...and Desmond's past; but I am left wanting more of this story (despite the fact that it's getting a bit weird with the "first people") I suppose this is a good thing - I could be playing a game like Alone in the Dark where I am happy that it's just done ;-)

A few other stats about the game:

  • 100% reconstruction of constantinople (but no badge for this!)
  • 40 (or so) data fragments picked up (should I go find the other 60??? there is an achievement for that)
  • 30 out of 60-something achievements received (I really hate the multiplayer ones since I don't really like playing the multiplayer that much)
  • 67% sync (you know, I've never gotten 100% sync in any Assassin's Creed Game, despite the achievement badge you get)

Now I guess it's time to download the Lost Archive DLC and see what Subject 16 is up to...

 

 

 

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