Club-Admiralty

v6.2.3 - moving along, a point increase at a time

Devastation in Syria

It is really nuts to think that this is a man-made disaster. This drone aerial footage shows the devastation in just one Syrian city (Homs). It would be sad enough if this were the outcome of some sort of natural disaster, something like an earthquake, but to think that this is totally preventable and that fellow humans enacted such violence on other humans in our day and age is despicable.
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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes | Done (???)

A few weeks back I was debating what game to start next, games being the interactive equivalent of that TV show that you love to follow along with.  I thought that it would be a good idea to get into Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes which I got for a cheap price last Christmas on xbox live (I think it was $7).  I was simultaneously excited that Kiefer Sutherland (of 24 fame) would be voicing
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Bioshock Infinite | Done

A couple of weekends ago I finished Bioshock Infinite (woot!).  I had begun the game a little before I went off on summer vacation (so there was a big lag between when I started and when I finished), but it wasn't all that difficult to get back back in the groove once I got back from Greece. I have to say that the original Bioshock games left me with a sense of wonder whereas  this game's
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darned superdrive!

Last spring, in anticipation of buying a new Mac Mini, I decided to spend some money to get a new Magic Trackpad (awesome little device), a new wireless keyboard (which I have been using with my iPad, and Samsung Slate) and an external SuperDrive.The original intent, of course, was that I would use these with a new Mac Mini as soon as I got one. I was expecting that I would get one in the summer as
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Think of the children!!!

Yesterday I decided to play a bit of Fable III so I can move the story along. I had gotten to the revolution part where I depose my evil older brother Logan...but I guess the joke was on me since Theresa (the spirit that came to my character and said I'd be a hero) had also advised him that the great darkness is coming to Albion. He could have been a benevolent rules but had a greater chance of being
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GoWalla has jumped the shark...

Yesterday, while running some pre-thanksgiving errands, I decided to check in to my local bakery while waiting for my stuff.. Checked in with Foursquare, no problem; went into GoWalla (it still crashed on iOS5 mind you, but my iPhone is on iOS4 so it still works) an I couldn't find where and how to check in...WTH??? GoWalla has gone through several "upgrades" (let's call them upgrades...they seem more
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Εργασία, Ελλάδα και σκόρπιες σκέψεις

Την περασμένη Παρασκευή είχα λίγο ελεύθερο χρόνο οπότε είπα να κάτσω να δω τα νέα της ημέρας σε κάποιο διαδικτυακό κανάλι. Πήγα πρώτα στα ενημερώσεις του Mega αλλα η Ανάλυση ήταν χαμηλή και δεν φαινωταν ωραία όταν έβαζα το
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Colbert on the Greek Economy

I saw this the other night when I got home after having seen it on Twitter (via @asteris).Honestly the situation seems like a major clusterfuck. It seems like a classic north south divide and the unfortunate (or just callous use of the PIGS acronym) is making things worse. -- Post From My iPhone
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Television Blue Screen of Death!

OK! I will admit it! HD Television has spoiled me! Last night, those of you who follow me on twitter, would have seen my frustration as my cable provider (Comcast) and how none of the HD channels were working! No CBS, no NBC, no ABC and worst of all NO FOX! I was so prepped to watch 24 in widescreen HD glory (like I've done for the past season, or two) but when I switched inputs from computer to
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Pornographic Statistics

I came across this inforgraphic last weekend through a contact on twitter (@titanas if I remember correctly). I have to say that I was really surprised at the production/consumption level. I assumed that since a lot of porn is made in the US, that the US would be chief consumer, however China, Japan and South Korea make up 76% of the world's total porn consumption (if revenues are any indication
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Against non-latin domain names

Well, this past week Egypt launched the .masr domain name, but it's not just masr (Egypt in arabic), it's .مصر (masr in arabic script). Now many proponents or unicode domains would probably say that it democratizes the internet, making it less of an English centric place, however I really don't see it that way. Now luckily I can type in a couple of different scripts so something like .εργασία
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Ooooo! New and shiny!

OK, every now and again I come across a story in my RSS feed that sounds completely and utterly ridiculous. Here's one of them "Is twitter replacing RSS readers?" which is a response to Robert Scoble's "why I don't use Google Reader anymore".Seriously? I think Scoble, in this post at least, is taking on the persona of cranky old man waving a cane at the young'ins.One of the crazy things mentioned
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Do we need to explain what a browser is?

I know that this video is old (and I've probably posted it before) but here it is again: Random people asked what a Browser is:Now, I get that most laymen just click on the big blue "e" on their Windows PC, or have a friend that has forced them to use Firefox, but if you are using a tool, don't you want to know a little about it? I am not saying that you should know how stuff works inside your computer
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Continuity FAIL

I was waiting at the train station the other day when I saw the advertisement bellow. The text reads "America's most convenient bank. Maine to Florida"I don't know what language they are using, but I was under the impression that 'to' implied a continuum, including the exteremes and everything in between. The graphic clearly shows that it's NOT Maine to Florida because there are three states that
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Windows Official Upgrade Chart

A number of years ago I had written a post about how ungodly complicated Microsoft's presentations seems to be in comparison with Steve Job's keynote addresses. This past week I came across (as did many others), the Windows 7 upgrade chart, official from Microsoft themselves.Now, a few years have passed since that last blog post on simplicity in presentations, and it appears that Microsoft has yet
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Εντοπισμός φέιλ

Αυτή την περασμένη εβδομάδα ήμουν στην δουλειά και είπα να δω πόσο καλά δουλεύει το GPS του νέου μου iPhone. Είπα λοιπόν να βάλω την εφαρμογή loopt να με βρει και τι μου έδειξε; Με βρήκε; Όχι! Αντί να με δείξει να είμαι στο πανεπηστίμιο
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Don't Copy that Floppy, Part Deux

I saw this video on Techdirt recently and I had a good laugh.I was not in the US when "don't copy that floppy" was around as an ad, but I do remember similar efforts in European (specifically Greek) computer magazines of the time. If I can find a magazine from that time period I will try to make a scanned copy of the ad (no pun intended).As Techdirt says:The "chorus" of the song claims that copying
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Doubting the future of humanity...

There are times like these when I see commercials like the one bellow that make me have serious doubts for the future of humanity. I am also reminded of the movie Idiocracy.
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Σπαστική Ορολογία: Personal Branding

Μπορώ να πω πως από τότε που άρχισα το ΜΒΑ έχω ακούσει και έχω διαβάσει αρκετούς όρους που με κάνουν να απορώ τι σκέφτονται οι τύποι που δημιουργούν αυτούς τους όρους. Σε γενικές γραμμές αυτή την ορολογία την βάζω στην κατηγορία
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Oh save us!

A number of years ago, when VHS tapes were still populating the video clubs, I was looking for a film with a taste of Greece. This is before I was able to find Greek films elsewhere.In any case, I was staring at this film called Ulysses' Gaze. Saw that it was made by a Greek director and that it had gotten some prize so I decided to rent it. What a horrible idea. The film is three hours long of
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Graphic Incongruity

I saw this graphic the other day when I was browsing Danger's website.Now I would love to try a sidekick out, but there is no way to synchronize my PIM data on my mac with the Sidekick OS - mark/space used to provide a Missing Sync solution but they discontinued it when the Sidekick 3 came out.So browsing Danger's website, I was a bit happy to see the graphic depicted here because obviously that is
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Will you connect with me?

I've been lurking on LinkedIn, myspace and facebook on the weekends, and I can see some of my contacts' contacts have TONS of connections. OK, some people are more liberal with who they call a 'friend' than I, but I've noticed this thing called LION on linkedin.LION stands for LinkedIn Open Networker. In essence it's the social networks promiscuous user who will connect with anyone for any purpose.
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I hate international SMS charges!!!

Way back when, when I was trying to decide on what cellular service provider to choose, my two main concerns were coverage and ability to send SMS message abroad. I looked at Verizon, but they did not have text messages back then (from what I remember), I looked at sprint, but they could not send mobile email (aka SMS back then) to non sprint phones. I found a company called omnipoint - a GSM carrier,
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CBS execs need to go back to B-School

OK...After the Fox execs, come the CBS execs in the incoming class of B-school freshmen. Today I found out that Jericho is officially cancelled by CBS. What the hell do these television executives not get? Jericho was the best new drama on television (yes better than Drive!) and they cancel it! Of course there are the obligatory online petitions that people are signing in order to keep the show on
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Annoying DVD ads!

I have not watched newer movies in a long time.I've been doing some catch up on the weekends on films that I missed during this, and last, semester.Back in the day, when DVDs were new, one of the features touted was that you did not have the 'coming attractions' at the beginning of the film, like you did with VHS tapes, thus you could watch the film you bought (or rented) right away. Well now it seems
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Windows Update fubars Visual Studio

OK, file this under 'murphy's law' :-|I mean, WTF ?! My Visual Studio installation was working fine (albeit slow since it's in virtual PC, but that is beside the point).There were 96 windows updates (since I only installed Windows XP SP2 on my virtual machine), so I decided that I would do the updates and keep my virtual machine safe. Well this fubared my visual studio installation! The C# components
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Textbook thieves!

...also known as the publishing houses.I've been a college student for almost ten years now - yeah, I know, I am a perpetual student - nothing wrong with that! Anyway, I have gone through almost three degrees now, and one thing is constant: textbooks are expensive! When I was an undergrad, I was young and stupid and bough everything at the college bookstore (and paid premium for it!). Now I do my
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PowerPC getting the Shaft!

I am the proud owner of a PowerPC based Macintosh laptop, a PowerBook to be precise.My powerbook is three and a half years old, and it is still kicking major ass when it comes to my computing needs. When Apple announced last year that they would be making Macs with Intel chips in them I was a very happy camper, because I knew that when it came time to replace my faithful workhorse I would be able to
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Lifeblog for MacOS X!

Don't get too excited, it doesn't exist yet! For those of you who don't know, Lifeblog is a suite of software for your (Windows XP) PC and Series60 smartphones made by Finnish phone giant Nokia. This application allows the user to extract data from their smartphone, such as SMS messages, MMS messages, audio and text notes, and any videos and photos that they have taken with their phone. It allows
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Word of the day: agnotology

agnotology n. The study of culturally-induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data.—agnotological adj.Example Citation:The leaders of corporations and other institutions, it turns out, are not always hungry for more information.Investigations can be costly. They can assign blame. They can uncover things that might give ammunition for lawsuits.They
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How do you say....

... "that is Fcuking bizarre" in Klingon?Maybe I should ask Jyrki Kasvi, a Finnish politician that aims to gain re-election by campaigning in, among other language, Klingon!Maybe we should make Klingon the new Esperanto hehehe ;-)Sources: yahoo! article, wiki entry Jyrki, Campaing website (appears to be dugg already - unresponsive)
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"10 positions I would like to see"

I was recently browsing through Library 2.0: An academic's perspective and I saw this entry titled: 10 positions I would like to see.I've been looking at library journals, blogs, and other sources to deduce What constitutes a librarian. I am currently in the process of gathering research on the subject for a paper that I plan on writing. Anyway - I ran across this aforementioned blog post and wanted
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File this under: 'well duh!'

I read this article this morning about how software is hardThe title should really be "making software is hard" but anyway...I would personally like to know what they drank/smoked/ate to come to this conclusion - who thought that coding was easy?There are some people that are talented and make it look easy - but this can be said about other professions --> mathematicians, astronomers, physicists, doctors,
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License renewal!

Off to the registry of motor vehicles to get my license renewed!Massachusetts has a system where you can renew your license online provided that:1. The digital photo that they have on file is not more than 9 years old.2. The photo was taken after your 21st birthday.So I am now 26, I should be able to renew online, right?WRONG! why? Because when I was 20 years old (and 361 days!) I did the responsible
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Podcast no-nos

I was doing some research into the GreekPod project that I hope to start (with collaboration/cooperation from japanesepod101.com I hope :-) ).In going over various greek podcasts I found a learn greek podcast from the Hellenic American Union. OK I think... let me download and listen to a few episodes to see what their format is, supporting material and so on. I am shocked at how bad this program is!
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Sick on New Year's Eve...

Man... this stinks!I woke up this morning with a running nose, a sore throat and eyes on fire (oh...yes, and the aching muscles...)My resolution for the new year is to greet 2008 sick-free and strong as a bull... A...A....A'CHOO!
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Pulling teeth...

I've never been so unmotivated (and bored) in my life working on a paper...this finance paper is like pulling teeth! - at least I am making progress :-)
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Triptophen madness?

Alright....I got up this morning, a.k.a black Friday, and I saw in the news that all outlets, all malls, all shopping centers are full, no parking.All I have to say is... What in the name of pete !?!?!?!?!I saw a lot of people interviewed and everyone was raving about the great deals they got and how cheap it was and so on.Personally, I do not believe that the aggravation of going to the stores at
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Greece comes a step closer to being run by the Taliban...

Repost from HellasDevil: "The Greek blog search engine, blogme.gr is off the air.Why? Because a controversial (to say the least) Greek public figure decided to do a search on himself and didn't like what results he got. He regarded the content of one of the blogs slanderous so he decided to make a complaint and sue blogme.gr (the search engine)...What actually happened is that the police stormed the
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Stupid Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy can be good, you can track the progress of things, but it can be bad...really really bad! It (probably) cannot get worse than the way it is at work now.I recently got my bill for my fall classes. Since I am an employee I get a full tuition waiver (pretty nice benefit if you ask me!), unless you have labs (usually associated with sciences and languages, which I am not signed up for). I open
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One and a half hour gridlock!

I was in a horrible horrible grid-lock in Downtown Boston because of the fucking I-90 connector tunnel closing! Unbelievable! If I could get my hands on the Big Dig officials that were in charge of this thing I would like to strangle them!
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10 Ton panel falls on car - kills one

Last night a ten ton concrete panel fell from the ceiling in a tunnel on Massachusetts I-90 (aka "the pike"). It killed a woman (passenger), and injured a man (the driver). All I can say is "what the....?" Do we live in the US or what? Should we have quality control to prevent things like this from happening ?!
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Powerpoint is not a Panacea

Even though this happened in class last night, I think it goes well under the "What the fuck?!" category. I was in class last night, and we were discussing the presentation that each class member must do in two days. The presentation is all but 5 minutes long (longer than that and you get cut off), and the professor left us to our own devices: Basically do what you want, so long as it is five minutes.
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More bills ?!

In 3 days the summer semester starts.I thought that I was all set with my bills, but I got a bill in the mail yesterday!WTF???? It seems that Monday I will need to go find out why they want me to pay $160 more dollars.My suspicion is that they have charged me for health insurance - even though I HAVE health insurance and they SHOULD know it since I work for them!Oh well... who can escape the evil clutches
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Oh Schnap!

I feel like screaming!Now that I have finally gotten ready to go all out, go full speed, and take 3 courses in the Fall so I can graduate and get done with my MBA...one of my courses gets cancelled!I was registered to take a class called "Massachusetts in the Global context" (or something similar to that). The class was cancelled because the professor retired! I was really looking forward to taking
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Beer & Cold Pizza

When I was younger and growing up in Greece I saw a lot of 80s movies (none of the titles or plots I remember).I do remember though that a staple of those movies was 20-some year olds, witha fridge with Cold pizza in a cardboard box and beer bottles next to that pizza. I remember thinking that (1) cold pizza is disgusting, and (2) who in the world keeps cold pizza and beer in the fridge ?I thought
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Shut up, and preach

Every now and then, I look at organized religion and I think to myself: What the fuck?The vatican wants christians to boycott the Da Vinci Code movie because it is all lies about the church?It is a work of FICTION...jeez! - get a grip.Enough stupidity already :-|
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RTFM!

Aaarghhhh! Need to RTFM :-)
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I asked for 5, I get 1!

A while ago I discovered that I can get Free DVDs from my school (and public) libraries.I wanted to see Season 8 of Starget SG1, but since I do not have extended cable, and I am a poor college student...well... I could not afford to buy the DVD set. So I did the next best thing - see if the library has it! My library did not, but partner libraries did!With great degree of happyness I order it!wait...wait...wait....5
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April Fools?

I just noticed that "House of the Dead II" came out to DVD.WTF?! :-| House of the Dead was such and awful movie! Why would anyone pay to produce another one :-o
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