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09 December 2006

Dark Sun

Going out to the "gothadika"
 

Yesterday night I went out to party with Panos (libero) and Thanassis (mckellaris) from HelMUG. We went to a γκοθάδικο (gothadiko) [1] called Dark Sun. I was going to say that it is a nice place, but of course that's not a compliment for a goth club. So... uhmm.. it's actually a pretty dark, depressing and overall very black place. It gives you the creeps and can be very scary. The music is eery too and they have a looped tape of some outworldish depressing animation movie playing on a projector. Summing it up, all in all it's very nice for a goth place :-).


The music I liked a lot. Especially in the beginning (shop opens at midnight, what else), when there weren't a lot of people around it was all very spheric and carrying. Later as more guests came in the music got a tiny bit more "danceable" with more of a discernible rhythm. It also got louder which made our conversation harder, but that's what you get for going to a club.

The club's decoration is well done. It is of course (did I mention this already?) all very dark, with a tendency to red light effect lamps. But they have a nice little green laser too. It was too dark to take pictures. There are some pictures on the web, but they were taken with flash and pay the place no tribute. Some of the furniture looked like it came from Monastiraki flea market or some old aunts place. There are masks, figures, and body parts worked into little sculptures, which try to give you a scary or at least ghostly feeling.

In case you wonder: Yes, I wore black :-) I put on a black t-shirt for the occasion, out of courtesy, but I was wearing plain blue jeans too.

[1] The word "gothadiko" for a goth club is produced with the greek ending -diko turning it into something like a "goth joint", much like a σουβλατσίδικο / souvlatsidiko is a "souvlaki joint". I find that amusing to no end, as it plays with the dark/serious stuff and turning it into something childish/playful.

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21 December 2006

The Dasein in Athens

Culture cafe in Exarheia
 


While the center of athens is putting up christmas lights as if it was flak to shoot down the next suicide plane attack, with the terrorpilots uncertain where to hit (enough ugly buildings to choose from), I'm sitting in the slightly bohème culture café "Dasein" in Athens anarchist quartier Exarheia. The previous longwinding sentence is like that on purpose, on Tuesdays you can come here to hear the "philosophy café" discuss Kant.

Myself I came to watch a xmas horror b-movie called "Silent Night Deadly Night". It's about time to get into the festive mood. For the time being I'm wolfing down a hotdog and waiting for Takis (from HelMUG) to show up and the show to start.

The dasein has a wooden floor and couches opposite a bar. Good atmosphere, good music. Not too unusual by Exarheia standards though.


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12 January 2007

Bazooka at American Embassy

...hit the toilets on 3rd floor!
 

Apparently someone fired a bazooka at the american embassy at 5:57 local time this morning. They were aiming for the "seal" sign in the front, but hit only the toilets in 3rd floor. Police spokespeople announced that the ambassador will have to go downstairs now to take a crap. When I passed by in the bus on the way to work this morning there was police all around the street outside the embassy. Traffic had been closed for hours (actually all the area had been closed off), but I was lucky that it was reopened in time for my commute.

Nobody was hurt, we're all happy about that. In other news on an average weekend in Greece about 20 people die in road accidents. Oh you didn't want to hear that? Let's see, the number of civilians dying (or being seriously wounded) in Iraq each day likely passes that number. More to your liking? Apparently a small scale local leftist group claimed responsibility for the act.

Looking at my server logs I noticed "people" hotlinking to a picture of mine of the american embassy. Let me tell you one thing: The architecture of the american embassy in Athens, Greece is the biggest PR desaster the "U.S.A." had ever had. But, if you want to use a picture of that ugly building go make your own. If you hotlink to my pictures, you put your page at my mercy. My high tech surveillance technology updates my pictures in real time, so you might not get what you expected.

In response to the uneducated and idiotic remarks in those discussions (of the style "Get out of Athens now", "I can't send my son to Greece any more"): Athens is one of the safest cities in Europe (and likely in the world). In the average Greek village I'd leave my car, front door and sleeping room door unlocked without so much as a second thought. Sending your son to Athens could pose a different danger though, he might learn that there is more to the world than north america and Hollywood.


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14 January 2007

Longboarding the Coast Line

From Kalamaki to Faliron
 

I was in Kalamaki (my old neighbourhood from way back) today, helping Manos with setting up a streaming server [1]. On the way back it was already dark, but nonetheless I went down to the coast. I had some difficulty to pass Poseidonos Avenue (Sunday evening traffic already coming in), but then I was rolling on my longboard along the waterline, passing by the fancy yachts, then on to the promenade...


The pavement on the promenade is a bit rough, but my wheels managed. At the end near Floisvos, there is a bit of rough asphalt, where I misjudged a bit of it and took a dive. Nothing serious though, not even a scratch. I enjoyed the fresh air and the physical exercise. When I sat in the bus I noticed that I was sweated through and in need of a shower - I hope I didn't annoy my fellow passengers too much.

I'll probably do this again. It's a good way to get a bit of exercise in Athens where the sea brings a bit of clean air. Once or twice a week shouldn't be too difficult. Now in winter the promenade isn't too crowded, in summer it would be impossible to pass with a skateboard with all the athenians going for an evening stroll there.

1: At first we tried Darwin Streaming Server, which wouldn't move on the swerver, because it needed a newer version of a library. Then we tried Icecast. We had more trouble to compile the ogg and vorbis libraries, but in the end following the advice from the error message actually helped :-). Getting a broadcaster up and running was the next challenge. That's where I had enough and started for home, while Manos persisted and got everything up and running after I had left. He called me while I was still in the bus, when I came home I "tuned in" to his mini net radio station.

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22 February 2007

Rembetiko im Goethe-Institut

...und als nächstes Souvlaki mit brauner Sauce
 

Statt gestern abend endlich die Bilder vom Karneval in Patras aufs Netz zu stellen sind wir ausgegangen. Im Goethe-Institut wurden Filme von Angela Milonaki gezeigt. Danach spielten die "Mourmourakia", eine Rembetiko-Truppe, die wir aus München kennen. Der Abend war ganz interessant...


Wir waren am Anfang etwas früh dran und der Plan war eigentlich irgendwo noch etwas zu trinken bevor wir uns in den Kulturkampf stürzen. Schlussendlich landeten wir dann doch in der Cafeteria des Goethe-Instituts, wo es Kaffee und Kuchen gibt (neben einem Sortiment aus Weisswürsten, Frankfurtern, bayrischem Bier und Haribo). Die Cafeteria des Goethe-Instituts dürfte wohl das Heimwehpflaster für Griechenland-Deutsche mit Bundesverordnungsverfügungsreglementsdurchführungserklärungs-Entzugserscheinungen sein. Wer immer es kurzfristig leid ist bei rot über die Ampel gehen zu dürfen kehrt hier ein und dürfte dann auch den Hauch von Ambiente eines "Mutations-Griechen" (entschludrigung: "griechischen Restaurants") in Stuttgart-Hinterbreiten zu schätzen wissen. Wir trafen eine Professorin von Eleni aus München, begrüssten die Musiker und fanden auch unseren Freund Alexandros.

Dann gings runter in den Veranstaltungs-Saal. Gezeigt wurden drei Kurzfilme von Angela Milonaki (siehe Programm). Die ersten beiden waren meiner (total unmassgeblichen) Meinung nach einfach schrecklich. Nicht gedacht um gezeigt zu werden. Der dritte Film hingegen wars wert. "Bach&Bouzouki" hat Athmosphäre, eine Geschichte, Spannung und Charaktere, die man lieben kann. Auch technisch auf sehr gutem Niveau, so dass es Spass macht den Film zu schauen.

Rembetika mit den Mourmourakia

Die Musik stammt von den "Mourmourakia". Die hörten wir nach der Filmvorführung, zurück im Foyer. Die Jungs spielen wirklich gut. Die Stimmung des Abends allerdings war schon leicht schizophren... Rembetika im Deutschen Institut in Athen. Es war wie ein Pingpong der Auswanderer... griechische Kultur wie exportiert nach Deutschland aber in Griechenland vor einem Publikum von Deutschen exportiert nach Griechenland und Griechen ehemals (oder demnächst) exportiert nach Deutschland. "Griechen in Deutschland"-Heimweh im Hohepriesteramt der "Deutschen in Griechenland"-Heimwehzentrale. Wir hatten das Gefühl, dass die seltsame Stimmung auch auf den Musikern ihren Eindruck hinterliess. Die nicht ganz ideale Akustik (des Raums? der Verstärkeranlage?) half nicht unbedingt. Alexandros war zusätzlich beeindruckt Musik zu hören im Raum an dem er mal an einer Deutsch-Prüfung teilgenommen hatte.

Nach kurzer Zeit gingen wir. Am Freitag spielen die Mourmourakia nochmal in Exarcheia, da wird die Stimmung wohl mehr passen.

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27 February 2007

Someone Smashed my Car!

Gotta take the bus now :-(
 
Someone smashed my car

Update: It was a joke, I don't own a car... see comments below

Look what I saw this morning when I came out of my home: Someone had smashed into my car (that was parked on the corner, should have taken it into my parking, but it was late when I came home from the club). There wasn't even a note saying "sorry" or something, no phone number, anything. It's not as much that I'll have to run for the insurance company now, but I'll be forced to take a taxi or (gasp!) the bus to get into town!

I wonder if it's worth to fix it at all, I mean, who wants to drive a sportscar if you know it had looked like this before? Maybe better buy a new one right away.


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01 March 2007

Umzug demnächst

...und auch sonst echt geschafft
 

Wenn man durch die letzten Tage auf diesem Weblog schaut, dann könnte man der Meinung sein, dass ich mich nur noch mit Zwiki beschäftige und ansonsten viel freie Zeit haben müsste. Ist aber nicht ganz so: Letzte Woche hatte ich beschlossen, endlich eine neue Wohnung suchen zu wollen und ich konnte meine Mitbewohnerinnen überzeugen. Kurz drauf eine Wohnung gefunden, am Sonntag haben wir den Vertrag unterschrieben, das ging echt schnell. Umzug ist demnächst...


Passend zum Umzug war ich die ganze letzte Woche auf und ab am kränkeln. Nichts ernstes aber so wirklich gut gings mir nicht und Power war auch keine da. So langsam geht's wieder aufwärts. Muss es auch, denn der Umzug steht ja noch an.

Ich freue mich schon sehr auf die neue Wohnung. Wir haben für den gleichen Preis ein (Wohn-)Zimmer mehr, so dass auch mal Gäste übernachten können. Dafür ist die neue Wohnung nicht mehr "möbliert", so dass wir momentan auf der Suche nach Möbeln, Kochherd und Kühlschrank sind. Ist aber auch recht so, denn bei der alten Wohnung hat eigentlich jede(r) beim einziehen als erstes auf irgendein Möbel gezeigt und gefragt: "Kann ich das wegschmeissen?" In der Praxis bedeutet "möbliert" halt einfach dass der Vermieter alles was er nicht mehr will in die Wohnung reinstellt.

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04 March 2007

Week's Preview: Busy

Moving week
 

The preview for the coming week says that I will be pretty busy. Me and my flatmates, we're moving to a bigger (and nicer I believe) appartment. I'm looking forward to a lot of work, packing, cleaning, carrying, that kind of stuff. The new place is worth it. We get one more room, for the same rent. My own room will be a little smaller. But since I'm next to the living room, I'll just hop over when I want to stretch my feet on the sofa. One reason I wanted to get a bigger appartment is that now friends can stay for a few days when they come to visit here in Athens.

Living in Greece is special in this respect: It's a vacation country. Athens itself might not be the first choice vacation spot, but it improved a lot in the last years, now it's interesting and cool for a city trip. So it happens that friends and familiy come to visit or pass by on the way to their vacation destinations. Now with the extra living room we will be able to provide them with a couch-bed. And some privacy, since the living room can be closed.


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11 March 2007

Born to Screw

Scew it!
 

Tired, that's what I am and moving hasn't finished yet, the tough part comes today. Yesterday I dismantled my bed, which is a huge metal affair that lets me sleep "upstairs". Lots of screws to unscrew. Funny how my years spent in a motorcycle repair shop prepared me for this: I never have to think in which direction to turn a screw, no matter which 3-dimensional position it holds against me. Unless of course I start to think about all this, at that moment I get totally stuck and won't remember which way to turn even if I think about it.


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Schlepp Dings

Umzug geschafft, ich auch
 
Kisten beim Umzug

Uff, das gröbste ist geschafft... und ich auch. Wir sind umgezogen und ab heute in der neuen Wohnung. Wie man sieht steht momentan alles noch in Kisten rum. Es gibt also noch genug zu tun, aber wenigstens ist die Schlepperei vorbei.

Einen "neuen" Kühlschrank haben wir heute auch noch gleich abgeholt. Waschmaschine gabs in der Wohnung schon. Jetzt mach ich erstmal eine Pause und dann werden die wichtigsten Sachen ausgepackt.


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18 March 2007

Exceptions, PGP, and Athens by Night and Bike

Weekend in new appartment

Yesterday I worked some more on Zwiki, sitting on the new sofa, hacking on the new laptop. Even though I didn't get out much, I enjoyed the good weather in the new, shiny and light apartment. My main target was reducing the "blanked" except-clauses. Catching exceptions in the code is a good thing, but only if we catch the specific exceptions that reasonably might happen. Moving forward on that topic.

pop bar in Athens

Also I made some progress with the PGP seminar I'm preparing for HelMUG. I had started writing up for this two months ago. Now I reread what I had said, decided it's all boring and not up to standard and started anew. I'm done with most of it now, but still have to fill in some blanks. Also need a lot of corrections in the Greek text.

After all that "work" in the evening I went out with libero (of HelMUG fame). We rode on his Vespa across town. Athens by night on a bike is always a special experience. Driving between rows of cars to be the first on the traffic light. In difference to the 1980's we're wearing helmets now. Modern times. We rode to a bar called "Pop", near Ermou / Agios Markos. There we had a drink (or three) and enjoyed the good music. Before going home we picked up a meal at a 24h restaurant near my place. Nice way to end a good day.


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21 March 2007

Frühlingsanfang

Reden wir über das Wetter
 

Schon komisch wie der Frühlingsanfang "nach Kalender" dieses Jahr mit dem Wetter-Frühlingsanfang zusammenzufallen scheint. Obwohl es die letzten Tage windig war und etwas abgekühlt hat riecht es anders und die Luft "fühlt sich anders an". Dazu kommt noch, dass es mir immer schon gefallen hat, wenn es stürmt und windet. Als ich heute aus dem Büro kam, musste ich sofort an Urlaub denken. Liegt wohl dran, dass das Büro nicht allzuweit vom Meer entfernt ist und da kommt vielleicht mit dem Wind etwas unterschwelliger Meeresgeruch mit.


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25 March 2007

Ημερομηνίες και άνθρωποι

...και μπριζόλες στο τζάκι
 

Δεν θα θυμάμαι ποτέ πια μέρα γιορτάζει ποιος. Ημερομηνίες γενέθλιων σχεδόν τα ίδια χάλια. Το ότι γιορτάζουμε την 25 Μαρτίου δεν το ξέχασα, αλλά είναι εύκολο, αφού ονόμασαν την γιορτή με την ημερομηνία. Έτσι και αλλιώς πιο πολύ μου αρέσει να γιορτάζουν τους ανθρώπους. Χτες για παράδειγμα ήμουν στο σπίτι του Πάνου. Είχε καλέσει παλιούς φίλους του, έψησε μπριζόλες στο τζάκι και καλοπεράσαμε. Διάφορα ενδιαφέρουσα...

Πολλοί φίλοι του "από τότε" έχουν παιδιά τώρα. Θα μπορούσα να κάνω στατιστική με ηλικίες, αλλά φτάνει να πω ότι μερικά ήτανε περίπου ένα μέτρο σε ύψος και τρέχανε, αλλά οι περισσότεροι ήταν σε μέγεθος που τους κουβαλάνε ακόμα συνέχεια (αν δεν τους πάνε σε καρότσι). Ο τόπος λοιπόν είχε γεμίσει παιδιά, αλλά το "volume" ήταν σε επίπεδο λογικό ακόμα, μέχρι σχεδόν το τέλος όταν είχαν κουραστεί και αύξησαν τις εκπομπές. Σημειώνουμε ότι το βρέφος που μένει σε κάποια αγκαλιά και διασκεδάζεται με διάφορους τρόπους από μπαμπάδες και φίλους μένει σε καλή διάθεση για πολύ χρόνο.

Για να φτιάχνει κανείς μπριζόλες στο τζάκι είναι καλό να έχεις όχι μόνο σχάρα αλλά και μερικά τούβλα να μπορείς να σηκώσεις την σχάρα ποιο ψιλά όταν η φωτιά είναι πολύ έντωνη. Μια μπριζόλα που φαίνεται καλή απ' έξω αλλά είναι ωμή μέσα, μπορεί να γίνει καλό φαγητό όταν την βάζεις την επόμενη μέρα στο φούρνο. Όταν είσαι ο μόνος που πίνει ούζο είναι πολύ εύκολο να ξαναβρείς το ποτήρι σου, ενώ όταν είσαι ένας από όλους αυτούς που πίνουν κρασί, άντε να ψάξεις.

Σήμερα παρ' όλο που είναι γιορτή δεν έκανα πάρα μια μικρή βόλτα στο πάρκο. Και η ξεκούραση είναι κάτι ωραίο.


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30 March 2007

FloCafe - Starbucks 1:0

Greece wins in wifi and hospitality

Yesterdays Zope meetup showed one interesting result: The outcome of the "wifi battle" of Greece's cafeteria chain FloCafe against the imported Starbucks chain ended with an easy win for FloCafe. Starbucks has been offering wifi Internet access for a long time now, but charging 6 Euro or so per hour is no defense against plain free wifi access at the wifi newcomer FloCafe. Coupled with good old greek hospitality the result is clear...


I was pleasantly suprised overall by the FloCafe on Syggrou Avenue. It might not look special from the outside (all those "Flo's" look more or less the same), but the interior is done very pleasantly. The hospitality itself was on a high level too. We happened to have the manager (at least that was my guess) around when we arrived, so she helped to chose a place to sit, re-arranged tables, brought me another chair to put my laptop bag on. Right before she left we asked her for the wifi access. She replied with a trained "flocafe/flocafe", so the seasoned wifi wanderer knows what to do.

The line for the wifi isn't too fast, but it's fine for web browsing and ssh access. I had some connection problems inbetween. Likely that was because the airport card at one point found around 13 to 15 access points, the interferences must be a mess. Interestingly once I ran KisMac to see what's around the connection started to behave.

When we left (hours and hours later) the manager greeted us and thanked us for our visit. Actually I would have wanted to thank *her*. We had consumed for not even 20 Euros (the four of us), but had perused the location and the wifi for about 5 hours.

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13 April 2007

Make a Simple Evening Special

Go for a walk at the seaside, stay offline
 


Today we went down to the seaside near Faliron. We walked along the coast for a bit, watched the sunset. It was a long working day too, one of those where you get some things done and go home with a feeling of a small accomplishment. Sometimes it's good enough to go home then, relax and maybe watch a movie. Today that little walk made the evening something special. It's been a long time that I was at the sea. Which is kind of funny, since some of the special things of living here is that the sea is so close.

It's also been a long time that I had a proper Internet connection at home. I'm no net addict (at least I think so), but sometimes it's nice to be able to look things up, do some open source coding, or keep connected with people I like. It would really be nice if Vivodi could get their act together and get us a line some day. I promise I will stay offline and go for a walk at the seaside, even with a proper connection at home!

As for the movie watching, we did that too. Seen "Groundhog Day" a million times, seen it one more time this evening. I really like this movie and I like to watch it over and over.


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16 April 2007

Automatic

...for the people?
 

This morning I've arrived at work all right, can't say I'm awake though. Luck has it that I've come used to going this way each morning and arriving at work. I've come here on auto-pilot. I can't really remember what made me stand up before the right bus stop, but that way I got off all right.

It sometimes works the other way too: I know I should go buy something on the way to work. I start out... and then, when I arrive at work (or some other point slightly before that), I kind of "wake up" and remember that I should have stopped at the store. The automatic system got me there.


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