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11 December 2005

What a Weekend

Party on Saturday, still tired

This Saturday there was a nice party at my place. My birthday was some days ago and my flatmates birthday is in a few days so we met in the middle and threw a party, which also worked as a housewarming party.

But the result is that I did not doo much all weekend, except help in getting everything for the party ready and then chat, eat, and drink with our guests. The evening was real nice, thank you all for coming! Special Thank-You and Kisses to Mary for cooking. Now I need a good nights sleep to get back to speed on Monday.

On Wednesday there will be another challenge. Public transport will be on strike and I will have to find a very alternative way to go to work. Still thinking about that one.

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26 December 2005

Xmas Break Program

Taking it easy

That sums it up: I'm taking it easy. After the last weeks of concentrated work and not much else, these days I'm relaxing and not doing much. I've spent the 24th and 25th sleeping, eating, and reading. Now, on the third day of that diet I start to get bored. So I'm commencing to put my program together for the next week. No work means lots of time to do things, not only having time to sleep till noon.

So on my program wish list are a couple of concerts (Jazz, mostly), museums, exhibitions, and visits to the ice rink that is set up at the Zappeio near Syntagma square. It's been years that I've been ice skating and there is no regular ice arena in Athens any more (there used to be two of them, funny as it may seem to strangers). Last year around Christmas time, there was an ice arena too, but the waiting time was about an hour, so I gave up. This years arena is bigger, so hopefully waiting times will be shorter.

As for my program: Tonight I will be likely going to a concert, Paula West at the Half Note Jazz Club. Actually I haven't got a clue and I've never been to that Jazz Club, but I will find out how I like Paula West singing and that Club too. All other pieces of my program will fall into place one by one, real easy.

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27 December 2005

An Evening Out with Jazz

Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars

Yes, I went to see Paula West at the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens Mets area. It was a most remarkable evening. The Jazz was sweet and intense, I met the artists of the next nights events and Sharon, one of the clubs more peculiar residents. When it was all over, I walked home, which took me about an hour...

It had started to rain when I left home yesterday evening, a steady sprinkle, not the heavy downpour so common for winter here. It did not bother me much, but I was a bit worried that I would have trouble finding a taxi, this being the second christmas day. Indeed it took me some waiting time and two tries, the first taxi dropped me off again, probably the driver dreamed of a bigger fare. But the second cab got me there, Τριβωνιανού 17, Μετς (Trivonianou 17, Mets), right opposite the main gate from Athens 1st cemetery.

The club

There were about eight people waiting in line to get inside the Half Note Jazz Club. There was more grey than black hair and I wondered if Jazz had become the field for retired accountants and managers assistants. To my surprise the cashier let me pass, but to the tune of 30 Euros and the warning "standing and packed only". Fine with me.

The room was really packed, but I liked the atmosphere none the less. In my memory it has settled as warm, wooden tones, and red brickwork, with patches of black. There is a floor with small tables, bars and seating on the sides and the middle, with some standing room in-between. They have something like a balcony with more tables above. I went once across the audience in the standing room and back, then left my jacket at the wardrobe, where I met Sharon for the first time.

Meet Sharon

Although we were formally introduced only later, I said hello and Sharon half blinked back at me. She sat next to the wardrobe girl, keeping an eye on all those strangers passing by. I guess there are just too many guys passing by for a beauty like her to notice one more of them much.

The artists in the audience

When I had pried myself loose from her fascination, and conquered the shoving masses again to my standing place, I found my view blocked by a couple of (as usual oversized) americans. They signaled the bar for gin and tonics and started conversation with a couple standing to my left. They turned out to be the artists to perform the next nights: Dave Berger and (I believe, sorry I did not remember the name) Wayne Goodman) from "David Berger and the Sultans of Swing".

Intercultural exchange

During the evening we had drops of conversation ranging from topics like what to see while in Athens (the Acropolis, eating out at night in the meat market's restaurant), where and how to drink Ouzo (in an Ouzeri is best, where they serve small dishes of food with it, but anyway never drink Ouzo without something small to eat or nibble), gas prices (Dave hasn't had a car in years, no use in New York), to politics (which country will the americans invade next, and it's likely impossible that an artist from New York would support Bush).

What I really came for

In most of the conversation I was just a bystander, and then started what I really had come for. At first the trio of musicians began to play. Piano, upright bass, drums. As I had no idea what really to expect, I was happy to note that the sound was coming along easy and agreeable. With meaning, but not overly extraverted. After one or two numbers, Paula West came on stage and started to sing. The program had described her as "cabaret style", whatever that means, but thankfully there was no such nonsense as I would associate with cabaret: No dancing to mimic the Moulin Rouge, no attempts at comedy or clown masks. What we got was a female jazz singer with a full voice, a jazzy groove, wide phonal range and depth in her song. Her mood was often amused and happy, sometimes soulish and sad, fewer times touched by the pain and melancholy of love.

So how did I like it?

I let the music vibrate in me, was swinging and tapping to it. Even though for most of the evening I had a good view on the stage, I sometimes closed my eyes and just swam in the melody and rhythm. Paula West's voice has enough power to never sound pressed. It was her last night in Athens, but I only sensed what I thought to be tiredness in the last few pieces before closing. Yes, I liked it very much, the one song that stayed with me most was "fly me to the moon", but I had many favorites.

Getting to know Sharon better

When the last applause died down, I sat on the chair that I had inherited a short while before, and I didn't move. The music was still humming inside me. When Paula West passed me by on the way to the bar I was speechless and couldn't congratulate her on her art. After the audience was thinning out a bit, I went to pick up my jacket, inquiring after Sharon's name with the girl from the wardrobe. She told me that Sharon comes here almost every night, but that she comes only when she's hungry. I was ready to doubt that, when I noticed that Sharon was sitting right next to us on a chair. At this point I introduced myself to her. After letting her sniff my hand I carefully offered to caress her neck. To my surprise she let me touch her and if it wasn't for the music, I would have heard her purr as I crawled her furry head, while she closed her eyes. There are probably only very few Jazz clubs with resident cats that are so friendly to strangers.

Evzone Guards outside
Athens Parliament 2 in the morning

The way home

Again I pried myself loose from the cat and the club and stepped out into the night. The rain had stopped, the street was still shimmering wet. There was a taxi outside waiting, but I had a desire to walk a bit first. I like walking in the night. And I like the smell of Athens after it had rained. In most parts of it, Athens is not dangerous at all at night. As I continued walking, I passed by the columns of the Olympian Zeus (wonderful smell of the pine trees after the rain), Amalias street with the National Garden, Syntagma square with the Evzone guards (see the picture that proves the guards are there at night too), then up Vassilissis Sofias Avenue (where I met more Evzone guards, marching) to Zografou. A couple of times I thought about taking a taxi, but in the end I enjoyed the walk all the way. When I finally fell into my bed, music was still ringing inside me: Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars.

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03 January 2006

Sleeping Bags, Lifestyle and Body Conditioning

Cold night, sleep well

Sleeping bag manufacturer Ajungilak (from Norway) have a nice pdf on their website about temperature standard regulations for sleeping bags. The PDF is quite large and contains some dry stuff about this and that measuring standard. But behind that there are two interesting stories: One, the geeky story how the "performance" of sleeping bags began to be measured. Two, there is a glimpse about how people are different towards accepting cold, and how conditioning affects that...

Story One is geekily starting with people sleeping out at night and comparing notes on warm they felt, then taking thermometers with them, measuring inside and outside. Later manufacturers would place people with sleeping bags to sleep inside meat lockers. Thermometers glued to their bodies and sometimes rectal thermometers too (the rectal ones did not come over too well with the test subjects apparently, as the text subtly hints). Then it got really geeky, with researchers developing special measuring machines, that are emitting heat like a human, in the end even move and sweat like a human (EMPA's SAM).

The other story is about how we are as humans, that everyone is different, how much heat we emit, how cold we feel. Men and women are different, age plays role, body weight... and conditioning:

However, most westernized people live in centrally heated houses, work in air conditioned offices and drive everywhere. This lifestyle reduces the bodies conditioning against cold. If a sedentary person goes on a strenuous trip into the wilderness or high mountains, they will become fatigued. Unfit people feel the cold more than fit people.
At first sleeping bags were tested by young men, mostly soldiers and mountaineers. But these people can accept much more cold and still sleep. The story is that manufacturers are forced to "protect consumers" so the numbers given on sleeping bag sales material should reflect what office clerks will survive in. Come and take me by the hand!

The sleeping bag I own is from Ajungilak. I was looking for their website, because I wanted to know how much "performance" degrades over the years. My bag certainly feels warm enough for me, even though I rarely sleep outside. But it is very good for something that manufacturers don't measure: Living in a general cold environment. Like in early spring in an unheated house on Limnos. You feel a constant bit of cold all the time. It's OK when being active, moving, cutting wood, biking. But when sitting, even in front of the fireplace, the body cools down. In this situation a good sleeping bag means being able to completely relax during the night, gather strength and warmth again in your sleep.

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10 January 2006

Weihnachtsgeschenk für Pantoffelhelden

Gerade recht, jetzt wo es so kühl ist
Pantoffelheld mit Monsterpantoffeln

Meine Mitbewohnerin hat mir aus Deutschland ein verspätetes Weihnachtsgeschenk mitgebracht: Ein paar Überpantoffeln. Was genau sie darstellen ist mir noch nicht so klar: Vogelfüsse? Drachenfüsse?


Sie haben vorne drei Krallen und eine hinten. Und sie sind groooooss. Dazu noch superwarm. Genau richtig also für die Jahreszeit, denn auch hier ist es kühler geworden, zwischen 3 und 10 Grad Celsius, mit Wind und leichtem Regen recht unangenehm. Da sitzt man doch besser Zuhause mit warmen Pantoffeln!

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17 January 2006

Sleeping High

Just doubled my space

Yesterday my new bed arrived, had ordered it on Saturday. Lucky me my flatmates were around when the truck came. When I came home from work in the evening I started to assemble the thing, assisted by my gf and my flatmate-grrl (the process reminding me of the SAS guys in Cryptonomicon who assembled the Vickers, a passage that I promptly read this morning in the bus to work, passing the columns of the temple of Zeus near Syntagma square). It all went well, so I spent a night in lofty heights: My new bed is what they call a "Loft Bed", which leads to higher dreams and more space, and some thoughts about Greece and all that...

Which in turn impacts on my life in two ways. First, I'm now sleeping about 1.90m above ground, something I can only vaguely remember from childhood. I'm a tiny bit afraid of heights, so I was not quite sure if this will work for me, but it does, I slept nice and cozy, thank you!

The second part of the change is that now my desk (and some other smaller furniture) is underneath the bed. Available space in my room has almost doubled. Where everything was a bit cramped before, now I have room to move around. It works especially well for me, since I'm trying to live on a small budget (unrelated to how much I earn even), and having only a room in a shared flat instead of renting an apartment is part of that. Now since I use my room more efficiently this is much more enjoyable. In general I enjoy the company that a shared flat brings, and with "more" of my own room it gets even better.

I like rooms wide and airy (must be a result of my father being a photographer with a huge studio, where I spent a lot of time in as a kid). My new room somehow fits in with that, as there is more space now. On the other hand, the bed "up there in the air" takes up some visual space. It's kind of hard to make a picture for example, since everything is close together. I did not expect this to work very well, but till now it works.

My concept of "spending budget only" works especially well in Greece, where traditionally the things of everyday life are cheap, while technology (and imported) stuff is expensive. This compared to Switzerland, where everyday stuff always was kind of expensive, but high tech stuff is always kind of cheaper than other places (e.g. Apple computers being the cheapest there in all Europe, mainly due to lower VAT). Of course Greece has changed and "everyday stuff is cheap" does not always hold true. But I feel it is still possible to get along with a tight budget.

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22 January 2006

Ο Φωταγωγός

Ράδιο Πολυκατοικία

Γυναίκα: Μα αυτή είναι κοπέλα επιπέδου! Μορφωμένη! Μα είναι δυνατόν να σε πει εσένα βλάχο;

Γυναίκα: Εδώ δεν λένε βλάχους τον Γρηγόρη, τον Σωτήρη, τον Κώστα που είναι από χωριό. Και θα πουν εσένα βλάχο που σε πήρα από την καρδιά του Αγρινίου, την πόλη, αριστοκράτη!

Άνδρας (Σε βλάχικη διάλεκτο): Δεν πειράζει

Γυναίκα: Μα δεν το δέχομαι εγώ!

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23 January 2006

Winter... Chaos?

Greece and Snow and News

Since about Sunday morning, the news are going crazy about a sudden influx of winter weather in Greece. We were warned to check on heating, exterior plumbing, warm clothing, and possibly on suitable large supplies of Ouzo. In Athens it's inconveniently cold, raining and windy. But nothing to scare anyone from middle to northern Europe: About 5° Celsius (plus) here in Athens I would guess. Northern Greece got it a bit colder, lowest we have seen was -10° Celsius. So what does a mountain hardened Swiss do in such conditions? Ha! I adapt to local customs and sit in front of the TV set and watch the horror show that is called the TV news.

News on the loop

The news is pretty funny. They repeat the same few phrases over and over and show the same pictures again and again. Unfocussed images of snowflakes whirling around in the light of a cars headlight. Speaker in the studio: "How is the situation there? Is the national road closed?" Reporter on location: "As you can see it is snowing here." (Indeed and surprising enough, we see lots of snow in the image, it has almost manage to cover the grass next to the road.) "Traffic has stopped, because cars got stuck or collided. All cars are required to put on chains." Next image: Same scenery. This time the snow trucks could not get through, because cars got stuck.

Accidents? Less deathly than usual

Next image: Here a truck went off the road, the driver (poor soul) died. It took the news teams quite a while to find any such incident, which makes me believe that the road death count this night is likely much lower than it is usual. Greece is one of the countries with the highest death tolls on the roads of Europe. There are lots of small accidents, the sheet metal industry is going to make good money on this. But there is nothing like a little bit of winter to raise your chances of survival in Greece's traffic.

Closed or not?

Right now a politician (on the phone line) and a newsguy are shooting it out if the road to Thessaloniki is really closed. Everybody is exaggerating as good as they can. "Greece has turned into little Siberia!", "The worst [winter|snow|cold|wind|...] since [whatever]!" And of course the good old game with the perceived temperature: The thermometer may show only -7, "but of course with the wind chill, it feels more like -25!" We are possibly all doomed in the new ice age.

So who is to blame?

Who is to blame about the chaos that the snow generated? Depending on who you ask it's "the government", "not the government", "the people who got caught without snow chains", whoever. I would offer someone else to blame: How about the news who put all the panic into the situation. Since about Saturday the heating in our house is running almost permantly, I guess we burned up half of the arabian oil reserve by now. Friends are getting phone calls from their parents back in the village to hear if the valued offspring survived the drive home (30 minutes by bus or something). I would suggest another option for the news: For a change, why not just inform the people and let everybody get by cool and easy? Unfortunately you can't fill 40 minutes with that...

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28 January 2006

Erlebnisprogramm kurzzeitig ausser Betrieb

Was so eine kleine Erkältung schafft

Normalerweise versuche ich jede Woche (wenn nicht gar jeden Tag) etwas kleines zu unternehmen. So macht das Leben in einem fremden Land besonders Spass: Das Land auch kulturell erleben, rausgehen und aktiv sein. Es muss nicht immer etwas grosses sein. Das schlägt sich glaube ich auch ganz gut in diesem Weblog nieder, wenn ich viel unternehme habe ich auch viel zu schreiben.

Die letzten Tage kam mein Programm aber etwas aus dem Tritt. Grund dafür ist eine einfache Erkältung und gleichzeitig wiedermal eine heroische "Held der Arbeit" Woche in der Arbeit. Erkältung und konzentriertes Programmieren, das passt nicht immer gut zusammen. Freitag fühlte sich mein Kopf dann an, als wäre er mit Watte ausgestopft gewesen. Definitiv nicht, was es braucht um zum Beispiel ins Theater zu gehen.

Freitag abend und Samstag habe ich daher vor allem mit Schlaf gefüllt, unterbrochen nur von Dampfbädern, um die Atemwege wenigstens einigermassen zur Sauerstoffzufuhr zu bewegen. Samstag abend gingen wir dann aber wieder aus, ins Café "Info-Cafe" hier in Zografou. Das Info-Cafe ist ein sehr angenehmes, ruhiges Café mit integrierter Buchhandlung und ein paar Computern mit Internet-Zugang. So kann das Erlebniprogramm schon langsam wieder in Gang kommen.

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07 February 2006

The Greek 2CV Stamp

2CV going postal!
Greek 2CV stamp

Look what my boss just handed me: A Greek stamp with a picture of a blue 2CV. It's one of the older series (too busy to look up the exact model right now) and it looks swell. The picture is a bit enlarged from the original and I did not get the colours just right. The stamp has the year 2005 printed on it, and on the opposite side the name of the car: Citroën 2CV.


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13 March 2006

December Party Pictures

That was my/our Birthday Bash

Last December we had a combined birthday party here at TEH FLAT(tm). Some cool people came over and we drank and talked all night. After a long wait my friend Panos (libero of HelMUG fame) has provided us with some pictures. Enjoy!

That's me, doing the airplane. I wasn't really drunk yet, but maybe I tried to look like it.

Lot's of good people came to visit us and we had an easy good time.

Mary and me. I need a shave.

Some of our guests, the flash light made them look a bit tired. I swear they had an interesting conversation that very moment!

More guests, some of them even smiling for the camera!

We had visitors from The Garage too, and they seem to have had a good time.

What is a birthday party without a good birthday cake (or two)? Here one of them is being brought in.

And here we see Eleni working hard to get her secret birthday wish come true. Maybe taking it a bit easier on that smoking habit helps next year!

While I had no problem with my own candles (on my own cake!) especially since my age was encoded in decimal and binary on there -- the binary is hard to spot though.

As ususal, click on the images to see a bigger version and use the back button to come back to see them all. See you next year at the party, thanks for coming over!

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15 March 2006

Zuhause arbeiten am Streiktag

April-Wetter im März, teure Taxen, billige Flüge

Für Heute ist hier in Athen Generalstreik angesagt. Geplant war deswegen, dass ich am Abend vorher mit einem geliehenen Auto von der Arbeit komme und heute mit dem Auto hin und her fahre. Dann habe ich gestern gehört, dass die Athener Busse ab 7:30 Uhr doch fahren. Da ich nicht unbedingt ein Fan von Autofahren in Athen bin und noch weniger ein Fan von Parkplatzsuchen bin (weder Zuhause noch an meinem Arbeitsplatz gibt es wirklich Parkplätze), habe ich doch lieber den Bus genommen. Ist aber etwas anders rausgekommen als geplant...

Ja fährt er denn jetzt?

Die Information war richtig, nur hatte der Busverkehr heute morgen gerade einen Schluckauf als ich mich auf den Weg machte. Es fuhren schon Busse, nur meiner kam nicht. Ich wartete eine Stunde, in der Zeit kam ein passender Bus vorbei, aber der war so voll, dass er gar nicht erst anhielt. Da über 10 Polizei-Transportbusse an der Bushaltestelle vorbeifuhren nehme ich an, dass es im Zentrum Demonstrationen gegeben haben könnte, die vielleicht gerade meine Buslinie blockierten. Möglich ist es ja. Schlussendlich entschied ich mich, von Zuhause aus zu arbeiten. Internet habe ich ja jetzt.

Zuhause arbeiten

Hat auch fein geklappt, ich habe über SSH-Tunnel meinen Programmcode aus dem Firmen-CVS gesaugt und los gings. Aber komisch wars schon so tagsüber Zuhause zu sein. Früher habe ich auch schon von Zuhause gearbeitet, aber heute hatte ich ein Gefühl als wäre ich krankgeschrieben. Ich alleine Zuhause und alle im Büro. Naja, geht auch vorbei und in Ruhe arbeiten zu können ist auch mal was.

Dafür haben wir feines April-Wetter. Nein, nein, es ist noch März, aber in Griechenland ist der März der "Wetterwechsel-Monat". Heute morgen hat es erst geschüttet, dann genieselt (als ich mich auf den Weg machte), später kam die Sonne raus und jetzt nieselt es wieder. Dafür haben wir mit 12 Grad Celsius brauchbare Temperaturen.

Zum Flughafen trotz Streik

Apropos Wetter: Meine Mitbewohnerin ist für eine Woche nach München. Dort ist es laut Wetterbericht -2 Grad Celsius kalt. Da kann ich doch nur hoffen, dass der Klimawechsel sie nicht aus den Socken haut. Vor allem, nachdem sie der Streik heute schon ganz schön geschockt haben musste. Der Bus zum Flughafen fuhr nämlich auch erst ab 7:30 Uhr, was doch schon hinderlich ist, wenn man um 6 am Flughafen sein muss. Wäre mein Plan mit dem Auto durchgestiegen, hätte ich sie hingefahren (und wäre für längere Zeit in den Genuss von erlassener Geschirrspülpflicht gekommen). Statt dessen hat sie sich ein Taxi bestellt. Wird wohl so um die 30 - 35 Euro gekostet haben bis zum Flughafen, was an sich ja geht. Aber die Pointe ist, dass sie für den Flug nach München dann auch nur noch das doppelte wie für das Taxi bezahlt: Schlappe 70 Euro dank gnadenloser Preisrecherche.

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18 March 2006

Put The Bomb Down Slowly

Athens schoolchildren demonstration against the war in Iraq

Passing by Vassilissis Sofias today (on our way to the Parko Eleftherias) we noticed the street being blocked from traffic. Next thing we saw were about 15 light armored police transport busses in front of the american embassy. That's the place where a lot of demonstrations end up these days, and a lot of demonstrations in Athens end with a battle between the cops and some radicals...

police transports in front of
the american embassy

So, time to have a good lookout, no need to get beaten up or chemically attacked. We poked our heads around the corner, and sure enough, to our left was the demonstration coming along. Everything looked peacefull, so we passed them by on the other side of the street.

shoolchildren in Athens demonstrating 
the american war in Iraq

The demonstration was rather small. We estimated around 300 participants (maybe +/- a hundred, I haven't got that much experience in counting crowds). There were some small leftist political groups, some arab groups, and some students. Nobody looked like trouble or wanting to be beaten up. On the other side there must have been about that many policemen around. There were the ones on the picture (in and around their transport busses), then a lot of them in the sidestreets. And another bunch was following the demonstration on the empty avenue. Even a police helicopter was circling the scene. A cop for each participant. I don't want to know what this all must have cost.

The demonstrators carried various posters declaring their stance against the war. Lot's of "Bush is the Number One Terrorist", lot's of "Send Karamanlis to war" (Mr. Karamanlis being the Greek prime minister, therefore expressing their discontent with the close relationship of Greece's government to the USA and the war). Personally I think describing Bush as the Number One Terrorist is wrong, he's more like the doped up sock puppet of the People Who Have The Power. Another poster read "Put The Bomb Down Slowly". For anyone not watching Greek television, we had a TV spot for PayTV that was a huge success and sank deep into current language use. The spot shows a scene in a provincial greek village. A filthy thief just stole two chicken and runs away. The village policeman spots him and runs behind him. At one point the country cop grabs his gun and calls out to the thief to stop, he then proceeds in english with a heavy greek accent: "Put the Cots down slowly!" The main point of the joke being the accent and such a country cop speaking any english at all.

I don't think the anti-war message sunk in with anybody in the US embassy, if there was someone watching at all. To me this little demonstration under a huge police guard showed how ashamed both the american and the greek government should be. The americans should think about the world they are creating. Where they have to ask a country that hosts their diplomatic mission to produce hundreds of policemen with clubs to protect them against some schoolchildren. Where schoolchildren find it necessary to go on the street to protest the situation. The greek government should be ashamed that they have to put as many cops on the street as demonstrators, all for such a theater. But I guess you don't end up in any government if you are easily ashamed.

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23 March 2006

Evening Sky After Rainstorm

OK, maybe a small rainstorm
Cloudy evening sky after the rain

Came out of the office to see this wonderfull eveing sky. The day had started very fine, sunny and warm even in the morning. Then in the afternoon someone shouted in the office: "It's raining!" Even more so, it was thundering along to that. I was half expecting to go out to a rainy evening after work, but the sun came back and offered us this view. Click on the image for a bigger view.

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27 March 2006

Φοιτητή! Ρε φοιτητή!

Άκουσε και λίγο τον καθηγητή

Αληθινό θέμα από εξαμηνιαίες εξετάσεις από ελληνικό πανεπιστήμιο:

Μιας κι έχετε γίνει ειδικοί στις αντιγραφές αρχείων, που περιέχουν τις εργασίες που σας δίνονται ως υποχρεωτικές ασκήσεις, γράψτε μια συνάρτηση που να αντιγράφει το περιεχόμενο ενός αρχείου με περιγραφητή fd1 στο αρχείο που έχει περιγραφητή fd2.
Μπράβο, και όπως λένε στα αγγλικά: You just made my day! (Και thanks Μαίρη που μου το έδειξες!)

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29 March 2006

Partial Eclipse of the Sun

86% covered here in Athens
Me and Mary, watching the eclypse

Just came back from watching the peak of the partical eclipse of the sun. In Athens the sun was covered 86%, which was quite impressive. But I've read that even 99% is not the same as a total eclipse, since the effects of the surroundings going totally "night" are missing (dogs barking, wind etc.).

Over here it got a bit darker, as if it was a completely overhung, cloudy day. We had light clouds. Most of the time I was able to see things well (using the special glasses of course), only one small moment did the clouds interfere. The sun turned into a thin sickel, like an early waxing moon. At times I seemed to see something like a halo on the covered side, but it could have been the clouds. Now the sun is slowly growing back again, it gets ligher outside.

It also got noticeable colder. The roof of our office building has a good view, not only on the sun, but also on the surroundings. We had a view on the sea and could see Pireus.

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