Thursday, October 18, 2007

Satanism

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, I think I'm one of them:)

"Satanism is atheism with a (dark) sense of humour."
By Akercocke on Bruce Dickinson's Radio 6 show.

Update, from another radio show
- If you could describe that session... audibly, what would you say?
- I'd say it was a holocaust blast, face melting guitar solos and maybe necro-cannibalistic vocals.
- Definitely!

Intelectualul roman, mode d'emploi (II)

Dupa articolul de saptamana trecuta al lui Mircea Cartarescu, cel de astazi al lui H.R. Patapievici imi intareste ideea ca a dat depresia in intelectualii din Romania. Dar sa continui pret de o fraza tirada dlui. Patapievici : traim in tara in care iesirea publica a unui intelectual oscileaza intre lamentare, rabufnire, metafizica goala sau partizanat politic. Intr-adevar, realitatea din Romania are cateodata darul ca pe unii sa ii copleseasca, sa-i frustreze, sa-i descurajeze, sa-i deprime, sa-i dispere sau sa-i faca sa se simta ca si cum ar fi striviti de buldozer fara sa poata schita nici cel mai mic gest. Problema nu este ca astfel de sentimente apar la oamenii de rand, ea apare atunci cand bravii nostri oameni politici, oameni publlici, formatori de opinie - in special the intelectualii, ca inspre ei tintesc - apar coplesiti de astfel de trairi si le deverseaza in paginile ziarelor. Cred ca am mai spus-o mai de mult, un intelectual are fata de un om obisnuit avantajul de a dispune de toate uneltele intelectuale pentru a rationa, cuantifica, explica si a da coerenta realitatii. Si asta e treaba lui, asta ar trebui sa faca, sa puna ordine acolo une este haos pentru ca el stie cum s-o faca si are si cu ce - plus ca in Romania are si intrare in toata presa mainstream. Daca, in schimb, se ocupa de coup de gueule-uri prin presa de dragul imaginii - articole la care altceva inafara de eventualul stil literar n-ai ce sa apreciezi - atunci lasa treaba raison-arii universului pe mana celorlalti formatori de opinie, a jurnalistilor si a analistilor, care din pacate reusesc mai degraba sa mai starneasca si ei putin haosul din jur decat sa-l puna in ordine.

Maximizing Strike Effects

The SNCF (Socitété Nationale des Chemins de fer Français) are on strike again. Since I depend on the train to get to work, I missed a lot the feeling of immense frustration induced by these strikes. But this time they did their best at pissing off everybody, even if they usually score high at this. There are practically no TGVs today between Lyon and Paris and the all the regional trains between Lyon and St. Etienne, my working place, have been suppressed and replaced by a few buses. Fair enough for a general strike you might say, they assured the minimum service and I don't mind taking the bus if it's for a greater good - actually the greater good in this case is the reform of the pension system, scraping the "special regimes", exactly what the strikers are up against - if it's for one day, bus is OK. The first hit came when they announced that the 75 km bus ride from Lyon to St. Etienne will take 90 minutes while a normal ride takes between 40 and 60 minutes - I know this because I took the bus between the two cities two summers in a row. I remained calm and I said to myself that maybe they anticipated the delay caused by the traffic jam. Then the morning came and I took the bus. After 55 minutes we were at the gates of St. Etienne and the bus stop is 5 minutes away from the highway exit. Victory is MINE! Actually not, victory wasn't mine, the driver attacked the city center, spent an extra 30 minutes wandering around - only he knows why - and he finally made it in time : 87 minutes.

Ladies and gentlemen of the SNCF, when you go on strike, remember that it is your employer you're up against, the French government in this case, not your customers! Because pissing people off won't help your cause, next time everybody in our beloved - yet still too socialist - country will hate your guts and your popular support will be flushed down the toilet. I for one don't support your strike and hope that the minimum service law will pass, forcing you to keep some trains running during the strikes. And yes, you should start contributing to the pension system for the same period of time like anybody else.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

In Sfâr Sit !

De pe Hotnews :


"Actuala stema a clujului este ilegala si cuprinde simboluri nereprezentative pentru municipiu. Acesta este concluzia, tardiva, la care au ajuns reprezentantii Partidului National Taranesc care solicita prefectului schimbarea schemei in maxim 6 luni. Taranistii clujeni considera ca ar trebui revenit la vechea stema din 1377. [...]

Ilegalitatea schemei clujului a fost sesizata de Comisia nationala de heraldica inca din 2004. Daca prefectura s-ar sesiza primarul Emil Boc ar putea plati o ameda de 17 milioane de lei. Reprezentantii primariei afirma ca deocamdata nu au primit nicio solicitare oficiala pentru schimbarea schemei."
Are cineva idee cum se depune o solicitare oficiala pentru schimbare a stemei? Ca pe mine ma cam taie de ani intregi treaba asta.

PS : nu pot sa nu remarc cat de plin de greseli e articolul Hotnews.

Fraza zilei

De la Chatalin cu ocazia deschiderii mall-ului Polus Center la Cluj :

"E incantator sa vezi cum ideile, capitalul si munca se agrega, fericit, intr un vector de consum."
Cred ca trebuie sa fii facut din cea mai adevarat fibra de comerciant pentru a te manifesta atat de entuziasmat de agregarea tuturor fortelor universului intr-un "vector de consum":)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Alinie-rea!

Florian Bichir, jurnalistul expert in cele sfinte dar si in expunerea prostiei sau a frustrarii personale in paginile EVZ, a scos o carte. Iar lumea aplauda. Este un mister total pentru mine cum un astfel de individ poate fi apreciat in vreun fel oarecare daca ne uitam la productiile sale jurnalistice de o valoare pe putin spus indoielnica. Probabil pentru ca e singur pe piata lui, cea a licentiatilor in teologie cu intrare intr-un ziar national si are un ton suficient de mistic - pe post de "expertiza" - pentru a rezona cu mainstream-ul religios ortodox care devoreaza opinia publica de ceva vreme incoace. Ar mai fi Teodor Baconschi, dar nivelul sau ceva mai elevat il face sa aiba un alt target decat dl. Bichir. Mi se va raspunde ca o doza de conservatorism si patriotism merg mana in mana cu personajul, la care voi raspunde la randul meu cu un indemn de re-echilibrare a sistemul de apreciere.