Thursday, October 25, 2007

...and all that crap

I am a vegetarian. And as far as I could I also tried to avoid fish (or any seafood in any form). But when I was in San Diego, Sensei* ordered me to eat at least fish (see, he's traditional Japanese in his late sixties, and fish are big in Japan), and to have it quite often. So I took his "advice" seriously and try to have a quality fish once in a while...

And all that crap I wrote two posts down still applies, but, see something happened since then. Don't get me wrong - it's the same fuckin' day! But we went for a drink (again - Kisiel and me) and we ended up in a place called Havana, and there we had not only some drinks but also something to eat. And I had grilled marlin.

And the world will never be the same for me. It was fuckin' staggering! That was the thing. See, I am not a cuisine connoisseur. But it just had changed me forever. Pure bliss...

* Whenever i mention Sensei I mean T.K. Chiba sensei in San Diego

All Black

Admittedly there's a lot of short pieces of Lewis Black on YouTube. Sure, you can watch it there. But I recommend firing up your favourite torrent client and downloading the whole thing. Hilarous! Surely not for children - lot's of bad language*.

* You will get the joke after you watch him ;-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Manila impressions

It's raining and it's cloudy.
On the streets you have to cope with bad stench of exhaust fumes. 90 - 100% humidity makes it even more annoying and difficult to bear - the smell of car exhaust is even more penetrating, as if the moisty air gave to it some extra power. No wind, no nothing. It's just a dark, wet, hot, gloomy place. Pretty much like hell (AFAIR :^)
And since it's only 15 degrees N, the day is short - 12 hours. So as we get dawn at 0600 then we get sunset at 18. And damn, it's hot. And moisty. And you sit all days in AC'ed rooms and you freeze your ass off. You hope that you'd be better after you get outside, but it's so hot and moisty and smelly that the second you get out you want to get back.
I guess if you're very rich you could (perhaps) afford a place here that's not smelly, next to the ocean (perhaps even with a small breeze?). Too bad I am not rich ;-/
But people are nice, very friendly and very musical. Everybody sings and stuff. In most pubs you see live performances (not always good performance, but sometimes surprisingly good). And women are beautiful - small and child-like, gentle and very oriental. This is heaven for pedophiles, as all chicks look like they're 12-14... But this is because they're just so small...
Didn't have a chance to see much of the city as I had to stay in the office untill late...
BTW - did I mention it's raining?

/UPDATE - same day, 6h later/
Do you remember this awesome movie Blade Runner? Remember that future LA? 2019, to be exact? Remember the smog, the skyscrapers, abandoned reinforced concrete constructions, oriental smells and neons, constant drizzle, etc? That was no LA. That was Manila...

Friday, October 19, 2007


Flying to Philiphines tomorrow. It's kinda hectic life I've had recently... Too bad my trusty Nikon hasn't arrived back from service ;-(

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The future is now

Did you read all those sci-fi books as a kid? Perhaps you still do? Remember those tiny insect-like robots that were used for spying on other folks? Or perhaps you remember that cockroach in the movie 5th Element?
Well, as I said - the future is now, this is no longer science fiction...

Read more here...

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I hate computers...

... and likewise ;-)
You know - the most annoying thing about computers is this fuckin' Shift Lock key. I hate it when you write something and by accident hit this key and THEN EVERYTHING GOES IN CAPITALS.

So I overlooked this hint at my friend's PC - take those damn pliers and remove that key from keyboard forever! And I did it to every keyboard I have used in last 10 years... The only spared thing was my sweet Vaio.

Until now - some smart fella wrote* this tiny utility that maps keys to other keys, events, whatever. And with this SharpKeys utility I finally was able to map that Shift Lock into nothingness of a black hole (or, as some would prefer, to /dev/null ;-).

* Sorry, Windows only...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007