Make it so

I was always a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation series, but I was feeling that I missed many episodes during all these years, so a couple of months ago I decided to watch all of the seven seasons, from the beginning to the end. I am getting closer to the last episode, and since it is the month of Christmas, I think it is in its place to play this little delightful homage to Star Trek in a Christmas-y spirit.

Eric Cantona

I think Eric Cantona, former football player, is a real character, a human being caring for the humanity and what is happening to us.

He always seems to me as a thinking individual that is well aware of the physical elements as the metaphysical aspects of our existence. I really like how he uses abstractions to depict or define human nature or the state that we are currently in.

Recently he gave a speech after receiving the UEFA President’s Award, and most people were baffled by his seemingly cryptic and nonsensical address to the audience. First he paraphrased King Lear: “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods, they kill us for their sport”, and then he continued: “Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the ageing of the cells, soon the science will fix the cells to the state and so we will become eternal. Only accidents, crimes, wars, will still kill us but unfortunately, crimes, wars, will multiply. I love football. Thank you.”

I believe he wanted to criticize politicians and institutions. As we know, common people have no real power, the elite is controlling and manipulate people and nations to go against each other when it is in their interest. That is why we always have wars and misery. In regards to science, he maybe wanted to warn us that those in power will use technology to control us and the rules of the game. At the end of his his speech he only said “I love football”, meaning he is sad that football is not what it used to be, and it is getting destroyed by those who are in charge.

In an interview he said that “[b]ig democracies are, in a way, dictatorships”, which is in a sense a continuation of the meaning of his mystical speech.

Anyway, I think Eric Cantona is an interesting person who wants to know who he is, and it seems that he genuinely cares about people.

Varšava

Jesenski odmor smo iskoristili kratkim putovanjem do poljske metropole. Curice nisu bile pretjerano oduševljene jer Varšava ne rangira na visokoj poziciji kad je riječ o popularnim destinacijama, ali Amra i ja smo bili veoma zainteresovani da je istražimo.

Iznenadilo smo se kako je Varšava čista i mirna, iako je puna turista. Amra je bila u gradu poslovno prije petnaestak godina i bukvalno nije mogla prepoznati mnoge dijelove grada. A i kako bi kada smo na svakom ćošku vidjeli gradilišta, dok su mnogobrojne višespratnice uzdizali prema nebu.

Noćni pogled na Varšavu s balkona našeg hotela.

Kada smo tek došli, dočekala nas je gotovo ljetna atmosfera i 23 stepena. Nakon što smo se vozom prebacili od aerodroma da glavne željezničke stanice i dalje do našeg hotela, uhvatila nas je noć, a i glad, pa smo se bacili u potragu za restoranom. Pronašli smo jedan s imenom Shrimp House, a s obzirom da Amra obožava škampe, nije bilo puno oklijevanja.

Gladni u Varšavi

Sljedeći dan smo krenuli u istraživanje grada, pa smo prošetali od hotela do Centralne želj. stanice, a odatle smo se uputili prema fenomalnome gradskom parku Lazienki Park. Osim što je ogroman, zaista je čist i lijepo uređen. U njemu smo vidjeli nekoliko živopisnih jezera, veliko igralište za djecu, dvorac, a tu žive i vjeverice i lisice. Ugođaj sa prekrasnim jesenskim bojama je bio vrhunski.

Lazienki Park

Ubrzo su curice ogladnile pa smo odlučili da pronađemo Halu Koszyki, nekadašnju fabriku u kojoj su danas smješteni mnogobrojni street food restorani i barovi. Nakon dobre gozbe, krenuli smo nazad ka središtu grada. Na Centralnoj stanici nismo uspjeli pronaći autobusnu liniju koja bi nas odvela do Starog grada, pa smo uzeli taksi. Shvatili smo da se u svakom slučaju isplati uzeti taksi u Varšavi, jer uopšte nije skup (3,5 km cca. 25 zlota ili 6 eura).

Stari grad

Kada smo došli u Stari grad, prvo smo se osladili sladoledom, a onda smo prošli kroz grad, uživali u atmosferi, a onda sam odveo cure u Muzej Iluzija u kojem smo se fino zabavili par sati.

Sljedeći dan smo odlučili provesti u šoping centru, da ispunimo želju curama.

Shopping centar Zlote Tarasy na lijevoj strani. Monumentalna Palata Kulture i Nauke na desnoj.

Sve u svemu, iz Varšave smo otišli prekrasnih utisaka i u svakom slučaju bih volio ponovo doći u grad i dodatno ga istražiti jer ima tako puno zanimljivih mjesta.

The poet Mr. Data

Not a big fan of cats, but Mr. Data’s poem from the episode “Schisms” (s06e05) is just great:

Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature,
An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature;
Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses
Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
A singular development of cat communications
That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion,
It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

O Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display
Connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

Words when you were born

Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler has created a website where you can select your birth year from the drop-down menu, which will give you a list of words that were presumably used for the first time in print that year.

These words were first used in print in the year when I was born:

body piercing
butterfly effect
couch potato
cosmic background radiation
digital camera
dream catcher
Ebola virus
endorphin
exit poll
meme
pooper-scooper
video card
wannabe
white zinfandel

Epic collection, eh?