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TraumaZone

Jeg har altid været interesseret i og fascineret af Sovjetunionen, uanset om det drejer sig om landets forholdsvis korte historie, dets sociale, politiske og økonomiske forhold eller noget andet. Den britiske dokumentarist Adam Curtis er kendt for bl.a. sine værker The Century of the Self, HyperNormalisation og Can't Get You Out of My Head og har nu netop lavet igen en flot dokumentarserie, denne gang om Sovjetunionen, nemlig Russia 1985–1999: TraumaZone. Jeg har set det første afsnit, der handler om perioden 1985-89, hvor Gorbatjov kommer til magten, indfører perestrojka og glasnost, og hvor Sovjetunionen er i stor økonomisk krise og på vej til et politisk kollaps.

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Dejo i Ogi

Živimo u vremenu kada je se teško nasmijati, ali ipak ima ljudi i emisija koje nas mogu razvedriti. Takva je emisija Da Ti Kažem sa voditeljicom Aidom Bukvom, koja je u jednoj od epizoda ugostila Dejana i Darku Ostojića. Likovi su bukvalno raja i sve se svodi na zezanciju, iako nerijetko ubace i pametnu misao. Odavno se nisam nasmijao na njihova dobacivanja, npr. kada Dejana objašnjava šta znači kada Bosanac kaže "ma ja", "ma ja ma ja" i "ma ja ma ja ma ja". Razlika je drastična. :) Taj dio počinje negdje oko 20:50.

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Chervona Kalyna

Since the beginning of the Russian aggression on Ukraine, I have been interested in the current situation, politics and history of that country. I remember how the world couldn't understand who fought in the wars during the downfall of Yugoslavia (1991-1995), and I felt somewhat frustrated that many fellow Europeans didn't know about not could see the difference between countries as Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. I don't know, but I am pretty sure that Ukrainians are frustrated when people can't see the difference between Ukraine and Russia, their languages, cultures, etc. Of course, part of the explanation is that Ukraine and Russia were not that long time ago parts of the Soviet Union (USSR). The other explanation is that Russian language and its people were a dominant part in that federation, so usually people from outside would call most of other peoples from the former power Russians.

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Don't be neutral

Russian army has invaded Ukraine 45 days ago. It shells civilian targets, hospitals, train stations, apartment buildings. Russian soldiers are killing civilians in the Ukrainian cities they've occupied. Bucha, Borodyanka, Kherson... The list will unfortunately be long. It all reminds me too much of war crimes and atrocities Serbian paramilitary formations supported by Serbian Army committed against Bosnian (non-Serb) civilians in the war (1992-1995).

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Ukraine

What to say about the war in Ukraine? As someone who experienced war for months, I know how Ukrainians are feeling in these initial days and weeks of the Russian aggression at their homeland. First, they don't believe that the war is happening, that an outside military force is invading their country. Then they recover from the initial shock, and begin to think about who they are, and who the enemy is, and why the enemy is attacking them. This feeling of belonging makes them stronger. Then hate kicks in, and they make songs about their heroes who fight bravely against the enemy. From what I've seen (and believe me, I've seen much), Ukrainians are fighting bravely and heroically against the much stronger enemy. Ukraine and its people are fighting for their lives and their nation, but they are also fighting for the Europe and its freedom. Fascists must be defeated.

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The World of Today

People know me as a pragmatic individual who appreciates life, art and the history of humankind. I am a freedom-loving, epistemophilic person. Knowledge is my diet, books are my friends. However, I am also beginning to think that recent trends are pushing humanity to a path I am not totally on the page with. I know, I know, people had always been pessimistic about current affairs, and how the world looked at the moment - just take a look at this rant of the great Socrates about youth back in 470 BC:

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Meaning of life

I have this thing with looking at trees and how they mesmerizingly sway in the wind. They remind me of eternity and temporality.

I think Tarkovsky taught me that with his insisting gaze at nature and all beautiful. Enjoying almost omnipresent elements in nature that most people do not realize they see. I hope I will be able to appreciate those moments much more, just as Herbert Fingarette realized, though in the winter of his life.

"As I sit out, now, on the deck of the house. I look at the trees, blowing a little in the breeze. And I've seen them innumerable times, but somehow seeing the trees this time is a transcendent experience. I see how marvelous it is. And I think to myself: I've had these here all along, but have I really appreciated them?"

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Boxer at Rest

This Hellenistic bronze sculpture, Boxer at Rest, from 1-2 centuries BC, was buried under a Roman building for more than a millennium, to preserve it from countless barbarians. It is mesmerizing, and I agree that it is one of the most beautiful statues ever. Watch the video here.

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NED vs. UKR

I just watched a great match between the Netherlands and Ukraine. It had everything: tension, dynamic game and fighting spirit from the both sides. I was actually pleasantly surprised how well Ukraine played, especially during the first half. It was great to see them come back into the game when they turned 0-2 into 2-2, but the Dutch were just a little sharper, and so they won 3-2. What a game?! It is probably one of the best football games I watched in the last ten year. I am also very happy I watched the game with my father.

Portal 2

I have never completed the platform game Portal 2, although I had it almost since its infancy in 2011. There, I said it. Anyway, I am all game to trying it out again, and this time I intend to complete it - on Linux. I forgot how much this game can be a fun, while solving puzzles in a dystopian world. It is quite humorous, too. How can you not enjoy this line, told by a giant female robot, GLaDOS, to our protagonist: "Okay. Look. We both said a lot of things that you're going to regret. But I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster."?

You can listen to it here.

Superliga fra helvede

De største europæiske fodboldklubber pønser igen på en elitær fodboldliga, forbeholdt kun de allerstørste og rigeste klubber. Der er ikke engang plads til klubber som Ajax, Sevilla, Porto, Roma og PSV i den nye piratkonstruktion. Man har snakket og varslet om en ny europæisk fodboldturnering kun for de rigeste i lang tid, bl.a havde den tidligere Arsenalmanager Arsene Wenger forudset Super League allerede i 2009. Han kritiserede idéen dengang, og det gør han også i dag. Det er dog godt, at der stadig findes fornuftens stemmer i fodboldens verden, der siger imod de nye planer fra nogle af de største klubber. Bayern Munchen, Borussia Dortmund og PSG ønsker ikke at deltage i fremtidens Super League, selv om de vist alle er blevet inviteret inde i varmen. Bayerns direktør Rummenigge har allerede lagt afstand til planerne om piratligaen og sagt, at klubben hellere vil støtte reformen af nuværende Champions League.

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Om opfattelse og ordforståelse

I går snakkede jeg med mine forældre og på et tidspunkt spurgte de mig om det var tilladt i disse coronatider at køre en tur til den tyske grænse og handle. Jeg var i tvivl, men min første tanke var, at man nok ikke måtte køre over grænsen bare for at købe Nutella og coladåser. Vi søgte lidt på nettet og fandt frem til Udenrigsministerigets webside, hvor der stod, at "fraråder alle rejser til hele Tyskland, for at minimere risikoen for smittespredning med nye COVID-19 varianter". Jeg læste det selvfølgelig og oversatte ordet fraråder til det bosniske ne preporučuje. Min far sagde efterfølgende "Nå, det er godt, så kan vi godt!". Jeg sagde til ham, at når man siger fraråder på dansk, så er det godt nok ikke strafbart, hvis man kører over grænsen, men ordet har en lidt tungere betydning end bare det åbenlyse og bogstavelige betegnelse.

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