Blog: misc

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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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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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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A honey controversy

Not that I ever cared, but I've never heard of a so-called honey controversy. Apparently, there are many vegans, who don't consider honey vegan. Uhm, what?! How the heck have I never heard about this, but also WHY is honey not vegan? Because it is processed by bees? Also, the UK Vegan Society had its share of first accepting it vegan, then banishing it, accept it, and... since 1988 it has been banned from the vegan list.

I see a potential in this as a yet another Netflix documentary or something like that.

A change

After running Wordpress as a CMS of choice on for fifteen (that's 15!) years, I decided to move to something lighter. I don't need a heavy (but really cool content management system) Wordpress, but something that doesn't stand in my way when I want to make a small update. I wanted to move away from being dependent on heavy MySQL database, so I chose GRAV, since it is a so-called flat-file system.

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