Saturday, June 30, 2007

Home Alone

Today, my dogs went to to the country for two weeks (with Karolina's sister and her dogs). That means I will be home completely alone for the first time since god know when. It already feels a little weird.

And I certainly hope the boys will come back OK and that strange slogan at the bottom is just a coincidence...

Going on vacation

Friday, June 22, 2007

I Remember When These Bands Were Cool

When talking with younger people, it occured to me that most of them never heard about the lesser known bands I grew up with and loved some 15-20 years ago.

I don't want to preach and explain to you how much more interesting these people were (are!) in comparison with Britney Spears and how much more fun they had with their own images. I just present three of them over here and - if you are interested - you can find more about them on Wikipedia, YouTube, The Pirate Bay etc., etc...

First, there is Yello (and their "Oh Yeah"). These two guys probably invented techno and serious syntesizer/sampler programming.

Then, we have Army of Lovers. You probably heard "Crucified" because it's sometimes played even today, but they had many more hits and - in their case - you really have to see their music videos.

And, finally (for today), here are The Sparks and their "When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'?". Of these three, they are the most versatile. The carreer of these two brothers spans several decades and several wildly different musical styles. They influenced the Pet Shop Boys and they wrote a song for Hong Kong action director Tsui Hark (who can't even speak English, let alone sing!), called I'm Tsui Hark!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Happy 5th Birthday, Albert!

Video from today's celebration:

Albert's birthday cake

"Mom, Please, I Want To Finish This"

This is an audio recording of some "poor" kid arguing with his parents about playing World of Warcraft.

It would be rather easy to just write "LOL KID PWN3D!" and get on with life. But this is almost not funny.

I was hardcore computer nerd. When I was in high school, I got up at 5am before school to play computer games, spent hours with friends copying pirated games etc., etc... However, I never experienced anything even remotely resembling this.

I don't know how old the kid is but this is definitely a problem his parents created by ignoring his activities for too long. It already had to be pretty bad before it got this critical.

I presume I will eventually have kids and they will eventually take part in some sort of online entertainment. If they act like this for ONE SECOND, they are disconnected and grounded! And I will play their games instead...

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Taking A Vacation?

From June 31 to July 14, my dogs will be on a vacation in the country. I thought about taking this opportunity to also take a short vacation, preferably as "Last Minute" offer from travel agency. However, travel agencies seem to suck (unreliability, many "hidden prices") and - most important of all - the vacation for a single person is usually as expensive as two person vacation because there are no single-person rooms available! Also, I have some "non-standard" requirements:

I'd like to spend a few days (5-8, not more) during the timeframe mentioned above, somewhere in southern Europe on the beach, preferably in Capitalist Europe - Italy, Greece, Spain, France etc...

I want a room (however small) just for myself plus access to refrigerator. I can be part of some larger group of tourists but I want my privacy when sleeping.

I don't give rat's ass about local architecture / famous poets / local culture (as long as they don't rape men of my age very often).

I don't want any special "organized activities", I just want to stroll around the beach, take a swim, take some photos, rent a bike, just relax.

I don't want any "pre-paid" food. I'd accept breakfast but I'd be happiest if I just had an access to refrigerator and bought food in restaurants / markets. That means I'd prefer some sort of area with restaurants / markets, not some isolated fishing village.

I can get there by plane or bus, it doesn't matter. Actually, I'd prefer spending 12 hours on bus and saving some money. At least I'd have time to finish that Nintendo DS games...

Do you know about something specific that meets my needs and doesn't cost over approx. $300 including lodging and travel? Advices in the vein of "Just look at Last Minute offers at" don't help me very much, as I am already doing that.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Buy A Cute Syphilis For Your Friends

Or Ebola, Black Death, HIV, Rabies, Malaria or anything else. They are all here and they are cute.

P.S: If you are Czech, you can order locally!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Japanese Tetris

Do I have to say it again? Japanese people really know how to take things to the next level...