Archive for April, 2004

JBQ becoming really good photographer

Isn’t my husband a good photographer, or what? 🙂

Churches doing it all wrong

So, it seems that the Greek-Orthodox Church will have a schism. We have a bunch of power-hungry “saint men” trying to do their thing without looking the BIG picture.

I am appalled seeing how the Churches of the world can’t see the big picture or what they need to do to HELP the people of the world (that’s why they are here for), and instead they fight with themselves for power over and over again, schism after schism, over the last ~1,900 years. Honestly, I am truly surprised how Christianity has managed to survive with these means for almost 2,000 years.

However, less and less people go to Church these days, especially in Europe. These idiots heading all these Christian Churches around the world, instead of seeing that Christianity is falling and less and less people are under their influense these days, they keep fighting for small territories and power, only to find themselves with no followers over the next 20-50 years. They are deeping their head into irrelevance and they don’t even know it.

IMHO, the big churches of the world should re-unite (orthodox, catholics, protestants, etc etc). Not because we people terribly need them, but for their own good, for their status quo, to buy them some time. United they stand 300-500 more years of Christianity in the traditional sense and new followers, seperated they will all fall in less than 200 years from now. Their time has passed.

Note: I am a Greek Orthodox in papers, and I love God in the pure sense of Him. However, that doesn’t mean that I am a follower of any particular “Church” in the sense it was evolved the last 2,000 by any of the major Church houses in the world. I am not a follower of any particular schism, for me, there is only one way to be a “Christian”. And if these bozos can’t get that and instead they seperate themselves every so often into smaller fractions, to me that only shows that none of these Churches are “blessed by God” or “right”. To me, all the Church foundations are all corrupted. All of them. Good people of course, ARE to be found among these people, but the foundations themeselves are rotten and for me, already irrelevant.

French dressing for salads

Here is my husband’s home made french dressing for salads (greens, tomatoes, cucumber etc):

(makes dressing for two people)
* 2 full tablespoons of olive oil
* 1 full tablespoon red wine vinegar
* 1/5 (or 1/4) tablespoon Dijon mustard
* salt
* pepper

Mix them all together well with a fork until they become “one”.

When you are ready to have the salad (and not before, because this dressing is “burning out” the vegetables after a few minutes it comes in contact with them), add the washed and cut lettuce, or the sliced tomatoes and cucumber. Mix well with the dressing.
Serve.

home sick

I miss my place, in Greece. Tonight I learned that my small town that my parents currently live in has a web site.

The feeling that strikes me because of this is that I am not there to witness the internet booming that’s happening in that place atm. I am not there to witness the advances they make.

It is a lot like having a child and not being able to watch it growing up, and that hurts.

wireless modem router

Last night I tried to find a wireless 56k modem router device. There is NONE available. I wonder why.

The only ones I found are Best Data’s 56k modem router which is unfortunately not wireless, and Apple’s middle range AirPort Extreme Base Station (model M8799LL/A) which does what I need but it is hideously expensive ($250) because it is also an ethernet router for 802.11g (which I don’t need).

I just need a $50 wireless 56k modem router to use in Greece when I am there (there’s no DSL in my parent’s region and there are 3 people in the house who want to use Internet). I don’t need 802.11g (b will be enough) and I don’t need ethernet.

And there’s none such product! Yes, I could put together a Linux firewall/router distro on an old PC, but this is hardly elegant to configure its firewall or how to connect exactly, it has a learning curve (my bro doesn’t use linux), it is expensive to move a full PC in Greece from US, plus it will be as expensive as the airport base station at the end –if not more.

I wonder why no one created such a product.

web camera Part II

Continuing about my web camera adventures, I manage to lose the CD with the Windows drivers for the new web camera… It would have being practicaly a useless camera if I wasn’t to stumble upon an alpha Linux driver that actually supports that specific camera (the driver is not part of the 2.6 kernel), even if there are still problems with it (controls don’t work on Gnomemeeting and the default picture is too dark)

The guy who can’t get it

It is so entertaining watching out Kelly McNeil from osViews to battle OSNews and myself using questionable methods on his site (and on other sites posting as anonymous coward). The guy is obviously so freaking jealous of the OSNews success (his site is sitting on the bottom of the traffic pile while OSNews is sailing for a new record this month with ~190,000 pageviews per day on average) that he can’t bare it anymore and so he personally attacks me without having any solid evidence (“what’s her agenda?” someone asks, “she has multiple” he replies). Hahaha…

At some point –before he got so worked up– he wanted to buy OSNews (so he would buy success without going through all the long time and hard work I had to go through to get OSNews where it is today), while recently he came up with an alternative plan –from what I was told– to move osViews from the bottom of the pile by “paying some money to have osnews link his articles on osViews”. Hah!

Kelly, get a life. You won’t dethrone me from my position with such Microsoft-like tactics. You only manage to empower me: being infamous ‘sells’ more anyway.

Save some dignity for yourself instead of attacking fellow editors for no good reason other than zealotry and jealousy.

However, I know that whatever I will say, Kelly won’t listen. He never does, he has decided that I am “biased”, and that’s that. As many other people, he only remembers stories that are “negative news” to whatever platform he likes and this feeling overpowers the good news that we post about that specific platform. It is so much easier, you see, to accuse an editor of false/biased reporting over a few articles than to open your mind to what’s happening around you without thinking like a XX zealot, or to simply also remember that the same editor wrote many good articles about that XX platform too. But people never remember the good/normal articles, they only remember whatever they read and happened to piss them off for one reason or another. People don’t understand that reporting is about reporting both the good and the negative news of an entity. That’s life: one day you get great news about a company, the next day you get an article that’s disregarding some of the same company’s aspects. But you got to report on both of them. And that’s what we do, but people only remember the negative ones.

Also, many think that OSNews is Slashdot and that everyone can comment whatever the hell they want, and so we would be critisized of “censorship” and “modding down posts we don’t agree with”, which is absolutely false. We have an obligation to the rest of our readers with some brain left in their heads to clean up the forums of crap comments, and so we do and we will continue to do so. If that’s what some will call censorship, by all means, these readers are free to go elsewhere and play. We won’t mind and we won’t care. On our own playground, we have our own rules that you either follow, or you won’t play: http://osnews.com/rules.php

vacations

just came back from a 2-day vacation in Morro Bay. We had a great time, we did a lot of sightseeing and stuff.

The highlight for me when a seagull approached me and started… talking to me: “cap, cap, cap cap” (not the usual bird screaming they do).
So, I replied: “cap, cap, cap, cap..”. And it replied again and it came closer and I replied again and our “chat” was going on for a few minutes… It really thought that I was talking to it. 😮

Strange creatures. But chatty and beautiful. 🙂

having a bit of a duality in me

My baby cooked some chicken liver patte today. He is such a nice cook. 🙂

On other news, Jim Carrey seems to me hotter than he used to be. 😀

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

So we went and finally saw “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. A really nice movie indeed, too bad that the theatre’s machinery had a problem with their projector and so half of the picture projected was not sharp enough. :/