Archive for July 17th, 2007

X-Files the movie will fail

Apparently the second X-Files movie will be a normal “monster of the week” movie and won’t be about the popular alien mythology. This will be the movie’s demise. The majority of viewers never cared much about the regular episodes on X-Files. In fact, only when the mytharc matured the ratings of the show went high-up. I proposed some script ideas a few months ago.

Deep inside I know why Chris Carter insists for years now that the script of the would-be movie won’t be about the mytharc: that’s because he never liked the mytharc. His idea of X-Files was single horror episodes with no major background story. Only when he had a few seemingly inter-connected episodes and the ratings got up, he literally got forced by the network to follow up on the alien subplot. There was never an original plan to have a mytharc and himself was never a big fan of it according to sources. And so Carter sees that second movie as his chance to create an X-files movie the way he always wanted it to.

Problem is, nobody gives a rat’s ass what Carter wants.

Funerals, who I really am and you don’t want me to be

I just realized today that I’ve never been in a funeral in my whole life. There are about 5 people that passed away and that I would definitely be at their funeral, but as it happened I am always away at these time. For the first two deaths I was in Germany, for the next two in UK and for the recent one, well, I am in USA.

If anyone is interested, the deaths occurred by:
2 died of motorcycle accidents (17 and 21 years old)
2 died of cancer (over 55 years old)
1 died of old age (my grandmother). Nobody knows how old really she was as in early 20th Century Greece children were written in municipality papers whenever the parents felt like doing so, but the consensus is that she was born in 1908 and when she was “given” to be married to my grandfather, their parents lied about her age citing as birthday the time she was written in the papers rather than when she really got born. As it turns out, my grandmother was 5 years older than my grandfather, and she was in fact *remembering* the day she went with her father to get written in the municipality office and get the birth certificate.

I think it is time to blog about something I have been holding back for a long time. It will be of little interest to non-Greeks, but Greeks who know history will recognize some importance. It’s about that grandmother’s family, the “Gousis” family (a family that I know VERY little btw). I am not happy that 1/4 of me comes from the same genepool that betrayed the Souliotes to the Turks in 1803.

Yes, my grandmother’s surname is Gousis from Vrysoula, Preveza (before the changing of village names in Greece, the village was known as “Zarmi”). Pelios Gousis was the man who revealed to the Turks a secret path to the Souli village up to the mountain, allowing the Turkish army to get up there and massacre men, women and children. After the betrayal, he ran off to Zarmi. Three small teams survived the original massacre, one fled to south Corfu (original Corfu people dislike the south Corfu people because they receive them as village people from back then) and one got to live south of Patra where they created new villages with the same names as in their previous Epirus-based home. The third team was caught up, and the well-known story to most Greeks happened: the women and children decided to suicide by falling from a mountain cliff rather than give in to the Turks (I think they could have surrender, but they decided to die).

Normally, you would think “who cares”. I mean, I am the last person that you would call chauvinist, and you all know how I disregard such stuff. And yet, a piece of me always felt ashamed (my father too). Even if — I am pretty sure — the current Gousis young people living in that area probably have no idea about their ancestor (I don’t give them enough credit of knowing their own local history). But I do, and that kind of hurts me in a way.

Thankfully, the rest 3/4 of my family are patriot Souliotes who fought against the Turks. Or so I think because my mother is dark-skinned while her siblings are not (her siblings are blondes while she is all dark), which means that she has a gene in her ancestry that might either come from south Greece or from a Middle-Eastern bloodline — but no one knows for sure as my mother’s side of family doesn’t keep up much with history as much as my grandfather’s on my father’s side. In fact, at my grandfather’s father’s side we know that the first “Lolis” arrived in Skiadas (my original village) at the end of the 18th Century from another village near Ioannina called “Elezna” (today the name only survives as a local place, not as a village anymore). He was chased away by the Turks when he killed a Turk who had raped his sister. The only way out of that mess was to move to the villages under the rule of Souli, which were free of Turks. Until Pelio-Gousis betrayed them all that is, a few years later.

In a nutshell: I am happy of my father’s father side. I am ok with my mother’s both side which seem to… check out at least ok. I am not happy on my father’s mother side, even if after 200 years no one gives a rat’s ass about it.

This blog post took quite some courage to write it, but I wrote it for all the wrong reasons. It wasn’t because I wanted to come out clean, but because currently I am under a personal drama that involves decisions taken by the Greek government that affect me in a huge way, and so I just feel extremely angry at them. I will blog about these adventures when the right time comes. Let’s hope that they haven’t woken up that 1/4 of me that was lying dormant for 200 years.

Nokia E90, Furtado

The Nokia E90 arrives soon for a review at OSNews. Can’t wait to test it. The only thing that has me bummed is the lack of A2DP/AVRCP support which was removed on purpose by Nokia just so they segmentize the market. It’s just a build flag on their system which they turned off possibly just to piss me off. :P

On an unrelated note, I love Nelly Furtado’s song “All good things“. I found the song to be more melodic than the rest of her songs, and so I did some research as to who wrote it. Apparently, behind the song is Chris Martin from Coldplay! Should have known…

Firefox + Quicktime crash

Quicktime’s browser plugin does not play nice with the current nVidia’s drivers (the standalone player works fine). It crashes the browser when the video is displaying on the secondary monitor. You have to go Quicktime’s prefs and disable “enable directdraw to secondary monitor” to avoid the crash (which will of course degrade performance). The bug does not happen with ATi drivers and cards, but it does with nVidia ones. I tried re-installing QuickTime to no avail. On the other hand, ATi has different problems with dual monitor setups (Joost and other apps that use overlays go berzerk sometimes for example when you move them to the secondary monitor while active, and iTunes video playback gets unbearably slow).

Μπρος γκρεμός και πίσω ρέμα.

So, to fix the crash you must go to Quicktime’s Edit/ Preferences/ Quicktime Preferences/ Advanced and disable either the “Enable DirectDraw on Secondary Monitors”, or if that doesn’t work, select “Safe Mode (GDI only).