Archive for February 29th, 2008

Legal rock music for your downloading pleasure

Some good indie rock music, all legal downloads:
– Fingertips’ current top 10
– Noise Pop 2008 sampler
– ICON Music Group sampler (VERY good album)
Shots by Ladyhawk

A solution to the Macedonia-Greece problem

For 50 years, but most importantly, for the last 15 years, the Republic of Macedonia and Greece are having some problems. Greece maintains that the “ancient Macedonia” is part of Greece and that this newly created country should not be using this name. The Republic of Macedonia on the other hand, maintains that they are descendants of the ancient Macedonians and that they should be using that name.

The problem is not really in the actual name. The problem is that Greece is afraid that after 25 or 50 years from now, Macedonia would start a war to “free” the Greek part of Macedonia and make it its own (a part which btw, is populated by 90% ethnic Greeks who even if they might be descendants of the same ethnic group, they now feel Greek more than anything else). Ancient history is very important to Greeks, and they won’t tolerate anyone telling them otherwise.

Macedonia today is nothing different than Greece was circa 1740. If you were asking a Greek person back then what his ethnic background was, he would tell you that he’s “a descendant of the Roman empire”. Only after the west powers decided to “enlighten” the Greek population (for their own purposes, of course), the Greeks became the fanatical chauvinistic Greeks we all have come to love today. Same with Macedonia, they were for too long under a regime that did not let them find a identity. When they gained their freedom, they HAD to find an identity. It’s something that’s essential to any group or country. And Macedonia, well, decided to be identified with ancient Macedonians. I can’t really blame them for doing so, even if not the whole of their country ever was part of the ancient Macedonia. All I am saying is that their claims are only humanly natural.

These days, Greece has vetoed the inclusion of Macedonia to NATO and EU if they don’t change their naming wishes. Currently, the UN is trying to help both countries to find a solution. They will debate for years to come. I have a different solution, a solution that should have been done 2,500 years ago.

The solution is to make both countries, a single country. Call it “Macedonia and Greece”, or call it “Macedreece” or call it “Greedonia”, I don’t really care. The point is, these two cultures have MORE in common than they think they do. Ancient Macedonians were very similar in their culture and religion with the rest of Greece. It takes guts to merge two countries, but it has been done in the past, and it can be done again, peacefully. Sure, that didn’t stop Athenians and Spartans from being into war every 5 years or so. And by the time Rome became strong and attacked, Greeks were so have killed each other, that it was too late to fight together against them. But they did think of themselves as ethnically similar.

My final argument is this: both cultures adore Great Alexander, and each one wants the hero to be their exclusive hero. And yet, all Great Alexander wanted for both, was a united Macedonia-Greece. By not having the wisdom to merge after 2,500 years, neither of you deserve him as its hero.

If your reply is: “yes, but modern Greeks and Macedonians are not as similar as ancient Greeks and ancient Macedonians were”, then my answer is simple: if that’s the case, then NONE of the countries should be using the words “Greece”, or “Macedonia” in any of their territories. But I doubt they would accept that. It might even be more politically acceptable to merge rather than see their peoples lose their identity. Because when losing your identity and ethnicism, politicians lose their grip to that country, and politicians are not ready to let this go. It’s all a game of power you see.

Oh, well, you may just as well watch it

I know I said last night that if you haven’t watch “Lost” before to not watch this amazing episode. But I think you will enjoy it anyway (and it doesn’t spoil way too much), so if you are in the US, go to ABC’s web site and click “Lost season 4”, install their Flash player addon, and watch “The Constant” episode in HD. Viewers outside of US will have to use a US proxy server to get access to the ABC show viewing site.

Creeks and Robots

And a nice one from Karen! HD version here.

Best. Episode. [Possibly.] Ever.

My husband is not big on TV shows. And yet, tonight he told me: “When ‘Lost’ is all done, it could only be called a masterpiece“.

No, no, no, no, no. I am not going to rant about “Lost”‘s latest episode, “The Constant”. I will let others do, from DarkUFO’s comment section (check the amazing poll result on that page too, never a Lost episode had such a high rank before):

“I don’t even know what to say.. by far the best episode this season, maybe ever. I must have said “F..K YOU!!!” to the TV like ten times. My mind is blown. Oh man…”

“I probably haven’t cried in 10 years. That ending opened up the floodgates. A perfect mixture of emotion, science, wonder, easter eggs, and all that LOST usually delivers each week, only this time, on HGH. Incredible episode. Probably the best 1 hour of TV I’ve ever witnessed.”

“Undoubtedly the best episode of LOST ever. The writing that went into this episode was phenomenal. Absolutely amazing.”

“Freaking awesome episode! An instant classic. It’s like Back to the Future Part 2 on crack!”

“Best episode of LOST i have seen in forever… seriously! so incredible.. im speechless…”

“I can’t believe that such subject matter as we saw tonight ever made it to prime time network TV! That’s seriously like Discovery Channel stuff right there. I agree, one of the best episodes ever.”

“I agree that we need a new category to fit tonight’s episode. One that says ‘it blew my head apart’, or something like that.”

“One word..WOW!!!!”

“That was maybe the best episode they have done yet, right up there with ‘Flashes Before Your Eyes’ from last season. Desmond has surpassed Locke as my favorite character. Ever since they pulled Locke’s dad out of the magic box last year, Lost has gone from a wonderful show to maybe the best show ever on television.”

“How did that episode get on primetime network television? WOW!”

“Wow! Wow! Wow! Its unanimous!!! The best episode of Lost ever, with the exception of the pilot. To the writers: We’re not worthy!! This episode has officially given Lost the Emmy for best drama this year. Awesome. Freakin awesome!!!”

“It was the polar opposite of a flashback. It was a Flashforward from the past.”

“This episode was amazing. It blew my mind. This is why LOST is truly the best show on tv.”

“Finally, Lost has recognized the fact that its primary audience is VERY INTELLIGENT people. […] This is the most intelligent show in the history of television, written by some of the most intelligent writers in the history of television.”

“Effffff-reakin’ awesome! Holy crap, my mind is still reeling!”

“Usually I rank episodes out of 10 and so this episode is an 11! Brilliant writing from Damon and Carlton.”

Warning: Don’t watch this episode stand-alone if you have never watched “Lost” before. “Lost” is so serialized that what makes this episode amazing is not just the actual direction/writing of the episode itself, but how it makes you feel after having watched all the previous episodes.