Tuesday, November 20

Hi :)

Just checkin' in... been a while.

Tuesday, March 24

Wednesday, December 31

Ignorance is bliss

Have you ever lost something? Sure you have, everyone has. Dumb question.

You see, I found something last night, something I was not looking for. Yet, in finding that, I lost something else, something much more important than finding anything. Now, doubt and disappointment are picking at me from within.

Was I better off not having found what I've found, and not losing what I lost? A poet once said:

Where ignorance is bliss,
‘Tis folly to be wise.

Monday, November 10

Communication



With the layout I got in the picture above, the message is reasonably clear. This is about an organisation which is against smoking, and its branch in Serbia. Cool. Got it.

Now, try to disregard the image, how does this sound to you: "I quit smoking Serbia". Am I someone who used to smoke Serbia, and have now ceased? In that case, what is Serbia? A brand of smokes? Or is this a statement on the quality of air in Serbia, the country in the Balkans? The message is even more ambiguous when you look at the Facebook ad (that won't appear now that I want a screenshot of it.... figures). From what I remember, there they made no distinction between the organization's name and the branch name (letter size/colour). Even funnier.

Anyway, I'm off to the balcony to smoke a Lousy Strike, to which I switched after Camels went bad since they are making them somewhere around here... I guess the case is the same with LS, since they are all f'ed up lately... Blah...

A vi kako 'te?

Sunday, September 14

Still rollin'

The summer.... Oh what a summer. Absolutely and completely uneventful. I'm still paying back the money I borrowed for that trip to Umag and the skiing trip some days before that. That's a bitch. No big rides, nothing to speak of. Just work, and day to day existence. Ultifuckingmately boring.

Saturday, May 17

Umag

Weeeellll.... I'm back from the Umag motorcycle rally. 6 days, around 2000km round trip, hundreds of photos and just as many positive vibes :) Drop by my Facebook profile to see the album ;)

Thursday, February 21

Still here

It's just that life has been embarrassingly monotonous...

Wednesday, September 5

Baby, it's cold outside...

Whenever summer starts to fade, when I feel the smell of winter for the first time, this misterious warm and happy feeling overcomes me. Misterious, since I cannot account for it, there is no rational reason for it and there is no denying it. I feel somewhat nostalgic, but at the same time like I am coming home from a long journey. Today was one of those days. It's 11 degrees centigrade outside, so it's not very cold, but the smell was there... the feeling was, definitely, there. I was on my bike, and enjoying the short ride immensely. I will dare to say that I prefer riding in the cold... maybe all the freaks go away then (or, at least, the most of them), and only those who actually need to be out, are out. And me. Enjoying the cold. Call me crazy.

I really can't stay - Baby it's cold outside
I've got to go away - Baby it's cold outside
This evening has been - Been hoping that you'd drop in
So very nice - I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice
My mother will start to worry - Beautiful, what's your hurry
My father will be pacing the floor - Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I'd better scurry - Beautiful, please don't hurry
well Maybe just a half a drink more - Put some music on while I pour

The neighbors might think - Baby, it's bad out there
Say, what's in this drink - No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how - Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell - I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell
I ought to say no, no, no, sir - Mind if I move a little closer
At least I'm gonna say that I tried - What's the sense in hurting my pride
I really can't stay - Baby don't hold out
Ahh, but it's cold outside

C'mon baby

I simply must go - Baby, it's cold outside
The answer is no - Ooh baby, it's cold outside
This welcome has been - I'm lucky that you dropped in
So nice and warm -- Look out the window at that storm
My sister will be suspicious - Man, your lips look so delicious
My brother will be there at the door - Waves upon a tropical shore
My maiden aunt's mind is vicious - Gosh your lips look delicious
Well maybe just a half a drink more - Never such a blizzard before

I've got to go home - Oh, baby, you'll freeze out there
Say, lend me your comb - It's up to your knees out there
You've really been grand - Your eyes are like starlight now
But don't you see - How can you do this thing to me
There's bound to be talk tomorrow - Making my life long sorrow
At least there will be plenty implied - If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can't stay - Get over that old out
Ahh, but it's cold outside

Baby it's cold outside

Brr its cold….
It's cold out there
Cant you stay awhile longer baby
Well…..I really shouldn't...alright

Make it worth your while baby
Ahh, do that again…

Tuesday, July 24

For fuck's sake!

Temperature in the 40's (centigrade).

Monday, July 2

Weekend camping

This weekend I went to Fruška Gora, a nearby mountain to meet up with some fellow bikers. It was the classic picnic plan - tents, barbecue, some football and a ride around the mountain... For some of us, the ride was through the forest, and it was a whole lot of fun! To the left is a photo of me getting stuck in a rut :).

Thursday, June 28

Summer

Summer has officially started. Temperatures in Belgrade are around 30°C these days. It is unbearably hot.
It is so hot that it seems my blood is slowing down, bringing me to a state of semi-hibernation. Bah. To top it all of, we have frequent summer showers, which means that if you are out at the wrong time, you'll be soaking wet in a matter of seconds, and just when you find a place to get away, it'll stop, leaving the streets wet and evaporating, and the air humid, heavy and smelly.
Fucking outrageous.
I waited some time for the showers to go away, so I could get my bike washed. The day after I did, they started again. AAAAARRRGHHH!!

Aaanyway.... As of August 4th, D. and me will be in Istanbul, spending a week with John... a long due reunion of uni roommates... Looking forward to it!

Helena and I celebrated our first anniversary by spending a weekend at a nearby lake... It was lovely, and in spite of my lack of preparation (reservations, trip planning and whatnot) went smoothly (understatement of the year). It was f'ing awesome :). Maybe I'll post pics later, can't be arsed right now.

What else....

Don't know....

Guess that's it for now....


Ta!

Friday, April 20

Yiieaaaah

Ok, picture this: last Tuesday (some 10 days ago) I had left my bike at the customs office to be inspected and whatnot... The guy had told me it will be ready next week. I decided not to bug them on Monday, and come Tuesday I was on the phone.
They told me that it would probably be ready tomorrow or the day after. Oh well, I got sorta used to waiting by then, so I didn't get too upset... Some 45 minutes later, the fella calls me back to say that I can pick my bike up tomorrow at 11 o'clock, or, if I could make it, that day (Tuesday) by 1530hrs. Needless to say, I made it by said time. Payed all the dues and then some, went on to my mate's to do the registration and associated paperwork, and by 1930hrs that day, I was on the road, license plates and all.

All that evening I was... euphoric, for the lack of a better word. Words really can't describe what combination of feelings came over me. Sort of like a child that got that long anticipated toy.

All that happiness aside, now I'm in the process of sorting the bike out, looking for what needs to be done and planning the expenses associated with it.

Oh, almost forgot... John, if you're reading this, Aussie Mark said hi....

Thursday, April 5

Bike woes

This just in...
Yesterday I looked into the option of transporting my new bike from Slovenia to Serbia by train, after talking to my bro for the gazzilionth time... All nice and everything, until a few minutes ago, when we spoke on the phone and told me that the Slovene railway wouldn't be able to ship the bike for another 7 days. Shitshitshit. So, he's going to take a van and haul the bike on Saturday. Then, I have to deal with the customs bureaucracy here. Another week, at least. Shitfuckdamn.

Yesterday was also the first time in the past month that my ass was on a bike. Carlos took me to the train station to check out the procedure on this side of the border... (all for naught, apart from the aforementioned butt on bike thing...).
Iwannaridemybike!!!

Friday, March 30

Next week....

...is what I've been hearing from my brother for the past three weeks. He is supposed to come to Belgrade from Ljubljana and bring my new bike with him... Ever since we agreed on the purchase, he's been giving me the proverbial carrot on a stick... "in a few days...", "end of following week, for sure", "next Friday, that is certain"... Yesterday he told me that he won't be coming this weekend, and that next weekend (easter) is when he will most definitely be here. Bah. If I had known that this was going to be the case, I'd have packed and gone there to ride the bike to Belgrade myself. Fuck.

Sunday, March 11

Lost a good friend today

Kiwi has left the building... I sold my bike today. I feel confused [(c) Mali].

Tuesday, February 27

New job

As of recently, I am employed at Roadstar Radio, a national radio station... My job is to deal with the station's website, and any and all computer related questions that the employees might have. A glorified IT support geek, my formal title is "Internet Marketing Manager". Go figure.

Anyways, I am currently in the process of selling my Keeway, and buying a '97 xt660z Tenere from my brother.... Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!

Monday, January 15

New Year

Yeah... New Year! WooHooo! Happy Happy Joy Joy!Right. Another year has passed, a fresh one is ahead, same old shit. I just cant grasp what all the fuss is about.

Anyways, the weather is fucking gorgeous for this time of year. I mean, its in the teens, and it's bloody January, for fuck's sake!!! Can't say it bothers me, au contraire, I'm very happy its relatively warm and dry, it's like the 2wheel season didn't end.... We'll see what nature (or what is left of it) has in store for us in the weeks to come, but so far it's just fine :)
Here's a pic from a week or so ago... It was not so warm then but who cares... enough padding and on we go :)

Sunday, December 17

And so the story goes...

Ah, my dear visitors (both of you), it's been some time since I wrote anything up here... What has happened in the meantime:
  • I quit working for ad agencies. To cut a long story short, advertising is not my cup of tea, as I finally admitted to myself and to others concerned... The money is nice, but my life is more important than that.
  • At present, I am working for a lighting company (setting up lights and such for movies and other video production). Long and irregular hours, money is not bad, lots of time off... I like it.
  • Six months with Helena... I like our relationship, no matter what people may say. I do have some concerns about the age difference, but we'll see...
That's it in a nutshell, I really can't be arsed to write now.....

Tuesday, October 31

Something's not right...

I feel wrong these days... I should probably be happy with my life, but I am not. One might say that I am living a dream, given the circumstances. Got a job that many would desire, all is fine and dandy.... Right.

Living a dream is not bad, of course.
That is, if it's your dream.

Through early morning fog I see
visions of the things to be
the pains that are witheld for me
I realize and I can see...

Tuesday, October 10

A fine day

Had a good day today... Happy.

Saturday, September 16

Scratch that :)

Just a day after my last post, I got a call from an agency where I applied for work, asking when am I available to start! So, as of Monday, I shall be going to work again! Never thought that saying that would make me happy...

Wednesday, September 13

Me 0 - 0 Job market

Still nothing.... I'm really getting bored now... living with no income is no fun at all.

Tuesday, July 18

Follow up

When I was getting on the bike today, I saw what was the 'electrical problem' that plagued it... Last time I went to the shop to replace the speedometer, they didn't put everything in it's place, and the front brake light cable got caught in the steering and got damaged... wait, that's an understatement. It was almost cut in two, and the exposed wire was shorting out the circuit, hence the odd fuse problems every now and then...
Well, at least now I know what was that smell. The problem that remains, however, is that the alarm is acting up again...

It's never-fucking-ending!!!!!!

And more...
Went to the shop to solve the smell problem, and then I saw that two (out of three) bolts that hold the engine in place were missing!! Left the bike there, let them sort it out...

Saturday, July 15

Status Quo / SNAFU

Still jobless, still searching... Bah... What a summer :( lots of time, no money to enjoy it...

Cats are fine, Mia's has healed completely, jumping and spinning around like before the fracture, Braca is still a lazy bugger :)

The bike is running fine, which means constant trips to the mechanic for some small repairs - last was the speedometer, and just as that got sorted, the electrical system started acting up. Oh well...

Tuesday, June 6

Transmission


Just stumbled upon a nice 3D applet demonstrating the inner works of a motorcycle transmission. Take a look at it here. Originally found here, but the link died...
EDIT: link is alive again...
EDIT 2: both links are dead... ah, the everchanging Internet...

Thursday, June 1

Coincidence

A few days ago, I went to the local DMV, or Traffic Police, to take a friend to pick up her driver's license. While waiting for her, I ran into a lieutenant that I served under in the Army - I was very happy to see him, we exchanged phone numbers etc, and arranged to get together when he comes back from his holidays...

Nothing special, one might think. And one would be right. However, today I went to get my motorcycle license at the same place. While I was waiting in line, I ran into a major from the same unit. I served in a town in Montenegro, (come to think of it, that town will be in a foreign country soon enough) and this is all very very strange. Seeing two officers that I hadn't seen in almost 10 years, in a span of maybe 10 days... *play x-files theme*

Wednesday, May 31

Hotrods

A guy approached me today with a story along the lines of 'hey, how does that bike of yours roll?', a situation that happens more or less often. What was unusual, or annoying, was that he started bragging about his scooter that is soooo great that regardless of the fact that it has just a 50cc engine, it can do XXX km/h... Then he proceeded to elaborate on how much aftermarket stuff he put on it, and how much money he paid for it, while stressing that it is much more than I spent on my bike. I suppose he expected me to fall to the floor and bow in admiration????

His first (OK, second) question for me was 'do you do wheelies?'. I responed to his monologue with a blank stare, not knowing what to say. ('Hey, dude, get in touch with the ground', or 'I don't understand Serbian' or 'I don't give a fuck about your inclination to go crazy on your over-tuned moped'). A similar situation occured a few times earlier as well. I don't know if they expect that i start to drool and cum at their stories or what... Perhaps it's me, maybe I don't understand all that... Maybe my street cred will go up if I answer correctly to their questions ('Yes, i can wheelie for 83m and do a 15m stoppie, and all that while I'm smoking a pipe with my right hand')??

Of course I enjoy riding a bike, but this kind of approach seems a bit hot-headed to me...

What do you think? Hit the comment button and fire away :)

Friday, April 28

Site update

I've updated the Look section with a small picture gallery, it will grow with time :)

Friday, April 14

Wheels

OK, now that all the paperwork is done, it's official:

I got a bike :)

http://www.inter-motor-2004.hu/exceed.jpg
Keeway Exceed 200

Thursday, April 6

Warning

If you are using Internet Explorer, you can probably see a bar asking you to install a component called cafeon from Daum Corporation. Don't do it.

To avoid such shit from happening, just get Firefox.

Saturday, April 1

Teaser :)

I will have some good news soon.... stay tuned :)

Friday, March 31

Nama - Mia Kyriakh

Ela re my friends!

Sun came into our little town, to bring us some life. I feel better and stronger, wishing the same 2 u. Its 08:58, sittin in an office, drinkin coffee and listenin to Notis IV folder, so naturally, you (pl) came into my mind. Still think that was THE period our lives, still feel so goooood about it.
Now, Nick is 10km and Mali 1000km away and we have to type this shit in a window, to be in contact. Hate this shit. "Thats the way the cookee crambles", Mali would say. Anyway guys, just to say i miss u, when i make a million i'm taking u on a tour de globe, with your wives and dogs and cats. Ante, taleme!

Tuesday, March 21

Spring

OK now, these days the temperature has climbed to teens, and the ladies have already started dressing like it's in the 30's... That's generally allright, but when you see a girl, that is just plain or average while in winter clothes with a not-so-attractive face, showing lots of skin, you end up confused...

Mali, what's your take on this, you are the expert on feeling confused?

Thursday, March 16

Change

Just changed a setting, now all posts are visible, not just the last 7.

Capital punishment

Gotta share this... Blogger had some problems, and this is one of the notification messages from their support:
Some users are currently getting “403 Forbidden” errors when viewing their blogs, and “Permission Denied” errors (or variations thereof) when publishing. You may recognize this problem from Monday.

The offending server is being replaced and then shot. We’ll let you know when things are back up. Shouldn’t be too long.

Until then, affected blogs will be unavailable and unpublishtoable.

Update, 5 minutes later: All fixed!

Tuesday, March 14

cya 'z back

Pou se re malaka

Yo man, its been a while...
How is life? How is Nazli? How is you? hahahahah!

write something man, i miss u

Monday, March 13

Oooou re LOUGKRES

AAA re lougkres,

Alright already here I am.....Although I am very confused...but hey what the hell!

So what the hell


Hey all from Turkiye!

Burasi turkiye anladiniz mi???

Friday, March 10

Cookin'

Since I've had my kitchen set up, I made creppes (out of 10 or so, I destroyed 7 or 8, and 2 or 3 were actually successful) to break in my stove and cookery, and today I made spaghetti, which were quite allright. Nothing spectacular, but me is pleased. Goodbye fast food, I can finally eat properly. Still not sure if that means I'll gain or lose weight, but I will definitely be happier :)

Oh, and let's all wish a warm welcome to the one and only Dex Norton G!!!! Yaaay.... (this is where y'all observe the APPLAUSE sign and clap your hands off)

John, mate, έλα ρε μικρέ, wake the fuck up!!!!! Τι πρέπει να κάνουμε αν θέλουμε να σε δούμε εδώ;

Jebo te aluminijum.... ima li kupusa?

Thursday, March 9

Blog this out !

me found the link, thats something new

workin' in a coal mine, coal mine, coal mine..

still on dial-up, thats why not goin out on intrnt

Johnny, say something, we miss u, Johnny, we worry, won't u come on home.. (think he doesnt have a clue of "fine young cannibals" ) , anyway, me go back to aluminium....

Pusi ga Nikolo !
F*** u Zourbakis !

Dex Norton G Blog me now and win a free trip to Malta !

Monday, March 6

The kitchen!

At long last, my kitchen is in place. No more mess and improvisations, and I can finaly buy glasses and other kitchen accessories, food, whatever... because now - I have a place to store them.

Saturday, March 4

Dollar

This has been a strange, yet fun night...

Thursday, March 2

Day 2

Here I am, waiting for the ride home... Have a BF2 match tonight, but it seems that it's gonna flop... only 5 out of 10 of us are going to be there...

Wednesday, March 1

New job

Aaaalrightythen. Back from work at the new office. Seems quite allright, very serious company and all, looking forward to doing some interesting work for a change :) Turns out that some folks I worked with before are working there... small world, I say!

Anyways, I feel like watching a film, so off I go...

Tuesday, February 28

What's new?

I don't know where to start, so I'll just pour it down as it comes...

Work
As of tomorrow, I will be working in a new company, Leo Burnett. That came as the result of me being informed that, since my client left for another agency, my services shall no longer be required. Oh well... Luckily, I found the new job really quick.

Home
As I am writing this, a painter is in my kitchen finishing the walls, and carpenters will have the kitchen ready next week, so I will finally be done with that part. Closet in the entryway is in place, so after I pay this bunch off, it's on to the room floor and furniture... It's neverending, dammit!! Bah... one thing that makes it easier to bear is the mental image of the finished works...

Life
What life? I have no life. I do try every now and then, only to come home unnerved. RL sucks. Check this thread at PcGamer forum out.

News

Well, as you can see - I've transformed this section of the site. All the old posts are in (took me 3hrs to enter them into the blog). Anyways, more changes soon...

Monday, July 11

The works

Well... Been away for a while again... The bathroom & kitchen are finished (new plumbing, wiring and all), I am about 500€ in the red, but it's done... Now I need to get to the kitchen furniture and those bathroom towel racks, soap holders, various shelves etc... Damn. It's neverending. Then on to the room floor, than the wardrobe, then the computer desk and bed (I'm thinking about a gallery)....

A few days ago I installed ADSL at home, so I'm online 24/7 now... happy-happy-joy-joy!

And... I have two kittens with me now! Figured it was time to get a pet, then I got talked into getting two... They are insane! Pics will follow as soon as I get a decent camera, since my phone cam is shite...

Wednesday, May 25

Trust

Ever since we relocated our offices, the computers at work have been acting up. I'll skip the description of actual problems, since it's a rather boring list of usual stuff. What prompted me to write about the situation in the first place was the message you can see in the picture. The trust relationship failed? I mean, come on... It's like all the computers in the network are characters in a soap opera?! I wonder...

Friday, April 1

Mali & Mala

My mate John, presently residing in Turkey (country, not poultry) with his significant other, Nazli.

Thursday, March 31

YAU

Since I was reminded that there haven't been any updates in a long time...
Well... Regarding the last entry - the room (yes, there is only one room) is done, but the kitchen & bathrooom are still as I found them. I'm going shopping for tiles, toilet bowl and shower tub this weekend, and during the next few weeks I should have the plumbing and tiling done. Following that, I'll go into furnishing the area - kitchen sink, cupboards etc.... I already have a fridge and a microwave oven (and I bought a toilet seat 2 days ago!). Blah....

I brought a TV set from my parents' house some days ago, but since I don't have an antenna, I can only get two or three channels, but that is going to be dealt with soon - I got a sattelite dish from a friend, I just need to mount it on the roof. People ask me why would I get a dish when there's cable TV all around? Well, I called the cable company (which is one of the worst in town, but since they're already in the building, I have practically no choice), and schedulled an appointment for them to come and set the bloody cable up. They didn't show. Motherfuckers. I mean, it's in their bloody interest to come and take my money, right? Fuck them I say. I don't need them. Plus, their internet prices are ridiculous. I'll get ADSL. I just need to get rid of that PCM device on my phone line. Which will need nerves and connections in the phone company. Damn. For the time being, I can dial-up from home at 28.8k tops. How's that for slow internet?

On the other side, I'm enjoying the blessings of living alone. Sometimes, I don't clean up my room for days - it's funny, but I enjoy the mess from time to time. Oink, oink says the pig. The good thing is, since the flat is so small (23 square meters) it only takes about 20 minutes to tidy up, vacuuming and all. I can even make it sort-of decent during the time it takes a surprise guest to climb the two floors :)

Anyway, I'm at work now and have stuff to do, so I'll be off now....

Wednesday, January 26

New pad

For the last 10 days or so, I've been fixing up my new home, and the work is almost done... In a few days I will move and be extremely happy! Will post pics when all is done...

Monday, December 6

I am happy!

Upgraded my PC two days ago... Athlon 64!!!! Everything is now lightning fast. More text will follow, but do look at the pics. They are worth the effort :))

(note to self: relink pics)

Friday, November 5

Technology - we all use it, right?

But how many of us can actually keep up with the damn thing? I remember the time of simple comparisons: there were two numbers we all understood - processor family and clock speed. Say, 80386 running at 33MHz, or a 80486DX2 @ 66Mhz, and so on. Life was simple. There were distinct successors in graphic adapters - Hercules was replaced by a CGA adapter, then EGA, which expanded into VGA (wow look at the colors!!) and then there was SVGA and life ceased to be simple.

Enter Pentium and different bus speeds, multipliers, overclocking and the whole industry became a cruel race. Most of us mortals just couldn't keep up with the changes, unless we devoted ourselves to it full time. Different standards started to compete for market dominance (remember VLB and PCI? I do. I had bought a VLB motherboard along with an S3 graphics adapter which I was sooo proud of, and then PCI won.)

Recently (last 5 years) there are so many chipsets, clocks, buses, whatevers to consider when you are looking to buy a new piece of hardware, that it becoms an arduous task of researching sites like anandtech and Tom's hardware (thank you for your existence) and asking your guru friends for reccomendations.
Just now I witnessed two of my colleagues engaged in a discussion which digital camera one should buy. The abundance of features even in such a simple item as a camera has become so vast, that you can't simply go out and buy one, without fearing that within a few months it will become obsolete. OK, such speedy progress is good, right? I suppose it means that we get better and more interesting gadgets sooner, but in a few years we will need to incorporate some sort of tech-class into elementary education in order to have consumers competent to operate (even understand) those new toys.

And I don't even want to begin talking about Asimov.

Thursday, November 4

Tuesday, November 2

Colours

This morning I felt like I did in Thessaloniki a couple of years back... You see, I had cash flow problems for the past 10 days, and yesterday I got paid. This means that now I can buy smokes, go out on my lunch break, and be a happier individual in general. The situation reminded me of times in Greece when we ate spaghetti or potatoes since we couldn't afford anything else, and then shoveled gyro down our throats when we got cash...

Another thing that happened this morning (It is now 0930):
I was passing by a store that sells kids' school stuff, and the window was filled with pink bags, pink notebooks, pink book covers, pink shoes, pink _______, (you name it - it was there and it was pink). Sad. I mean, I understand that pink is/was the "in" color this season, but we have to draw a line somewhere...

Still no word from John. I'm worried. Thinking about calling his mum or dad...

Monday, October 25

Yet another update (YAU)

Heh... Just noticed that I listed two previous entries with a wrong date... 2003 instead of 2004. Corrected.

Anyways, now I'm in Afirma FCB, and in a month's time I'll know if I will be staying here. The agency is OK, the people here are nice and I can say that I enjoy my time here. Still.

As for D17, finally got in touch with Dejan, he wrote that he is in Thessaloniki now, 9-5ing somewhere behind a desk... I'll give him a call later on. John has taken to disappearing now. How strange. Can't reach him by phone (perhaps he is in Turkey), but I don't see him on MSN either, and he isn't answering my e-mail...... Who knows. Maybe he joined the foreign legion. Riiiight.

I planned to buy a motorcycle these days, had a great offer, even found where I could borrow the cash for the down payment.... I was sooo happy. Suffice it to say that the bitch spoiled my plan. Man. I need to move out.

Monday, August 30

Here we go again...

I got laid off... My services are no longer required. The vacation season is over, I filled in for people who were away, and now... hasta la vista, baby. Anyways - I was told that there's not enough work, some arrangements didn't work out like they were supposed to, etc, etc... Back to the job hunting stage. All my plans are messed up. I was planning to move into a little flat downtown, but that'll have to wait. I could have spent the summer on Crete, if only I had known.... Eh...

D17 update:
John is occasionaly in Turkey, visiting his new girl, Nasli. When I was working, I used to run into John every now and then online, and he'd be asking "have you updated your site yet?", and I guess that, since I said I'd do it like that afternoon (I'd say that every time), an update was in order :)
Dejan has dissapeared. No replies to e-mails, he's not answering his phone.... I wonder. Last I heard from him was that he was banging this Swedish or Norwegian or whatever girl, and thinkig of eloping with her... Who knows. D, man, if you are reading this, drop a fucking note!!!
As for myself and girls, I had a little adventure which ended as easily as it began... The little tart actually thaught that she could make me jealous by playing hard to get *after* we were already in a relationship... Dumb kid. Right now, I'm seeing this girl I first met 'bout a year a go, and had my eye on since then. Fortunately, she's 2 years older than me, so I don't expect any immature bullshit from her... I'll keep y'all posted.

Saturday, May 22

Update

OK, it's been a while since I posted anything new here, but as you'll see, it was for a valid reason...
Since I returned to Belgrade, I've been looking for a job and feeling generally miserable. No cash, no energy (nemam ni 2 evra ni energije) stage had overpowered me and I spent around 4-5 months just slouching around my room and occasionaly going for a job interview... Man, that period sucked. If it wasn't for my twice-a-week CS matches, I'd have probaby gone absolutely mad or something of the sort. Another bright point was this certain person who was in a similar state to mine, so we could relieve each other's tensions... Unfortunately, she took of to Turkey to make candles.

However, just before that, I finally found a job! I started working as an Account Assistant in IDEA Plus Communications, an advertising agency here in Belgrade. Needless to say, my psychological state improved vastly as a consequence of that. I started actually spending time around people, and earning money. The downside of going to work is that now I don't have the time to go out as much as I could before when I had no money to go out with, but there you go... Overall, I am really satisfied. The people at work are great, the atmosphere is excellent, and smoking is allowed. I am still in the test-stage - the first 3 months are something like a probation, after which we'll see if I will become a full-fledged member of the staff. Sure hope so.

Over the course of the next 2 months or so, I will finally relocate to an apartment of my own, away from my parents. This is the last thing that I have to do before I can say that a certain stage of my life is over, and I cannot express in words how much I am looking forward to that...

As far as Dialetti 17 crew is concerned, John is in Thessaloniki having mad fun ;) studying away and generally living a student's life... good for you mate, enjoy it while it lasts! Dejan is on Crete, working and generally living a "summer is great" life with his g/f.... Nice, innit? I'll sure as hell try to get to Crete when I get the chance later this summer... perhaps in August...

Well, there you are for the time being, I really don't know what else to put down.... if something pops up from my stale memory, I'll post it. Until then, enjoy this picture of a cute friend of mine from elementary school who I ran into at a friend's b-day party a week ago....

Saturday, January 3

Well... there we go. New year.

Lots of fuss. As usual. Much ado about nothing. Did I mention I don't like these holidays? Everyone is supposed to be happy because of a date change. Riiight. I want to find a religion which does not celebrate anything in this period. A friend of mine said I should try some African tribe that celebrates only victory... Maybe it's a good idea - lots of nice scenery there, good for riding a bike.

One of the things that happened while I was on Crete last summer is that I got hooked on bikes. I remember when Johnny was showing me some magazines about bikes, and I told him something along the lines of "Johnny I don't care, I am not into bikes." That was before I rode one on a regular basis. Mind you, I still don't know much about the racers and the likes, since I'm not into those crotch rockets. Something like this Africa Twin on the photo would be just fine... (no shit?)

These are two of the bikes I used to ride on Crete. I was fortunate enough to work in a bike rental store called Easy Ride located in Plakias on the south coast of Crete.


Thursday, December 11

Update

Well, it's been exactly a month since my last post, so I thought it would be nice to add some more nonsense....
I am no longer in Slovenia, things didn't work out there... Back in Belgrade, working on finding some work, and getting reaccustomed to living here - it seems like I'm here to stay now...
Back in the flat I was welcomed by my mom's dog, 'bout 12 years old, but still insane like a puppy... I forgot what it was like to have a cat-sized hairball that sounds like a banshee running around my feet...

Dejan has returned from Greece, so two out of three are in Belgrade now... if only we could get John to drag his ass up here, it would be sooo cool. (Yes, Johnny, we miss you)

Tuesday, November 11

Hello again after a while....

I am now in Slovenia, staying with my brother, looking for a job... I am sleeping in my nephew's room, surrounded with toys and kids' books and stuff... cute :) I am again in the phase of learning a foreign language from the movie subtitles, having no permanent place of residence, no mobile phone, etc. We'll see how it all goes....

How are you?

Saturday, October 4

And so it ends....

I am back in Belgrade, having finished my studies and a all-summer-long vacation in Greece. It was great - I met some wonderful people from all over the world, and had a good time in a small place called Plakias, on the south coast of Crete. I was just browsing the hostel site and some of the photos there reminded me that it wasn't all just a dream...

Tuesday, September 16

Return

Well, the full moon was on the day that I left, so... no party for me :(

Coming back from Thessaloniki, my boat docked in Iraklion on Sunday at 2315h, which meant that I couldn't catch a bus to Rethymnon and then Plakias. Not that it made much difference, 'cause I was flat broke - not a cent on me. So, what could I do but hike to the highway (took me about 45 minutes) and hitch a ride. At midnight. Alone. In my army trousers. What was I thinking? Who's going to stop for a guy like that?
Anyway, optimistic as I am, I waited and sure enough a guy pulled over in a pick-up truck, and dropped me off about 40Km further down the road, since he was turning off the highway. Well, my mood got a bit better, and I thought "Hey, this could work..." So I sat by the road for a couple of hours, watching the cars whiz by me...
There was apparently an accident some 10Km back from where I was, because I saw a police cruiser flashing the blue lights followed by an ambulance, and some time later a fire truck, and finally a tow truck... "Too bad" I thought, but at least I can hope that the cops will give me a lift, reasoning that they will not be afraid to pick up a stranded hitchiker in the middle of the night. Guess what. I was wrong and bored, so I got up and started walking. After about 25 minutes, slap bang in the middle of nowhere, a taxi driver stopped and gave me a ride to Rethymnon. HappyHappyJoyJoy!!! I'm almost home...
Off the highway, on to the smaller road, around 0400h, I started walking to keep the cold and boredom away, and tried to hitch a ride with the few vehicles that passed by... Tough luck, I ended up walking for 15Km before a guy stopped and went out of his way to drop me off in Plakias (Thank you!)... By that time it was 0645 - mere 7 hours for a 120Km trip... My ankle was hurting, my muscles sore, but I got into the shop (good thing I had the keys), took a bike and rode it to Selia, and hugged the bed.............

Tuesday, September 9

Break

Last day before I leave for Thessaloniki to take an exam, but I'll be back in Plakias and the Youth Hostel crew... Before that, we will have another full moon party tonight... pics to follow :)

Wednesday, August 13

Beach party

We had a beach party two days ago - you know, full moon, fire, alcohol... John came up with the idea, Amy and myself took care of the firewood, and everyone brought booze. It was quite nice, at one point almost all the people from the youth hostel were there - around 50 guys & gals having a nice time...

Anyway, here are some of the photos. There will be some more as soon as they are developed/scanned

(Note to self: relink photos)

Monday, July 28

OK. The first batch of photos is here.

I went to the Preveli beach, which is a 13km ride from where I'm staying, but a good part of it is on a dirt track - this made for a relatively exciting bike ride to the spot. The last part (around 5 minutes) is walking up and down some steps, since there is no road to the beach, which makes it even more of an oasis. There is also a photo of a cave entrance, which is actually a tunnel that leads to an opening in the cliffs above the sea. From the little clearing, the tunnel continues until it reaches a small cave that is open to the sea, but it enters it somewhere between the ground/sea level and the roof, so I couldn't descend in it without any equipment. I'll go there again in some time, hopefully with a better camera...

(Note to self: relink photos)

Wednesday, July 23

Whassup...

Crete is great...

Sunday, June 15

It is still very, very hot.

Got another exam on Tuesday, and after that, I leave for Crete on Saturday - that means I'll be AFK for quite a while...
The sad news are that the Dialeti 17 crew is splitting up. We're leaving the apartment, but we will be spending the summer on Crete, kind of a nice way to part... or not - who knows what lies ahead...

Sunday, June 8

Saturday, May 24

Ahhh.... there we go!

The last lecture of my university studies was held yesterday, and all that's left is the exam period that starts in a week... Soon, I will have finished this arduous task of getting a university degree.

Monday, May 19

Yes, I know, it's been a while...

Well, today is the beginning of the last week of this, last, semester. We're all hyped up and stressed and nervous and busy and.... finishing assignments, getting ready for exams, thinking about what are we going to do with our lives, whether we'll find a job, where will we find a job... WhatCanISay....

Monday, May 5

Back in Thessaloniki!

Easter vacation went according to expectations (more or less), and we're all back at Dialeti 17! The weather is summer-like, and the atmosphere in the house is like one year ago, when we first moved in. Thats the good stuff. The bad stuff is that there's coursework waiting... Mngrrrh! Well, at least it's the last bunch...

Wednesday, April 16

Two more days...

Dejan and I are leaving on Friday, which means that Saturday morning we'll be in Belgrade. Finally. I am tired of lectures and lecturers, assignments and projects... I want to see Belgrade and my friends...

There's an interesting phenomenon that occurs whenever I return to Belgrade from Thessaloniki: the first two days I'm amazed by the beauty of women in Belgrade... It's amazing how criteria can drop when you are exposed to different standards.... We were commenting on that today - there was a girl at the University that we "rated" as attractive, but when we applied the northern standards, the rating dropped drastically. What can I say.

Wednesday, April 9

Background

Added some new content!I stumbled upon some photos of my mates, and decided to put them up here... Welcome guys :)

Besides that, there were some job interviews that City organized, and out of those, only KPMG made some sense... But still, I don't expect much out of it... "we will keep in touch"... riiiight.

What else? We have a new nickname for John. Since his full name is John Warwick Zourmpakis, which when translated into serbian, (minus the last name) is Jovan Ratko, or JR. This closes the circle to Mali (little one, kid), which is what he call him around the house. Shit, I just realised that I didn't tell you why we call him Mali! Here goes...

Some time before Dejan and I met John, we were shopping in IKEA. We stumbled upon some nifty cups and bought three each. Since that was the period when we discussed finding a flat together, we joked about having a complete set of six when we move in... Few minutes and jokes (about living together) later, we were in the kids' department of the huge IKEA store in Thessaloniki, and looking at various junk they have there for kids. Someone picked up a toy of some sort and jokingly said "Shall we get this for the kid?" and so on. A while after that, I met John, and since he was also looking for a new flat, we all met and decided to move in together like a nice little family... I doubt that he could have expected that we had a nickname for him even before we met!

Tuesday, April 8

Hmmmm....

Just figured out that my ISP offers hosting.... DUH!!! No more Tripod ads ;)

Monday, April 7

Lament

It is snowing??!?!?! As for the assignment storm, it died down a bit, so I can chill for a while, but not for too long...

Anyway... counting days to Easter. Going to Belgrade for two weeks or so. Another 14 or so hours on the train, accompanied by two border crossings, equaling a grand total of 4 sets of customs officers, police officers, and any other officers you can imagine. (For those wondering why 4 sets - exit Greece, enter FYROM, exit FYROM, enter Serbia). I wish I could afford a plane ticket. It is soooo much better.... no hassle, plus from door to door it's at most three hours.

Almost forgot... got my ass kicked in tavli.... 9-13 is the current score... I have to practice my dice throwing skills ;)

Saturday, March 29

Disastah

We had a flood yesterday... a pipe burst in the bathroom. Johnny, bless him, went out today and bought a replacement, so we had a lot of fun putting it in place... We are all wet, but at least all is functional now...

Ana beat me in tavli yesterday, now it's 4-2 :)

Wednesday, March 26

Procrastination

Unbelieveble.... no matter how much time given in advance, we always leave work for the last moment.... An interesting phenomenon. Another asignment handed in.... per aspera ad astra! Yeah, right.

Monday, March 24

Backgammon

Ana said she's good in playing tavli... "I hope you are not a sore loser".... Suffice it to say that up to date the score is 4-1 in my favour.

Saturday, March 22

I finished rearranging my room tonight...

Two days of carpentry, painting (then waiting for stuff to dry), and moving furniture around. And the dust! I didn't believe my eyes when I saw the amount of dust lying forgotten under some pieces of futniture!! Anyway, the worst part is over, all that is left are some lights and hanging stuff around (speakers, phone...) Some other day...

Nenad is coming over tonight, so we're gonna sit & chill out a bit, to test the new room, and John went to get a PS2, so we're probably going to get stuck playing all night... And there's an assignment to do, rugby practice to go to... I am such a responsible person, aren't I?

Wednesday, March 19

Goin' out?

Dejan is DJing at InSide tonight, something like a test-run.... We'll see how it goes...

Tuesday, March 18

Rant

Assignments, assignments and more assignments in line. Just handed in the first one yesterday, after being raped by the PC. Cutting the long story short, the temp folder filled up since the CD burning prog didn't erase its files, so there was 0 bytes free on the HD... result? Chaos. Spent about an hour on the phone with Belgrade, until we came to the solution... Printed the bloody thing and raced off to hand it in. Pffff.

Other than that, some interesting things were and are happening on the personal plan, but I guess it doesn't belong here... (T. eat your heart out!!!) Suffice it to say that things are going good ;) which is more than I can say for Johnny... he's confused, as usual. We've watched Ice Age again yesterday, and he still refuses to accept that Sid the sloth was based on him... ;)))

More will be posted later, since further details about the case may hinder the ongoing investigation ;)

Oh, and by the way, I am finally content with the plans for rearranging my room, and will start the works late this week... All hail mighty 3DMax.

As I am reminded by a visitor in the guestbook (bravo T, you are the first :) Dejan has new sneakers. I personally think they are too "space gear"-like, but he enjoys them very much, and that's what's important.....

Added a new link to the links page.... some things about rugby...

Wednesday, March 12

Tuesday, March 11

Now hosting at Tripod....

Yes, I hate ads too, but the other place where I hosted until now is sooo sloooow. This way, it won't be such a drag to update, so we can expect more frequent posts to this page :) Plus, there is that "notify me of updates" button in the top right corner, so you can receive mail whenever I add something here - useful thingy...

If anyone out there is willing to give me a few megs somewhere, I'd be eternaly grateful...

Thursday, March 6

Phew... been offline for a while.

Check this: we haven't paid our phone bill, and the phone company decides to cut us off. Ok, fine. But they did something weird - since we have ISDN, they cut only our digital line, so we cannot dial from the PC, while the normal phone lines work. No biggy, you might say, go pay the bill and everything is OK. Riiight. We had no idea that they cut us off, since the phones worked fine. I thought that there was something with the settings of our provider, so I call their tech support - they say everything is fine here, you have a problem with your computer. No shit Sherlock. I spent a grand total of a few hours holding for various tech supports, and they were all utterly confused by my situation. I even had people from the phone company come and replace the ISDN network terminator, still with no results.... When John went to pay the bill, he explained that we cannot "call internet", but that our phones work, this is what happened:

Clerk:
"No, your phone is cut off, so it can't be working"

John:
"But..."

Clerk:
"No, your phone is cut off, so it can't be working"

John:
"Ok, it doesn't work."

We are very curious about our next phone bill - will they charge us for the calls we made while are phone was "not working" :)))

Thursday, February 20

Time for an update

The semester has begun, which means I have classes Monday through Thursday. Fortunately, Fridays are off, so I can seek shelter and comfort in the long weekend. Blah. On average, from 18 to 21h, I have to go and sit there and listen to all kinds of business related stuff, which is not that interesting. Well... if that's why I'm here, that's what I'll do.

Otherwise, things are just peechy. Money is... it's... mnggggh I don't wanna think about money now... it brings me down. Weather... that's always safe. Thessaloniki is suffering from a mild case of snowfall... People here are just not used to snow. The pavements aren't ment to be used in wet weather. They are slippery. Extremely. I've managed not to fall until now, and I hope that I won't. But some scenes that you can see on the streets... just outrageous. When I used to live in another area of town, on a hill, every winter day was an opportunity to observe something amazing and unique.

The guys? Excellent... Dejan came a week ago, with a fresh haircut and chocolate (i kutijom onih bananica... jaoooo). In chocolate we trust. It never lets you down.

Wednesday, February 12

Computers...

When I woke up today, all I wanted was to play some music from my PC, and go make myself a coffee. Yeah, right. Malo sutra prijatelju. I press the power button on the bloody box, and it turns on for two seconds and then dies. Unplug the box, wait a few seconds to reset the power supply, try again, same result. Shit. There I am, thinking, which part of this hellspawn machine made a short circuit mess... Open the case, check the motherboard, unplug the drives, remove PCI cards, still dies immediately. Take the MB out, still the same. Hmmm. Must be the power supply. Take it out, open the fucker, clean tons of dust, check out various capacitors and such, nothing suspicious. "Fake" the power-on signal by shorting two leads on the ATX connector - power supply revs up normally. Fan spinning. Voltmeter in hands, I inspect individual leads on the connectors, all the voltages are there. OK. As Johnny often says, "I'm confused". Everything still in pieces, I connect the ATX connector to the MB, punch the power button, and it spins up, CPU fan and all. Fine, I say, it's just one of those "switch off/switch on and it works" phenomena, just a bit spiced up. So, I assemble everything, plug in all the peripherals and give it a go, and it just goes zzzzz-click. Back to square one. AAAARGGH! This time, I just take the ATX power supply lead, fake the power-on and measure the voltages again. The -12 wasn't there for a sec, but then it came back. Hell, I think, maybe I didn't make good contact with the probes. Put the connector back in it's place, everything works. Good.

Puzzled, but happy, I think "maybe it's a good idea to remove that modem that I'm not using, and rearrange the PCI cards since my LAN card is too close to the graphics card's fan..." So I do that. Boot up, and behold! Linux does not see the sound and LAN cards. Neither do Windows. Linux can see the secondary graphics card, but it doesn't use it - no picture on my secondary monitor. Hmmm.... After spending some time trying to configure my sound card, I just plug the modem back in, and everything works fine. Reviving the secondary display took another 40 or so minutes...

And all I wanted was some Massive Attack and a coffee. Was that too much to ask?

Later on, I found out that my mobile phone decided to switch itself off, right when I was expecting a call. Fortunately I saw it was off not long after the last time I used it.

I guess this is just one of those days...

Monday, February 10

Relief

Phew! There's finally cash in my account. Got tired of eating spaghetti and such. On to the supermarket!!!! How much? 45 Euro? Maaan.... this stuff better last a good while... Cash - 480, bills 204, rent 135.... I'll be broke again before I know it :(

Dejan is in Belgrade, Johnny is taking an exam, and I am boooooored, since I got up spontaneously at 9h in the morning, and there's nothing to do.... 'haps I'll go out to do the Greek thing - sit in a caffe, and drink a frappe (for the ignorant, check the coffee howto, link is below). Baaahhh.

Sunday, February 9

Did I mention I play rugby?

No? Today was our first practice after the Xmas break... Only four of us were there (David, Matt, Tim and me), but it felt good - my body is happy it got out of the sofa and onto the pitch. Anyway, rugby in Greece is not very popular, as you can imagine, but it's growing...

Tuesday, February 4

Sleep

Johnny and Dejan (flatmates) let me sleep the other night, as in didn't wake me from my afternoon nap :) This resulted in me waking up at 7 am the following day. Now it is 13:50, and I haven't slept since 7 o'clock yesterday. I feel good. Coffee helps. Oh, while we're on the subject, go check out the linux coffee howto. Where was I? Ah, sleeping. Funny - my sleeping habits got completely twisted around when I came to Greece. I keep wondering what's the reason.... Anyway, here I am, typing away happily on my freshly reinstalled (with a lot of hassle.... again) linux box... Whatcanisay...

Monday, February 3

Me happy!

WAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Last of the exams for this semester is over and done with!