Friday, December 28, 2007


I wrote this earlier:

Today is Christmass (25th of December)! It's about 1:04 AM here (Nuseni, a small vilage in Romania). I still have all my cloks (phone, iPod and laptop) set to the Copenhagen time. That was 12:05... and... somehow I find it funny. I've been in Romania for an entire week now. I'm listening to a nice movie soundtrack song. I don't know who's singing it. I just finished watching the movie.
The movie (it's very violent, I tell you now)... this is what I've been writing the introduction for. It just ain't any kind of movie. It was dirrected by Martin Scorsese. Why is it entitled "The Departed"? I couldn't build a straight answer to that question. Maybe I would look for one on Google when I get to Oradea or if I remember next time I access to the INTERNET. It's a movie that doesn't build much emotion. It just lets you sit in your spectator chair and see everything except for the characters thoughts. A part of those thoughts, but mostly the feelings are expressed in the shrink sequences. You can see the pressure in there minds in the way they interact, the way the characters play roles(not the actors... a thing that I find great... you don't very much get to see the actors, you see the characters( :D now Johnny Bravo would say: "Enough about you, let's talk about me")... at least that is what happened to me). I think that evendough it is a cop movie it's more of a tragedy. In the end everybody who had anything to do with the case dies. Those who remain are the ones ho had no implication. I think that the scenario was very well built... calculated. It's not like other so called "good movies" that skip some relevant information or mix it up just to puzzle you (it's a stupid confuzion that some dirrectors take advantage of in todays movies, what I'm saying is that it isn't the case here). You'll see situations, facts, behaviors, reactions, all put togeder in a realistic and defined shape. Oh yeah... "big words". Well, I may say those are big atributes but not cheap words. Realistic? If you watch the movie you'll see it for yourself... everything is a "cause and effect" chain. Deffined shape? Every situation and every character is displayed rough and raw, nothing is given more or less importance than your eyes require. Nothing dissipates. Everything becomes a solid mass in the end(I don't mean corpse :D). You's like a chess game. The more you play it with somebody, the more you get to know your opponent and you would be a big fool if you don't realise that he also gets to know you. In another way: in the begining everything has an order for those who know nothing of what is going on on the table. After they get inside they have their own games against the others who were driven in the game and they start to learn the big game(the one in which they were all pushed), but unfortunately, when they get to know their pattern they die... because... you don't sacrifice a chess piece unless you make a good plan to back that sacrifice and you push new characters into the action... and a pawn can become a queen... now that I worte this I just remembered that the name of the captain who was leading the investigation was Queenan... so... I think that those/the one who wrote the scenario were/was thinking about chess (Could Mister Castello be a rock? now it becomes kind of obvious).The music... it comes in to bring life into some moments... some key moments or just put sugar in the chaos. Yes, chaos. Usualy problems are more difficult when you take action in order to solve them than before you do... I know that I told you something that you knew(this one goes to those who are smarter). Just forget it! Watch the movie!
When this will be posted it won't be Christmass anymore so: Happy new year!


It's been some time since I wrote about that movie... :D since then I've been to some places :D (Bistrita, then snowboarding in Borsa and now again Bistrita. Who knows what tomorrow will bring...)

Friday, December 14, 2007

eyes cracked... for a dual boot configuration

7 hours of tests and quests. If you ever want to make a dual boot configuration avoid doing what I did as much as possible... that is installing Windows XP after Windows Vista was installed. It might be better to install first the XP and Vista after. I didn't try that.
After I installed XP my computer couldn't boot Vista anymore. After I got Vista back to life the XP was dead.
Anyway if you ever do my mistake(which wasn't realy a mistake because I bought my laptop with Vista... but now I want to be able to use an application that requires XP) here is a solution:
Open a command prompt and write these commands there (but before you write them put your Vista DVD in):
E:\boot\Bootsect.exe /NT60 All <--- E is the DVD drive from my laptop, you should replace it with yours if it ain't the same

C:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "WINDOWS XP" <--- C is the drive where my Vista was installed. Replace it with yours. You can write whatever you want instead of WINDOWS XP

C:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=D: <------D is the drive where my Windows XP was installed. Replace it with yours.

C:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr
C:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast

Now, the source where I found this solution said that it shoul work after this. If both OS work then you don't have to read further. In my case one didn't work. I don't know what happened. When I restarted the computer I was able to chose and load Vista. I restarted again to check on XP. I chose an"earlier version of windows" and got an error concearning NTLDR . It said that the file was missing or corrupt, and I couldn't load XP anymore. Later I found the solution to this:
In Windows Vista run the command prompt as an administrator.
bcdedit /enum active
and press Enter. You should see "Windows Legacy OS Loader" somewhere at the end of the lyst
there's an identifier called {ntldr} ... it's the one taht you've been working with earlier. Now under the identifier is the device... if what is written next to the device (on the same line cause it is more like a property) is anything else but "boot" then you should make it "boot". You do that like this:
bcdedit /set {ntldr} device boot

you should check if everything is the way you want it by writing again the command
bcdedit /enum active

now you should be able to run both OS... if you're not... sorry... that's all I know;
else, you're welcome!

one of the best jokes

-Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas?
-Because OCT31 = DEC25.

For those who don't know: OCT stands for the octal numeration system and DEC is the decimal numeration system.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Hi everybody!

I didn't show up around here for some days, but it's better than not posting anything for months, isn't it? May - October= my dark age of blogging. I have an excuse: I had no problems. Now I got one. I'm sick... to be more acurate: I'm homesick. That's just because the 16th of December is so close that I can't wait to see myself at home.
Now, what I've been doing these days wasn't much different from what I do everyday (go to work, go for walks, listen to music, read and so on...) but two days ago I remembered something. In December, last year, I was listening for the first time to Fabrizio de Andre. His name might have already told you that he's an Italian. Actualy he was (he passed away in '99). He was a songwriter and a singer. The first song that I've listened to, sang by him was Don Raffae (while watching a video from a wedding). I asked a friend: "Who's singing this song?", and he said: "Oh, it's Fabrizio de Andre.". I went looking for any songs that I could find attached to his name. And I found a few songs.
Here is a video of a live performance (song:Don Raffae) ...
Stop the radio at the right top of the page before you press play!

On my iPod I have another performance that sounds a little more alive.
What I did when I remembered this artist was to ask my sister to send me the songs that I had in Romania and so she did.
The joy taht I felt when I heard "Geordie" again, after almost an year... I have no words for it. Just listen:

The next one might make you want to dance/jump or something: Volta la carta

The lyrics of the next song are great! If you speak Italian you might like the song very much: Preghiera in gennaio

Now if that might be the case, I don't want to bore you so I'll just give you some links to other songs just in case you like the ones you've listened to:
Il sogno di Maria:
La canzone di Marinella:
La ballata dell'amore cieco:

I could give you more, but I think that if you like these songs you will look for more without my help.
Have a Great day!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Till Dawn

Last night I had a long messenger chat with Raluca. I don't exacly remember what was the time when I turned on my laptop, but we've been talking and "sharing" youtube until about 3:00 AM (that was 4:00 AM for her because she's in Romania). Among other things she showed me, there was this band that I started to like. It's name is Royksopp. I don't know what it comes from, but their music is great, even as simple as it appears to be. When I was a kid, I've seen one of their videos on the French tv channel MCM, but I didn't pay much attention to it because I found it a little bit dull at that time. I was still listening to it anyway because of it's calm feeling. The title is Poor Leno. You'll find it here:
The folowing ones are some that I realy enjoy listening to. It's a great feeling. It's like a spring's end morning... or an early summer morning. Take it as you like 8-} .
Before you press play, you might want to stop the radio in the right top of the page. It won't stop by itself.

It's clear that the guys who made the videos are very openminded and they carry great and heavy plastic bags full of imagination in their heads.

By the way :D, today I've been doing some shoppings and when I was on my way home I've seen an old man who had a hat on his head. On the hat there was a skull printed. Under the skull it was written: "Skull inside". I realy think that old people can be more childish than youngsters (maybe because youngsters like to be regarded as mature guys/girls).

Now, back to our night chat! I showed her a flash animation, it wasn't too much of a great work(who am I to judge that?!)but the message was realy emotional : (it's got no connection to the war vehicle you see in the begining which is just a logo) and then she showed me some more others, but not flash(i'll put links to them at the end of this post) and we've been talking like this until we said "good morning!" and I went to bed... don't know if she did the same.
here are the links that I was talking about: "Howl's Moving Castle" it seems to be a great fantastic story... good music "Les Triplettes de Belleville" nice it seems to be an Oscar winner not much I can say, just watch it
aaaand this: kind of a subtile reality.