Monday, September 29, 2008

Choice Vs. Destiny, freedom vs. fear

Meanwhile, the old man persisted in his attempt to strike up a conversation. He said that he was tired and thirsty, and asked if he might have a sip of the boy's wine. The boy offered his bottle, hoping that the old man would leave him alone.
But the old man wanted to talk, and he asked the boy what book he was reading. The boy was tempted to be rude, and move to another bench, but his father had taught him to be respectful of the elderly. So he held out the book to the man—for two reasons: first, that he, himself, wasn't sure how to pronounce the title; and second, that if the old man didn't know how to read, he would probably feel ashamed and decide of his own accord to change benches.
"Hmm…" said the old man, looking at all sides of the book, as if it were some strange object. "This is an important book, but it's really irritating."
The boy was shocked. The old man knew how to read, and had already read the book. And if the book was irritating, as the old man had said, the boy still had time to change it for another.
"It's a book that says the same thing almost all the other books in the world say," continued the old man. "It describes people's inability to choose their own destinies. And it ends up saying that everyone believes the world's greatest lie."
"What's the world's greatest lie?" the boy asked, completely surprised.
"It's this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That's the world's greatest lie."
"That's never happened to me," the boy said. "They wanted me to be a priest, but I decided to become a shepherd."
"Much better," said the old man. "Because you really like to travel."
fragment from The Alchemist written by Paulo Coelho

I posted this fragment now in order to make a contrast with one of my elder posts about a phenomena that I used to call Cain (click here to read) and what another culture symbolically calls Amalek.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Something that I use to listen to
Everlast - What It's Like

and Letters Home from the Garden of Stone

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Glyptotek Museum

In Copenhagen. They also had a lot of stuff from Egypt, but I didn't put that here, even dough I was very much impressed of it.

from home

Something that I like to do when I'm in Romania

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

In the mood for saying something

I've been feeling a little bit sad in the last few evenings. Of course, listening to Antimatter very much, Royksopp, Lene Marlin and... so on. I won't tell you where the sadness came from, but I'm going to talk about some things that I found. I very much like listening to music in which the acoustic guitar or/and piano are the main instruments. A few minutes ago I was writing to someone (buna Ana! :p) an e-mail about the new Antimatter album "Leaving Eden" and I checked out their page for a few seconds. I know that I haven't seen any of their albums in any store so I looked for the record lable. Found it: Prophecy Records. I went to their web page and... surprise!
The page looks fine, but that wasn't the surprise. As you might have red already, this is what they say about themselves:
"It is Prophecy's basic imperative to release high-quality "eerie-emotional music" in an aesthetically satisfying manner. We are aiming to enchant our customers with beautiful products selected in accordance with good taste.
From the onset, it was Prophecy's philosophy to not limit ourselves to any one genre. Rather, you will find a varied spectrum on our label roster, ranging from dark metal and intense acoustic music to progressive and indie rock. We have never refrained from unconventional music of any stripe as long as it is touching and rousing."

Cool, isn't it? Now that was enough for me to start checking out the music from every band I find there. I didn't finish, but, for now here are the first two bands which impressed me: Klimt 1918 with their album "Just In Case We'll Never Meet Again" and Todesbonden. I didn't go on myspace to check the last name, but I looked for them on youtube. While listening to Todesbonden I scrolled down the videos on the right side of the page aaand this is the surprise that I was writing about earlier: Tarja Turuner! I found some songs sang by her... on a solo album! I just remember now the atmosphere from Rock am Ring this year and I can say that those guys from Nightwish didn't know what treasure they threw away! The song from the link that I gave you here is in Finnish, but even if I don't understand a thing of what she is singing, it makes me feel ... good... and I don't have words for that kind of good.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

For The Good Times

If you find this funny, his name is Ron White. You might want to look for the shows. He's not alone in this... If you look for the Blue Collar Comedy Tour(on youtube maybe) you'll see the others also.
One more:


Friday, September 12, 2008

After a review on algebra

while coming down the stairs I hear Ionuţ (a.k.a. yo' nuts) saying slowly: one is for one, two is for two...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

synaptic revelations

Friday night: "Maybe she's strange because she's not drunk."
this morning:
Me: "Richie, there's some smoke coming out of your mouth from time to time."
He takes the cigarette out of his mouth, blows a smoke and says to me:
"You're crazy."

After a few minutes we were in the elevator on our way back to the classroom. Simmi said he was feeling tired. I tell him:
"Well... you should just go there and pretend you're doing nothing."
"How could I pretend that I'm doing nothing?"
"By doing everything."

Way later:
Cosmin: "And... what's your blackbox going to do?"
Me: "Aaa... we'll put some potatoes in it and in case It won't do what we expect it to do, it will cook the potatoes for us."
This afternoon at the slagter: "Time is outdated."
This is all I remember right now. If Someone out there can tell me more of what I said these days... please! 8-}