For the past four years I have been developing and maintaining a Greek social networking site. Being pretty much a one-developer project, I had to do pretty much everything, from coding, to system administrating, to moderating the content and maintaining order in the site. What made that site attractive were the multiplayer games I built (Backgammon and Cards). As I had to code things in a boatload of programming languages, and as it was my first attempt to make a multiplayer game under time pressure, it was evident that bugs would arise on a frequent basis. As such I installed a bug reporting mechanism in the Backgammon game. The concept was that whenever a player encountered a bug during the game, he or she would click the bug report button. A small popup window would ask them to enter a brief (but as to the point as possible) description of what exactly happened. I would then receive the bug report in my mailbox, with the description of the problem as well as a sheet of technical information from the state of the game.
Needless to say, the vast majority of the bug reports (and when I’m talking vast, I mean more than 90%) had one word in them… “Stuck”. Not very productive, but after a while I got used to them. Some of them were totally irrelevant, some of them were helpful and legit, but some of them (and I received them on a daily basis) were just absurd. During the period of just one week, I collected the descriptions of such bug reports that I received, along with my reply to each one of them. (The submitters never got to see the reply, but you get to see it now). Apologies for my non-greek readers, as most of the reports and replies are in Greek. (Also note that in some, the nickname of the reporter is crucial too).
LefterisB: gia na paiksw prwtos thelete pipa???
admin: Αχ αχ.. είσαι καλός στα παζάρια..
LefterisB: deite to game re zwa
admin: Δεν παίζεις farmville… αυτά που ξέρεις για φάρμες και ζώα να τα ξεχάσεις
LefterisB: 3 fores kai i anafora svinei
admin: σβήνει το καντήλι της, φεύγει απ’τα χείλη της. A cat is pushing a melon out of the lake. Your argument is invalid!
eya111: ΔΕΝ ΕΧΕΙ ΗΧΟ
admin: Βγάλε τις ωτοασπίδες!
KOSTASK_12: ειστε ενα μπουρδελο
admin: θα στείλεις CV?
admin: ντέρτια… ντέρτια.. ντέρτια
MimisX: βγαζει το καλωδιο του ιντερνετ συννεχεια
admin: α τον άτιμο.. γι’ αυτό δεν έχουμε internet…
MimisX: μα σε ολους βγενει το μπλε καλωδιο
admin: είναι όπως στις ταινίες.. το μπλέ ή το κόκκινο;.. το μπλε!
MimisX: ο συμπαιχτης μου εχει φερει πολλες διπλες
admin: άντε.. εσύ φέρε τα μελομακάρονα
MimisX: παιχτης αλλαζει το ζαρι του πως το κανει αυτο
admin: πρώτα βγάζει το ζάρι από το ταμπλώ, και μετά βάζει ένα άλλο στη θέση του.
xapa: gamiete to systima ??? giati
admin: εμάς ρωτάς;.. εσύ τους ψήφισες!
apollon54: an sinexisei etsi to zari tha sas vrisw pali
admin: ε τι να κάνουμε τώρα.. παιδιά.. κακές παρέες.. εμείς για δικηγόρο ή γιατρό το προορίζαμε
apollon54: poutanopaida gamw tis manes sas, kakoxrono na exete
admin: Ακόμα ένα μαργαριτάρι σοφίας στον πακτωλό των χρήσιμων bug reports.
IasonK: exei provlima o ipologistis
admin: Μην ανησυχείς καθόλου. Έχουμε αυτόματο μηχανισμό προώθησης τέτοιων bug reports στο Multirama
admin: Καλό πράμα το καλαματιανό ε;
VaggelisS_5: δωσε μου μια εξαρες
admin: Έχεις ακόμα δύο ευχές…
giorgiocaculli: malakas o paikths
admin: Δεν έχεις ιδέα πόσο…
enrico: O SYMPAIKTHS BRIZEI
dimitrisp_28: filaraki kolise
admin: Για μια στιγμή νόμιζα ότι θα μου ζητούσες 50λεπτο για εισιτήριο…
LIKOSKILLO: POU EINAI OI PETRES???
admin: Στην παραλία… ΟΕΟ;
PopiR: den kanei tipota
admin: Δεν θα έπρεπε πρώτα να σου πω ευχαριστώ..;
PopiR: ta zaria den stamatoyn
admin: Βγάλε τις μπαταρίες τους.. Επίσης και το κουμπάκι που τα ρίχνει βοηθάει.. λέω ‘γω τώρα…
BLAKMAN: o pektis den pezi
admin: Το έχει ανάγει πλέον σε μορφή τέχνης ε;..
MimisX: ο αντιπαλος μου αλλαζει το ζαρι μου και φερνει πολλες διπλες
admin: Με τι στο άλλαξε; Αν στο άλλαξε με Yugo σε έπιασε κορόιδο..
MimisX: μα γιατι αγνοειται ολα αυτα που σας λεμε
admin: Take a wild guess…
MimisX: ο αχιλλεας ο dionisis kai poloi alloi
admin: Ο Πέτρος… ο Άγγελος..
MimisX: εμεις φερνουμε ολο 1ασο και 2δυο ημαρτον
admin: Όταν λες “εμείς”, ποιους εννοείς ακριβώς; Πόσοι είστε; Επίσης το συνηθίζετε όλοι να γράφετε τα νούμερα λεκτικά ξεκινώντας με την αριθμητική τους αναπαράσταση;
NiniS_2: δεν εχω πουλι
admin: είσαι πρώτη επιλογή για φύλακας σε χαρέμι
tasoy: argei o server
admin: καλά, ξεκινήστε το φαί χωρίς αυτόν
zwizwi: provlima fortosis
admin: μας χάλασε το κλαρκ…
GIOTOU23: ME EBRISE O SYMPAIKTHS MOY
admin: Σοκ, Δέος, Απογοήτευση…
AlexandrosP_5: kolise den mporo na pekso ta poulia
admin: Αρχίζει και σαπίζει αυτό το αστείο. No point beating a dead horse…
admin: Για να ξηχάσου;
SpirosP_5: den mporo na pexo xoris na blepo ta poulia
admin: ε μην γίνεις ταχυδακτυλουργός τότε
admin: Τι πράγμα Καθιστέ Ταύρε;
indianos80: KLEBEI OPEKTEIS
admin: Α με συγχωρείς, δεν είχα καταλάβει ότι μίλαγες για το διεθνούς φήμης Black Metal συγκρότημα “Κλέμπεϊ Οπεκτέις”
lucas20: kerdizo kai xano pontous
admin: Τα έχουν αυτά οι δίαιτες…
skebe: exoun provlima ta zaria sas
admin: Τραβάς κάνα ζάρι;
KostasT_18: ekna lathos
admin: 3 φορές το Πάτερ Ημών, και 8 το Πιστεύω..
iliaspitsi: o paixtis auto brizh
admin: αυτό που με εκπλήσσει είναι πως γνωρίζει να βρίζει στη γλώσσα σου!
osassouna: o jimisT vrizei oily asxima
admin: Ο λαδωμένος Πανούσης!
ManosV_3: 8elo na pe3o plakato
admin: Με μπερδεύεις… σεξ στα πλακάκια; σε πλάκα Πηλίου; κάτω από την Ακρόπολη; ή θες να παίξεις έτσι για πλάκα;
admin: Αδειάζουν τοξικά απόβλητα στη λίμνη;
ManosM_7: ante tha xaso
admin: Ας πάει και το παλιάμπελο…
nikss: provlia litoyrgias
admin: Είναι μικρό το χωριό και δεν μας φέρνουν πάντα παπά!
MimisX: ημαρτον πια με τους κλεφτες θα κανετε επιτελους κατι
admin: Έχουμε βγάλει budget για να βάλουμε αντικλεπτικά κουφώματα Europa
MimisX: ημαρτον ολοι μα ολοι ξερουν το κολπο εκτος απο εσας
admin: και εσένα.. προφανώς!
XristinaP_10: pws to kanw auto?
admin: Χρειάζεσαι αλεύρι, αυγά, γάλα και ζάχαρη to begin with…
admin: Υπομονή.. βγαίνω σε λίγο.. καλό θα ήταν να περιμένεις όμως πρώτα λίγο με ανοιχτό παράθυρο να φύγει η μπόχα
nkazantzoglou: kolise re…
admin: Τσου ρε Λάκη….
paris01: αναφορα παιχτη για βρισιμο
admin: You’re doing it wrong…
panagiwtismantzouridis: v b
admin: Volley Ball?.. Visual Basic..?
panagiwtismantzouridis: bcmv cmvnmvhmnvhmnvbnmvbn
admin: Ααα μιλάς Ουαλικά.. sorry.. δεν μιλάμε εμείς όμως…
admin: Τι πόσα;
admin: σκληρέ τύπε…
VasilisM_15: pos peftoun t zaria
admin: Ο Νεύτωνας το έλεγε βαρύτητα…
Efstratios: den paizo
admin: What.. are you 12 or something?
vampiregina: den leitourgei i kinisi
admin: 4 εκατομμύρια οδηγοί στην Κηφισίας μπορούν να σε διαψεύσουν…
admin: είναι τόσο όμορφο αυτό το bug report που δεν χρειάζεται καν σχολιασμό! Αίβγαι!
GiannisS_30: thelw kai gw diples oxi mono aytos
admin: Κωνσταντίνεεεεε μην τις παίρνεις όλες τις διπλές.. Άσε καμία και για τον αδερφό σουυυ
admin: άσε το μήνυμά σου μετά το μπιπ!
imvriotis: eisaste aparadekti
admin: το ίδιο ήταν και ο Μπονάτσος και έγινε θρύλος!
HliasP_2: pernw to 6
admin: οκ.. ακούγεται καλύτερα τώρα;.. για πάρε και το μηδέν..
imvriotis: eisaste telios aparadekti
admin: το ίδιο ήταν και ο Παπαδόπουλος και τώρα τα πίνει στην υγειά μας ρε παιδιά..
DimitriosM_4: poly stimeno re paidia
admin: έλα παραπονιάρη.. την άλλη φορά θα σου δώσουμε εσένα το στύφτη να το στύψεις όσο θες εσύ..
imvriotis: einai aparadekto
admin: Και ο Μπέζος… oh.. who am I kidding..
cyprus-is-greek: sto proigoumeno pegnidi….
admin: previously.. on prison break..
cyprus-is-greek: kerdisa me 5-0 ton palapanas….
admin: building the setting…
cyprus-is-greek: eixa 1020 kai aftos 1380….
admin: τρελλαίνεσαι για cliffhangers ε;
cyprus-is-greek: kai pira mono 25 vathmous. Pos ginete afto?
admin: .. and the plot thickens…
OlgaS_4: δεν μου βγαινουν τα ζαρια
admin: κακή επιλογή sex toy τότε..
ManoliwPoros: apla deite
admin: είσαι τυχερός που έχουμε στην ομάδα μας τον Πητ Παπαδάκο.. Σπαθί των οιωνών.. δώσε μου ενόραση.. oh wait..
SpirosS_8: τωρα μεθενεις????
admin: programmer’s mind explodes…
parnasos: TO PEXNIDI GAMIETE
admin: at least someone gets some…
admin: το τραγουδάκι έλεγε “Tequila”.. όχι “Xeftila”
GiannisS_30: POYLIMENO OU RE
admin: είδες η παράγκα.. να περιμένω να διαβάσω κάπου και τη λέξη “ΚΟΥΡΕΛΑ” στα bug reports σου;
OlgaS_4: den mazeyw
admin: ακόμα νέα είσαι.. κάτσε να πας 60 να δεις πως θα μαζέψεις…
GiannisS_30: POULIMENW DWSE RE DIPLES
admin: έτσι για σπάσιμο δεν σου δίνω ρε διπλές!!
GiannisS_30: THELW EXARES DIPLES
admin: Ω μεγάλε Μανιτού!.. Ο χορός της βροχής σε bug report.. Θυσία έκανες;.. Χοές;..
admin: όχι για να μη λέτε ότι φταίνε τα greeklish μετά..
GiannisS_30: ΑΝΤΕ ΓΑΜΙΣΟΥ ΕΤΣΙ ΠΟΛΙΜΕΝΕ
admin: Όπου ακόμα και οι τρεις τελίτσες θα ήταν πλεόνασμα σαν απάντηση σε αυτό το report
XristinaK_8: thelw diples
admin: OMG!!.. the sickness is spreading!!!
ellant: I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY PARENTS CAN I GO AWAY? PLS?
admin: By all means do so!
vaggos16: I CANT REMOVE THE POULIA
admin: that’s because AVGERINOS is in the premises
tokinezaki: bug den pataei na dwsw pasa
admin: σε είχε υποδείξει ο επόπτης off side για αυτό…
elenam: xanete to pontiki, vlepo dipla ta poulia
admin: και ότι έλεγες ότι ένα mojito πάνω, ένα mojito κάτω, δεν έχει διαφορά
faith: hello angel
admin: This is a direct line to the developer faith! not to God!
john417: ti malakies deixnei
admin: αν εννοείς τις λευκές πιτσιλιές… I know…
ellant: i must go to my cousin’s birthday.ok?
admin: starting next month, we’ll install a psychological support option in the bug report mechanism, but charges will apply..
ellant: den exo internet
darkman: DEN GINETE NA KATHISIS PANO MU
admin: ΕΝΤΑΞΕΙ ΡΕ ΦΙΛΑΡΑ.. ΝΟΜΙΖΑΜΕ ΟΤΙ ΗΣΟΥΝ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΟΣ!
deppsgirl: Kollane ta poulia !!
admin: PLEASE δεν θέλω να ξέρω τι ακριβώς έκανες με αυτά…
RockyBalboa: me vrizei i kyria
admin: ήσουν κακός σκλάβος ε;
esouril: nise to poulikolise eno efera 6 3 kai den emfab
admin: “We’re sorry, the bug report line does not respond to requests made in Suomi”
chakaaleko11: den mouverno ta poulia mou
admin: καλά μη μας threatάρεις κατ’ αυτό τον τρόπο όμως!
Zeus2008: Den kleinei ti zaria stis treis trares k mou zitaei tetarti ELEOS pia ma kala programma exete ftiaksei i vafi malliwsn ELEOS
admin: αν δεν πετύχει η ανταύγεια πάντως έχεις 10% έκπτωση στο επόμενο πεντικιούρ…
happiness_10: pws metakinw ta poulia
admin: Use the force Luke! Use the force!
tl;dr – You’re an idiot!
If you are one of those people who has blindly in the past copied and pasted a message found on the wall of a friend to your own wall giving out dire warnings about hackers invading your account, malicious viruses, dying children, foundations that donate money each time the message is reposted and the like, then I’m sorry to say, but this post here is aimed at you, and it’s aimed hard. It will diss you, it will be derogatory and if you’re easily offended, bite my shiny metal ass.. then as Christian Bale likes to put it: “think for a fucking second”. This one’s for you.. you gullible person!
There’s one very wrong thing with you. And that thing is that you do take anything that you read online for granted. You never even invest a split second to activate your critical thinking and ponder “Hey.. this pile of bollocks I’m reading and urges me to duplicate it on my wall is so outrageously reeking of falsehood that I’d rightfully look like a complete tool if I repost it on my wall”. Noooo.. if your facebook friends posted it, then it must be true right?
But since you’re taking the time to read this post, before you explode from your unjustified rage, allow me to educate you a bit. You are reposting crap like that thinking “hey.. it doesn’t hurt.. and in the remote possibility that the bollocks in the post are true, I’ll feel so justified in the end and rub it in your face you nay-sayers”. In hindsight though, when was the last time you were justified by such a move?.. Think hard.. Harder.. nope.. that wasn’t it.. a bit more.. that’s it.. you’ve NEVER been justified.. yet you still do it
In fact, each and every time you repost such messages (or forward them to all of your mailing list) you are actually spreading a virus. That’s right.. a VIRUS! A virus that infects common sense and is designed to make you look gullible to your friends. Don’t worry, your Hard Disk and your Facebook account are safe… though I highly doubt that you should be allowed to own a facebook account, let alone a computer…
Let’s take some examples at this point and work them out a bit, starting from the famous “your favourite FREE service, that you have grown so addicted to -since you’ve been using it for years on a daily basis- decides to start charging you through the nose unless you post this dire warning to your wall”. And let’s also disregard the fact that somewhere on the webpage of the service there’s a clear disclaimer by the service’s developers that the service has always been and will always be free. Disregard also the fact that the financial power of said services lies in the sheer amount of people using it and charging the users for your service would seriously cripple your user base.. especially since there’s a metric fuckton of “still free” alternative services out there. If you decided to base your financial model on getting money from your users, would you really go about offering a way to circumvent the payment.. to everyone? My.. that’s a spectacularly brilliant business model there. Oh, and while we’re at it, keep in mind that if you are not paying for it, you are NOT the customer. You are the product!
But wait.. it doesn’t really matter, because it *WAS ON THE NEWS*!!!.. so it must be true. Of course, you have absolutely no idea what news those were. TV? Radio? Newspapers? Site?.. Did you see a source citation? or a link to the news post? Well, here’s a revelation.. You are an idiot.. and it’s true because it was also on the news..And unlike you, I can cite my sources: http://www.youareanidiot.org/
In the meantime I find your total disregard for grammar and context amusing. Especially when the aforementioned dire warning has reached you, hilariously google-translated, to your own language. Oh it doesn’t matter that when “facebook’s price grid” (which already makes hardly any sense) gets google-translated to the equivalant of “facebook’s honor iron-fence” and is as relevant to the context of the message as an iPod on King Arthur’s round table. Not only you spread around bogus crap, it doesn’t even make sense. And if for some unfathomable reason it does make sense to you, you don’t spend even the time to correct it to something that even remotely resembles something articulate.
Another amusing thing is the temporal vagueness and the time-paradoxes of such messages. Especially for virus warnings that were supposedly issued by entities that have nothing to do with virus intelligence (such as CNN).. *yesterday*. Right.. guess what, after a month that gullible people like you keep circulating the message it will still say that it was mentioned on CNN yesterday… time surely moves slow if you’re a tool.. Which is also the case with serious messages and calls for help and blood donations.
Seriously.. do a bit of research before blindly reproducing things on your wall. That little kid who is about to die in the hospital because the doctors expect it to kick the bucket within the week unless she gets an ample supply of blood. That might very well be a true case and true enough, the last time I saw such a message with a kid having a week’s margin to get blood I did my research and found out that there is indeed such a kid and had indeed a need for blood… but 5 years ago… Imagine now that the kid prolly didn’t make it.. and yourself becoming a link in the huge chain that will try to make sure that somehow the kid’s parents will bump upon the said message and feel.. OH SO HAPPY about it..
Moving on to another favourite type of messages, the ones I call pity-hoaxes. That little girl in Namimbia who has 3 legs, half a testicle and dundruff on her bellybutton plus needs money to undergo a sex change operation (yeah I exaggerate, let’s go with what’s really on the hoax message wich is a little girl who has developed brain cancer because her father was beating her on her head). Naturally, a very pious and generous organization like say the Make-A-Wish foundation will step up and donate 7 cents for the cause each time someone forwards or pastes the message on their wall. Seriously.. try to be rational just for a wee bit here. Imagine that *YOU* are the Make-a-Wish foundation, and you have expressed the interest to donate a pile of money to the family of the little girl (because if the father abuses his daughter he deserves to get the money right?). And let’s assume that you have miraculously found a way to monitor half a billion facebook accounts to see who has reposted the message. Would you go in all that trouble setting up a vague attempt over an indefinite amount of time instead of ..oh I don’t know.. giving the money straight to the family? Or has it occured to you that even if this was trully legitimate you’d be risking ending up giving 35 billion dollars for a single surgery? (assuming that everyone on facebook reposted the message). Hell.. for 35 billion dollars I’d undergo brain surgery even if my brain’s fine.
What.. you don’t believe me? See what Make-A-Wish foundation has to say about that on their website: http://www.wish.org/about/fraud_alerts Stings like a bitch.. ain’t it?
You might be wondering right now, why I’m all fussed about this. What’s the big deal? It doesn’t hurt really.. it’s just two clicks and who knows.. you might be saving a life for all you know. Please do realize that your gullibility is *DANGEROUS*. If you make it a habbit reproducing information you discover online or hear on the grapevine without first checking for its validity, then you have to realize that all you do is spread false terror, possibly endangering people by exposing them to false information and waste the precious time of the people that will have to go about and undo what you have helped create. Next thing you know, you’ll be sharing your passwords, credit card numbers and bank account information to scammers who’ll be able to fool you with the oldest and most obvious tricks in the book. Not to mention of course the damage you have inflicted upon your credibility, sense and critical thinking because seriously.. I’m torn between either facepalming or laughing at you…
So, if you’ve reached this far and you can still control your hissy fit and rage tendencies, here’s a bit of advice for you the next time you bump into such a message and feel the uncontrollable desire to share it on your wall. 99.9% of the times, what you read is a hoax. But don’t take my word for granted. Go to a hoax busting site like www.snopes.com or www.hoax-slayer.com and search for the message you received. Read about it and be amazed at how old some of those hoaxes are.
Teach yourself to think and face the information with a critical mind. If a dire warning is poorly constructed, syntactically and grammatically then that’s a surefire indication that something’s wrong. If the message is enriched with supposed “credible” sources like news networks or large company websites, look for a link to the source article on those sites. If there’s none to be found.. it’s a hoax. Same goes with dates. If the time is being mentioned as “yesterday” or “last night” or “last week” etc, then it’s a hoax.. or at the very least, severely outdated.
And now, you can safely consider yourself enlightened. If you’re still holding back to your anger, then do the world a favor and the next time you bump upon such a message, point the person who reproduced it to this post. Won’t make you very popular, I know.. but you’d be doing the right thing.
PS: About that guy in Brazil who died after masturbating 42 times in a row… I submit to thee.. that if the guy is indeed dead after 42 consecutive succesful masturbation attempts… who the fuck was counting and reported it?!?!?
I’m sometimes having fun with the confusion derived from words that escape one language’s dictionary boundaries and appear on another’s. Especially when a native speaker of the former encounters the word of the latter as a learner. This sentence alone must have probably confused the hell out of you, But let me give you an example to clarify it a bit (or confuse you even more). Take for instance the word “Empathy”. It’s a direct copy into the English dictionary from the Greek word “Εμπάθεια” (empatheia). Weirdly enough though, the word is the only thing that was carried into the English dictionary, as the meaning of the word was radically changed.
In English, empathy is the capacity of a living being to recognize and, to some extent, share feelings (such as sadness or happiness) that are being experienced by another sentient being. another sentient being. In Greek though, it means the negatively biased predisposition of a person towards another, leading the former to perform unjustifiably negative actions towards the latter.
Things get even more perplexed, when the English version of “Empathy” attempts to cross over back to the Greek dictionary through influential media, such as movies, TV series, books and scientific documents. Not long ago, during a D&D session with my buds, it struck me as peculiar, and I wondered out loud why the meaning in English got diversified, and following that, what is the actual Greek word that conveys the meaning that “Empathy” does in English.
The reaction pretty much confused the party, as we got divided in factions (or fractions considering we were just 6 people) who in turns believed that both the Greek and the English word have the same meaning (either the English or the Greek meaning), that the word has different meanings depending on the language and finally the “I don’t have a fucking clue” ordeal. A trip to various online dictionaries, definitions and wikipedia solved the mystery once and for all.
Oh, and the Greek word that conveys the same meaning as the English “Empathy” is “Ενσυναίσθηση” (Ensyinaisthisi).
Recently I’ve also been thinking, due to discussions and situations I’ve been in, why the hell people in relationships say that they’re jealous of one another when it comes to possessiveness, fear of loss and the sentiment of uniqueness. I’ve always known “Jealousy” to be the sentiment of desiring the material or immaterial benefits someone else is having. As such it struck me as peculiar the usage of the word in such a situation. I mean, if you’re acting all “jealous” towards your significant other based on suspicion that he or she might be flirting with somebody else, or even cheating on you, what are you actually jealous of? The other person who gets the attention of your significant other, even if that other person is just a suspicion and might be a figment of imagination. But you also have the attention. So why be jealous of something you already have?
Well, apparently the whole wording issue comes again to create more confusion. The word “Jealousy” in English derives from the French word “jalousie” with the same meaning which in turn derives from the vulgar Latin word “zelosus” (meaning full of zeal) and which in turn derived from the Greek word “Ζήλος” (zelos) which means .. well surprise surprise… “Zeal”. And for the completists here, borrowing a bit again from wictionary, zeal is the fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.
As the Greek word for “jealousness” is “Ζήλια” (Zilia) and it also derives from the word “Ζήλος” (zelos, zeal) I can make a vague connection, especially through the “fervor or tireless devotion for a person” how the word “jealousy” came to express all those emotions and acts within a relationship. Which in the end made me realize that my belief that the word was wrongly used to describe such sentiments and acts was flawed, and switched my query all upside down. So if being “jealous” actually refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something that the person values, such as a relationship, friendship, or love, how the fuck did the other sentiment of desiring someone else’s material or immaterial possessions, often while degrading our own came into the equation?. Especially since both in English and Greek there is a very specific word for that. Envy (Φθόνος [Fthonos]).
Oh well, fuck me sideways, but I can’t make heads or tails of how jealousness and envy got all mixed up, but I suppose in the end I’m not jealous. I’m just akin to the sixth mortal sin. Does that make me a bad person? =P
Right.. and so I just returned back from the movies. I watched Tron: Legacy, a movie I was anticipating all year long. Before I went to watch it, I did some prep work by watching the first Tron. Funny thing though.. I thought I had seen Tron like a thousand years ago. Turns out it didn’t ring any bell whatsoever, which led me to the revelation that I hadn’t so far watched Tron, which in itself is quite a blasphemous thing considering I am a sci-fi aficionado.
So I sat through the first movie, whispering to myself “Oh the humanity” having to endure not just 1982′s visual effects, which were probably the dog’s bollocks back in the day, but through totally uninspired dialogues, slow pace, plot holes and a script that was so weak, it couldn’t lift its own super market bags.
But I can’t really be impartial, since it took me some good 28 years before I watched the movie. It is a classic, it has pioneered a lot in visual effects, not to mention that it basically gave birth to Perlin Noise.
So once I was clued in about the story and events in Tron, I went along with my good friend Spirit (or Quivering Palm if you’re into EVE Online), and watched Tron: Legacy in 3d. Wasn’t really keen (and generally are not) on watching it in 3d, but all “2d” showings were really early on. There was a disclaimer in the beginning of the movie that not all scenes were actually 3d enhanced. It turns out that the only 3d enhanced scenes are the ones inside The Grid™, while everything else is plain old 2d. But even the 3d enhanced scenes were mostly not noticeable. In the end I tried watching the movie without the 3d glasses, which worked fine for the most part, and was forced to wear them on the “enhanced” scenes in order to save myself from the blurred picture you get for not having a third eye… All in all the 3d enhancements were meh.. and I felt like I was robbed of the extra money that the 3d showing costs compared to the plain 2d one.
Which brings me to the real 3d work done on the movie, and I’m talking of course about the modeling, animation, rendering and special effects. The animators must have been working like bees to cope with the amount of effects and 3d work needed for this movie. While not seeming “phenomenal” to the untrained eye, there is tons of work and inspiration behind them and it gives the movie the fresh “retro” look that is needed to convey the cultural impact set in place by the first movie. Lots of kudos for the 3d modeling and animation of the young Jeff Bridges/C.L.U. The result was stellar, and even though, having a keen eye on all sorts of graphical things, could tell that it was actually CG, it nearly fooled me.
What really lifted the movie a lot was the music. Solely written by Daft Punk, it is mostly electronic combining orchestral sounds and variating on the movie’s main theme. I did listen to the movie soundtrack prior to seeing the movie, which led me to the conclusion that it was a batch of relatively easy listening music, very well produced, but totally boring. However, along with the movie, the visuals and the sound effects the music was actually very fitting and it gave a very good impression.
What really cripples the movie is what crippled the first movie. Bleak dialogues, weak script and an uninteresting plot. The only thing that is interesting is the twist in the final scenes in the grid, which if was expanded throughout the movie, it could easily lift Tron: Legacy in being in one of the top movies ever alongside The Matrix.
All in all Tron: Legacy is not a bad movie, but it’s not a movie that either stands out, or lives up its hype. Definitely worth to see for its effects.
Just as the world is holding their collective breath in anticipation for NASA’s scheduled press conference regarding their Astrobiology related findings that are said to have a severe impact on the search for evidence of Extraterrestrial life, I found the chance to upload one of my old tracks. In fact it’s the first tune I’ve ever made for an ASD demo in 2002, after which I officially joined ASD. The demo in question is called Edge of Forever . The tune has several snippets from the movie Contact with Jodie Foster which is among my most favorite movies of all time and it’s my little tribute to the movie and Carl Sagan.
Yes people… We are not alone!aMUSiC - We Are not Alone
This downtempo – triphoppy tune was made in a hurry for a little game by ASD based on the Rupture rendering engine called Seconds to Nothing . Wouldn’t call this a masterpiece by no means, but there’s something about it that makes me wanna listen to it on repeat. Incidentally, it was made to seamlessly loop as it was meant to be a game soundtrack. Enjoy.aMUSiC - Scalpel
We’ve been carrying this baby in our proverbial bellies for quite a few months now, and we’re now having contractions. The baby is kicking and wants to come out and we’re just about ready to go into labor.
Leviathan came over late yesterday night, and as such I couldn’t mix the guitars in the track using my trustworthy Fostex monitors, so I had to revert to the menial method of the 5 headphones. I’ve got 5 sets of headphones laying around, from a borrowed set of Sennheiser monitor headphones, to some studio ones, to some cheapy-cheapy Sony ones or my plug-type cell-phone ones. Each one with a very distinct response range and different sound, but I’m happy that the track sounds good in all of them. I might have erred a bit on the bass side, but since we do have some more time to produce another mix, I’ll give the track a few careful listens on my Reference Audio System™ and then on the Fostex monitors and act accordingly.
I had to remix the sound effects track as with the guitars in quite a few of the effects were no longer audible. Some of them still aren’t, but there’s still time to make some final adjustments. On the other hand, I’ve been contemplating of releasing a special edition of the effects soundtrack which will be 5.1 encoded for those who have such systems =P We’ll see how it goes after Assembly.
So all in all.. we’re pretty much ready. Everyone’s fast asleep (or just waking up), Navis just got out the door to make his way to Finland and I’m deep into hypertension and can’t let myself get some z’s.
Oh.. and Leviathan.. you wanted a sick solo?.. Here.. have a sick solo =P
Time is almost out. All night yesterday was spent setting up the recording rig for the guitars over at Leviathan’s place. Had to fight with all the perils of a home studio that’s not even designed to be a home studio (not yet anyhow), noise cancellation, problematic cables, but we finally managed to set up everything and start practicing on the riffs, and fiddling with the sound settings until we get to the desired guitar sound. Today Leviathan is (even as I write these lines) recording the guitars, and later at night he’ll bring over the tracks at my place to mix them into the final piece.
Meanwhile over at Navis’ Blog Stella (Navis’ 3 year old daughter) is throwing spoilers about the demo. She reveals (and tricks Navis also into revealing) that the demo will contain fish (no surprise for an ASD demo =), running people, a labyrinth, a turtle and a.. mermaid.. (!?)..
/me holds breath…
Only two days left… Still no guitars on the tune, but along with Leviathan we took the day (and night) polishing, fixing and trying interesting things in the piece. We changed it quite a bit.. to the better I want to believe =). I spent the night mixing the tracks and leaving the relevant space for the guitars and the sound effects, worked also some more on the sound effects and traditionally I’m about to burn a CD with the latest version (11) of the tune to listen on my reference audio system (my car’s cd player) while driving at work.
Oh.. and traditionally I created the icon for the demo.. which in this case too gives a hint of something found in the demo itself. No big surprise here… most ASD demos have a fish or two in it =)
Tomorrow I’ll head over Leviathan’s place and help him record the guitars. Time is running out… but I can’t wait…
We’re on the run.. With 3 days left we’ve grabbed the mops and started polishing Iconoclash. Trimming the rough edges, testing on various configurations, eliminating show-stopper bugs, creating the .ico, grabbing screenshots and the like..
Oh.. and the music. I spent most of the day yesterday laying out the sound effect track. Lots of effects, lots of syncing and even more coke cans (empty ones.. used as sound effects actually…). What’s going to be different this time around, is that the sound effect track will be a separate entity and not mixed into the music mp3. As such, you will be able to just listen to the music in the final package or have the full blown experience of the demo with the sfx.
Still tweaking minor things and adding details as more ideas spring into mind, while waiting for Leviathan to solidify the guitar parts today, record them tomorrow and mix them together on Wednesday. Boy I can’t wait.. this piece is turning out to be really swell..
Oh and did I just give out that there will be guitars in this one? =P… (and a mind blowing piano solo too!)