Wednesday, June 13, 2007

"TV screen makes you feel small/No life at all"

I guess those are a couple of lines from a song in "Arizona Dream" performed by Iggy Pop on Goran Bregovic's music. But, really this is the truth.

I have seen today a nice movie. Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion"... In my oppinion o good movie that speaks about Altman's own fears. This is his last work, and he has been telling his credo in all the aspects of the movie.

All characters are images of the director. The two sisters - each one with her frustration, the two funny cowboys, CK. All are just facets of him. He speaks about love, success, regret and hope. The secondary characters "The Axeman" and "The Angel" are just memmento's for for both faith and the destiny of art. The final scene when The Axeman is visited by the angel was somehow impressive for me. The Axeman doesn't want to feel emotions and therefore is forbidding others to offer emotions to the public while the angel in not capable to feel the emotions anymore although she would like to. They are two antagonistic forces that are confronting.

All the gags are in the same nice Altman style, subtle and somehow sad - as the ones from Mash used to be.

Very good roles for Meryl Streep - her metamorphosis from the little voice mumbling in the backstage while discussing with her sister to the full blown one while she is on the stage, Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly - make credible characters in the way of Hawkeye and Trapper John. Worth to mention are also Lindsay Lohan and Lily Tomlin.

Coming back to the title - the radio show in the movie was alive it was made with passion and heart. It was made for people and sent real emotions unlike the TV shows...

Saturday, June 9, 2007

E70 - European road

ADVICE: Avoid it!!!

E70 connects Timisoara with Drobeta Turnu Severin... European corridor...
Connects is simply a word. In reality this is an enormous construction yard between Caransebes and Orsova. Semaphores, long lines of cars with angry drivers, ddestroyed road surface, indolent workers, all the elements of a balcanic country...

No road in this country is perfect - as they seem to be even in Hungary - but this one is the worst ever. I have had a very bad time going to Orsova and coming back to Timisoara today. It was a nightmare for me and my car - but I imagine the sensations a foreigner must have... Terror is a gentle feeling :)

I think I should sue the National Road Administration for wwrecking my car on this road.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Fedora 7 - A Big Dissapointment

Full of hope I was when I have heard that Fedora core was to be launched.
I was trembling with impatience to get it. I was supposed to have all the bells and whistles of a modern linux distro.
Finally I have downloaded the DVD image, burnt it and made a try.

Problems found:
1. X server not configured although I am using the common i945 chipset...
2. not present in the system therefore no python dependent programs worked
3. The xen enabled kernel did not boot.

I gave up after this because the effort to dig and solve this doesn't worth.

I am really sorry because I used to love the RedHat derivatives distros.
Because the instalation imge taken with bittorrent was corrupted i had those issues. I have redownloaded it via http and burnt it and it works perfectly.

Nice feature found after:
+ compiz
+ selinux
+ synaptic like yum

Still to be improved:
* wireless
* laptop support