Sunday, July 20, 2014


After two generations of priests in my family (my grandfather and father) now there are two of geeks (me and my elder nephew)


From time to time I just listen to music. Not the usual kind of music but folklore from Maramures and other regions of the country or abroad. I just listen, most of the time I barely hear the words but I can hear the emotions it sends. Raw, naive, with no polish or technology added. Interpreted on flawed instruments. With harmonic imperfections. But true. It goes somewhere in my ancestral self and make me react on something that is part of my design pattern, something I cannot truly understand or expose. I react to from the jumping dances of Maramures to the oriental sonorities of Dobrogea forgetting my urban nature ad starting to contemplate the intricate simplicity of this music.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

No Reaction

One of the things I am quite intrigued of is the feeble reaction that the Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR) has against the sustained campaigns against it in the national press. For sure I do not agree with some of the actions of the BOR but the press is getting more biased agains BOR on daily basis.
The BOR has a weak PR and does not come with counter examples to the situations press accuses the Church of. Orthodoxy is not the panacea of religion but it is one of the most open religions towards women and one of the most peaceful. The greed and avarice that it is accused of is of its clergy men not of the institution itself.    

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Sacred Way

In Caransebes the "Sacred Way" (as it is called by the bronze plaque in the middle) goes towards the cathedral straight through a series of terraces where they serve alcohol...   

The path to sacrality is indeed through the temptations...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


First it was Vaadin Refresher addon that I used to update some tables because the push worked horribly. They took it and used it to refresh every possible component in the UI.

Then it came the EventBus. They took it and used it to implement every possible event handler - even implementing local buses inside a single component.

Now I am about to introduce session scoped beans... I fear it. Badly...

Pride and incertitude

I am a StackOverflow user. I ask questions there and I answer to the questions I find interesting.
In my current company we have a Confluence instance where we post all kind of technical stuff.

Today I have "wronged" a fellow senior developer by posting some comments on an article he has written. The topic was the thread safety of singletons and I have quoted a link. His reaction was incredible: he asked me if I want to play "Who is more senior" with him. I have been supporting this guy in every situation until now because I considered him smart and rational - until now. So, I backed up, I explained my point of view both on wiki and Confluence and how I thought they should work. I told him that I didn't want to measure dicks on Confluence but just to place some pointers... Incredible again - the answer was that I should refrain from posting comments as this would make "junior developers" distrust us.

I believe that in some cultures, whether national and/or corporate people need rigid structure and like having formal positions. Up to a point this is beneficial as it gives both responsibility and authority to people, but, when this degenerates in vanity and lack of openness the things start smelling fishy. Combined with the vanity of being a small boss things go in cascade from bad to worse.

The vanity and the need for recognition are probably the symptoms of some frustrations... I do not know.