• Mea culpa, mea culpa…

    by  • 5 February, 2003 • Biography, General, Tech • 0 Comments

    This doesn’t look good: a fresh month without posting. I have to admit to you that I have been a little bit preoccupied lately, but that’s no reason for neglecting you of course. So please accept my apologies if you came here loyally every day and didn’t find any news. I promise I will be a good boy from now on.

    So, what have I been doing lately that kept me away from writing in my logbook? Well, first of all, I have been chasing jobs. That’s almost a fulltime job in its own right! Nothing definitive came out of it yet that will bring me a steady income, but I met some very interesting people and I will meet more (I got an invitation to attend the next dinner meeting of the local Rotary club, waddayasay of that?).
    I’ve also hunted down people and local bureaucracy to find out how this proces works of legally importing and registering my car in Greece. That’s a very frustrating business, I’ll tell you. Read ekathimerini.com | Car tax drives Greece to court for an English translation of an article on the subject which was published recently in a Greek newspaper. Greece is simply ignoring the European rules. They got fined several times already for that, but that’s okay with them. Paying the fines — and we’re talking big amounts of dinari here — is still a lucrative business deal from their point of view, because the import taxes are extremely high! They got dragged into European Court over this several times, but they simply ignored it. In this respect the Greek government is a perfect mirror of Greek society: every one parks their car wherever they feel like it, they get fined, but that’s fine (pun intended!) with them. They’d rather pay the €50 ticket than drive around for more than half an hour finding a legal parking place.

    A very big chunk of my time has been devoted to redesigning my website, to bring everything in line with the main theme. House style, you say? Well, that got me into all corners of the digital spectrum: from HTML through XHML to XML, RSS, RFD, CSS, examining which browsers support the standards and which don’t (you may guess once which single one in particular is not doing a very good job in that respect), I dived into PHP, Perl, mySQL, I familiarized myself with the different graphics formats (should I use GIF or JPEG or PNG?), as you saw I set up a preliminary Guestbook (please do me a favour, click on this link and leave me a message) with yet another different look, and so on and so forth. I also worked on a first draft for a photo gallery online. That got me a teeny weeny little bit distracted form the intended purpose of all this, which is: communicating with you!

    Added to that, I got an email from my good and long time friend Tom in the States who proposed that he writes my biography and puts it on my website in installments. What do you say when a guy wants to write your biography? No school prepares you for that, no social code developes during your lifetime for such an event. Why me? What’s there to write about? Then on the other hand, I feel extremely flattered too, of course. Hey, let’s admit it, how many people do you know that have their biography written by someone? Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas!

    Tom is a very good writer. He holds a degree in English literature (correction: as you might have read if you visited the Guestbook, Tom holds a degree in philosophy, not in English literature, my mistake) and has a very particular style, which you eiter like or hate. I like it. You may hate it. He warned me that the content might get embarassing for me, or people near me. What can I do about that? I’m not particularly concerned about myself, although I know what Tom is capable of. On the other hand, writing is like painting, the artist should have full liberty to express what he sees. It’s his story, his eyes, through which he lets others see a part of the world as he perceives it. This is going to be interesting!

    So now, I’ve yet another page to set up in my spiderweb, another challenge to keep this one a little bit in line with the overall style. I think I’ll make it a quick hack first, and deal with the cosmetics later.

    Stay tuned…

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