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My interests are fantasy, SF, metal, cards and cats.

Standardization

Did you know there are more than 5000 languages in the world? The number of cultures is even higher.

In all that diversity we need some common ground in modern world. Imagine if every nation used different time units (i.e. something other than days, hours, minutes, seconds). We’d have quite a mess on our hands. How would we keep track of time? What would be days in dunno Germany, could be weeks in dunno Australia. Mkay, there are different calendars, but Gragorian calendar is used world-wide as an international calendar, so while some have two New Years in a single year (e.g. Orthodox and Chinese), we all enter a new year on January 1st at the same time. Well, with 24ish hour differences because of time zones, but we need those to use daylight properly on different parts of the planet and even in this case we have Co-ordinated Universal Time [UTC, GMT, Z(ulu) Time etc.]; we can just use GMT offset to standardize our local time (e.g. GMT-5, GMT+2…) although, truth be told, many people don’t know the GMT offset of where they live and even more don’t comprehend daylight saving time 😦 But that’s a different story.
For better or worse, out of the thousands of lingoes, we use English as de facto lingua franca. To be honest, it’s probably for the better because if you think English grammar is a bitch, you should take a sniff of other lingoes 😉
There are even Ocean Data Standards and there’s International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

But now, we come to thingies we don’t have standardized. There are many, but I’ll name a few.

To begin with, I would like to point out that I fully support localisms. Actually, they make us so diverse and rich 🙂 However, international standards should be taught at schools across the planet and standards should be used on shit foreigners can easily come in contact with. So, while you can say the distance between Glasgow and Edinburgh is 45 mi and that London is miles away from Glasgow, traffic signs should say the distance between Glasgow and Edinburgh is 75 bloody kilometres and between Glasgow and London 650 bloody kilometres.

Yeah, there’s metric system; a measurement system adopted by all countries… expect for the US and Liberia. There are about 200 countries in the world (the exact number depends on what you consider a country); many of which have autonomous regions often with their own cultural identity. Now, imagine if all those used only local measures… So, to avoid all the mess, we all adopted a single system (a system where units and subunits are simply divided by 10, making metric system the simplest measurement system; easily mastered along with a local system), but there are always those who ain’t willing to adapt one bit. Tell me again, what number do I divide units with to get subunits in the imperial system? Is it the same number with all of them? Basically, dear Yanks, be happy we learn your lingo. Is it so hard to adapt one bit? Well, truth be told, Americans ain’t the only ones having an issue with metric system. I’ve heard those smartasses from UKIP want to abolish the metric system in the UK. Assholes, nobody expects you to abolish the imperial system. You can have it alongside the metric. It has worked out splendid like that in the UK for half a century now, hasn’t it? Not only are you making lives of foreigners visiting your country easier – thus actually boosting your tourism… – you’re helping fellow Brits to communicate with the outside world. Or are you hoping to keep your nation in the dark that way? I don’t know what’s more pathetic – keeping your own people in the dark or doing it with a measurement system. It’s interesting how these ultra nationalists work – claiming they’re all for the people all the while working against them. Bloody, hypocritical bastards… Well, I’m going off-topic here. Sorry 😦

Anyhow, since I mentioned mileage on traffic signs, I might as well continue with traffic signs. There are drivers all over the world; many of them travel abroad. Wouldn’t it be easier to have the same traffic signs all over the world? Again, while most countries and territories use the same traffic signs there are always ARRÊTs (STOP signs in Québec), ALTOs (STOP signs in Spanish speaking Central America), PAREs (STOP signs in South America) and DURs (STOP signs in Turkey). Here‘s the complete list 😉 Aye, we’re way less unified with traffic signs than we are with measure. And stop is probably the most complex word on traffic signs. Goddamn, that’s a toughy! Stop is such a rare word! It certainly doesn’t appear in Spanish and French… Well, at least you don’t need a calculator to convert PARE or whatever to STOP; better than carrying a calculator with you for speed limits 😉 Although, I guess there’s no fine for using a calculator while driving …as long as it’s not on a cellphone 🙂

Say you’re on vacation in Spain and you want to email someone. You use a local computer and want to copy a word. You wanna use a keyboard shortcut only to see Ctrl is missing! Yeah, most keyboard layouts have English labels despite characters being arranged differently to accommodate the local lingo. So, while characters are different on my keyboard from, dunno, those on a Finnish keyboard, Ctrl is still CtrlAlt is still Alt, Ins is still Ins etc. Therefore, after getting used to them a little, I can easily use Finnish keyboards and Finns can easily use Croatian keyboards. But, some regions decided to translate the labels… And don’t tell me the  key arrangement is all that matters (“if you know the arrangement of keys, you can work on any keyboard”). First, the point is to make it as simple as possible. I mean the shape of ARRÊTs and STOPs is the same, so you should recognize the sign by its shape, but that’s not the point! The key word here is “should“. I mean, I know a guy who barely mastered Ctrl. Give him, dunno, Strg (German) and his head is going to explode! And that works with what? Ctrl, Alt, Shift and Caps Lock? God knows how other keys are arranged on compact keyboards! I could probably get my way around German labels, but others… especially French! As if AZERTY wasn’t bad enough, I’d have to watch out for Maj, Suppr and whatever… Actually, my experience is opposite. Back in the days of Internet cafés, a few French tourists entered the café I was in and upon seeing keyboards around them, they started screaming something like Clavier! Clavier! ×D
Proves my UKIP point. Assholes “want to change every little thing in their image to save the ‘dignity of their nation'” and end up unnecessarily complicating their people’s lives… I mean, French wouldn’t have died if they’d left English labels. Despite, the lingo still being a major language in the world; a lingua franca in many countries; there wouldn’t be like more than 5000 lingoes, but only three the keyboard layouts are translated to and English (maybe more, but I only know about German, French and Spanish labels in addition to English). Actually, French wouldn’t be the second most spoken lingo of Switzerland – the only lingo in Switzerland that comes close to German – in that case because labels on Swiss keyboards are in English ×D Just like, the metric system doesn’t threaten neither English nor the imperial system in the UK. Well, maybe it does threaten the measurement system because metric is simpler than imperial and is international, so if people get tired of two measurement systems (a big “if”), the imperial is likely to go. After all, we all had our own systems before the metric and they still live in certain phrases. Knowing how many phrases English has with miles, inches and pounds; the imperial systems is miles away from death in the UK and other anglophone regions 😉
Back to the keyboard layouts. Unfortunately, translating labels on keyboards doesn’t seem to be a practice from the past. I’ve heard rumours of a new Slovenian layout. Granted, Slovenes use the same layout we do. The layout was designed back in Yugoslavia, but the idiot designer(s) didn’t have Slovenian in mind, so instead of putting the letters we share with Slovenes together followed by the letters Slovenes don’t use, they put one Slovenes don’t use in the middle (i.e. instead of ČŽĆ arrangement, the arrangement is ČĆŽ). This arrangement increases the frequency of typos while writing Slovenian because you have to jump over Ć every now and then. Therefore, I understand Slovenes wanting to rearrange letters on their keyboards, but translating labels… Note that unlike Spanish, French and German that are spoken by up to hundreds of millions of people and understood (to a degree) by many more, Slovenian is spoken only in Slovenia with the population of about two million people…


Posted on 8th August 2018 at 13:25 GMT
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Zašto bi invalidi trebali imati prednost pri zapošljavanju

Naslov posta je u kondicionalu jer iako Zakon kaže da “osobe s invaliditetom imaju prednost pri zapošljavanju”, u praksi…

Mi jednostavno imamo dodatne troškove koje zdrava raja nema.
Baš se oporavljam od operacije (zapravo dvije jer se zakompliciralo, ali da ne tupim…), pa imam primjer.

Znači, zbog prijašnjih zdravstvenih pizdarija, oporavak koji bi inače bio dug je meni još duži …i kompliciraniji. Najvažnije je da ne mogu na štake. Znači, sljedećih mjesec-dva-tri sam prikovan na kolica.

Sve što mogu sam, radim sam, ali… U kolicima ne mogu u kupaonu i jedva se prebacujem na ćenifu što značajno otežava higijenu, jelte? Da bih oprao ruke, netko mi mora staviti lavor i sapun ispred kupaone. Detaljnije se ne mogu oprati sam.
Danju se redovito prebacujem na ćenifu, ali noću da se prebacujem i strmopizdim… Imam gusku koju ako je napunim (srećom ova 2-3 tjedna koja sam doma još nisam imao potrebu), treba isprazniti. To ne mogu sam bez da ne prolijem pišaku po podu i vjerojatno po sebi, a da ju prolijem po operiranoj nozi (rane još nisu skroz zacijelile) i da vidiš veselja… A šta je sa sranjem?! Uhvatilo me jednu noć. Skoro sam probudio cijeli kvart, ali sam uspio stisnuti zibe …i šupčić.
Piti mogu sam. Ali natočiti si… Iz sudopera ne mogu. Iz frižidera mogu ako u frižideru ima nečeg. U frižider se stavlja kad natočiš vrč u spomenutom sudoperu ili kupiš u dućanu. Po stanu se furam u kolicima, ali na dulje relacije, da… opet ne mogu sam (nošenje namirnica da ne spominjem).
Ni suđe ni posuđe ne mogu sam staviti u spomenuti sudoper, a o pranju dotičnog da ne govorim. A postaviti stol? Mogu …kad mi netko doda / stavi suđe na stol. I tako dalje…
Srećom, mama mi je još u stanju pomagati, ali što kad više neće biti? Možda više neću ići na veće zahvate, pa ću se sam nekako snaći; ali to je malo vjerojatno. I ovdje govorim samo o operacijama. Preostaju mi dvije opcije: osobni asistent ili maltretiranje žene ili prijatelja. Ne bih sad o tome da je baš zbog invaliditeta i onoga što on sa sobom nosi teško naći ženu koja će preuzeti taj teret; koliko god televizija, portali i novine naveli primjera da je partner stupio u dužu vezu unatoč teretu ili čak baš zbog njega. Naravno, nije nemoguće; ima puno primjera, ali ukupno je toga malo. Nije riječ o diskriminaciju, ali je logično da cure privlače mišićavi muškarci, a dečke ljepuškaste cure. Sprijatelji se čovjek s različitim ljudima. Ali to je to – prijateljstvo. Doduše, zna se iz prijateljstva svašta iznjedriti, ali to baš i nije tako često. Dobro skrećem s teme. U svakom slučaju, čak ti ni ženu nije ugodno gledati dok ona rinta, a ti kurca možeš; a kamoli prijatelje od kojih imaš manja očekivanja. Znači, puno vjerojatnija opcija je osobni asistent koji nije besplatan…

Naravno, bolnica nosi sa sobom troškove.

Prvo da razjasnim razliku između znakova pažnje i mita. Mito se daje prije liječenja i uglavnom je u “papirnatom” obliku. Znak pažnje se daje poslije liječenja i nije u “papirnatom” obliku. Kod nas su znakovi pažnje uobičajeni, malte ne očekivani. Dobro, kad tvoj doktor napravi sve što je u njegovom opisu posla, ajde. Ali kad, na primjer, dežurna doktorica čiji pacijent ti nisi te dolazi obilaziti usred noći nakon što je kontaktirala tvog doktora i ovaj je došao i onda još zbog tebe ostane na dužnosti pola dana nakon završetka dežurstva iako za tim nije bilo potrebe; odnosno zbog tebe je na nogama 36 sati i ti joj onda ne daš neki znak pažnje, pa ili si baš frontalni frontalni kokuz ili đubre malo većeg kalibra…
Onda po kući možeš biti u dronjcima, u tenisicama možeš imati čarape s oderanim petama ili čak rupama na prstima, u hlačama ofucane gaće; ali u bolnici ipak trebaš na nešto ličiti, a opet da nisi u odijelu ili sličnoj “finoj robi”. Ličenje na nešto uglavnom košta.
Danas je boravak u bolnici puno bolji nego prije 10-20 godina. Lijepo imaš laptop i/ili mobitel i vrijeme brzo prođe. Ajde, s obzirom na današnji (tehnološki) standard, mećimo da već imaš laptop i/ili mobitel i to ti nije dodatni trošak, po pacijentu je u prosjeku jedna utičnica, koju nerijetko koristi osoblje za uređaje za potrebe liječenja. Znači, kupi produžni kabel i pazi da žica bude dugačka jer pitaj Boga gdje će biti utičnica (meni je sada bila kod nogu…). Kako ćeš držati laptop kad nećeš moći sjediti? Kupi još i stolić za laptop.
Onda je tu Internet. Da li bolnica ima wi-fi? Sada vjerojatno. Za koju godinicu valjda hoće. Ako ga ima, kolika je brzina? Što kada se svi zakvače? Znači, plati si pošteni mobilni internet. I tako; nađe se tih troškova još.

Invalidnina? Ona pokriva dio tih troškova uz redovitu plaću. Da bi imao redovitu plaću, moraš biti zaposlen, jelte? Čak je i bolovanje neki prihod. Invalidska mirovina? Ona je za one koji ne mogu raditi, ali puno nas može. Zašto bih živio na grbači države kad mogu doprinositi društvu?! Ali moj doprinos državi je ograničen. Ne mogu nosati teret po skladištu, ne mogu konobariti i sl. Zato se i nisam školovao za fizički rad. Poanta je u tome da se “u nuždi” ne mogu zaposliti bilo gdje i tako si osigurati tu redovitu plaću; niti bi mi šef na baušteli tolerirao silna bolovanja. Ovako, kada ne mogu do posla, mogu raditi od doma. Za to mi treba i poštena mašina, odnosno još jedan trošak. Zato kada sam kupovao laptop, ispod i3 nisam ni gledao, ali me budžet ograničio na 4 GB RAM-a, integriranu grafiku i 14″ [zbog prenosivosti (pogotovo u bolnici) nisam htio veći od 13″, ali eto…]. I da, čitateljima koji bi za koju godinicu pročitali post bez da gledaju datum objave i onda si mislili Kaj ovaj bedak pripoveda?! Pa i3 je pizdin dim!, napomenem da je ovaj post pisan ljeti 2018. (a laptop kupljen krajem ’17. ×D )…


Objavljeno prije podne 7.7.2018. u 11:50

The Fionavar Tapestry

The Fionavar Tapestry is a fantasy trilogy by a Canadian author that prompted me into writing the previous post. I started reading it because the author helped Christopher Tolkien with the Silmarilion, so I thought his works gotta be good. In addition, The Fionavar Tapestry actually won some awards. Yeah, about that…
I also read that Kay (the author) has good knowledge of myths and legends and he demonstrated that knowledge in the Tapestry. Well, that much is true, but that’s about it. All in all, I can honestly say that Fionavar Tapestry is one of the worst works of fiction I’ve ever read.

So the story begins with five University of Toronto students crossing to a fictional world of Fionavar. I have nothing against the concept, but why they crossed – the pretence – is so bloody idiotic. So a mage came to “pick them up” for a party – a celebration of king’s 50th coronation anniversary – and none of them was a bit skeptic. Actually, one was a tiny bit skeptic, but he was quickly turned around. Mkay, a stranger claims he’s from another world and that he came to invite you to a party, and you accept everything he says, welcome him with open arms and go with him with no questions asked… Yeah… And here I can’t understand why people drawl over a royal bloody wedding…

I should have probably stopped reading right there, but I kept going naively hoping against hope things would become better because an author who helped Christopher bloody Tolkien just can’t write something this stupid. Like experience hasn’t taught me times and times again that something can be good or bad whether it’s written or played by a good or bad author/director/actor. The prime example is probably I Am Legend. Will Smith is a great author yet I Am Legend is among the most senseless movies ever.

So what happened when the students crossed over to Fionavar? They quickly became the most important people in Fionavar, of course and everyone in Fionavar was A-okay with that. Mkay… so you’ve been busting your ass for decades with something and suddenly a brat from another world – who came to your world like a day ago – is bossing you around and giving you lessons. Would you accept it so willingly? Wouldn’t you be at least a tiny bit annoyed? Could you say that everyone around you wouldn’t have a problem with such a behaviour of the brat from another world?

But, the students did lack some skills. A law student, the University’s MVP basketball player, lacked the skills to wield a sword, so the poor soul had to go for a battle axe… Minutes after appearing on Fionavar he slew a big monster. One would say that he was at least a lumberjack… alas no, he was a bloody law student; a basketball player. Basically, the 5 main characters are just a bunch of Reys.

In book two, a guy saved the day by fucking a hag… And the ending of the trilogy?! So the bad guy’s son came to his immortal daddy and the daddy told him that if his son had been killed anywhere else but there, he’d become mortal, but now Daddy could kill his boy right there because if he dies in Daddy’s presence, Daddy’s immortality is insured. And what did the son do? He killed himself to insure his evil daddy’s death… Where is the bloody sense???

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying The Fionavar Tapestry doesn’t deserve to be awarded. It really takes talent to write something that stupid. You really need to be something… And, aye, you have to be an even bigger something to continue reading the crap after being disappointed time and time again which, sadly, doesn’t go in my favour.

I might give Kay’s other works – like Tigana – a shot, but not for quite some time. After all, like I said, one crap doesn’t necessarily mean an author’s entire bibliography’s a shit, but the Tapestry… Just stay away from it! You have been warned… 😊

Canadian spelling

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Short intro (cf1)

I’d say that English is a good lingua franca because the lingo is relatively simple. That is as simple as languages go. Just ask polyglots. Lingoes like Finnish and Polish are nightmares for foreigners.

The only thing that makes no sense is spelling. But to any opposition to a spelling that has no sense, there are merits to such a spelling though. English employs simple 26 letters easily accommodated on a keyboard, so writing the language properly is no problem on any keyboard, at least when it comes to Latin script and Latin script is the most widely used script. True, in large part that is because of English, but the script is natively used in most European languages and has been adopted in many others.
Another advantage English is the language is native in countries around the world, but it has a pretty much unique spelling system (Commonwealth and American differences are minor), meaning English speakers can easily read American, Canadian, British, Australian, New Zealand etc. texts. If English spelling were phonetic, each anglophone country would have its own spelling according to the country’s standard pronunciation (and 26 letters just can’t accommodate all the sounds a standard English pronunciation has), so instead of learning just one spelling, you’d have to learn …a lot to comprehend English around the world.

Now, I get that the Yanks must have their way with colors, sabers, maneuvers etc. while everyone else (meaning the Commonwealth ×D ) has colours, sabres, manoeuvres etc… everyone else but Canadians that is.

Going through Canadian texts, I realized they employ both spellings, American spelling being “geographic” influence (the US being Canada’s biggest neighbour) and Commonwealth  be”historic” influence (ties with the UK; Canada is a Commonwealth realm after all 🙂 ).

American and British influence can be seen in words like cheque (from ties with British banks) and tire (from ties with American automobile industry), but most words are not so “standardized”. I swear, I’ve seen equal amounts of colours, colors; centres and centers in various Canadian texts.

Since foreign speakers usually aren’t bothered with American and Commonwealth differences and since we use texts from various sources; I got quite annoyed when my spellchecker underlines a word just because the word is spelled American or Commonwealth way but, in essence, is spelled correctly! So I decided to use Canadian spellchecker so many programs offer because that one should allow both forms. Surprise, surprise, some programs would still underline correctly spelled words. For example Firefox spellchecker underlines color and center, but then it underlines organisation

So, I did a bit of reading. Turns out there are “preferred” spellings in Canadian English. So while all color, center and organisation are “acceptable”; colour, centre and organization are “preferred”. Here’s what I don’t understand: if a certain spelling is acceptable, why wouldn’t a spellchecker allow it?! “Acceptable” and “incorrect” ain’t synonyms! Are you trying to make people illiterate?!
In addition, while I only occasionally bump into a Canadian organisation, I see Canadian centers and colors all around, maybe even more than colours and centres. Mkay, probably not, but still really a lot and not just on websites, where just everybody writes. I see them in video games and books which should be proofed! I’m currently reading The Fionavar Tapestry by a Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay. Actually, the books prompted me into writing the post 😀 Anyway, words like “colour”, “honour” and “armour” are almost always spelled color, honor and armor. Likewise, words like “centre”, “sceptre” and “spectre” are almost always spelled center, scepter and specter. Shades of grey are most often indeed grey (although the spelling is often used in the US too; after all, George Martin writes grerather than gray) 😉 and Ls in words like travelled, levelled and labelled are mostly doubled. Yet there is an occasional rumour of gray travelers in the books 😉 Actually, even the name of an evil god; that is the main bad guy ain’t consistent. Sometimes, he’s Maugrim the Unraveller; other times he’s Maugrim the Unraveler. And offense is often the best defence 😉 Anyhow, books like The Fionavar Tapestry should definitely be proofed, so why are “acceptable” spellings used instead of the “preferred”. Hell, Canadian spellchecker for Firefox would underline half of The Fionavar Tapestry! 😀 In addition to being Canadian, Kay had spent a year in England assisting Christopher Tolkien in editing The Silmarillion before he wrote The Fionavar Tapestry. One would think that all those Us would have stuck with him 😀

Now that I mention The Fionavar Tapestry, I must say that the books are a major disappointment :/

Question(s) of the day (cf2)

All in all, I have a few questions for Canadians: What spelling do you use? For what words? Are you consistent? Does your spellchecker often underline words you spelled correctly? Does it annoy you? Is there a standardized spelling you learn in school? Does the way Canadians spell depend on the province? Does it depend on the closeness to the US border (disclosing your closeness to the US border and the province you’re from would be good here, but suit yourself 🙂 )?

And finally, a question for fellow foreign speakers? Do spellcheckers annoy you too when they underline correct “colours” and “colors”? 😉 Did you think you’d find “salvation” in Canadian spellcheckers too only to be sourly disappointed? 😀

Thank you in advance 🙂

Simboli i obilježja

Znaš ono kad se voziš javnim prijevozom do doma? Špica, gužva; treba ti 40 i više minute, tramvaj pun. Šta ćeš? Sluške na uši, glazba i muzika i tih 40 minuta razmišljaš o svemu i svačemu i svakakve pizdarije ti se motaju po glavi.

E, tako se jedan dan meni motalo susjedstvo; preciznije koliko različitih simbola ima u susjednoj nam BiH – kantoni, entiteti – i kako su neki simboli zabranjeni, odnosno da neki kantoni – i čak sama Federacija – nemaju službene simbole.

To mi je malo puno glupo, pa sam još malo razmišljao o tome.

Dobro, za Federaciju su simboli nebitni jer je Federacija ionako svojevrsna protuteža RS-a. Mislim, oba entiteta su umjetne tvorevine mirovnog sporazuma koji je od BiH napravio protektorat (iako bi ovako lijep opis susjeda bio “konfederacija federacije i republike”). Činjenica je da je Daytonom prekinuto krvavo krvoproliće, pa se ne žalim, ali samo kažem 🙂 Federacija je zapravo nužno zlo i postoji samo zato da RS ne bi bio baš pravo dominantan nad kantonima. Ono 48:51 (ne računajući Brčko) ne izgleda kao kad bi se tih 48% površine uspoređivalo sa svakim kantonom pojedinačno. I da, tu je naravno mjesta za više državnih uhljeba 🙂 U biti, u Federaciji su bitni kantoni i ne vidim zašto bi bili potrebni simboli na entitetskoj razini. Dovoljni su državni simboli. Ipak Federacija nema separatističke težnje 🙂

Zapravo je jedini problem Hercegbosanskoj županiji čiji su simboli neustavni “jer predstavljaju samo jedan narod”. Isto vrijedi i za Zapadnohercegovačku županiju, ali budući da Hrvati čine 99% stanovništva županije [da, više nego u Hrvatskoj (90,5%) ×D ], to u ŽZH ne čini nekakav problem 🙂
U HBŽ je situacija drukčija. Mkay, jesmo većinski narod županije, ali sa 77%. Štoviše, u sjevernim općinama Srbi čine apsolutnu većinu.
Budimo realni, nismo sami na svijetu. Izvlačenje kako RS može je prebijedno jer tuđe greške i grijesi ne opravdavaju naše, a o licemjerju da drugima zamjeramo ono što sami činimo, ne bih. Samo ću reći da mrzim licemjerje! Osim toga, malo je glupo da dva kantona u istoj zemlji – i k tomu susjedna! – imaju ista obilježja.

Zapravo, najjednostavnije rješenje za HBŽ koje mi je palo na pamet se upravo krije u RS-u. Kakva je zastava RS-a? Srpska trobojnica jer kao crvena, bijela i plava predstavljaju Slavene, a i Srbi i Hrvati i Bošnjaci su Slaveni. Pa onda neka HBŽ jednostavno makne grb sa zastave i eto ti Slavena! Ako netko ide toliko daleko da misli da bi došlo do zajebuna s Nizozemskom (i/ili Luxemburgom ×D ), neka se ne zamara jer su i Nizozemska (i Luxemburg) države, a HBŽ je kanton. Zato ne brigaj. Vjerojatnost suradnje između Nizozemske (i/ili Luxemburga) i baš HBŽ je minimalna. I “nizozemska” plava (a bogme i crvena) je tamnija (a luxemburška svjetlija). Budući da danas ispis istih boja različite nijanse (ni na papir ni na platno) nije problem… A ako je baš potrebno, kad bi se baš trebala naglasiti razlika, onda ipak stavi grb (ili “amblem”) i mirna Bosna!

Što se grba tiče, tu se isto možemo “ugledati” na RS. Tu od zastave napraviš amblemčić, metneš 10  (kao “Kanton 10”) ili neki kurac u sredinu i mirna Bosna! Jedino ne bi tamo sa strane mećao Hercegbosanska županija ko što oni imaju Republika Srpska jer je naziv županije “škakljiv”. Mislim, ja bih bio malo kreativniji i stavio šahovnicu iznad koje je dvoglavi orao, a ispod su bosanski ljiljani ili tako nešto da svi budu “zadovoljni”, ali amblem tipa ovog što ima RS je najjednostavniji.

Stalno se priča o mogućoj reorganizaciji Federacije koje bi uključivala spajanje HBŽ i ŽZH. Ispričat ću vam priču jednu o kadi na dječjem odjelu ortopedije – na kojem sam često boravio od 1996. do 2007. – u bolnici Šalata u Zagrebu. Kada je bila oronula i nikakva; stara pola stoljeća (barem). Ma, užas živi, a prije svake operacije pod tuš u nju! Zato bi stariji bi brisali na muški/ženski odjel na tuširanje. Ne znam je li kada još uvijek na istom mjestu jer sam davno prerastao dječji odjel, ali poanta je da kada sve vrijeme dok sam ja išao na odjel nije promijenjena jer se ortopedija “seli u novu bolnicu”. Tako je, čekajući selidbu, odjel imao trulu kadu barem 10 godina! Isti je slučaj s Federacijom – pitanje kada će do reorganizacije doći i da li će uopće doći do nje, pogotovo jer bi se njom smanjio broj već spomenutih uhljeba. Pa samo vi čekajte reorganizaciju, a dotle će HBŽ biti bez službenih obilježja…

Sad moram dodaknuti “škakljivost” naziva Hercegbosanska županija 😀 Naziv je neustavan jer “županija nijednim svojim dijelom” nije u Hercegovini. Da… Krajnji jug županije jest u Hercegovini. Možda ne valja jer većina županije nije u Hercegovini, a naziv počinje eto baš Hercegovinom. Šta da ju nazovemo Bosan-hercegovačka županija?! Zato bi bilo lijepo da Ustavni sud ili kaže pravi razlog neustavnosti ili ne jebe mačku mater. Pravi razlog je, naravno da je isti naziv nosila samoproglašena Herceg-Bosna u ratu. Ajde mogu razumjeti da Srbima i Bošnjacima to nije po volji i nek ju oni slobodno zovu Kanton 10 ili kako već. Ali nije HBŽ jedina s nazivom samoproglašene republike iz rata, jelte? Da, pola BiH pripada entitetu koji je isto u ratu bio samoproglašena republika. Jedina razlika je da je RS bio pravo samoproglašen. Herceg-Bosna je priznavala suverenitet Republike BiH barem na papiru. Odnosno, RS je danas ono što je Herceg-Bosna bila u Ratu… S tim da naziv Herceg-Bosna i hercegbosanski ne spominju nijedan narod i nijednu narodnost; ništa ne svojata i nikom ne daje primat. Može li se isto reći za Republiku Srpsku? Ukratko, malo realnosti ne škodi…

Kad već bljezgarim, da još o nečem izbljegarim.

Kanton i/ili županija

U ovom postu sam naizgled naizmjence koristio izraze županija kanton. Iako mi za bh kantone često koristimo termin županija, postoji razlika između kantona i županije i to bitna. Kantoni federalne jedinice poput švicarskih kantona, a županije su jedinice područne samouprave u nekim zemljama (npr. u Hrvatskoj), poput okruga; odnosno autonomija kantona kao federalne jedinice je puno veća nego ona od županije. Zapravo, županije nemaju autonomiju i župan je direktno podložan centralnoj vlasti. Na kraju krajeva, na čelu bh kantona (čak i onih s većinskim hrvatskim stanovništvom) je premijer s vladom, a ne župan bez vlade. Znači, kanton se može zvati Zapadnohercegovačka županija, ali on je i dalje kanton; ono kanton Zapadnohercegovačka županija.

Treći entitet

Stalno se priča o tom trećem entitetu. Čak nam i Milorad daje podršku (ali samo “ako se ne dira ni pedalj RS-a”). E u tom pedlju je kvaka. Što bi značio treći entitet? U najboljem slučaju bi njime Federacija bila podijeljena, a gore spomenuta “protuteža RS-a” bi otišla u krasan kurac i RS bi bio pravo dominantan nad dva nova entiteta (48% bi u tom slučaju bilo pravo puno 😉 ). Postoji pak gora vjerojatnost kojoj Milorad vjerojatno teži. Ustav BiH, BiH definira kao državu koju čine dva entiteta. Uspostavom trećeg bi Milorad i raja mogli reći Mkay, imate dva entiteta; mi vam ne trebamo i dobiti pravni legitimitet za odcjepljenje. Prvi scenarij bi možda prošao bez krvi, ali sa stalnim provokacijama iz RS-a; a ovaj drugi bi zasigurno bio krvav. Zato mislim da treći entitet nije dobra ideja. Jedino što ostaje je već spomenuta reorganizacija Federacije. Po meni bi centralizacija Federacije bila najbolje rješenje da se smanje državni troškovi. Mkay je da kantoni imaju neka ministarstva, sudstvo itd. da bi održali autonomiju. Npr. jasno mi je ministarstvo kulture, ali ministarstvo zdravstva na kantonalnoj razini… Kad već ne može na državnoj, onda je logično da bude na federalnoj… Tako bi se novac mogao bolje rasporediti i troškovi bi se smanjili. Ali da, uhljebi… Zato sumnjam da je reorganizacija Federacije na vidiku…


Objavljeno navečer 3.5.2018. u 10:37

Bezobrazluk ovlaštenog Lenovo servisa – trust in Lenovo seriously shaken

Ispričat ću vam priču jednu o bezobrazluku, nesposobnosti i neprofesionalnosti Zel-cosa, ovlaštenog Lenovo servisa.

Bit će dovoljno da ovdje zalijepim email koji sam poslao Potrošačkom kodu.

I’m gonna tell you about the rudeness, incompetence and unprofessionalism of an authorized Lenovo service in Croatia (actually, the only one). Pasting the email I sent to Lenovo should suffice. So… the email is right under the Croatian one, so stay tuned and keep scrolling 😀

Predmet: Bezobraznost, nesposobnost i neprofesionalnost Zel-cos; ovlaštenog Lenovo servisa

Tekst:

Poštovani,

ovim putem Vam želim ispričati svoje iskustvo sa servisom Zel-cos.

Riječ je o ovlaštenom Lenovo servisu.

Lani sam kupio Lenovo laptop kojemu se pokvario bluetooth. Malo radi, malo ne radi, ali više ne radi. Budući da mi se približavao istek garantnog roka, odlučio sam laptop dati na servis.

Kako vidite na radnom nalogu servisa, dobili su laptop 6. prosinca 2017. Na računu vidite da je laptop kupljen 16. prosinca 2016., odnosno da su ga primili unutar garantnog roka. Međutim, vraćen je prekjučer, 3. siječnja 2018.; odnosno nakon garantnog roka. Kod njih je proveo skoro mjesec dana, a oni su na njemu radili jedan jedini sat, kao što vidite u radnom nalogu. Što su napravili u tom vremenu? NIŠTA, kao što vidite u opisu rada. Da su radili na njemu malo više od sat vremena, možda bi i sami primijetili da bluetooth radi na preskokce. Ja sam doma potrošio pola dana pokušavajući pokrenuti bluetooth na Windowsima i Knoppixu. Nadalje, smo u trgovini gdje je kupljen, potrošili dodatnih dva sata u jednom danu (duplo više nego Zel-cos u 28 dana). Isprobavali smo bluetooth na Windowsima i Ubuntuu. Zato se pitam koji to moćno operativni sustav oni imaju da im je eto sve besprijekorno radili.

Također, reinstalaciju originalnih Windowsa u svrhu popravka u garantnom roku bi oni naplatili i to kao rad od sat vremena. Možda nekom neupućenom mogu prodavati te fore, ali ja znam da reinstalacija Windowsa traje uvrh glave pola sata. Ne znam, valjda bi si udvostručili trud… Ono što je bezobrazno bez obzira na naplaćivanje u garantnom roku i dodavanju potrebnog vremena je da me nisu kontaktirali da me pitaju da li da nastave. Ne znam, svi golubi pismonoše su očito bili prehlađeni 28 dana kad mi se u tom vremenu nisu javili… Ne, nego bi ja ponovno trebao dati laptop njima i dati im blagoslov za reinstalaciju. Praviti budale od ljudi i tjerati ih da bez veze hodaju po gradu je dovoljno bezobrazno. Uz to, ja sam osoba s invaliditetom i nije mi lako ići lijevo-desno po Gradu ko zadnja budala.

Naravno, budući da je garancija istekla, čak i da ponovo ostavim laptop u njihovim brižnim rukama, popravak bi morao platiti. I koliko bih čekao?! Do lipnja bih možda i imao laptop u rukama!

Lijep pozdrav,
*Ime i prezime*

Prilozi: račun laptopa i radni nalog Zel-cosa.

Sve u svemu, Hrvatima nikako ne bih savjetovao kupnju Lenovo laptopa jer je Zel-cos jedini ovlašteni servis u državi. Znači da kada odnesete svog Lenova na servis, pogotovo ako je pod garancijom, vjerojatno će prije ili kasnije završiti kod ovih budala i vjerujte mi, posao s njima će vas koštati puno živaca! Unatoč invaliditetu, za mene je olakšavajuća okolnost da živim u Zagrebu. Mogu misliti kako je Dubrovčanima i Vukovarcima kada ih jebu ovakve budale…


Objavljeno 5.1.2018. poslijepodne u 4:07

 

Mkay, mkay, now for Oonglish:

Before pasting the email, lemme tell you that I couldn’t find a Lenovo Customer Support email address anywhere; neither could I find a way to send them a ticket considering the (un)satisfaction with one of their authorized repair shops. That has shaken my trust in them because a global company like Lenovo should make it as easy as possible for their costumers to communicate with them.

In the end, I Googled out five different Lenovo email addresses and sent them the same email hoping that at least one of them would respond.

Anyway, here’s the email:

Subject: Incompetence, rudeness and behaviour of an authorized Lenovo repair shop because of which I’m never going to buy another Lenovo product and I’m going to spread the word 🙂 (!)

Text:

Dear Lenovo,

Firstly I would like to apologize for contacting you in this manner. I searched for a Lenovo support email contact, but was unsuccessful and found only these addresses. I figured that at least one of you is going to take action.

Long story short: An authorized Lenovo repair shop received a laptop on 6 December 2017, returned the laptop on 3 January 2018, spent a single hour “repairing” the laptop and did nothing in that hour. The repair shop in question is Zel-cos. Since they are the only authorized Lenovo repair shop in Croatia, at least for Ideapad laptops, most broken Lenovo products in Croatia, especially those under warranty, eventually end up in their incompetent hands. To save myself trouble of dealing with them again, I am never going to buy a Lenovo product again and I am going to spread the word to save other people the trouble of dealing with them.

I attached the relevant documents. They are in Croatian and I’m going to provide translations of the relevant parts. You can have the translation verified, of course 😊

I squared the relevant parts in different colours and numbered each square in service_receipt to simplify it as much as possible 😊

1 red square:
Date of reception: 6 December 2017
Date of repair*: 3 January 2018

2 green square:
Time invested into the repair*
Beginning – 13:13
End – 14:13
Time Spent – 1 h

3 purple square:
***WARRANTY*** Device diagnostics: the device powers up normally, OS is being booted normally. Bluetooth doesn’t function correctly
Device has been tested on our OS and it has been established that everything functions correctly. Device’s hardware is sound.
We can offer a reinstallation of the OS for additional payment of 1 hour of work.
The costumer has dropped his request. Cleaning and packing

The bolded text is the diagnostic of the shop where the laptop was bought. We spent two hours (double the time than the repair shop) in a single day (27 days! less than the repair shop…) trying to make the Bluetooth work without success. Only then did we send the laptop to the repair shop.

*Note that they hadn’t repaired anything, but they had kept the laptop with them for a month. The problem with Bluetooth is that it doesn’t work most of the times. If they had actually spent more than a single hour “working” on the thing in 28 days, they might have noticed that themselves. Upon confronting them with that argument, they had the audacity to tell me that “if a device works sometimes, it isn’t broken”. I also bolded “payment”. They request I pay them for repairing a device under warranty and they said it would take 1 hour?! A full hour for OS reinstallation?! 30 minutes tops! However that is not the point. The point is that they didn’t contact me to ask me if I wanted them to proceed. I guess all the carrier pigeons must have been unavailable for 28 days, so it must have been just impossible for them to contact me… I would also like to add that I am a person with disabilities, so while making people walk around the town for no reason is bad enough, walking around the town really is difficult for me.

Moreover, I didn’t drop anything; I hadn’t even been told anything before being handed the laptop back.

Before moving to the issue of warranty, I would like to say that the Bluetooth was tested on Windows, Ubuntu and Knoppix without success. So I do wonder what mighty OS the repair shop uses. Upon asking them the question, I wasn’t given an answer.

I attached the receipt of purchase as a proof that when the laptop had been received, it had been under warranty. However, The warranty expired in the mean time. This was most likely done so I couldn’t intervene on a free repair anymore.

Red square in purchase_receipt says:
Date and time: 16 December 2016 at 16:04

So, while the warranty is not valid any longer, it expired on 16 December, meaning the laptop was under warranty when the repair shop received it (6 December).

I would like to end the email with saying how very disappointed I am with Lenovo. I never expected such an established brand to authorize such a rude and incompetent repair shop.

Best regards,
*Name and surname*

Attachments: purchase receipt of the laptop, receipt of the repair shop


Posted on January 5th, 2018 at 15:07 GMT
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Mary Sue

First, let me point out that I really hate the term Mary Sue, but since the following image prompted me to write this post, I’m gonna stick to the term for the sake of argument 🙂

So, I’m gonna say why Luke definitely is not a Mary Sue, why Anakin could be a Mary Sue and how Rey definitely is a Mary Sue.

To begin with, I’d like to say that the author(s) of the image is probably a DI$N€¥ fanboy, that is a brat who was probably born after the prequels; all they see in Star Wars are colourful “laser swords” and they can’t tell the difference between the Force and a lightsaber, but think that because they’ve been watching “Star Wars” cartoons and reading comics for a few years, they know everything there is about Star Wars and that there was nothing prior to their existence.
Yeah, kid, Earth was orbiting the Sun even before your birth. Savvy? I’m sure your teacher can explain it to you 🙂

The comment …it could save your life is bloody immature and you will see for yourself how big of an insight in Star Wars the author actually has.

Before moving to Luke, lemme point out that both Luke and Anakin are epic Star Wars characters. Since the Skywalkers play the central role in the movies which are still “canon”, both Luke and Anakin are still “canon”… At least in the roles they played in the movies (and that Saturday morning cartoon The Clone Wars :/ ) and the characterizations of both of them in the movies is actually written in this pic. Defending a franchise by defending one character – let’s call her Rey – by trashing two other characters – let’s call them Luke and Anakin – is a poor way of defending the franchise and doesn’t make much sense… Nope, scratch that, it makes no sense at all.

The statements in the image are not written in chronological order. I don’t know what if any order they are written in nor do I much care. Anyway, I’m gonna stick to chronological order.

I’m pretty sure the Luke arguments refer to A New Hope. I mean Luke had definitely held a blaster before the films following A New Hope, so the arguments would make no sense if they referred to episodes V and VI. Although…

Anyway, first, by the time of A New Hope, only a handful of stormtroopers were clones. Proved that some clones couldn’t interpret their genetic coding to fight for the Republic and the ideals it stood for as serve the dude sitting in the chair and kill and torture if your superiors order it. So technically, it’s quite questionable how many clones he actually killed during the rebellion; as for A New Hope… did he kill a single trooper? Remember that dialogue between Tarkin and Vader: Are they away? asked Tarkin They have just made the jump into hyperspace. said Vader You’re sure the homing beacon is secure aboard their ship? I’m taking an awful risk, Vader. This had better work. said Tarkin? And then the following between Han and Leia: Not a bad bit of rescuing, huh? You know, sometimes I even amaze myself. bragged Han That doesn’t sound too hard. Besides, they let us go. It’s the only explanation for the ease of our escape. said Leia Easy… you call that easy? asked Han They’re tracking us! said Leia. Savvy? If you don’t, lemme explain: they let them go. All that shooting on the Death Star was a show. True, some troopers were probably killed in the skirmish. If for no reason, because the Empire would rather kill a few of their troopers than risk the escapees to pull a tricorder up their sleeves ×D But if he had killed any, the troopers had hardly fully employed their training…

And the poor aiming is also the result of the troopers being instructed to let them go. A trooper who would kill one of them, would have risked his own life because the Empire wasn’t a forgiving kind.

Speaking of aiming, the aiming in Star Wars; the real thing and in the abomination really goes on my nerves. I mean I almost stopped at A New Hope when 3PO and R2 virtually passed through blaster barrage at the beginning of the movie. Luckily, I decided to give the movie – thus the whole saga – another chance 🙂

Mkay, it took years for Yoda to communicate with Force ghosts. Luke actually communicated only with Obi Wan during most of the original trilogy. I mean Yoda and Anakin joined Obi Wan only in the end of the final movie. True, Yoda had been alive throughout the movies and Anakin popped up as soon as he “redeemed” himself. Speaking of redemption, it’s pretty pathetic. I mean, what kind of message does that send?! So you’re a genocidal maniac throughout most of your adult life, but then you do one good deed before you die and all is forgiven… In this case, Anakin killed thousands if not millions as Darth Vader and then saved a single life… Luke may be his son, but no life, not even the life of your child is worth two innocent lives, let alone more. Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

Has it maybe crossed your mind that Obi Wan contacting Luke wasn’t Luke’s doing? After all, it was Obi Wan who’d spent NINETEEN bloody years like a hermit on Tatooine. He spent his 19 years of solitude communicating with Qui-Gon’s ghost after Yoda “had taught him how to commune” with Qui-Gon. I guess that in that time he got a hang of it. Who knows what he and Qui-Gon had discussed in 19 years? 😮 And he did open up Luke to the Force so, yeah, it is quite likely that Obi Wan initiated his link as a Force ghost with Luke 🙂

Now comes my favourite 😀 Did Luke need extra X-wing training? He did fly and shoot from his airspeeder, When it comes to flying (and shooting from) a speeder, although different than a compact starfighter like an X-wing, it can’t be that different. I mean we’re not talking about a bulky freighter like the Falcon, which Rey flew better than Han…

As for the destruction of the Death Star, time for new quotes 😀 – from A New Hope: That’s impossible, even for a computer. exclaimed Wedge referring to the small shaft that need to be hit in order to destroy the station. It’s not impossible. I used to bull’s-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They’re not much bigger than two meters. said Luke; and now Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back: Size matters not! Savvy? No? Well, shooting rats and shafts ain’t sex for size to matter. It’s pretty much the same shit if you shoot at something 2 m in size alone or something 2 m in size on something big. The trick is having a good aim and reaching the target. As for the aim, Luke used to successfully shoot moving rats and by that time, he had opened up to the Force at least a bit, so a stationary shaft shouldn’t have proven to be much of a problem… And he did not reach the shaft on his own. He had help; at the very least Han and Chewie saved him by the bell.

So is Luke a “Mary Sue”? At least in comparison with Rey? Here’s a pic going in Luke’s favour even further 🙂

Now to Anakin 😀

Mkay, an all powerful brat from The Phantom Menace is “Mary Sueish” at least. Still, I gotta defend the kid here:

Anakin didn’t need a father to be born?! Only a DI$N€Y fanboy would interpret Shmi’s There was no father so literally. People living in the real word would interpret the statement as A guy knocked me over, but the bastard left me and the kid, and he’s not even paying alimo! I don’t wanna talk about that asshole! or worse I was raped and left with a child. I’d rather not say any more. because despite what Damir Stojić or a similar foul mouth might utter, it actually is physically possible for a woman to conceive after being raped. At the very least, someone could have impregnate her while she was unconscious. Anyway, I’ve always clung to one of those interpretations; even after reading Darth Plagueis where Sedious and Plagueis heard rumours of a child being born out of the Force. First lemme quote a rule of acquisition:  Hear all, trust nothing. They thought the birth of the child is a result of them manipulating with the midi-chlorians across the galaxy. It is likely that the manipulation resulted in Anakin’s blood having a high midi-chlorian concentration and, thus, in his Force sensitivity. But did they actually turn midi-chlorians into cum? Doubtful. They might have influenced Anakin’s conception as well. They could have arranged for someone to seduce Shmi and dump her or just have someone rape her. Them being sadistic psychos, I think the latter is more likely. Who knows, they might have opted for a more direct approach. Plagueis can’t be Anakin’s father since Anakin’s human, but as for Sedious… who knows… just another Star Wars mystery 😀

I must say that I don’t like a concept of a “chosen one”. It is Mary Sueish for itself, but well Anakin was the chosen one. 20 000 midi-chlorians made him the chosen one. Basically, he was very talented with the Force. If that talent makes him a Mary Sue; then every genius, talented athlete… is a Mary Sue.
So aye, his connection with the Force (the highest concentration of midi-chlorians not only in a human but on the record…) and him “being good at fixing things” – one would think he might have worked in a workshop as a kid… – made him win the pod race …in which he was the only Force sensitive racer.

He piloted N1 “without” any training after R2 disabled the autopilot and Anakin felt like “that was podracing”. How many ships did he destroy? A “battleship”, that is the control ship? Mkay, I think it is rather stupid that the main reactor would be anywhere near a hangar bay, but Anakin just shooting randomly around the hangar hardly required any skill.

As for the omnipotent Rey… well I think that the meme with her and Luke says it all, but I’d like to go through shit in the first meme.

She fights a bunch of untrained guys? So now they’re untrained?! And when I say that the First Order is nothing more than a terrorist cell… And, yeah, terrorists can be trained too, otherwise ISIS wouldn’t be much of a threat, would it? I mean, not all of them are weaklings like Finn…
She was captured by Ren, who is supposed to be a mighty Force user in command of the army of the supposedly might First Order…
She kills one stormtrooper, but fights a bunch of untrained guys? Just realized that the “untrained guys” are probably the bunch on Jakku ×D Anyway, she managed to kill a trained soldier, but she only fought a “bunch of untrained guys”??? Mkay…
You know that by making these arguments, you’re pretty much contradicting yourself?
And my favourite – defeating a “physically and mentally wounded Kylo Ren” 😀 How exactly was he physically wounded? Did a rookie stormtrooper who chickened out on his first mission actually manage to wound a would be Force user in a lightsaber wound? Pathetic. Considering his mental wounds… Yeah, Force users, especially mighty Force users, are supposed to be able to suppress their mental wounds, at least for a short time.

In all this Mary Sue mess, I only feel sorry for Daisy Ridley. I mean when being cast for Star Wars, she must have been so proud an excited only for her character do be directed into a mockery.

Merry Christmas!

P.S. And a happy New Year!


Originally posted on December 20th, 2017 at 13:59 GMT
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