Trying out Class::DBI

I’ve started working on a new version of this site, which will be a kind of merge with my internal home portal and some ideas that I had for a long time now. I’ve made some progress, which is mostly due to an excellence of Class::DBI perl module. This one is a sweety. It allows one to create database applications without a single line of SQL. Paired with CGI module (which allows one to generate web sites without ever typing in any HTML) it provides a fast development environment for a small project like mine. At the moment I don’t know how well it scales though, but I suspect – pretty much.


Today was the day when Hazard and Olga planned to go to see “Matrix Reloaded” for the second time. We didn’t call Lev, since he would refuse to go for sure. I was kind of against going, but I was in minority. And when majority is Hazard and Olga – I am in absolute minority. :) So, we end up in front of the K-Cineplex at about 21:40 where we discover that “Matrix Reloaded” is shown only at something like 17:15. I will not lie by saying that it didn’t make me happy.

Since we already were in front of the cinema, it would have been terrible to miss the chance and see something else. Fast look on the announce board and we see that everything apart from “Kangaroo Jack” and “Identity” has been seen. Now, that is one dilemma. Kangaroo Jack is ugly and is for stupid kids. Not that I hate kids. I like kids. But movies like Kangaroo Jack are for stupid kids. Though I haven’t seen it myself. But I never was a smart kid myself. :)

“Identity”, on the other hand, had a terrible trailer and it seemed that it was a trivial half horror, and half thriller movie from the trailer. And it also seemed very cheap. Not that I am against cheap completely, but sometimes it is good to see something that has some moral value. :) So, here goes my P800 (yes, I am still glad I bought it) helping us out on the rating, which happens to be 7.0/10.0 (IMDB staff). And we decide to go…

I’ve seen a lot of excellent movies. I even saw few recently. But the feeling of complete satisfaction coming from the movie noone was even eager to see in the first place is kind of shocking and shaking. Excellent movie. Good acting, lots of well-known, seen many times actors. Soundtrack fits the picture almost perfectly. Camera is excellent. But the plot is the best of all. And it somewhat misses the traditional American happy end. :) Overall – stongly recommended. Maybe I will even buy it later. :)

Best service in Cyprus

Tired and exhausted when leaving office, to complete the feeling I found out a huge nail stuck in the middle of the tire. So, I went to the only garage on my way home which was still open. And what do I find there? THE BEST SERVICE I’VE SEEN IN CYPRUS. The guy practically ran to open the door for me when I was getting out of the car. Natural smile, fast moving around, he offered me a drink (a choice of coffee, tea, water, and orrange juice), then discovered that coffee machine was out of water, so he ran across the street to kiosk to get some water, fixed the machine, gave me a cup of coffee, fixed the tire, checked pressure in for all other wheels, and charged me only 3CYP with a huge smile. That is what I call antistress. The whole tiredyness of the day was gone.

Food, friends, and two pints

Pizza Hut with Olga in the evening. After some hot and spicy deep pan we went to Hazard’s place to pick him up, then for Lev and went to Chesters. Not a lucky day for Hazard who couldn’t get a proper pint for the whole evening. First they’ve brought the wrong brew, then they gave something that smelled bad, afterwards they gave something that smelled better but tasted worse… Poor guy.

After the short Chesters session we returned back to Hazard’s place to enjoy the “Go“, which is a kind of American answer to “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels“. One of the best drug movies I’ve seen, especially considering American routes. British ones are still better, but this one was pretty close. :)

Photos uploaded

Finally Hazard uploaded all the latest pictures. I’ve processed and annotated them, so you can enjoy two new albums in the “Photo” section of the site – second session of mussle cooking and second trip to Akamas. Unfortunately, I had wrong settings on the camera for a good part of Akamas trip. That spoiled few shots, but there are still plenty left. :) I’ll be more accurate next time. Really. I promise. :)

Another trip to Akamas Peninsula

Again to Akamas Peninsula we go! This time we had Lev with us to share on the beauty. Unfortunately, there was only one portion of pork in the restaraunt uphill, so we had to eat mostly chicken – no problem, we’ll call them in advance next time. Then, down to the beach for a swim. This time though, the waves were way bigger then the last time, so we had some problems getting out of the water. Most of us lost control of the situation, but Lev proved to be a real sea wave proffessional, diving in and out of the water like was Poseidon himself! :)

Luckily, with no major injuries we all got out and went back to Limassol, where we, once again, gathered at Hazard’s place to watch “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” in Goblin’s funny translation. This part was translated better then the “Fellowship of the Ring”, but the soundtrack he put sucked big time. Mostly it was Russian pop music, which is really really really ugly and totally out of the theme. Fellowship soundtrack was much better with Rammstein over the orc’s faces, etc. Anyway, we still had a bunch of fun, and that is what counts.

SysAdmin’s Day

Today is the last Friday of July, which means only one thing – it’s a System Administrator Appreciatoin Day again! Yes, this is the day to thank all system, network, database, SAP, Exchange, and whatever-else-you’ve-got administrators for their hard, but invisible work.

Such a day calls for celebration, so we (Lev, Hazard, Olga, and I) end up in the Cleopatra lebanese restaraunt for an excellent meal, and nargile afterwards. Then we picked up Alexander Avanesov and continued in the brewerey, which was still out of beer (but they promised that next Friday it’ll be there!).

After few pints the evening was practically over, but it suddenly continued with new enthusiasm at Hazard’s place with watching the “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood“. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the original copy, but there were two translated ones. One was the “noname” translation and another was done by Goblin. Somehow, Goblin’s translation was much worse then the noname one, so we switched in the middle of the movie. :)

Just Married

Just Married (2003)

Somehow, day-time work is much more difficult after two night shifts in a row. I barely made it home and didn’t think of going anywhere, but Olga and Hazard were persistent enough for me go to the movie and see Just Married. Overall the film was OK, or even good. The part about childhood dreams of weddings was the best though, and was worth the whole movie. Also, the ashtray thrown in the head and the monologue after it were excellent! :)