Kouris lake

Road to the lake

Today Olga, Maxim and I together with Vladimir and his mother went for some food in Phini tavern. On our way up we had to make a few stops, because Maxim was getting bored and tired of the road. One of the stops was on Kouris lake.

Kouris is one of the most pictureous places that I’ve been at in Cyprus. It’s doesn’t look very pictures or anything. It’s just that most of the pictures that I shoot over there come out to be quite interesting.

And, of course, there is the church attraction. There is a Saint Nicholas church on the bank of the lake. It’s a small one, and not too fancy. And it wasn’t even worth a mention until two years ago.

Two years ago there were plenty of rains and the level of water in the lake raised considerably. The chuch was flooded. Literary. It was completely under water. Only the cross at the top was visible.

Needless to say that the chuch was destroyed. It wasn’t disassembled though. And not it still stays there as a ghost reminder. A smaller one has been built nearyby, at a higher ground. Like a memorial.

I am not religious at all. And I don’t have any feelings for the Church and its buildings. But the one at Kouris always makes me sad. It just looks so dramatic…

Other pictures of the lake, even without the church, come out just fine too.

Album location: /photos/2006/2006-04-29_POTD/

Bad online is as good as good offline

Bloglines went down. Again. They claim it to be for only half an hour. I don’t know. For me it felt like eternity, as this was my news reading half hour.

I don’t buy the power outage. It happenned way too often to them. By now, the most retarded person would have figured out how to avoid such situations. And Bloglines staff is way above retarded. There some pretty smart people over there.

Anyway. It’s when my mind is left with nothing to poke at for such long periods of time, I get all sorts of stupid ideas. This time, I questioned the benefits of online RSS aggregator. I figured that if my computer is up, I want to read some blogs. And so, I should use an offline RSS aggregator.

Akregator is pretty good. It’s fast, intuitive, and works nicely with the rest of the KDE. It also imported my latest backup of Bloglines subscriptions (OPML) without any problems. Reorganizing is easier and faster with Akregator, because it’s a local application, and because it supports nested folders for feeds. Next version even boasts support for tags. We’ll see.

I’ll use it for the time being. Maybe I’ll go back to Bloglines. Maybe I’ll find something else. Or maybe I’ll stay with Akregator.

P.S.: Just so that you know, since I bought my notebook, it became my primary computer and I rarely use any other. Although I still dream of synhronization.

They just don’t get each other

The irony of life – when one person has something that another doesn’t, they have difficulties understanding each other. Not always, but prett often. A person who just had lunch won’t fully dig into what a hungry person is saying. Rich people can’t care less for what comes out of poor people’s mouthes. People in shape don’t hear fat people. I can go on for ever.

One particular example of such misunderstanding occurs between parents and those who never had kids. No matter what people who had children say, those who hadn’t wouldn’t understand them. They might try, but it’ll still be far from what was meant.

My mother used to say “When you’ll have kids, you’d know…”. I was like “Yeah, right…”. Now that I have a son – I suddenly started to understand what she was saying. Not all of it, of course, but I am walking down that path.

Why am I writing this? Because I just came across something someone somewhere far far away posted in her blog. Now I totally understand what she is saying. But just a couple of years ago I’d be like “Oh, c’mon… not again!”.

P.S.: Just to make something clear – having kids does not automatically means understanding all parents. No. But it’s a minimum requirement. You can’t go around it.