Tonight I heard people shouting “death to the dictator” and “the political prisoners must be freed” on the rooftops around our building. It was the first time I was hearing it for myself… up close… And from what I hear, on the 4th of November [students day], people are going to be in the streets again….
On the other news, today I paid a visit to the “Tajrish” marketplace to shop for Persian stuff… and noticed that the place has been prettified and renovated…. but the mud on the ground is still the same… darn… somebody please do something about that! =P
Oh, I forgot to mention before…. last week we went to the new and fabulous Azadi movie theatres compound, and watched this VERY Persian movie called “The Rule Book”. I have to mention that the compound itself is worth making a movie out of. Pretty. Darn good architecture possibly the prettiest theatres compound I’ve ever seen. And I’m not putting that lightly!! As for the the movie… well… let just say that me, my mom and TanTan managed to drop more water than the Niagara Falls while watching it. Not that it’s a truly sad movie or anything… but it’s showing some of the bigger scars on the face of this society… and that’s why you end up crying…
Reporting from Iran again, have to start by saying that I’m still having loads of fun. ;) I’ve so far had a chance to see around the city a bit, eat some very fine food and pack up some of my childhood stuff.
Something very special that I’ve had in the past few days [a large amount of it that is ;)], is Persian ice-cream. Well I’m not even going to try to describe what that is and what it tastes like… because there’s only 2 options: either you have or you will try it for yourself at some point, or you’ll miss out big time. =P Those huge pieces of frozen high concentration cream are just… heavenly.
I also had another very original Persian food called “Kabab Loghme”. Basically it’s bread wrapped kebab of a special sort, with some onion and herbs. And it tastes fantastic, I can tell you that. ;)
Also… we finally had a chance to have a dinner at Pantry pizzeria/restaurant. This would be Tehran’s oldest pizza place, and it serves very fine Italian pizza. Love it. I’m only somewhat disappointed to know that their Mexican food is no longer that great… But anyway it was a great night with TanTan, Mahyar, Yazdan, my cuz Pooneh and my mom. =)
Thanks to TanTan and Yazdan I’ve had a rather extensive tour of Tehran streets up to now, specially since Yazdan managed to give us a nice evening ride around some of the more central + old areas of the city. I also spent a very delightful + fun evening with TanTan’s family, they’re just amazing! =)
Tomorrow the Roshd international short film festival starts.. and fortunately I already have a number of guest tickets for me and a bunch of friends. We’re planning to see Lynn’s short animation film which is being shown in the International films category. The only problem is, I have no idea when they’re going to show it as of yet! The festival is a week long, it’s starting tomorrow and the people in charge haven’t released the schedule yet. Amazing eh? Hopefully we’ll figure it out in time…
And I swear, I have indeed taken a large load of pictures. I simply haven’t had the time to select the best and upload them as of yet… but I will, soon, promise! =)
Thanks to my fantastic friend TanTan, I’ve been seeing more of Tehran in the past few days. One of the more “outstanding” places she showed me so far, was the “Tandis” shopping mall in Tajrish street. Wellllll words sort of fail to describe what I saw in there… aside from the fact that it was proven to me that the Iranian government no longer has a problem with foreign brands opening branches in Iran, which was the positive side of things, I also saw a whole load of faces, hairs and make ups that I’m afraid I’d neither call nice nor even remotely stylish. My only description for what I saw would be “too much”. Hey, I’m all for funky fashion [you probably know that ;)], but I have this old school idea that “looking good” should be the operative phrase at the end.
Well, it looks to me like unfortunately due to the insane amount of pressure that the gov has put on people during the past 3 years, the goal has became to simply do something that defies the tight Islamic rules as much as possible, rather than looking good. And for the love of God, can somebody please explain to me the philosophy of the \ / eyebrows? I mean come on people, it’s sodding UGLY! So yeah… that’s what I’ve been seeing in the streets and the shopping malls… expensive brands and pretty ugly looks. =P
I have to mention though… it’s really quite a lot of fun doing the sight-seeing with TanTan and awesome friends. =) And I had quite a bit of laughs with TanTan in this small restaurant in Tandis… since basically everything that they had on their menu, they didn’t have in reality. =P I’ll post pictures soon….. Oh, and I felt near death at some point when I was near Tajrish street… I officially no longer can take Tehran’s polluted air… I was feeling so bloody sick…
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but flying to Iran and getting through to the IK Airport happened quite smoothly and without any trouble. =) I mean the whole IK Airport experience was quite unusually easy… Our luggage arrived with no delay, and our hand luggage + suitcases where only put through the scanner, all together, and no one opened ANY of our luggage.. they didn’t even tell us to take out our electronics, just the notebooks! And we just simply walked through the sensor thang, and no one checked our clothing… in fact no one even looked us in the face during the whole process! We were out of the Airport in about half an hour after our arrival!!!!! I mean… heck, when was the last time that happened in Iran?? =) Very nice surprise there….
Then Mahyar came after us and drove us [and all our suitcases, oh yeah! ;)] home. It was such a wondrous experience seeing Tehran again after 6 years.. and arriving home broke me into tears. Thanks to our beloved friends, our apartment [yes, we’re actually staying in our own home this time..] actually looked quite livable since the very moment we arrived.
Up to this moment, I’ve mostly been doing 2 things:
- Having fun with our friends who are coming here back to back to see us + going out with TanTan,
- Taking my old “stuff” out of closets, huge packages and storage… making decisions as to what will be kept and what will be thrown away, and re-packing what I’ll be sending to Switzerland… And by “stuff” I mean… all sorts of things…. from drawings of the 2 year old me, to my Nintendo games… to old pictures… to letters… to…. oh God… this part has not been very easy, I can tell you that…..
So I haven’t done a lot of Tehran seeing as of yet, and there’s a large ton of my friends that I haven’t had the chance to visit yet… but will be doing that in the coming days, and possibly after a short visit to Shiraz. =)
Will be posting updates here on regular basis [well, as regular as possible in here!], and photos will follow soon. ;)
I just rebuilt Verse’s edit toolbar entirely… the wiki syntax for using every single available tool on the Verse pages, can now be pasted to the page through the edit toolbar. I guess that makes the whole system much easier to use….
I have created a new music twine… this one is for Sleepthief. Check it out and add stuff if you like… =)
With all the noise I’ve been making, I’m sure everyone here already knows what’s happening… yup, 4 days from now [on October 15] I’m taking a rather long trip home. I haven’t been there in so many years… and I miss everyone and everything dearly. This is very dreamy….
I’m already done with 95% of the packing. The only remaining items are ones that will be using till the last minutes… This whole thing happened quite suddenly and without much of a planning, which adds quite a bit to the whole excitement factor.
4 days left… only 4…. can hardly wait…. ahhhhh……..
So, after a whole lot of searching and being as horribly picky as I usually am about my gear, I finally found me the perfect backpack to have support for my notebook, as well as the rest of my rather massive load of stuff. And to my un-surprise, it turned out to be Swiss Gear. Love it!
I’ve been playing with some new options and extensions for Verse in the past few days.. and so far it looks like I’ve came up with a couple of useful new tools that I’m pretty satisfied with.
First of all, Verse pages now have a couple of “statistics” lines at the very bottom. There’s a list of contributors, and also a number of the times a page has been loaded, and the date of last edit on the page.
The edit pages now include a toolbar… exactly like the one Wikipedia has. Took a rather ugly hack on my template among other things… but it’s neat. You can use it to add some simple wiki syntax.
The video embedding tool can now embed more than just YouTube videos. A bunch of other services including Vimeo are also supported now.
I re-did the feed reader tool too, from the scratch. Now you can display both RSS and Atom feeds on the wiki pages, including the descriptions. And the way it shows up on the page can be customized too.
And of course my favorite new tool which is not even a real extension [it’s more of a template hack], is a very small and simple syntax that allows you to hide a section of the page, and show it with a click on a link. This is specially useful since sometimes a wiki page can get very very long, and if there are a ton of videos posted to a page for instance, it’s better if the entire content of the page doesn’t show up at once. I also did consider having a "next page” option… in fact that’s what I did first. But then that was too bloggie… and I wanted all the sections of the page to be there at the first look, and just hide the content. So this looks like the best solution, and works perfectly now. =)
There’s a ton of more new features.. and you can check out Verse’s help page for a more complete list of what tools are available now. ;)
“902 surviving letters by Vincent van Gogh are to be published for the first time this week. Mostly written to the artist's brother Theo, the letters offer personal insights which give lie to the idea that van Gogh was a "reckless and unreflective genius".”
Well I’m not really a movie buff…. but hey, I do very much enjoy a good movie! It’s not so difficult to entertain me with a movie, I have a passing fun with all sorts of them… but then I’m extremely picky about what I call a really _good_ movie, something that I’d watch more than once. And a few nights ago I actually came across one of those extremely rare movies which I would call one of the best I’ve ever seen!
“Memento” is simply an amazing movie. And that’s just about as much about it as I will say here, since due to the extremely complex and delicate nature of the scenario, anything that I say will easily turn into an spoiler. All I can say is that if you haven’t seen this movie you’re missing out… and that it instantly found it’s place on the top of my all time favorites. So check it out! ;)
So last weekend, finally after months of waiting, I watched the 2 hour premiere of Stargate Universe. I’ve been playing in my head a bit with what I saw… I guess it’s too early to actually have an opinion about the series… but I can say that so far, I totally love the plot, and almost totally hate the characters! =P
Dr. Rush is basically the only character that I actually like so far. But I guess, on the other hand, it’s going to be quite interesting to watch a bunch of people this time around who weren’t actually meant for this, are not necessarily the best of the best, and mostly are just simply not supposed to be there. I suppose there’s going to be some very interesting character development going on for the crew in the new series.
Well, looking impatiently forwards to this weekend for the 2nd episode….
In my search for a tool that would do for all eBook formats, what ComicRack does for e-comics, I came across Calibre. I’m using is for now since it’s the best I came across so far, but honestly it doesn’t make me as excited as ComicRack. It does create you a library, but no lists or folders. And there are a lot of nice options in there that simply get lost in the short comings of the UI… but oh well, it’s more or less a nice tool and it’s open source, so… going to keep using it for now. =)
Great news for all the fans of the Demovibes compilations including myself: Demovibes 9 was released yesterday, and the CUE file and PDF cover are also available as of today. As usual, it’s an awesome collection, and I’m currently having fun listening to it. I already uploaded the album to Melange, and you can either find the tracks on the Demovibes playlist, or the Demovibes 9 album.
To download the compilation go here, or go here to see the entire list of the Demovibes compilations.
As I’m certain I’ve mentioned a good bazillion times before, I read a lot of e-comics, and own a terribly large load of them. Most of my e-comics are in CBZ/CBR formats due to my pickiness regarding image quality, and I do have a small number of PDF ones too.
For a very long time I was using CDisplay to view / read comics. A light and small app that basically does nothing but displaying the images inside a CBZ/CBR archive. Nothing else. CDisplay is currently the most popular and widely used tool for viewing e-comics, and the few other more or less well known apps for the purpose are pretty much exactly the same. Nothing kool really. And if if wasn’t for my curious nature I’d probably still be using the boring app, except, well, it bored the heavens out of me and I decided to finally find a replacement.
After a great deal of digging and testing of nearly all the available tools, I can now say with confidence that I’ve found the koolest comic viewing application currently in existence, and it’s called ComicRack. You could say that ComicRack is something like iTunes for e-comics. It allows you to create an e-comics library with lists and categories, and can show a very neat preview of each comic’s cover. And that’s just the beginning… there’s tons of awesomely useful features to explore, and with all of that, the app is still a free one. So, well, safe to say that I’m totally in love with ComicRack now. So e-comic-ies… check it out! ;)
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