Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Stand up comedy in Iasi - Café Déko

L-am "cunoscut" pe Teo@Cafe Deko la inceput prin niste cuvinte vulgare. Apoi am gasit si BloguLuTeo... Dar cand am aflat ca vine in Iasi, nu am ezitat si mi-am adunat scamele din buzunare pana am facut rost de bani de un bilet! Abia astept ziua de maine, dar pana atunci, avem la dispozitie o mostra:

...Si uite asa scriam eu entuziasmat pana cand primesc un mail...
De la cine oare?


Maine la Luceafarul e show de stand up cu Trupa Cealalta... care este de altfel cealalta trupa din Cafe Deko. Da, sunt doua.

Noi ne vedem pe 11 Noiembrie in Club Hypnotic, fost Versus ;)


Ei bine, cine vrea sa ii vada maine (1 noiembrie) pe cei de la Trupa Cealalta din Café Déko (Cosmin Nedelcu aka Micutu, Radu Isac si Tiberiu Popovici), locatia si ora au ramas aceleasi: Teatrul Luceafarul, 20:30!

Ne vedem acolo!

De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté

Haven't seen it, but I will...

It's almost the end... of the month.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A thousand miles away...

Hey there Delilah
Don't you worry about the distance
I'm right there if you get lonely
Give this song another listen
Close your eyes
Listen to my voice it's my disguise
I'm by your side

Sunday, October 28, 2007

A Vision of Students Today

What is it like to be a student nowadays?

Found thanks to Radu.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Je ne veux pas travailler

Déjà j'ai connu le parfum de l'amour
Un millions de roses
N'embaumeraient pas autant
Maintenant une seule fleur
Dans mes entourages
Me rend malade

XWiki Office Iasi - follow-up

Recently I was spreading the word about the opening of XWiki Office Iasi. It was a nice "party", with great people and some bottles of good wine (Grasa de Cotnari).

Thanks to Anca, we have little souvenirs from the event:

Friday, October 26, 2007

aPaw: Fireworks

Originally uploaded by Marius B

October is almost ending... No more "Sarbatorile Iasului"...

Next year, 2008, we will be celebrating 6 centuries of young Iasi!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Karmacoma jamaica an' roma

You sure you wanna be with me I've nothing to give
Don't lie and say this lovin's best
Don't leave us in emotional place
Take a walk take a rest now take a rest

Massive AttackFake the Aroma

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fantasy vs. SciFi

Take the test [...] you will then be matched with the fantasy or science fiction character that you have the most in common with.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

A strong presence who organizes efforts yet shuns consensus, you strive to educate others for the benefit of your causes.

Don't center on your anxiety, Obi-Wan. Keep your concentration on the here and now where it belongs.

Qui-Gon is a character in the Star Wars universe. The Star Wars Databank has a character profile.

And the fun part is... I don't even know the Star Wars universe!?!... Anyway, this got to me just like tag, from Adi Rusu, via Simona!

There were quite a few other posibilities...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Teamwork Training in AIESEC

Now that we, in AIESEC Iasi, have the new members it's yet again Induction time! This time, as a LTT member I also had a training: teamwork.

This training was a first from several perspectives:

  • 1st training with a co-trainer - Sandra!
  • 1st training without my usual Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
  • 1st training with good old flip charts...
Here is a small sample from those beautiful two hours:

You can find more info about this training on my AIESEC XP blog.

Friday, October 19, 2007

XWiki Office Iasi

Duminica, 21 octombrie 2007, are loc inaugurarea XWiki Office Iasi, situat pe Lascar Catargi, nr 37, etajul 2, apt 4 (Berthelot colt cu Catargi, cladirea noua de vis-a-vis de spitalul de urgenta).

Vino de la ora 1800 sa sarbatorim impreuna!

Career Management

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Achmed the Dead Terrorist

- So how do you spell it?
- Ah, let’s see… uh, A, C, phlegm…”
This has to be one best comedy movies I've seen lately. For me, Jeff Dunham is by now the funniest ventriloquist I have ever seen. I have watched this video more than four times now and still can’t quit laughing. I just love the part when Achmed talks about his premature detonation. This is just too funny!
SILENCE! Theeeese eeese NOT funny!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

aPaw: When Cluj comes marching in!

When Cluj comes marching in!
Originally uploaded by Marius B

Part of the old Iasi coming back all the way from Cluj! The title was inspired fom one of AIESEC Cluj's shouts, also inspired (I think) from Louis Armstrong's When the saints go marching in:

He was born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone along the way...

aPaw: Update!

Because my a Photo a week project didn't go as planned, it seems it is time for a minor update.

Recently, there were entire weeks when I had no time for photos, because of a busier and busier schedule. So, while the future posts related to this subject will still be labeled aPaw the frequency will be at least once a month...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

aPaw: Fotomaraton Day

Fotomaraton #04: Autoportret
Originally uploaded by Marius B

A busy day: from 9AM till 9PM, 12 hours for taking 12 photos on 12 themes:

  1. Orange Code
  2. Tee or coffee?
  3. 13
  4. Self-Portrait

  5. The Other
  6. Cultural Iasi
  7. Photo-marathon
  8. Projection

  9. Close encounter
  10. Gang way
  11. Traffic
  12. It used to be...

We were around 500 participants for Fotomaraton 2007, but because of the morning rain, I don't think that all of us came after all.

Here is my interpretation of the themes.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Remember the summer

remember the summer
Originally uploaded by hatschiputh

Yes... I do miss it! The moments when I was giving Gerberas to my girlfriend, and the moments when I didn't gave her at least once a real sunflower...

Still, they say that Gerbera L., is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae).

Nevertheless, I miss some aspects of the last summer...

Thursday, October 11, 2007


  • De l-ai rupt?
  • Avea gust de lemn... De ce a trebuit sa fie slab, acum cand am avut nevoie? Trebuia sa reziste, sa nu se rupa...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Picasa Connection Problems

When I take pictures, I see that I mainly have 2 approaches:

  • there are those moments when I can stay for a few minutes for a photography, just to make it as close as possible to what I see there;
  • and there are those times when I make "weekend pictures"; when I make a lot of pictures without giving much thought to the artistic side of them. And this is mainly when I have to upload lots of pictures from AIESEC conferences. :P

Since I moved the storing place of my pictures on my laptop, I also reinstalled Picasa. Usually I use it for bulk uploads for my picasaweb accounts.

But where are the problems? you might ask by now! Well, for about a week, I wasn't able to connect to my Web account from the desktop application. The answer was actually within reach:

  1. Start Picasa.
  2. Click "Blog this" in Picasa. This should pop a proxy identification dialog box.
  3. Accept all the subsequent certificates.
  4. Once you reach the blog page, close it.
  5. Now click connect to webalbums on Picasa.
  6. Enter gmail username/password and it should connect fine.

Until this problem is solved, I hope you will find this useful!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Tables are bad—m'kay?

I know, I know, when designing some content for web, use divs & CSS instead of tables for structure. It's just that until now I'm better in structuring the content in the bad way.

I've really started to get back to reading, and took Microformats: Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0 by John Allsopp from the first page once again. While reading the 3rd chapter—Structural and Semantic HTML—I've finally understood why is it a bad practice to use tables for layout... even if, strictly speaking, this is valid!

The HTML 4.01 specification states the following:

The HTML table model allows authors to arrange data—text, preformatted text, images, links, forms, form fields, other tables, etc.—into rows and columns of cells.
Tables should not be used purely as a means to layout document content as this may present problems when rendering to non-visual media. Additionally, when used with graphics, these tables may force users to scroll horizontally to view a table designed on a system with a larger display. To minimize these problems, authors should use style sheets to control layout rather than tables.

That is why I'm now convinced that I also have to get rid of this not good contemporary structural and semantic markup practice.

If anyone knows of something quick and well explained like "Idiot's guide to table-less design", please share! :-D

The Cube: Vista way!

Since I'm quite new to Vista, I looked for the-cool-cube-effect only recently:

Yod'm 3D (Yet anOther Desktop Manager 3D) allows you to have virtual desktops with a 3D cube effect for the transitions on both Windows XP and Windows Vista. It is pretty much like Beryl, on Linux, but featuring only the spinning cube.

How does it work ?

  1. Download Yod'm 3D 1.4 (MediaFire mirror)
  2. Decompress the file in a folder of your choice
  3. Run the program
  4. Push the keys Ctrl + Shift and change your desktop by displacing the cube with your mouse, or by using your left and right keys.

They say that the 3D effects of this kind require a rather efficient computer. I can say that it behave very well on my laptop and I did not find it to be CPU consuming.

Yod'm 3D 1.4 is the former version that was still free. The newer versions (not free anymore) are called DeskSpace.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Lupta impotriva discriminarii

În Iași, în perioada 5-7 octombrie 2007, va avea loc o serie de evenimente dedicate persoanelor cu dizablități. Din cauza bugetului redus nu s-a reușit decât tipărirea a 50 de afișe și 220 de fluturași, un număr aproape nesemnificativ pentru atragerea de spectatori.

În continuare aveți afișul spectacolului (click pentru a mări):

Inițiativă preluată de la VisUrat, via Simona.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Fotomaraton: editia a treia

Centre Culturel Français Iaşi a lansat o nouă ediție a concursului de fotografie Fotomaraton!

În acest an totuși, evenimentul este de două ori mai important pentru mine, atingându-mi două hobby-uri. Dacă până acum eram entuziasmat de oportunitatea oferită pe plan fotografic, de această dată am participat și la dezvoltarea sitului.

Partea de design la site, împreună cu restul elementelor de identitate ale evenimentului, a fost realizată de către Adrian Mironescu. Eu în schimb, am avut grijă de logica și codul din spatele sitului.

Tehnologii folosite: PHP, XHTML & CSS.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007 revii in viata mea

...și dorul tău să-l port doar eu
iar altcuiva să nu-l poți da

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Online TV & movies

It's been 4 or 5 years since I've decided not to watch TV anymore... In the beginning I was thinking about buying a TV tuner, but I've dropped that idea pretty soon.

Lately, I kept an eye out for different ways to keep my girlfriend up to date with the Romanian reality. Because she is still abroad for her internship, my single option was an online alternative. This is how I found several "online TV" sites. But from most of them, I personally chose TV Cafe Romania. The winning feature for me were the movies (DivX Web Player required). I'm not saying anything about the legal side, but for the moment I'll just enjoy it! I'm just saying that it's quite a good alternative to downloading them.

Another cool site brought to life thanks to the DivX Web Player is Stage6. If you have some free time, it's really worth it.

If you know more sites similar to this one, please share! ;o)

Later edit: Thanks to Liviu, I found out about the Online Video Guide, that they say was in the "top 10 best site of the year" by Time Magazine.

Monday, October 01, 2007

October 1st

Weird feeling today: everybody was in a hurry to attend their classes, everyone was talking about school... But for the first time in the last 5 years October 1st lost it's true meaning... At least for me!... At least this year!