Nothing new in the East

What can a normal citizen of the so called peripheral Europe say about the invasion of Crimea by Russia? Nothing ! Any reaction will be a very personal one and not at all conditioned by any common European politics[1], regarding this new international incident in Europe…

Soviet Union never was a target of my admiration. Stalin was no better than the murderer Hitler. Ukraine is just a small grain of the huge sand called Russia. Russia is the evil in Europe. What good can Russia bring to Europe? Nothing. Russia should be part of Asia. Should be a member of any coalition, that surely doesn’t exist, with China. The world is divided, definitely. China and Russia do not represent communism at all. Communism was a dream of Karl Marx. Beautiful as a dream, never put in practice, actually. All forms of communism I know, were not more than a cloaked dictatorship of those proclaiming their leadership as as practice of communism. Give me a break, will you? Communism is pure utopia. Cruelty of human beings is a daily reality.

Ukranians and Crimeans represent very little compared to the huge interests of Russia. And USA. And Germany. Russia is not a good example of an European country stepping towards an attitude pretty much far away of wild behaviors like “killing to survive”. Russia and all their mafias[2], freely operating among a population totally away of world wide reality, are simply disgusting. However, they succeed. They have the petrol-dollars power playing for them and that works. They have the military power. They have the size and size really matters. They have the full control of every citizen’s mind. Those very same citizens who, despite being victims of a sassy totalitarianism for decades, surprisingly are still believers in what nobody else no longer believes: communism!

European Union and USA are once again playing with Russia that dirty game already several times played in other similar situations: threats after threats, no practical results yet! Who does really want to challenge Russia and lose all the millions the Russians place in Europe and USA? Who does really want to put in risk billion dollars deals to protect or simply support a bunch of Ukranian citizens who don’t even know what they really want to do with their own country? Ukraine has just one destiny: assimilation by Russia. Why? Because Russia wants back the territories they consider necessary to assure power over their direct adversaries, EU and USA. Kind of a step by step action to rebuild Soviet Union or, at least, to do everything to avoid the escape of former Soviet republics into NATO.

Who’s next, after Ukraine?

  1. European Union never has a common policy regarding international conflicts.
  2. Those very same buying everything in Europe, like Chelsea FC…

Welcome back Winamp ??

After our post “Goodbye Winamp“, last December 19th, something has happened in the finances world and it looks like Winamp has been moribund but definitely not dying! Not yet, though…

The rumor about the possible interest of Microsoft Inc acquiring Winamp was just that, a rumor. However, because good things should never die, good news have arisen

“Returning from the brink of death, music services Winamp and Shoutcast are now officially with a new owner: digital audio business Radionomy has acquired the both media player and radio platform from AOL. We understand from a reliable source that it is a cash and share deal, worth between $5 million and $10 million, with AOL taking a 12% stake of Radionomy in the process.”

by http://techcrunch.com/

What’s now? Let’s wait and see. At least, Winamp.com has got already a new face despite its very little functionality.

Long life to Winamp !

(S)ulfuric flavo(r) !!!

It was seven years ago I first wrote about this Icelandic band, Sigur Rós. I ended that very same post with “Come on, give it a try!! Actually, I just know very few people who love this rock band and buy their CDs as well. And, believe me, I and some of them have very little in common which, on other hand, has been a found that has recently destroyed a couple of my beliefs.“. Today, I should say I keep very much “attached” to this band and I know another live being belonging to the group of human beings who also loves it: my own son! Blood of my blood, flesh of my flesh, what the hell has my son in common with me besides this attraction to a band from the very north of Europe, from where we have been used to expect only cold winds and short days?

Sigur Rós haven’t changed much. Their last album, Kveikur (2013, June), has not disappointed the band’s fans, I guess. Still powerful, still beautifully aggressive, still enigmatic, very much twilight zone, much inside some black hole in someone’s existence, devils and hells, zombies and poltergeists… All that can be found in Brennisteinn[1] here below.

Come on, give it a try!!

In Icelandic

Við skerum á
Augnaráð
Nú stingur í
Ofbirta

Nú bræða óf
Endalok
Svo flæðir inn
Dagsbirta

[Pre-Chorus]
Nú teygir sig og togar
Og tognar út úr öllum ögnum
Í liðamótum brakar
Og brestur í Þau hrökkva úr stað
Rennur blóð í æðum

Í skinninu
Yðar á
Krækir klónum í
Og klórar í

[Chorus]
Nú teygir sig og togar
Og tognar út úr öllum ögnum
Í liðamótum brakar
Og brestur í Þau hrökkva úr stað
Reisum boginn búkinn
Hryggjarsúluna réttum við
Rennur blóð í æðum

[Repeat 6x]
Ekki segja neinum frá

[Chorus]
Nú teygir sig og togar
Og tognar út úr öllum ögnum
Í liðamótum brakar
Og brestur í Þau hrökkva úr stað
Reisum boginn búkinn
Hryggjarsúluna réttum við
Rennur blóð í æðum

In English

We plunge in
A glance
Then strikes
A blinding light

Then they melt
The end
And flows in
The daylight

[Pre-Chorus]
Now it drags and pulls
And tears out every particle
Joints ache
And crack, they are dislocated
Blood runs in the veins

In the skin
Your (skin)
It digs its claws
And lacerates

[Chorus]
Now it drags and pulls
And tears out every particle
Joints ache
And crack, they are dislocated
We raise our bowed bodies
The spine we straighten
Blood runs in the veins

[Repeat 6x]
Don’t tell anyone

[Chorus]
Now it drags and pulls
And tears out every particle
Joints ache
And crack, they are dislocated
We raise our bowed bodies
The spine we straighten
Blood runs in the veins

by Sigur Rós
Brennisteinn, in Kveikur, © 2013
Translation to English found in Wikia.com.
Video clip with original front photo from itself.
  1. Icelandic word for brimstone or sulfur, in English, and enxofre, in Portuguese.

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“Q Bonjóia”
by Mike F
Live w/ friends

The Black Panther -the farewell

May you rest in peace, mr. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, and thank you very much for your huge dedication to football[1] of your country (Portugal[2]) and your favorite club (Sport Lisboa e Benfica).

Eusébio, football player

What else can be said? My favorite team is FC Porto, ever since, I had no many opportunities to follow Eusébio’s career live, I do not like Benfica at all but mr. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was a gentleman and I do love gentlemen, I do love football, I do love simplicity and professional dedication based on pure and exclusive one’s colors love[3] which are, nowadays, life values pretty much rare, getting every day even rarer, but which always existed on this pleasant football character.

May the gods be with you ever after, black panther…

  1. Soccer for USA.
  2. As a matter of fact Eusébio was born in Mozambique when this country was still a Portuguese colony.
  3. “One’s colors love” is a shy attempt to translate the Portuguese “amor à camisola”, or Brazilian “amor a camisa”, expression which means loving the organization, institution, corporation, social group or any other people aggregation, for itself and not for any kind of fee, salary or wage payment.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2014

Goodbye Winamp !

AOL have just announced the end of one of the best mp3 players in the world: Winamp. This is most probably the beginning of the end of our radio, nRP, cause our broadcasting is supported by that mp3 player and its plugins.

Winamp was a creation of Nullsoft in 1997 which sold Winamp to AOL (the parent company of TechCrunch) for $80 million in June 1999. Winamp has been an excellent mp3 player totally free of charge.

Winamp

The website and all of Winamp’s web services will shut down on December 20, this year, and the desktop player will no longer be available for download.

Winamp will always be remembered…

Keep Talking

Who said that all problems can be solved through discussion? They just can’t. As a matter of fact, many problems start exactly during discussion. Let’s say, because I am a basic and simple things lover, that we better keep our mouth shut if we’re not sure about what to say or, even better, if we really have no idea about what to say. Yes, we talk because we’re intelligent but we’re even more intelligent if we know exactly when, where and whom to talk.

Living with somebody who doesn’t know when to stop talking is kind of a torture. People with a high flow of conversation or an endless talk streaming may destroy our good will for living and even take us to commit suicide. It’s even worse when what they talk about is everything we really don’t want, in any case, to talk about. And those are exactly the ones not equipped with a stop button or any other cut-off device. Living with those creatures can be turned to be the hell in earth, less bearable than having a terminal cancer or an advanced state of AIDS. Those are the ones who don’t keep talking as per our request, they simple start talking much before we even notice they’re near by…

Resolving (always) the many problems in life through discussion can only be a wish, never a hope. Yes, we may wish the impossible but we should avoid hoping what is already proved not to be possible. Talking has facilitated mankind existence since it exists. But talking is also a source of troubles, mainly if you’re not an owner of a conversation gift. It’s so easy to start a war with just a couple of words said to the wrong person, in the wrong time, at the wrong place, under the wrong environment and about the wrong subject. Keep talking is dangerous, though…

“Keep talking” might be a wish sent to politicians in order to request them more talking before they use weapons as an argument. But let’s not be white angels playing harp in a white and sky blue place: talking is sometimes, in certain situations, one step too more for resolving things efficiently. Not every people in this world was born good people. Or, if they were, then they have been victims of a degenerative reformat of mind and body, in some chapter of their life, which made of them simple creatures of a horror movie. Yes, I am being frivolous, light-minded, flimsy, shallow, nugatory and trifling… Poor me !

I love people with the power of word. Even if the word is less valuable than a piece of dog excrement in the middle of a main road in a great European or US city. I do love it. Being able of talking fluently about something, using the right words in the right place in such a way that everything sounds great and irrefutable, is an amazing gift. I do appreciate also good talkers. The ones with who you will never be caught in a boring monologue sourced by you[1]. For those, I just have to say: keep talking !

Keep Talking, from Pulse (Pink Floyd album), is one of the many themes (almost all) I do like very much and one of those I never get tired of hearing. Well, Pink Floyd is my super favorite band since ever. The very number one. The irreplaceable. The uppermost. The topmost. Nevertheless, in the case of Keep Talking, music is the strong point while lyrics are almost just a piece of decoration. For those wishing to read lyrics of this song in Portuguese, subtitles were included in the video placed here below.

by Pink Floyd
Keep Talking, in “PULSE”, © 1995
Subtitles in Portuguese by Zé Barbosa.
  1. Exactly what happens with people not able to feed a simple conversation.