Sunday, December 16, 2007

Oliver Dragojević

Letošnje leto je bilo po dolgem času leto koncertov, takšnih in drugačnih. Ne bom si odpustil odsotnosti z Rolling Stones v Beogradu ampak dobro. V vsakem primeru ne pomnim, kdaj sem nazadnje v enem letu bil na treh različnih koncertih in vedno užival. Na zbiljski noči je bil Pop Design, ki seveda ni ravno na odmet (vsaj njihovi starejši komadi so popolnoma zadovoljivi za moj okus), na kranjski noči sem uspel slišat Lovšina in glede na trenutno situacijo v državi je Bandera Rosa več kot aktualna protiutež.
No, včeraj sem pa po ne vem koliko zamujenih priložnostih, ponovno v Kranju, uspel šlišat in videt zame enega najboljših (vsak ima svoj okus) hrvaških pevcev - Oliverja Dragojevića. Če verjamemo podatkom na wikipedi-i je dečko star 60 let in cca 2000 polsušalcev je v nabiti športni dvorani na zlatem polju pelo z njim praktično od začetka do konca. Vmesne bedaste vložke napovedovalca in neprerpičljive predstavnice Slovenije na Evroviziji 2007 lahko pozabimo, Oliver pa je bil definitivno presežek, ki obvalda publiko in, v kolikor dejansko ne poje na "play-back" tudi lastno petje in igranje. V nasprotnem primeru pa vsaj prepričljivo imitira. Vsekakor je bilo vredno tistih dobrih 20 € za skupno 2,20h trajajoč koncert, ki je imel edino pomankljivost v pomankanju še večjega števila njegovih starih klasik.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Members of Slovenian parliament as political inquisition

One of working bodies of Slovenian Parliament (National Assembly - NA) took the session in previous week to discuss teaching methods of one of Professors of Slovenian Social sciences at Ljubljana University. Initial situation is actual since Slovenian presidential election in October 2007 and with this inquisition session it reached the peak. It could be funny if it wasn't tragic.

Background: One of most prominent Slovenian political theoretics, full professor at Ljubljana university (who is also vice-president of social Democrats (SD) - at the moment greatest opposition party) and also internationally well established theoretic is using as his teaching method also "observation with researchers presence" where students go and observe different political activities. He ordered them to observe if leaders of religion groups will on the day of election, when no political agitation shall take place in Slovenia, make some statements how their believers should vote.

Students of theology, Roman-Catholic church and Social democratic party of Slovenia(SDS) (other than Social Democrats) made great noise about violating the freedom of speech and privacy. University of Ljubljana and Faculty of Social sciences supported their professor, National office for public information also found no evidence of privacy violation. Government somehow did not make clear statement on the question. But for SDS it was not enough (It is important to say that SDS is conservative party relatively close to Church while SD is more liberal and developed as strongly reformed communist party).

They started procedure for the session of Working body of NA for human rights questions. And last week they have a session with hearing of professor. Main initiator of session was Member of parliament (MP) that was studying theology and mostly failed, who was TV leader but never really succeeded and who was some kind of fashion model or national miss but also never succeeded. Now she is MP and it should be better for Slovenia if she left politics alone.
The second one at least gained her BA degree in agriculture. But none of them is capable of understanding political science as science.

I know that many visitors on my blog come around the world, from different universities and faculties. And I just decided to tell you how actual Slovenian politics is suppressing autonomy of Slovenian universities in the part where they can be critical towards the actual social situation.
Herby, I am expressing my support to autonomy of university and I protest against hearing the professor in political institution for academic work. It is perfect copy of what totalitarian regimes preformed in the past and they still do today. I hope that this post will start to raise unpleasant questions about autonomy of Slovenian Academia endangered by political institutions.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

My first aquarium

Since I was a kid I dreamed about having fish in aquarium. First I wanted me a big aquarium (50x50 x 50 cm what is far from big, but for 8-year-old boy it was great. And parents said no way. OK. Than I wanted me a bowl with small fish (I even bought me a bowl but I never have balls to go and buy fish - thanks God for this). Than I forgot about aquarium and I was riding horses for a long while (more than a decade). However, I got that crazy idea back when I saw that I have nothing to do and almost no time for anything. And one day I saw nice aquarium full of fish and I got that childish look on my face and I started "Daddy I want my aquarium too, I want, want want". Ant that want was strong enough to search "Bolha" (Slovenian version of E-bay) portal and Find me nice middle-sized aquarium (80x40x50 cm). And then I started. I rearranged room, I bought all necessary stuff (I was listening and reading carefully before for a week or two to get at least basic information) I paid fucking lot of money. And then I started. I washed sand, I measured quality of water, I put first plants and decorations inside and almost broke Outside filter on first run (strange smell came out, because I wanted to run it dry. And then I finally managed to run it for first few days controlling water conditions and so on. Water was good and stable, first plants were fine and I added some more. And they are also good.
Then I added first two Ancistrus. They were doing fine (and still are), so I added also additional three Corydoras and they are preforming also great. Than I needed additional decoration and hiding place so I added nice root and some stone. things were doing just great but water was still empty. Aquarium was running for 14 days now - I is not much but I risked according to the fact that I had almost perfect water conditions. And here we go again. I started new cycle of developing my mixed area. I got me Platydoras (I am crazy about cat-fish), than I got me four scalares (Angelfish) - two classic white and black and two dark. I also got me also two Electric yellow cichlids and than I found out that my aquarium is almost perfect.

But only Almost so I added additional two plants and artificial cave for yellows.
For all professional attitude and good advices I am mostly indebted and grateful to Mr Pet zoo center in Ljubljana BTC. They provided me with most of what you can find in my aquarium or around it. But most important, they provided me constant monitoring of my aquarium and great new knowledge that helped that none of my fish died and none of my plants rotted so far.And here is my first aquarium in final version. It is not meant to be some natural habitat but it is my first attempt in aqaristics, where I want some of most interesting fish to live in the most optimal conditions I can gave to them.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

My old love - some faded memories.

No, I will not write about women - it is not worthy to bother. This part of me is mostly mine and I will not share it here. Today I am again thinking about one of my oldest loves. It is much more than recreation, sport, hobby or anything. I spent about 12 years with horses. I went to school because I had to, I did many other things for the same reasons. However, I spend all my free time in the saddle or only working with horses, because I love them (still, despite I was not in the saddle for 2 yeas and more).

Few days ago I met by chance one of my girls that I taught to ride. I was maybe 18 and she was still in primary school, afraid of horse and with strong will to learn how to stay in the saddle. In the stable I put her on the bare horseback to show her how horse is calm and worthy to be trusted. She was improving very much, she even felt to the ground latter but she climbed up and we rode further. She gave me some picture of me riding on my horse (still have it) and some nice county CD by Garth Brooks (still in my CD player and playing sometimes).
Now she is young lady, studying veterinary medicine and I am nostalgic and missing times when I rode my Bonita and leading that girl around the woods. If she will be reading this, she will know.
Oh and by the way, when I just started to dream about my LIFE (it was life written with caps - I know it now), in the first half of November I was at Verona horse fair and here are some pictures just for example.