Saturday, June 24, 2006

World Cup Humour...

A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the motorway in Germany.
A man knocks on the window.
The driver rolls down his window
and asks,
"What's going on?" The man tells him, "Terrorists
have kidnapped three England fans for a 10 million euro ransom
or they're going to douse them
with petrol and set them on fire.
We're going
from car to car, taking up a collection."

The driver asks, "How much is everyone
giving, on average?"

The man replies, "About two gallons..."

Friday, June 23, 2006

And on the eighth day, God created Lego!

Apparently this has been covered by all kinds of media over the past few years, but it's news to me.
Bible stories illustrated with Lego blocks!

The Brick Testament is a project created by the "Reverend" Brendan Powell Smith, who is not an actual reverend, but rather an atheist. He began this project as a website back in October 2001 that featured six stories from the book of Genisis. The popularity of the website has also spawned a Brick Testament book series. All stories are retold using direct quotes of passages from the Bible, with chapter and verse numbers cited. Smith claims that he created The Brick testament to increase people's knowledge of the Bible, whether they are believers or not.

The website and book series have become popular both among religious believers who often use its material for evangelical and instructional purposes and among non-Christians who view The Brick Testament as pointing out what they consider to be absurdities in the Bible.

Funny? Disturbing? Creative? You decide!

Sunday, June 18, 2006


It was a topic in a recent post of mine and I'm so pissed off at myself for not having gone to the demonstration to protest its demolition. Hopefully it isn't too late. To all of you out there who support the arts, take some time to read this and help out!


"On Wednesday, June 14th 2006, at 6am, the government Inspectorate for the Environment and Spatial Planning brought an excavating machine to the Autonomous Cultural Zone Metelkova, Ljubljana, to tear down one of the buildings of the converted ancient army barracks which they consider to have been erected illegally. The cultural workers and supporters of Metelkova prevented the action. This attempt to destroy one of the liveliest cultural and intellectual locations in Ljubljana was the third in these past few months. Various inspections have recently intensified their interventions during cultural events at Metelkova.
The government of Slovenia is acting in accordance with a recently passed law on catering industries. Under the cover of its strict provisions regulating commercial activities, which cannot be fulfilled by the non- profit associations and NGOs of Metelkova, the executive might as well put an end to the largest agglomeration of alternative cultures in the country. Metelkova provides 40% of the non-commercial music events in the city.
Its attendance can favourably be compared with that of the established Ljubljana Festival. It is the second largest provider of cultural events in Ljubljana. Metelkova is the only location in the city, and one of the few in the country, where youth cultures and alternative cultures are systematically produced and presented to a large and active audience. It is also a forum of impressive intellectual irradiation. During each academic year, it organises the Workers' Punkers' University where the most urgent dilemmas of the contemporary world are discussed by competent international speakers.
Metelkova recently hosted the annual meeting of TransEuropeHalles. During the 13 years of its existence, projects at the Autonomous Cultural Zone Metelkova have been supported by the Ministry of Culture and by the City of Ljubljana, as well as by many international sponsors. Producers from Metelkova have been participating to Documenta, Manifesta, Sao Paolo Biennial, Venice Biennale, Wiener Festwochen? Many international festivals held in Ljubljana locate part of their activities at Metelkova: The City of Women, The Other Music, Jazz Festival Ljubljana, Trnfest? Metelkova has been presented as an outstanding phenomenon by international media: ARD, Arte, BBC, Belarus' State TV, Die Zeit, Falter, Feral Tribune, Los Angeles Times, ORF, Russian State TV, Seattle Times, ZDF? Metelkova is a squat initiated in 1993, when a group of alternative producers and activists occupied the ancient barracks of the army headquarters near the centre of Ljubljana in order to prevent its illegal destruction, which was launched by still unknown agents presumably led by speculative real-estate interest. Although it has never succeeded in achieving a proper legal status, the location was registered as national cultural heritage in 2005. ACZ Metelkova is under attack. Its people are ready to defend it. They need support. Please circulate this information.
If you want to express your support, please write to the Prime Minister: and to the Minister of Culture:"

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Back after another long pause...

After a couple of months of being overworked, things are starting to calm down again. The hard work did pay off, as I was able to get enough cash together to get my ticket to Montreal. This trip is a much needed one for several reasons. I haven't seen Mom in almost 4 years, nor my brothers, my nephew André was a month old the last time I saw him. My neice is 15 now... Of course, it'll also be great to visit the old hang-outs and catch up with old friends that are still there.

More good news, this year the union organised a little weekend staff trip for those interested, to Sarajevo & Mostar. It'll be at the end of this month. I'm anxiously awaiting this trip, yet I know that some of it will be difficult for me, as I haven't been to Bosnia since before the war.

Today will be busy enough, there's laundry to do, some e-mails to write, meeting Boban and Matija for lunch later on, a couple of translations that are due tomorrow and some tests to correct. (Procrastinating right now...)

As my workload has become lighter, I'm faced with several decisions to make, which would mean extreme change in my life. These issues had been stuck in limbo for quite some time now since my relationship with my dearest became a long-distnce one. I now have one month to decide: stay in Slovenia or give living in Jordan a chance. In ten years and starting from nothing, I have managed to build a life for myself here. I have a lot to think through, though this has been made easier by the fact that I have the best boss in the world, who offered me a "safety-net" in case I do decide to give Jordan a try for a year and things don't work out. Somewhat reassuring and makes giving it a shot seem less scary. The thing is, I have to let her know before I leave to Canada, which will be 13 July. For some decisions, plenty of time.... for this one, not nearly enough.

I love Ljubljana. I love this neighbourhood. I love how the river is close by,how there are many bike and walking paths, how green everything is, how the building is surrounded by trees and playgrounds.

As I look out the window, I know these are things I'd miss grea
tly. Though probably not as much as I miss him...