Monthly Archives: March 2014

Cum a taiat ghiseul electronic coada birocratiei

Urmatoarea poveste poate parea fictiune pura intr-o tara civilizata, insa din pacate oricine stie ca la noi cand este vorba de plata impozitelor la ghiseu, intamplarile nefericite sunt la ordinea zilei. M-am dus asadar la sediul Finantelor Cluj pentru a-mi depune declaratiile anuale si a plati impozitul pe venit al firmei mele, Comanda Caricaturi.

Din experienta anilor anteriori, am stiut ca este indicat sa fiu acolo cat mai de dimineata, riscand altfel o asteptare de ore intregi. Cum spune si zicala romaneasca “de ce ti-e frica nu scapi”, cu toate ca am fost destul de matinal, in momentul in care am intrat in sala am vazut o mare de oameni, care formase deja cozi interminabile la ghiseele deschise. Iarasi, pentru a nu repeta o greseala din anii trecuti, prima data m-am informat de la alt ghiseu unde ar trebui sa stau (si da, era coada si acolo), iar apoi m-am indreptat in directia indicata. Erau 2 ghisee unde ma puteam aseza, iar coada formata in spatele fiecaruia era imensa. M-am pus deci la rand, asteptand rabdator trecerea timpului, ascultand explicatiile date celor de dinaintea mea, numultumirile acestora (justificate sau nu) etc. Dupa un timp constat ca treaba mergea mult mai bine la celalalt ghiseu, iar la cel la care stateam eu timpul statea pe loc, mai exact alt contribuabil pusese monopol pe functionara de aproape jumatate de ora. Am facut rapid niste calcule si am trecut la cealalta coada, vizibil diminuata. Totul parea sa functioneze conform planului, avansand rapid spre obiectivul final, cand femeia din spatele ghiseului este chemata de o colega, iar activitatea se suspenda. In timpul acesta, dincolo, la primul meu loc de asteptare, oamenii isi rezolvau problema in cateva minute si plecau in treaba lor. Evident, acum era prea tarziu sa ma mai intorc, in ambele parti asezandu-se oameni nou-veniti la rand. Am stat deci si am vazut cum si persoanei care fusese inaintea mea i-a venit randul, iar apoi s-a indepartat grabita din sala…

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Ai un copil sssssuperssstar?

Pentru cei care au copii, nu pisici, ca in cazul meu :P, descoperirea aptitudinilor acestora si dezvoltarea lor, ar trebui sa fie pe lista de prioritati. Cine stie, poate micutul tau ar putea fi urmatorul geniu care descopera formula calatoriei interstelare, un fotbalist adorat de intreaga lume, ce joaca la marile cluburi, sau poate un actor ale carui filme strang milioane de fani. Pentru ultima varianta trebuie stiut ca abilitatile actoricesti pot fi observate inca de la o varsta frageda, iar apoi pot fi slefuite in aceasta directie, daca cel mic are potential.

O modalitate buna de a testa aceasta posibilitate si de a canaliza intr-un mod contructiv energia celui mic este campania Cris-Tim, stiti, cea cu fetita si salamul sasesc:

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Tu faci stirea sau stirea te face pe tine? Despre stirile online

Mi-am adus aminte de un afis al campaniei MindBomb de in urma cu vreo 10 ani, care tragea un semnal de alarma asupra calitatii stirilor prezentate, care se intreceau in a arata telespectatorului un spectacol de kitch combinat cu violuri, crime cu toporul etc.

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Dupa atatia ani gustul publicului s-a schimbat ce-i drept, insa in rau, la fiecare pas gasind un veritabil “gore fest” sau “stiri” mondene, despre divorturi, sex, bani si combinatii intre acestea. Ca un absolvent de Jurnalism care a si lucrat in domeniu o perioada, pot spune ca inteleg tendinta aceasta a mass-mediei, care pur si simplu livreaza un produs care este profitabil. Asta nu inseamna ca aceasta practica este si morala, insa cu siguranta nu putem reglementa sau ingradi gusturile oamenilor. Putem insa sa ne orientam spre “pajisti mai verzi”, care nu sunt patate de sangele uncheasului ucis cu drujba ori scandalurile sexuale ale unor personaje cu IQ subunitar. Asadar rar pot spune ca gasesc cateva ore din programul unei televiziuni care sa poate fi “digerabile”, iar de ani buni principala mea sursa de informare o reprezinta mediul online. De altfel, acesta este si viitorul, multe publicatii portandu-se integral “pe net”, in timp ce restul acorda o atentie deosebita paginilor proprii.

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Cluj Battle Sessions

As i’ve said, i came back to Starcraft 2 in order to prepare for the LAN, “Cluj Battle Sessions“, organised by E-sports Cluj A few months of Hearthstone have put their mark on my apm (not that it was great before), not to mention the new map pool makes it increasingly difficult to play my consecrated allins 😛

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The event spanned over 3 days, as it hosted cosplay, board games and a LOL championship as well. You know, that Dota 2 version for kids ^^ The first day i had to play 2 bo3’s, the first one being against one of the organizers, a diamond zerg. In the past, when i played high masters and even some low GM’s, that would have been an easy game. Since this season i am diamond as well (and it’s a lot harded to get to masters if you start playing mid-season) and i had become rusty, the games were not so ez anymore, more so since i played random as always 😛 The first game i got toss, and i just built up an OP deathball and i killed the zerg, who rellied heavilly on muta’s. The second one i played terran and i managed to block his hatch-first with an engineering bay, making him allin me with banelings. A testament to my below average play was the fact that even if i knew that was coming and i had prepared a defence, i barely held it off, after all my army was killed and i evacuated to the high ground.

The next bo3 was indeed easy, as i played against another zerg, but this time a silver one 😛 Still, i feared he might be a smurf and the games lasted a lot longer than they should have 🙂

The semifinals were another matter, as i faced yet ANOTHER zerg, this time a high diamond, who responded to my cannon rush at his natural with a nydus in my base, and even if that didn’t end the game and i continued to resist valiantly at my natural, while doing a zealot runby in his main, i eventually lost it. The second game was a knife fight zvz, with him dealing devastating damage with a very fast baneling push. At one moment of the game i had only 5 drones left, the only thing working in my favour being my completed natural and 2 spines i managed to place there. What followed was an intense base trade situation, with his burrow-roaches trying to kill all my buildings before my 1-1 speedlings did the same. I managed to win, and comeback from a shamefull 0-2 loss. In the final game i did what i know best and i cannon rushed the hell out of him, at his nat and at his third. His nydus didn’t work again, and Generalul got to the finals 😛

This time i faced a master protoss, that already belonged to a clan and knew his way with the mouse. The final was a BO5, and the first game, a pvp, had me make a terrible decision by attacking into a third nexus, guarded by immortals and colossi from a not so favorable position. After losing that engagement, i played from behind and i was quickly put down by his OP deathball 😛 Next i got terran and i did something i wished i got the chance to do, my dear 1-1-1 strat, with the mine drop variation. The battle at his natural was fierce, but i managed to win in the end and tie up the score. Next i got zerg, and i became a victim of a toss timing push, just as my third was up and running and i was producing updraged hydras & other zerg shit. The 4th game was a back and forth pvp ending in my victory only because i hallucinated 3-4 colossi and his army lacked an observer, thus keeping my real units alive. WOW! 2-2 and the final match was upon us! I’ll be really honest and say i didn’t expect this, and by all means, i’m sure as hell not the false modest guy 😛 I got terran again, and this time i went for the 1-1-1 with the cloack banshee variation, betting (correctly) on the fact that he will expect a mine drop and place static defences at his bases. My banshee managed to get 11 kills and fly away safely, and by that time i even had a supply advantage. I could have won this game too, but this time he reacted very well to my allin push and split his army outside of his natural. My micro betrayed me as i didn’t save my tanks and i couldn’t get the much needed edge against the defending forces from then on. It was a very nice run though, and when/if the games will be available i will upload them here as well.

I had a really great time at the Lan, with a bit of luck i managed to get to the finals and also win some goodies and in the future i want to see more of these events and maybe play some Hearthstone as well 😛

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More pictures from the Cluj Battle Sessions event can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/balan.adrian.355/media_set?set=a.685628931478843.1073741845.100000952278648&type=1
https://www.facebook.com/ESportsCluj/photos/a.426354404134875.1073741849.343234855780164/426358480801134/?type=1&theater
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.425793040857678.1073741847.343234855780164&type=3