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… That magic moment when they realised that, at last, they were free.-

… Εκείνη η μαγική στιγμή που κατάλαβαν πως, επιτέλους, ήταν ελεύθεροι.-

 

The memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in the city of Drama, Macedonia, Greece Το μνημείο των θυμάτων του Ολοκαυτώματος στην πόλη της Δράμας, Μακεδονία, Ελλάδα

The memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in the city of Drama, Macedonia, Greece
Το μνημείο των θυμάτων του Ολοκαυτώματος στην πόλη της Δράμας, Μακεδονία, Ελλάδα

 

 

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Today is the anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill. This here is a favourite video of mine, which pays this grand gentleman a tribute:

https://youtu.be/87Xkr8z3lEo

The recent film “Darkest Hour” also does this. It is well worth seeing, very well done and Gary Oldman gives a truly fantastic performance as Churchill himself.

I was going to limit my post to this, but I stumbled upon a certain article in the Guardian, which is just as important, in that it reminds us of the true face of war; a face, which we like to forget when thinking of heroes and leaders, such as Churchill. However, we have to take this aspect into account as well and look at it head on. Then, we might have a chance to understand that we carry within us the very elements that we see in our enemies…

This is the article, but I must warn you that the photographs inside it are disturbing:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2006/apr/03/uk.freedomofinformation

I cordially wish you every bit of good fortune for the new year, which will be here in a while.

Besides the important and valuable possession of health, I wish that new roads will be opened to you, which will lead you in directions that are necessary for a substantial improvement. At the same time, if you happen to be in a rut, I wish that you will come out of it quickly through the appearance of such roads. Furthermore, I wish that you will have inexhaustible strength and endurance so as to present them before any clowns that are appropriating the current scene, by uttering hollow words that have been said again and again.

Of course, I wish the same to me…

Happy New Year to all!

I just saw this video on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIndependentOnline/videos/10155437888846636/

I am not absolutely sure how much of it is a genuine conversation between the human and the robot, and how much of it has been fashioned deliberately i.e. as if it were a film with a script.

Having said that, I find it horrifying. This is not only because of the risk of a “Planet of the Robots” becoming true, but also because I see an issue that is far worse and perhaps a lot closer to being manifested: The issue is that, by means of these spectacular advances in getting machines to simulate human thought and responses, humans are going to be drawn into identifying with these inventions. They will quickly get to the point of regarding them as fellow humans. And that is a downright fallacy.

I am a Software Engineer by profession with 28 years of experience in the field of software design and programming. I would never trade the warmth of a real friendship with a real human being for a relationship with a machine, such as Sophia.

We need to ask ourselves whether we really want to do this. Machines are good for their purposes: a phone, a laptop, a GPS etc. But they are not good for absolutely everything in life. Fire in the kitchen is good, because we can use it to cook our food. However, when it ravages a forest, then it is not good.

 

Sometimes, commas can very important and their presence or absence can make a huge difference in meaning (and effect).

1. His mind was occupied with other, internal goals.
2. His mind was occupied with other internal goals.

1 means that the goals with which his mind was occupied were different from those that one might expect; also, such goals were of an internal nature, not of an external one.
2 means that his mind was occupied with internal goals, which were different from the internal goals described earlier on and/or occupying someone else’s mind.

Today, 21 April, marks the 50th anniversary since a group of military officers seized power in Greece and enforced a dictatorship, which was to rule the country for the next 7 years.

The coup d’etat took place in the early hours of that very day. I was only two years old then, so naturally I have no memory of the event. However, my father used to tell me how he heard the rolling sound made by one of the armoured tanks that were deployed in the night and wondered why on earth were there road works being carried out at 2 in the morning…

The next day, of course, the truth gradually became apparent: The radio was continuously broadcasting patriotic military themes, a tank was stationed at a road junction near our house and then the announcements came: that the army had taken over the governing of the country due to the unstable situation that had developed.

Let’s hope it never ever happens again. Even though an objective historian might – just might – be able to discern a certain degree of good brought about by the dictatorship, particularly in light of the instability in Greece’s political life at the time, such a form of rule can never be a healthy substitute for Democracy.

This is really very well-written and worth reading!

My Comic Relief

So…it’s been a week huh?  I was planning on writing a fun post about how much I’m loving The Totally Awesome Hulk today but I can’t get my head around it.  Reading the news for the last five days has taken me on an emotional journey.  I’ve been spending much time in thought and conversation with loved ones about where our country is heading.  I’ve been struggling to understand, let alone find my place in the events that are unfolding.  As I do this, I keep thinking of something Bruce Springsteen said during a concert in Western Australia last Sunday.   

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