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Date: 2006-11-26 14:15
Subject: Salut from Bucharest!
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Inna ventured out to Bucharest to visit Ljova, while he's on his top-secret mission there. Bucharest has charmed me beyond all expectations...

Sure, its buildings don't sing in unison, and it's a few paint jobs away from restored grandiosity of Budapest...

But I fell in love with its dilapidated ornate structures, friendly sad stray dogs, and megalomaniac Communist-era architecture, all melting and accelerating into a fast-moving, majestic city of the future.
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innabar
Date: 2006-11-26 13:48
Subject: (no subject)
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Location:Bucharest
Mood:awakeawake
Music:Romica Puceanu
Tags:holocaust, jewish, music

Amazing story of the Dwarf Jewish Theatre of Maramures, by Bob Cohen, the leader of Der Naye Kapelye and an all-around maven of everything klezmer and Hungarian.
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innabar
Date: 2006-11-24 13:25
Subject: Bucharest set to Taraf de Haidouks
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Writing from Bucharest... This video from YouTube captures my initial impression of the city quite perfectly.... It's got some lovely buildings, grandiose boulevards, and relentless motion... It reminds me of Moscow or London, just feels a bit more forgotten by the rest of the world. That might be a good thing...
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innabar
Date: 2006-11-22 14:01
Subject: Flickr camera guide
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Lifehacker article on Flickr stats on camera usage trends.  Flickr now allows you to see trends in cameras used for pictures on the site, and Lifehacker suggests using the graph as a guide in
  • which cameras are most popular
  • what kind of shots are possible with each type of camera
I use a Sony DSC-T5 - I love how small it is, but I haven't been crazy about quality of the pictures (but then again, plohomy tantzoru... :)
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innabar
Date: 2006-11-21 08:16
Subject: Michael Richards' racist tirade and apology
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(via mediabistro.com)
Appearing via satellite during Jerry Seinfeld's appearance on the Late Show last night, Seinfeld actor Michael Richards (Kramer on Seinfeld) apologized for his epithet-filled tirade at the Laugh Factory over the weekend. Said Richards: "For me to be at a comedy club and flip out and say this crap, I'm deeply, deeply sorry."

Video of the tirade here: http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/video/video_michael_richards_racist_tirade_at_the_laugh_factory_47912.asp
Vide of the apology on Dave Letterman here:  http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/video/video_michael_richards_apologizes_for_racist_tirade_on_letterman_47916.asp

Watch both - it's intense, confusing, thought-provoking footage - Richards as befuddled over his tirade as those in the audience.
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innabar
Date: 2006-11-20 23:04
Subject: Kecskemet - Painted Palace in the Cutest Town in the World
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Kecskemet - Painted Palace
Originally uploaded by innabar.

For y'all wanting to visit Hungary in the future - don't miss Kecskemet, a little town an 1.5 hr away from Budapest.

For contemporary music connossieurs - it's the birthplace of Kodaly and the location of his famous school.

And for everyone - it's a lovely town of squares upon squares, one melding into the other. The buildings are decked out in bright national ornaments and blissful peace pervades the town. Check it out!
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innabar
Date: 2006-11-20 12:50
Subject: Moscow traffic solution!
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Ljova by the Kreml
Originally uploaded by innabar.
From the NY Times:
"Light Flashing, Siren Wailing: A Rich Muscovite in a Rush"
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/17/world/europe/17moscow.html

"Business Car Service promised to provide as an escort an actual police car and two traffic policemen for eight hours at a cost of only $900. The car is equipped with a siren and, most important, a flashing blue light to get you places fast."

$900/day for traffic-free existence? Sounds very reasonable for your run-of-the-mill oil mogul... If I had to live the traffic-hell of Moscow, I'd do it (if I were an oil mogul, that is). What are the deluxe services, I wonder? and how much?
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Date: 2006-11-18 02:20
Subject: (no subject)
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Tags:budapest

Budapest Statue Park - Lenin
Originally uploaded by innabar.

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innabar
Date: 2006-11-15 12:34
Subject: kontora pishet...
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from the naches-braggery dept:

while we've been frolicking around Hungary and elsewhere, a profile of Ljova came out in the Strings Magazine! (yes, there's a whole magazine - even more than one magazine - devoted entirely to everything string-instruments)
===>>Full text here - nice article on the process of creating his recent solo record, Vjola - World on Four Strings

hear some of his latest and best tracks on MySpace: myspace.com/ljova
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innabar
Date: 2006-11-15 04:48
Subject: On how to make a flight in 45 minutes....
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For future reference and posterity - our friend Jeff Perlman's departure was a bit more exciting than anticipated. Jeff was supposed to fly Alitalia out of Budapest this morning at 7:15 am. I found him sleeping in bed at 6:30 am (!!!). We called a cab and then were at a loss...

Google led us to this page of tips on what to do if you're about to miss a flight. The essence of the tips: notify the airline immediately and be really nice! While Jeff was speeding to the airport in a cab, we were able to reach Alitalia at the airport, and they actually waited for him! He got to the airport at 7 am, they sped him through the airport, checked his baggage, and he was in his seat at 7:16 am!!!!!!!

One tip I might add to the tips above is that you might want to call the AIRPORT instead of trying to look for the airline's number. When we called the airport, they transferred us to the Alitalia desk, and people at the desk were able and willing to help. Reaching Alitalia's ticketing office would probably not have been helpful.
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