Constantina’s Mum’s Cupcakes

December 3rd, 2012 By No comments

What a perfect start to a Monday morning at the office!
Thank you Constantina’s mum! They’re awesome.

Constantina's Mum's Cupcakes

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STOP!?

September 11th, 2012 By 1 comment

STOP

Can you see the STOP sign in this picture?

If you can, the only reason you can is because I am parked on the side of the road to take the picture. If I was driving, it would have been behind the green rubbish bin and therefore not visible at all.

Now look at the right side of the picture. Can you spot where the STOP sign came from?

A great idea whoever thought of it, since most of the traffic which reaches here just spills to the left without stopping.

10 points for common sense, 0 points for execution.

Categories: Cyprus, Only in Cyprus

On the quality of online news sites in Cyprus.

July 18th, 2012 By 1 comment

On numerous international news sites today, you will find something along the lines of:

A vast island of ice has broken off a glacier in Greenland: but it is just one-fifth the size of one which snapped off from Canada in 1962 and half the size of one seen in 2010.

The new monster iceberg is assessed as covering 46 square miles by professor Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware, which he calculates as roughly twice the size of Manhattan island.

In local media, such as on Sigma Live’s website, you’ll find:

Παγόβουνο λίγο μικρότερο σε έκταση από την Ελλάδα αποκολλήθηκε από τον Παγετώνα Πέτερμαν, έναν από τους μεγαλύτερους της Γροιλανδίας.

For the non Greek speakers amonst us, this implies that Greece is a little larger than 46 square miles.

What are these people thinking when they write these articles? I should start my own online newspaper… a valid one!

TinEye – the reverse image search engine.

June 6th, 2012 By 5 comments

I’ve recently noticed that a number of photos from my blog have been copied and this got me thinking about how to find where they might have been reused on other websites. A quick search for a tool to do this revealed TinEye. From their About page:

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.

I have found that the browser plugins provided are much more convenient when searching for already online content, just right click on an image to perform a search from the context menu. For offline images, you’ll need to go to the website and use the uploader there.

Since my own images don’t appear to be popular enough, let’s take a look at a real world example with mate Leonid’s Starbucks caramel waffle. And as I cannot link to the current results (they expire after 72 hours), here is a screenshot of what to expect:

Starbucks caramel waffle

As you can see, TinEye does a very good job of locating copies of the images, even resized ones and provides links to the new images, as well as to where they have been used. Nice tool to have in your toolbox!

Cyprus’ Marfin/Laiki/Popular Bank does it again.

May 18th, 2012 By 1 comment

For the time being, I safely store the majority of my debts in this technologically advanced bank. I am being sarcastic of course, and I have other debts in other banks, who also provide me with electronic banking services to monitor exactly how much interest I am still paying for other people’s sins.

The difference however is that typically from other banks, I occasionally receive messages asking me if I am doing my bit to help the environment by choosing to disable printed statements being sent to me and to opt for them to be digitally downloadable instead.

Although I’ve been green with other banks for at least the last decade, and not being bothered by their occasional reminders that the option is there, Laiki still have no idea what being environmentally friendly means since within the very same decade, no such options have been provided.

Late last night, the bank gets 1.8 billion euros in government bailout funds (read: tax payer’s money), and what is the first message I am greeted with when I log in to my electronic banking?

Laiki eBank changes its logo!

Laiki eBank informs its subscribers that its logo has changed.The old logo has been redesigned, giving its place to a contemporary, modern logo, which will now appear in Laiki Bank΄s Alternative Channels.

Thank you so much Laiki, for wasting 20 more seconds of my life. I have no idea how I have been able to survive this long without this added functionality and it is good to see you putting your hard earned cash to such a good use for a change. Please, keep up the good work!

And in case any of you, my few readers, give a shit, here is the “contemporary, modern logo”:

Laiki eBank

And since Laiki will *never* ever read this post, I wonder how much it costs these days to copy, flip and change the default colour of an RSS feed icon combined with the dangerously modern touch of making an “e” the same colour. I bow to your superior PS skills, almighty Laiki eBank.

Why teachers drink!

May 9th, 2012 By No comments

A good friend sent me this bunch of funny comments by kids. Enjoy!

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Would you like Ketchup and Mayonnaise with that?

May 4th, 2012 By No comments

Why oh why, do all McDonald’s in Cyprus, both drive-thru and dine-in, bother to ask you if you want ketchup and mayonnaise or not when they give them to you regardless of your negative answer!?

Is it no longer very rude to ask somebody a question and then consequently totally disregard their answer?

Are you listening McDonald’s Cyprus?

Categories: All, Cyprus

Antonis Taxi

April 30th, 2012 By 1 comment

Although I was driving when this was taken, I didn’t take this photo! 🙂

Antonis Taxi

Taken with a Canon Exilim EX-1200

Antonis is a multilingual taxi driver, spotted on the Lemesos to Pafos highway. Unfortunately, even after he has FINISHed listing the languages he speaks, he must be a pretty useless taxi driver if he doesn’t speak Greek!

Humour aside, as he more than likely does speak Greek, hats off to him.

C.A.C. – Cyprus Alarm Clock

April 30th, 2012 By 3 comments

Click image for the larger/readable version.

C.A.C. - Cyprus Alarm Clock

Taken with a Canon EOS 550D Rebel T2i

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Creative Advertising – Take the bus!

April 30th, 2012 By No comments

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