Friday, April 16, 2010


Why do my customers' CIOs always request meetings on Friday that ruin my entire weekend?

In other notes - got called a 'Yank' by one of our New Zealand based partners.

Also, am thinking that the Music Monday thing is getting a bit old - does anyone click on those videos?


Blogger The back of the hill said...

Yes. That Russian thing (March 8th) was AWESOME!

Totally. Fricking. AWESOME>

April 16, 2010 5:27 PM  
Blogger Tobie said...

I click on the ones that look good. At least 50% I would say.

Also just realized that since I live in Israel, I can totally call people Yanks. A world of possibilities opens up.

April 17, 2010 10:59 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

BOTH - That Russian thing is a video montage from a Soviet cult movie "Kin Dza Dza".

From Wikipedia:
"The story takes place on the desert planet "Pluke" in the "Kin-dza-dza" galaxy, where two Soviet humans previously unknown to each other ("Uncle Vova", a gruff construction foreman from Moscow, and "The Fiddler", a student from Georgia) are stranded due to an accidental encounter with an alien teleportation device. The movie describes their long quest to find a way back home.

The natives of the planet appear human, with deceptively primitive-looking technology and a barbaric culture, which satirically resembles that of humans. They are telepathic; the only spoken words normally used in their culture are “ku” (koo) and “kyu” (kew), the latter being a swear word. However, the Plukanians are able to quickly adapt to understand and speak Russian (and Georgian too). The society of Pluke is divided into two categories: Chatlanians and Patsaks. Chatlanians are privileged, and a system of rituals must be followed by the Patsaks to show flattery. The basis of their difference is unexplainable (a source of a humorous episode), and for all practical matters they are distinguished with aid of a small handheld device (visator).

The only group empowered to use weapons (“tranklucators”) and enforce their will is the ecilops ("police" spelled backwards). The nominal leader of the Plukanian society is named PG; everybody makes their best to display fervent worship to him, but, when encountered in person, he appears harmless and dumb. The fuel of Pluke is called lutz and is made from water. All naturally present water has apparently been processed into lutz, so drinking water is a valuable commodity (in fact, it can only be made from lutz).

A good deal of the plot is based on the fact that ordinary wooden matchsticks (ketse) (or, rather, the chemicals of the match head) are considered to be extremely precious on Pluke."

The music is from a great band called "Umka and Bronevik"

April 17, 2010 6:41 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...


50 percent is not bad... I guess I will keep going :)

April 17, 2010 6:41 PM  
Blogger Nechama said...

I click on the Monday videos; definitely keep them rolling.

And about the customer calls on Friday afternoon...I am all too familiar with that one. Working from a home office I tend to push my Friday work schedule way past the time I would if I had to commute home in time to get ready for Shabbat and in that can obviously be problematic. Now since Shabbat starts late it is not an issue, but in the late fall/winter months it definitely is.

April 19, 2010 6:58 AM  

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