On bashing

Fri 24 April 2020

Bashing and similar are not the cause of poor quality of their stories, but they are just a symptom of the author being lead by the poor design of his story into areas, which would be impossible to resolve or it would be too difficult, so bashing is then just a cheap cop-out from the bad situation. From bad to worse.

E.g., I really liked (ultra-cheesy, teeth rotting, true) setup of A Different Halloween by RobSt: Lily Potter meets Emma Granger at the paediatrician, and they go the Grangers’ for tea, so when Voldemort calls, James Potter is on the phone with Lilly, more alert, and he doesn’t have a problem of defending Lilly and Harry; thus he manages to escape. The problem of this story was that all problems were (in a rather elegant manner) resolved in the middle of the third chapter (when Voldemort truly completely and irrevocably died). The author had two good options what do in that situation: he could just finish the story right there, and it would be a nice short sugar-sweet three-shot story. Nothing against that. Or he could really sit down on his behind and develop the new completely original storyline. He went the third, poor, way: by the ridiculous amount of the Dumbledore bashing he tried to make a villain out of him and the result was ridiculous.

And no, it is possible to write Dumbledore as a bad guy, I am not claiming he must be a saint, but it is a hard job and the author must really write a long persuasive story to get from the most positive to a negative character. There Will Be No Foolish Wand Waving by kgfinkel made an almost good job in this area.

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To přece ví každé malé dítě

Mon 22 April 2019

Někde v nějaké diskusi jsem zmínil, že přece každé malé dítě ví, co je Geiger a tak jsem neodolal a přepíšu sem příslušnou úvahu Karla Čapka (ze sbírky novinových sloupků „V zajetí slov“, Svoboda, Praha, 1969, str. 135):

To přece ví každé malé dítě. To mi řekl jeden automobilista, když …

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Harry Potter and Aristotle

Thu 15 November 2018

Aristotle in the seventh and eighth chapter of his Poetics writes:

Now, according to our definition, Tragedy is an imitation of an action that is complete, and whole, and of a certain magnitude … As therefore, in the other imitative arts, the imitation is one when the object imitated is one …

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Evangelium království

Sun 29 July 2018

(kázání pronesené ve sboru ČCE Praha-Braník, 29. července 2018)

Po Janově uvěznění přišel Ježíš do Galileje a hlásal evangelium Boží. A říkal: „Naplnil se čas a přiblížilo se Boží království; čiňte pokání a věřte evangeliu.“

—Marek 1:14-15

Když se zeptám křesťanů na to, co je evangelium, většinou dostanu celkem …

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Convert RHEL-7 to CentOS

Wed 02 May 2018

I have tried to suggest update of Migration Guide for RHEL7→CentOS7 migration, but apparently after CentOS was bought by Red Hat, there is not enough desire to document such migration, ehm ehm. So, just recording this for posteriority:

URLBASE=http://mirror.centos.org/centos/7/os/x86_64/Packages
cd …

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Loving Vincent

Thu 22 March 2018

Movie “Loving Vincent” is certainly an experience worthy of the tickets to go to the cinema. The main idea of it is to make “animated” film by painting endless number of quality oil paintings in the style of Vincent van Gogh about the painter himself. I have been warned that …

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