User:Eklas/Bliki/2018/01/29

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Hi!

There hasn't been a post last week because I didn't have much time and I was also doing a lot of sketches and large scale edits that aren't very interesting. This week, however, I managed to:

so as you see I've been a busy boi. Now let me give you a brief commentary.

Hi bye hater, get a communicator

get it, like the boxy Nokia phones from the 2000s? also no, the rhyming isn't going to end anytime soon.


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i've never seen lord of the rings

Stříbrského most

Named after Jiří Stříbrský, the 18th century poet, whose statue can be found at the eastern side of the bridge.

The area around is an average lower middle class neighborhood, with small workshops and factory floors in the backyards of the houses; the buildings are mostly from the first half of the 20th century. There's also the technology center of Redwave Communications, one of the companies I took from Escadia.

Májov

The most important thing in this area is the Telecom tower - serving as both an antenna, and a local landline dispatching center. I will admit I took some inspiration from the Central Telecommunication Building in Prague (on the right), though my building is only 95 meters tall, not also wide and deep.

By the way, the Prague version is one of my favorite buildings of all time. The locals call it Mordor because of its cold, hostile look and the fact there's a labyrinth of tunnels and hallways inside, where you can get lost very easily. Some really interesting photos of it can be found here and here.

ITA HQ

Move the map a bit east - yup, thank you.

The site was built in the 1970s, when modernism was still all the rage. It consists of six monolithic office buildings from white precast concrete slabs. The slabs are arranged regularly, in most there's a hole with tapered edges and a sunken rectangular window in it. In conclusion, these six buildings look exactly the same, the only way to tell them apart is by the big metal letters on their sides. In the center of the area there's a small congress hall that kind of looks like a dice, except it is an aluminum skeleton with embedded turquoise glass panes.

The buildings are connected by a network of sheltered pavements - these are also very stylish, the roof is made of concrete and it's paneled with fir wood. In between the buildings, there are a couple plazas and even tennis tables - and of course art. We have Waves the fountain and then Time Runners, Conjunction and Hello? Damn, maybe I'm going to make an illustration of the site.

What's going on my actual country

In the presidential election last weekend, Miloš Zeman was reelected for his second term by a 51-49 margin.

At the press conference he held later the election day, he made fun of a news reporter for having 'an alien voice,' said his opponents should 'stop whining' and one of his supporters got so drunk he had to be taken to hospital. Another group of his supporters physically attacked the press covering the story.

We'll have to deal with another five years of embarrassment at international events, hateful speeches, close-mindedness and servile attitude towards Russia and China. In addition, we have a prime minister who's being prosecuted for fraud, and a security council chairman who was in the secret communist police.

We made it. We're officialy Eastern Europe. We've failed every chance we had. The next four or five years are going to be tragic. Worst case scenario - Czexit referendum.

I've never been this deeply ashamed of my country.

Monday bliki by Eklas

Comments are v welcome

pro tip: you don't have to make 'funny' articles if your entire country is a joke

Nice mapping, especially the region near the Stříbrského most - the cemetary has something hipnotizing. I must say I've never known Zeman from this side. In our media he is depicted as a reasonable, calm guy. Czechout seems too radical, even we don't talk about Polexit. --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 18:06, 29 January 2018 (CET)

Thanks! About the xy-exits, it's usually the uneducated, easily manipulated working class voters who are convinced by populist politicians that the EU is responsible for all of their problems in life. I doubt these people could even name three EU institutions. I hope there never is such referendum, and if yes, then I hope we vote remain, because leaving the EU when all of our neighbors and 90% of trade partners are in would destroy our economy. --Eklas (talk) 16:19, 30 January 2018 (CET)
Why should you expect people in the classes you mention ever to recognise any EU institution, when their world is burning? And why does it matter to them if the economy is destroyed? I expected a bit more insight from you Eklas!--Udilugbuldigu (talk) 20:12, 30 January 2018 (CET)
That's not the point. I was trying to say that these people don't understand politics even on a fundamental level, which makes them vulnerable to certain politicians, who misinform and manipulate them into supporting them. I can see why people who work 12 hour shifts at the assembly line don't care about politics that much, but then again, if you don't understand something, you should either way learn it or not interfere in it. --Eklas (talk) 20:36, 30 January 2018 (CET)
But that is the point: 'the fundamental level' is a result of their circumstances. In those circumstances it isn't usually possible to understand things like EU law and institutions, which are tied to political control. Meantime, populist politicians use the lever that 'participation in democracy through voting' is a way that they can change their circumstances. When, from what we've seen recently, it actually isn't - at least not positively.--Udilugbuldigu (talk) 20:49, 30 January 2018 (CET)
I can't agree with your statement. EU is like a Bible - the more you know about it, the more you don't want to be christian. In fact EU institutions - especially european parliament, european justice tribunal (I don't know how it is named in English, this is raw translation from polish) and european comission are the bodies of political lynching of the countries which they are consider wrong. The system where the same body is the judge, prosecutor and executioner can't be right. --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 20:52, 30 January 2018 (CET)
I'd like to stay civil and end this discussion there. I've read and taken your comments into consideration, gentlemen, and now I'm going to get back to drawing my fictional country. --Eklas (talk) 20:57, 30 January 2018 (CET)
RP - which statement are you referring to?--Udilugbuldigu (talk) 21:02, 30 January 2018 (CET)
The statemant that against EU are people who don't understand EU. In my country I see just opposite thing - farmers and workers are happy of european submissions and wise people are not happy with the path on which EU is now because for them it leads into destruction of the good idea of the EU. --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 21:10, 30 January 2018 (CET)
So what you're saying is that generally people support what is good for them. If things don't appear good for them, then they vote for change?--Udilugbuldigu (talk) 21:27, 30 January 2018 (CET)
Yes and I find it rather rational. --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 21:35, 30 January 2018 (CET)
Ok, thanks for clarifying. My point was that a proportion of the people able to vote for change have not made rational decisions i.e. decisions based on what would be good for them. They were not in a position to do that - and I think you are both assuming that they were? Apologies Eklas for the hijacking of your bliki!--Udilugbuldigu (talk) 22:09, 30 January 2018 (CET)
Actually I wish all arguments in the internet comment sections went politely like this. I pulled out of the discussion just because I had nothing more to say. --Eklas (talk) 22:21, 30 January 2018 (CET)
@Udi, yes I assume that they were. In a present world we too often say when the democratic choice is different than ours that the voters were manipulated by politicians (or more bluntly: fooled) and often see them as not able to make decisions by themselves. But they are real people with different aspirations and just vote for the best realization of it. What is good for a lawyer not always is good for a farmer. Sorry for that reply, Eklas. --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 22:50, 30 January 2018 (CET)

The whole world is burning...so here we all are, creating a different one. ;) Your modernist telecom complex is a blocky little jewel. -- LW (talk) 12:12, 29 January 2018 (EST)

💚 --Eklas (talk) 16:19, 30 January 2018 (CET)
The artist Grayson Perry (who describes himself as a'Transvestite potter from Essex') got it most right when he concluded that "Brexit wasn't really a referendum on EU membership, it was an opinion poll on 'do you like how things are going in general?'. And the answer came back 'well, not really, to be honest". Most Leavers didn't expect to win and simply wanted to register their discontent. Most Remainers projected their ideal of a borderless, socially liberal world onto an institution that was also being supported by multinational banks and billionaires. Sarepava (talk) 16:28, 10 February 2018 (CET)

Funnily enough I thought of making Loravia Telecommunications Tower back in December, away from my computer. Yeah. About that now. I need to quit. ~~Michal (talk) 18:58, 29 January 2018 (CET)

Yeah I've noticed you haven't been very active in the last couple weeks, what happened? --Eklas (talk) 16:19, 30 January 2018 (CET)
I'm just very busy. But I've got plenty of new (and original) ideas. Thanks for the interest. ~~Michal (talk) 18:23, 30 January 2018 (CET)

The old Nokia phones? Hell yeah, I used to have one of these when I was in primary school. Great mapping as always. I like the entrance to your cementary, with little buildings for cementary-related businesses. In Poland, you'd usually see some van or a tent selling grave lanterns at the entrance, so a building is a nice thing to see. Also: I can smell the commieblocks ;) . --Trabantemnaksiezyc (talk) 19:19, 29 January 2018 (CET)

Of course! Thanks! --Eklas (talk) 16:19, 30 January 2018 (CET)

Wow, love the amount of details in your recent mapping, love the cemetery! About Nokia phones, I never actually owned one (but my 'friends' and I destroyed one with a golf club, filmed it and put it on YouTube back in 2012 - it totally went viral (41 views)). About Zeman, yeah, I've heard about the situation from a good Czech friend of mine. Just wondering - do you have an OGF-Zeman in Drabantia too? --Stjur (talkOGF) 20:54, 29 January 2018 (CET)

Thanks you! God no, there's no such politician. Then of course, Drabantia didn't suffer such a dramatic history, the Czech Republic has only been a 'democracy' since 1990. --Eklas (talk) 16:19, 30 January 2018 (CET)

Like the cemetery! Also thumbs up for recycling some of the Escadian Companies, I also did the same for Mariana's companies, but there are sooo many that some I have to give some to the previous neighbour of Mariana, Niels, and delete the other 'extra' companies. (Balonis used to be next to Mariana before it moved.) Also, I like the tip, but I still write one for Commonia anyway. Look here.--Happy mapping and God bless, ZK (talk) 11:00, 30 January 2018 (CET)

Thanks! I might open a couple franchise stores of the companies listed at the OGF:int'l business page in Odrava in the future. --Eklas (talk) 16:19, 30 January 2018 (CET)

I don't have much to say apart from I love it Eklas! Might as well reciprocate that I appreciate all your work as you've done for me :P It's hard to comment on something when it's perfect xD --Aces California (talk) 12:06, 31 January 2018 (CET)

Aw thanks! --Eklas (talk) 17:42, 31 January 2018 (CET)