Monday, June 6, 2011

Jobs That Matter

A visit that I will remember all my life, because everything was perfect: 7 in the morning departure, sunny day, a relative long trip - about 50 km down south to Mangalia, with lovely sights such as the summer resorts which I like more than the northern Mamaia :)

As Dexter (the cartoon character) once said: ''Aaaaah, what a perfect day for science'', I must say... what a great day for Heavy Industries :D

Keep in mind that the pictures are not making justice to the real things out there. Everything is huge, off-scale, immense, collosal, overwhelming...

Indoor workplaces are very well organized, everything is in place, and quite tidy for such activities :)

A shipbuilding dry dock. There are 3 docks, in each there is a vessel in a different building stage.

A ''bulge'' already packed with thrusters and the bow of a future ship

A nice toy here... capable of maneouvering really big things. It's bigger than it looks, try to focus on the driver's cabin

Nice parking here, eh ?

But the most impressive building is this one, by far. It has a height of a 8 storey flat. You can see this from Mangalia.. it's a monster!

And here's how the interior looks like. It's the newest jewel of DMHI. These pictures really mean something to me :)

DMHI stands for Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries. A South Korean - Romanian joint-venture in shipbuilding industry.

I've shot over 180 pictures during my visit here, and I've tried to synthesize the most relevant ones, thinking that there is no need for posting pictures with ships at anchor in the port, as almost everyone have seen one :) 

If not google them :D

Monday, May 30, 2011

First Habitable Exoplanet?

Climate Simulation Reveals New Candidate That Could Support Earth-Like Life

ScienceDaily (May 16, 2011) — The planetary system around the red dwarf Gliese 581, one of the closest stars to the Sun in the galaxy, has been the subject of several studies aiming to detect the first potentially habitable exoplanet. Two candidates have already been discarded, but a third planet, Gliese 581d, can be considered the first confirmed exoplanet that could support Earth-like life. This is the conclusion of a team of scientists from the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (CNRS, UPMC, ENS Paris, Ecole Polytechnique) in Paris, France, whose study is published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Schematic of the global climate model used to study Gliese 581d. Red / blue shading indicate hot / cold surface temperatures, while the arrows show
wind velocities at 2 km height in the atmosphere. (Credit: © LMD/CNRS - Source)

Are there other planets inhabited like Earth, or at least habitable? The discovery of the first habitable planet has become a quest for many astrophysicists who look for rocky planets in the "habitable zone" around stars, the range of distances in which planets are neither too cold nor too hot for life to flourish.

In this quest, the red dwarf star Gliese 581 has already received a huge amount of attention. In 2007, scientists reported the detection of two planets orbiting not far from the inner and outer edge of its habitable zone. While the more distant planet, Gliese 581d, was initially judged to be too cold for life, the closer-in planet was thought to be potentially habitable by its discoverers. However, later analysis by atmospheric experts showed that if it had liquid oceans like Earth, they would rapidly evaporate in a 'runaway greenhouse' effect similar to that which gave Venus the hot, inhospitable climate it has today. A new possibility emerged late in 2010, when a team of observers led by Steven Vogt at the University of California, Santa Cruz, announced that they had discovered a new planet, which they dubbed Gliese 581g, or 'Zarmina's World'. This planet, they claimed, had a mass similar to that of Earth and was close to the centre of the habitable zone. For several months, the discovery of the first potential Earth twin outside the Solar System seemed to have been achieved. Unfortunately, later analysis by independent teams has raised serious doubts on this extremely difficult detection. Many now believe that Gliese 581g may not exist at all. Instead, it may simply be a result of noise in the ultra-fine measurements of stellar 'wobble' needed to detect exoplanets in this system.

Today, it is finally Gliese 581g's big brother -- the larger and more distant Gliese 581d -- which has been shown to be the confirmed potentially habitable exoplanet by Robin Wordsworth, François Forget and co-workers from Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (CNRS, UPMC, ENS Paris, Ecole Polytechnique) at the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace in Paris. Although it is likely to be a rocky planet, it has a mass at least seven times that of Earth, and is estimated to be about twice its size. At first glance, Gliese 581d is a pretty poor candidate in the hunt for life: it receives less than a third of the stellar energy Earth does and may be tidally locked, with a permanent day and night side. After its discovery, it was generally believed that any atmosphere thick enough to keep the planet warm would become cold enough on the night side to freeze out entirely, ruining any prospects for a habitable climate.

To test whether this intuition was correct, Wordsworth and colleagues developed a new kind of computer model capable of accurately simulating possible exoplanet climates. The model simulates a planet's atmosphere and surface in three dimensions, rather like those used to study climate change on Earth. However, it is based on more fundamental physical principles, allowing the simulation of a much wider range of conditions than would otherwise be possible, including any atmospheric cocktail of gases, clouds and aerosols.

To their surprise, they found that with a dense carbon dioxide atmosphere -- a likely scenario on such a large planet -- the climate of Gliese 581d is not only stable against collapse, but warm enough to have oceans, clouds and rainfall. One of the key factors in their results was Rayleigh scattering, the phenomenon that makes the sky blue on Earth. In the Solar System, Rayleigh scattering limits the amount of sunlight a thick atmosphere can absorb, because a large portion of the scattered blue light is immediately reflected back to space. However, as the starlight from Gliese 581 is red, it is almost unaffected. This means that it can penetrate much deeper into the atmosphere, where it heats the planet effectively due to the greenhouse effect of the CO2 atmosphere, combined with that of the carbon dioxide ice clouds predicted to form at high altitudes. Furthermore, the 3D circulation simulations showed that the daylight heating was efficiently redistributed across the planet by the atmosphere, preventing atmospheric collapse on the night side or at the poles.

Scientists are particularly excited by the fact that at 20 light years from Earth, Gliese 581d is one of our closest galactic neighbours. For now, this is of limited use for budding interstellar colonists -- the furthest-travelled human-made spacecraft, Voyager 1, would still take over 300,000 years to arrive there. However, it does mean that in the future telescopes will be able to detect the planet's atmosphere directly. While Gliese 581d may be habitable there are other possibilities; it could have kept some atmospheric hydrogen, like Uranus and Neptune, or the fierce wind from its star during its infancy could even have torn its atmosphere away entirely. To distinguish between these different scenarios, Wordsworth and co-workers came up with several simple tests that observers will be able to perform in future with a sufficiently powerful telescope.

If Gliese 581d does turn out to be habitable, it would still be a pretty strange place to visit -- the denser air and thick clouds would keep the surface in a perpetual murky red twilight, and its large mass means that surface gravity would be around double that on Earth. But the diversity of planetary climates in the galaxy is likely to be far wider than the few examples we are used to from the Solar System. In the long run, the most important implication of these results may be the idea that life-supporting planets do not in fact need to be particularly like Earth at all.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The end of the World


Ok.. here we go again with a filthy rich american lunatic, Harold Camping a self entitled religious pastor, saying that the world would end today, 21 May 2011. This is just another profitable hoax like many others, taking advantage of milions of stupid people. I mean, come on, there's gotta be something better than this story... and there is :)

I present you a series of scenarios:

The return of NIBIRUis a supposed disastrous encounter between the Earth and a large planetary object (either a collision or a near-miss) which certain groups believe will take place in the early 21st century. Believers in this doomsday event usually refer to this object as Planet X or Nibiru. The idea that a planet-sized object could possibly collide with or pass by Earth in the near future is not supported by any scientific evidence and has been rejected as pseudoscience by astronomers and planetary scientists.

NEMESIS (hypothetical star)The Sun may have an as yet undetected companion star, a Death Star, in a highly elliptical orbit that periodically disturbs comets in the Oort cloud, causing a large increase in the number of comets visiting the inner solar system with a consequential increase in impact events on Earth

GLIESE 710, a variable orange dwarf star, which is currently about 63.0 light years from Earth, but its proper motion, distance, and radial velocity indicate that it will approach within a very small distance - perhaps under one light year - from the Sun within 1.4 million years. The mass and close approach distance will cause the greatest gravitational perturbation of our solar system.

Pole shift (1) and/or Geomagnetic reversal (2) 

(1) The cataclysmic pole shift hypothesis states that there have been geologically rapid shifts in the relative positions of the modern-day geographic locations of the poles and the axis of rotation of the Earth, creating calamities such as floods and tectonic events.

(2) geomagnetic reversal is a change in the Earth's magnetic field such that the positions of magnetic north and magnetic south are interchanged. The Earth's field has alternated between periods of normal polarity, in which the direction of the field was the same as the present direction, and reverse polarity, in which the field was in the opposite direction. These periods are calledchrons. The time spans of chrons are randomly distributed with most being between 0.1 and 1 million years.

GRB (Gamma Ray Bursts). It's just like the lottery and it could happen anytime... tomorrow or in a million years. Very hard to predict and very dangerous.. in just a flash the world as we know it, could come to an end.

Sun Burnout (The Death of the Sun)The Sun is about 4.5 billion years old. it has used up about half of its nuclear fuel (hydrogen). In about 5 billion years from now, the sun will begin to die. The increase in solar temperatures is such that in about another billion years the surface of the Earth will likely become too hot for liquid water to exist, ending all terrestrial life.

Andromeda-Milky Way Collisionis a predicted galaxy collision that could possibly take place in approximately 3 to 5 billion years' time between the two largest galaxies in the Local Group – the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way, which contains Earth.

Asteroids and MeteorsThe collision between Earth and an asteroid a few kilometers in diameter may release as much energy as several million nuclear weapons detonating simultaneously causing mass extinctions or even the end of life on Earth. 

Stay tuned for Apophis in 2029 or 2036 :)

The Sun is a bit tricky, as it has periods of Geomagnetic Storms and Coronal mass ejections. Such cases might wreak havoc on Earth with huge consequences.

All these scenarios alongside with the Big Crunch ending with a black hole singularity or the Big Freeze/Expansion where the Universe will continue forever becoming too cold to sustain life. 

If you think this doesn't convince you, try some technological evolution featurign nanobots, economic based wars, conflicts, or the non-stopping pollution and green house effect.
Spreading diseases, Mass Suicide, Impotence, Oil Peak, Natural Disasters like Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Climate Shift, etc.

Yeah, beat that ! and I'm sure I still forgot something :))

Untill then... Have a party, buy a Porsche, forget work, avoid taxes, don't get married, forget diet, retire now.. But hurry ! Time is running out ! Cheers

Thursday, May 12, 2011

American Idol

You tought the hillbillies and 'cocalari' exist only in Romania, right? Well you definetly didn't live the American dream ! Yeah, in the magnificent USA. It's good to hear all the douchebags, some of them even around here, talking about this country and how cool it is, and how the people are open-minded and shi!t :)) 
They are just foreign idiot fillers in that country full of retards :D
Let's say I also do like America.. but only the continent, the nature, the unique sights like the Meteor Crater and The Grand Canyon. Uh, and the skyscrapers in both New York and Miami.

I'm sick with the majority of stupid people, I'm tired of most american movies... like in the apocaliptyc ones, where the asteroid always hit Manhattan.. the justice is always beeing made in L.A. and so on :))
Not to mention their politics, 'the democracy' and huuuuge quantities of propaganda through the media. Whatever...

I present you some of the nation's giant idols:

You think 1 million $ are not enough? Check out this valuable guy.. stashing ~ 2 million dollars :))

People like these ones get along very well, in fact they are good friends with all that money linking them apart :D


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Interview Series

Hi. This is the last post of the J.Z. mini-series, for a period now, let's hope not very long..meh, who cares...
In the first two videos there are some nice tracks like Prodigy's Omen and Sasha's remix for Earthquake. This guy is fabulous.. always a pleasure listening him, because he's sooo like me, we think alike and have the same hobbies etc...

Untill next weekend from me, see ya :)

And a flashy interview for a glossy channel ... the A|X Music presents the exclusive Dj interview series with James Zabiela, talking about Pioneer gadgets. Enjoy !

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A day in the life of James Zabiela

For those who ever asked how a day in the life of this God of Music passes by

Last night I went out shopping and while browsing between the items I was surprised to hear a tune from J.Z.'s mixes, Groove Armada - History. At this instant, a smile was drawn on my face and the whole world seemed more beautifull :)

Well let's get back to the video.. you can see a perfectly normal person playing like a bedroom dj, uh.. in a way, just like me :D

The music in the background contains his latest songs: 

James Zabiela - Burnt Bridges

James Zabiela - Blame

Saturday, April 30, 2011

James Zabiela.. Doing Mad Stuff

Hello again,

In the past few days I was listening to some of my older music, from 2-3 years ago, untill the doors broke down :D and bumped into one of my favourites during college. Found the radio edit on YouTube, in such a great presentation and I quote ''Great tune mixed in with video of a Mirage fighter.'' What can I say, EPIC... Mirage Fighters are awesome, everychild's dream, and now grown-ups have bigger dreams, like Star Fighters.

In a clear blue sky and probably Arizona or Nevada desert in the background this guys are making gorgeous stunts in the upper atmoshpere. Such a coincidence that all the elements in this video are somewhat my biggest obssesions :)

Enjoy !

We're ''Humans After All'' so, as a bonus track, listen to this classy tune. The best part @ 6:28 !

Monday, April 25, 2011

Constanta in just 1 minute

A short presentation of some touristic hot-spots in Constanta. The city seen 'from above' (credits go to Elena Udrea) offers spectacular views that makes me day-dreaming about some highrises or, why not, skyscrapers :D Enjoy !

Friday, April 22, 2011

Next Top Model Romania - The End

The Game is over. Emma has won the title of Next Top Model Romania !
There is no room here for sexy bombshell-overaged feminists. 

I tought the same with a friend of mine, which claimed that Madalina has reached the final only to give satisfaction to a large part of the public. The blonde pitzi provided the gossips, fights, nudity and other controversions. Anyway, cheers for Emma and best of luck with your career ! :D

Monday, April 18, 2011

Beauty and the Beast


Next Top Model Romania's final: Emma Dumitrescu and Madalina Barbu

Emma Dumitrescu deserves to be Romania's Next Top Model and she will win this contest fairly. Nicknamed ''The Mouse'' because she's only 16, Emma has won the title of Miss Teenager Romania in 2010 and reached the finals of Miss Teenager Universe in the same year.

Always brings happines around with her beautifull smile and innocent jokes, she's definetly my favourite one in this contest :D

Now let's see the Dark Side of this competition.. The Beast of the little screen, Madalina Barbu.

Rumors says that this.. creature has tasted Catalin Botezatu's cock !
Well, it wouldn't be a surprise for the public regarding that she's a silliconed rubber woman with grandma looks (yeah, she's 25 !) and a pitzi Dorobanti/Bamboo attitude. I really can't explain how this beast got into the final except the presumed scenario with Botezatu :D

A very rude and gossipy character which fits better in Playboy Magazines. She's more like a sexy bomb, not a fashion model ! 

Look at these pictures and decide for yourself.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Apollo 18 (2012)

There's a reason we've never gone back to the Moon. 
Apollo 18.

Apollo 18 is one of the canceled lunar missions of the Apollo program.

Release date(s)January 6, 2012
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Moon. I've watched this movie 20 times, really.. and I ain't tired of it. The Master of Turntables, James Zabiela presents an entire 120 minutes mix of space kinda related music and adding some audio snapshots from the movie 'Moon'. This thing really blown my mind, because two of my biggest interests have met together.

Same thing, in 2010, J.Z. played with peoples minds in Ibiza when he made his opening with a conversation between Sam and GERTY.

Below I present you one of my favourite tracks from the Moon OST

Clint Mansell should have been an exclusivist soundtrack provider for movies such as Moon and Requiem for a Dream. But, the hillbilly monkeys from 'Romania got talent' have took this tune as generic for their stupid show. Sad.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

(New) National Geographic Series

Alien Earths HD on National Geographic

A documentary about terrestrial planets in the galaxy, how living conditions are possible somewhere else, how these worlds might look like and how we get there.

For a better experience watch it in HD. Enjoy

Part 2   Part 3    Part 4   Part 5

Another fantastic series by NatGeo:

Extreme Universe: Is Anyone Out There?

Part 2   Part 3    Part 4   Part 5

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Electric Car Revolution

New Audi A2 electric car sets long-distance record

"On Tuesday, a prototype of a new all-electric Audi A2 car completed an early morning 600 kilometer (372 miles) drive from Munich to Berlin on a single charge. 

"If any journalists want to charge up their iPhones, we still have some electricity left," quipped driver Mirko Hannemann, 27, just after completing the seven-hour journey.

Company representatives say that the four-seater has a recommended speed of 130 kilometers per hour, and has many of the same features of other cars, including power steering, airbags, air-conditioning and even heated seats.

Automobile manufacturers working on electric cars have been hampered in the past by their limited range compared to hybrid- or combustion-engine vehicles."

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Malls in Constanta II

We continue with the ongoing shopping mall projects in Constanta.

Let's begin with Maritimo Shopping Center which will be finished by the end of 2011.
With 50,000 mp, it will be untill 2012 the biggest mall in Constanta. It is located in the northern part of the city on the Aurel Vlaicu Boulevard. C&A, New Yorker, H&M, Decathlon, Inditex Group (Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, etc) have announced their presence along others.

Corall Mall

In 2012, this unit located at the Soveja and I.C. Bratianu Blvd. crossroads will be the biggest mall in Constanta with 150.000 mp ! I am really looking forward on this one.

WTCC is located in the city center between Gates 2 and 3. It will be an awesome complex with 3 towers including a Harborside Hotel, Institute of Contemporary Arts and a 8000 seats Concert Arena ! 
Date of completion: 2014

These are all projects under construction.

Now there are 3 more projects for shopping centers in the city.

The biggest chances of becoming a reality is Seaside Shopping Park located in the Southern Part of the City along Mangaliei Road. The roundabout for access it's under construction.

Plaza Centers also has announced the plans for opening a new unit in Constanta with the works starting next year. The land has been obtained.

Bogaris Marina Park Mall. it is an ambitious project including housing & retail. It is located near City Park Mall and the main attraction will be the 2x25 floors towers.

425 Tomis Plus Mall is located in the northern suburbia near between Ovidiu Town and Constanta's Palazu Mare quarter.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Shopping Malls in Constanta

First of all I would like to say thanks to all visitors of my blog :)

Second, it's not a 1 April fool's day joke.. these are real projects and some of them are under construction. 

Tomis Mall is a high end luxury Mall located in the city center of Constanta. It has been extended 2 times and it's waiting for a 12 floor office building approval.

It features an underground Parking and a 7 storey multi-purpose building.

Tom Center Constanta, is the largest shopping park in present. The works of the extension with a new KIKA Store, Decathlon and a new building for other retailers are due to begin this year, date of completion: 2012. Keep in mind that this is only the 1st phase of the project.. starting with 2014 there will be the second phase with other extentions... probably IKEA and others.

For easy acces there is an underground passageway being constructed. The works will be completed by the end of 2011.

City Park Mall of Constanta

This Mall is a ship-shaped building, with underground parking and Lake view terraces. It faces a real succes since it has some unique brands in the city.

There are plans for extension of this mall too.

One 4 storey building for retailers and underground parking, a 5 storey multi-purpose building and 2 x 24 floor towers for office and hotels :)

 This is how the plan looks:

These are the existing Malls. Soon I will show you the malls under construction and the ones in project stage.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I Love Velo Launching Program

I Love Velo launching program:
•             Cluj-Napoca 30 March
•             Brasov 2 April
•             Iasi 6 April
•             Constanta 9 April

So, starting from 9 April you're welcome to pedal freely again, this year with Green Revolution. Rental Center remains in Tabacariei Park, Constanta.

Green Revolution provides free bike rentals in Romania's main big cities and University Campuses. One ID for a single person is required to pedal 2 hours for free. A simple form must be completed, thus this task can be performed in 3 minutes.

Can wait for the Sun to shine again this spring, and ride the bikes :D