Never Bow To Media Temple™

UPDATE (3 July 07): Info in this post is heavily out of date. Please read this for clarification.

This is so urgent, that I hope you will forgive two posts a day. But please check this out.

It seems that Michael M. has had an extremely unsettling experience with his hosting provider. Moreover, he wasn’t the only one, it would appear. Please, read and note for future refference.

The Poušters

These guys are just incredible… They usualy give an impromptu performance on Prešeren square in Ljubljana and if you’re lucky you might catch them on a Saturday morning, drawing crowds of people coming from and going to the Central Market. The only problem is that noone knows when they’ll give the next performance. I suspect they don’t either 😀

But if you happen to catch their show, remember… They are The Poušters 🙂

Directed and produced by Pengovsky, of course

Liberation Day Announcement #3

A raw map of Liberation day hike route – click image to enlarge – and see below for details

Good morning, comrades! 😀

As you know, the hike around Ljubljana with Pengovsky on 12 May is now officially on and as promised, I’m posting more details about the event and on how to sign up.


Well, that’s easy… You can find my email on the about page, so just drop me a line confirming you’ll be there, but please include the following: Your name (if you’re a blogger, a link to your blog as well) and your mobile phone number, so I’ll be able to contact you in case of an emergency. You’ll receive a confirmation and my phone number in return.


The deadline for signing up is Sunday, 6 May (inclusive).


I propose we start the hike at 0700 hours. This is not a given, as I expect fierce opposition by some late risers and I also imagine that those of you who are not living in Ljubljana might have a bit of a problem making it this early. Any thoughts on this, Jean? 😀

In any case, there will be a 20-30 minute window for you to make it to the start of the hike.

So time of departure is yet to be comfirmed, provisionally it is set at 7. AM, but bear in mind that the checkpoints close at 1700 hours, so we cannot start much later.


A hat or a cap. You don’t want to get a sunstroke. A spare pair of socks. Better yet, make that two. Band-aids or similar for blisters. Good sneakeres or hiking boots. This is a seven-hour hike. True, it’s mostly flat terrain, but belive you me it can be a real killer if you can’t take care of your feet. Oh, and terrain is mostly sand and rubble with some concrete.


Liquid. And plenty of it. You yourself know how much will you need, but do pack some extra just to be on the safe side.
Chocolate or something similar to replenish your energy.
Some fruit might be in order (apples) and an odd sandwich. But don’t expect to eat too much along the way. This is not a picnic, but a hike to comemorate liberation of Ljubljana 😀


As I said in my first post on the issue, I’ll do it regardles of the weather. If it goes bad I don’t expect anyone to actually come. But if you decide to come nevertheless, I’d be thrilled.

Oh, and just so there is no misunderstanding: “weather going bad” in this case means “heavy rain and worse being forecasted”. If you bail out due to “sporadic showers” forecast, I’ll think of you as a pussy (only kidding, the decision if of course yours to make).


Obviously you can cancel by just failing to show up. But I’d hate that. So if you think of canceling, please do so via email until noon on Friday, 11 May.


We’ll start the hike at “Agrotehnika Gruda”, which is just across the street of the final bus stop of line No. 6, direction Dolgi Most, (not Črnuče). See this Google map for more details:

Click image to see Google map with directions

We will then proceed in a counter clock-wise manner, finishing where we started approximately seven hours later.


It is strongly advised that you bring any war-time, easy-to-carry paraphranelia, if possible of course. Most likely candidates are partisan caps or hats, things with red stars, old socialist flags etc, etc… They will not make you walk any faster, but you might get a curious and approving smile or two along the way 😀

The Satan Cometh (To Offices of Delo Newspaper)

Peter Jančič, Editor-in-Chief of Delo daily became an object of an elaborate prank. Namely, Delo’s automatic answering system has a nice feature, where you can apparently type in the initials of a person and your call is then transferred to his or her extension. As far as I get it, if you punch in “PJAN”, you ought to get through to newspaper’s current editor in chief. But before you do get through the system tells you the name you punched in and asks for confirmation. Or so they tought…

You have reached Satan…

For those of you, who don’t understand Slovene: in the last section, when the person placing the call types in numbers 75266 (PJAN), the system is suppose to respond by “you requested Peter Jančič”, but instead it responds by “you requested Satan!”. Why is that, I hear you asking…

Jančič was named Delo’s editor in chief shortly after Danilo Slivnik became the newspaper’s CEO in a switch which more or less exactly failed to please the eye, as it was obviously aimed at making the largest daily “government-friendly” in a new political eviroment with Janez Janša as PM.

Despite his repeated attempts at asserting himself as being worthy of his post, Jančič is widely perceived as a straw-man, with Slivnik effectivelly running and editing the newspaper, so Jančič (once a respected journalist and columnist for Večer daily) became tha laughing-stock of Slovene journalism. The atmosphere at Delo, however is poisonous at the moment. Given this and Jančič’s less-then-adequate performance, it is little wonder Delo’s quality is dropping rapidly