Monday, October 15, 2007

Eight points about myself, like mustard after the meal*)

It took Lannio's recent comment on this blog to make me realise that talking about something else is still talking about myself, which - believe it or not - I find difficult.
So instead of listing eight points about myself let's see if I can deliver eight points about Poland. I'll spread them ou over a number of posts.

1 You think there are two ways to show foreign programmes on tv, being 1: post-synchronise the dialogues to your own language, and 2: use subtitles?
Think again, because the Poles have a third way: let one (male) voice do all the talking including dialogues between women!

2 Now that it's allowed after the Communist regime the Polish people show a lot of affection for the American culture. Not surprising given the number of relatives they have there.Police cars in Holland and Germany tend to sneak around unobtrusively. Not so in Poland, where they use the most unnerving oyoyoyoyoyoy sirens - and they use them a lot! This makes Wroclaw sound like New York.
Here's a photo, taken in Wroclaw, but only because I say so. I bet your guess would be that it's somewhere in America
Typically Poland...

*)'Mustard after the meal' is a Dutch expression meaning 'that's a bit late and inconsequential'.

PS Here is a test: a QuickTime interactive panorama embedded in this page.
And it works! Use the mouse cursor to drag your way through the panorama.
Oh and by the way, I made that panorama myself. It has nothing to do with Wroclaw, but it is around the corner from where we live.

26 comments:

VallyP said...

Oh yes, Koosje. I love the fact they have one voice for all parts on Polish TV. That's like how we do animal programmes ;-)

And yes, the stretched limo could also be somewhere in SA. Typical of their ostentation! Like the eight non facts..how many posts will it take to make eight?

Koos F said...

Max 7. This one's already used 2

Dale said...

I'd say the photo of the stretch limos lined up for the drive through is definitely not taken in North America. The grass is too long and unkempt (it's a NA flaw - perfectly manicured lawns) and we don't have flagstones leading up to the order window...

Koos F said...

You have a very keen eye, Dale.
Especially the point about the grass.

The whole image, including the McDrive sign, suggests that the limousines are queuing up for fast food, but they are just parked there. The route to the sales window is further to the left.

Did you get the QuickTime VR panorama to work?

Lannio said...

I feel flattered... but also realize that people are people regardless of their faith, culture and geographic topography ... there is very little that separates us.

Love the MacD image. Dale is observant. The first thing I noticed was the cracked cement blocks with grass growing the slabs.

I used QuickTime VR panorama and must admit that the first time I used it - it went really fast and I started to feel dizzy. Much better when you use the cursor slowly. I like it!

Anne-Marie said...

Hi Koos,
I spun the panorama and made myself dizzy. I can't remember the area from our visit to Rotterdam, but I am not always the most observant.

xx
AM

Koos F said...

Hi Anne-Marie
Rotterdam is always moving and rebuilding.
I am sure this place was only in the construction phase when you were here.
My next panorama will be in a more recognisable place, I promise.

Lots of love to you.

Dale said...

Koos, apparently this computer does not have the Quick Time application...but it's trying to load.

But it's not my computer!

MargieCM said...

"Like mustard after the meal". I like that a lot.

Sorry, Koos, it's been too long since I visited you. That panorama effect is amazing - I loved the one you made for Val's blog too - the interior of her barge. It's a fabulous function, although it can certainly make you dizzy if used incautiously.

Do they really do the one-voice overdubs? That is hilarious. Perhaps they do it because only have to pay one actor instead of a whole cast.

I haven't checked out your "best of" collection on FlickR yet, but will get there. Now, if I can find where I saw the link again ...

Koos F said...

Hi Margie

Lovely to hear from you, especially after my very long spells of inactivity in Blogland and total immersion in Flickrland.

Unlike Maria / E.l. Wisty from Finland I don't easily keep those two balls in the air at the same time. Men aren't very good at multi tasking it seems.

At last, after a very long time of research, I can now make the all-aroud-and-up-and-down panoramas and avoid the parallax issues like in the back window of the white Mazda nearby.
I expect to really take off in the panorama department now.

Here is the link to the photo set called
'A special set for you', which is generated automatically by Flickr, based on the popularity of my photos with other Flickrers.
This means that it starts with the biggest hit and also that it changes gradually over time...

Have fun watching the slide show, and thanks for asking.
I'll make the link a permanent feature in the Blogger sidebar.

MargieCM said...

Koos, I have just come from your photo favourites page - thank you so much for dropping by and giving me the link.

I don't know where to start. I found myself literally holding my breath at several points through the slideshow - the images were so powerful and full of beauty. I should be cooking dinner now, but I just had to quickly come and say thank you. The barge through the fog, the foyer in Wroclaw, the grassy paths, the landscapes, the buildings - haha I even recognised Grand Cru in there on the Thames. What a superb collection.

You should be very proud!

MargieCM said...

Oh blast, sorry koos, I meant to post that on your page, but got confused with my "back" button. Going over to post on yours too in case you miss seeing it.

MargieCM said...

Oh. I did post it here! What was that you were saying about multitasking unsuccessfully? It doesn't auger well for the dinner I'm cooking ...

gypsy noir said...

Round, like a circle in a circle, like a wheel with in a wheel..
never ending or beginning..
like an ever spinning wheel..
thats the images I find in the circles of my mind..or Koos' pictures!..
Interesting Polish facts..

VallyP said...

Haha Margie, I do that myself so often...

Anne Marie, I recently heard it said of Rotterdam that you can ask a local what building they are looking at, and they will look at you in puzzlement and say "No idea, it wasn't there last week"!

Koos F said...

Old 'schoolmaster' finds a lesson in everything. This time it is that as with so many things QuickTime VR panorama's should be used in moderation.

Thanks to all these dear ones commenting on this blog. There are sixteen comments in total.
Only six of them are by men and they all wear funny hats with blinking lights on them.

Strange... (but I'm not complaining hey).

Anne-Marie said...

You should pan the cubic houses- that would be confusing at all angles!

xx
AM

Koos F said...

Great idea, Anne-Marie - but I'll wait 'til it's light, ok?

MargieCM said...

I'm obviously still dazed and confused - it's now the next day, and I skimmed the new comments here just now and read Anne Marie's comment as "You should can the pubic houses...".

Either she's telling you to stop photographing public lavatories Koos, or I need some serious sleep.

Koos F said...

Have a wonderful night's sleep. Margie, while we tarry the corch.

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