Just when i thoght i was done posting for 2009... It seems that i'll be posting all day long. Do you remember a good ol' Dalai Lama i did July? Well i got him recycled too, finding his place between the next year's World Agenda's infographic "to do" list.
umf... it's been bugging since the morning the facte that i didn't made a change i wanted on Berlusconi's face, and kept bugging me up to the moment i gave the page "ok". I stopped the page, made the change i've been thinking since yesterday evening, and send him on his way... better now right?
The curious case of the Greek civil war Illustration for this (20 Dec '09) Sunday Kathimerini. Below a money-holy lef illustration for next Sunday's (earlier out -25 Dec '09- due Christmas ) Kathimerini issue.
I've drawn two extra holy leaves in case some ornament is needed for Athens Plus Top right corner.
Xmass are just around the coroner... (!) so i'm doing double issues Illustrations, a fortunate thing was Berlusconi getting hit since i had him allready drawn and ready since the "Rignt to know, Right to Inform" rallies back in October, just for the blog... and now he gets to wear the "bad-luck-red-tie"... lucky him.
Karamanlis Illustration on the other hand was, yes, ready too, but from last year, a second -better- actually version that didn't get to be neither printed nor seen by anyone since the article changed...
No, not all i did was searching for the spirit of illustrations-past... i also drew a very good Karamanlis yesterday (below) who unfortunatelly does not look good in the Fairey waysince he's more drawn than stencil-cut-out. (Below the drawing, the "lights" and the rejected by me version).
(Unfortunatelly greek's not supported for the old Nokia 3330, so the above message came incomplete and in upper case letters, good thing is that i can upload english txt)
Below the picture of the old title "message from WIND mobile", which is auto-generated for WIND mobile e-mails.
To make things more complicated i discovered while experimenting with mobile e-mail blog post that the good old NOKIA 3330 e-mails we used to send via mobile 10 years back (wow), are not supported any more, they've been replaced with some new e-mail via sms to #19597, of wich i'm curious to see the final charge/cost.
The good side of it that you can actually send a good 180 characters blog entry, instead of the 101 e-mail characters that were supported on the old "online"/e-mail NOKIA3330 feature.
On the bad side, (1) only english text is supported. (2) only upper case characters (3) you can't save the private/blog e-mail address to your cell database and send the e-mail directly, instead you must write: "EMAIL#your_private_blog_email#the email message you want to send 180 characters" and send it as sms to 19597 wich relays the sms to your private/topsecret blog email adress to see it posted. Wich raises security/privacy issues evidently unknown to WIND and probably other greek cell companies as well.
Why was the original feature changed at the first place? For the same reason greek cell companies stopped supporting the good ol' ICQ cell messaging, where you could send an sms (normal sms charge) to a number ICQ provided to get it on your ICQ chat window and reply to it without charge (ICQ did'nt want to get any money for the service, assuming that such a feature would make it more competitive betwin chat platforms). Whereas greek cell companis thoght more profitable to re-baptise the service e-mail mobile feature and charge it more than an sms both to sender and receiver. To make a long story short, they took an already existent service, change it's name and charge you more and twice... when the e-mail charge should apply only to messagges containing Pictures, Audio or Video attached }; )
A gem i found wile Googlin' around da net to find the Greek Tourism Organization poster i used on yesterday's Illustration.
But it made me think that it must be now more than 5 years that i don't do any shopping in Athens center... it's like a freakin' junta outta there, and every year it's growing... It didn't start with last year's riots, it's every day, every month, every year, like if someone had this really silly idea to fight unemployment with some cheap meters of green cloth a shield and a stick instead of investing on something... on anything as far as i am concerned, and its slowly growing... it's more riot police outta there than people... without anyone asking where does all this stop?
It's hardly leaving any space to breath... Christmass mood? ha! We just close our noses and dive.
Yup, this year too, xmass tree on Syntagma will be full of riot police... Someone must have been cursing this place really bad, there's no other explanation in seeing it end up like this.
Early (below), and later versions of the same random thoght that could probably fit on Sunday's paper. I think the first one should be the one to get printed, since the flag in the backround it makes it look like the greek 40's WWII liberation drawings.
Athens Plus page 10, with Alex's Illustration. Issue's 77 Index, and below pages 6 & 7 with the graphs about greek politic tendencies. You can read about it here (site), here (Inside Greece blog) or here in PDF.