Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bucuresti in pragul declinului petrolului

This post is in Romanian. For an automated English translation, read this.

Am descoperit nu de mult timp fenomenul de Peak Oil, si posibilele implicatii ale acestuia. Recomand doua resurse pentru a va informa despre problema:


SUA ar fi cea mai afectata tara. Dar intrebarea mea a fost cum ar fi afectata Romania si in particular Bucurestiul? Am gasit urmatoarele informatii:

  • Prima productie comerciala de petrol a avut loc in Romania, in 1857. (sursa)
  • Populatia Romaniei in 1844: cca 3.6 milioane + evolutie (sursa - da, stiu, Wikipedia ca sursa nu-i o idee prea buna, dar nu are cum sa fie prea departe). Ce imi pare rau e ca nu am gasit cifre care sa mearga 1-2 secole mai devreme.
  • Populatia Bucurestiului in 1831: cca 61 de mii + grafic evolutie (sursa - tot Wikipedia)
Cresterea populatiei a fost facuta posibila de doua evenimente: revolutia industriala si descoperirea petrolului. Atat productia cat si consumul mondial de petrol au crescut constant in ultimii 150 de ani. Dar de cativa ani incoace, productia a stagnat (iar efectele s-au vazut imediat: asa zisa criza. Nu poti consuma mai mult decat produci). De acum incolo e foarte probabil ca productia sa o ia in jos. Asa ca acum ma intreb daca evolutia tehologica din ultimul secol este suficienta pentru a mentine populatia si nivelul de bunastare curent? Sper ca da, pentru ca altfel, in urmatorii ani vom fi fortati sa ne trezim brusc la o noua realitate, posibil chiar mai crunta decat regimul comunist.

Primul va pica sistemul financiar curent, care se bazeaza pe paradigma cresterii infinite (ca semnale vezi, de exemplu, instabilitatea bursei de valori, problemele imprumuturilor din tarile europene, si chiar intr-o oarecare masura revoltele din Anglia). Odata cu el, sper ca lumea se va trezi la realitate, si prin ponderare sau rationare vom reusi sa folosim ce rezerve mai avem intr-un mod mai inteligent decat pana acum. Astfel, schimbarile care urmeaza nu vor fi atat de dramatice, si ne vor da mai mult timp sa ne adaptam.

Sunt insa uimit cum publicul larg nu are nicio idee despre tema Peak Oil si posibilele implicatii ale acesteia. Traim ca si cum mai avem cel putin doua generatii pana la consecinte. Fals! Stagnarea deja a inceput, iar consecintele majore urmeaza in maximum 10-20 de ani, in contextul in care eu as numi criza curenta o consecinta minora. Si nici nu am zis nimic de posibilitatea unui al treilea razboi mondial (despre care unele persoane zic ca a inceput deja - 1, 2, 3 - sau e foarte aproape).

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tilapia with eggplant and jalapeño vinaigrette

Do you know what time it is? Yes, I know it's late, but that's not what I meant. It's time for another food/recipe post!

This time, the credit for the vinaigrette goes to chef John from foodwishes.com, while for everything else I have to thank Hoai <3

Jalapeño vinaigrette (original here)

  • 2 jalapeños (take most of the seeds and membranes out, but leave some in for the spice)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asian (Vietnamese) hot chili sauce 
  • salt and pepper
This one is very easy, just combine everything in your blender or food processor. You should chop the jalapeños in smaller pieces so the blender can handle it. Make sure you don't use a large smoothie blender, as there isn't much liquid to begin with. The quantities should be enough for 4 portions.

Grilled tilapia fillets and eggplant
  • 2-3 tilapia fillets, fresh or from frozen, defrosted (I suppose you can count one fillet per serving, depending on how large it is)
  • one eggplant (I used a Japanese eggplant from the Asian market, but I suppose the regular one will do too), sliced to 2-3cm thick (1 inch) pieces
  • seasoning
Well, what do you know, this one is easy too. Just season the fish in your favorite flavors. Be creative! I think we used salt, ground pepper, cayenne pepper, crushed pepper flakes, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, and maybe others, I already forgot. The eggplant only needs salt and pepper. Grill the eggplant and the fish for 5 minutes each, or until cooked. 

We used our electric indoor grill, which we've become increasingly dependent on. It's quick, healthy and easy. If you don't have one, I would recommend considering to get one. Anyway, back to our dish. At this stage, it's ready to eat (don't forget the vinaigrette). We however like to chop the eggplant and the fish into small pieces (thin stripes, 2-3cm/1inch in length), put the sauce on top, and mix everything together. Pure deliciousness!


Oh, and I have another goodie for you. No recipe, just two pictures. 


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Faster mplayer & sshfs

Two tricks that I shouldn't forget (and maybe you should learn too :).

Multi-threaded mplayer for better HD decoding performance on multi-core processors:
http://lglinux.blogspot.com/2010/03/multi-threaded-mplayer-for-faster-720p.html

sshfs using busybox, for attaching an USB harddrive to an OpenWRT router, without worrying about samba:
On OpenWRT device: opkg install openssh-sftp-server
On Ubuntu machine: sshfs -o sftp_server=/usr/lib/sftp-server user@192.168.x.y:/mnt/drive /path/to/dest