Checoeslovaquia

Our former country, Czechoslovakia, was replaced by two new countries, Czech Republic and Slovakia, in 1993. When I was in Belgium (country separated from the Czech Republic just by a single neighboring country – Germany) several years later they didn’t know where the Czech Republic was but they knew about Czechoslovakia. It’s interesting the change has still not been propagated to some relevant places, even in the area of postal services.

The last FSF bulletin has arrived to me recently with a hand written note below my address on the envelope:

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The word “Checoeslovaquia” looks like a Spanish version, maybe it was already added in the U.S. or the letter was mistakenly sent to Chile or the letter arrived to Europe through Spain, who knows. It’s funny that a post officer somewhere didn’t know about the Czech Republic but someone was able to resolve the problem by identifying the target country as the former Czechoslovakia.

Anyway the June FSF bulletin has reached me!

Dunajská vlna & Čankišou

I’d like to promote two of the current music crowdfunding campaigns on Hithit that are approaching their ends. They ask money for new CDs and while they’ve already gathered more than two thirds of the target amounts, they haven’t reached the targets yet (as of today). IMO both the campaigns are very much worth to support.

Dunajská vlna was founded by two members of the former legendary band Dunaj (the best known representative of the so called Brno alternative) and one new member. They’d like to make a CD of Dunaj songs that haven’t been available to buy for long time. They also start working on new music. I’m sure they won’t disappoint us and we can look forward great music of true Dunaj roots.

Čankišou is a Brno band making great music, let’s say some very special sort of world music. They are great on CDs and they are even better live. I’ve been twice at their live shows and they were superb experiences. So if you are in the Czech Republic, I can recommend choosing one of the contributions containing tickets.

25 years of Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) celebrates 25 years of its existence this month. AFAIK the EFF makes a lot of useful work defending civil liberties, fair competition and consumer rights in the areas of computing and the Internet.

One of good ways to participate is to financially support the EFF if you haven’t done so yet. Remember, we must fight for our rights all the time otherwise we lose them.