Jaar: 2005 (pagina 1 van 18)

Snow!

A little late for a white Christmas, but at the moment it’s snowing!

They (those responsable for that type of thing) have even issued a weather alarm, urging people not the head out if it’s not necessary. That’s okay, I’m not going anywhere untill tomorrow afternoon.

Amsterdam

Went to our fine capitol Amsterdam today. Mostly browsing and bits of shopping. Finally bought the Shogun DVD. Think I’ll wait a while before watching it, as I’ve just finished the book.

I was also hoping to get a few nice additions to my wardrobe. Though not very impressed with the current offerings in the average shops, I did get some nice pieces at Bijenkorf, which we usually only visit to point and laugh at the ridiculous prices.

Speaking of prices, we also browsed the winter collection at Claudia Sträter. Found some really nice stuff. Left emptyhanded though, a bit beyond my budget. Maybe one day.

I also want to mention that I was horrified to find a row of Ramones t-shirts at H&M. I wonder how many people bought it, not knowing how they were. Not good.

Digital!

I’ve been in the process of migrating my cd collection to my 300GB harddisc I bought a while ago. I’ve recently crossed the 100GB barrier and have since noticed a drop in performance with iTunes, which is currently my player. I also tried using the Winamp library functions, but I miss the possibilities the iTunes smart playlists offer. Hm. Anyhow, there’s an interesting article on What Do I Know, entitled Rip and Goodbye on a similar process.

Joy

Light hitting the Opeth logo on the drums

Opeth was wonderful, as always. I even bought a T-shirt. Singer Mikael Åkerfeldt was in a particularly talkative mood. At one point he even claimed to be Tom Araya after someone screamed ‘Slayer’ in answer to his question of who we thought they were. 🙂

I’m not very good at remembering setlist, but I do remember they played ‘Closure’ from the Damnation album, ‘Credence’ from My Arms, Your Hearse, ‘White Cluster’ which appears on Still Life and the title track from Orchid.

Though I had a bit of a late night, I still had to set the alarm as my brandnew matrass was being delivered. So I’m now the proud owner of a real Eastborn matrass. Can’t believe how heavy it is though. They recommend you turn it round every 2 weeks for the first few months to enhance its longevity. Hope I’ll be able to.

I also found out Polish band Riverside will be playing Boerderij on April of next year. Tickets have been ordered. I’ve read some great reviews for earlier shows and really love the new album. Should be good!

Opeth

Had dinner with T&T last night to catch up and watch the 500+ photo’s taken in Chile (mind you, that was only a selection). They brought back a beautiful necklass and matching earrings for me. Both contain Lapis lazuli stones, which can only be found in Afghanistan, Pakistan and ofcoure Chile.

I’m going to see Opeth tonight, they’re playing Boerderij in Zoetermeer. Opening act is Burst. Here’s a review of a show they did last month. And on the same site you can find a review for the Porcupine Tree show I attended that same night.

Christmas

So it’s almost Christmas. Can’t believe how quick the year seems to have passed. Only two more days and then I’ll have a little over two weeks of vacation! Also, the end of the year is approaching rather fast, meaning everyone is publishing all kinds of list, the Google Zeitgeist being one of the more interesting of these.

Analytics

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Since I’ve started this site sometime in 1996, I’ve used a number of programs and sites to have access to statistics. For a long time I’ve used only Refer, since I was interested most in where and how people ended up on my site. Since I’ve had my domain (which was 2001, I think) I have also had access to the raw Apache log data via the admin panel my host offers. I’ve been downloading these for a while now, but, despite planning to, haven’t really made a serious attempt at processing them.

And now there’s Google Analytics, the result of Google buying Urchin. I signed up when I first heard of it, and am glad I did, since they’re not accepting new members at the moment. I’ve only been trying out the service for a few days at the moment, but I must say I’m quite impressed with the way the information is presented. To be continued.

2005 in music

Inspired by Andy Budd and Wikipedia, I too will now offer a list of the best albums to have been released in this year we call 2005.

  1. Opeth – Ghost Reveries
  2. Paradise Lost – Paradise Lost
  3. Porcupine Tree – Deadwing
  4. Riverside – Second Life Syndrome
  5. Fields Of The Nephilim – Mourning Sun
  6. Life Of Agony – Broken Valley
  7. Apocalyptica – Apocalyptica
  8. Audioslave – Out Of Exile
  9. Black Label Society – Mafia
  10. Green Carnation – The Quiet Offspring
  11. Leaves Eyes – Vinland Saga

Saturday activities

Another late night yesterday, as I had a wonderful dinner in far away Medemblik with the people from work. Glad to be able to sleep in this morning though, as I was still quite tired from last weekend. After a relaxed lunch with the newspaper I felt brave enough to go to the store to pick up some things. I’m quite sure one of my circles of hell will have something to do with shopping on a saturday afternoon. I did manage not to strangle anyone though, and arrived home with some nice pieces of music:

I originally entered the store to get my hands on the new Porcupine Tree, but that was unavailable. Ah well, you know how these sort of things go. You set out for something and return home with something completly different. Might give it another try after work on monday ;-). Oh, and I also bought a new electric kettle as the other one looked horrid in my pretty new kitchen.

Macromedia

Adobe has officially acquired Macromedia. There’s lots of speculation going on at the moment, like here on Mezzoblue. Most people are wondering about the design type programs, but I’d like to now what will be the effect of all this change on my beloved ColdFusion. Luckily there’s no similar product in the Adobe catalogue, so I’m pretty confident it won’t be discontinued. But how much money/effort will be spend on further development? We’ll have to wait and see. I’ve also read on What Do I Know that Adobe is planning to incoporate Flash Player and Adobe Reader into one massive program. Scary.