Month: juli 2005 (page 1 of 2)

Recap

Heer Bommel en Tom Poes

Quite a week, this has been. Planetary scientists discover tenth planet. Marten Toonder, comic writer and creator of Heer Bommel and Tom Poes (on the left), died as age 93. The IE 7 beta was released.

And it was also the week I fell down the stairs. Friday evening, to be exact. I was on my way down and on the third step my foot slipped. Then I was downstairs. And bruised. Long live Arniflor, which is meant to keep the blue and purple at bay.

Home sweet home

I’ve been working from home today. There was bit too much rain for my liking, so I wanted to keep an eye on my roof. Strange experience though. I feel like I got tons more done than usually, but I do find I’m taking slightly longer breaks. And consuming more snacks. Which isn’t a terribly Good Thing. 😉

Vanilla

I’m experimenting with the Vanilla forum system, which is by Lussumo. Looks pretty slick. Shame I’m not really in need of one at the moment. But when I do, this one is certainly high on my list. Oh, and while you’re there, pick up a version of their Filebrowser, which looks pretty good also. And both are 100% open-source.

Upgrades

Time for an upgrade, as both Firefox and Thunderbird have new versions out. I hope coming versions of both will allow you to simply upgrade instead of having to walk through the entire installer for every new version.

Speaking of upgrades, I’m planning to get an extra harddisk for my home setup some time next week. I keep running out of space at the moment. Strange though, I remember getting a 20MB harddisk for one of my first PCs and the huge quantities of space seemed unfillable. But they turned out not to be. Seems, the more space, the more crap. And now I’m thinking of getting a 200 or 300GB disc!

Covers

Nativity in Black cover

Recently “Nativity in Black: Tribute to Black Sabbath” made it into the playlist here at work. I’m not normally a fan of cover albums, but this one has some great versions. Make sure you get the one with the bonus track, because that’s Solitude performed by Cathedral. One of my favourite covers. But the best track -in my humble opinion- is the song Black Sabbath itself, by Type O Negative. Read more →

Komkommertijd

Gosh, another miscellanous post. Must beware of the seemingly inevitable ‘I should post more’-post. But there just hasn’t been enough going on to post about. A symptom called Komkommertijd in Dutch. Which translated to ‘cucumber time’, though its origins are unsure.

Spend most of the weekend reading the first part of the Sevenwater trilogy (see my previous post) and started the second part (Son of the Shadows) sometime yesterday evening.

Oh, and it’s my mom’s birthday today. Happy birthday! 🙂

Miscellaneous

Not much going on at the moment. Trying to stay cool. Got a haircut on saturday. I read about an upcoming three-part series based on Jared Diamond’s Gun, Germs, and Steel. Looks quite interesting, hope it’ll air someday soon over here. Or maybe I can find it on eMule. I asked -and received- the book on my birthday several years ago. Which reminds me, I don’t think I ever did finish it. Shame on me. Might give it another go after I finish my current undertaking. That’s Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest, in case you’re interested. It’s the first part of her Sevenwaters Trilogy. I bought it on a whim a while back. It’s a retelling of the Celtic swans myth and pretty interesting so far. I hope I’ll be able to get my hands on the other two parts.

Sin City

movie poster

The saga continues, as another trip was required. Last on the need-to-see-this list was Sin City, which we tackled last night. What a treat, two movies with Rutger Hauer in one week! 😉 Shame the girl in the row in front of us didn’t know who he was. Anyhow, great movie. Most impressed by the original style. And Mickey Rourke was amazing. I’m not sure if two sequels are absolutely necessary though.

London bombings

Just found out about the terrorist attacks in London this morning. Apparently a series of explosions struck London’s transport system during the height of morning rush hour.

Update: there’s already a Pool on Flickr and more can be found at Wikipedia.

Batman Begins

movie poster

Bit of a movie theme this week. After sundays War of the Worlds, we went to see Batman Begins yesterday evening. The movie pretty much tells the story of his youth and him becoming Batman. Some great bits of trivia can be found at the IMDb site. Like the fact that Christopher Eccleston was considered for the role of Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow or that director Darren Aronofsky was at one point attached to make the movie. Would have loved seeing that. But this version was rather good to. Christian Bale (check him out in The Machinist, if you haven’t already) was an excellent choice for the lead. And the Batmobile plain rocks.