Month: november 2005 (page 1 of 2)

Shopping

We went for another round of Ikea today, to return the last of the leftovers from my kitchen and to check out the available matrasses. In the end I didn’t get on there, but ordered one from a different shop, namely CASBA. It should be delivered in 2-3 weeks. Can’t wait!

Afterwards I had dinner at my parents house, at which time my mother thought I might aswell explain the interface of her new video recorder. Apparently that was more convenient than reading the manual herself. Not sure where the fear for those comes from, or if she’ll ever realise that most interfaces are -in their core- pretty much the same. 🙂

Shōgun

I’m about halfway through a reread of James Clavell’s classic novel, Shogun. The book takes place around 1600 and is rougly based on the life of William Adams. It depicts the end of the exclusive trade between the Japanese and Portuguese/Spanish due to the arrival of other nations, like the Dutch and English. As the wikipedia states:

The Dutch also engaged in piracy and naval combat to weaken Portuguese and Spanish shipping in the Pacific, and ultimately became the only westerners to be allowed access to Japan from the small enclave of Dejima after 1638 and for the next two centuries.

The book was made into a mini-series in 1980. Once I finish, I might see if I can get my hands on the DVD, just to compare.

Drama

They’re having some sort of Shakespeare feast on the BBC at the moment, with a bunch of modern reenactments of his works. Unfortunately I missed the first couple, but did catch the wonderful adaptation of the The Taming of the Shrew, which aired a few days ago. It starred Shirley Henderson and Rufus Sewell, who also performed together in the brilliant Charles II: The Power and the Passion two years ago.

Speaking of drama, I recently bought the first series of The House of Eliott on DVD. Looking forward to cocooning on the couch with that one.

Rome

Julius Caesar and the thirteenth legion

I’m quite taken with BBC/HBO collaboration, Rome (IMDb / HBO), which I’m currently watching on Belgian channel Canvas. It’s basically the story of Julius Caesar vs Pompey and the rise of Caesar Augustus, the first emperor of Rome.

There’s a rather positive review on Slant

And if you’re looking for more -lots more!- background info, check out the wikipedia entry for the show. This article mentions that the BBC edited the first few episodes. I wonder which version I’m presented with on the aforementioned Canvas.

Sony

A lesson in how not to treat your customers. Sony added a piece of software to a number of their cd’s, which turned out to be quite a security risk for it’s users. Apparently it allows any Web page that the user subsequently visits to download, install and run any code that it likes. More in this Slashdot post, Bad Day To Be Sony. A boycott has already been started.

Find out more on Extended Copy Protection at this Wikipedia page. I always try to avoid buying discs with any kind of copy protection. There’s little else you can do as a consumer. And finally there’s an analysis on businessweek.com, called Sony BMG’s Costly Silence.

Chile

My brother and his girlfriend headed out to Chile today, they’re staying there for a little over a month. They’re planning on going to check out the following places:

You can check out the photo’s on Flickr. I’m jealous. 😉

Mattrass

My mattrass has seen better days, so it’s time for an upgrade. Thought I’d go and see what’s on offer online first, before I venture into all kinds of overwhelming stores. There’s so much to choose from with regards to layering and content. Already I’m horribly confused by the sheer amount of possibilities. I’m quite impressed with misterbed.nl, though the site is horrible, they offer a nice service. But I’m still doubting whether this is the kind of item best purchased online. Hm. To be continued.

Dome

Let there be light. And there was light. And then there were photos. 😉

The dome was installed today. Looks great. The kitchen looks much bigger now.

Concerts

Monster Magnet's Dave Wyndorf

Monster Magnet is one of a few bands I’ve wanted to see on stage, but never had a chance to before. Luckily for me they’ll be playing Paradiso in March of the coming year. And I happen to have bought the tickets on Saturday!

The show is on the 16th, to be exact, which is also 2 days after my 27th birthday. Isn’t that the age a whole bunch of rock stars didn’t live beyond? Anyhow, I’m not a rock star, and pretty sure I won’t be one before my 28th birthday. Enough with the gloom, first I have December to look forward to. Porcupine Tree will be playing 013 on December 4th. And ofcourse I’m going to see Opeth in Zoetermeer on the 22nd. 😀

Crisis?

Somedays I just want to pack up an go live in a forest somewhere. Or go back to school. Which is probably why I just ordered the brochure for the Open University. Might find something nice to sink my teeth into. Or maybe -probably- I’ll browse the brochure and store it in a drawer somewhere. I’m so predictable. Could it be Quarter-life crisis or is it -probably is- just a momentarily lapse? Anyhow. I’m going to see Antiquariaat Oblomov by Erik van Muiswinkel and Diederik van Vleuten in Schiedam tonight. That should take my mind of things.