Maand: juli 2006

Tool, again

Uhm, it looks like I’ve managed to get my hands on some Tool concert tickets. Again! They’re playing Ahoy in november and sales began this morning at ten. Since the previous show sold out in 8 minutes, I’d deemed my chances to slim to score tickets yet again. However, when I just logged in to ticketservice, I was still able to get my hands on tickets. I’m mostly surprised at the moment, but I’m sure joy will set in eventually. 🙂

IE7

Microsoft has announced plans to roll out the final standalone version of IE7 via its Automatic Update service. You can read about this on many places, including The Web Standards Project. I do think this is a good thing as it -hopefully- will force a large majority to upgrade. Though I’m not sure the people still using the horrid IE5 all use Automatic Update, so it’ll probably result in a large portion of IE6 users upgrading (and quite possibly being confused by the new ‘features’) and a remaining group of lagards still using older versions. So the problems with development still remain. Sigh.

Movies

Went to see United 93 last week. A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. Pretty impressive and luckily far less emotional than I expected.

Very different, but one I’d like to see when it finally opens over here, is Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. I’ve read some good reviews for it. I’m not at all driven by the knowledge that the cinema is one of the few places with airconditioning. 😉 Also, I’ve recently watched trailers for The Prestige (2006) and The Fountain (2006), both due out later this year and both looking quite interesting. Added to my ever-growing IMDb ‘To See’-list.

Playlist

Since moving to the new office, the music situation changed a bit. I’m now serving all the music on our share using an iTunes partyshuffle. Saves time from choosing what to hear and also keeps us from hearing the same stuff too often. Which has happened in the past. Also, to make it possible for others to see what’s playing, skip songs or change volume, I found a bit of software called rTunes. Which, after a bit of tweaking, works rather nicely. Also, you can check out what’s playing on out Last.fm account.

Return

My parents returned home this weekend, they brought me a Reindeer skin and a couple thousand photo’s to look at. 🙂

Moved

map

We moved offices yesterday. Timing could have been better, with the second heatwave of the year (wich hadn’t happened since 1948) upon us. They even cancelled this years Nijmeegse Vierdaagse, since 2 people died from the heat.

On the right you can see a part of the map of Leiderdorp, where we’re now located. If you click on it you can see a bigger version, also featuring my home and our previous location. As you might be able to see I no longer ride my bike through the city on my way to work. Which I rather regret. I liked riding past the market folk getting ready for their day. Passing all kinds of stores and pretty old buildings. Oh well, the new route is about 5 minutes shorter, so atleast that’s an advantage. And I must say the office is quite nice, very light and bigger than I expected.

Rembrandt

There’s lots going on in town this weekend, as it’s the 400th years since painter Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden. Nice idea to focus on this, but I’m a bit sad by all the shameless commercial exploitation that’s going on at the moment. The Rembrandt musical may very well be the worst of it all. But it’s funny to see all kinds of people walking through town in 17th century costumes though. Try Flickr for some pictures or try this article on Rembrandt in Leiden on the Financial Times website. I do regret not having been to the Rembrandt – Caravaggio exhibit in Amsterdam, found out only just now, that it’s already ended.

Stuff

Not much going on at the moment. I finally got the screens installed on my new rooflight, which should make sleeping in a lot easier. What else? Firefox 2.0 Beta Candidate 1 has been released. Haven’t tried it yet, but I might this weekend. We’re preparing to move offices here next week, so it’s a bit chaotic at the moment. Timing couldn’t have been better though, since the second heatwave of the year should be a highpoint around that time. Sigh.

Library

Had the afternoon off. Spend some time browsing the library. I’d even made a list, since I’m usually wandering around the place for to long. I was hoping to get Rosalind Miles’ Tristan and Isolde trilogy, but the first part wasn’t available. The same goes for J. V. Jones’ Sword of Shadows series and the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Well, just not my lucky day for series apparently. Maybe next time.

I finally gathered a few books and narrowed it down to the following two: Pillar of the Sky (A Novel of Stonehenge) by Cecelia Holland and The Horses at the Gate by Mary L. Mackey.

I was also hoping to get my hands on the new Julliet Marillier (The Dark Mirror: Book One of the Bridei Chronicles), but that wasn’t available yet. I read her Sevenwaters Trilogy around this time last year and am curious about her new work. Might see if I can find it at the bookstore tomorrow.

DNA

Reading an old National Geographic Magazine, which featured an article on the origins of humankind, which mentioned the The Genographic Project [Wikipedia].

For US$100 someone anywhere in the world can order a self-testing kit. They send a mouth scraping (saliva swab) to National Geographic. It will be analyzed and their DNA information will be placed on an Internet accessible database. [..] Instead genetic markers on Mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosomes will be used to trace distant ancestry, and each participant is provided with their genetic history.

I’d love to order a participation Kit, bit I’m not sure I’d be willing to spend this money while already knowing pretty much what to expect. The mitochondrial DNA probably won’t show anything that exotic. Might be more interesting for my brother to give it a whirl, since we have a distanct ancestor from Sulawesi in our father’s bloodline.