Tonight is Beltane, which is “the last of the three spring fertility festivals, the others being Imbolc and Ostara. Beltane is the second principal Celtic festival (the other being Samhain). Celebrated approximately halfway between Vernal (spring) equinox and the midsummer (Summer Solstice). Beltane traditionally marked the arrival of summer in ancient times.” Blessed Beltane to you and yours!


I’ve just seen Sexy Beast [IMDb] on DVD, which I’d rented earlier today. Quite macabre. Excellent. Unbelievable to think that the evil gangster Don Logan is played by Ben Kingsley, who also played not quite so evil Ghandi ten years ago. My compliments.

VOC 400 years

Duyfken is back home. “The Duyfken replica is sailing in the wake of her original predecessor on her way to The Netherlands for the 2002 VOC Celebrations. […] This year the Netherlands will commemorate the fact that the ‘Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie’, better known as VOC (United East India Company) was founded 400 years ago. In the 17th and 18th centuries the VOC was the largest commercial enterprise in the world, with a fleet of more than a hundred ships, with thousands of employees, dozens of offices in Asia and six establishments in the Netherlands.”


Not a lot going on this weekend. My parents have gone to Berlin for a few days, so we’re just taking it easy. Renting a video, cooking some ribs for dinner. I’ve got another 2 days of hanging aroung the house, since tuesday is a national holiday (“koninginnedag”) and I’ve taken monday off from work. Wonderful. And now I’m just doing some stuff for my site. I’ve added statistics for this blog, to see where people are coming from. And I’ve made a new style, à la Blue Robot.

Usability and downpour

There’s an article on about “Developing a Basic Numerical Metric for Web Usability“. It does make sense, but I’m not sure if it can be done. I think usability is more than the sum of a set of rules. Or atleast, it should be. Anyhow, the heavens have opened and what promised to become a sunny day has turned into a rainfest. Shame. And ofcourse I didn’t bring my umbrella. Sigh.


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Scroll your little heart out

It’s taken me the better part of the afternoon, but I finally got the new scrollscript for the e-Vision website working! On most platforms that is. Sigh. Internet Explorer on the Mac doesn’t seem to like it, and neither does Netscape Navigator 4. But Mozilla, Opera and Internet Explorer (for the PC, that is) seem to be doing just fine. I haven’t had a chance to check out Konquerer though. So if you are running it, would you please let me know if it looks horrible. Thanks.

One year has passed

My weblog, The Hermitage, is exactly one year old today! Hurah! Can’t believe a year has past already. And it’s funny to see my style has changes quite a lot in such a relatively short time. I was to broadspoaken in the beginning, quoting entire paragraphs. Maybe I can clean it up a bit in the time to come. And so much for the happy news, because unfortunately yesterdays post was wrong, my order of DVDs has not yet arrived. The postman left a note, saying he came ‘round, but found nobody home. He’ll try again tonight. So I’ll have to remain patient for one more day. Sigh.


I just received a text message on my phone from my mom that my DVD’s have arrived! Hurah!! Now I have to wait another 2½ hours before I’ll be able to open it, because I’m still at work. Sigh. I wish I had one of those cool magic features to influence time. But I don’t.