Guide

I’m actually quite impressed with omroep.nl/gids. It’s an online tv guide system. You can add programs to a favourite list and have that mailed daily. Quite convenient. And the interface is very sharp and usable. I’ve used it’s competitor TV Gids Online in the past, but that has a number of flaws which always annoy me. Glad I found this one.

Newspaper

Read an interview with Mark Hertsgaard in yesterday’s newspaper. He made some good points, and I would like to read his latest work, The Eagle’s Shadow or his previous work Earth Odyssey.

In the same newspaper I found an article which warned against using Internet Explorer (for security reasons). Good ofcourse, however what annoys me is that it failed to mention what alternatives people have. Yet another missed opportunity to plug Firefox. Sigh.

Reading

Finally had a chance to buy “The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America” and “Om de Noord: De tochten van Willem Barentsz en Jacob van Heemskerck en de overwintering op Nova Zembla, zoals opgetekend door Gerrit de Veer”.

Look forward to reading those. But first I want to finish Dreaming the Eagle, the story of Boudica. Which, as I only recently found out, is the first part of a trilogy and followed by Dreaming the Bull and an unknown third novel.

Psycho

Watched American Psycho last night. Had seen it before, but that was a while ago so the plot was a bit hazy for me. Christain Bale is wonderfully scary. Try getting a reservation at Dorsia now. I wonder what the original book, by Bret Easton Ellis, is like.

Movies

I’d like to go to the User Experience 2004 Conference which is being held in Amsterdam in November. Shame it’s so expensive.

Though it’s still very much under construction, you might like to take a look at my bright new Movie section. I recently imported my IMDb voting history (over 1200 records!) into my sites MySQL database. Now I’m using the Amazon API to display the most recently voted movies. Cool huh? I hope to add a rating of some sorts in the near future, but for now I just want to play around with the sourcecode.

Quoted messages

The only thing that annoyed me about the new Thunderbird, was the way it handled quoted messages. That used to be nice and stylish, but in the upgrade it looked less pleasing. Luckily, I found the solution in the MozillaZine forum. Just put the following in your usercontent.css.

blockquote[type=cite]

{border-left-width: medium ! important;

border-left-style: solid ! important;

border-left-color: gray ! important;

border-right: none ! important;}