This site has proof » David Hasselhoff is the AntiChrist!
This site has proof » David Hasselhoff is the AntiChrist!
My Chinese name is "Feng Murui".
It is still keeping everybody busy. Check out this Bush and Bin Laden ICQ transcript, or perhaps check out the Bush Songbook. Or maybe you would like to hire a Bush look-a-like.
The Flying Cow is just the coolest thing I've seen in ages!
I think one could say fonts are one of my addictions. That's why I love the Famous Fonts website.
"1982: By 2000, more than 1,000 people live and work on the moon, a slight majority of them female, according to NASA predictions." - Omni Future Almanac
Check out more predictions at Futurology, the Millennium Edition.
I'm reading an article entitled "Linux: Its history and current distributions" on the IBM website. It has actually got me thinking about adding a category about Tech related pages to this website. Some OS, a bit CSS, XML, CFML and some PHP maybe. That would be nice. Hmm. Have to have a think about that a bit later.
I'm currently installing Red Hat Linux, version 7.1. I want to see the differences between a few of the more popular distro's before I stick with one. But the older versions of Red Hat, which I've tried in the past, where very good. So I'm positive about the outcome. Also there are more books about the Red Hat distro than the Slackware one.
Daypop Top 40 Links » a collection of the most popular links from blogs, similar to blogDex, only a bit different. Maybe you'll find something interesting.
It's over! I've done it. I've held my presentation. I was very nervous at first, but when I was into it, things got better. I did talk way to fast though, but okay. I got graded a few minutes after the presentation and the question round. I got a nine (9)! Hurah. I'm so glad all that's over with. Now I have only 2 exams to pass and I'll get my diploma. Can't wait! And I want to thank Bart for his card, and Dirk for the SMS. Thanks guys, very sweet. Well, I'm going to chill on the couch for a while now.
The Chronicle of the Future » if you want to read tomorrows news.
Cliff Burton in memoriam » Cliff Burton was Metallica's legendary second bass player. He was born at 9:38 p.m. on February 10, 1962 in Castro Valley, California. He died tragically in a bus accident in Ljungby, Sweden at 6:15 a.m. on September 27, 1986. He was 24 years old.
Found Father Ted Complete Series 1 on DVD » I want this! Oh, wait it's also available at Blackstar. Hang on, let me do a currency check (I can't wait for the Euro to be here, that'll make this so much easier online). Oh, it's a bit cheaper at Amazon.
I bought this very cool shirt of one of my favourite bands, Tool, in town today. I bumped into it on my way to the copyshop to pick up my prints. It was only fl. 35,- so I had to get it. Click on the link above to see an image. Cool huh?
I mentioned the "Top 100 Metal Songs Of All Time" a couple of weeks ago, remember? Well, the results are in!
I went to the copyshop about an hour ago, to get my work printed officially. But unfortunately it will take some time, and since I didn't feel like waiting for it, I'll have to go back again tomorrow. Sigh. Well, atleast I can use my bike again. I haven't been anywhere on it for ages. The bus is usually much more convenient. What else did I want to say. Oh, well the nerves for my presentation are beginning to show through, even though I try not to think about it. Just remember, it's only about a half an hour speech, the rest is questions and within the hour, I'll be done. Will you think of me?
Slashdot | Flare Sends A Gigaton Of Solar Detritus Toward Earth » "This morning at about 10:00 UT, a major explosion occured on the Sun. The solar X-ray output went up by over 1,000 times. About a billion tons of material are speeding toward Earth at over a million miles per hour, and should hit sometime in the next couple of days." Very cool!
The brand new Lord of the Rings trailer is available for download from Apple's Quicktime site. Goody! (via Slashdot)
I haven't used my Tarot cards for ages. Shame on me. If you're interested, check out LearnTarot.com
Read this » A letter from an Afghani American.
I don't understand why Russell Morse is so "Good to go". He says "For the first time I feel like an American, willing to fight for my country". I do fear Russel isn't looking at the big picture. He isn't learning from the past.
"Even if the Americans penetrated Afghanistan, their shells would only plough over the ruins. The Russians tried to destroy the Taliban's predecessors with 10 years of bombing, destroying whole villages, with their people, farm animals, fields, trees and mud huts. And still they could not get rid of the mujahedin, still they could not - to use Mr Bush's inappropriately folksy phrase - 'smoke them out of their holes'." » Robert Fisk on the costs of invasion.
"If the Americans go to war, I pity those boys," Yuri Shamanov, a former Soviet colonel, said last week. "I pity their mothers and sisters and brothers. It will be 10 times worse than Vietnam. Vietnam will be a picnic by comparison. Here they will get it in the teeth." » The war that has never been won.
Chinese proverb: if you seek vengeance, prepare two graves. (Most of the above via Randomwalks.com.)
"The terror in the USA (starring the number 11)
Date of attack: 9/11 = 9 1 1 = 11
September 11th is the 254th day of the year:2 5 4=11
Twin towers - standing side by side looks like the number 11
The first plane to hit the towers was flight 11
State of New york - the 11th state added to the union
New York city - 11 letters
Afghanistan - 11 letters
Ramiz Yousuf - 11 letters (convicted or orchestraring the attack on WTC in 1993)
Flight 11 - 92 on board:9 2=11
Flight 77 - 65 on board:6 5=11
and finally, George W Bush - 11 letters"
Creepy or what? From Squidism.
Memepool.com » "An irreverent collection of links to the ideas and sites du jour among Web geeks. Not for the easily offended, but it's very well produced." Via Goodexperience.com.
Found this interesting article, entitled "Afghanistan Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen, Soviet Vets Say", via Slashdot.
Archive of W3C News in 2001 » "18 September 2001: W3C is pleased to announce an upgrade to the W3C HTML Validation Service created and maintained by Gerald Oskoboiny of the W3C Systems Team. New features include XHTML 1.1 and XHTML Basic 1.0 support, experimental MathML 2.0 support, new functions on the results page, and an option to override character encoding."
Bart » Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!
My trip to school on thursday, with Tjerk, ended up in the library where we scored an impressive number of pages » Peter Norton's Handbook Linux, ofcourse by Peter Norton | Linux - Het Complete Handboek by J. Tackett | Complete Idiot's Guide To Linux, by Manuel Alberto Ricart | Hackers Guide, by Anonymous. Must remember to bring them back before October 18th.
Excellent! Sandals & Socks 4 Ever.
From the Greenwood I received the following » "This Saturday, September 22nd, at 23:04 GMT, is the Autumnal Equinox, the point at which day and night become equal in length. The Autumnal Equinox is a time of balance and reflection. It is traditionally a time of plenty and celebration, yet it is also a time of careful preparations for the coming winter. This equinox, when global tensions are at their height, and grave political decisions are poised in the balance, may we all find the wisdom and strenght to achieve peace throughout our world."
"On Thursday of last week Clear Channel Communications, a company that owns and programs air time at over 1,000 U.S. radio stations, sent e-mail to its program directors at stations across the country with an updated and expanded list of songs with "questionable lyrics" that they should avoid playing." Check out the list here.
Toostupidtobepresident.com » I love the URL. Shame the owner has been so cowardly as to take it all down because of 9/11.
It's a bird! It's a plane! No! It's Robo-roach!
I'm a "Six » Gimme five... Psyche! Ah, 6, you're so gullible. Probably because you're such the Loyalist - very trusting. Cheer up, your friendship is rarer than a faithful politician. And if there were more 6s out there, the world would be a better place. Only problem is, once you've been burned, your trust flees the scene like a scared rabbit. As a result, it's possible to come off a little cold and standoffish. Bad first impressions might stick with you. And if people don't pay their share of a dinner tab, it might taint your view of them as potential friends. On the other hand, your BS radar is one of the sharpest around. That's why you may prefer shooting pool with friends instead of jockeying for position at the local singles' night. As a loyal Number 6, you're short on pickup lines and long on eye contact. If you find security within yourself, you might become less affected by the mistakes of others. So if you find a little extra support in life, you'll be well on your way to joining the ranks of other famous 6s: Michelle Pfeiffer, Jay Leno, Tom Hanks, and Julia Roberts."
I'm addicted to eMode! "Some people believe they're ruled by the moon, the stars - even the psychic friends network. Another possibility? Your driving force could be rooted in an ancient symbol of mystical philosophy, the Enneagram (ANY-a-gram).
Part sacred icon, part personality chart, the nine-pointed Enneagram sheds light on your core strengths and weaknesses. From Greek philosophers to Islamic Sufis and modern psychologists, many believe there's an inner number driving the motivations in all of us. Find out what yours is. Give that magic 8 ball a rest and take our What's Your Lucky Number? test."
"By compassion we make others' misery our own, and so, by relieving them, we relieve ourselves also." - Thomas Browne
Vergeet ik bijna te melden dat ik ook eindelijk een brief gehad heb van school met een bevestiging voor mijn afstudeerpresentatie. Ik mag vrijdag de 28e september, volgende week dus, om 13:30 uur. Spannend! Dus nu eerst maar eens creatief met Powerpoint in de weer en ik moet volgende week ook nog een tripje naar de Copyshop maken om mijn verslag in viervoud netjes te laten afdrukken en inbinden. Zal vast ook wel weer een en ander kosten.
Ik heb vanmiddag de intest gedaan voor de ANWB versnelde rijbewijs procedure. Ik moest helemaal naar Rijswijk, een reis om de wereld waar je eng van wordt. Eerst met de bus naar Leiden, toen een trein naar Den Haag Holland Spoor en vervolgens weer overstappen op een trein naar Rijswijk. Daar moest ik toen iets van 3 kwartier door de wijk rijden om te kijken op welk niveau ik zat. Erg vaag, hoor autorijden. Als anderen het doen ziet het er zo smooth uit, maar als je het zelf doet moet je met vijftig dingen rekening houden. Maar goed, ik vind het rijden zelf wel leuk. Je moet alleen wennen aan dat schakelen, met die koppeling op laten komen enzo. Maar goed. Helaas moet ik nu tot december wachten voor de procedure gestart kan worden, omdat het nu erg druk is. Balen. Mijn totaalbedrag komt in ieder geval op fl. 3390,- Kassa! Daar gaat mijn spaargeld.
I bought Sheep today, which is a PC game. "According to the game sheep are a highly evolved alien life form which was sent to Earth millions of years ago to observe the planet. Unfortunately as the years ticked on the sheep forgot their mission and became the docile animals that we know. Those who left them on Earth have returned and it's up to you to guide the sheep across seven "worlds" to their final destination so they can head back to their home planet." It's kinda like the old Lemmings or Gruntz. I like it.
There is an article on Slashdot entitled Linux on the Desktop. It's all about the question "Can Linux be used as a replacement for Windows 2000?". Interesting. I'm currently using a dualboot with Windows 2000 and Linux Slackware 8. Nice.
I watched The Piano (1993) this afternoon, though I had seen it a few years earlier, it still is an amazing movie. I have to agree with the following review I found at the IMDb. » "This is one of my all-time favorite films. It combines masterful scripting, cinematography, performances, and musical score into a disturbing, erotic, and ultimately uplifting piece. The movie's heroine, wonderfully portrayed by Holly Hunter, is mute (symbolic of the fact that she has no say in her own life), with her daughter (the astonishing Anna Paquin) and her piano as her personal obsessions. Her conscripted husband, coldly played by Sam Neill, is trying to win her heart and her desire in all the wrong ways, while his crude tribal neighbor, sensually played by Harvey Keitel, understands her needs and ultimately captures her... physically, intellectually, and romantically. The film's message and its delivery are extraordinarily powerful, the cinematic technique is rich... the sequence shot with Hunt, Pacquin, Keitel and the piano on the beach is one of the best pieces of work I've ever seen. Lasting impact." Buy the DVD or the Soundtrack at Amazon.
My metal name is 'Vikki Virus'. Cool or what?
I was looking for a cool game to play earlier today and stumbled upon Commander Keen: Aliens Ate My Babysitter. I hadn't played it for ages, but when I entered the first level, it was like coming home. Stange how some games can do that to you. I deceided to play the levels on hard (instead of medium or easy), so that means a lot of saving. This reminded me of a conversation I had with Tjerk a while ago. I mentioned that it would be cool if you could have a save feature for real life. That way you could do whatever you want, and if it didn't work out, you could just go back to a previous save. He then mentioned that you should live your life like you could save anyway. Very zen, don't you think?
"Soon I discovered that this rock thing was true
Jerry Lee Lewis was the Devil, Jesus was an architect
Previous to his career as a prophet
All of a sudden, I found myself in love with the world
So there was only one thing that I could do
Was ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long"
» Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod «
from their 1992 album 'Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed And The Way To Suck Eggs'
InfoAnarchy || The Current State of File Sharing » "Once again it's time for a summary review of current file sharing applications."
Oh mijn god, ik heb hedenochtend een mailtje gekregen van Pieter, je weet wel de afstudeerbegeleider van school. Ik heb een GO gekregen voor mijn verslag! Hoera! Dit betekent wel dat ik volgende week (!) donderdag of vrijdag mijn afstudeerpresentatie moet houden. En daar heb ik nog gans niets voor gedaan. Gauw Powerpoint maar aanzwengelen. Jemigdepemig. En ik heb vrijdag ook nog eens mijn eerste autorijles. Spannend allemaal hoor. Duim je voor me?
Light a Memorial Candle at ICQ.com.
"September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix (born Nov. 27, 1942 , Seattle, Wash., U.S.), the most influential guitarist that ever lived, suffocated in his own vomit after an overdose of barbiturates. Which means today is the 31st anniversay of his death. Jimi was the single most revolutionary exponent of electric guitar playing in the sixties. He did things with his guitar that no one imagined possible. He was the first guitarist to make professional use of feed-back and effect-apparatus. Without any electronic gimmickry he produced a whole range of sounds never heard before. He was a creative genius whose bizarre innovations can never be forgotten with such classics as 'Hey Joe', 'The Wind Cries Mary', 'Purple Haze', 'Wild Thing', 'Star Spangled Banner', 'If 6 Were 9' and 'Voodoo Chile'. Jimi Hendrix is a legend whose magic is inimitable even today. He is the greatest guitar hero that ever lived." From Hendrix Tribute. Maybe you would also like to check out www.jimi-hendrix.com, the official website or Jimi Hendrix at rockmine.music.co.uk.
"It Didn't Seem Real" » take a look at these beautiful photo's by volunteer firefighter and amateur photographer John Albanese.
Covering the Attack » Front Pages from the Day After. Interesting
If Operating Systems were Airlines, though maybe not very appropriate, it is still quite funny.
Just browsing Google Web Directory - Computers > Programming > Languages > PHP > Scripts > Collections at the moment. Who knows what I might bump into?
FBI probes ISPs for clues » "The FBI is scouring e-mail accounts for clues as to who might have been behind the terror attacks on New York City and Washington DC. [...] But privacy advocates are concerned the authorities may stampede over digital civil liberties in their zeal to catch the attackers and prevent possible future terrorist strikes." And so am I. Where does it all end?
Belief System Selector » an exploration of world religions. "Our goal is to provide a fun and informative activity to explore world religions and belief systems. We've included a sampling of more than two dozen world world religions, belief systems, or belief categories. When doctrine wasn't available to describe a belief system's positions, we looked at the predominant views of its followers." » Apparently I'm
Secular Humanism (100%)
Unitarian Universalism (100%)
Atheists and Agnostics (82%)
Liberal Quakers (79%)
Theravada Buddhism (74%)
Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (67%)
Reform Judaism (54%)
New Age (53%)
I wish Blogger would let me use e-mail to post new topics to my blog, just like Onclave does. Well, maybe someday.
Slashdot | Multiplayer Test For Return To Castle Wolfenstein. I wish I had ADSL. Sigh.
CNN.com - Analysis: How far will Europe go? I was wondering about that myself.
Have a minute? Why not play a round of Name that Candybar.
Comparison of Linux Distributions » "This site is an attempt to provide a basic feature list and a package comparison table of the major, some minor and regional Linux distributions." Very good indeed!
Watched Cool Hand Luke (1967) last night, starring a very young Paul Newman. It's the story of "Luke, who is sent to a prison camp, where he gets a reputation as a hard man. The head of the gang hates him, and tries to break him by beating him up. It doesn't work, and he gains respect. His mother dies, and he escapes, but is caught, escapes again, and is caught again. Will the camp bosses ever break him?" I didn't really have any expectations prior to watching, but was pleasently surprised.
I just watched Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) with Tjerk. What an excellent movie that still is, even after all these years. Kudos to Roald Dahl! I would really like to buy the special birthday release (it's 30 years old this year) of the DVD.
I'm currently working on improving the look of the archive page and have also been working on a search engine for the site, to replace the old one by Atomz.com. Now I'm tweaking the way the time header looks above my blogentries.
Wow! Black Star - Knight Rider (DVD). What more could you wish for?
Note to self » when I have some extra cash around, I have to buy the album Doolittle by The Pixies.
"Yeah, Kim Deal made a big splash of her own, and Frank Black is still holding his own. But as any Pixies fan will tell you, and as Doolittle suggests (like "ten million pounds of sludge" to the head), the Pixies rocked harder than the sum of their parts. They were masters of dynamics (check out "Monkey Gone to Heaven," or "Hey"), moving from quietly subdued to all-out head-banging and back before you could say "la la love you." Black Francis was one of the most unique vocal stylists of the '80s. His duets with bassist Deal, "I Bleed" and "Silver," work the way Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong worked together. And it's still staggering how much Joey Santiago, lead guitarist, could accomplish with one simple, single note. "Here Comes Your Man," by the way, is as straightforwardly poppy as the Pixies ever got, so enjoy it."
"Brother will kill brother
Spilling blood across the land
Killing for religion
Something I don't understand
The end is near, it's crystal clear
Part of the master plan
Don't look now to Israel
It might be your homelands"
» Megadeth - Holy wars... the Punishment Due «
The Fine Line » the events in pictures.
All of Europe will observe 3 minutes of silence tomorrow at Noon. (Dutch time) [via Afterthefloods]
Relief Donations » "PayPal has created a special fund to help PayPal members provide assistance to those affected by this tragic event. PayPal will donate 100% of the proceeds to the National Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross. All donations are tax deductible."
"In the City of God there will be a great thunder,
Two brothers torn apart by Chaos,
While the fortres endures.
The great leader will succumb,
The third big war will begin when the big city is burning..."
» Nostradamus 1654 «
Eergister in de Volkskrant gelezen, maar door dat hele gedoe in de VS kwam ik er niet meer aan toe om erover te bloggen. Sorry.
"Hij liet nooit verstek gaan op de plechtigheden van 11 november in Brussel, de dag waarop België de wapenstilstand van de Groote Oorlog herdenkt. De laatste jaren was hij wat moeilijk ter been, maar hij hees zich nog altijd overeind voor een statig saluut aan zijn gesneuvelde kameraden. Zijn jas ging schuil onder rinkelende en blinkende onderscheidingen.
De herdenking zal het voortaan zonder zijn aanwezigheid moeten stellen. Gisteren werd bekend dat Paul Ooghe zaterdag is overleden. Hij was de laatste nog levende Belgische soldaat uit de Eerste Wereldoorlog. Ooghe werd 102 jaar." » zie ook Greatwar.org.
"In 1540 schreef Erasmus zijn Lof der Zotheid. In deze nog steeds veel gelezen klassieker stelde hij bij monde van Stultitia, de Zotheid, menselijke dwaasheden aan de kaak. ‘Wat is er zotter dan in brons op de markt te staan?’ vroeg Erasmus zich ooit af. Misschien dat hij deze vraag heden ten dage zo zou beantwoorden: ‘Zotter is het, dat een werk 500 jaar na dato van verschijnen de digitale snelweg op gaat’." Te vinden op Bibliotheek Rotterdam.
CNN.com » Chronology of terror.
Yahoo sluit Geocities-grootverbruikers af (which is Dutch for "Yahoo shuts down Geocities large-scale consumers") » That's probably why my site got cut. Nice of them to send some notice. Forunately I had just moved to F2S. Timing is everything, right?
I'm pleased to announce the Change the Style feature on this site, finally works as it should. Hurah!
Tjerk called a few minutes ago, he was going to by some new memory, since it is mega-cheap these days due to stiff competition. He asked if he should buy some for me, and after thinking about it for a moment, I agreed. Wow. I already have 192 and he is going to buy an extra 256 mb for 90 guilders. That should be enough for quite some time. :-)
I was watching Neighbours on the BBC just now, and after that there was a breaking news item. Apparently two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. What a nightmare for those people. I'm trying to find some info on the CNN website, but I'm unable to reach it. Apparently I'm not alone in trying. Oh, Yahoo News has some info. Plane Crashes Into World Trade Center. Not much. I'll try CNN.com a bit later.
The Internet was very slow for a few hours and still isn't optimal, but atleast I can access most of the sites I want to again. More news is still coming in, maybe you'd like to check out these posts on Slashdot » World Trade Towers and Pentagon Attacked and US Attack, More Updates. It's absolutely unbelievable.
Reading your mouse movements » "A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, US, say they have developed a way to record mouse movements on a page and learn how people behave when they are on the internet." Spooky, eh? (via this Slashdot article, Browser Spyware: Watching Where You Linger)
Hurah! Everything is okay, no cavaties. Nothing. (Sigh of relief.) They did take a few photo's but that's just for the archive. After the appointment at the dentist I escorted Tjerk back into Leiden. We deceided to go for lunch at the good ol' McDonalds and check out the computer books at the bookstore. After that he went back to work and I went to the ANWB store to buy the books you need to study for your drivers license. I also bought the CD-rom that helps you study. All in all I spent 87 guilders, which is about $50 US, I think. Don't you love a good monopoly? They can charge whatever they want.
I've finished reading The Hollow Man, which I mentioned earlier and will now start with The Singing Sword (Camulod Chronicles, No 2) by Jack Whyte. This is the sequel to 'The Skystone', which I read a few weeks ago. Apparently there are 3 more books in this series. Wow! Something to look forward to.
The ISBNdb Project could be cool.
This site on the relationship between The United States of America and the Netherlands is quite interesting.
The Marsians are finally coming! Hungarian scientists claim potential evidence of life on Mars "Large groups of dark spots in the southern craters of Mars which spread every Martian spring could prove there is life on Mars, Hungarian scientists said Friday. [...] ' We cannot find anything else to explain it', said evolutionary biologist Tibor Ganti, a member of the three-man Hungarian team that believes it has discovered life on the red planet." And if it's there, it'll probably be elsewhere too. And maybe way more complex. Cool idea, huh?
I forgot to mention that I got a call on Friday from school. Saying that if I wanted to, I could give my presentation at the end of this month, instead of the originally planned November 16th. Scary. I was a bit startled but after thinking about it, I deceided to say yes this morning. So I just send an e-mail with the confimation. In less than 2 weeks it'll be my time. My heart shoots into my throat when I think about it. But I'll try not to. Don't panic. I can do this. And besides, after less than an hour in time I'll be done with the whole thing, and that much closer to getting my diploma. I'll just have to keep that in mind. Sigh. Another thing I really don't want to think about is my appointment with the dentist for my bi-annual checkup tomorrow, at 13:00 hours. My life sucks at the moment, don't you think? ;-)
C|net news » "Kill those pop-up screens before customers kill you, advises web usability psychologist Susan Weinschenk as unrequested browser screens proliferate like cockroaches". Maybe she can share the knowledge with the folks at Britannica.com, because that just isn't funny anymore.
I just added my site to the BlogDex. Cool huh? Check me out at this address.
So true. Sigh. What Do I Know » "Ahhh yes, here we go again. The MTV Video Music Awards is quite possibly (no I take that back, IT IS) the most overhyped program in the history of television. [...] I’m not sure what to think about Bono bringing out the surviving members of the Ramones during their own video Vanguard award, but at least someone acknowledged the loss. Joey Ramone was, and always will be, a more profound influence on the future of popular music than...say...Aaliyah (sp?) any day. And guess who got all the attention." Nice site, by the way.
Op Nu.nl lees ik dat "een jury bij een rechtbank in het Amerikaanse Oklahoma City heeft een man veroordeeld tot 1050 jaar celstraf. Keith LaJuan Jones werd onder meer schuldig bevonden aan het opzettelijk mishandelen van een vrouw die hij in 1997 tweehonderd meter onder zijn auto meesleurde." Gelukkig is het een realistische straf. Zucht.
Word Wizards' Rare Feat » "For a dozen years, Elizabeth Girsch visited a world last seen 600 years ago. [...] The result, the Middle English Dictionary, was finished this summer. All told, the project took Girsch and 124 colleagues 71 years. [...] The dictionary covers 15,000 pages and includes more than 55,000 entries. The numerous meanings and usages are illustrated with 900,000 quotations ranging from the time of William the Conqueror to the advent of printing." Very cool. Where can I buy it?
UK Children Cause Earthquake in Giant Jump » "Around one million British school children succeeded in causing an earthquake on Friday, jumping up and down simultaneously in the world's largest scientific experiment. [...] Scientists said a million children with an average weight of 110 pounds jumping 20 times in a minute would release two billion joules of energy and trigger the equivalent of an earthquake measuring three on the Richter scale." There are still people starving in other parts of the world, so I'm glad to hear the people in the UK are contributing something useful to the world.
Then I did "Who's Your Type?". Okay, so here we go » "Your type is the Artiste. Creative. Sensitive. A bit offbeat. Your type is the Artiste, a unique guy who knows how to express himself in many ways, whether it's through words, music, or attire. You're attracted to his unconventional ways and his remarkable talents. He doesn't feel compelled to abide by society's norms.He believes that individuality is the key to happiness, and everything he does is a reflection of his "inner self." You fall head-over-heels for such confidence and style. Whether he's playing a song he wrote for just you or writing you a love letter, this guy knows how to make you feel special. He's in touch with his feminine side and doesn't need to assert his masculinity to feel manly. If we were to paint a picture of your future, the Artiste would definitely be part of it!" So, there you have it. Now you know. I'm not all that convinced by the outcome of both tests. Maybe I'm having an off day.
Another visit to emode.com today, resulted in some info I couldn't help but share with you. First there was What Type Are You? » "You are a Hippie Chick. The '60s are over, but their legacy of peace and love lives on in you, a genuine, granola-loving Hippie Chick. A fan of flowing skirts, Birkenstocks, and all-natural organic foods, you probably wear your hair long and loose so you can always go with the flow. The rhythm of your life is definitely laid-back and groovy. Genuine and unpretentious, you're a free spirit with a big heart. A Dharma looking for her Greg, after winning your guy's heart, you'll take him on a pilgrimage to Woodstock and make him wear flowers in his hair. And he'll love every minute of it. All in all, you've got just the right mix of idealism and social conscience to keep any guy trippin' over you, right into your arms."
We watched Alleman (1963) late last night. What an excellent movie that is, even (or maybe especially) after all these years. So typically Dutch, and so great to see how much has changed and how much has remained exactly the same.
Hurry, because you can enter your top 10 for the Top 100 Metal Songs of all Time only untill September 10.
At last, autumn is here! It's getting colder outside and the wind is blowing. I love this time of year. Finally the end of summer. How I've longed for this. Now if only the coming winter will be better than it was last year. I want cold, snow and ice!
One of my ancestors originates from Sulawesi, he came to Holland on a slaveship in 1724, via South-Africa (Kaap de Goede Hoop) where he was sold to a Dutch widow. Apparently he was called Cupid, which later resulted in Valentijn. He was married, widowed, christened, remarried and eventually died on March 31 1769 in Enkhuizen. I would like to use my time-travelling device to check out those days, wouldn't you?
Is this cool, or what? "Treadwall, our world-famous line of rotating walls, incorporate Natural Pace Technology for self-paced, motor-less climbing with adjustable angles and holds."
For some bizar reason my redirect page at my old URL (geocities.com/mirthe) has been removed and I can't use FTP to login to the account, even though I can still use my e-mail from that account. Very strange.
Anyhow, three cheers because Prince Claus is 75 today! Hip hip hurah!
If I'm right, the Change the Style should now work a lot smoother. Not yet perfect, but I'm getting there. I have also added a new style, called Waferbaby, since it's borrowed from the style of waferbaby.com. Which is an excellent site, by the way. I really like the Brainstorm feature. What else... uhmm... I have uploaded a couple more pages with some changes, but I can't really remember what, at the moment. Oh! My resume. I've finally updated that page. And there are a few other minor changes, but it's mostly CSS today.
Took the What's Your Movie Mood Tonight? test at Emode.com. "Your edgy mood is setting you up for a Suspense movie. Get ready to prime that adrenaline pump with the unbearable tension and uneasy mystery that only a trip to life's seedy underworld can offer. Spies and double-crossings are standard fare. But you need to ask yourself, what's your taste in villains? There's the otherworldly evil of What Lies Beneath or The Sixth Sense. But if you prefer more earthbound bad guys, try thrillers like Psycho or Silence of the Lambs. For a sure thing, you can always count on Hitchcock for a nail-biting flick. Best of all, if you've got someone special nearby, suspense makes for a great date movie: held in each other's arms, you can wonder if everything will work out ok on that silver screen. Now, dim the lights and get ready for a great evening's entertainment." Now I'd better get offline. Sigh.
Slashdot | E-mail Overload: Welcome Back to School » "E-mail, arguably the most successful of all computer applications, has grown so rapidly that it' threatens to veer out-of-control for many people. Designed as a simple communications tool, it's now used for dozens of tasks, from personal archiving to community-building and marketing." Interesting. But why don't these people use filters?
Sometimes you just want to be entertained » I watched Mädchenjahre einer Königin (1954) this morning, starring a very young Romy Schneider.
The official Annie M. G. Schmidt website opens today at 16:00.
HP Buys Compaq. Wow!
Do You Polka? » "A man was sentenced to listen to four hours of polka king Frankie Yankovic's greatest hits for driving through the city with his windows rolled down and his truck's stereo blaring. Municipal Judge John Nicholson found Alan Law guilty of disorderly conduct and ordered him to pay a $100 fine or listen to polka tunes. Law chose to face the music. Nicholson picked Yankovic's music because he thought the 19-year-old Law would not be a fan of the Cleveland polka legend, who died in 1998. 'Most of the time I try to impart the Golden Rule to people: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. You may enjoy listening to your music, but many people do not want to hear your music', Nicholson said. Law listened to the full four hours of Yankovic's hits, which include 'Blue Skirt Waltz', 'Who Stole the Kishka' and 'Too Fat Polka', in a police station interview room." (From Wired)
World of Warcraft. Try saying it out loud, and get used to the sound of it, because you'll be hearing it often in the foreseeable future. The title alone speaks volumes. Though Blizzard Entertainment is still hard at work polishing up its highly anticipated real-time strategy game, Warcraft III, for an early 2002 release, the company officially announced this brand-new product in the Warcraft franchise at the European Computer Trade Show in London on September 2, 2001. Read more at Gamespot ».
I've just uploaded a couple of new pages to this site. One contains some of my favourite lyrics, and there are a bunch of pages that represent the contents of my MP3 Collection. That's mostly for personal reference, so I can see what I don't have to download, when I'm on some strange and exotic location. Or when someone wants to mail me with an exchange request. Also there are some changes to a bunch of other pages, like the Links page and a few of the stylesheets.
Cheap-cds.com » "Over 91% New CDs under $11.99, Look, listen & buy online at Cost. Low S&H."
Daypop is a current events search engine. That means you can search newspapers, online magazines, and weblogs.
"Sometimes upgrading to a newer version can be a good thing. Other times, the story is different. Maybe your computer does not like the new version and keeps crashing or maybe you don't like the fact that all the good options were replaced. Either way, you just want to back to the old version, but you no longer have the installation file and you can't find where you can download it. For those times, there is OldVersion.com. As the name suggests, we are an archive of old versions of many programs."
It all started with this, in mid July. Russian crypto expert arrested at Def Con » "The FBI took a Russian encryption expert into custody Monday at his hotel in Las Vegas for allegedly publishing software that cracks a variety of methods used to secure e-books." And today I read Protesters declare war on copyright law » "Supporters backing Dmitry Sklyarov, the Russian programmer accused of five counts of copyright infringement, declared war on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act at a fund-raiser for Sklyarov's legal defense on Wednesday." and "For 200 years, copyright law has been a small limited monopoly granted from the government to the people," he continued. "It has never been understood as a permanent property protection giving them absolute control of their work." Check out Slashdot on Dmitry.
I'm just briefly online today. Check my mail. And vote at the IMDb for some movies I've seen in the last couple of days. Let's see, Starship Troopers (6), Anna & The King (8), Lost In Space (7) and Deep Rising (6). Bit of a relaxing day really. I'm going to Amsterdam tomorrow with my mom. We need to go shopping! I think we'll take the train at 10:00 and be in town about half an hour later. I'm looking forward to it, we haven't done that in ages. So I probably won't post a lot tomorrow either. Anyhow, enjoy the rest of your sunday.
And the rather disappointing but still quite entertaining Hannibal. Which I'm sure you'll know as the sequel to The Silence Of The Lambs. Anyhow, "having escaped the asylum in 'Silence of the Lambs', Dr Lecter goes into hiding in Florence, Italy. Back in America, Mason Verger, an old victim of the doctor's, seeks revenge. Disfigured and confined to a life-support system, he plans to draw Lecter out of his hiding place, using the one thing he truly cares for: Clarice Starling."
Last night we rented the suprisingly good The Barber of Siberia, also known as "Sibirskij tsiryulnik" (1998). "Richard Harris stars as a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Julia Ormond portrays his assistant, who falls in love with a young Russian officer, played by Russian star Oleg Menshikov, and spends the next 10 years perfecting the harvester and pursuing her love, who has been exiled to Siberia."
Sometimes it's just really great to throw a CD in the player, pump up the volume and relax. I needed to do that today. I needed some music, and Grip Inc felt good.
"Just another hard luck story
Just another day
Just another twisted manic
just another thrown away
Just another beggar begging
Get out the way
Straight talk falls on deaf ears
Go ask the man under the bridge
He is the man under the bridge
Has no place for his head to lay
He is the man under the bridge
Left out, locked out cast out
Finally! New episodes of Absolutely Fabulous.