Today in History – May 6: On this day in 1937, the hydrogen-filled German dirigible Hindenburg burned and crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 35 of the 97 people on board and a Navy crewman on the ground. In 1889, the Paris Exposition formally opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower. And in 1941, dictator Josef Stalin assumed the Soviet premiership, replacing Vyacheslav M. Molotov.
Misschien interessant in de toekomst? Volgens nu.nl/film: Best bezochte film in 2000 is The Sixth Sense. Bijna 1,3 miljoen mensen zagen de psychologische thriller met Bruce Willis in de hoofdrol. Mission Impossible 2, met Tom Cruise als steracteur, eindigde met ongeveer 838.000 bezoekers op de tweede plek. De derde plaats was voor een Nederlandse film: Kruimeltje. Ruim 681.000 mensen bekeken de avonturen van het straatjochie. De rest van de top tien wordt gevormd door: Gladiator, American Beauty, What Lies Beneath , Gone in 60 seconds, The world is not enough, Pokémon en Nutty Professor 2.
An article on computer operating systems. Read it, it’s free.
In the Beginning was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
Today is Sunday already. Have to go to work again tomorrow. Why doesn’t the weekend last longer? Sigh. Anyhow, I am downloading a few files with Getright, so I can’t go offline just yet. May aswell browse Britannica.com for the origine of sunday.
Sunday: first day of the week; in Christianity, the Lord’s Day, the weekly memorial of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. The practice of Christians gathering together for worship on Sunday dates back to apostolic times, but details of the actual development of the custom are not clear. Before the end of the 1st century AD, the author of Revelation gave the first day its name of the “Lord’s Day” (Rev. 1:10). Saint Justin Martyr (c. 100–c. 165), philosopher and defender of the Christian faith, in his writings described the Christians gathered together for worship on the Lord’s Day: the gospels or the Old Testament was read, the presiding minister preached a sermon, and the group prayed together and celebrated the Lord’s Supper.
The emperor Constantine (d. 337), a convert to Christianity, introduced the first civil legislation concerning Sunday in 321, when he decreed that all work should cease on Sunday, except that farmers could work if necessary. This law, aimed at providing time for worship, was followed later in the same century and in subsequent centuries by further restrictions on Sunday activities.
On WHquestion, I read the following letter:
“Dear WHquestion Member, It is with a sad heart that we must inform you of the upcoming shut down of the WHquestion site. WHnetworks Ltd., the company that created and maintained WHquestion, in order to reduce its costs and expenditures for the foreseeable future has decided to focus its current efforts in different products. It was with real pain and a great feeling of loss that we, after much debate, decided, for the time being, to shut down the site and stop its various service(s) as of Sunday, May 6th, at 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.”
This saddens me. I liked that site. Why do all good things have to be terminated just because there isn’t enough money to be made? Shouldn’t content be more important than commerce? Or am I just being naive? 🙁
Watched a documentary on robots, cyborgs and the future of mankind on tv last night. This reminded me that I don’t have a place on my site for Isaac Asimov’s “Laws of Robotics”. This has to be changed, and why not in blog? Here we go:
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction,
allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings
except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as
such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
More information on writer Isaac Asimov.
I wonder how my parents are getting on in Paris (more info for travellers here). They phoned me thursday night, everything was okay. It was raining a bit, but it would be better soon. They were staying at the Ille a Dam campsite, which is where we always used to go when my brother and I were younger, when we would go to Paris. I believe they were planning on going into the city on friday.
My brother, Tjerk, called on wednesday, from Lloret de Mar. He too was having a good time, even though it was raining there to. I think they’ll be getting on the bus within a few hours from now, and will be home tomorrow around this time. Maybe we can get some Chinese food tomorrow night. I feel like eating that.
Sigh. Don’t know what else to write now. I’m not really in a mood for anything right now. The sun is shining, but it isn’t really warm enough to read in the garden. I should go offline in a few minutes. The phonebill will be huge this month.
As it is one of my favourite books, I can’t wait for the release of the movie of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Apparently I am not alone, because at the IMDb trivia page for the movie I read that when the trailer was released on Internet on 7 April 2000, it was downloaded 1.6 million times in the first 24 hours. Wauw! Check out my Tolkien page for more info.
I set my alarm clock for 10:00 o’clock this morning. Was awake about half an hour earlier than that. Payed a visit to the Ticket Service Nederland website, to get my hands on 8 tickets for the Tool concert. However, payment could only be done with a creditcard. And I don’t own a creditcard. Damn! Called Miranda who then went to the postoffice to get the tickets there. Unfortunately the tickets were sold out in about 45 minutes, which means we didn’t get any. I’m very depressed now 🙁