What I do, think, see or dream about. Updated regularly with things I've been up to, movies I saw, music I'm really into at the moment and other personal things. In the first place as an outlet for *me*.
If you happen to enjoy reading it and can kinda know what I'm going through, then that's fine. If I offend you, I'm sorry... write me and we'll sort it out.
Forgot to mention my most important birthday gift... :) AN Italian percolator. The one we used in Stia, Italy, last year and all loved to death. We had bought one for Martin and Femke, as a thank-you gift. Now I got one too. Sjoerdski bought me 5 pounds of gourmet coffee from Simon Levelt. Hmmm, put 2 in the freezer and using the other. Nothing like to smell of fresh coffee in the morning and 2 tiny espresso cups of steaming asphalt to wake you up! :) LOL Didn't need to coffee at work all day long, until now... Normally I drink bad coffee through the whole day...
LOL I had put off installing the last.fm player on my Linux laptop for weeks. Mainly because sound doesn't work right anyway, so what's the use of playing music? Right? Just got a nudge from a friend at last.fm and decided to check... turns out there is an Ubuntu repository for the last.fm player and I can add and install in 2 minutes. LOL Wouldn't you know... Go figure!
Had a problem connecting with all of my MSN accounts lately. No one worked, although I could see if they were online. Suddenly I realized I was still using GAIM, whereas this package has been renamed to Pidgin this summer - due to legal issues. Helas, Pidgin is not in the Feisty Fawn repositories, so I added them from Debuntu and was all done in an instant. NB: You have to remove/deinstall GAIM first and it tells you to remove ubuntu-desktop (a meta package) as well. Don't worry. It's fine. At least for me
Petra gave a course ShowShaking as a birthday present. Showshakers, Cocktails & Entertainment holds courses in general cocktail shaking but also the fancy art of show shaking! Coool! I can't wait. It is a whole day on January 9th 2008 in Deventer... woohoo!
Petra's parents, her sisters and Isa and Rob all pitched together and bought me an Apple - iPod nano! w00t It's a red one, for the good cause. And I hope Rockbox will work on it, since it is a brand new version and much improved. I plundered Petra's mp3 collection to fill it with some tunes... :) Thanks a million guys!!! :hug:
Confederation Universe... The Reality Dysfunction comes out as 1221 pages in paperback form, about the most uncommercial length you can write. The Neutronium Alchemist is 1259 pages. As I write this, the week before publication of The Naked God in hardback, Macmillan doesn't even know if it's possible to fit The Naked God into a single paperback, it's roughly 20% larger than Neutronium Alchemist. That comes to about 1.2 million words to get through... w00t
Still having problems getting the sound to actually be heard in Linux on my Fujitsu Lifebook E8110 from work. They don't call it fu-shit-su for nothing ;) Anyway, the problem might be related to the speaker driver, not so much the snd-hda-intel driver (use lsmod to list the driver modules you're using). Several places list problems with audio on this type of laptop. Maybe I'll try the new Ubuntu 7.10, but the RC1 had the same issues for me. Update: Seems there is a different pcspkr driver for Linux available that also plays digital sounds... /me is testing
Slashdot pointed me to an article about a 12 month study into 3D modeling tools. They tested both commercial tools but also the open source Blender3D, for which I used to work. Check the article about 3dsmax xsi lightwave maya blender and cinema4d! Good to see where Blender meets or exceeds the other expensive packages, and where there is work to be done. I have high hopes for the upcoming Project Peach, which will lead to numerous improvements in Blender. Just as Elephants Dream did too...
Petra has made photos that appear on the new site of a friend of ours: gedichten en proza: e.d.i.t. She made a form of poems where each next line contains one additional word over the previous line and there are 10 lines in total. Petra made photos that appear in the header aka "masthead". /me is proud