Showing posts from February, 2009

Quake Live Open Beta (aka Quake-Zero)

Quake Live Open Beta (aka Quake-Zero) was launched yesterday February 24. That means what once took me a 450 MB all-in-one ZIP file to be distributed to all clients, is now packaged as a Firefox/IE add-on and can be played in your friggin browser, whereas we once had to beg and bleed to get 3D support in our PCs... MAN I love being a geek! w00t

OS X and Linux support will also be added, but later. Today is good day to die!

Adele - Make You Feel My Love

Adele - Make You Feel My Love lyrics:
"I could make you happy
Make your dreams come true
Nothing that I wouldn't do
Go to the ends
Of the Earth for you
To make you feel my love

Now listen to it...

Quake Live Beta Opening Next Week

I heard of Quake III Arena being played on all kinds of small, embedded systems, but now it'll run in your browser too! Check Tom's Hardware for details...
Man I used to go through all these troubles to let people play easily and quickly while at KPN Research, if I had known then I'd be able to run q3 in a browser...! /me chuckles

Unofficial Half Life film becomes internet hit

Subversion 1.6 Release Notes

Subversion 1.6 Release Notes show what's coming up for subversion, an open source Software Code Management (SCM) system that's free and can compete with the big league (overpriced) systems such as ClearCase, JIRA and others. But, in all fairness, the big systems also do a lot more than just SCM and versioning.

Trance Energy timetable

Found a really handy timetable tool on the web. Trance Energy timetable. You select the DJs you wanna see and it prints a handy dandy time table you can take with you. :) Super!

Metz on Sunday

Went to Metz on Sunday last night. Dee from my kitchen work had recommended it and a girlfriend of hers could get some tickets. So I agreed to go and was looking forward to it, going on her enthusiastic stories from last month.

Boy Oh Boy oh BOY! What a night! Great cute little venue in Rotterdam, good facilities, nice podium for the DJ and top dance floor to get loose. Lucien Foort did a fantastic 2 hour set and both DJs before and after him were good too. Always on a Sunday, it fills up fast, so don't hesitate too long if you want to go. It is always sold out! next month: Erick E! :respect:

New smartphone?

Been thinking about replacing my 2+ year old Nokia N73. I like the Symbian S60 OS esp. now that it's been open sourced. So I'll stick with it even though it can be a tad slow from time to time. So far, the sparkling new Nokia E75 email-savvy mobile phone and E55 look promising. Any thoughts?

Update: E75 specs look very promising! Android is also on my list. ;)

Restaurant Rousseau

After Cuba, I had decided to reserve a table for two at Restaurant Rousseau in Den Haag. As long as I've been here, I wanted to eat here. "As French as you can outside France!", they said. And they were right!

Sadly, shortly after I had made the reservation, Petra told me she wanted to divorce me. However, I could not move myself to cancel the reservation. Not after all this. So I wanted and thought and finally took an old girlfriend with me and treated her to a delicious evening of fine French food. My god, it was great! We had the menu gastonomique with 6 courses and it took almost 4 hours. But it was worth it! Highly recommended!

World of Goo (WiiWare) Review

World of Goo (WiiWare) Review is an interesting review of a game coming to Linux soon. It's a puzzle type of game. Now I'm not much of a puzzle guy, but it reminded my of Lemmings and I used to play that game for hours on hours! just to see if I could. May have to fire up the WiiWare channel and get it...

Update: I bought it! ;)

Bar Refaeli

The good side of becoming single:


Petra and I talked about the distribution of things this week. Who wants what? Really weird, confusing and it gave me a terrible taste in my mouth.

She also found a new place to live. A nice little apartment for rent that resembles this house in many ways. I think she can even move in in March already. I like the pictures of the place, looked really cozy and I am happy to know she'll have a nice place for herself where she'll feel comfortable, but at the same time it tears me apart that she really physically is moving out and taking stuff with her. The house will still be home yet unfamiliar without her. I can't seem to grasp that I have to let her go, especially since I don't really particularly want to. It's the hardest thing I have ever done...

Update: music to the post

Amazon Kindle 2 now official

T3 has a scoop on the new Amazon Kindle 2.

Although there's no more SD card reader :( it has 2 GB of internal storage, 3G and WiFi connectivity and the battery is good enough to last for 4 days with WiFi on! Without WiFi it'll last about 14 days! O_o There are 230,000 titles for sale and Google just launched 1,5 million eBooks! :)

Gallery: Victoria's killer fires

An Australian website has a big picture gallery of the bush fires that wrecked hundreds on house and killed more than 100 people already. Impressive!

Love and physics

When love becomes physical physics: xkcd - A Webcomic. That's is sooo cute! :) (L) There is another one explaining why love is not rational. :D

UNIX time epoch or something

Unix counts time as the number of (milli) seconds passed since 1-1-1970 at midnight. Clearly it's a huge number by now.

Actually, on Friday the 13th just before midnight the counter will reach 1234567890!. Slashdot has a great nerd thread on the subject dealing with leap seconds, scripts to print the time/date. Wonderful!

Playstation 3

Well, in order to celebrate my coming independence, I went out and bought a PS3! Sadly, they didn't have a 40 GB model any more. They're really easy to upgrade with any 2.5" laptop hard disk, so why bother with bigger Sony packages when you can do it yourself? I got Resistance 2 bundled, so I can play with Imro and got MGS4 for me.

I get a Full HD player, with the best Blu-ray player out there and gaming thrown in for free. w00t

Gorgeous Lenticular Clouds Above Washington State

Are those UFOs near that mountain? No -- they are multilayered lenticular clouds. Moist air forced to flow upward around mountain tops can create lenticular clouds. Water droplets condense from moist air cooled below the dew point, and clouds are opaque groups of water droplets. Waves in the air that would normally be seen horizontally .....

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Amazon Rumored to Introduce Kindle 2.0 Next Monday

You may say: "Kindle? WTF?"But speculation is mounting that Amazon could announce a new version of its Kindle e-book reader next Monday, a move that one analysts believes will help propel the reader into a $1 billion dollar business for the online retailer by next year.

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Update: They sold 500,000 Kindles in 2008! At $399 each, that's a bunch!

Earth is nervous

Atmosphere is warming up. Arctic is melting. Land is flooded or covered in snow. Hot as grill or frozen solid. Volcanoes are erupting.

Anyone see a pattern developing...?

What if your Google Account gets hacked?

Read a scary report of a guy who's Google Account got hacked after a phishing attack using Orkut.

This truely highlights the importance of using different passwords for Google's services wherever possible. Even though that is the prime reason why want to hook them into Google Account in the first palce...

Disposable Temporary E-Mail Address

I honestly cannot believe this hasn't been submitted before. You go to the website, pick a name, and voila! Temporary email address! It deletes after 30 minutes unless you choose to refresh the address. You can use it for all those websites you want to sign up for, but don't want to deal with the spam. Try it out for yourself!

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