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Cogs can think.

I'm a mere, tiny, insignificant cog in a whole clockwork of stupidity.
The little cog that wanted to break free, I am.

Someone gets it

Tuesday, March 29, 2005
From the SkyOS.org forums (link):

3D Screencompositioning, based on vector graphics instead of bitmap is for sure the latest hype.
Mac OS X have it already, Windows (Longhorn) and Linux will have it soon.

To use it effectivly full acclerated 3D Drivers are required.
This could be a bit difficult for SkyOS ?!

I think that SkyOS needs to fix some bugs and some other features first, before some new eyecandy is added.

What i want is:

- full working modern partioning tool, which doesent write wrong entries to the partition table
- autoinstall of grub or lilo (bootmanger for multiboot)
- ntfs (at least read) access and automount of these to access data on windows partitions
- rewrite/optimisation of the graphics routines. The SkyOS GUI is very very slow, compared to other oses like win or linux - even with the vesa drivers.
- support for nvidia nforce chipsets with sound and network.

maybe some of these points are already implemented, or planned for the near future.

what i want to say with is: i don't need a new filemanager/viewer or even a 3d desktop, as long as i can't even install the system without destroying my hardisk.

This guy gets it.


Today. New episode of Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson driving one of the most appealing and spectaculair supercars ever made. The Ferrari F40. I've touched that car.

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Jeremy Clarkson, comparing the Ferrari F40 (about 20 years old) to the Ferrari F60 ('Enzo', brand new):

"But this [F40] is just so much more fun. Road, seat, ass. The end."

What a car. I need money. BAD.

Open letter to the SkyOS community/dev team,

Thursday, March 24, 2005
I removed this because I know it was out of line. As the Dutch readers will know, I've been through (and am going through) some pretty rough times, and it is definitely taking its toll on me. Add to that the bunch of ignorant fucks over at SkyOS.org and #skyos (*not* the developers, *not* most of the people there) who think they own the world with all their 15 years of life experience-- I wonder how they'd crawl away when they'd meet me face-to-face. Get some lives, kiddos, the world doesn't end at your mother's hands and the backdoor. It barely starts there.

I've been having bad news stacked on bad news lately, and this whole nonsense with those people there just didn't fit in. As is known, I have a temparement beyond recognition, so that didn't help either.

However, the SkyOS lead developer told me: "Learn who to ignore and who to listen to." I've taken this advice upon me and will, from now on, ignore the patricks of this world.

My apologies to the SkyOS dev team. However, some of my points made in the letter still count, even though in a lesser manner. But, I'm sure the devs know what I'm talking about.

New phone!

Monday, March 21, 2005
Woohoo! I ordered a brand new mobile phone today! I ordered the Sharp TM100, a very sexy slide-phone. It obviously has a camera (with video recording), a QVGA screen (2.2" 240x320 pixels), tri-band, 262000 colours, USB link, etc. I'll keep the same number.

Some photos (click to make big):

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Sunday, March 20, 2005
Had a good night going out yesterday eve. Tom and Sander picked me up from home at around 2230, and we went straight to the Joey's-- Marcel arrived a few minutes later, since he came from his girl's place. We stayed at the Joey's untill, dunno, 0030 or something. Then we decided to head to the Notaris. In between I text msg'd Henriëtte to check if she was at the Corridor or not (she promised me a "B52"; some weird mix of serious alcoholics that gets set on fire, and you have to drink it through a straw), but she was out partying in her hometown. So, we went to the Notaris, where somehow was a huge queue (it wasn't that full inside), so we had to wait for a few minutes. I got accused of pinching a chick's ass, but it wasn't me :). It was her far hotter friend that did it, and that far hotter friend accused me of doing so... After some witty reply of mine we got let in.

We had a fun time at the Notaris. Some friends of Sander were there-- also some girl named Tessa. She's a nice girl, and Sander had a huge entertaining discussion with her over who are smarter; men or women. It was very, very entertaining :).

At 0230, the music was shut off, and the lights were put on. We headed towards our cars and headed home. We raced :). You know, it's kinda scary to do 175 down the S3 at night, trying to overtake the car in front of you using the opposite lane :). We're a bunch of sick fucks.


All in all, nice evening. We also finalized our plans to go karting next sunday!! Woohoo!


Friday, March 18, 2005
We have a huge leak in our plumbing system... Yesterday morning it started to rain inside the living room-- and after staring at it for a while we came to the conclusion that something must be wrong. We shut off the water and today the plumbers found the leak (after tearing apart our bathroom), and sealed it shut. They'll refit all the plumbing next week-- meaning I can only shower in our bathtub, and not in the real shower. Fuckin' hell.


This morning I woke up at 0600 knowing I wouldn't be able to take a refreshing shower-- the water was still shut off this morning so I had to wash my face and wash out my gelwax of yesterday with ice-cold Bar-Le-Duc natural springwater straight from the fridge-- bad idea in the morning... :). Of course it took a million times as longer as normal so I missed my bus. Not that big a deal-- now I had a legitimate excuse to take my bad-ass Micra. I parked my car at Alkmaar Noord, hopped onto the intercity to Amsterdam Central Station, met up with Mascha in the subway, and arrived in time at uni. Of course Mopsie was there as well (she came into the classrom smiling, man that made my day).

During break I finally was able to buy my Neuropsychology book! Yes, it took them 7 weeks, but they finally had my book! I had to whine 5 times and what not, but I had it! E70,- lighter I walked out. At the end of class I had to take care of some business for Lizet. After that, I went home. However, I took the wrong train and ended up at Alkmaar Central Station instead of Alkmaar Noord-- I thought hey let's be healthy so I started to walk to Noord, not realizing that's a 25 minute walk :).


And now I'm here! Yeah, what an eventuful day, ain't it? :P

What the...

Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Even worse news on Enterprise's finale. The rumor has it that the WHOLE Enterprise thing was nothing but a big holodeck program running by Riker and Troi in year 2385.

If that is true than I might just kill someone.


Today my new 2-fanned temperature-controlled PSU will arrive! Finally some silence :).

Status: bug resolved and closed.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Okay, I guess we can now call the Gnome issue officially past tense. Everyone involved has now conceded. Elijah in his blog, Eugenia on OSNews.

This leaves one person out of all this. Me.

Even though I do not whish to give myself any more credit than I deserve, I did take part in all this by posting my editorial on eXpert Zone (and OSNews, and eventually Slashdot). Even though I still stand firmly behind every word I said, I do have to also conede, just like the "big" players Eugenia and the Gnome dev team. Even though my editorial did not contain any personal attacks, I however do understand some of the Gnome devs took it personally. I accused them of not taking their users into account, and even though I still think that's partially true, it was not fair of me to state it as bluntly as I did. I did some apologies in my previous blog post, but that's not enough. I hereby wish to apologize if any Gnome or OSS dev took offence of my article. I support my views still, but having a certain view is no excuse for me to generalize as much as I did.

I hope that this issue is hereby resolved. I wanted to say something really "ubuntu", but let's not get all too mushy. This issue had its purpose, but it's enough now.

Status: bug resolved and closed.

Gnome (+ KDE!)

Saturday, March 12, 2005
Update: It seems like the KDE developers feel the same way about this...

Amazing. I guess in order to see OSS software really make a dent in MS' marketshare, it needs new developers. Developers that are open to user feedback and not so, sorry to say, arrogant.

Yes, it's Thom Holwerda calling someone else arrogant. Never thought that day would come.


I've gotten a lot of feedback on my editorial I put up yesterday at eXp Zone. The article got linked to on OSNews, and as an ultimate "reward", Slashdot linked to us-- momentarily flooding eXp Zone.But first things first: thanks for all the people supporting my views!


Two days ago, Eugenia, published this editorial on OSNews. I agreed with her. The fact that she may have "over-reacted" a bit on the desktop-devel-list is not really of my concern. The person behind an opinion and his or her temper is of no relevance. And other than that-- it's no secret that Eugenia can be passionate about her opinions every now and then-- welcome to Europe, my American friends ;).

Anyhow, I backed her up with my editorial-- basically stating the same as Eugenia but in a less direct fashion. I will not clarify myself or anything here; my editorial speaks for itself and is perfectly clear to most people-- not all though. I could list a lot more :).

Well, luckily some of the Gnome devs replied as well, ie. Havoc, Elijah and Shaun. Shaun, if you read this, please read the postscript on this post. For some more reactions, go to to Planet Gnome.


I'm not sure if the goal I had before me when writing this editorial is hereby reached-- or if it ever will. All I wanted to say was that Gnome cannot afford to develop solely catering the needs of the developers themselves. Gnome is a project of great succes-- adopted by many companies and users worldwide. If you state you listen to those users, but in fact don't (and admit that!), then that's not fair. I hope this whole thing shook the Gnome-devs a bit-- let's hope they will listen to user-feedback more now, making Gnome even better than it already is.


PS: There is one comment of mine on OSNews that I'd like to apologize for. This comment was rude and highly inflammatory. My apologies.

On the US, homosexuality and ancient Greek

Thursday, March 10, 2005
Let's start off by saying that I'm proud to be living in a truly civlized country where homosexual people have the same rights and priviliges as heterosexual people. They can get married, adopt kids, etc. Like it's supposed to be in a civilized country. I recently had a discussion with some Americans over this issue-- they said things that kinda shocked me, things that sounded utterly barbaric to me. When I asked them why they opposed same-sex marriage, they said: "We like to keep our country decent and morally correct."

Stunning, ain't it?

That statement assumes that all homosexual people are indecent and morally incorrect. Also, what is even more amazing, apparently it is morally correct for these people to have and build nuclear warheads, chemical weapons, biological weapons, to attack a country without international support using a false argument, to kill people because they commited a crime (death penalty) etc, etc, etc. Also, the US porn/sex industry is the biggest in the world. Indeed, very morally correct. And of course it is very morally correct to have big corporations buying the elections. Definitely morally correct. Or, trying to kill an Italian journalist because she criticized the war in Iraque. Again, morally correct.

It just bothers me that a country that claims to be "free", is actually one of the most "un-free" nations in the world. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm straight myself, but that doesn't mean I automatically deem anything that is different than me "morallly incorrect". I don't like seeing gay people either (read the comments for clarification!); but that doesn't mean it's morally incorrect.


The American "democracy" was built upon the democracies of ancient Greece. I wonder how many Americans know that homosexuality and prostitution were perfectly normal and accepted in ancient Greek culture. It was very normal for men from ancient Greece to have a much younger boyfriends next to their wives. Also, drinking parties with prostitutes ('hetaere') were accepted and 100% normal (and yes I can know, I studied ancient Greek and its culture for 4 years). So, the American "democracy" is built upon an, according to American "values", immoral culture.

Gotta love the American ignorance :).

On sexes

Friday, March 04, 2005
Just had an agonizing discussion with Renate again. Man, I got so friggin' pissed off I pressed Apple+q to shut off MSN all at once-- trust me, that's rare. So now I'll try to explain what this is all about, and maybe she'll understand it then. But, I fear she won't.

Okay. We were having a discussion over the sex of music. What? Yes. Just like words have a sex, so can songs. Let me explain.

Some songs are male, some female, and some are none (referred to as unisex) (diapers!). Let me give you some examples of male songs: My Hometown (Bruce Springsteen), Summer Of '69 (Bryan Adams), Ol' 55 (The Eagles). Female songs: You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette), Wasted Time (The Eagles), Breathless (The Corrs). Unisex songs are the most abundant though; most songs are neither male nor female.

Now, what defines a song as being male or female? That's, in all honesty, very hard to tell. It's a certain feeling a song evokes,and that feeling only occurs at one side of sex. It's comparable with movies: Die Hard is a male movie, while Bridget Jones' Diary is a female movie. This has nothing to do with sexism, this has nothing to do with the actual audience, it has to do with the contents of the lyrics, the feeling a song evokes, and sometimes (but that's rare) the sound.

Now, why is My Hometown a male song? First, let's look at the lyrics:

I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand
Into the bus stop to pick up a paper for my old man
I’d sit on his lap in that big old Buick and steer as we drove through town
He’d tousle my hair and say son take a good look around
This is your hometown, this is your hometown
This is your hometown, this is your hometown

In `65 tension was running high at my high school
There was a lot of fights between the black and white
There was nothing you could do
Two cars at a light on a saturday night in the back seat there was a gun
Words were passed in a shotgun blast
Troubled times had come to my hometown
My hometown, my hometown, my hometown

Now main street’s whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more
They’re closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain’t coming back to
Your hometown, your hometown, your hometown, your hometown

Last night me and kate we laid in bed talking about getting out
Packing up our bags maybe heading south
I’m thirty-five we got a boy of our own now
Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good
Look around
This is your hometown

First, the whole thing about the driving around in the Buick; every man remembers the sense of excitement of sneaking behind that big steering wheel and pretending to be driving around. I'm not saying that women don't do this (yet I have to find the first one), but just that it's considered to be a boy's thing. Did you play with little toy cars, Renate? Did you make vrooooooom noises when running through the house? Did you attach playing cards to your bike each summer to your frame, so that the spokes bumbed against them, and then you could preted they we're engine noises?

And secondly, the whole love for your hometown, that urge that will keep you comming back there no matter what. That's something very specific to 1) people living in smaller communities (like me, Renate!) and 2) boys. Of course, women have that too, but just in a different way than Bruce describes here. I was astonished when my parents moved out of Langedijk. I was pissed off, and wanted to stay with my own football team in Langedijk, I refused to play for the team in Warmenhuizen. Even now, when I'm making plans to move out of Warmenhuizen, it just feels wrong. I didn't see you have any trouble with leaving Alkmaar; you might have had troubles leaving your family; but I'm not referring to that. I'm referring to actually missing your hometown.


Another thing that reminded me of this was the episode of Married With Children I watched today (MWC is a male series anyway; most women will say they don't particurlarly like it). Marcy and Steve were planning on building an additional room to their house. Then, Al pushed Steve into making it a pool room, and Peggy pushed Marcy into making it an exercise room. Notice the difference? This is not to say women don't play pool and men don't exercise, no, not at all. It shows women and men have different interests, different priorities, ON THE WHOLE. Thus, NOT IN EACH INDIVIDUAL CASE.


Another example: cars. A Volkswagen NewBeetle is a women's car. So is the new Nissan Micra (and the old ones too). On the other hand, more men's cars are ie. a Subaru Impreza, a Toyota MR2, a Volkswagen Golf RSI, and so on. This has to do with the way they look, the way they behave, the way they sound.


All that can be applied to music as well. I NEVER ever said anywhere that male songs are for men only, oh no, not at all. Renate, you mentioned Korn as being a male band. That's utterly ridicoulous: only because they have hard guitars it's all of a sudden male? That's weird, I thought YOU were accusing ME of stereotypization??? And, current day rap music male??? Where are you from? Current day rap music is for pathetic wannabes; if you want true male rap music, go pick up an NWA record, an early Ice Cube album (ie. Death Certificate). Present day rap is a fake show.


I'm tired, and I've had it with this silly little discussion. Oh and don't worry, of course I still like you :). Being the complete opposites of eachother makes the friendship way more fun :).

Star Trek: Enterprise

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Star Trek: Enterprise will go down after season 4 is over. I find this quite a sad thing; I'm one of the few that actually liked ENT from the first episode; I consider it a brilliant move to go back to the beginning of the Saga. Okay, the opening music theme sucks ass and always will, but that's insignificant. Especially the hunt for the Xindi was brilliant-- one big story squeezed into a whole season. It kept me on the edge of my seat during every episode; not even my favourite, Voyager, could do that.

Eugenia writes in her blog that she disagrees with common idea that Star Trek killed itself due to saturation fo the market. I have to disagree with her statement. I do think that Star Trek killed itself. I'm no expert at these sorts of matters, but all I know is that in the past 18 years, we've seen 4 series come by (TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT), and that's just too much. It doesn't matter how good those series are quality-wise; good food also tastes good but too much of it will still make you sick.

In The Netherlands, we're currently at season 4, episode 4 (Borderland). Quite exceptional, since normally Europe lags behind at least two years. Calculating onwards this means that ENT dies here at around september. Too bad. I'd much rather prefer ENT to finish the normal number of seasons, instead of early cancellation. It gives me the feeling that the story won't be finished properly. Like not being allowed to re-enter the cinema after the movie-break. Ugh.

Brannon Braga talks here about the cancellation of ENT. He also states that "too much trek" killed the franchise (for now, that is). I always hoped for a serious break in the ST world-- it's just been enough. 4 series in 19 years-- that's obviously too much. Still-- cancelling ENT so early is something I didn't expect. Understandable probably from a financial point-of-view, but I had hoped that the people deciding over these matters looked beyond the dollar signs. They obviously didn't.

Let's hope ST will return in a decade or so, for a new audience, with renewed energy. Although I disagree with ENT's canecallation, I do support the overall break from ST. It will get revived anyway, no matter what. I've got faith.

Meanwhile, support SaveEnterprise. God I can be a nerd sometimes. Now, where are my Bruce Springsteen records? Need some non-nerd stuff ;).

Let it snow

Wednesday, March 02, 2005
It's truely a beautiful day today... There's like 40cm of snow outside... A bit weird, though. So much snow happens only once every 50 years, and now it happens in...March. For metereologists spring has already started. It's snowing like hell in the spring. "Climate change?" "No , doesn't exist. Bush says so." "Sure honey." But whatever.

Just returned a movie to the videotheque. I rented "The Terminal" yesterday eve, with the best actor ever, Tom Hanks, and superhotcutesupadupachick Catherine Zeta-Jones. What a great movie! I loved it. I also saw "The Incredibles". Also loved it! It rocks! Again Pixar delivered a movie of such high-quality that it left me astounded... The characters were again superbly presented-- especially Violet (the insecure teenage daughter with superpowers) was amazing...

During the walk to the videotheque I made some pictures of my snowy hometown-- enjoy.

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That's our backyard.

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Part of the frontyard with the small parking lot for our block.

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Again the backyard-- one of our two sheds and an old bike gathering du... err, snow.

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The Oude Ursula-- the oldest of the two churches in my hometown. It's from 1200. It has a tiny very old graveyard too.

I failed... Miserably.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005
I'm dissapointed.

I didn't pass my General Statistics test. I FAILED for the third time. I'm not used to failures. Well, failures after working so fucking hard for it.

I had a 5.2/10. The only good news is that I have still outdone myself beyond any expectations; I upped from a 1.5/10 (bwahahah) to a 5.2/10. That's an increase in performance of 346%. That's pretty amazing.

Seriously, I'm starting to grow a huge grudge against the psychology faculty for emphazising Statistics so strongly.

Congrats to Mascha, that smart girl did pass the test :). Congrats on your 6.5/10, girl!

Fuckin' hell, I need coffee.