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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.

Berlin

Thursday, April 28, 2005
I'm in Konigs Wusterhausen right now, not far off of Berlin. I'm having a very relaxed and good time around here-- away from university, school or whatever. I'll be going to Berlin tomorrow afternoon / evening, also to try to attend the Tiger launch event at an Apple center. Pretty cool. I also ordered extra RAM for my iBook, as it's much cheaper here in Germany than in The Netherlands. I'll be visiting Martina today.

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Oh, and HecHacker1, some kid from the SkyOS forums, went mental on eXpert Zone, telling me to not come back to the SkyOS forums and all. Hey, kid, I can't help it that the SkyOS dev team are a bunch of arrogant #$%^!#, not willing to allow critisizm and who say that they're most valueable community members are "keeping companies from supporting SkyOS" and more of that crap.

Just, shut up, guy, you have no idea what you're talking about. Oh, and then you don't visit eXp Zone anymore-- it's not as if any of the other hundreds of unique visitors per day will notice.

The Chesire Cat And Alice And Me

Monday, April 25, 2005


Yesterday I decided to stop with my psychology study. Over the past year it has become more and more clear to me and my parents that I have made the wrong choice. Even though the study and its courses interest me; it's more of a 'Discovery Channel' interest than an interest in the way of doing this for the rest of my life.

Basically it are two important factors that led to this descision. The first one is quite obvious and I've spoken about it in great detail on my blog already: Statistics. Apparently, the faculty commission finds it of such great importance that the entire study is built around it. Fine. But it does mean I will not be able to continue this study as I suck butt at Statistics. Too bad, but hey, that's life.

The second thing is that I don't think I'll be capable to perform the profession of Psychologist for a long time. I'm far too involved; I think far too much and my empathy levels are beyond recognition. I'll not be able to seperate work from private life, and that is unacceptable. Too bad, but hey, that's life.

This is a tough descision for me; even though I haven't 'failed', it does feel like that. And not to sound arrogant or anything, but I have never failed at anything. Ugh.

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The next challange is to decide what I'm going to do next. I'm thinking and thinking about what other study would fit me. Would be cool if I could do something related to (G)UI design and behaviour, as that is something I'm quite interested in. Another great interest of mine are my rather, for Dutch standards, excentric positions and opinions on various matters. Therefore, my mother metnioned the idea of Journalism. I dunno. We'll see.

I'm currently reading Alice's Adventures In Wonderland again, by Lewis Carroll, the unedited 19th century original English edition. I'm reading it for the second time. I'll read part two again as well, Through The Looking Glass. This quote from the part one I find one of the most beautiful passages ever written, it's when Alice talks to the Chesire Cat for the first time, just outside the Dutchess' cottage:

'Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?'
'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.
'I don't much care where-' said Alice.
'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.


So true. These two books ought to be tought in high schools. They're extraordinary.

Women in blue outfits

Friday, April 22, 2005


Making all sorts of preparations for my trip to Berlin... I can't wait darnit! I have to work tonight and tomorrow, and I have an exam on monday. So many things stand between me and my rather sudden vacation :(. The tickets have arrived-- my flight departs at 14:05 26th april and arrives at Berlin-Tegel about 80 minutes later. We haven't yet figured out how I'm getting from Tegel to Königs-Wusterhausen yet, as I haven't gotten the confirmation mail from Lars yet. Hurry :P.

I'll be coming back at may 2nd, near the end of the evening. I'm looking forward to my week there very much-- I haven't been on vacation in almost three years :s. The only problem I'm foreseeing at the moment is this weird new ticket system. I have an E-ticket and it says I can use a self-service terminal to print my boarding-pass and al that stuff. Fcuk that, I want a nice lady in a blue KLM suit to take in my luggage and give me a boarding pass :). That's the most fun about flying, it's when those little butterflies in your stomach go all mental, when you're waiting in line... That gives you the true sense of going on vacation. And yeah, I like women in blue KLM outfits. Stewardesses!

WOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005
We got my mother's test results in early today... They were supposed to come monday but they came today...

And...

ITS FUCKING GREAT! THE CANCER **HAS NOT**, I REPEAT **HAS NOT** SPREAD THROUGH HER BODY!!!!!!

This must be the best news I've heard in ages!! When I got home, and my dad told the news, I hugged him real tight, as my mother wasn't home yet, and I ran to the fridge and poured in an ice cold Martini Bianco and consumed it in one gulp. Man, it has never tasted better. When my mum got home, we hugged even tighter.

And in addition, I'll be leaving for Berlin coming tuesday, april 26th. I'll return a week later on monday 2nd may. I'm looking forward to seeing die Teichmaenner again!

Monday, April 18, 2005
And in addition to my previous post...





You Know You're Addicted to Coffee When...


You can jump start your car without cables.

You answer the door before people knock.

You get a speeding ticket even when you are parked.

You've worn out your third pair of shoes this week.

Your eyes stay open even when you sneeze.

You grind coffee beans in your mouth.

You can type sixty words per minute -- with your feet.

You soak your dentures in coffee overnight.

You sleep with your eyes open.

You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.

Instant coffee takes too long to make.

You channel surf faster without the remote.

You don't sweat... you percolate.

You've built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.

You short out motion detectors.

You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it's not plugged in.

The only time you are standing still is during an earthquake!

You've worn the finish off your coffee table.

All your kids are named Joe.

Juan Valdez named his donkey after you.

People get dizzy just watching you.

Starbucks owns the mortgage on your house.

The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.

The Taster's Choice couple wants to adopt you.

When someone asks 'How are you?' you say, 'Good to the last drop'.

You buy milk by the barrel.

You can outlast the Energizer bunny.

You can take a picture of yourself from ten feet away without using the timer.

You can't even remember your second cup.

You chew on other people's fingernails.

You don't even wait for the water to boil anymore.

You don't get mad, you get steamed.

You don't need a hammer to pound in nails.

You don't tan, you roast.

You forget to unwrap candy bars before eating them.

You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.

You go to sleep just so you can wake up and smell the coffee.

You have to watch videos in fast-forward.

You haven't blinked since the last lunar eclipse.

You help your dog chase its tail.

You introduce your spouse as your coffee mate.

You just completed another sweater and you don't know how to knit.

You lick your coffeepot clean.

You name your cats Cream and Sugar.

You ski uphill.

You speak perfect Arabic without ever taking a lesson.

You speed-walk in your sleep.

You spend every vacation visiting Maxwell House.

You think being called a drip is a compliment.

You think CPR stands for Coffee Provides Resuscitation.

You'd be willing to spend time in a Turkish prison.

Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup.

Your coffee mug is insured by Lloyds of London.

Your lips are permanently stuck in the sipping position.

Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale.

Your only source of nutrition comes from Sweet & Low.

Your taste buds are so numb; you could drink your lava lamp.

Your Thermos is on wheels.

You're so wired, you pick up AM radio.

You've built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.

You've worn out the handle on your favourite mug.

You take your morning coffee with you in the shower.

Your heart beats noticeably faster as a reaction to the smell of coffee.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends who are addicted to coffee.




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It's almost time for my morning cup'o'black gold.

How's y'all doin'

Okay, it is official:



Your Linguistic Profile:



50% General American English

30% Yankee

20% Dixie

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern



What Kind of American English Do You Speak?


I'm 30% Yank.

Sad, but it has to be said.

Friday, April 15, 2005
Update: Let me state for the record that I still wish SkyOS all the best and that I still have the faith in Robert and Chris and the other's coding abilities. However, my personal feelings about SkyOS is that it should go a different direction. No harm done, at all, just some crucial points in where I disagree with the team. It's my right to do so. And in order to make sure we don't have any more threads like the XGI one, it's better if I take a step back. That's all.

And another for the recod: I'm going into sleep mode. I'm not going away forever, you won't dispose of me that easily ;).


Let me elaborate on my descision to basically leave the SkyOS community. It's actually a large accumulation of factors that led me to do this.

The distance between the community and the development team is growing by the minute. Currently, the dev. team has completely retreated from the open irc channel #skyos (for which I don't blame them, as the amount of complete fcuking idiots in there is astonoshing), but they also left #skyos_dev, a channel specially set up for SkyOS veterans and contributors. Everyone could come in, but only the dev. team and veterans could actually speak. And we simply posted important stuff in #skyos, so everyone could still discuss it. Obviously this wasn't enough. Now they are setting up their own dedicated SkyOS irc server where only those can come in that Robert approves of. One way to treat your community.

Another factor is the fact that criticism is apparently not really appreciated. Read this thread and you'll know what I mean. It's actually not the first time. There have been other occiasions where critique wasn't appreciated. Escpecially one other occasion which I cannot discuss here right now. This is bad. I obviously aren't always right with my critiques, but what the hell, if I question a descision made, a descision they kept completely secret (!!), then I expect to get a proper and nice answer. Nowhere in the above stated thread did I step out of line. Yet apprantly, I had struck a sensitive nerve with my XGI inquiry (that XGI thing ain't over yet. I have contacted various people who might know more about this. I want the fcuking truth. Period).

And in the end I do not like the overal direction that SkyOS is heading. There are no new developers attracted towards SkyOS because of its extremely closed nature. I know CSS is the way SkyOS goes, and I applaud that, but the current control is simply too strict. Another minor thing is the lack of mailinglists. The team don't like them, so they don't exist. I respect that they don't like them, but what is the first thing a potentially interested dev is going to do? Exactly, he is going to look for a skyos-dev mailinglist. There isn't any. The dev team says that they got the developer's forum for that. I don't see many people interested in developing for SkyOS there either. At least not experienced developers.

So the keywords are: secrecy, lack of communication, schizm between community and dev team, not being able to accept the fact that people might not always agree with the dev team's descisions, and lack of faith in SkyOS' future.

I'm very sorry that this is happening right now. I remember back in the day, when it was all fun to be part of the SkyOS community. We had the feeling SkyOS was going anywhere, that it was going to make it. That feeling is gone. The team might dismiss them, but other projects are gaining traction fast, like Zeta, with an all-new kernel, or Linux, which has recently gotten a serious boost in usability, and even the eye-candy is comming with projects like xcompmngr and Cairo/Luminocity.

Really, the above wasn't very much fun to say, but it has to be said. I'll keep on keeping an eye on SkyOS. Maybe they'll get their act together. For now, my attention and time will go to giving suggestions and bug reports to Gnome and Ubuntu.

Sleep-mode

For mostly the same reasons as Eugenia is quitting OSNews (read below), I'll be slowly going into sleep-mode on the SkyOS forums. I've simply had enough, I see no more reasons for me to put any effort into it. Fellow veterans know why I'm doing this. I asked Kelly Rush to remove my operator privilidges as well.

I've had a short email convo with Eugenia about her plans to leave OSNews. Recent developments inside SkyOS, combined with that convo, led me to this descision.

Eugenia To Leave OSNews?

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
I sincerely hope she'll reconsider...

OSNews is what me got into all this, really. Eugenia made an institution out of OSNews; an authority with a very relaxed and open feel (if you ignore the trolls, that is). I wrote my first tech articles for OSNews (and dear god were those first two a load of crap), and I'm just afraid that without Eugenia OSNews will fall into oblivian, as I don't see any replacement for her on OSNews.

However, I must also be honest with this.

Expert Zone has a large overlap with OSNews. If Eugenia were to stop working for OSNews, a big window of opportunity would open up for me and Andrew. So I kinda have mixed feelings. On one hand I understand that she has had enough; not only because of the less interesting state of the industry, but also because of the way she has been treated sometimes. On the other hand, OSNews would seriously decline in size and 'up-to-dateness' leaving a void, a void eXpert Zone is more than willing to fill. And there's even a third hand. It's going to be weird not see her postings and whatever on OSNews anymore.

Reviews

Tuesday, April 12, 2005
I spent some moments digging the web for reviews of Garbage's new album. They all seem to be sort-of positive... I especially liked this passage:

Shirley Manson hasn't lost her power as a vocalist; even when her vocals are distorted or distant, she is still the center of the music. She wails, she purrs, she yells, she murmurs. And it all works.


That must be the best description I've ever heard of my little girl. Even though Shirley probably won't win no awards for vocal perfection, she has a style that at one point strikes fear in you, and makes you think she's a complete bitch, while the other moment her sweetness and 'innocent-ness' makes you all wanna like her again. It's astonoshing. No matter how much I like Garbage, I've never made a secret of the fact that I too believe that the band would be nothing without Shirley. She's the center of this band. Fortunately.

Some negative critiques:

Garbage dips into sweeping rock melodies, ballads and electronic sputters here and there, and those touches keep the electrorock from ever feeling monotonous. But the amps and roaring guitars rule the music, much as they did in 1998's Version 2.0. Not that they are always spot-on -- sometimes those guitars feel like they're soaring to epic heights, but disappointingly they always get reined in at the last minute. The sleazy basslines and sharp percussion keep things moving, though they can't quite make up for the guitars.


Now that I strongly disagree with. It seems as if these so-called music experts are never satisfied. They complained, for no reason, that Beatifulgarbage missed the sharpness of the guitars on their two previous albums, and now Garbage brings back the razorblade riffs and it's again not right! Screw that-- the guitars are this album's strong point in my not so humble opinion.

It's an enjoyable record, but it's hard to escape the nagging feeling that Garbage has painted itself into a corner: they haven't found a way to expand their sound, to make it richer or mature -- they can only deliver more of the same.


Now, it's crap like the above that usually stop my from paying attention to these so-called music magazines with their reviewers. This statement is so full of shit that it pisses me off. If there is ONE band that has NEVER stopped being innovative, then it's Garbage. You may argue that their debut album and Version 2.0 have a lot in common-- but putting all four albums on the same line shows a big lack of understanding of the musical world. Oh wel, these are the same people that laud losers like 50 Cent, Ja Rule and Destiny's Child. People like that shouldn't even be allowed to lay their ears upon the goodness that is Garbage.

Back to what I'm used to do. Back to no more reviews.

I remember Andrew saying something about making a musical equiv. of eXpert Zone... Hmmm.

PS: No offence to people who like 50 Cent & Co. I mean, they make nice catchy music, but it's obviously nothing near as good as the likes of the real men and women of the musical world.

PS 2: All reviewers basically seem to agree upon the fact that the tilesong of the album is of superb quality. Here, the lyrics of 'Bleed Like Me':

Avalanche is sullen and too thin
She starves herself to rid herself of sin
And the kick is so divine when she sees bones beneath her skin
And she says:
Hey baby can you bleed like me?
C'mon baby can you bleed like me

Chrissie's all dressed up and acting coy
Painted like a brand new Christmas toy
He's trying to figure out if he's a girl or he's a boy
He says:
Hey baby can you bleed like me?
C'mon baby can you bleed like me

Doodle takes Dad's scissors to her skin
And when she does relief comes setting in
While she hides the scars she's making underneath her pretty clothes
She sings:
Hey baby can you bleed like me?
C'mon baby can you bleed like me

Therapy is speedie's brand new drug
Dancing with the devil's past has never been too fun
It's better off than trying to take a bullet from a gun
And she cries:
Hey baby can you bleed like me?
C'mon baby can you bleed like me

JT's get all fucked up in some karaoke bar
After two drinks he's a loser after three drinks he's a star
Getting all nostalgic as he sings "I Will Survive"
Hey baby can you bleed like me?
C'mon baby can you bleed like me

You should see my scars
You should see my scars
You should see my scars
You should see my scars
And try to comprehend that which you'll never comprehend


Chilling.

Help

Okay, I'm making this post at 6:37. Fcuk university. Fcuk Amsterdam. Fcuk trains. Why must it be so early.

Bleed Like Me

Monday, April 11, 2005
I bought it today! The shops opened at 13:00 here today; I was at Popeye at 13:15... Only to find that Popeye hadn't recieved the album yet! Darnit... So I tried my luck at one of the two Free Record Shops, and yeah the one in the Langestraat had it! I shelled out the E19.99, and walked out with a really big smile on my face :D. Too bad Garbage has apparently decided not to release a Limited Edition this time, too bad as I really like my Limited Edition of Beatifulgarbage. It is shaped like a deep-red rose and you fold the leaves outwards radially. Looks really cool.

But anyway. The album itself is... How shall I put this gently and well thought-out... FCUKING GREAT!!! Really, that about sums it up. The album is fairly un-edited (according to Garbage's standards, that is), and that's a first for them. And I must say they've done a really good job. This album is nothing like its predecessors, but it is still clearly recognizable as a 100% Garbage album. Amazing. They now have a discography of 4 individually completely unique albums. In other words, instead of sitting back and cashing in on the succesful sound of their debut album, they experimented, and it pays off for us Garbage fans. Might not be as commercially viable as they could have been, but hey, who gives a fcuking fcuk :).

Why do you love me?

Thursday, April 07, 2005


I just heard it for the first time! I just heard it for the first time! The new single from Garbage! I heard it! It's called "Why Do You Love Me?" and it rocks!

It's been a long wait, but the new album, Bleed Like Me, will be out internationally on april 11th. This album is the successor to the love-it-or-hate-it Beautifulgarbage. I, myself, am a huge fan of Beautifulgarbage, because this album was (and still is!) completely unique and one-of-a-kind. There is no band in the world that makes that kind of music.

Garbage as a whole is unique. One of the best, if not *the* best studio bands of the last 10 years. They took the musical world by storm in 1995 with the release of their titleless debut album. Singles such as "Queer" and "I'm Only Happy When It Rains" basically became instant classics.

3 years later the band, consisting out of (the beautiful) Shirley Manson, Duke Erkison, Steve Marker and Butch Vig (known as the producer of Nirvana's (ugh) Nevermind album), released their 2nd album, simply dubbed Version 2.0, an album with a more mature feel to it.

In 2001, after a long wait of 4 years, they sent a shockwave through their fanbase and the music world in general by releasing the utterly slick and hard-to-define Beautifulgarbage. This album was a 100% studio-album, and it contains the two most beautiful songs Garbage has ever written: "Cup Of Coffee" and "Drive You Home".

And now, coming monday, their 4th album will be released: Bleed Like Me. The first single I just saw on TV was, as usual, fantastic. It again showed a different sound-- without losing the typical Garbage elements such as layered lyrics and the combining of musical opposites (meaning they go from a really easy, soft-going sound to the hard razor-sharp Garbage-specific guitar riffs).

Yeah, I'm very excited! I waited years for this!!!

University musings

Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Okay, I made a very important descision today about university...

I decided not to participate in the Research Methods II course ('Statistics Advanced', so to speak) altogether. Let me try to explain why.

The coming period (2.5 months) I will have to do the following things (the plus signs indicate the amount of time and the difficulty level involved, with 5 being the hardest):

- Res. Meth. II ('RM II') // +++++ // entire period // has exam;
- Intro Psych. Healthcare // +++ // entire period // very extensive assignments;
- Mentor Assignment // ++ // entire period // not difficult, just *a lot* of work;
- Exam Comm. Psy // ++++ // 25th april // difficult;
- Work Psy. // +++ // first half of period // failed this in my 1st year, has exam;
- Edu. Psy. // ++ // second half of period // failed this in my 1st year, has exam;
- [Exam Neuropsy. // +++ // end of may // only if I failed it (not sure yet)].

As you can see, this is quite a lot of work. Especially taking into account my mother's situation.

The problems are:

- You're only allowed to move on to the 3rd year when all courses of the 1st year are finished and passed;
- I cannot take a certain course in the 3rd year without having passed RM II.

This results in the fact that I *must* pass those two courses from last year; if I don't, then I'm screwed and stuck in the 2nd year. But seeing the amount of work I have coming now, I would *fail* on all of those if I tried them all. So, by taking out RM II (which I am probably not allowed to do anyway, as seen in my previous post), I get loads and loads of extra time, energy, and willpower to complete the other ones. Makes sense, don't it? I simply am not a very diligent and hardworking student; I enjoy my freetime and time with my friends and such and I am *not* willing to throw that away. Again, take into account my mother's situation.

This leaves one problem: that course in the 3rd year, which I will not be allowed to do. Well, I have the following solution: that course, called 'Research', starts somewhere in november 2005. RM II, which I must have in order to take the exam in Research, starts in April. BUT, and that's the solution, every course has an extra exam in the summer. So, I will simply follow the classes of Research, do not do the 1st exam, then do my RM II classes/exam, and then in the summer of 2006, I will do the extra Research exam. Wonderful, ain't it?

I won't even lose a year!

Took me four fcuking days to figure out...

Royally pissed off

Monday, April 04, 2005
Okay, I'm royally pissed off and disappointed right now.

I just got word from the Exam Commision of the Faculty of Psychology And Pedagogics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and the mail basically confirms my suspicion: I will not recieve dispensation.

Fcuk this.

In Memoriam

Sunday, April 03, 2005
At 2nd april 2005, at 21:37 CET, Pope John Paul II passed away due to the complications of age and the strain of medical treatment. May he rest in peace, and my thoughts are with the millions of people around the world who feel this loss very deeply. I myself may be agnostic, but I stil have the decency in me to respect what the Pope and his followers stood/stand for.

The Church is not without its flaws, (which are highlighted as much as possible here in this "We-know-everything-better-and-we-give-fcuk-all-about-others"-country I live in), but I truly believe, no, I know that John Paul II and his staff are good people, only wishing to do good to the world, in the way they deem best. I have nothing but respect for the thousands of people working hard to make the world a better place in the name of the Church.

My deepest condoleances.

Reason To Believe

Seen a man standin' over a dead dog lyin' by the highway in a ditch
He's lookin' down kinda puzzled pokin' that dog with a stick
Got his car door flung open he's standin' out on Highway 31
Like if he stood there long enough that dog'd get up and run
Struck me kinda funny seem kinda funny sir to me
At the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

Now Mary Lou loved Johnny with a love mean and true
She said "Baby I'll work for you every day and bring my money home to you"
One day he up and left her and ever since that
She waits down at the end of that dirt road for young Johnny to come back
Struck me kinda funny seemed kind of funny sir to me
How at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

Take a baby to the river Kyle William they called him
Wash the baby in the water take away little Kyle's sin
In a whitewash shotgun shack an old man passes away
Take his body to the graveyard and over him they pray
Lord won't you tell us tell us what does it mean
Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

Congregation gathers down by the riverside
Preacher stands with his Bible groom stands waitin' for his bride
Congregation gone and the sun sets behind a weepin' willow tree
Groom stands alone and watches the river rush on so effortlessly
Lord and he's wonderin' where can his baby be
Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

(c) 1982 Bruce Springsteen

Johnny 99

Friday, April 01, 2005
This has been an interesting few days. Yesterday I had my exam on Neuropsychology. Before the test even started, I already accepted the fact that I'd fail. The amount of crap we had to learn was overwhelming, I couldn't handle it, or so I thought. The synposises given by the professor were an utter mess, unreadable and lacking any form of human logic. So I (and Renaat as well) basically said "Fcuk this" and I stopped studying. BUT, the exam was much, much easier than I expected so I might've passed it anyway! As we say in Dutch, "luck is with the foolish."

At Amsterdam Central Station I ran into Guinevere, and we had a nice talk, untill the exam started. Very sweet girl, she is. Interesting to hear about how she freaked out on stage during a Five (one of them boybands) concert when she was 14 :).

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Another university-related thing is the whole Statistics mess I'm in right now... Basically, because I fail a supporting course in my first year, I'm now totally fcuked... I cannot follow a course that's about to start, and because of not being able to do so, I also cannot start a course in my 3rd year... Fcuking mess. Anyway, I sent a letter explaining my situation, asking for dispensation (also taking into account the situation with my mother that started around the time I had my 3rd possibility to pass Statistics, more about that here). Let's hope for the best.

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And lastly, I bought two new albums today, I bought The Rising and Nebraska, both by Bruce Springsteen. Especially the latter... Nebraska is the most depressing album ever made, no doubt about that. The shit that happens on that album is so depressing... But it's sung in such a beautiful way, just amazing. It's true American music, you don't find this sort of music anywhere else than in that 'hard land', as Bruce himself calls it.

What also makes the album special is that it has been recorded using nothing more than a simple 4-track cassette recorder. This gives the whole album a very pure, unedited, raw sound. Too bad people use all sorts of advanced recording crap these days. I already had Nebraska on LP, but I'm always scared that my LPs die, so I try to replace the more used ones by CDs. Here's one song from the album, "Johnny 99":

Well they closed down the auto plant in Mahwah late that month
Ralph went out lookin' for a job but he couldn't find none
He came home too drunk from mixin' Tanqueray and wine
He got a gun shot a night clerk now they call 'm Johnny 99

Down in the part of town where when you hit a red light you don't stop
Johnny's wavin' his gun around and threatenin' to blow his top
When an off duty cop snuck up on him from behind
Out in front of the Club Tip Top they slapped the cuffs on Johnny 99

Well the city supplied a public defender but the judge was Mean John Brown
He came into the courtroom and stared young Johnny down
Well the evidence is clear gonna let the sentence son fit the crime
Prison for 98 and a year and we'll call it even Johnny 99

A fistfight broke out in the courtroom they had to drag Johnny's girl away
His mama stood up and shouted "Judge don't take my boy this way"
Well son you got a statement you'd like to make
Before the bailiff comes to forever take you away

Now judge judge I had debts no honest man could pay
The bank was holdin' my mortgage and they was takin' my house away
Now I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man
But it was more 'n all this that put that gun in my hand

Well your honor I do believe I'd be better off dead
And if you can take a man's life for the thoughts that's in his head
Then won't you sit back in that chair and think it over judge one more time
And let 'em shave off my hair and put me on that execution line


Chilling.

Bruce's newest album will be released early May this year. The single "Devils And Dust" is already on the radio. This song clearly shows Bruce is going back to his roots. Which is a good thing.