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zondag 20 februari 2005

In other news...

I've discovered a major new time-wasting activity.

It's called World of Warcraft, a MMRPG (which stands for Massive Multiplayer Role-Playing Game) based on the succesfull Warcraft PC strategy games. WoW (as it is known) is an online computer game, with rich graphics, in which you play a single character at a time. Many hundreds of other people do so as well, and you can play together (against the environment and the monsters) or against other players.

It looks gorgeous ('though to get the most out of it, I might have to get a new computer...), and it is totally addictive (I've been spending way too much time on it since I installed it late Friday night).

More later.

1:52:53 AM    

The Long Silence...

It has been quite some time since my previous post (more than three months, actually). Not that I've been doing nothing on the 'web.

I've spent quite some time on the re-design (and reworking of the content, and translating / adding text in Dutch) of  the website of the Shire of Polderslot. The Shire of Polderslot is part of the worldwide SCA, or Society for Creative Anachronism, a Medieval and Renaissance interest and re-enactment group.

The site is run by a "lightweight" PHP Content Management system: CMSimple, a Danish product. The styling is all done by CSS ('though some of it could possibly be implemented a little neater).

But in all, I am pretty satisfied.

1:31:01 AM    

maandag 1 november 2004

If you like the Everway RPG, you could do worse than take a look at the Everweb -- the oldest unofficial Web site dedicated to Everway, the epic fantasy roleplaying game written by acclaimed RPG designer Jonathan Tweet (Ars Magica, Dungeons & Dragons Third Edition, and Over the Edge) and currently owned by Gaslight Press.
4:53:18 PM    

zaterdag 16 oktober 2004

William Gibson [writer of quite a number of fine books, including classic Cyberpunk novels like Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive , as well as more recent (and less futuristic) stuff like Pattern Recognition ] is back on the blog.

Apparently, he started blogging again (after a year of absence) because...

the United States currently has, as Jack Womack so succintly puts it, a president who makes Richard Nixon look like Abraham Lincoln.

And because, as the Spanish philospher Unamuno said, "At times, to be silent is to lie."
[From William Gibson's blog]

Keep reading.

2:49:09 AM    

donderdag 22 juli 2004

How far has information retrieval progressed...

Google ca. 1960
[ through ]

8:40:43 AM    

zondag 18 juli 2004

It has been a while...

There are a number of subjects currently on my mind. One is Microsoft Active Directory, and how to manage it using scripting.

(And, as I am -- in work-related things, at least -- a programmer first, a Unix and Mainframe admin second, and a Windows admin last, I tend to do a bit more scripting than the "average" Windows admin at work. But I digress)

I came upon this site, with a tagline of "Real men don't click". They've got some nice ideas there.

And when you're trying to deploy a "legacy" application (which, at this point in time, seems to be any application that's not built using the .NET Framework 2.0 or later... never mind that that is still in Beta), you can look around at

7:52:40 PM    

vrijdag 21 mei 2004

Viral marketing at its best.

Apparently an English engineer (called Colin Mayhew) has invented a large 10-15 feet robot, based on the Morris Mini.

Most likely not real (some of the clips look generated), but with just the right amount of semi-professional sketches, links to (real) research, and movies, you just might believe it.

Question is: is it marketing for the Mini, or for the upcoming Transformers movie?

12:28:01 AM    

maandag 3 mei 2004

A very good reason to use condoms...

Watch this movie (4.1 MB mpeg file)

Found on Humour.TV

2:46:40 PM    

Been busy today (well, actually, yesterday) with arranging all kinds of stuff for the SCA. Like agreeing to an event at the beginning of October (yay!), sending out various welcome e-mails (which is always fun), and making sure that the right people know about me being the Seneschal (who is sort of like, but totally unlike, the Boss of the local SCA group) of the Shire of Polderslot. Most important amongst these is my "boss", the Seneschal of the Kingdom of Drachenwald. Who is a very nice person, so I don't mind keeping her happy.

Apart from that, I have been working at the T-shirt design for AmberCon UK 2004. I'm quite pleased with the general design (done totally on computer this year), but I have to put in quite a bit of work tomorrow to hit the deadline (which is also tomorrow). And of course I'm trying to improve on last year's design. Oh, well. More later.

12:56:43 AM    

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