19 December - It's definitely
too early to wish anyone a merry christmas, so I won't at this time. Still
it's clear in everything that the end of the year approaches and for the
most part I do like this month. Which immediately makes me jump to the
conclusion that I like just about any part of the year, which isn't true
of course. Still, I'm feeling good at the moment so why worry too much
3 December - The final month of the year is upon us once
again, darkness enfolds us so much earlier than just a few months before,
and so on and so on. In the meantime I've written a 50000 word novel in
30 days. Impressed ? You'd better be. Although actually it wasn't as big
an effort as it might seem. I wrote for about 3 to 4 hours every day and
the result is not very good anyway. But it's finished and that's what
27 November - Life is progressing slowly again and once
more I feel like writing a few words here. It's another typical Wednesday
evening, which means I'm sitting behind a computer some of the time and
am watching Champions League football the rest of the time. At least,
it would be a typical evening if it weren't for the fact that I'm sick.
Nothing serious, but annoying nevertheless. It's going better at the moment
than earlier today, but I can't wait for it to be over (slightly impatient
22 November - Last Monday Mayflower (the band I play
in) performed for the second time in its existence. We played at the KultuurKaffee
of the VUB university in Brussels. The room wasn't packed, but the crowd
that was there seemed to enjoy the concert. And so did we, especially
towards the end. We were initially thinking we wouldn't have enough time
to play our entire set, but as the third band failed to show up, we had
plenty of time and played more songs than we had planned. All in all it
was a succesful evening.
13 November - Ok, it's been a really long time since
I last updated this diary. There is only one reason for this: I changed
computers quite a bit and never got around to installing E-OfficeDirect
on any of them. So I had no way of actually uploading any new content.
But now I'm back again. One thing I'm doing at the moment is writing a
novel. There's a challenge on www.nanowrimo.org to write a novel containing
at least 50,000 words. Oh, and of course you can't write the same word
50,000 times. Besides, why would you want to do that ? There are no prizes,
just honour at stake. I've gotten about 20,000 words written down at the
moment, so I'm on schedule (count it if you want to). Now all I need to
do is keep finding the inspiration I'll inevitable need. Oh, and the band
I play in now really exists outside our rehearsal room as well. We thought
up a really cool name (ok, just ordinary cool then) and we've got a website
of our own: www.mayflower-music.be. Be sure to check it out when you have
7 August - I came to the conclusion that a program I
once wrote to check on the availability of domain names, is now useless
to me. This is because for the Belgian domain (.be), you can only do one
query every 36 seconds (or some number close to that). The whole purpose
of the program was to automate that process, and obviously you can't really
do 100, 50 or even 10 queries when you have to wait more than half a minute
between them. So that's it, the program is finished and dead. I was planning
to offer it for free download, but now the drive to continue improving
it is gone. It's really a pity because it was a nice and especially a
stable program. Ah well, the Ides of March... Or in this case, the policies
25 July - It's been a month without updates to the website.
And I still don't have any inspiration on what to write here. I could
say that I got a new laptop, but that would be lame. Or mention that I
couldn't get into the computer that houses the files for this website
because I forgot the password, but that doesn't say too much good about
me. So I'll just say nothing.
25 June - So here I am, watching the first semi final
of the world cup football (soccer for any Americans out there). I've sort
of lost intrest in this tournament since the Belgians were defeated by
Brazil. Before that, I watched nearly every game. But now it doesn't seem
to be as interesting as it used to be.
12 June - Must be because the wheather is warmer and
sunnier now, but I haven't gotten around to updating this diary for a
while now. Not that that matters. I've been writing scenarios for comic
books for the past half year. One at a time and none are finished right
now. That's not bad, as long as I get back to them soon enough. But I
like to work out ideas I have and make them more than ideas. The question
remains of course, are they any good? Time will tell, I guess. Last weekend
saw the first rehearsal of a new band. I'm telling you this because I
play bass guitar in that band. Before you ask, there's no name yet. There
used to be a name but it turned out to be taken already. And yes, it went
well and yes, I made a bunch of mistakes.
3 June - Summer is definitely here now. Although today
it seems to be a bit more clouded over than the past few days, it's still
very warm. Makes it a bit more difficult to get work done, but I'll manage.
If you hadn't noticed yet (as if), the world cup football (soccer) has
started. The first game of the day is on television from 8.30 am. While
this sounds bad at first, for me at least it has a good effect. I'm up
early nowadays. Well, early compared to when I used to get up. And that's
a good thing (in case you think otherwise). Now if I can only make sure
I go to bed early enough as well...
15 May - The past few weeks I've been having something
I'm now calling "mac fever". The basic symptoms are very clear. Visiting
www.apple.com more than once each day, firing up www.google.com with search
phrases like "iBook rumor", checking www.macslash.com and www.macrumors.com
every 10 minutes, stuff like that. The reason for all this is simple:
I'd like to get an iBook. I'm sure you've seen them before, they're small,
white laptops with very nice specs. I saw one when I visited Paul Kellett
(mda) last month, he has one for developing the mac versions of his plugins.
From the moment I saw it, I knew I wanted it. Anyway, this fever reached
a new high yesterday. There had been a rumor that Apple would be introducing
new hardware on May 14th, probably a rackmount server and maybe a new
iBook as well. Of course I was very interested in the latter part. So
I spent most of the day checking some mac sites to see if anything had
been announced yet. At a certain point I noticed the "Apple event" had
begun, but there would be no live coverage. Then it turned out there was
live coverage after all (wireless networking is nice). So I followed the
event by reloading a webpage every 5 minutes (and sometimes 3 or 2 or
even 1). After almost 2 hours, it was over. No new iBook. Needless to
say, I was disappointed. I had gotten into a spiral going from "who knows"
to "they WILL announce new iBooks". I can tell you, it's not a nice state
to be in. You can't really do anything else anymore, just thinking about
one thing. Tunnel vision I suppose. Or maybe it should be called Tunnel
thought in this case. So what's the moral of this story? Don't get too
worked up over stuff. It's just stuff after all. As for me, I'll probably
be getting an iBook at some point in the future. And checking Apple's
website from time to timein the meantime , trying to stay out of the grip
of the mac fever.
8 May - I've been to London last month. I went to see
Angus Hewlett's band, called Square Hip. I had a great time, for multiple
reasons. First of all, there was nice music. I really love that band.
And of course I was enjoying my first ever visit to London. I've always
said I wanted to go to London sometime, but I never got around to it.
And now I have. That said, I'm not sure if I'd want to live in London.
Maybe I'm just too conservative after all, maybe a 1-day visit doesn't
really give you a good impression of a city. I'm probably going back at
some point, maybe see a different part of town (I mainly visited Camden
Town this time).
7 May - I'm a bit too tired to really write anything
here at the moment. I just rebuilt the entire site, after I lost it in
a hd crash a while ago. This is the main reason it wasn't being updated
for so long.
17 March - I do enjoy Sundays at the moment. There's
something about a day when you can do whatever you want, when you have
no obligations whatsoever. Especially if the sun shines on such a day.
7 March - Work is going well, as always when a project
(or more than one) is nearly finished and only some small bits and pieces
have to be sorted out. Of course when they're done I have to start on
new stuff and that will bring all sorts of problems again, but I'll worry
about that later. Now's the time to rejoice and be happy. Or something
like that. Spring is drawing near. The wheather is fairly good on some
days, with a lot of sunlight and blue(ish) skies. Spring is definitely
my favourite season. Fall is nice too and summer is, well, summer. Winter
has its downsides. I like winter when it snows. Snow creates a magical
atmosphere. Maybe it's just me thinking back of my childhood and that
winter when it had really snowed very much and there was snow everywhere
and ... Ok, back to reality.
1 March - So there's this movie on tv. It's about kids
in a public school, participating in some knowledge/intelligence competition
with other schools. And of course their score is low compared to the rich
private school. Through some coincidence they get their hands on the questions
for the state finals. And you'll never guess, they decide to cheat. Bigtime.
And they win the state finals, everybody happy, movie over. Well, not
exactly. Although there's no proof, these kids are disqualified based
on statistics and rumours. So here's today's big question: can you exclude
someone from a competition based on statistics ? Cause no matter how small
a chance is according to statistics, it's still there. Not that I lay
awake nights pondering this thought of course.
18 February - I hate being sick. Having to cough all
the time, my eyes hurt and I have a constant headache. Occasional dizziness
as well of course. I'm looking forward to being all better again, really.
15 February - It's official. I'm now an inhabitant of
Hasselt. First time in my life that I really moved to another city. My
home town is no longer my home. Weird feeling. It's not like I don't know
my new city btw, I went to school here. But it's different now. Now it
isn't just some city I happen to be in, no, it's my city. I'll probably
get more used to it, which would be a pity. But I guess I'll just have
to move to another city when that happens...
4 February - I've moved into my apartment. I still haven't
quite decided whether it's exactly the right size or just that bit too
small. The kitchen is definitely on the small side though. I like a big
kitchen. It's more fun to cook in a kitchen where you can actually prepare
vegetables and cook some stuff at the same time. But maybe that's just
me. I love my new desk though. It's spacious. I can fit all my computers
on it and still have some room to spare. Of course I've got enough things
(small and not so small) to fill it, so the end result isn't much different
from the old desk. Just that there's more stuff on it. If you ever find
yourself in a cd shop, see if they have Mauro - Songs from a bad hat.
Mauro is the singer, and the rest is the title of the cd. It's definitely
worth the purchase. I'm not sure if they even sell this cd outside Belgium,
but who knows...
11 January - Today I bought a fridge. Not just any fridge,
no. No, I got a big fridge. So I can put in some food. And something to
drink. And some more to drink. And, well, a bit more to drink. And some
food. Is it full yet ? No way ! So, more drinks and some food too. And,
well ... you get the picture I guess. Now all I have to do is decide on
where to put it. Small apartment, big fridge. I'm not so sure if that's
altogether a good combination. But we'll see. And I got a teensy weensy
midi keyboard. It has 2 octaves and 8 assignable controllers. And it fits
on my desk next to the computer. A bit less clumsy than the previous one.
It only had 2 octaves more, granted, but it was much wider. And it definitely
is a hell of a lot smaller than my Roland synth. It has 5 octaves, but
also some controls on the left side of the keyboard, so it's wider still.
The funny part here is that I don't really play keyboard or piano at the
moment. I used to play keyboard in a band, but that ended at some point.
So I switched to bassguitar. I took lessons, so I can now play reasonably
well. I still have to practice a lot to actually become somewhat good
at it. Maybe I should take keyboard lessons too...
5 January - Euro fever. Everyday there are reports on
the news about how much we all love the Euro. Or not, depending. All in
all it seems that no one really objects to the new currency. And maybe
for the first time there's a bit of a European togetherness building up.
Which I feel would be a good thing. Personally I got rid of my last Belgian
francs on 31 December. I bought a cd that cost exactly the amount of money
I had left. And a very good cd it is too. Ozark Henry's first cd, very
nice. His last one is also very nice, but my brother has already bought
it so I am doubting whether I will too or not (so many good cd's still
to buy). More and more furniture is arriving in my apartment, so the day
that I'll be able to move into it isn't too far off. Still quite a bit
of work to do of course, but I'm taking it easy and just doing things
as I feel like doing them. Yesterday I moved a sofa into it, which was
a bit tricky. It wouldn't fit into the elevator, so we had to move it
up two floors by stair. Which was also a very narrow fit. But looking
back at it, it was pretty trouble free. And I finally discovered that
the QuickReport components are still included with Delphi. So I've been
able to make my video database application print again. Just finished
updating it and looking at the new printed list as I write this ...
2 January - Like last year, I recorded a lot of movies
from the tv the past weeks. The result is that my videotape collection
has grown from 305 to 330 tapes since 24 December. And I'm not done yet.
I've got 6 more films listed until Friday, and there are still a few to
follow next week. To be able to achieve this feat, I had to use up to
3 videorecorders at a time. Not that this is a real problem, I've got
4 I can use most of the time. The tale of the vcr's is a lot like that
of my computers. From time to time my parents would buy a new vcr, without
the old one being broken. A few years ago I "acquired" these old machines.
The only problem now is that I'd like to put all these movies (about 300
now) on a medium that doesn't decay as quickly as a videotape. So we're
talking cd or dvd here. However much I'd like to get a dvd recorder, they're
a bit over my budget at the moment. So I need to record all those videotapes
to the computer first (that's where my new videocapture card comes in)
and then write them to cdr. Unfortunately that's a lot of work and I haven't
gotten round to doing even one tape so far. So one of my new year's resolutions
has got to be this: that I will begin copying those movies to cdr. What
seemed to be an empty year, open to anything I'd like to do, is all of
a sudden filling fast. Well, back to the bassguitar it is ...
1 January - I spent the transition from the old to the
new year working. Not because I had to, but simply because I had finally
found that elusive bug that had been haunting my dreams and unfortunately
also my real life. Turns out there were 3 bugs in 3 separate but related
dlls. So that has been fixed, and today I'm doing absolutely nothing.
Except of course writing this right now. So what do I expect from the
new year? As any other year, I expect to finally and once and for all
be completely trouble free. NOT. Not that I'm being pessimistic: I'm moving
to a new apartment soon, my work is going very well thank you very much
and I've got a few hobbies I like very much. Of course there are things
that could be better, but let's work on those and we'll see where we end
up. In the meantime I plan to have a lot of fun doing the things I do.
In short, I have a strong suspicion life will progress in much the same
manner as it always has, and I like that manner for the most part. So
fare thee well and don't do anything you'll regret for too long a time.
Work is going well, as always when a project (or more than one) is nearly
finished and only some small bits and pieces have to be sorted out. Of
course when they're done I have to start on new stuff and that will bring
all sorts of problems again, but I'll worry about that later. Now's the
time to rejoice and be happy. Or something like that. Spring is drawing
near. The wheather is fairly good on some days, with a lot of sunlight
and blue(ish) skies. Spring is definitely my favourite season. Fall is
nice too and summer is, well, summer. Winter has its downsides. I like
winter when it snows. Snow creates a magical atmosphere. Maybe it's just
me thinking back of my childhood and that winter when it had really snowed
very much and there was snow everywhere and ... Ok, back to reality.
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