• Finally: Almost full Switch to Linux

    Finally, after having Hoefnix for more than a year, I’m booting Linux on my Mac more and more often. There were a few reasons I sticked to OS X, one of them was I didn’t really had a reason to over to Linux; everything worked for me… Well, sort of, I’m getting fed up with looking for warez and shit while there is an enormous repository of Free Software in the world just waiting to be discovered and used.

    The course of Visualization led me back to Linux, since the libraries that I needed aren’t available in DarwinPorts at the time and they are in Debian, which is just so much easier. Gotta love a good package management system :-)

    So now I’m dualbooting again, like in the old days with Windows and Linux. Basically for all the imaging stuff I use OS X. Ah, and for Democracy TV of course (Linux player still in very early alpha).

    Lees verder
  • Carnaval 2006

    Carnaval is well over by now. In the Netherlands, it is fairly common for a city to have a different name, I was in Breda at my parents’, which is called Kielegat during Carnaval.

    Sunday was the big parade in Prinsenbeek or better: Boemeldonck. Prinsenbeek is a village (population 11.000) right next to Breda and it has a large tradition of carnaval. Everyone seems to be in some way connected to the celebrations, via one of the many carnaval clubs, or active in the organization of activities during carnaval.

    Lees verder
  • Back from Edinburgh (and more)

    Yes, well, actually it’s been almost a month now since we came back from Edinburgh, but I didn’t want to post without pictures being online and I had to edit them plus I didn’t have a decent piece of photo gallery software.

    But now I do! It is called p.hot.os and it is going to be my photo gallery page, so here it is, the post on Edinburgh.

    Actually, p.hot.os is nothing more than webgen with a custom gallery layouter (and you can even do without that one). So, basically, I now use webgen for my gallery needs! Please tell me what you think of it, I still have some ideas to implement (for instance something with Google Maps, like most of you probably already saw in my Coppermine gallery).

    So, back to Edinburgh… Uhm, I’m back from Edinburgh and it was a great weekend. We saw a lot of the city and got a hint of its surroundings, took a lot of pictures, but didn’t get on the 41 however. I’d like to thank you, Paul, for your hospitality and hope to see you soon (in a few minutes, since you’re coming home at the moment I’m writing this).

    Lees verder
  • Happy 2006!

    To all who read this, a happy new year. Just came back from family.

    Looks a bit fuzzy, huh? Next time I should probably try to focus better

    Lees verder
  • Trimester 4.2

    Bit late maybe (we’re already in week 4), but here’s the list of courses of this trimester.

    Well, then there still are those three assignment courses…

    Lees verder
  • Del.icio.us

    Created a del.icio.us account and imported all of my bookmarks. I’ll probably still have to retag stuff and make the titles somewhat better. Now if there would be a browser plugin which in realtime fetches the bookmarks and if you add them locally they will get submitted…

    Nope, I have nothing to do with the del.icio.us power outage just hours after I created the account ;-)

    I also updated my Technorati profile – yeah, I have such a thing, still dunno why – to the “new” location of the journal. There I found out that I apparantly had dinner with some Austrian guy last October :-)

    Lees verder
  • Utopia HCC Dagen 2005

    Today (yesterday if you like) Utopia held its annual HCC Dagen meeting!

    HDD enclosure I bought this year, with Tux of 4 years ago

    The number of merchants was saddingly low, they even had to close down two half halls (and the worst: the most interesting stuff was traditionally in those two halls). I fear for the existence of the current setup; the goods the shops had to offer was thirteen-in-a-dozen standard stuff and all the same.

    Where did the times go where you could find the most obscure hardware at the HCC Dagen? Where were the big companies like Philips? Intel had a modest stand. Even Microsoft didn’t have a big over-the-top stand this year. Not that I was in any way interested in those, but they bring a lot of money in the organisation.

    Photos of the meeting are online, waiting to be integrated in the Utopia website.

    Lees verder
  • First snow of Winter 2005/2006

    And then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere it came: First snow and frost.

    first snow

    Traffic-jams (84 consecutive kilometers on the A1 today), canceled trains, failing electricity… The standard problems in the Netherlands when the temperature suddenly drops and snow falls over the country. Some photos I took.

    Lees verder
  • Sigur Rós in 013: Breathtaking

    Just came back from Tilburg, after a long day of being jumpy (couldn’t really handle myself somehow) and andskotinn, what a difference with Paradiso!

    Not that the Paradiso gig was bad, this was different! For one, 013 The Choice is much bigger. For Sigur Rós this can be both a good thing and a bad thing. They should play intimate, yet they need the space for the things Orri does to his drums ;-) Paradiso is perfectly suitable for an intimate performance, which it was, but the sound just didn’t have that oomph thing (although I think the bass drum was set too loud now).

    Okay, over to 013 then, after all I was there and not in Amsterdam today! 013 The Choice is a big hall (actually a very big staircase) with one large balcony and that’s where I went to view the whole thing. Since most things that happen on stage are small, the balcony is the perfect spot to get a good view on things. You also are quite certain that noone is standing in front of you :-)

    The start was the same, first came Amina, played their set - with a new piece inserted between Hemipode and Seoul, I think - and at the start of Ammælis (the yet unreleased poppy electronic Kraftwerk-like piece) got people chuckling and cheering, exactly the same reaction as in Paradiso, which I found funny – and then there was the white curtain again. The lights and shadows give a very nice effect on the curtain, which I missed in Paradiso, I had a better spot this time.

    Curtains open, and then… no Ný Batterí! Haha! Surprise! So Sæglópur is the new “second opening” now…

    New songs in the set include Svo Hljótt and Heysátan, more to come when I get my hands on a complete setlist… The songs just get bombarded over one, you simply cannot handle that much information!

    • Takk…
    • Glósóli
    • Sæglópur
    • Njósnavelin
    • Gong
    • Andvari
    • Hoppípolla
    • Með Blóðnasir
    • Olsen Olsen
    • Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása
    • Svo Hljótt
    • Heysátan
    • Hafssól
    • Smáskifa
    • Popplagið

    That’s quite some change from the Paradiso set! It’s sad to see classics like Ný Batterí and Sfevn-g-Englar go, but when there is a time of coming, there must be a time of going… They cannot keep on playing the old stuff over and over again, they would become like Boney M and noone wishes that for them!

    Hoppipolla and Með Blóðnasir belong together and are played together with only a tiny little pause in between, just enough for some in the audience to start clapping and almost immediately shut up… However, during Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása, just after the ‘við áttum okkur draum, áttum allt’ line, the band just stopped for what was it… 30 seconds? Some started clapping, others shhhh’d them immediately and for about 20 seconds, 013 was completely silent… 2000 people and noone making any noise, just complete silence. I think that’s far more powerful than a stadium doing eeeeeeyooooo’s with the performer.

    As was to be expected, the concert was concluded by an extremely powerful Popplagið (track number 8 on ( )), the curtain was closed during this song and the play of lights and shadow gave it that magical extra touch.

    The audience was different. In Amsterdam it was like everyone there was an artist or in some other way connected to a creative profession. In Tilburg, it looked more like the concert for the rest of us or something. Among them was also Tiësto by the way.

    I got myself a t-shirt with free stenciling of date and venue (great idea!) from the “toothfairies” of Sigur Rós… They surely know how to sell things :-)

    After this, we set out for home… And now I’m typing this, which costed me about… one hour to get it out of my head and hands. Still somewhat stunned.

    Lees verder
  • Read on Iceland Report: American Style

    Read a kinda funny entry on the Iceland Report (found it via the Noisedfisk weblog, very interesting if you’re interested in Nordic culture) about a new “American style” restaurant called American Style in downtown Reykjavík.

    It made me think of Pulp Fiction (the “little differences” scene) and somehow also of 101 Reykjavík. Small quote:

    Last but not least, “Andskotinn, er ekki fuckin sæti!” is not something the local burger-shack rednecks are wont to say in the US of A.

    “Damn, no fucking seats!”

    Lees verder