It’s been quite a while since I’ve published anything new on this blog. That’s because I don’t seem to have enough free time these days. Who knows, maybe in the near future I’ll start blogging again …
I’ve been seeing a steady decline in readers of my blog entries, probably due to the fact that I don’t keep adding new material on a regular basis. Fair enough, perhaps it’s time for a change then.
I think part of the reason for my declining output is that English isn’t my native tongue. I like to think that my mastery of the English composition is such, that I do not easily get misunderstood by native speakers of the language. But beyond the technical GNU/Linux mumbo-jumbo, I still find that I am unable to express myself with the same eloquence as when writing in Dutch.
And now, after having given the problem some thought, I have decided to make Dutch the main language here. Posts that will contain Linux commands, such as a how-to for example, will still be in English. Anything else will be in Dutch. Since I intend the “anything else” part to dominate the entries, I have adjusted the language options of this blog accordingly.
Let’s see if that changes anything.
Just watched a video on CNN.com with some Americans complaining that the gasoline prices have risen to $2.55 per gallon. So here are some (fun) calculations, using google
There are about 3.8 liters per us gallon. So the price of gasoline in the USA is about $0.67 per liter. Here in the Netherlands, fuel costs €1.43 per liter at the moment. This is about $1.88. That means that we pay about 2.8 times as much! So things could be worse. But on the other hand, the average American car gets around 3 kilometers per liter, which is about 7 miles per gallon. While that’s a very small number of parsecs per gigaliter, it’s actually a rather immense number of Angstroms per hogshead. Nonetheless, it’s not quite enough to compensate the lower gasoline prices.
Ok, ok: I may have exaggerated that figure a teensy weensy ;)
But it’s a fact that on average, American cars do not do well, mileage wise. Therefor, I hope that the high fuel prices will make more Americans aware of the need to do as little damage to our planet as is necessary to maintain a comfortable way of life.
It’s been a while since I posted something on this blog, but I’ve been busy. I recently passed a chemistry course, and can now finally begin studying biology at the university. Unfortunately, since the new academic year started in fall 2006, I will have to wait a while….about nine months as a matter of fact. Great.
And now for something completely different. I recently tried OpenSuSE 10.2, and I thought it looked pretty good. Eyecandy is extremely important, you see, since my LCD screen has to compete with the majestic view of a lush meadow and the edge of an almost magical weald, filled with hopping rabbits and twittering robins. So my desktop has to look more attractive than whatever is happening outside, or I lose attention really.
Anyway, wireless support is pretty good, except that the non-oss add-on cd does not contain the madwifi module. Annoying, but not a big problem. The fonts look terrible, as usual, since I do not have a superduperhighdefinition screen. Thus I lack about a couple billion dots on every square inch to make these ghastly anti-aliased open source fonts look nice.
I think I may like Fedora a little better, so I am going to try installing core 6 on this old laptop. Will post here if anything exciting happens.
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While I took a break for a week, from being hypnotized by the seductive glow emanating from the modern magic lantern every evening, I read Donald A. Norman’s excellent book “Things That Make Us Smart”. It is the first book I managed to finish in quite a while, which is rather pathetic really, but it has been an eye-opener. I no longer intend to be part of the “stultified masses”, as Norman puts it. Using the internet is allowed again, but the experiment continues: no television for a month!
I am going to try and do without television and internet access for one week. Starting today. Not because it is particularly original (because it really isn’t), but because I am bored. I am bored with the same old tedious tripe on the television and the routine of e-mailing and searching the web for … nothing really. Whenever I feel the need to do something, I will read a book, work on chemistry problems, play the piano, or take a walk in the forest. Or sit and wait for the need to go away :)
Instead of searching google, I will look stuff up in a dictionary, atlas or encyclopedia. Unfortunately, some e-mailing is essential for what I do. But I will definitely stop e-mailing friends and family.
I guess I just want to force myself to do more reading and to get out more often. Let’s hope my fiendish ploy works.
It’s a bit late, but I thought I just have to write something about him. For those of you who don’t know: he was also known as the “Crocodile Hunter” and he tragically died yesterday after he was stabbed in the heart by a stingray. I watched a few of his programs, and one thing that I always noticed was this: an energetic childlike enthusiasm.
I found his enthusiasm to be quite contagious, and I hope it has spread like a virus to millions of television viewers around the globe. It is surely one of the greatest goods in this world, to be able to convey to as many people as possible the need to protect and preserve the wonderful nature and wildlife of this planet. Because it always begins first with the realisation that something is worth protecting, before anything is actually done. And I think he achieved that.
I take my hat off to this man.