East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/11/20

Big Bird?

Filed under: Dutch,News — Erwin @ 6:24 pm

The Netherlands at its finest, turning a little bird into a huge elephant (BBC News and various other newssites worldwide):

The shooting of a sparrow on the set of a Dutch world record domino-toppling attempt sparked outrage among animal lovers and led to threats to staff.

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The bird’s fate was sealed when it knocked over 23,000 and organisers feared it could knock down more. An exterminator cornered the sparrow and shot it.

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But Big Brother creators Endemol said things started to get out of hand when staff started receiving threats.

Uh, yeah. For instance, how does this compare to the birds that get killed because they got in the way of cars and planes, or that simply don’t make it for other reasons? One single bird. If the organisers compensate for this by putting some food out for a few days they probably already almost made up for it. Sheesh, people, have some sense of perspective here.

2005/9/29

Those Crazy Dutch

Filed under: Dutch,News — Erwin @ 3:43 pm

Dutch Witches May Deduct Training Costs Against Tax, Court Says (Bloomberg):

The court, in the city of Leeuwaarden, confirmed a ruling by tax authorities that a woman’s costs related to her 366-day course to become a certified witch are tax deductible, according to the Web site of the court, which made its ruling on Sept. 26.

Charming. There is no city of Leeuwaarden in the Netherlands by the way, that should be Leeuwarden. I should know, I grew up in that area. 🙂

I heard the following on the (Dutch) radio, was waiting to see if I would find it in an English language article, and here we go (The Brussels Journal):

The Netherlands and Belgium were the first countries to give full marriage rights to homosexuals. In the United States some politicians propose “civil unions” that give homosexual couples the full benefits and responsibilities of marriage. These civil unions differ from marriage only in name.

Meanwhile in the Netherlands polygamy has been legalised in all but name. Last Friday the first civil union of three partners was registered. Victor de Bruijn (46) from Roosendaal “married” both Bianca (31) and Mirjam (35) in a ceremony before a notary who duly registered their civil union.

If that makes them happy and nobody else gets hurt in the process, good luck to them.

2005/8/4

New static pages

Filed under: Dutch,Projects,Site — Erwin @ 2:38 pm

I’ve converted a few more pages from my homepage into static pages on the blog. They are the Klasgenoten S.S.G. pages (3 in total), which is 100% Dutch content.

The two sub-pages contain embedded PHP, so I was glad I had that sorted out a while ago already for the spam statistics page. It worked pretty flawlessly, yay! The trickiest part was the third page which in its original form was a set of album pages, basically. For this I added a custom RewriteRule to the .htaccess file:

RewriteRule ^(the-projects/klasgenoten-ssg/klasgenoten-ssg-album)/offset/([0-9]+)/?$ /index.php?pagename=$1&album_offset=$2 [QSA,L]

The album_offset parameter I can then use in the embedded PHP of the page (as $_GET[“album_offset”]) and voila, browsable album pages once again.

Back to work, now.

2005/7/8

Awake yet? (6)

Filed under: Dutch,News,Software — Erwin @ 11:39 am

Sipping coffee from my Mind The Gap mug today, in a vague gesture to the people that died or were injured yesterday.

As far as I can tell any friends or acquaintances in and around London are alive and well, so that’s the good news. The not so good news is that the death toll has risen from around 30 to over 50 (BBC News), now.

In unrelated news, Scientology dropped copyright case in the Netherlands:

A day before the Dutch Supreme Court was to deliver its final verdict, the Church of Scientology has dropped its controversial case against writer Karin Spaink, who hyperlinked to what the church believe is copyrighted material. However, Spaink wants the case to continue, as it will establish a freedom of speech precedence for the internet and ISPs in particular.

This case has been dragging on for about 10 years now, it would indeed be nice to see a real finish that might set a precedent of sorts and not an aborted fight which (I assume) would allow them to do this all over again to other victims.

If you are like me (vaguely) following the SCO vs. IBM case, don’t hold your breath on it being wrapped up anytime soon (The Register):

A five-week jury trial will now begin on Feb. 26, 2007, as a result of a recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball. As the case hobbles to trial, SCO will now also have a chance to depose IBM’s CEO Sam Palmisano in this dispute over whether or not bits of Unix owned by SCO illegally made their way into Linux thanks to IBM. The previous trial date, already delayed twice itself, was Nov 1.

Good. Effing. Grief!

While P2P technology is under fire elsewhere, browsers are adding BitTorrent support (CNET):

Norwegian Web browser company Opera released a new test version of its software Thursday that supports the BitTorrent peer-to-peer technology, one of the most popular tools in the file-swapping world.

Not far behind is an independent project aimed at providing BitTorrent support for the widely used Mozilla Firefox Web browser, although that has yet to release software publicly.

Something else to look at Sometime Soon ™.

Now playing: Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.

2005/6/28

New Royalty (2)

Filed under: Dutch,News — Erwin @ 9:32 am

The latest addition to the Dutch royal family now has a name: Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien.

2005/6/26

New Royalty

Filed under: Dutch,News — Erwin @ 2:00 pm

Princess Máxima and crown prince Willem-Alexander are the proud parents to another daughter (Dutch article).

Congratulations!

Update:: An English article courtesy of Scotsman.com news.

2004/11/18

For $deity’s sake…

Filed under: Dutch,Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 10:39 pm

Hmm. For an agnostic I seem to be doing pretty well on this Bible Quiz. Unfortunately for the non-Dutch readers it’s in… Dutch. 😉 Anyway, 29 out of 49 questions correctly answered, hrm.

2004/10/3

[NL] Zo, da’s grof

Filed under: Dutch — Erwin @ 8:18 pm

Gelezen op de site van de Wereldomroep: Bij een grootscheepse controle in Delft zijn brommerrijders slaags geraakt met de politie. […] De politie controleerde in totaal zestig brommers. Twee waren in orde, de bestuurders van de overige 58 werden bekeurd.

Twee van de zestig waren in orde?!? Ik zou het ze bijna niet kwalijk nemen als ze gewoon alle brommers in beslag zouden nemen en achteraf eens kijken of er per ongeluk ook nog een paar tussen zitten die wel aan de normen voldoen. Ik snap het nu niet en ik snapte het ook al niet toen ik zelf een tiener was, als je echt zonodig twee minuten sneller op school/werk of wat dan ook wil zijn, zorg dan dat je van iemand met een auto een lift kan krijgen of zo. Idioten.

2004/9/30

Speechless?

Filed under: Dutch,News — Erwin @ 9:28 am

The Radio Netherlands Wereldomroep really felt like it had something to say, today… not!

This is what the recent items looked like:
[Speechless]

And the actual items really were that interesting:
[Speechless]

It’s been corrected by now and of course this has me wondering if it was something that went wrong on my side instead, but I find it quite unlikely that entire entries would’ve been messed up like that.

Oh well, back to business as usual.

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