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Saturday, July 06, 2002
 
Food poisoning is not fun

Little to no blogging today: I've been in bed all day, running a fever, after a severe bout of diarrhea and some nice throwing up this morning. Maybe tomorrow...

Friday, July 05, 2002
 
Blogger acting up

Okay, last try for today. I seem to be able to enter posts, but not publish them. If this one doesn't get trough, this is it for the day...

 
Ah, memories...

This article at SatireWire brings back memories of back in the day, when I was still working for Lernout & Hauspie speech technologies. For those of you who don't remember them, they were a Flemish company that seemed to have struck it big, untill the SEC took a closer look at the books and found stuff identical to what would later also cause Enron, WorldCom and Xerox to fall.
Anyway, go read the article. It's funny...

 
Euro debate now over!

The debate on wether the UK should join the Euro single currency has now officially ended: after a particularily stupid Anti-Euro commercial, the rule known on Usenet as Godwin's Law kicked in, settling the discussion in favour of the Euro-camp. Game over!

Thursday, July 04, 2002
 
Happy Independence Day!

To all United States readers, enjoy the festivities, or else... the terrorists will have won! So go out and get drunk, in the name of freedom...

 
Regular visitors?

Looking at my referrer logs, I've noticed that more and more people don't seem to come to this blog by clicking a link on another site, but just by directly typing in the url or using a bookmark. Does that mean I have regular readers already? Or am I just reading things in these stats that are not there? I'm kind of curious anyhow who reads this blog, and why. Do you like it? Have suggestions? Maybe even criticisms? If you are a 'regular' (or maybe not), let me know in the comments...

Wednesday, July 03, 2002
 
1632

Light posting today, because I have been reading this book all day. Don't know why, but I can't seem to be able to put it down. Quick summary: a small Apalachian mining village is transported by a mysterious phenomenon into 1632's Germany. Helped by their understanding of 20th century technology, the 3000 inhabitants try to start the American revolution... 100 years too early and on the wrong continent!
Oh, yeah, did I mention the full text is on the web, and that the link is not leading to some cheezy Amazon or Barnesandnoble dot con site? Go read, and maybe pitch in a little comment if you do...


 
Lego

Many people link to the mathematical Lego sculptures on this guy's page, but I like his Lego Dilbert much better... (click around on the site to get to the math stuff, cause I'm not telling you where to find it)

Tuesday, July 02, 2002
 
Belgian constitution

I just stumbled upon this site in Germany that has an English translation of the Belgian constitution. For those interested, I must warn you: it has 198 articles, and a lot of amendmends, exception and clarifications. No wonder: at the same site, but on a different page, there is an overview of the Constitutional Background, with some history. It has gone through quite a number of revisions... Note that the 'special powers' of 1996 have been revoked by now...
  • July 1996: Government effectively suspends parliamentary rule and adopts the power to rule by decree in all matters concerning social security reform and budget. The Prime Minister deems this necessary to meet the Maastricht criteria for the Euro.
  • 9 Aug 1993: Ascension of King Albert II to the throne.
  • 14 July 1993: Revision of the Constitution.
  • 6 March 1992: Jean-Luc Dehaene becomes Prime Minister.
  • 1988: Revision of the Constitution.
  • 1980: Revision of the Constitution.
  • 1921: Revision of the Constitution.
  • 1899: Revision of the Constitution.
  • 1893: Constitutional reform.
  • 21 July 1831: Ascension of King Leopold I to the throne
  • 7 Feb 1831: Adoption of the Constitution.
  • 4 Oct 1830: Independence from the Netherlands.


 
That didn't take long!

According to unobserver.com, an ex-US marine is seeking political asylum in the Netherlands, where he will also press charges against the USA at the International Criminal Court. Among the accusations: "War Crimes for Human Experiments during the Gulf War", "Crimes Against Humanity for its use of Depleted Uranium" and "Illegal Annexation of Kingdom of Hawaii".
He has also renounced his US citizenship, but for some reason I don't think anyone in the US is particularily unhappy with this.
(via: Fok.nl)

 
More on EU/US

USS Clueless has a very well written post on the subject of the International Criminal Court, explaining the fundamental reason why the USA won't ratify it. It also touches other international treaties, and the Belgium vs. Sharon case. A must-read for anyone who doesn't understand why the US acts 'unilateraly' (and no, 'because they are evil/greedy/simple capitalists/infidels/cowboys' is not the reason...)

Monday, July 01, 2002
 
Cartoon

A nice blogging cartoon is up at The Joy of Tech!

 
Addictive

I'm presently suffering from a severe lack of sleep. This is due to a new computer game I got on friday. What on Earth can cause a game to be so addictive that I can keep on playing for hours on end, not quitting until it is 4.00 in the morning? I've had the same thing with Command & Conquer, Civilization, Sudden Strike,...
I know I'm not the only one who has ever experienced this. What do you all think makes these games like 'digital crack cocaine'?
(Oops, better keep quiet about this, lest 'they' make computer games part of the War on Drugs)

Sunday, June 30, 2002
 
Spot the difference

Morally speaking, what is the difference between this picture of little girls bringing the Hitler-salute in Germany during the 1940's...


...and this one, taken at a Palestinian kindergarten graduation ceremony?