Live from Brussels
Musings from a bored analyst/project-manager.
Friday, November 07, 2003
I Wonder What The Belgian Media Makes Of It
Over at Instapundit Glenn Reynolds is collecting reactions to Bush's latest speech in which he explicitly claims that bringing democracy to the Middle East is now an official policy goal of his administration. Many people are already calling it a 'defining moment' of his presidency.
Knowing how such things usually go, I wonder when (if at all) we'll hear anything about this in the Belgian media.
Mobile Movie Review
I just posted my first ever movie review with my phone: check it out here. Yeah, so it's in Dutch. I don't care: I was just testing this new killer feature for Skynet blogs, the only Belgian blogging service in town (which I helped create, by the way)...
Here is the translation: "Just saw the latest matrix movie: that didn't make any sense! The action was cool though. Tommorow I'll look up on the web what it was about!"
Thursday, November 06, 2003
A colleague told me Victoria has gone gold. It is supposed to be the sequel to Europa Universalis II, a very nifty historical game. I have high expectations for this game, as its predecessors were most excellent!
The only drawback is that the game probably won't be sold in Belgium, according to some posters on the game's forum. Oh, well, that probably means ordering it abroad, like last time.
Just bought my tickets on-line to see the Matrix: Revolutions movie later tonight. I hear the story is a real stinker but there is going to be a fair amount of stuff being blown up in spectacular ways. Oh, and nifty kung-fu action too...
I might post more on this later...
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Somebody Call Michael Moore!
CNN.com - Boy fatally stabbed at school - Nov. 5, 2003
I can already see the movie : "Bowling for Birkbeck", in which the intrepid documentary-maker risks life and limb to expose those crazy, knife-wielding Brits for what they really are: crazy and knife-wielding!
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
Observations on America (25)
Possibly the last of the series...
I got a reply to my letter to the editor. Unfortunately, it is less than satisfactory. I can't offer a direct reprint, because of copyright & privacy concerns, but let me tell you the gist of it.
I asked for a source for the 'end of the war' claim, and Paul Geudens, the author of the editorial, gave me one: a Reuters/AFP news message from May 2nd, titled (in Dutch) "Bush announces official end of the war". This seemed to satisfy my question, but alas, it didn't.
Because in the article, again, there was an explicit quote from Bush that "major combat operations" were over, and a White House spokesman was also quoted as saying that this didn't "legally speaking mean an end to hostilities in Iraq". But no direct "End of the War" quote. At all.
So the "End of the War" claim in the article's title was unsupported by the direct quotes in it's text. The title was again just another journalist's (unsupported) opinion. Which was exactly the problem I was compaining about in the first place!
So far, I've exchanged a few e-mail messages with mister Geudens about this, but all I got were polite but very short answers not really touching on the central point of my complaint. I've asked him for permission to reproduce his mail here, but he said I couldn't due to strict copyright laws concerning news agency texts. That's why I'm paraphrasing his message, by the way.
If you want to contact Paul Geudens about this yourself, go to the contact page of the GVA website and click on 'Redactie Algemeen' (general editorial staff) to send mail. That's how I reached him, anyway. I got a personal mail in reply, but I don't want to publish his personal e-mail address here.
Monday, November 03, 2003
Here is a translation of the mail I sent. By the way, I already got a reply, but more on that tomorrow!
Letter to the Editor
In today's Gazet van Antwerpen newspaper, the author of the opinion piece used the 'official end of the war' claim. Here is my e-mail to the editor:
Let's hope it makes a difference!
Helpful Link for Journalists
Now, once more, all together:
See? That wasn't too hard to find, now wasn't it?
...or Yet Another Truck Accident Causing A Massive Traffic Jam this morning. Some trucker lost control over his machine in a curve early this morning, causing an eleven vehicle pile-up on the on-ramp connecting one of Brussel's main highways (the E40) to the Brussels ring road near Zaventem (where the international airport is located).
Result: on-ramp blocked from early morning to noon, gigantic traffic jams in all directions. Oh, yeah, and I was late for work.
Sunday, November 02, 2003
Belgian State News Inaccuracy
Damn! Today I've heard on three separate occasions that G.W. Bush declared the war was over in May. Twice on the radio news and once on the television news. I was under the impression I heard him say that 'major combat operations' were over. Which is true: I haven't heard about any divison-level combat action going on in Iraq lately.
But if we can't even trust our media to get such things right, how can we trust them with more important things?