Live from Brussels
Musings from a bored analyst/project-manager.
Saturday, January 31, 2004
Added Skype Button
As you can see in the left column, I've created myself a Skype account: supposedly this is to be the hot, new P2P internet telephony thing. If you have Skype installed, you should be able to call me by clicking the button (if my laptop is on and I'm paying attention)...
Friday, January 30, 2004
New Diplomatic Incident Between Belgium and U.S.
(Hardly Any Americans Notice)
Our Minister of Defense has made some pretty idiotic comments in the press lately. Note that his criticisms about inefficiencies in the U.S. military might very well be true, but as a government minister you're not supposed to say these things about your allies... And your certainly not supposed to tell the press who you'd vote for in another country's elections. What if G.W. Bush suddenly starts declaring his preference in the upcoming elections in Belgium? Our newspapers would have to print extra editions to adequately denounce this arrogant foreign meddling in our democratic process... But if it's the other way round? A stern letter from the P.M. to the Minister, and that's it.
Here is an article in De Standaard, a Belgian newspaper, describing the events. Translation follows for those of you who read this blog and still don't know Dutch ;-)
True or Not... Bad for Belgium Anyway
There have been many speculations about an Iraqi newspaper that broke the story that many foreigners and organisations received oil bribes from Saddam Hussein's regime. It is not known yet if it is true or not, but investigations are ongoing: Boston.com / News / World / Middle East / Iraqis to probe reported oil bribes.
What I find most surprising is that no Belgians or Belgian organisations are on the list of bribed ones. Either way, bad news for Louis Michel, our
Let's just hope his pals in France and Germany won't let him down...
So That's What He Sounds Like...
Been listening to Hugh Hewitt's radio show at the moment. James Lileks is sitting in as host. I've been reading his columns every day for two or three years now, and finally I can hear what his voice sounds like... Quite a strange experience.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Gotta Love This
BBC NEWS | UK | Politics | BBC castigated in Hutton report. Note the scare quotes in ... "defective" BBC editorial processes...
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
On the subject of the security fence/apartheid wall (depending on your viewpoint) in Israël/Palestine (again, depending on your viewpoint), a friend sent me this URL: Let's remove all fences! Kind of puts the whole thing into perspective, if you ask me...
Monday, January 26, 2004
A Satirical Political Beliefs Assessment Test
Just got a link to this page in my mailbox. It was described as: "A humorous test to discover if you're a conservative, liberal, libertarian, or a communist."
I checked it out, and although it is a length read and it contains some small mistakes (it seems some beliefs or labels were accidentally swapped around a few times) it certainly was a funny read... check it out: A Satirical Political Beliefs Assessment Test.
IKEA as a Computer Game
Found this on Blogdex: The Morning News - The Non-Expert: IKEA. A hilarious look at shopping for stuff in an IKEA store, written like a walk-through of a 3D-first-person-shooter game.