Argh, I'm getting addicted to a flash game called Shuffle. My best result so far is 19 rounds won.
Thanks to a freeware editor which lets you search&replace with regular expressions (Notepad++), I was able to convert my travel reports to the new gallery script in no time. So now visitors can easily browse through my Middle East, Mexico & Guatemala, India & Nepal, Peru & Bolivia and other pictures, and all these pictures should get picked up by Google Images within weeks. Only the Egypt 2003 report is still unchanged because it has a complicated layout.
I've also solved the nasty old problem of characters like ñ, ü and å being shown as ? in the travel reports (e.g. in "Ca?on de Palca", "L?beck" and "Vester?len"). The reason was that my old text editor uses ANSI character encoding and I needed something more modern like UTF. Converting the files from ANSI to UTF wasn't a straightforward job; most editors screw up the special character when doing that. But I finally found an editor called EditPad which can convert character encodings properly.
I've integrated a new photo gallery script in this site. I started from the Lightbox 2 scipt, but added some code to add tooltips to the thumbnails. I've updated my Greece 2003 photo report to try the new script, and it works great. Captions are shown with the picture now, and you can just browse through all the pictures directly with the left arrow and right arrow keys (or by clicking on the left/right hand side of the photos). You can also try it out with these pics...:: More... ::
A while ago I discovered the Lightbox scripts (thanx Stijn), which let you create galleries in plain HTML (A and IMG tags) and add gallery functionality to the tags after the page is loaded. The end result is the same, but since the images are in HTML, Google can find them. At first I wanted to change mw own floating thumbnail script to work like that, but realistically I'll never find the time for that so I decided to just change the Lightbox script to my needs.
When I first heard a movie was being made about the stand of king Leonidas and his 300 Spartans against the Persian army at Thermopylae, I was excited because that is my favourite episode in world history (cfr. my Greece photo report). It actually brings tears to my eyes when I read about it. Then I found out the movie was actually being based on a graphic novel, and saw the trailer which showed a lot of idiotic cliché-driven dialogue, so I didn't plan to see it at all. Now I finally went to see it after all.
Since my expectations were low, I actually enjoyed it. The idea of turning a historic event into a fantastic story is great. The visuals were superb, and I really liked all the exagerations including the superhero nature and the deathwish of all the Spartans. The dialogues were as lame as the trailer suggested though, and even worse were the sentimental moments involving Leonidas' wife. All-in-all I think all the ingredients were here for a great movie but the Hollywood treatment ruined it. 6/10.
Favourite moment: when near the end king Leonidas says something like "I hope in the centuries to come travelers will come to this place and remember our deeds" - that's exactly what I did! Picture in my site banner.
Lotte's dog Puk is somewhat ahead of other dogs. For example, she walks and jumps around on two legs a lot...
These are the issues closest to my heart. I would already be glad to find a candidate for our national elections in June who shares my opinion on the majority of these issues. Unfortunately, in our particracy there are only as many political programs and styles as there are political parties, and none of them appeal to me. So like most people, I'm condemned to going for what I consider the least bad choice.
About a year ago I first heard the buzz about the new Nintendo Wii, a game console which for once doesn't focus on better graphics but on an innovative controller. From reading gamers' reactions, I concluded this was going to be a hit and would beat the new Sony Playstation 3.:: More... ::
Then in August I read that market analysts were predicting the exact opposite, and I decided to buy Nintendo stock. Stock prices always reflect expectations, and if expectations for the Wii were low, there was profit to be made.
So in September, still two months before the Wii's release, I got an account with online stock broker Keytrade (which took a while) and put an order on Wii stock for 160 euro/share, a bit lower than the price at the time. It took a few weeks before fluctuations brought the stock price below 160 euro, and then I discovered that Keytrade was connected to the wrong stock market: not the main Frankfurt market, but some electronic side market with hardly any trade on it. Fuck!
Right after that the stock started rising steadily, and I couldn't get myself to pay more than 160 now. The Wii was launched in November and as its success became obvious, Nintendo shares shot up to 220 euro/share. I could have already had 35% profit by then, so I was cursing Keytrade every day! But then the stock started falling again for no apparent reason. I read all Nintendo news to make sure this was just a fluctuation, then ran to the bank and got myself 50 shares at 203 euro/share, a substantial investment of 10150 euro. This was on February 22nd, almost 3 months ago.
Ever since then the stock has been slowly rising and I've been telling people how much my profits were, but always added "but if that damn web site had bought my stocks in September, I'd have xxx more profit". Today the Nintendo stock price is over 253 euro, and my profit over 25% in just 4 months. It would be 60% in just 8 months, but now that I've told the whole story here I'm gonna shut up about it :) Here's a 1 year graphic of the price, showing that nice valley in late February where I got my stock :)
The Wii is a bigger success even than anyone imagined; even half a year after its release every new batch is sold out immediately. In Japan, home market of both Sony and Nintendo, the Wii has been outselling the PS3 at a rate of 7:1 the last few weeks (stats here), while Wii-games outsell PS3-games at a rate of over 25:1. In the rest of the world the Wii is less dominant, but still a big hit. Meanwhile Sony is reporting huge losses on its gaming division.
I'm not planning to sell anytime soon since I expect Nintendo's stock price to rise more. It still has to get to a point where supply is high enough to meet demand, and the first big wave of third-party games is yet to come. Only after that will the market realise Nintendo's success fully. Or so I hope :) In any case, this investment game has been a lot of fun already.
Highly recommended reading: this article about two Americans, both in their 20s, who relocated to Iraq and started selling internet access there.
I've put up a photo report of my trip to Berlin and Copenhagen. Part 1 describes the trip and shows pictures from the other cities we visited along the way - Osnabrück, Schwerin, Lübeck, Hamburg and Münster. Part 2 is all about Berlin, and part 3 about Copenhagen. Here's the usual appetiser...
I live closer to Baghdad than to Virginia, yet I'm being bombarded with details about the shooter and the victims of the Virginia massacre while I've never heard any names of either killers or victims of the daily massacres in Iraq.
I'm wondering, would there be any American who, amidst all the hysteria, realises that having 33 innocent people massacred would be considered a relatively good day in Baghdad?
SF movie about a mission to the sun, with strong references to 2001: A Space Odissey and Event Horizon. Very beautiful images of the raging sunlight, and an interesting idea for a movie, but there are too many irrationalities to make the plot believable (e.g. you can't make a quick stop during a long space journey; you lose months breaking and accelerating again), and the second half is a sequence of thriller clichés. Intelligent SF movies remain a rarity :/ 7/10
Aight I'm back in Belgium after a great trip! We saw 7 cities - Osnabrück, Berlin, Schwerin, Lübeck, Kopenhagen, Hamburg and Münster - and they were all very nice. Berlin and Kopenhagen, our main destinations, both exceeded expectations. On top of that we had good weather 80% of the time, so I've got many good pictures, 2000 in total. The best ones will be up in a week or two. Here are two pics made in Berlin already...
Today is our third and last day in Berlin. The weather sucks today but the previous two days we didn´t see a cloud so we can´t complain. I like Berlin, it has more to offer than I expected. The monuments are all neo-classisistic but there are lots and lots of them and some are very nice. I´m looking forward to making a photo report already.
So tomorrow I'm off on a 10-day trip. We've booked all hotels in advance since it's Easter holiday and will be busy, and I've entered all addresses in my GPS already, so all we need now is good weather and this should be a very smooth trip.
Here's a personality test that just requires you to choose some pictures. It's rather obvious but looks good. This is my result in words and here it is in pictures...
Last Guest Book Entry
13 Nov - Vivien
01 Nov - Godsmurf
Favourite Music [6/6]
01 Nov - James
Favourite Music [5/6]
28 Oct - links of london bracelets
Favourite Music [4/6]
06 Sep - Halleth
Lyrics from Trois Couleurs - Bleu [7/7]
18 Aug - Jonas
Lyrics from Trois Couleurs - Bleu [6/7]
28 Jul - Curtis Reynolds
16 Apr - Mona
Lyrics from Trois Couleurs - Bleu [5/7]
16 Jan - imran khan
Countries and Locations Visited [2/2]
16 Jan - imran khan
Countries and Locations Visited [1/2]