Monthly Archives: May 2001

Thursday, May 31 2001

How online is your life?

Try Paul’s Online Life Purity Test to find out. I have 54.0% online life in me.

Romantic gifts

Ananova: Forget flowers – hi-tech is a turn-on. “Lab tests have shown that when it comes to romantic gifts, partners prefer electronic gadgets to flowers. Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire used skin sensors to test the emotional response of volunteers who were given gifts. A DVD player registered the highest reaction while chocolates got the lowest.”

Email and Internet

My SpicyNoodles email address is not yet working again. Meanwhile, use Thanks!

Yesterday, our internet access was gone as well, hence no page flip. I got a lot of work done yesterday!

Monday, May 28 2001


Okay, the first bunch of photos are ready… I’ve divided them in two groups:

  • Saturday morning and afternoon: sightseeing in Amsterdam, and meeting some webloggers.
  • Scripting News / Weblogger dinner. With 14 photos.

    More photos from Sunday to come tomorrow!



    Al, I don’t think your patients want to see this photo of you…

    On the other hand, I think I would like to attend one of your cooking lectures!

    'Craig, 18 months old.Birthday Boy

    Oh, if I had known what a special day Saturday was, I would have gotten up ten minutes earlier to flip the page…

    A very happy 50th Birthday, Craig!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day and celebration!

    Back home

    We’re back! Our train from Amsterdam was about half an hour late last night, but we made it home at around 11 pm. Although the weather could have been a little warmer, we spent two interesting days in Amsterdam, meeting quite a few people on Saturday at the dinner. More later, I haven’t uploaded the photos yet… For a first impression, go to Papa Scott, who took the most unusual means of transportation to Amsterdam.

    Oh, and Oliver Wrede from Cologne, Germany, posted bunch of photos last night.

  • Friday, May 25 2001

    Blog-hoppers guide

    Famous after all?! Almost…

    Looking in my referrers today, I found Pah, the weblog of David Golding. He links to an article at The Australian: Tell someone who cares. (Some may already have read the article since it mentions the Kaycee hoax near the end.)

    This is a very well-written article about weblogs, and also one of the very few that does not point to any of the so-called A-list blogs. Of the weblogs that are mentioned, I have seen only a few before, but many I’ve never heard of.

    David Golding also links to the print version that includes a Blog-hopper’s guide box (not included in the online version), in which I read:

    “Andrea’s Weblog, by Andrea, German student. Charming, straightforward.” Thanks!

    Whoops, I just noticed that Doc Searls pointed to the very same article yesterday and commented on it as well. He suggests Blews as a term for news from blogs.


    BBC News: Tea ‘good for teeth’. “Scientists believe that drinking tea may be a good way to keep your teeth healthy. They have discovered that compounds found in black tea may attack harmful bacteria in the mouth that cause gum disease and cavities.”

    A Tribute to Douglas Adams

    Today is Towel Day. From the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

    A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine soredly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

    There also is Happy Adams Day, which is set to be on February 11, the 42nd day of the year.

    The end of the whole mess

    Randall van der Woning has put together the whole story. Read it here.

    Going to Amsterdam

    We have wonderful weather here in Europe! It’s warm and sunny, just great, and it is supposed to stay like this on the weeked. I’m looking very forward to going to Amsterdam tomorrow! The Scripting News/Blogger dinner should be fun!

    Don’t expect any updates here before Monday. And do expect some weblogger photos then!

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

    Thursday, May 24 2001

    Real or not?

    The Kaycee hoax has people question other people’s identities…

    Yesterday, Al met Susan, as these photos proove. Or do they? wink:

    Scott wonders whether André and I are real (and tries to proove his own existence). He has asked Craig, but Craig apparently has doubts

    Well, Scott, in case it turns out André and I do not really exist, you can still meet at least one real person in Amsterdam. There is so much evidence of his existence that I think we can conclude that he must be real.

    See you there… hopefully! facehappy:


    New URLs everywhere… now it’s Downstairs at Dry Creek (I think Upstairs has changed as well), and Traumwind.


    My email is still broken… meanwhile, please use Thanks!

    “Ich habe einen Traum”: Douglas Adams.

    “Der Autor sollte für das Zeit-Leben über einen Traum nachdenken.

    Dann saß der Zweimetermann auf einem zierlichen Stühlchen im Innenhof des Hotels Adlon und redete über eine Stunde lang. Es fiel ihm schwer, beim Thema zu bleiben: Immer neue Ideen und Verknüpfungen führten ihn auf Abwege. Er entwarf den Traum eines Gesellschaftsspiels mit kleinen Supercomputern, für das sich 13 Menschen in einer Flughafenlounge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, treffen – sein letzter Ausflug in die Zukunft.”