The first parties that should be kicked out!

And again an NU.nl link that gets my hair standing up. “Stichting Brein” is the dutch RIAA organisation (or whatever it is spelled). This party is the face for all those lobbyists that want to keep some things upstanding instead of doing the market (lower price, more demand). They are absolute -morons-. The article I just read means: “We demand closure for The Pirate Bay from the Netherlands”. If that will happen, we are nothing better then China, or better, we are worse! China is known to filter traffic, the Netherlands should be a democracy in which those things should not happen. This should STOP.

URL http://www.nu.nl/internet/2028662/stichting-brein-eist-afsluiten-piratenwebsite.html

Newspapers

I was shocked with horror just a few moments ago. I read a newspaper article about a commission that wants to include an additional internet fee so that online newspapers can be payed. This is just insane, newspapers no longer sell their newspapers because people can get it for free online and free news papers. Now to save their sorry asses we need to pay more. They failed. If I fail to pay my bills I cannot ask my readers to pay for me right…. It’s just shocking that people even -think- about it. Newspapers had their time they made a lot of money through that, now the internet medium is coming up and they need to find a proper way to find the resources. One of them being the ads, and potentially placing the information behind closed sources which you can only access after paying. I will -not- be paying for the failure of someone else. Same goes for music- fee’s. Screw them. CD’s and DVD’s are way too expensive, people do not want to pay that much for it, so they seek alternatives, the lobbyists want to try to make sure you KEEP paying. This has to end!

URL: http://www.nu.nl/internet/2027713/heffing-op-internetaansluiting-om-kranten-te-steunen.html

Flowers

This weekend I photographed a bit again. I made some nice pictures from a rose and some other flowers that I noticed during the day.
One thing that shouldn’t be missed are the birds that are flying in and out of our little birdhouse in the garden. Very cool to see.

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Gallery2 to Gallery3

Somewhere on the internet I host several Gallery instances for myself and others, to be able to easily show pictures to others. Hence the reason for me setting up a G2 after it came out. The gallery2 instances served me from the beginning till now, on both Apache servers as Nginx servers. Now that G3 has beta1 out, I decided to give my own set of ~7000 pictures (16gb) a go. I replaced the instance and got a working setup. I cannot seem to create a new album yet to import some missing pictures (that I never uploaded to G2). But all with all. G3 seems to be lightweight and working properly. test it :)

The only thing that I needed to add to nginx.conf btw is:

if (!-e $request_filename) {
rewrite ^/path/to/index.php/(.+)$ /path/to/index.php?kohana_uri=$1 last;
}

and it works out fine. Compared to:

location /v {
rewrite ^/v/(.*)$ /main.php?g2_view=core.ShowItem&g2_path=$1 last;
}
location /d/ {
rewrite ^/d/([0-9]+)-([0-9]+)/(.*)$ /main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=$1&g2_serialNumber=$2&g2_fileName=$3 last;
}
location /rss/ {
rewrite ^/rss/(.*)$ /main.php?g2_view=rss.Render&g2_name=$1 last;
}
location /srss/ {
rewrite ^/srss/(.*)$ /main.php?g2_view=rss.SimpleRender&g2_itemId=$1 last;
}
location /c/add/ {
rewrite ^/c/add/([0-9]+).html(.*)$ /main.php?g2_view=comment.AddComment&g2_itemId=$1 last;
}
location /c/view {
rewrite ^/c/view/([0-9]+).html(.*)$ /main.php?g2_view=comment.ShowAllComments&g2_itemId=$1 last;
}
location /admin/ {
rewrite ^/admin/(.*)$ /main.php?g2_view=core.SiteAdmin last;
}

for Gallery2, this made it easier :)

New fish: iVis (iFish)

In preparation for tommorrow (fathersday) we bought our third and final fishstick, erm fish ofcourse. And we named this golden fish: iVis (which means iFish). Since we are really into apple (we now have a Macbook Pro and one Macbook, and my little iBook), an iPod and an iPhone, so this would be the best name for him :). He is already up to speed with the other fishes, so that’s OK!

Surprises unfold

Just a little ago we returned home after picking up Denise from School (schoolkamp), the moment she entered she didn’t entirely realise what had been done to our house. So I offered her to continue into the house. That moment she slowly but surely saw the new curtains that I had placed (With the help of my parents to get the holders in position and to get the proper size for them). She liked it :) Luca then took her upstairs to show the bedroom, she liked the curtains there as well! When she arrived back down, she didn’t see the curtains behind them (which can be rolled), so I showed it and she was filled with joy :). It’s nice to see that the hard work had payed off so well!

[lang_en]Denise returns home[/lang_en][lang_nl]Denise komt naar huis[/lang_nl]

[lang_en]After a work-week without Denise, she will return home today. From what I can say she cannot read this message yet so we have a few surprises for her amongst them: I did the entire house, cleaned it from the top to the bottom. I vaccuum cleaned, did all laundry, washed the windows, ironed the washed items, did the grocery’s, played with Luca. Really; from monday till today I did not have had more then 15 minutes for myself. I made sure that we could eat on time very day, which Luca enjoyed very much because he was able to play afterwards; I am trying to think of a schedule that enables us to eat as soon as possible after arriving at home (that might mean that we’ll be cooking one day in advance for the next day), and trying to think of something that enables us to continue till 1900 hours (for example) and then have the rest of the evening off; and most of the weekend as well.

And there are a few more surprises, which I will write about later today; we do not want to spoil them before she’s at home right? ;-)
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[lang_nl]Na een werkweek zonder Denise komt ze vandaag weer terug. Voor zover ik weet kan ze dit niet meer lezen dus we hebben een aantal verrassingen voorbereid waaronder: Het hele huis is van top tot teen schoon gemaakt; alles is gestoft en gestofzuigd, alle was is gedaan, de ramen zijn gezeemd, alles is gestreken waar nodig, De boodschappen zijn gedaan, ik heb met Luca gespeeld (heel veel :-)); echt waar vanaf maandag tot nu toe heb ik niet meer dan 15 minuten voor mezelf gehad; ik heb elke dag gezorgd dat we op tijd konden eten, wat luca wel heel prettig vond omdat hij daarna nog kon spelen (en hij heeft ook waanziinnnnig veel gegeten deze week); dus ik ben aan het nadenken hoe we dat de komende tijd kunnen volhouden; misschien betekend dat dat we de dag van te voren alvast moeten kopen. Daarnaast ben ik aan het nadenken hoe we elke dag tm 1900 uur kunnen doorwerken en daarna lekker kunnen zitten evenals een groot deel van het weekend :-)

Er zijn nog wat verassingen maar daarover schrijf ik later want ik wil de verassing niet verpesten voordat denise uberhaupt thuis is :-)
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Pensioenfondsen, wanbeleid, regering e.d.

Let op, dit belooft een erg grumpy post te worden. Als je daar geen zin in hebt, kun je beter deze post niet lezen :-)

Vandaag las ik dat een aantal pensioenfondsen overweegt om de deelnemers te korten op de uitkering. De uitkering waar de mensen zelf voor gespaard hebben, jarenlang. Zo hebben de meesten voor VUT/Prepensioen en gewoon pensioen gespaard. Een grote groep 50+’ers die net niet overal in mee kon doen (de pech generatie) heeft al meerdere keren naast de pot gepist, en nu blijkt dat de actieve deelnemers ook gekort gaan worden. Ik begrijp dit niet. Mensen geven hun zuur verdiende geld in handen van een pensioenfonds, en in de beleving van bijna iedereen gaat dan dat geld in een fonds, waaruit “VEILIG” belegd wordt om rendement te maken zodat je later met pensioen kunt en tig jaar van je leven kunt dekken.

Niet alleen wordt je dalijk gedwongen door onze regering (Die overigens hier zelf maling aan heeft zal uiteindelijk blijken, zulke smeerlappen zijn het wel) om langer door te werken (tenzij je natuurlijk meer dan genoeg verdiend, als minister bijvoorbeeld, want dan boeit het je niet en stop je gewoon op een gegeven moment), tot je 67e, en korten financiele instellingen de uitkeringen waar ze zelf in geblunderd hebben. De topsalarissen worden niet 123 aan banden gelegd, maar wanbeleid bij deze bedrijven wordt ook niet echt afgekeurd of onderzocht, men doet er maar wat soepeltjes om. Ook het wanbeleid van de regering houd stand in ons totalitair regime. De regering en de elite eromheen houd alles strak in de hand, en het klootjesvolk wordt onderdrukt. Mooie democratie wat eigenlijk gewoon niet zo is.

Het wordt tijd dat we ons eens gaan verzetten hiertegen, het kan en mag niet zo zijn dat een regering standpunten uitdraagt die niemand (de meerderheid, die telt in een democratie?) steunt, kilometerheffing, hogere pensioenleeftijd, wanbeleid steunen van bedrijven, zelf wanbeleid voeren, Europese Unie NEE (herinneren we ons dit nog? dit wordt door de strot gedrukt, het heet nu alleen anders), auteursrechten shit (iemand die denkt dat het voor de regering is, no way, het gelobby van grote labels zorgt ervoor dat dit speelt, de resultaten lopen terug, en terecht, de marktwerking geeft aan dat de prijs te hoog is, dus dat om de vraag te vergroten de prijs omlaag moet, men gaat andere toevluchten zoeken want het KAN goedkoper, in plaats van dat dat wordt bewerkstelligd, wordt iemand dalijk bestraft omdat hij muziek en dingen download, maak dan de prijs goedkoper!) etc etc.

Ben benieuwd of mijn druppel op de gloeiende plaat werkt, leave a message!

Returned from Belgium – Snow annual weekend

Last Sunday we returned from Belgium. I first opted to drive the same way as we did on the way in (via Eindhoven) but we got redirected through Antwerpen, which made the travel easy and comfortable. One thing: do not eat at the AC restaurant near Breda (just before the border); it’s expensive and we didn’t like the food. The sate(chicken) wasn’t quite ready yet (not cooked very well); my Schnitzel was “ok” and Luca’s spaghetti was just from the Microwave and not entirely interesting / nice to eat.

Anyway; on friday we arrived, having eaten already so we could pickup my new Macbook (which is just in front of me at the moment updating and things like that) and head for our little house. It was a very nice little house, it’s one of the best houses that we had while being away for a weekend. We showered Luca and took some resting, this was one of the first weekends that we had ‘time off’. Saturday we had breakfast in the house, we got a very large survival pack from Snow :-) and headed over to the Quad terrain where Luca was about to drive. We found out that it was right next to our house so very short walk :)

Luca was a bit over optimistic and flew the Quad (we have some pictures, see the gallery) and we drove together as well, which was much more fun for both of us :).. The rest of the time we went to the swimming pool and the childrensplayground. We had dinner with the Snow people later that day, (Good food, we liked it :)), and again retired for the evening making a slow stop, great to get back to strength a bit because of these weekends :)

Sunday we again went to the playgrounds and the swimming pool ; after which we headed home. Denise unpacked and packed, she’s away with her group 8 :-), so the house is entirely mine :-) :-) (or at least for the moment).

Now heading out to fetch Luca from school and then eat and swimming (again :D)

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Molenheide Belgium

In an hour, I will drive to Vlaardingen together with Luca to pickup Denise. We are then heading towards the Molenheide in Belgium. Why? Because Snow organised their annual spring-weekend. The kids are invited so Luca and Denise will travel along. I fear that we will hit high traffic near Eindhoven, but lets see how things resolve :-). When we pass Eindhoven we will lookout for other Snow cars; there should be a few of them around there. Luckily after Eindhoven we are nearly there.

On sunday we will return in the midday, after that I’ll write up a little story and put in some pictures :)