Sunday, September 26, 2004

Molinology

The main reason for people wanting to got the Netherlands, as far as I can see, is to see the windmills (or windmolens). I have now seen about 10 of the 1180 on offer here, so consider myself a bit of an expert, which is why I'm considering joining TIMS. Not only will I get two copies of the Newsbulletin a year, I'll get a copy of any new volumes of Bibliotheca Molinologica. For those of you that are curious, the TIMS website tells us that:

The term "molinology" was first coined by the Portuguese Joao Miguel dos Santos Simoes at the first International Symposium on Molinology in 1965 to define the study of mills.
It seems to me that it doesn't take a genius to coin the term "molinology" if they're at a Symposium on Molinology at the time. The word is obviously related to "molen" and "moulin", as in The Moulin Rouge. Hopefully, by the time I get home I will be well versed in molinology. I only have 1170 more to find. Perhaps I'll live in one when I'm older. I've compiled an extensive list of famous people who lived in a windmill, thus proving that it is the route to fame and possible fortune: The people of The Moulin Rouge Mathematician George Green Jonathan Creek The family in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Friday, September 24, 2004

A State of Mind

What's this? Another post? On the same day? Surely not! Well it seems that contrary to the impression given Mr Freeman, such a thing is actually possible. Then again, I'm new to this Blogging lark. A naive upstart with too much confidence and enthusiasm. By the end of the week I'll probably have been reduced to updating once a month (on average) . So to the point of the post, for I didn't write this just to show up Guy. To do that properly, this has to be a 100% genuine post, containing some vaguely relevant or interesting nugget of information. And a link of course. http://www.koryogroup.com/projects/ The link is to the company that produced the documentary A State of Mind about a North Korean dancing team. I watched the documentary (with fellow flat 2-ites) when it was on T.V. a few months ago and thought it was incredible. Then, while watching Dutch TMF (The Music Factory) just a few days ago, I saw Faithless's video to I Want More, which is composed purely of clips from the documentary. It's a great video. So good in fact that I can't remember anything about the song. The video can be seen by following the link on the Koryo site. Though for reasons I won't go in to (because it will make me very angry), I have been unable to get the video to work. I hope you have better luck. The Koryo group also helps make guide books for tourists, so if you ever fancy a trip, you know who to turn to. Showing Guy how it's done since the 23rd September 2004, Petre

A sad day for Dutch folk music

Late yesterday evening the Dutch cult icon Andr´┐Ż Hazes died. The word on the street is that he wasn't all that good, but drank a lot of Heineken. For those of you who have never heard of this hero, and I believe there may still be a few of you out there, take a look at a couple of the sites below and see if you can work out what's going on. www.andrehazes.nl www.andrehazesfan.nl/ Obviously they're Dutch sites, so using the Dutch I've picked up over the last few weeks and then using Babblefish, I've translated a choice segment from the fan site:
Turn Tuesday 28 September next at 11.55 all, therefore also the regional and rural radio and TV senders the number: SHE BELIEVES IN ME
I think we can all see the truth in that. Babblefish reliably informs me that the ceramics will begin at 19:30. Incidently, She Believes in Me was a documentary film about the great man's life. It's nice to see Guy back on the scene. I thought vandalising his site might get his attention.

Guy Freeman is alive and well

I'm not dead, Peter/re, Louis and random American visitors! I've merely been busy or asleep (and usually, predictably, both). But I'm back, yes I am, yessir I am! [Gets ready to launch into full-flowing WW2-stylee ditty, but instead ends this paranthetical nonsense and begins a new paragraph, a new subject, a new life]. I keep googling myself (it's so much fun), and what better way to celebrate my comeback than with the following. Always good to see a German fan site about me. Please mark my "Ausdruck", "Sex-apeal" and "Gesamt" bis top rather than von flop. Thanks. [It's work-safe, work-ing people. Unless your employers don't like Germans]. http://www.new-video.de/darsteller-guy-freeman/ Emails shall be replied to shortly. They have been highly chuckle-inducing, and therefore a Good Thing, so it's the least I can do to not reply for a while expecting them to keep arriving. But instead I will, actually, eventually, reply to them. [Nods]. Good night to you all! See you all soon! And don't worry, I haven't forgotten about the November deadline for the gfreeman.co.uk-overhaul! Whether I stick to it or not is another matter.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Finally, an update

Well I got bored of waiting for Guy to update his site, so I thought I'd write something. Unfortunately, I don't have much to say, but I'm not going to let that stop me. John and I have been visiting the site religiously for the last few weeks to no avail. So have some American people. A link seems a fitting way to end this, my first post. From the marvel that is Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus_Conquers_the_Martians

Friday, September 10, 2004

The Scottish Parliament in Scots

As The Register puts it: "Youse takin the piss, Jimmeh?" The Scottish Parliament: - Languages - Scots I believe our taxes are being used for this.

Don't Copy That Floppy - NinjaCulture

My sides hurt from laughing too much whilst reading this transcript of some awful early nineties corporate effort to stop casual software piracy. Just to warn you in case you come across it, natch. Don't Copy That Floppy - NinjaCulture

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Stories, stories, and more stories! Fun! Yay! Etc.

And the stories are Peter-filtered, as only the best stories are. Take it away Petre! (sic) : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3623284.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3620560.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3621182.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3620800.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3621348.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3624198.stm Poor John [one of Jesus's disciples, sort of]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3621864.stm In contast: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3623470.stm I had a game by Acclaim: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3622278.stm I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere [apart from the irony that we're paying for stories like this to be written]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/3612726.stm An important question: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3621898.stm This makes me feel better. Illegal jobs? [which in this case appears to be selling tea-towels from door to door. Not exactly drug dealing, is it? Is it? Oh, that's news to me] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3618070.stm I thought this might be interesting and a certain sentence just jumped out and grabbed me (literally) [there're quite a few crazy sentences, but I'm not sure which one would be crazy enough to attack Petre. These bloody sentences nowadays have no respect for the law! Also, if she's 22 years old, I'm about -7]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/3621534.stm