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Journal Journal: The Year In Review Meme.

[1] What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Traveled round Asia for 6 months; Asked a girl to marry me; Worked in Zurich; Snowboarded; can't think of any more...

[2] Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never make any.

[3] Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, some got pregnant and miscarried, others are still walking round with a little human in their tummies.

[4] Did anyone close to you die?

[5] What countries did you visit?
Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Laos, Cambodia, China, Germany, Belgium and Finland. (Can't remember any others)

[6] What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
Self determination, no reliance on an employer or money.

[7] What date(s) from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Lots, too many to name.

[8] What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Won't know until I look back in a few years.

[9] What was your biggest failure?
Failing to protect my girlfriend from my past troubles and making her worry more than is needed.

[10] Did you suffer any illness or injury?
Cold, flu, cut my fingers with a knife, grazes... All minor...

[11] What was the best thing you bought?
My ticket to go on holiday.

[12] Whose behavior merited celebration?
I don't understand the question, everybody has done something that merited celebration.

[13] Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The media's coverage of Pakistan.

[14] Where did most of your money go?
Beer and travel.

[15] What did you get really, really, really excited about?

[16] What song will always remind you of 2005?
None I can remember.

[17] Compared to this time last year, are you...
i. Happier or sadder? Happier
ii. Thinner or fatter? Thinner
iii. Richer or poorer? Poorer in money, Richer in life!

[18] What do you wish you'd done more of?
Shooting the breeze and seeing friends.

[19] What do you wish you'd done less of?

[20] How will you be spending Christmas?
Already did, with my family, it lasted 3 days.

[22] Did you fall in love in 2005?
I fall in love everyday (I think ellem said it well)

[23] How many one-night stands?

[24] What was your favorite TV program?
None, I just love TV.

[25] Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

[26] What was the best book you read?
Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The most interesting
Currently reading: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Comedy Writing; Inspector Morse; Death is Now my Neighbour.

[27] What was your greatest musical discovery?

[28] What did you want and get?
To be happy.

[29] What did you want and not get?
For others to be happier.

[30] What was your favorite film of this year?

[31] What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Got drunk. 29?

[32] What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Don't know.

[33] How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Good, as always.

[34] What kept you sane?

[35] Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jenna Jameson, she is so hot!

[36] What political issue stirred you the most?
London Bombing.

[37] Who did you miss?
Old friends.

[38] Who was the best new person you met?
A South African girl, she is fantastic!

[39] Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
Have more fun, it works!

[40] Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

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Journal Journal: What I got for Christmas 5

I can sum it up in two words, a lot. All the presents are good; I'll read all the books, wash with all the soap, play with all the toys and even wear all the socks and boxers. But the best present I got was from my father, who gave each of us the sight of a child in the third world. IOW he paid for an operation so they could see.

Christmas was fun, and I'm grateful for everything I got, and even more grateful for everything I could give. I even had extra presents this year, just in case I had missed somebody or they hadn't got very much.

Oh, and I got "Fear and Loathing"! Love that movie.

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Journal Journal: A great way to spend a day 2

As some of you may know I was of travelling for 6 months. This means that I had little time to read /. Today I've started the long road of articles from 01-05-2005 => now...

Is there anything that was really valuable that I should read up on? Or was is all just dupes?

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Journal Journal: Maybe I do like memes

1. Legal first name? Daniel
2. Were you named after anyone? Yes, amongst others a revolutionary
3. Do you wish on stars? Yes
4. When did you last cry? During an argument with my girlfriend in which things got heated
5. What is your favorite lunch meat? Spam
6. What is your birth date? Aug 23
7. If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you? Yes
8. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Yes
9. What are your nicknames? redhat, broertje (little brother in Dutch)
10. Would you ever bungee jump? Yes
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Never
12. Do you think that you are strong? No, others say I am.
13. What is your favorite ice cream flavour? Lemon
14. Shoe size? 8.5 UK, 9.5 US, 42.5 EU
15. Red or pink? Red
16. Who do you miss most? My stuffed animals and real cat
17. If there was a question 17, what would it be? No idea.
18. What color pants and shoes are you wearing? Beige pants, black nike shoes
19. What are you listening to right now? Printer fan
20. What did you eat for breakfast? Nothing
21. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Eatable
22. What is the weather like right now? Cold and wet
23. Last person you talked to on the phone? Little sister
24. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Eyes
25. Do you like the person who sent this to you? I was reading Cyberdyne's journal, I guess I like him. Don't know him.
26. Favorite drink? Tea or beer
27. Hair color? Red
28. Do you wear contacts? No
29. Favorite food? Spinach
30. Last movie you watched? Seven, again
31. Favorite day of the year? My birthday
32. Scary movies or happy endings? Scary movies
33. Summer or winter? Summer and winter
34. Hugs or kisses? Hugs
35. What is your favorite dessert? I scream
36. Living arrangements? Together with gf in a studio.
38. What's on your mouse pad? Mouse
39. What did you watch last night on TV? Local news
40. Favorite smell? Fresh sweat
41. Favorite junk food? Something with bacon
42. Rolling Stones or Beatles? Beatles
43. What's the farthest you've been from home? Vietnam

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Journal Journal: MEME - 4 things 3

I don't often fill in MEMEs, but here's mine...

Computer Consultant
Steel plate (3'x6') sorter
Social Pedagogue
Computer Teacher

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Let George Do It (George Formby)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
It's a Wonderful Life

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Almere, The Netherlands
Zurich, Switzerland
Beijing, People's Republic of China (only one month)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Northern Europe
NY, NY, U.S.
South East Asia


Thai Green Curry
Babi Pangang Sweet
Vindaloo - either the Goan version or the English spicy version

In bed sleeping
At home with an Internet connection
In my fiance's arms
taking a long walk in a beautiful place outdoors somewhere


Journal Journal: Back from holiday, jobless & homeless.

So Im back from holiday/travels... Haven't had time to catch up on all the 6 months worth of /. posts. Started today...

If anybody knows of a cool job, I might need to take it I'm a little poor...

I've been evicted for being one month behind in my rent, even though I told them I would be back from holiday to pay it. They thought I'd skipped the country leaving thousands of euro's worth of computer gear in my appartment...

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Journal Journal: Travel: Amsterdam to Khajuraho

Dear friends,

        I know I should have posted far sooner, but with all the traveling about it was a little hard to find the time, in between all the fun, to complete more than a short mail to confirm I was alive. Now I have 3 hours for the Bus from Khajuraho to Satna to leave so I have time to send this mail.

        We left on the 9th of May after the usual troubles at the airport with electronic tickets and searches of Schiphol airport for a Thai desk, which there isn't we could finally get on the Lufthanza flight to Frankfurt. Although I wonder if I actually get my Swiss miles for that...

        Frankfurt airport is a lot better from last time I was there. I say a lot better I couldn't tell the difference, but as we only needed to transfer and had 2 hours to do it in, we didn't explore.

        We flew in a 747-300 or -400, I forget, and watched Europe slowly disapear under the cloud cover. As Bangkok came closer and closer we felt more and more as if we were actually going. In the rush at the airport we hardly had time to realize that we were leaving to go just over 1/3 around the world.

        Bangkok airport was hectic, althought the line for the visas was short and we rushed through and into the city. For those who are interested the bus to Khao San Road is Bus 59, which is easy to find and comes every 10-15 minutes, we ofcourse first sat for half an hour before we actually were able to find somebody who could tell us which bus we needed, instead for the cursory nods and blank smiles.

        On Khao San it was about 1 or 2 pm when we arrived and stayed at Lek Guesthouse. We had a shower and went for some food. Our first task of getting the Indian visa would wait until the next day.

        Naturally with all the adjustment to time differences we got up far too late the next day and took a Tuk-Tuk to the Indian Embassy, big mistake. We first got taken to a visa agent, which we didn't want and wanted to charge us 1500 Bhat for the priviledge of sorting out the visas. Then naturally the stupid suit shops and other things we had to endure before we actually got back to Khao San. As we were already late for the Embassy.

        The next day we tried public transport again, which is not that bad as you might think, traveled on the bus to the metro station and on the elevated metro to Sukhumvit 23, where the Indian Embassy is. Or as we found out the consular office dedicated to Visa applications. Obviously we were to late, as the application has to be handed in before 12, so we did the same thing the next day at 9 in the morning. The same evening, the 13th, we got on a bus for Ko Phan Ngan.

        Ko Phan Ngan is beautiful and as we found out that the dates for the fullmoon we had copied down for that day were wrong we ended up staying there for 13 days. We stayed in the Bongo, although the huts are now shalets with on suite bathrooms and A/Cs. All the huts have been torn down excepot for No. 1, which is the Hut I stayed in last time. The manager remembered my sisters boyfriend and said she remembered me and my sister too, although I wasn't sure if she was just saying that to be nice. The Fullmoon party was fun, but far too big.

        We left on the 24th and arrived at 4 in the morning at the western bus station in Bangkok. We had to take the VIP bus which was to expensive, but we really really had to leave. We went straight to the Indian Consulate and picked up our visas. Which took about 5 hours.

        After checking into Lek I went searching for cheap cheap tickets to Delhi and found them for only 15500 Bhat each with Indian Airlines. And after waiting on the 27th we finally left on the 28th for Delhi.

        We arrived at Delhi and managed to get ripped off in the first 2 hours for a taxi from the Airport to Main Bazaar. Luckily we had an extra passenger in the taxi who could share the load so it ended up being only 150 Rupees each. Our hotel was great, the Royal Guest House, being the off season we got about 100 Rs. off the price.

        The next day we aranged a car to take us from Delhi to Jaipur and Agra so we could quickly do the tourist thing and get on the the real traveling. It being the off season it meant we stayed in 3 star places for as little as 300-400 Rs. Although you must remember that it was about 48c so a little extra money for A/C was a small price to pay.

        The driver, Vinod Kumar, was great and was able to get us cheap guides and good food. Although he could do little about the price differences for tourists and Indians in the Taj Mahal. (10 Rs. for Indians and 750 Rs. for tourists.) The Taj Mahal is beautiful and well worth the amount paid.

        After Agra we went to Varanasi on the 3rd of June, which is a nice city, but as with all the other places you are constantly being hassled to come into shops and take rickshaws, as there are few other tourists for them to hassle. (; Although you soon grow used to it, it can be too much on some days to hear so many sad stories about how poor they are and how they need money for something and it being the off season that they can hardly scrape to Rupees together for a little food. But as there are just so many of them you just have to wonder which are the true stories and which are the fabrications. Our hotel manager in Varanasi, Rajesh, told us that it is about 99% fabrication.

        In Varanasi we went for the obligatory boat on the Ganga in the morning to watch all the bathers, and on the way back from visiting the Ghats we saw a body floating face down. They don't burn pregnant women, Shadus, people who die from snake bites and cows, but rather tie a stone to the body and drop it in the Ganga. As bodies start to bloat when left in water they sometimes get free from their watery grave and float. It reminded me of the line in Stephen King's book It: "they all float down here, only the dead float up." (So it isn't an exact quote. (;)

        Astrid took Hindi lessons and I found the Vedic Mathmatics book I wanted, which is not out of print as I though, and spend my time learning that. Varanasi is a huge University town and has, according to the guides, the 3rd largest university in the world after Oxford and Cambridge.

        From Varanasi we left for Satna on the 9th, at the train station we met two nice people who also come from Amsterdam, although one is Belgian and the other is from Alkmaar in the Netherlands. Coincidently we shared a sleeping compartment in the train to Satna and traveled on to Khajuraho from there.

        Khajuraho is beautiful, and has beautiful temples which, contrary to popular believe, only have few erotic sculptures. They are very good and those from the peak of the Chandela period, 950-1000 AD, are so good that the pattern on the sari is even carved into the sandstone.

        Anyway, today we are leaving Khajuraho and traveling to Satna again and from there to Kahna Tiger Reserve, were according to the guide there is more chance to spot tigers in the hot season as they have to come to the watering holes to drink. Should be excellent shooting. (;

        I will probably not have time to read this for the next week or so, but feel free to post comments.



Journal Journal: I want a new phone [Updated] 6

I want a new phone, it has to have tri-band, bluetooth, good battery, and I have to be able to hack it. I don't want a camera, mp3 player, simlock, or any other none phone things. It can have internet, but I probably won't use it.

And most importantly it can absolutely not be ugly or impractical - which means I want Nokia like sms or should be able to hack it so it has the sms interface of a Nokia phone, as I am used to it - there are only really ugly phones on the market. I've been looking for 2 years without luck.

What phones do you use?

And if you had an unlimited budget, which I don't have, which phone would you upgrade to?

The reason I ask is because I think I'll buy one in one of those Far Easter countries I am going to visit.


Journal Journal: RANT: HHG2G interview

Did anybody notice this post repeated here in the article.

And they modded the first comment offtopic, sure mod it troll if you are a little bitch... but Offtopic?



Journal Journal: Scandalous 2

As you might know I am staying in Zürich, I was on the tram 2 today, with my GF, from my house into town. When we got off my GF noticed her bag was missing. We waited for about 15 minutes for the tram to come back so we could check if the bag had been found and given to the driver, sadly it wasn't on the tram.
Naturally all the while I was calling her cell phone. Finally somebody answered the phone after 15 minutes and it had been handed in at the ticket office.
We walked the 2 minutes to the ticket office and found the guy who handed it in and thanked him, then we went to get it from the counter. We asked for the bag and had to prove that the bag was hers - which wasn't hard - then for the whole 10 minutes of protecting the bag they charged us 25 Swiss Franks, which at the current exchange rate is about 25 US dollars.


We paid it and bought the guy who originally found it a coffee and offered a reward, which he declined.

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Journal Journal: 2 weeks to go... 4

One more week of working at Sun and I'll be free again to work for anybody I want, and the week after I should be flying to Asia. I'm still working on the exact plan for the holiday in Asia. I am still going to have to come to Zürich for 1 1/2 days, but that's fine. Then it's off...

Here's kind of the idea:

I should be leaving the first week of May - now the second week - after shipping all my shit back from Zürich to Amsterdam. Which won't be too much as I have been shipping a load of stuff back already for the last 2 weeks. Then my significant other and myself will be leaving by plane to Bangkok.

We first wanted to go by boat, taking one of those freighter cruises, but with me working that extra month in Zürich it just wasn't an option anymore. To spend 3 weeks traveling from Rotterdam to Singapore by freigher it just cuts into our time too much, even if we do make 7 stops along the way. (Colombo and Dubai being two of them.)

Once we have gotten ourselves to Ko Pangang for one of their excelent Full Moon Parties we will be traveling up towards Chang Mai, or depending on the mood - and monsoon - straight of towards India. We haven't decided where in India we are going to go, but have had loads of tips.

After India, if we haven't gone to Chang Mai we will go now. I really want to go back to the little village of Pie, which is on the Mae Hong Son loop, not for the Opium - BA! - but as it is a great place to go trekking. And because I met so many nice people there, ie travelers who went native.

Now we want to go from the North of Thailand - hopping on and off fishing boats - down the Mekong, which straddels the border of Thailand and Laos, through Cambodia to the Delta in Viët nâm. I've been to Viët nâm before - "I was in Nam, man!" -, so I don't see a problem getting in through regular channels, but to get there via the Mekong might be a challenge, although I've heard that it is possible to cross the border between Kaam Samnor (Cambodia) and Chau Doc (Vietnam).

Naturally while in Cambodia we want to go and see some of the tourist sites, such as Ankor Wat. And I made a promise to a friend that I would go and visit at the school she build and help out for a week or two.

After arriving in Ho Chi Min City, formally known as Saigon, I will stay at the Hotel I stayed at last time, if it's still there. It was a wonderful place, with user friendly people. ;) From there we will be going up to Hanoi, where we will take the train via Hong Kong to Beijing.

From Beijing we are going to take the Trans Mongolian Express to St Petersburg, over Moscow. And from Moscow^WSt Petersburg back to Amsterdam.

Now with all this travel you can understand why we wanted to go by boat in the first place. Oh, and I will be updating my /. JE as I go.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: Making my GF l33t

In 6 days time it will be a year since I met my current GF, and I though it was about time to allow her to understand what I was talking about. After about 3 days training - course material listed below - she understands me. ;)

I was wondering: does anybody have more suggestions for me, besides from the obvious ones like teaching her c and [censured*]^W^Whacking.


* I forgot I told her about slashdot... ;)

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